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Pictures from Nightmares & Dreamscapes

Posted: March 13, 2006, 18:39
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Today I have some really cool news for you. I have no less then 8 pictures and the logo for TNT's Nightmares & Dreamscapes and let me tell you, if the episodes is as good as these images indicate we'll all have a great time this summer! More info can be found on TNT's official site.

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Logo for the series

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Steven Weber (Clark Rivingham) and Kim Delaney (Mary Rivingham) in You Know They Have a Hell of a Band

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Steven Weber (Clark Rivingham) and Kim Delaney (Mary Rivingham) in You Know They Have a Hell of a Band

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William H Macy (Clyde Umney) and William H Macy (Samuel Landry) in Umney's Last Case

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William H Macy (Clyde Umney) in Umney's Last Case

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Kim Delaney (Mary Rivingham) and Steven Weber (Clark Rivingham) in You Know They Have a Hell of a Band

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Ron Livingston (Howard Fornoy) and Henry Thomas (Robert Fornoy) in End of the Whole Mess

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Tom Berenger (Richard Kinnell) in The Road Virus Heads North

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Jeremy Sisto (Mr Keenan) and Samantha Mathis (?) in The Fifth Quarter

John Cusack checks into 1408

Posted: March 9, 2006, 14:21
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John Cusack will star in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's short story "1408" for helmer Mikael Hafstrom, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dimension Films.

Penned by "The People vs. Larry Flynt" scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, pic centers on a debunker of paranormal occurrences who encounters real terror when he checks into notorious Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel.

Pic will lense this summer. Location is yet to be determined.

"This film is so much a one-man show," Hafstrom told Daily Variety. "It's quite a contained drama. It is a horror film if you want to put a label on it, but the way I see it, it's much more an inner-journey of this character."

Hafstrom previously helmed the Weinstein Co.'s "Derailed."

"1408" originally appeared as a King audio book, called "Blood and Smoke," and was subsequently included in King's 2002 short story collection "Everything's Eventual."

Cusack's casting comes on the heels of Dimension buying rights to King's latest novel "Cell" for Eli Roth to direct.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Eli Roth to direct Cell movie

Posted: March 8, 2006, 15:42
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Dimension Films has acquired rights to Stephen King's latest novel "Cell" and has set "Hostel" helmer Eli Roth to direct it.

Rights deal followed King's usual movie rate, $1 against a seven-figure purchase price with enhancements built in.

King's novel is a throwback to his early apocalyptic horror novels. In a single moment, a pulse sent out through cell phones around the world turns every phone user into a crazed, murderous zombie.

Read the complete text

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The future of The Dead Zone

Posted: March 7, 2006, 22:16
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The Dead Zone, will there be a season 6? Well, there have been some rumors flying around so I checked with a source I have that is close to the show and here is what’s happening:

The show is not cancelled, not yet. It's officially on hiatus, and the final word on its pick-up or cancellation likely won't come until Season Five (11 new episodes) finishes its run this summer. USA Network, which airs the show (which is produced by Lionsgate and Paramount), is still holding onto its option for a sixth season and will likely make its final decision then.

The situation came about by shooting all 23 episodes of Seasons Four and Five continuously last year. Normally, the show and the actors would've gone back into production about five months later. But the decision to wait to air the Season Five episodes this summer pushed back the timeframe that USA Network wanted to back its decision -- after all the new episodes have aired. Season Four's ratings were fantastic -- the show was the number five show on all of cable and, along with The 4400, helped USA Network dominate Sunday evenings. There is every reason to believe that this tandem will succeed again this summer, and that they could both be renewed again. The overall tightening at NBC Universal won't last -- they'll be back on top in no time. They've got a lot of great stuff in the pipeline, from NBC to USA and Sci-Fi.

But this means that, for the moment, the show's actors are not under contract and can join new series pilots or anything else they choose. But nothing is certain yet, and even if an actor were to take another job it wouldn't preclude them from still appearing on the show. Jennifer Finnigan did this last season, and many actors do it all the time.

But rumors of The Dead Zone's demise are far from true at this point in time. Everything will depend on how the show performs this summer.

So, there you have it. Don't give up on The Dead Zone just yet, OK?

Interview with Robin Furth

Posted: February 28, 2006, 20:13
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Today I have the promised interview with Robin Furth for you. Robin is the author of The Dark Tower Concordance volume 1 and 2 but she is also providing scene-by-scene plotting and maintaining the continuity and consistency of each story arc in the upcoming Dark Tower comics. In the interview she reveals some very interesting things about the comics…and other things as well. Check it out!

Reports about King's appearance in Florida

Posted: February 28, 2006, 20:11
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Some reports about King's reading in Florida has now appeared online. Here are some of them:

He read a short story called "Memory" to us - 40 minutes. The audience was quieter than I ever remember - quiet enough that one could nap.

Read more here (this one has pictures).

The story was called "Memory" and dealt with a man who's been in an accident and has memory problems when he recovers.

Read more here

Mr. King read an upcoming piece, based (loosely) on his experience of being hit by a van. The story wasn't the usual physical horror associated with King's classic reads. There weren't any possessed girls or debilitating diseases, but an internal horror - the agony and challenge one experiences when their life is forever altered.

Read more here

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

New interview...

Posted: February 27, 2006, 22:20
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Here is an interview King did with Tallahassee Democrat at the event in Florida.

Thanks to Bev Vincent and

Five batches of The Dark Tower comic

Posted: February 27, 2006, 21:41
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I talked to Robin Furth about the upcoming Dark Tower Comic and she had really interesting things to tell me about it. Among the things she told me was that the plan is that Marvel will do five batches of Dark Tower comics. The first one will be released next year and contain seven issues (later published collected in a hardcover). Of the other four batched one will contain five issues and the other three six issues. However, this may change as the comics evolve. Check back tomorrow for the full interview with Robin.

New story called Memory

Posted: February 27, 2006, 21:40
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At his appearance at FSU in Florida King read a new short story called Memory:

On Sunday night, King gave his first public reading of a new short story called "Memory" that was inspired by what he termed his "nasty accident." He delivered the fictional account in front of a capacity crowd at Florida State University's Ruby Diamond Auditorium as part of the Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival.

"I had seven minutes permanently burned out of my memory (when the van hit)," King said. "I did get one back of the guy coming over the hill heading toward me. It's like a coral islet in the sea. ... I have no idea if (the story) is any good, but what the h--l, I like it."

He then launched into the first-person narrative about a wealthy building contractor who is almost crushed to death when he's run over by a construction crane on a job site. The builder grapples regaining speech, thoughts of suicide, a deep hatred for a song by Reba McEntire and exactly what he may have done to his wife while recovering from his coma.

The Seven Days audience rewarded "Memory" with a standing ovation.

You can read the entire article from Tallahassee Democrat here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent and Miss X.

Cell out in the UK

Posted: February 27, 2006, 21:38
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Today Cell is released in the UK and in The Times there is a 16 page extract (similar vein to the Australian Sword In The Darkness) from the book (see image).

Thanks to Kevin Etheridge.

I have seen Desperation

Posted: February 25, 2006, 00:16
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Today I had the chance to see Desperation and all I can say at the moment is that I loved it and that May 18th can’t come soon enough...

Thursday and Friday’s winner of Cell

Posted: February 25, 2006, 00:14
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Thursday and Friday’s contest's is over and to save you the wait I'll give you the right answers and winners to both days right now.

Thursday:
Question: Was King in the UK to promote Bag of Bones?
Answer: Yes, he was.

Thursday’s winner is Eva Maria Vazquez Guzman from Spain.

Friday:
Question: Who has designed the cover for the UK edition?
Answer: It's designed by Keenan.

Friday’s winner is John Ashton from the UK.

Mistakes Were Made

Posted: February 25, 2006, 00:12
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A new column is now online. It's from the March 3rd issue of Entertainment Weekly and has the title Mistakes Were Made. You can read it here.

Thanks to Paul Poroshin.

Wednesday’s winner of Cell

Posted: February 23, 2006, 23:40
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Wednesday’s contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: Does the UK edition of Cell have an excerpt from Lisey's Story like the US edition?
Answer: Yes, it will.

Wednesday’s winner in the Cell contest is Henry Szczudlik from Poland. Today's question is now online.

Tuesday’s winner of Cell

Posted: February 22, 2006, 23:55
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Tuesday’s contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: What is the item that is shown on the cover of the UK edition of Cell?
Answer: A Cell phone or mobile phone, both are OK

Tuesday’s winner is M. Aslam Quadri from Pakistan. Today's question is now online.

Cover for Stationary Bike

Posted: February 21, 2006, 23:30
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Here is the cover for the audio edition of Stationary Bike. The CD contains 2 CD's and is 1½ hour long. Order your copy here.

Production of Nightmares and Dreamscapes has ended

Posted: February 21, 2006, 23:28
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Production of Nightmares and Dreamscapes has officially ended on all eight episodes, and editing for the eighth episode Autopsy Room Four began Monday...all eight episodes are still going through the three month post production process.

Battleground has been given the "no commercial" nod from TNT, so that episode will be commercial free along with Umney’s Last Case.

Thanks to MG.

Stephen's Picks for the week of February 20, 2006

Posted: February 21, 2006, 23:26
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Stephen's Picks for the week of February 20, 2006 is out:

* Stephen is reading The People's Act of Love by James Meek (Very good)
* He is listening to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Hammersmith Odeon, Live '75 (Excellent)
* He is also listening to Vanilla Ice To the Extreme

Monday's winner of Cell

Posted: February 21, 2006, 23:25
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Monday's contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: Will Hodder & Stoughton release Cell as an audio book?
Answer: Yes, they will.

The first winner in the Cell contest is Corey Charron from Japan. Today's question is now online.

Contest time again

Posted: February 19, 2006, 22:11
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It's contest time again. This time it's the UK edition of Cell you can win. The book is released on February 27 and between today, February 20th and February 24th I will give away one book each day. Good Luck!

New Dollar Baby called Tijger

Posted: February 19, 2006, 22:10
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Tijger (Tiger) is the working title of a new low budget production of the Dutch Film & Television Academy with Rozemarijn in 't Veld (producer), Leyla Everaers (director), Femke Boon (script), Susanne Bakker (camera), Sander Schreuders (sound), Eppo Hoogstede and Rianne Blekkenhorst (production design), Annelies van Woerden (editing) and Willem Zwarthoed (visual effects). Tijger wil be the first Dutch Stephen King film ever. The premiere is expected end of June, 2006. Read more here.

Thanks to Stephen King Short Movies.

Listen to King's appearance at Talk to America online.

Posted: February 17, 2006, 23:45
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If you didn't catch King's appearance at Talk to America you can now listen to it online.

During the show King talks about Marvel's Dark Tower series, Lisey's Story and his inspiration for Cell. He doubts he'll ever finish The Plant, that there will likely be a Dark Tower movie -- though not necessarily in his lifetime -- and that there will be a third book in the Talisman/Black House series.

The Talisman on the back burner

Posted: February 17, 2006, 23:42
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Spielberg co-producer Frank Marshall says that The Talisman, the film version of the novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub, "is on a back burner. There's no signs of immediate progress on that one, but it is still ours if we want to produce it."

Thanks to Rocky Wood.

King has agreed to sign books at FSU

Posted: February 17, 2006, 23:40
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According to FSU specials project coordinator Fran Conaway, Stephen King has agreed to sign books following his presentation. "Books will be on sale, or readers may bring their own copies. Signings will be in Ruby Diamond Auditorium following the presentations. For the King signing, there is a limit of one book per person. Also, because of time constraints, this won't be a photo opportunity for individual readers at the King signing." The event comes up as sold-out, but organizers suggest you contact them in case there are ticket returns from people who purchased them originally for the original Russo event.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Stephen on Voice of America

Posted: February 15, 2006, 22:54
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On Friday February 17th you can listen to King on Voice of America Friday. He'll discuss his work and latest book Cell on VOA's Talk to America, the world's only international daily call-in/discussion program. You can hear King on the Talk To America Internet stream LIVE from 11:05am-12pm, Friday, February 17th.

Here's the program website: www.voanews.com/talk and you can email your questions to King during the broadcast at talk@voa.gov.

Thanks to Miss X.

French Cell

Posted: February 13, 2006, 23:31
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Here is the French cover for Cell. The title is Cellulaire and it's being released on March 8.

Thanks to herbertwest, from the Stephen King Lille Board.

Tickets to King's apperance at the Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival

Posted: February 13, 2006, 23:29
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Stephen King fans, get ready to lunge like Cujo for a chance to see the master of horror.

Tickets to hear King speak as a last-minute addition to Florida State University's eighth annual Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Valentine's Day.

The best-selling author of such scary classics as "Carrie," "The Shining" and "Cujo," will give a talk at 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Ruby Diamond Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students and $15 for the general public.

King agreed to step in as a substitute for Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo ("Empire Falls"), who canceled his appearance last week because of a medical emergency in his family.

"The best and most efficient way to purchase King tickets is online at www.sevendaysfestival.org or www.tickets.fsu.edu," FSU special-projects director Fran Conaway said.

Orders also can be placed by calling 644-6500 or in person at the FSU Fine Arts Ticket Office, corner of Copeland and Call streets.

All tickets purchased earlier for the Russo reading will be honored at the King appearance, which is open-seating. Those who wish to get a full refund for their Russo tickets should contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Sunday's contest

Posted: February 13, 2006, 00:12
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Sunday's contest (the last one) is over and the right answer was:

Question: Has King written a foreword or an afterworld for Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished?
Answer: No

The winner of a copy of the Australian edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished is Cheong Kai Fei from Malaysia and poster goes to Luca Gnuva from Italy.

Saturday's contest

Posted: February 11, 2006, 22:36
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Saturday's contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: Is Molly a story by King that is discussed in Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished?
Answer: Yes (it's a screenplay and I apologize if I confused some of you by saying story)

The winner of a copy of the Australian edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished is Ariel Bosi from Argentina and poster goes to Sheila Cohen from the US.

If you didn't win you have a new chance with Sunday's (last chance) question that is now online.

King at Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival

Posted: February 11, 2006, 22:35
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King will be appearing at this year's Seven Days of Opening Nights arts festival at Florida State. King is replacing Richard Russo and will appear on February 26th. Read the entire article here.

Thanks to Miss X.

Friday's contest

Posted: February 10, 2006, 22:34
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Friday's contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: What is the title of the rare poem that is published in Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished?
Answer: Dino

The winner of a copy of the Australian edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished is Kevin M. Figiel from the US and poster goes to Matthias Belz also from Germany.

If you didn't win you have a new chance with Saturday's question that is now online.

The Boogeyman

Posted: February 10, 2006, 22:33
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Here are more information about the Dollar Baby based on The Boogeyman:

Title: The Boogeyman (le croque mitaine)

Year: 2006 Dinocca production

Cast:
-Giuliano Dinocca: Lester Billings
-Sylvain Jesles: Dr Harper.

Lenght: 15 min.

This movie is a mix between the first Boogeyman by Jeff C Shiro and the short story. It was shoot in France.

The story take place first in a police interrogatory,in the Dr Harper's office and...in the cupboard.

Thursday's contest

Posted: February 9, 2006, 22:33
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Thursday's contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: What is the title of the eBook Rocky wood, David Rawsthorne & Norma Blackburn has written about King’s work?
Answer: The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King

The winner of a copy of the Australian edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished is Darlene Wright from the US and poster goes to Jason Worthley also from the US.

If you didn't win you have a new chance with Friday's question that is now online.

French Boogeyman

Posted: February 9, 2006, 22:31
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There is a trailer for a new Dollar Baby online. This one is a French version of The Boogeyman. Check it out here.

Thanks to Stephen King Short Movies.

Wednesdays contest

Posted: February 8, 2006, 22:30
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Wednesdays contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: Rocky Wood is the main author of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished but what two authors have he gotten help from?
Answer: David Rawsthorne & Norma Blackburn

As some of you have pointed out this was a really easy question... The winner of a copy of the Australian edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished is Renata Smolinska from Poland and poster goes to Markus Heikkilä from Finland.

If you didn't win you have a new chance with Thursday's question that is now online.

Tuesday’s contest

Posted: February 7, 2006, 22:28
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Tuesday’s contest is over and the right answer was:

Question: What is the book’s title from which a chapter 71 is published in Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished?
Answer: Sword in the Darkness

And the winner of a copy of the Australian edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished is Robert Cirino from the US and poster goes to Simon McNamee from Australia. How about that?

If you didn't win you have a new chance with Wednesday's question that is now online.

Contest done and new contest online

Posted: February 6, 2006, 22:25
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As promised, here is a new contest for you. This time you can get a copy of the Australian edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished. Just click on the banner and answer the question.

And the Pet Sematary contest is over and two winners has been drawn, but first, here are the right answers:

Question 1: In 1974, Stephen King published his firs novel "Carrie". What was the original price tag?
Answer: $5.95

Question 2: The 1st Printing of Pet Sematary had an error on the back of the DJ. What was it?
Answer: "1982" Caretakers Error on back of DJ

Question 3: What was the 1st Creep Story in Creepshow?
Answer: Father's Day

Question 4: What kind of dog was "Cujo"?
Answer: A St. Bernard.

And, here are the two winners:

The first edition of Pet Semarary goes to Daniel Gonzalez Abad from Spain and the signed limited edition artwork of Pet Semarary by Glenn Chadbourne goes to Peter Ljungkvist from Sweden.

Frey's Lies

Posted: February 3, 2006, 22:24
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King has a new column out. It's called Frey's Lies and you can read it here.

Thanks to Paul Poroshin

Contest time again

Posted: February 1, 2006, 22:22
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OK, it's contest time again. This time it's a first ed. of Pet Sematary and a signed limited edition artwork of Pet Sematary by Glenn Chadbourne at stake, how about that?

Also don't miss the interview I did with Glenn. Not only does he have a lot of interesting things to say but also there is also a little hint of what's to come for Lilja's Library.

Interview with Glenn Chadbourne

Posted: January 29, 2006, 22:11
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Today I have a really interesting interview for you. It's with Glenn Chadbourne who has illustrated the upcoming King book Secretary of Dreams. In this interview he talks about the book, about Doug E Graves or "Dougie" as he is also called (the mascot he did for King's radio station)...and about another mascot he has done...