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Beautiful Shining Wraparound

Posted: July 30, 2014, 23:41
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Vincent Chong has done an extra piece of artwork for The Shining to be used on a wraparound dust jacket that would be sent out exclusively to those who had purchased the Limited Edition and as you can see Vincent used of the fact that this would be a wraparound dust jacket and came up with the idea for an image which would have Jack chasing Danny down the corridors, in a way so that you would only see Jack on the front of the book, and Danny on the back.


Head over to Vincent's blog for a skiss of it.

Mark Romanek is checking in

Posted: July 22, 2014, 01:13
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Mark Romanek is checking into the Overlook Hotel. The director is in negotiations to direct the prequel to The Shining for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Shining was one of Stephen King's early horror works and was adapted into the classic Stanley Kubrick movie, which starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.

Overlook is based on King's original prologue to The Shining, which was cut from the book prior to publication in 1977.

The film will tell the origin story of the haunted hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century.

Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara wrote the script. James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and Laeta Kalogridis are producing.

Romanek is a music video director who last directed the clone-themed drama Never Let Me Go, starring Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. He also directed the pilot for Locke & Key, the adaptation of a comic written by Joe Hill, King's son.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Troy Tradup

A 44th Language Found

Posted: July 2, 2014, 13:40
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The 44th language that a King book is translated into has been found. Today I found out that The Shining has been translated into Breton. Breton is a celtic language that's spoken in western France, the Brittany region and what’s extra interesting is that only 200,000 people have Breton as their native language. Very impressive that they now got their own translation of a King book if you ask me.


Thanks to Herbert West

Under the Dome Ratings & Interview

Posted: July 1, 2014, 20:08
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What did you think about the season 2 premier? Seems the ratings was lower than the season 1 premier and finale but still high.

The second season premiere of "Under the Dome" came in way below last summer's premiere and last fall's finale, but the Stephen King-scripted episode still ranked as Monday night's top show in all measures.

What did you think about the season 2 premier? Seems the ratings was lower than the season 1 premier and finale but still high.

We know before the season started that two characters were going to die in the first episode (personally I thought it was the wrong two) and here are two interviews with one of them. If you haven’t seen the episode you might want to do that before you click on the links.

TV Guide
EW

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

King Got The Idea In Paris

Posted: June 30, 2014, 16:54
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According to the moderator on King's board the news story That Bus Is Another World is the one he talked about when he was in Germany.

I've read it although he'd only titled it "That Bus" at the time. Steve wrote it not long after we got back from Europe as he got the inspiration as we were heading into Paris from the airport. Traffic was heavy and we were stopped next to a bus. He shared with us the idea of something (bad) happening on the bus being witnessed by a person in a vehicle next to it and what they would do about it came to him and voila, a new story!

Under the Dome Returns Tonight

Posted: June 30, 2014, 12:08
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Tonight Under the Dome returns to CBS for a second season. King has written the first episode and also has a cameo in it so it will be interesting to see where he’s going with the story. What’s a bit worrying though is that according to CBS there has been screeners sent out for this episode (not to me though) but there are no reviews to be found. Usually when a now season starts you hear something about it beforehand but not this time. Does that mean it’s bad? Does it mean it’s not worth talking about, or seeing? Does it mean that no one is interested? Could it be that I’ve been looking at the wrong places? Well, I have no idea. Hopefully it’s good but I guess since there are no reviews we’ll have to wait and see, right?

Ep33 - News & Mr. Mercedes Test Drive

Posted: June 30, 2014, 09:06
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With your hosts Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 33 of The Stephen King Podcast!

A ton of Stephen King news covering movies, tv series, stage, and of course books. We also take King's latest book - Mr. Mercedes - for a spin and share our thoughts.

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) 01:28 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4) 42:37 - Reviews From The Night Shift - Mr. Mercedes
5) 01:03:46 - Signoff
6) 01:04:40 - Outre



Podcast edited by Lou Sytsma

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A New Story By King

Posted: June 29, 2014, 20:26
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According to the cover for the upcoming August issue of Esquire Magazine there will be a new story by King included. I first thought it would be called Nobody but that part is probably part of the Cameron Diaz headline. More news as soon as I have them...


Thanks to Herbert West

Stephen Lang Talks A Good Marriage

Posted: June 27, 2014, 09:03
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Dread Central did an interview with Stephen Lang and one of the questions was about A Good Marriage.

DC: I understand you’re in a Stephen King movie, A Good Marriage. There’s not much info online, but what a cast! Please tell us more about the story, who you play, and anything else… we love Stephen King!

SL: A Good Marriage is a very good movie. I just watched it last week, and was terrifically impressed by the work of Tony LaPaglia and the great Joan Allen. I love Stephen King’s work - he is a master. I play a broken-down, ailing, but determined former investigator. He's an old dog chewing on an old bone. Very nice role. The film has been sold, so I expect it in theatres not too far down the road.

Bad Little Kid In New Collection

Posted: June 26, 2014, 11:00
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A lot of fans has been waiting for Bad Little Kid to be published in English. So far it’s only been released in German and French but now the moderator of King’s message board has confirmed that it will be included in the new collection out in the fall of 2015.

I don't know about Afterlife but have been able to confirm that because it will be a fall release, "Bad Little Kid" will be part of the new collection. There was an exclusive for the French and German publishers for that but it will expire in June 2015.

And...

If I can find the other thread where this was asked, I'll post it there as well but some of you had asked about whether "Bad Little Kid" would be included. I've asked Steve and we've confirmed that the exclusive which France and Germany had will expire in June 2015 so it will be able to be included since the collection won't be out until the autumn of 2015. As of now, the plan is to include it.

Books to Benefit

Posted: June 26, 2014, 10:00
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Got this message from something called Books to Benefit today. Not sure what it is but is sounds interesting. You can subscribe for updates here.

Our website will be launching very soon with details about our first project, which fans of Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan won't want to miss!

Could it be something new...

The Dark Tower Concept Art Revealed

Posted: June 26, 2014, 08:36
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Here are some really cool news about The Dark Tower movie(s). As you all know by now it’s not going to happen in the direct feature but not that long ago Ron Howard planed three movies with a TV series in between each and for those he asked concept artist and illustrator Gregory Hill to some concept art for it. And now Hill has published those on his website.


The Manni Village


Tull


Tull


Devar Toi


A Harrier Near The Speaking Ring


The Speaking Ring


The Thinny


The Dogan

They also did two videos to show you Tull.




Thanks to Ari

King Writes Less?

Posted: June 24, 2014, 23:39
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Here is an interesting article about King. When asked what frightens him he says without hesitation:

"Alzheimer's. My brain is my main tool and I don't want to lose it if I can."

King also says he's trying to slow down a little as an author which might be hard to believe when you know all the books coming during the next two years…

"It's harder than it used to be. I don't think I have as much to say as I used to, so I write less. It's still what I'm good at and what I like to do and it still makes me happy."

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Bello, Dukakis, Jett & Harris To Star In Big Driver

Posted: June 24, 2014, 21:00
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The Hollywood Reporter report that A&E Networks-owned Lifetime will adapt King’s Big Driver as an original TV movie. Maria Bello will star along with Olympia Dukakis, Joan Jett and Will Harris. Bello will play Tess Thorne, Dukakis will play Doreen. Jett will play Betsy Neal. Production begins in Halifax, Nova Scotia this summer.

The film is produced by Ostar Productions and executive produced by Bill Haber (The Trip to Bountiful) and Jeffrey Hayes (A Day Late and a Dollar Short). The screenplay was adapted by Richard Christian Matheson (Masters of Horror, Happy Face Killer) to be directed by Mikael Salomon (Drew Peterson: Untouchable).

Thanks to Troy Tradup

The Green Mile: 15th Anniversary Edition

Posted: June 24, 2014, 12:09
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The Daily Dead reports that there will be a Diamond Luxe packaging blu-ray edition of the Green Mile released by Warner Bros. Here is all the info you need.

The Green Mile: 15th Anniversary Edition

Synopsis: In 1935, Paul Edgecomb (Hanks) is the head of the block guards of the Cold Mountain Correctional Facility. Through his many years of watching men live and die, Paul’s faith and sanity has deteriorated. He is assigned to watch over John Coffey (Duncan), a giant man convicted of murdering two little girls. But John acts more like a child than a cold-hearted murderer. But Edgecomb and his guards (among them Morse and Pepper) suddenly find themselves in a moral dilemma when John begins to perform healing miracles.

The 15th Anniversary release of The Green Mile includes an exclusive, newly extended first-person behind-the-scenes documentary shot on location in Tennessee, North Carolina and Los Angeles, as well as all previously released extras. The studio has yet to detail tech specs, though, so any information regarding the film’s audio/video presentation is still forthcoming. Special features include:

•Walking the Mile (New Extended Version): High-def documentary feature with Tom Hanks, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, and Mr. Jingles, the mouse
•Audio Commentary by Frank Darabont
•The Teaser Trailer: A Case Study
•Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile
•Miracles and Mystery – Creating the Green Mile:
•Stephen King: Storyteller
•The Art of Adaptation
•Acting on the Mile
•Designing the Mile
•The Magic of the Mile
•The Tail of Mr. Jingles
•Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Frank Darabont
•Michael Clarke Duncan’s Screen Test
•Tom Hank’s Makeup Test
•Teaser
•Trailer”

Ep 32 - Lots of Salem's Lots!!!!!!!

Posted: June 23, 2014, 11:15
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With your hosts Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and Lou Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 32 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Hans & Lou serve up a Salem's Lot only special. We look at the adaptations as well as the Centipede Press book by Tony Earnshaw:

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you. Which Salem's Lot do you prefer? The 1979 or the 2004 version? Which one did you see first?

Let us know.

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In this podcast:

1) 00:00 - Intro

2) 00:56 - Podcast Setup

3) 02:00 - Reviews From The Night Shift - Salem's Lot
• The novel
• The 1979 TV adaptation
• The 2004 TV adaptation
• The 1987 - A Return To Salem's Lot
Tony Earnshaw's book - Studies In Modern Horror: Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot

4) 47:55 - Signoff

5) 55:29 - Outre

Podcast edited by Lou Sytsma

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SYNOPSIS

Few horror films in the history of television can boast the deadly seriousness, inspired casting, indelible images and lingering impact of Salem’s Lot. Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1975 novel about vampires that infest a small Maine town was first broadcast in November 1979.

The three-hour film featured unforgettable performances by an array of stars — James Mason, David Soul, Lew Ayres, Bonnie Bedelia — along with one of the most truly terrifying monsters in the history of movies: the feral vampire Mr Barlow played by Reggie Nalder.

This book documents the gestation and production of the film. There are reminiscences from cast and crew, including new and exclusive interviews with Tobe Hooper, David Soul, cinematographer Jules Brenner and producer Richard Kobritz; dozens of images, including many never before published behind-the-scenes production stills; deleted scenes from the original teleplay; foreign posters and artwork inspired by the film; photographs of Ferndale, California, where the exteriors ofSalem’s Lot were filmed; and much, much more.

King on Cell

Posted: June 19, 2014, 11:03
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“The movie is not totally close to the original screenplay that I wrote but I’ll tell you what, the end of it is so goddamn dark and scary. It’s really kind of a benchmark there.”