49ers’ Reuben Foster’s Ex-Girlfriend Recants Domestic Violence Allegations

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster might be off the hook soon for felony domestic violence charges … because his ex-girlfriend just recanted her story. Elissa Ennis released a statement through her lawyer Wednesday, essentially taking…

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Stephen King’s dystopian novella, The Long Walk, is being adapted by New Line Cinema

For years, Stephen King fans have pondered why no filmmaker has ever succeeded in bringing his 1979 novella, The Long Walk, to life. Written under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman, the story is considered a low-key classic among the horror author’s most rabid fans, as well as the best work to be produced under the Bachman moniker (depending, of course, on your feelings aboutThe Regulators). Well, get on your knees and kiss Pennywise’s bright red loafers, because New Line Cinema, the studio behind last year’s It, is looking to finally bring it to the big screen.

The Long Walk is set in a dystopian America that suffers under an authoritarian leadership, though you don’t see much of the world itself. Rather, the story follows 100 teenage boys as they partake in an annual contest to see who can walk the furthest without stopping; to win is to receive an ambiguous prize, while to lose is to, well, receive a not-so-ambiguous one. The story is one part The Purge and several parts The Hunger Games—there’s no way Suzanne Collins wasn’t inspired, in part, by the story.

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James Vanderbilt, a prolific screenwriter with some big hits (Zodiac, The Rundown) and horrific misses (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Amazing Spider-Man movies) on his resume, has written the screenplay and will produce with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment.

It was apparently a passion project for Vanderbilt and Fischer, who, per THR, have been planning their adaptation for more than a decade; Vanderbilt even wrote his initial drafts of the script on spec, without having the screen rights. So, who had them? None other than Frank Darabont, the writer and director behind King adaptations The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist. When Darabont recently lost the rights, Vanderbilt leapt on them.

We expressed our admiration for The Long Walk when we discussed it on our very own Stephen King podcast, The Losers’ Club, last year. Revisit that episode here, and subscribe on iTunes to hear our thoughts on the upcoming adaptation.

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Janelle Monáe, J. Cole, Jaden Smith denounce Kanye West for supporting Trump

Kanye West has spent much of the day defending his “brother” Donald Trump, who share a common bond over “dragon energy.” “Free thinkers don’t fear retaliation for your thoughts. The traditional thinkers are only using thoughts and words but they are in a mental prison,” he tweeted, adding: “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.” He also posed for a photo wearing a MAGA hat.

During an interview on Hot 97 today, Janelle Monáe was asked her reaction to Kanye’s comments. “I believe in free thinking, but I don’t believe in free thinking if it’s rooted in or at the expense of the oppressed,” Monáe responded. “If your free thinking is used as fuel by oppressors to continue to oppress black people, minorities — I think it’s bullshit and not OK.”

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Monáe was hardly the only musician critical of Kanye. J. Cole, Smino, Jaden Smith, and Ice-T all reacted negatively:

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Meanwhile, Get Out director Jordan Peele said Kanye had inspired him to write a sequel:

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One person who does remain in Kanye’s camp, however, is Chance the Rapper, who tweeted, “Black people don’t have to be democracts.” He also said he recently visited Kanye and he was “in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health. Same Ye from the Vmas, same Ye from the telethon.”

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Kim Kardashian-West is also defending her husband against critics who question his mental well-being.

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