Night Of 1000 Stories Feat. Stephen King

Posted: March 13, 2019, 16:10:07

Join 826 Boston for the never-boring, always story-worthy Night of 1,000 Stories gala. Special guest Stephen King will be joined by 826 Boston students for an evening of showcases and surprises. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 PM, followed by an action-packed dinner at 7:00 PM. Tickets start at $500. All of the funds raised at the event will support 826 Boston's free youth writing and publishing programs. The event will start at 5:30 PM with a cocktail reception; formal program starts at 7:00 PM. A limited number of individual tickets are available for purchase online.

The Talisman Has Found It’s Director

Posted: March 12, 2019, 19:48:23
Section: Film » The Talisman

Collider reports the The Talisman has found it’s director:

Collider has exclusively learned that Mike Barker, who has directed numerous episodes of Hulu’s Emmy-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, is set to direct a big-screen adaptation of King and Peter Straub‘s bestselling 1984 fantasy novel The Talisman for Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Partners and The Kennedy/Marshall Company.

Frank Marshall will produce on behalf of Kennedy/Marshall, while former Amblin CEO Michael Wright will serve as an executive producer on The Talisman, which will be adapted by veteran genre scribe Chris Sparling (Buried).

Ep. 99: King Catchup

Posted: March 11, 2019, 10:39:46
Section: General news » Podcast

Welcome to the Stephen King Podcast - Constant and New Listeners!

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Welcome to Episode 99 of The Stephen King Podcast!

After a month long layoff due to knee surgery I'm back! And boy there was a ton of Stephen King news during the month of February!!

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Dark Tower Didn't Ripp Off Time-Traveling Comic

Posted: March 4, 2019, 18:34:21

Judge Schlesinger confirms what the rest of us have known all along.

A Florida federal judge on Friday dismissed a suit claiming Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” ripped off the time-traveling comic book series “The Rook,” ruling that the protected elements of the two works are dissimilar and that no reasonable jury could conclude King infringed the comic's copyrights.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger granted summary judgment in favor of King after finding that even though the two series feature adventure-seeking protagonists who don Western garb and engage in time travel, they are far more different in substance.

The judge said the plaintiff, the nephew of now-deceased comic book writer William B. DuBay, “analyzes the characters at such a high level of abstraction and generality that it does not truly reflect the characters or their shared traits.”

DuBay’s nephew, Benjamin DuBay, claims in his suit launched in March 2017 that King’s eight-book fantasy series “The Dark Tower” featuring protagonist Roland Deschain infringes the copyrights to "The Rook," which features a hero called Restin Dane. Since the character first appeared in Warren Publishing Co.’s horror comic book magazine in 1977, more than 5 million copies of magazines that follow the character The Rook have been published in five different languages, according to the suit.

DuBay claims King was a “super fan” of William DuBay and admitted to copying his character in his memoir, “On Writing.” Since then, King has made more than $500 million off his Deschain character and “The Dark Tower” series, which he published between 1998 and 2004, according to the complaint.

But Judge Schlesinger said that while Roland Deschain and Restin Dane are both adventurers, they have little else in common.

Thanks to Herbert West

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