NEWS -

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.

King & Arcel Comment On Dark Tower

Posted: April 29, 2016, 16:40
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This article has been out for a few weeks but there are some quotes from King that might be of interest.

“[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story,”

and

“They’re still holding on to this idea that they can do a TV series, and they’ve got it pegged for that, and it would seem everyone involved is waiting to see if the movie clicks with audiences before going all in with a massive franchise. Other people have tried fantasy spectacle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it works really well when it’s based on a series of books, like 'The Hunger Games' or 'Harry Potter,' and sometimes it doesn’t. What I have to go back to is this: We have Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, two great actors. You’ve got a great production team and Akiva Goldsman as the primary script writer. The team is in place, so we’ll hope for the best.”

Director Nikolaj Arcel said this:

“A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world”

Thanks to Herbert West

German Cover For End of Watch

Posted: April 29, 2016, 08:39
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Here is the German cover for End of Watch. Strange things isn't that they have given it a new title but that they have given it a new English title. Could reveal something about the plot...


Thanks to Hans von Wirth

Dark Tower Set Photos Online

Posted: April 28, 2016, 09:24
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Today with social media things are showing up so much faster than usually. In the live chat I had this las Tuesday I was actually asked when we would see photos from the filming of The Dark Tower and I guessed in late May. Today the first ones are here…

I have collected what I found online and if you find other, please let me know so that I can add them.







Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Herbert West

Casting Has Begun on Pet Sematary Remake

Posted: April 28, 2016, 01:22
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This was reported over a month ago but I had totally missed it. The remake of Pet Sematary seems to be getting off the ground. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) on board to direct a script he wrote with Jeff Buhler.

Speaking with Dread Central, Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) provided a little update.

“They are currently out to cast, and they are going for some bigger names, so it’s taking some time,” said Buhler, revealing that the casting process has officially begun. We don’t yet have any way of knowing who the studio is speaking with, but it’s good to hear that they’re looking to go big with the remake. And if casting has begun, pre-production seems to be moving along smoothly.

11.22.63 On Blu-ray & DVD August 9

Posted: April 27, 2016, 08:55
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Daily Dead reports that Warner will release 11.22.63 on Blu-ray ($39.99), DVD ($29.98) and Digital HD on August 9. It will include a new featurette When the Future Fights Back where King, Abrams, Carpenter and James Franco talk about elements of the production that turned King’s bestselling novel into an event series.

Ep 58: Taking A Shining To The Opera

Posted: April 25, 2016, 09:40
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With your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 58 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Joining us for this episode is Pulizter Prize winning Writer - Mark Campbell who has written the Libretto for The Shining Opera. Mark was a wonderful guest and gave us an enthusiastic explanation about adapting The Shining as an opera. It is his mission to bring opera to the masses and adapting popular works is a way of doing that.
Very fun. Very informative.

You can find out more about Mark at his website -
http://www.markcampbellwords.com/#!

Info about The Shining Opera can be found here -
http://www.mnopera.org/season/2015-2016/the-shining/

We also bring the latest Stephen King News.

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:
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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 03:04 - News From The Deathroom
4) 36:32 - King Crate Treasures - The Shining Opera
5) 1:29:28 - Podcast Signoff
6) 37:58 - Outro



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IT Hits Theaters Sept. 18, 2017

Posted: April 23, 2016, 08:51
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Variety reports that IT now has a release date.

New Line and Warner Bros. have announced a release date for their adaptation of Stephen King’s “It.” The movie, which was originally supposed to be directed by Cary Fukunaga, hits theaters Sept. 18, 2017.

TSources have also indicated that Will Poulter, who was originally tapped to portray Pennywise in Fukunaga’s version, has dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict and that execs are currently meeting with actors to portray the classic King villain.

The idea is to have two films, one focused on the children and the other focusing on them as adults when they come back to their hometown to face the monster again.

Sources have also indicated that Will Poulter, who was originally tapped to portray Pennywise in Fukunaga’s version, has dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict and that execs are currently meeting with actors to portray the classic King villain.

Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing along with David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Thanks to Rick Urban and Matty Jorissen.

Live Videochat; Will You Be There?

Posted: April 20, 2016, 14:17
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OK, I'm going to try this live feed on facebook to do a live chat on April 26. The live chat where I just typed answers to your questions were a lot of fun so I'm sure this one will be as well. Will you join me?

Why do I do this?
- Because I love to talk King and I’d love to hear from all of you and what you have to say about King and Lilja’s Library. The site has been online for 20 years so I guess it’s about time right?

When will you do this?
- I’ll be online this Tuseday April 26 at 11PM my time (Sweden). That would be 10PM in London, 5PM in New York, 2PM in LA and 7AM (on April 15) in Sydney.

How long will you be there?
- I’ll try to be there as long as there are people joining me but at least for an hour. Hopefully longer.

What can you ask?
- Anything you want. If I can I will answer but please know that I don’t have the answer to everything
Smiley smile

Do we have to ask stuff or can we just chat?
- You can ask questions, chat, comment, post photos and do pretty much anything except disrespect anyone. I want us to play this nice.

Can you show us stuff you have?
- Sure, ask and I’ll post photos.

Will King be there?
- No, not King just me Lilja

If you head over to the facebook site you can check out a (pretty bad) testrun I did...

Ep 57: 112263 Series Review With Book Vs Movie

Posted: April 18, 2016, 09:49
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With your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 57 of The Stephen King Podcast!

We cross podcast streams with Margo Donohue from the Book Vs Movie podcast to review the Hulu adaptation of 11.22.63.

If you want to hear our thoughts about the first two episodes, check out the Book Vs Movie podcast where we were guests.

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:
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2) Audio Message - Speak Pipe widget on the right hand of the podcast page (send voicemail)

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1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:20 - Reviews From The Night Shift - 11.22.63 - Series Review
4) 37:58 - Outro



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Read The Green Mile As It Was Meant

Posted: April 18, 2016, 08:43
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Now, those who didn’t back in 1996 can experience The Green Mile in its serialized form, as it was meant to be read. That is if you haven’t already read the complete book. Back in 1996 you had to wait a month between the installments but now all six volumes will be releases by June 21.

The Two Dead Girls out now
The Mouse on the Mile April 26
Coffey’s Hands May 10
The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix May 24
Night Journey June 7
Coffey on the Mile June 21

How I envy those of you who haven’t already read this book…



Jackie Earle Haley Negotiates For The Dark Tower

Posted: April 15, 2016, 01:01
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Deadline reports that Jackie Earle Haley in negotiations for a co-starring role opposite Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in The Dark Tower.

Haley will play Sayre, a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one.


Here is a description of Sayre from The Dark Tower WiKi.

Richard Patrick Sayre is a high-ranking can-toi and a member of the Sombra Corporation. He has the usual low man fashion sense, dressing himself in a garish suit. He also has the pool of blood on his forehead that never spills over.

As revealed in Wolves of the Calla, Sayre lured Father Callahan to Sombra's offices by offering a million dollars to the charity he was working for. It was a trap, where Sayre intended to use Type Three vampires to give Callahan AIDS. His plan failed when Callahan committed suicide by jumping out the window.

In Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower, Sayre is the man in charge of delivering Mia's baby. He calls Susannah/Mia in their hotel room, telling them to go to the Dixie Pig. He takes them through the door into Fedic, where Mia is placed on a bed to deliver Mordred Deschain. After his birth, Susannah grabs a gun and shoots Sayre in the head.

10 Episode Mist TV Show Set For A 2017 Debut

Posted: April 14, 2016, 21:32
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The Hollywood Reporter reports that a 10-episode TV show based on The Mist will begin production in the summer for a 2017 debut.

The Mist is coming a lot sooner to Spike TV than the cabler first imagined.

Nearly two months after ordering the Stephen King adaptation to pilot, the Viacom-owned network has handed out a straight-to-series, 10-episode pickup for the drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Insiders say that the network was so impressed with the series pitch and script that they opted to go straight to series rather than proceed with a typical pilot order.

"Christian and the entire team at The Weinstein Co.-Dimension TV have crafted the framework for a compelling and distinctive series that will resonate with Spike's expanding audience," Spike exec vp original series Sharon Levy said.

Dimension exec vp scripted Megan Spanjian will oversee the series alongside exec vp production and creative affairs Matthew Signer and senior vp production and development Keith Levine. Levy, senior vp scripted original series Ted Gold and senior director scripted Lauren Ruggiero will oversee for Spike.

The Mist marks TWC/Dimension's second scripted series and joins MTV's Scream reboot, with the latter set to debut its second season in May.


Thanks to Rick Urban

Concept Art For Revival

Posted: April 14, 2016, 09:24
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Here is a piece of concept art for Revival done by Vincent Chong. Looks really creapy if you ask me. Josh also told me that the movie should shoot later this summer andthat they are casting it now.