Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: July 31

‘The Dark Tower’: Clashing Visions, Brutal Test Screenings Plagued Journey to Big Screen
Getting the promising adaptation to the big screen took more than a decade and suffered several setbacks along the way, as one top director and screenwriter after another — including J.J. Abrams, who originally optioned the material — tried and failed to wrest the author’s eight-book opus into a workable film. After Universal Pictures scrapped plans to make a series of interconnected films and television shows with Ron Howard running point, Modi Wiczyk, co-founder of Media Rights Capital, set the project up under a co-financing deal with Sony Pictures.

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Celebrated Actor, Dies at 73
Sam Shepard, the acclaimed playwright who was also praised as an actor, screenwriter, and director, has died. He was 73.

50 Cent Threatens to Take ‘Power’ Away From Starz in Heated Instagram Post
50 Cent lashed out on Instagram Monday over what he claims is inadequate treatment by Starz, following Sunday night’s explosive new episode.

Matthew McConaughey Learned About Sam Shepard’s Death on Red Carpet
Matthew McConaughey’s reaction to first hearing about the death of acclaimed playwright and actor Sam Shepard was caught on camera while the actor was on the red carpet for his upcoming film “Dark Tower.”

Lawsuit Alleges Fox News Fabricated Quotes in Seth Rich Story
A private investigator who was put at the center of a controversial report on the death of a murdered Democratic National Committee operative is alleging he was placed there against his will by employees of Fox News Channel.

The Week in Entertainment 1967

The ultra-violent film “Bonnie and Clyde,” which told the tale of real-life lovers and bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker opened on Aug. 13, 1967. The Arthur Penn-directed film was considered groundbreaking because it thumbed its nose at many cinematic conventions and was a hit with younger audiences. The film starred Warren Beatty, who also produced, and Faye Dunaway as the doomed duo. It was ultraviolet and was initially criticized by a Variety critic for its comic tone. However, it did very well at the box office. It also won two Oscars: one for supporting actress Estelle Parsons and one for cinematography.

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