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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.

Insider’s Guide To 11.22.63

Posted: April 13, 2016, 08:38
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For all of those of you out there who looked for Easter eggs in 11.22.63 here are some of them. I know a few more, do you have anything to add to the list.

Jack says he is Kennedy’s number one fan (Misery)
We see Annette O’Tool in a small part (plays Beverly Marsh. Beverly also appears in the book)

Check out all 8 parts of Insider’s Guide

Chat Live With Lilja on Facebook

Posted: April 12, 2016, 09:04
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On Thursday April 14 I’ll be doing a live chat on facebook. I’ve understood it there are different ways in doing it but I’m going to start off with just being online and answering any question you can throw at me…live. If there are a lot of people joining in on the discussion I’ll do it again and try the live video feed but since I don’t know if I will just be sitting here all on my own I don’t want to start off to big.

I know there are other ways of doing this than on facebook but I’ll start there and see where this leads. If there are a big interest for this I’m definatley open to doing this in other social media. But let’s start here and see where it all lands.

So help me spread the word about this and please join in if you can. I would hate to sit there all alone…

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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 Thursday April 14 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 :-)

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.

2 King Interviews

Posted: April 11, 2016, 09:12
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Here are two interviews with King. The first one is fom Radio Times.

“Well,” he laughs, “I’m between [writing projects] now. I’m collaborating on a book with my son Owen,” he says of the younger of his sons (the other, who uses the pen name Joe Hill, is also an author; King and his wife of 45 years, Tabitha, another writer, also have a daughter, Naomi, a church minister). “The book goes back and forth. We’re almost done with it, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do next.

The second one is from The Telegraph.

“You know,” begins the engagingly enthusiastic author, “they say there was a time in the 19th century when 200 people drowned in Baltimore because they crowded a pier, and the pier collapsed. They were waiting for the ship that had the last instalment of one of Dickens’s novels. Now that’s dedication!” he hoots. “You see the same sort of excitement when Breaking Bad or The Sopranos ends. To viewers those people [in the shows] are their friends.”

Win a personalize copy of Joe Hill's The Fireman

Posted: April 11, 2016, 00:36
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I promised you that 2016 would be a great year in celebration of the fact that Lilja’s Library has been alive for 20 years. Well, here is a contest that I think is very worthy that celebration.

What you can win here is nothing less than three (3) hardbacks (divided between three winners) of Joe Hill’s The Fireman but that’s not all. Joe will personalize and sign the books for the three winners. How about that?


In order to have a chance to win one of these three books you need to answer these questions and you need to do it before May 10. This contest is open to anyone anywhere but you can only enter once.

King Between Books & Collaborating with Owen

Posted: April 8, 2016, 10:51
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Here are some interesting news about the status of new King books...

In an interview appearing in the Radio Times in the UK this week, King says that he is between books at the moment, but is in the final stages of collaborating on a book with his son Owen.

Thanks to Chris Lancaster

King being interviewed by George RR Martin

Posted: April 7, 2016, 00:52
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King will be joined by George RR Martin at Albuquerque End of Watch tour. King will be interviewed by Martin. Here is the press release.

Stephen King to Appear with George RR Martin at Albuquerque End of Watch Tour

ALBUQUERQUE—Longtime Albuquerque indie bookstore, Bookworks, hosts Stephen King June 16 at the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center, one of twelve stops on a national tour promoting his new novel, End of Watch. What was already an unbelievable event opportunity has become even more notable, with a very special guest announced as part of the billing.

George RR Martin, Game of Thrones creator, beloved New Mexico author, and patron of the arts, will join King on stage at the Kiva Auditorium, for conversation and an element of literary fantasy that fans of the esteemed authors will find hard to resist.

“We were talking one day at the store about the event, daydreaming about how we would ever be able to score an event more epic than Stephen King. ‘But what if we got George RR Martin to interview Stephen King,’” recalls Bookworks event coordinator Amanda Sutton. Martin has been a friend of indie booksellers in New Mexico and has taken part in several events with the store, including a sold-out in-conversation event with Diana Gabaldon in 2013. Martin also frequently hosts renowned authors at his Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.

During a conference call with King’s assistant and publicist at Scribner, the Bookworks team mentioned the idea to have the two authors appear together.

The pieces fell into place when Martin contacted his agent, Chris Lotts, also Stephen King’s agent, expressing interest in hosting King at the Cocteau. No new events were able to be added to the tour, but Martin was invited and graciously agreed to join the bill for the Albuquerque event. He will be in conversation with Stephen King’s son, author Joe Hill, in May 23 at the Cocteau upon release of his book The Fireman. On June 16, Martin will appear with King at the Kiva Auditorium. Both authors are delighted to share the stage.

The authors will sign books prior to the event. Every attendee will receive an End of Watch hardcover with ticket purchase, with 400 signed copies to be distributed at random. End of Watch is the third book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, which began with Mr. Mercedes, an Edgar Award winner, followed by Finders Keepers. All the books in the trilogy, along with many of Mr. King’s titles, will be available at the event, as will signed books from Mr. Martin.

Tickets for Stephen King in Conversation with George RR Martin are available online at bkwrks.com/stephen-king, by phone at 505-344-8139, or in person at Bookworks, at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque.

Hearts in Suspension; Not a New King Book

Posted: April 4, 2016, 15:27
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Hearts in Suspension is NOT the title of a new King book. And it's NOT an April Fool's Day Joke. The moderator of King's board cleared it up by giving this answer to what it is:

It's a non-fiction book with essays by Stephen and others about his time as a student at the University of Maine. It's tentatively set for release in October but that's subject to change.