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James Franco To Star In New King Movie

Posted: June 3, 2016, 23:31
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James Franco will star in Drunken Fireworks.

Matt Rager, who collaborated with Franco on As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and the forthcoming In Dubious Battle, will adapt King’s story. Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce under Rabbit Bandini Productions alongside Doug McKay, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter, and Nathan Grubbs of Rubicon Entertainment. There is also a possibility that Franco will direct, but nothing has been confirmed.

Read more here.

Thanks to Herbert West

Is Pennywise Swedish?

Posted: June 2, 2016, 22:25
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The Hollywood Reporter reports that Pennywise will be played by the Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard.

Skarsgard is in final negotiations to star in the horror pic whose cast will also include St. Vincent actor Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

It's also interesting that they list six other actors. Not sure who they will play though.


What are your thoughts on Bill as Pennywise?

Thanks to Matty Jorissen

IT Filming in Port Hope This Summer

Posted: June 1, 2016, 10:07
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Looks like IT will be filming in Port Hope in July according to Northumberlandnews. If anyone living there gets photos, send them to me and I'll post them here on the site.

Port Hope eyed for remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’

PORT HOPE -- Pennywise the Clown could be terrorizing the streets of Port Hope this summer.

Third Act Productions has applied to film interior and exterior scenes of the upcoming feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ in the Municipality of Port Hope.

Based on the novel of the same name, ‘It’ follows seven young friends in 1989 who spend their summer battling an evil presence lurking beneath their small town.

The novel was adapted into a two-part ABC mini-series in 1990 starring Tim Curry in the titular role.

According to Variety, Will Poulter (‘We’re the Millers, The Revenant’) was last reported to don the red nose in Cary Fukunaga’s (‘True Detective Season One’) latest adaptation.

Filming is slated for various locations around the municipality between Monday, July 11 and Monday, July 18.

Filming times are currently to be determined, but the production company is requesting to shoot from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. If the application is approved, the production company said it will have a “heavy” presence in the community.

“We are sensitive to the complexities of filming on location and we are aware that we are guests in your neighbourhood,” the production company wrote in a notice to residents. “Because of this, we endeavour to make it as uneventful an experience as possible for the residents and businesses closest to our work area and the neighbourhood in general.”

The production company has found potential locations to shoot, mostly in the downtown area. Here’s a preliminary shooting schedule:

Monday, July 11

• Port Hope Town Hall

• Memorial Park cenotaph

• Queen Street between Walton and Robertson streets

• Capitol Theatre

Tuesday, July 12

• Intersection of Mill and Walton streets

• Walton Street bridge

• In front and behind 16-22 Walton Street

• Port Hope Town Hall

Wednesday, July 13

• Queen Street between Walton and Roberston streets

• Memorial Park

Thursday, July 14

• The alley between Gould’s Shoe’s and Avanti Hair Design

• John and Hayward streets

Friday, July 15

• Cavan Street between Highland Drive and Ravine Drive

• Victoria Street South between Trafalgar Street and Sullivan Street

Monday, July 18

• Watson’s Guardian Drugs

The municipality’s current policy doesn’t allow filming in the downtown area between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. So if the production company intends to use Port Hope as its backdrop, council will have to adopt changes to its film policy in order to allow filming downtown.

If approved, businesses that may be affected will have to privately negotiate with the production company for loss of business compensation.

Thanks to Dimitris Tso

Mark Pavia Talks The Reaper’s Image

Posted: May 30, 2016, 17:44
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Mark Pavia talks about The Reaper’s Image - a Stephen King horror anthology film.

Several years ago, there were talks that you were working on a Stephen King anthology film. What’s the status on that project?

Yes, ‘The Reaper’s Image’ — a Stephen King horror anthology film I wrote. Kind of a modern Creepshow, you know? There hasn’t been a Stephen King horror anthology film like this in almost 30 years, so it’s all very exciting. So, where it’s at right now… as I mentioned, there is a script, and the project is currently being handled by Stephen’s agent, Rand Holston, a really terrific and supportive guy and one of the best agents in town. A lot of people have been asking about it lately, tremendous interest building, so we’ll see. It would be an amazing project, no question about it.

Read the entire interview here.

Thanks to Herbert West

Win End of Watch on Audio

Posted: May 30, 2016, 15:24
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Have you had enough of contests yet? Well, I haven’t so here is another. I have five (5) copies of End of Watch on audio CD to giveaway. All you need to do is answer this question:

Is it the same narrator for all three Bill Hodges books (Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch) and if it is, what is his/her name?

Easy right? Well there are two more ways you can earn and add extra entries to the contest and get a bigger chance to win. One is to send in a photo and yourself with Lilja’s Library (see instructions here) or you can order any Marv item from Zazzle or Café Press.

You need to enter before June 10 and send your answer, your name and address (so I can send you the prize if you win) to info[a]liljas-library.com. You can also send your photo to the same address.

Good luck to everyone.

King's Choice For Holly

Posted: May 26, 2016, 16:06
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From the moderator of King's board about who King would like to see play Holly Gibney in Mr Mercedes:

Steve's choice for Holly has always been Mary Lynn Rajskub, who I think would be great in that part. Will be interesting to see if that works out.


I think she would be perfect!

Mr Mercedes TV Series Set For 2018

Posted: May 26, 2016, 00:24
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Hollywood Reporter reports that the TV Series will run as a 10-episode series on AT&T's Audience Network. David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Practice) and Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome) will executive produce the series, with the former set to write the first episode and serve as showrunner.

Brendan Gleeson and Anton Yelchin have been tapped to star in the drama produced as Detective Bill Hodges and Brady Hartsfield. No word on other casting yet.


Thanks to Rick Urban

Ep. 59: Extra! Extra Jason Bremer Talks 11.22.63

Posted: May 24, 2016, 12:08
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With your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and writer/podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 59 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Joining us for this episode is budding actor Jason Bremer who was an extra for some of the scenes shot in Dallas. He shares his experience as what it is like to be an extra. Thanks Jason!

We also bring the latest Stephen King News. And we have a ton of it!

Finally, in the podcast signoff segment, Hans lists all the awesome Stephen King contests he is running to celebrate 20 years of Lilja's Library.

Check them out and go to Lilja's Library to find out the details and ENTER!!!!

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.

Good or bad, we want it all!

You can leave us comments, questions, topic suggestions at:

1) FaceBook - Lilja's Library
2) Audio Message - Speak Pipe widget on the right hand of the podcast page (send voicemail)

In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:36 - News From The Deathroom
4) 32:12 - King Crate Treasures - The Shining Opera
5) 59:22 - Podcast Signoff & Lilja's Library Contest Announcements
6) 37:58 - Outro



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Bad News For Mr Mercedes TV Show

Posted: May 23, 2016, 12:14
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When asked about the status on the Mr Mercedes TV show the moderator of King’s board had the following to say.

The last I heard from Stephen a month or so ago was that it had been back-burnered so don't expect to see it anytime soon.

Owen Teague About Cell

Posted: May 23, 2016, 10:11
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Interview with Owen Teague who plays Jordan in Cell.

Jordan: a 12-year-old-boy studying at prep school that was devastated by the Pulse, Jordan faithfully remains with the headmaster, Charles Ardai, until they destroy the flock at the school and Ardai is driven to suicide by the phoners. Jordan remains with the group and provides the intellectual theory and comparison of the effects of the Pulse to that of a worm in a computer.

Here is a part of the interview.

Colleen Bement: What can you share about your experience making the upcoming film Cell?

Owen Teague: Cell was an amazing experience. That was my first time working on the set of a movie like that; heavy on stunts, special effects, blood, and science-fiction-horror stuff. Working with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson was incredible. Both are really intense and made that terrifying world feel real. Stacey Keach was also amazing to work with. The whole thing was kind of surreal, because leading up to getting involved with that movie, starting in middle school, I had become obsessed with everything Stephen King. He’s one of my favorite authors. And so actually playing one of his characters, and saying his words, and being in a movie he was so closely involved with was just insane. Especially a film with such amazing people working on it. And the other thing was that while we were shooting it, a movie about a kind of apocalypse, we got hit with this horrible, freak snowstorm in Atlanta. I think they called it “snowmaggedon.”The crew got stuck in the bar where we were filming for like two days. So there we were, making this movie about four people in the middle of the end of the world, and outside, people were stranded because of a giant snowstorm. Other than that though, it was a great experience.

Read the entire interview here.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King & Arcel Talk Elba And McConaughey In Podcast

Posted: May 18, 2016, 08:31
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For those seeking an early preview of how the February 2017 film is coming together, Entertainment Weekly presents this podcast version of our conversation with King himself, as well as director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel.

In the pod you’ll hear the two men describe approximately where the film will pick up within the storyline of King’s books, and both address why Elba was the right choice for Roland the Gunslinger — and why McConaughey was chosen as the sinister, shape-shifting Man in Black.

Marv's Store

Posted: May 17, 2016, 00:19
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As most of you know Marv has been with Lilja’s Library for the last 10 years and he has been on the cover of the book version of Lilja’s Library, the subject for a writing contest (winning story was published in a paperback), he has his one movie prop museum and once he was even supposed to be done as a keychain. That didn’t happen but now he has opened no less than two stores of his own. One over at Zazzle and one over at Café Press. In that store you can buy different items with Marv’s face on them. There are two designs, one in black and white and one in color to choose from.

There will be new things added as we go along and if there is an item that you feel “that one I’d really like to have with Marv’s face on it”, well just let me know and I’ll take care of it.

Marv was created in 2006 by Glenn Chadbourne for the then new design of Lilja’s Library. Now, 10 years later, Vincent Chong has done his version of Marv and that’s the version you’ll find in the stores. So, head over to the stores, look around, buy if you find something you like and as I said, let me know if there is anything else you’d like to put Marv’s face on.

Lilja & Marv

Support Lilja's Library & Be A Winner

Posted: May 17, 2016, 00:13
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Its contest time again here at Lilja’s Library and this time I want to do a contest where those of you that really support the site will be the winners. There will be five winners all in all and here is what they will win.

Grand Prize:
1 hardcopy of End of Watch
1 paperback copy of Finders Keepers
1 paperback copy of Mr. Mercedes
1 promotional moleskin notebook

Second and third place winners each get:
1 hardcopy of End of Watch
1 paperback copy of Finders Keepers
1 paperback copy of Mr. Mercedes

Fourth and Fifth place winners each get:
1 promotional moleskin notebook


And to get the chance to win these you need to be active in supporting Lilja’s Library either on the site or in Social Medias. I will pick one winner from facebook, one from twitter, one from Instagram, one from comments to news on the site and one from all the photos of you and Lilja’s Library. Oh, and everyone who orders a Marv item from either Zazzle or Café Press will get his or her name an extra time in each of these five groups and automatically have five extra chances to win. And if you are already active on the five forums you will have 10 chances of being drawn which is the maximum you can have. Here are the details.

Facebook:
I will draw one winner from the likes, shares or comments on Lilja’s Library’s facebook page (you have to like Lilja's Library on facebook to enter in this category).

Twitter:
I will draw one winner from the likes, retweets or comments on Lilja’s Library’s twitter page (you have to follow Lilja's Library on Twitter to enter in this category).

Instagram:
I will draw one winner from the likes, hashtag or comments on Lilja’s Library’s Instagram page (you have to follow Lilja's Library on Instagram to enter in this category.

Site:
I will draw one winner from comments to news posted on the Lilja’s Library’s site.

Photo:
I will draw one winner from all the photos with you and Lilja’s Library.

Marv’s Store:
If you buy anything from Marv’s Store on Zazzle or Café Press you will get five extra entries. It will be as if you had commented on facebook, commented on twitter, commented on Instagram, commented on the site and send in a photo. If you combine a purchase with being active on all these Social Medias you can get a maximum of 10 entries.

Then when I have drawn the five winners I will then randomly draw who will be the grand prize winner and who will be what runner up. The contest ends June 5.

So, start liking commenting, sharing, retweeting, hashtaging and taking photos. These books and notebook could be yours. Good Luck!

Marv's 2nd Store is Now Open

Posted: May 16, 2016, 14:16
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Marv is branching out. Just 4 days after he opened his store over at Zazzle he is opening another one. This one is located at Café Press and the items you can get here are a bit different from the one over at Zazzle so head over and check them out. And as usual, if there are any times you’re missing. Let me know and I’ll take care of it.

Marv was created in 2006 by Glenn Chadbourne for the then new design of Lilja’s Library. Now, 10 years later, Vincent Chong has done his version of Marv and that’s the version you’ll find in the store. So, head over to the store, look around, buy if you find something you like and as I said, let me know if there is anything else you’d like to put Marv’s face on.

Lilja & Marv

A Great Week Is Ending

Posted: May 15, 2016, 22:48
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This week:

Another week is over and this week a lot happened. Marv opened his own store where you can order stuff with his cute face on. Yeah, you know you know his cute.

We got news about two new editions of The Shining. One from Cemetery Dance that will have the prologue Before the Play included and the other from The Folio Society that have new illustrations and a few will also be signed by King.

I posted my review of the upcoming book The Fireman by Joe Hill. I also got a chance to read King's story The Music Room from the anthology In Sunlight or In Shadow that will be release December 6 and let me tell you, it’s good!

The week ended with me getting the OK for a prize that I will use in a really great contest later this summer and Lou and me recording a new podcast in which we spoke to Jason Bremer about his part in 11.22.63.

What a week!

Next week:

Next week I will start a contest and probably have a live chat on facebook where I will show you some new stuff so keep checking in to Lilja’s Library.

My Review Of Joe Hill's The Fireman

Posted: May 12, 2016, 23:25
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Here is my review of Joe Hill's The Fireman out May 17.

Joe Hill is an excellent writer and I just love his books and The Fireman is no exception. Is it one of his best? Well, both NOS4A2 and Horns are hard to beat so let me get back to you on that once The Fireman has sunken in a bit but I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer is yes.

Marv's Store is Now Open

Posted: May 12, 2016, 08:40
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As most of you know Marv has been with Lilja’s Library for the last 10 years and he has been on the cover of the book version of Lilja’s Library, the subject for a writing contest (winning story was published in a paperback), he has his one movie prop museum and once he was even supposed to be done as a keychain. That didn’t happen but now he has opened his own store over at Zazzle. In that store you can buy different items with Marv’s face on them. There are two designs, one in black and white and one in color to choose from.

There will be new things added as we go along and if there is an item that you feel “that one I’d really like to have with Marv’s face on it”, well just let me know and I’ll take care of it.

Marv was created in 2006 by Glenn Chadbourne for the then new design of Lilja’s Library. Now, 10 years later, Vincent Chong has done his version of Marv and that’s the version you’ll find in the store. So, head over to the store, look around, buy if you find something you like and as I said, let me know if there is anything else you’d like to put Marv’s face on.

Lilja & Marv

The Folio Society Releases The Shining

Posted: May 11, 2016, 15:28
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For over 65 years, The Folio Society has been publishing beautiful illustrated editions of
the world’s greatest books. It believes that the literary content of a book should be matched
by its physical form. With specially researched images or newly commissioned illustrations,
many of its editions are further enhanced with introductions written by leading figures in
their fields: novelists, journalists, academics, scientists and artists. Exceptional in content and
craftsmanship, and maintaining the very highest standards of fine book production, Folio Society editions last for generations.

Now it's The Shining's turn. A limited number of copies have been signed by King and artist Edward Kinsella.


Thanks to Troy Tradup

And The Winners Are...

Posted: May 11, 2016, 11:07
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The contest has ended, the winners have been selected and here are the correct answers.

Question #1: Name one other book by Joe Hill
Answer #1: 20th Century Ghosts, Heart-Shaped Box, Horns and NOS4A2. I would also have given you right for The Fireman.


Question #2: Name one story that Joe Hill has written with Stephen King
Answer #2: Throttle and In The Tall Grass


Question #3: True or False: Joe Hill illustrated the comic Locke & Key?
Answer #3: False, Gabriel Rodríguez illustrated the comic

And the three lucky winners that will each get a signed personalized copy of The Fireman is…Ron Clinton, David Spell and Connie L Sherwood. Congratulations to you three!

The Shining Opera Links

Posted: May 11, 2016, 09:25
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In our last podcast (episode 58) we spoke to Mark Campbell about the opera version of The Shining. It has now had its premier and some interesting links have appeared online. Check them out below.

Stephen King’s “The Shining” is now a genre-redefining opera
Ghosts and madness shine at the Minnesota Opera
'Shining' opera premiere is scary good
Minnesota Opera's 'The Shining' review: Spine-chilling and superb
Librettist Mark Campbell on 'The Shining,' Stephen King and the fun of being scary


Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Rick Urban.

Claudia Kim Cast as Arra Champignon in Dark Tower

Posted: May 8, 2016, 23:57
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More The Dark Tower casting news. This one is from comicbook.com.

The Tracking Board is reporting that Claudia Kim (7th Grade Civil Servant, Marco Polo) has joined the cast of the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

Kim, 31, is expected to play Arra Champignon, the kind-hearted, pregnant wife of Charles Champignon. The couple are ambushed by Farson's men, and she ends up getting raped, murdered and having her baby cut from her womb, all while her husband is forced to watch.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

End of Watch Wallpaper

Posted: May 7, 2016, 16:24
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Download your End of Watch Wallpaper here (scroll down a bit).

The cell rings twice, and then his old partner in his ear... 'I'm at the scene of what appears to be a murder-suicide. I'd like you to come and take a look. Bring your sidekick with you, if she's available...'

Retired Detective Bill Hodges now runs a two-person firm called Finders Keepers with his partner Holly Gibney. They met in the wake of the 'Mercedes Massacre' when a queue of people was run down by the diabolical killer Brady Hartsfield.

Brady is now confined to Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, in an unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: the evidence suggests that Brady is somehow awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room...

Both a stand-alone novel of heart-pounding suspense and a sublimely terrifying final episode in the Hodges trilogy, End of Watch takes the series into a powerful new dimension.

Bernstein To Direct & Produce Pilot For The Mist

Posted: May 6, 2016, 00:16
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Spike TV announced today that Adam Bernstein will serve as Director and Executive Producer for the premiere episode of The Mist. From the Pressrelease:

New York, NY, May 5, 2016 – Adam Bernstein, an award-winning and critically-acclaimed television and film director, will serve as Director and Executive Producer for the premiere episode of Spike’s new scripted series, “The Mist.” From TWC-Dimension Television (TV) based on the classic Stephen King novella, “The Mist” goes into production this summer and airs in 2017. The announcement was jointly made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.

Bernstein’s extensive resume includes many of the most decorated series on television over the last 15 years including directing the pilots for “Fargo,” “30 Rock,” and “Scrubs.” “His impressive credits also include “Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad,” “Californication,” “Shameless,” “Bored to Death,” “Oz,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and “Entourage.” In 2006, he won a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for “30 Rock.”

Trivia: Is This Scary Became Ghost

Posted: May 4, 2016, 14:07
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Here are some interesting trivia. Most of you are familiar with the King/Michael Jackson music video Ghosts but did you know it was originally meant as a promo for the movie Adams Family Values?

Turns out the original title was Is This Scary and meant to be a short promo for the then upcoming Addams Family Values movie. The unfinished and unreleased version even had the Addams Family kids in it. Production began in 1993 with Mick Garris directing and rewriting the script. Then the allegations against Jackson happened and the project was shelved. In 1996, it was rewritten again and expanded and given the final title, Ghosts. The original version that King supposedly wrote has surfaced online...misspelled Is It Scary, since the real title was Is This Scary. Check it out here.



Here are some outtakes from the Ghost version.





And here is the full Ghost version.



Thanks to Peter Hansen

Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow Out July 12

Posted: May 3, 2016, 23:59
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Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow is being released on Blu-ray in July. Here are all the info you need.

Director: Michael Felsher
Runtime: 90 minutes
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Format: Blu-ray
Region: All Regions
Price: $24.95

Features
•Audio Commentary with Director & Editor Michael Felsher
•Audio Commentary featuring interviews with Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
•Creepshow Days – An interview with Director of Photography Director Michael Gornick
•Extended Interview Segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson
•Behind The Screams – A compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini
•Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark
•Scream Greats Volume One: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Savini
•Vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews
•Behind-The-Scenes of CREEPSHOW Photo Gallery


Thanks to Lou Sytsma

My Review Of Unearthed & Untold

Posted: May 2, 2016, 08:44
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Here is my review of Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary.

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is done with love (for a great movie), stubbornness (to finally get it released), with thoroughness (finding everything and not leaving anything out) and a passion for the art of filmmaking. Well done!

You can pre-order your copy from Terror Films here.

DT Casting; Jake's Friend Timmy Cast

Posted: April 29, 2016, 22:46
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Here are the latest Dark Tower casting reported by Deadline.

Two weeks into the start of shooting in South Africa, The Dark Tower is beefing up its cast with the addition of Michael Barbieri, I’ve learned. Reps for the 14-year-old are deep in talks to have him join the highly anticipated Nikolaj Arcel-directed adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling series, set to come out on Presidents Day weekend next year.

Barbieri is slated to play the role of Timmy. Showing up in The Waste Lands book from 1992, the character is an offbeat pal to the Jake Chambers character, to be played by Tom Taylor.


Thanks to Douglas Dowie.