Dark Tower is Finally Getting Erected

... J.J. Abrams couldn't do it. Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof couldn't do it. But Opie can. Ron Howard is bravely tackling a film and TV adaptation of Stephen King's sprawling Dark Tower series. Yes, I said film AND TV. The current plan is to make a trilogy of movies and an NBC series based on the books, which currently number seven novels. If this is done right, we're going to need a new word to describe how awesome this will be. [EW]

... All you geeks out there sad about waiting until January to find out how toasters came to be, dry our eyes! Syfy is bringing back Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica two months early, upping the Season Two premiere date to October 5. It will be paired up with the equally nerdy Stargate Universe. [Syfy via press release]

... What is this, Nerd Day? More geek news: J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan (brother of Inception's Christopher) are teaming up for a new show and studios are salivating over it. Nolan co-wrote The Dark Knight (*cough* overrated) and Memento, so genius runs in the family. This show could be about glee clubs and I'd still watch it. Count me IN. [EW]

... MTV will continue to ride Jersey Shore for as long as it can. The network is planning a pair of specials surrounding the fake Italians. First up will be a cast reunion show, and the second is a behind-the-scenes special. [THR]

... Ay caramba! Univision won the WEEK in the adult demographic ratings race last week, beating Fox, ABC, and everyone else. The Spanish-language network scored a 1.6 rating for the holiday week, beating second-place ABC (1.4). This is the first time Univision has placed first and should provide plenty of ammunition for immigration-fearing racists everywhere. [Variety]

... Hal Holbrook is rad. The 85-year-old actor is the anti-Betty White. Where White is used as kitsch, the Oscar-nominated Holbrook is used because the guy can act his pants off. Holbrook is joining the cast of NBC's anticipated The Event as an antagonist to the President (Blair Underwood). Holbrook is currently featured in FX's Sons of Anarchy. [NBC via press release]

... Susan Boyle was going to sing Lou Reed's Perfect Day on America's Got Talent, but Ole Lou rejected the notion and didn't grant permission because he doesn't care for Boyle. Then Boyle cried. That's some fine policework there, Lou. [TMZ]


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Well Mr. Howard you've got what I think is an impossible task ahead of you. I've always dreaded a movie adaptation of The Dark Tower series. I don't believe anyone can do it justice. Please Please Please prove me wrong.
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oh mr. howard make this film and tv show rock, please do not kill my favorite author amazing visions....
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Oh Mr. Howard, please cast this properly.
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Isin't Jersey Shore season 2 already a behind the scenes reunion show?
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I have waited so lone for a movie, tv series, mini-series something about the Dark Tower. Finally here we go. Does anybody know when?
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I can not wait. Dark Tower, Yeah.....P.s. Must agree that this article if actually good, lately the staff has been slacking off, writing less each week and not putting their souls into their work. So nice to see a slow inkling of a comeback. Dark Knight, sooooo not overrated, best batman since the first (yes the first). P.P.S. Steven King is a god in his genre.
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This is an entirely good article (for once).
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Also don't get how Dark Knight is overrated. I mean I'm no crazy fanboy but its one of the few if not only comic book based movie that isn't campy, thats treated like an epic movie based in reality. It deserved all the praise it got.
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I think this could be good.
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i think tim is the most critical critic ever.
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Hu? How is Dark Knight overrated?
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Batman Begins was better than The Dark Knight. But yeah, still looking forward to whatever Abrams and Nolan are planning.
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i don't care who does it, so long as they do it WELL
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Good news about Holbrook and The Event - Totally looking forward to it, Just over 2 weeks away if my maths isn't wrong and it probably is.
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Batman Begins is overrated but not the Dark Knight.
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The Dark Knight is overrated you are a moron. Also the Univision thing is not that big of a suprise by 2020 Lationos will be the majority in America. Which means white people will be a minority.



Now Queue the redneck from Southpark "There taking are jobs"
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It may want to be noted that it is not Season 2 of Caprica but season 1.5
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Man I still need to see Battlestar Gallactica.
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The Dark Knight: NOT overrated!
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Sounds good.
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From what I heard, the Dark Tower movies will adapt the books, and the TV series will adapt the Marvel Comics that explain the hero's backstory. Kind of like the movies will be "Superman" and the TV series will be "Smallville." Which sounds kind of cool to me.
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