Second Mercy Trailer

Posted: October 8, 2014, 08:37
Here is a second trailer for Mercy. This is not the one you can see on iTunes.

Ep 36: A Good Marriage of Family & UTD

Posted: October 3, 2014, 09:27

With your hosts Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 36 of The Stephen King Podcast!

We have a lot of Stephen King news including a discussion of the latest media circuit tour that King did for the upcoming - A Good Marriage - movie. The pitfalls of short interviews and the excellent HuffPost Live interview.

Also covered is our review of Season 2 of Under The Dome. Will there be a third season?

We end on a high note with the PBS segment - Finding Your Roots - where fans, along with Stephen King, get to find out a lot of new material about his family background. Lots of fascinating stuff with eerie echoes of the past into the future.

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

Good or bad, we want it all!

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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:37 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4) 22:44 - Reviews From The Night Shift - Under The Dome - S2 Review
5) 36:59 - King Crate - PBS's Finding Your Roots -with Stephen King
6) 49:47 - Signoff & Next Podcast Preview
7) 51:30 - Outre

Podcast produced by Lou Sytsma

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Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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No Word on Season 3 Yet!

Posted: October 3, 2014, 09:19
Still no word on a third season. The second season of Under the Dome had concluded but CBS is still keeping quiet about the future of the hit sci-fi TV drama. Fans are left wondering about what is in store for the Chester's Mill residents after the end of the season. Will they find their way out of the dome? When season 2 was announced the producers made the renewal announcements before the first season ended last year. Yet they failed to do the same this time around.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you want a third season or have you had enough of Under the Dome as a TV show? Personally I feel done with it but I also feel sorry for those of you that enjoyed it to be left like we were in the end of season 2. Leave you comments bellow or on facebook or twitter.

King on BTK's Daughter's Comments

Posted: October 1, 2014, 09:26
King comment on BTK's daughter's comments on A Good Marriage.

I don't think Mr. Rader's daughter has to worry about her father getting a big head; there's nothing glamorous about the portrayal of Bob Anderson in A GOOD MARRIAGE. He's depicted as a banal little man, and none of the murders are shown. As for making millions from the project…not going to happen. AGM is a very small, independently financed feature that is opening in less than two dozen venues. How it does as a video on demand feature film (VOD) is hard to predict, but we don't expect huge returns. The story isn't really about the killer husband at all, but about a brave and determined woman. And while I understand Ms. Rawson's distress, the BTK crimes have already been chronicled in no less than 4 feature films, and there may be more in the future. I grant there is a morbid interest in such crimes and such criminals--there have been at least a hundred films about Jack the Ripper, who claimed far fewer victims--but there's also a need to understand why they happen. That drive to understand is the basis of art, and that's what I strove for in A GOOD MARRIAGE. I maintain that the theme of both the novella and the movie--how some men are able to keep secrets from even their closest loved ones--is valid and deserves exploration.
- Stephen King

Under the Dome Season 2 on DVD & Blu-ray

Posted: September 30, 2014, 15:44
CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that they will release season 2 of Under the Dome on DVD ($59.99) and Blu-ray ($74.99) on December 9th.

Here's a list of the bonus material:

- Under The Dome: Season 2: Readings From The Dome
- Interview: Stephen King & Season 2
- Under The Dome: Season 2: Welcome Back To Chester's Mill
- Under The Dome: Season 2: Filming The Season Premiere
- Under The Dome: A Journey Through Season 2
- Inside/Outside: The Transmedia World of Under The Dome
- Under The Dome: Season 2: The VFX

A Second Review of A Good Marriage

Posted: September 30, 2014, 10:21
This time it's Dread Central who's seen the movie and they aren't that impressed.

And so begins the game of cat and mouse. Who’s who swaps and spins on its axis throughout, and that’s fun to see, but overall the film feels stale. Worse, I didn’t buy Allen and LaPaglia as a couple. That’s the lynchpin of the whole story: devotion vs. duty, love and loyalty vs. evil and ethics. It’s quite a conundrum to be sure, and while the actors themselves are good in their roles, they simply do not have chemistry.

The movie’s worth a watch, but just one.

First Review of A Good Marriage

Posted: September 30, 2014, 08:51
A first review of A Good Marriage has been published by JoBlo and it indicates that the movie might not be as good as we hope... Personally I didn't get a chance to watch it in advance so this time I have no inside info for you.

Sadly, King's connection is really the only thing that distinguishes the movie from your run of the mill low budget thriller. It's not an especially exciting film, even if the premise is solid.

Thanks to Ari.

Big Driver Trailer Region Free

Posted: September 25, 2014, 10:26
Here is the trailer for Big Driver in a version that you all can check out. Looks pretty crepy if you ask me...

Big Driver Trailer

Posted: September 24, 2014, 15:44
Here is the official trailer for Big Driver. Unfortunately Lifetime hasn’t made it available to fans outside the US yet but as soon as they do I’ll post an update here.

Get there early!

Posted: September 24, 2014, 08:48
I bet that not many of you have missed that King is doing a promotion tour for Revival in November and from what I have heard a lot of you will be attending. With that there has been a lot of questions posted all over the net about when to get in line and such and I really don’t have any solution or “the correct answer” but my advice to you is this: Get there early! Maybe even camp out. This is a once (or maybe twice) in a lifetime chance so what if you’ll be super tired and broke when it’s over? It will be worth it. And if you get there early I bet you’ll meet a lot of interesting King fans that will help you pass the time.

I have seen King twice. The first time was when he was in London 2006. I was there for 4 days and during that time I went to 3 signing, 1 reading, 1 publisher’s party and 1 press conference. I can honestly say that those 4 days are among the best in my life. You can read more about them here and it might give you an idea of what to expect.

The second time I meet King was 2013 I Hamburg. This was a much shorter trip and I was only in Germany for about 24 hours but during that time I went to a Meet & Greet with King (like a signing but with a lot, and I do mean a lot, less people) and a reading. This was totally different from my experience in London but again, those 24 hours are among my favorites. You can read more about it here.

Anyhow, here are some things to consider before you attend.
1. Be there early. As I said what does it matter if you are tired and have to live on water and air afterwards?

2. Bring your camera. King won’t pose with you but since you have been there early (if you follow my advice) you will have made some friends standing in line and I bet one of those will take a picture of you and King while he signs.

3. Enjoy the moment. This might end up being one of the best days in your life.

King on TV

Posted: September 24, 2014, 08:07
Don't miss King on TV today!

CBS This Morning
WHEN: approximately 8:30am ET/PT (live on the east coast) (“CBS This Morning” airs 7am-9am ET/PT)

The View
WHEN: approximately 11:25am ET/ 10:25am PT (”The View” airs 11:00am-noon ET/ 10:00am-11:00am PT)

HuffPost Live
WHEN: 2:00pm-2:30pm ET/ 11:00am-11:30am PT (live)

Late Night with Seth Meyers
WHEN: approximately 12:50am ET/PT (“Late Night w/ Seth Meyers airs 12:30am-1:30am ET/PT)

What to Watch

Posted: September 24, 2014, 00:43
Don't miss King on Finding Your Roots tonight;:

Stephen will be appearing on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in Season Two’s first episode, “In Search of Our Fathers,” premiering September 23rd at 8PM EST

And then tomorrow...

Make sure to watch CBS This Morning, The View, MTV News, Late Night with Seth Meyers and many more tomorrow! Stephen King will be on to talk about A Good Marriage and MUCH more

11/22/63 Goes To Hulu

Posted: September 22, 2014, 23:12
11/22/63 will be done as a nine-hour event at Hulu.

The streaming service has handed out a straight-to-series order for 11/22/63, a nine-hour event series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and based on Stephen King's 2011 novel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, The Red Road) will pen the script and exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. Bad Robot's Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce and Athena Wickham will produce. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Abrams' Bad Robot is under an overall deal. 11/22/63 marks the first collaboration for Abrams with Hulu, which will be the stateside home for the series. Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.

The project will be designed as a stand-alone story based on King’s novel. But if the show is successful, we’re told the opportunity exists to do additional seasons based on the same format. No release date has been determined.

Thanks to Anders Jakobson, Lou Sytsma and Rick Urban.

Ep, 35 - The Grumpy Lou Installment

Posted: September 22, 2014, 08:58

With your hosts Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 35 of The Stephen King Podcast!

We have a lot of Stephen King news covering movies, tv series, stage, and of course books.

Also covered is our review of the first episode of Season 5 of Haven.

Then we suffer through a small movie - You Can't Kill Stephen King.

It takes a lot to get Lou grumpy so listen and find out why these two items made Lou feel this way!!!!!!

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

Good or bad, we want it all!

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In this podcast:
1) 00:00 - B>Intro

2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:32 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4a) 12:46 - Reviews From The Night Shift - Movie - You Can't Kill Stephen King
4b) 23:00 - Haven Season 5 Episode 1
5) 40:11 - Signoff & Next Podcast Preview
6) 41:50 - Outre

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A Good Marriage Will Play At...

Posted: September 17, 2014, 22:55
Here are the U.S. Theaters that will feature A Good Marriage:

• New York City - AMC Empire
• Los Angeles - A Laemmle NoHo
• San Francisco - AMC VanNess
• Dallas - AMC Grapevine
• Seattle - AMC Pacific Place
• Denver - AMC Cherry Creek
• Tampa - AMC Veterans
• Phoenix - Harkins Valley Art
• Detroit - Cinema Detroit
• Sarasota - AMC Sarasota 12
• Columbus - Gateway Film Center
• Portland OR - Clinton Street

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Mercy Out This October

Posted: September 17, 2014, 09:05
Blumhouse has announced a new label, BH Tilt, dedicated to generating movies from Blumhouse Productions and other filmmakers for multi-platform release. The first films are Mockingbird, Mercy, Not Safe for Work and Stretch who are released this October.

Mark Duplass stars in Mercy, based on a Stephen King story, Gramma, from his Skeleton Crew collection. In the story two boys visit their grandmother only to discover that she’s a witch. The Haunting in Connecticut‘s Peter Cornwell directs Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Dylan McDermott, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning.

Thanks to Grzesiek Tupikowski.

Big Driver on Audio

Posted: September 16, 2014, 16:26
Big Driver will be out on audio in October and here is the cover. The book will be narrated by Jessica Hecht.

Big Driver will also be out as an eBook and then also include the bonus story Fair Extension.

And The King Figure Goes To...

Posted: September 15, 2014, 12:07
The contest is over and the Stephen King Simpsons figure goes home to…

…David Smith! Congratulations! David has been contacted and I have his address and the King figure is on its way. David please give him a good home!

Are You Going To The Signings in Nov? Read This!

Posted: September 15, 2014, 09:57
All of you that are planning to go to any of the signings in November; keep your eyes open today as the details will be released. The moderator of King’s board did reveal some general info this weekend though that you might find interesting.

First, not all events are going to be straight book signings but that information will be given on Monday for each venue.

This probably means King will do a reading at one or more stops and if you can, don’t miss this. I have been to two and King is a natural on stage!

Only REVIVAL will be allowed for signing at the events that are book signings, so it would not be possible to get any other book or other memorabilia signed in its place.

This is always the case when King do a signing but at those I have been to there has always been people brining other books. Some have gotten them signed and some hasn’t. Not sure why though.

Additionally, book signings are limited to two hours so events will be ticketed and only those who have a ticket will be able to have their copy of REVIVAL signed.

This means BE ON YOUR TOES! My guess is that we’ll find out today how to get tickets and as you see you are going to need them to get your book signed. I’m not sure how many books King can sign in two hours but my guess would be around 600 (think he did 610 in France in two hours) and I can bet you that there will be more than 600 that wants to attend.

SO, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND IF YOU WANT TO GO! GET A TICKET AS SOON AS THEY ARE RELEASED. Sorry for the caps but this is really important if you want to go.

Walter Simonson’s Lawnmower Man

Posted: September 12, 2014, 08:33
Now you can buy Walter Simonson’s Lawnmower Man: Artist’s Edition Portfolio and check out his wonderful adaptation of King's story.

I drew a 21 page adaptation of Stephen King's short story, The Lawnmower Man in 1981. I did the pictures; King wrote the words. I put us in that order because the story was done 'Marvel-style'. I drew the pencils from the prose short story, the pages were sent to King, and he wrote the words from the art. I never dealt directly with King myself (regretfully ), but he did an outstanding job, adding just enough to the visualization of the story to accommodate the tale's new format. I thought the entire enterprise worked extremely well.
- Walter Simons

Order your copy here.

Stand Update

Posted: September 11, 2014, 00:08
The Collider recently spoke to Josh Boone about The Stand and here are some things he said.

I finished writing the script maybe a month ago. Stephen [King] absolutely loved it. It’s, I think, the first script ever approved by him. [It'll be] a single version movie of The Stand. Three hours. It hews very closely to the novel.

And about when it might start shooting...

It takes a long time to prep a film like that. Six to eight months. I don’t imagine we would shoot the movie until next Spring at the earliest. And we’re still early in the process. I’m still meeting actors and having budget meetings and all that.

Read the full interview here.

I also spoke to Josh today and he confirmed that the rumor that Matthew McConaughey has been offered the key role of Randall Flagg is incorrect.

Thanks to Douglas Dowie

Haven Origins

Posted: September 10, 2014, 09:38
Look out for a web exclusive look into the beginnings of Haven and the Troubles. All questions will be answered soon.

Haven Origins coming September 12.

Check out the trailer here.

More on The Things They Left Behind

Posted: September 10, 2014, 08:37
More info about The Things They Left Behind:

Published as part of the collection Transgressions: Volume Two, King’s original tale follows a 9/11 survivor plagued by guilt. One day, objects belonging to his deceased former co-workers start showing up at his house. Unable to get rid of him, he enlists the help of his neighbor to return them to the families of the dead.

CBS’ adaptation seems to retain the same basic premise, as TV Line describes The Things They Left Behind as a supernatural procedural drama about “an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead.”

The network has given a put pilot commitment to The Things They Left Behind, meaning they’ll owe producer Warner Bros. TV a lot of money if the pilot never airs. In other words, it’s all but guaranteed that CBS will pick up the series.

In addition to writing the script, Grahame-Smith will executive produce along with David Katzenberg, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter. TV vet Berlanti’s credits include The CW’s Arrow and The Flash. Additionally, it was announced last week that he was developing a Supergirl TV series.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

The Things They Left Behind Lands on CBS

Posted: September 9, 2014, 23:10
Looks like CBS will be the channel who gives us The Things They Left Behind. Personally I had preferred another, more reviewer friendly channel, but this is where it landed.

In a competitive situation, CBS has landed The Things They Left Behind, a supernatural procedural drama based on Stephen King’s short story, from Seth Grahame-Smith, and Greg Berlanti. The project, produced by Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods., has received a put pilot from the network, which has had success with another drama adaptation of a work by King, summer series Under The Dome. Written by Grahame-Smith, The Things They Left Behind centers on an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead. Grahame-Smith and his producing partner David Katzenberg will executive produce through their KatzSmith banner, along with Berlanti Prods.’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

What do you think, will this be something you'll be watching?

Thanks to Lou Sytsma