My thought on Under the Dome...or not

Posted: June 12, 2013, 12:25
Many of you have emailed me asking "when are you reviewing the pilot of Under the Dome?", "when are you going to tell us if Under the Dome is a must or not?", “how well are they following the book?” Well, I would do that right here and now if I could but (unlike channels like ABC, TNT, A&E, USA and so on) for some reason CBS doesn’t feel that Lilja's Library is the right place to have the latest Stephen King TV series reviewed. So, no screener will be sent and I won’t see the pilot until it airs and by then you’ll know for yourself if it’s as good as people are saying or not. I will however keep you as updated as I can but there won’t be an early review this time.

Now, if you live in or near Wilmington, North Carolina you might get the chance to see the pilot 4 days early. The town, where the first season was shot, is holding a free screening of the pilot on June 20th. Tickets will be given away on-line through a local radio station’s website.

Tickets for a free screening of “UTD’s” pilot in downtown Wilmington on June 20 are limited and will be available only through radio and television giveaways, CBS announced Tuesday.Passes for the event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Thalian Hall’s main stage, 310 Chestnut St., will be doled out daily online at through Wednesday, June 19. Fans also can win tickets by tuning in to WAZO-FM (Z107.5), WRMR-FM (Modern Rock 98.7) and WMFD-AM (AM630 ESPN Radio) for giveaways. The screening will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with the red carpet arrivals of cast members Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Rachelle Lefevre (“Twilight”), Mike Vogel (“Bates Motel”), Natalie Martinez (“CSI:NY”), and Britt Robertson (“The Secret Circle”). The series’ producers also will be on hand for a Q&A session after the showing, including Stephen King, Brian K. Vaughn (“Lost”), who also wrote the pilot, Neal Baer (“Law and Order: SVU”), and Jack Bender (“Lost”), who serves as the show’s producing director.

Joe's Blog

Posted: June 12, 2013, 11:25
Here is something similar to what was done when the book version of Under the Dome was released. It’s a blog by Joe McAlister who’s a fictional character caught under the dome…

Read the blog here.

Ghost Brothers Team on Outlaw Country

Posted: June 11, 2013, 15:35
Stephen, John and T-Bone appeared on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country for an interview with Mojo Nixon. You can listen to reruns of their discussion including details about the upcoming stage production on channel 60 at these times:

Saturday 6/15, 9am & 5pm ET
Sunday 6/16, 12pm & 9pm ET

Natalie Zea cast in Under the Dome

Posted: June 11, 2013, 15:34
TV Guide reports that Natalie Zea has been cast for a continuing role in Under the Dome beginning in Episode 9.

"Once you're stuck under the dome, casting is fairly limited because people can't get in, but that doesn't mean there might not be somebody hiding out," says executive producer Neal Baer. "We've cast the beautiful Natalie Zea as a woman who makes an alarming appearance in a few episodes beginning in Episode 9. She plays Maxine, and if you think [the show's big baddie] Jim Rennie (Dean Norris) is trouble, you haven't seen trouble yet. And she'll be connected to a number of our characters."

Press release from Under the Dome

Posted: June 7, 2013, 04:24
Here is a press release from CBS about the pilot of Under the Dome and at the bottom you can see the complete castlist for season 1.


Series is Based on the Bestselling Novel by Stephen King

“Pilot” – When the residents of Chester’s Mill find themselves trapped under a massive transparent dome with no way out, they struggle to survive as resources rapidly dwindle and panic quickly escalates, on the series premiere of UNDER THE DOME, Monday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) directed the premiere episode.

UNDER THE DOME, a new 13-episode serialized drama based on Stephen King‘s bestselling novel, is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers about the dome, where it came from and if and when it will go away.

Mike Vogel (Dale “Barbie” Barbara)
Rachelle Lefevre (Julia Shumway)
Dean Norris (James “Big Jim” Rennie)
Natalie Martinez (Deputy Linda)
Britt Robertson (Angie)
Alex Koch (Junior)
Colin Ford (Joe)
Nicholas Strong (Phil Bushey)
Jolene Purdy (Dodee)
Aisha Hinds (Carolyn Hill)

Samantha Mathis (Alice Calvert)
Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie)
Beth Broderick (Rose Twitchell)
Dale Raoul (Andrea Grinell)
Jeff Fahey (Sheriff Duke)
R. Keith Harris (Peter)
Josh Carter (Rusty)
John Elvis (Ben Drake)
Ned Bellamy (Reverend Coggins)
Kevin Sizemore (Paul)
Leon Rippy (Ollie)

Source: CBS

Room 237 on DVD

Posted: June 7, 2013, 03:42
Daily Dead reports that The Shining documentary Room 237 will be released on DVD on September 24.

IFC Films has been making a number of Blu-ray and DVD release announcements recently and revealed that Room 237 will be available in September. The Shining documentary is already available on VOD services, but will make its way to Blu-ray/DVD on September 24th, according to No bonus features have been announced at this time, but it’s looking like a bare bones release.

The rest of the world is Under the Dome

Posted: June 7, 2013, 01:36
Good news for non-US King fans about Under the Dome:

U.S. Series Based on Stephen King Novel and Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television to be Licensed in 200 International Markets

CBS Studios International announced today agreements for the broadcast rights of “Under the Dome” with prominent broadcasters from around the world. The U.S. drama, which is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and is based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, will be licensed in 200 international markets, with some starting to run the series this summer.

International broadcast networks that have licensed the show include Channel 5/UK, ProSiebenSat1-Group/Germany, M6/France, RAIDUE/Italy, Network Ten/Australia and Global Television/Canada. Exact airdates will vary by country.

The Dark Man contest

Posted: June 7, 2013, 01:02
How would you like a copy of the slipcased Trade Hardcover of The Dark Man from Cemetery Dance? Well, one could be yours. All you need to do is answer these three questions and send the answers to me in an email (click on this link or use info[a] before June 24th.

1. What is the release date for The Dark Man?

2. On facebook I posted this question “How would you like to win a copy of The Dark Man?” from what facebook page did I share the cover? (you might have to scroll down a bit for this one...)

3. How expensive is the most expensive edition of The Dark Man?

Good luck to everyone! Oh, and as usual this contest is open to anyone anywhere. More info about The Dark Man can be found over at Cemetery Dance.

Under the Dome in the UK

Posted: June 5, 2013, 16:14
Under the Dome will be shown on Channel 5 this fall in the UK:

LOS ANGELES: Channel 5 has been granted the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights for the drama series Under the Dome, based on a best-selling novel by Stephen King, in a deal with CBS Studios International (CBSSI).

“Under the Dome is a very unique and highly anticipated summer television event in the U.S.,” said Armando NunÞez, the president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “We’re excited to be working with Channel 5 to bring this high-quality CBS production to U.K. audiences.”

“We are thrilled to be bringing this unmissable drama event to our viewers later this year,” added Katie Keenan, the head of acquisitions at Channel 5. “Stephen King, the master of mystery and suspense, transports the viewer into a world of intrigue, drama and action.”

Meet the Creators

Posted: June 4, 2013, 22:25
The "Meet the Creators" (live event at Apple's NY Soho ) was taped and will be released FREE for download by Apple.

It was a fun event with great conversation and interesting insights about how the touring show in fall will differ from the performance in Atlanta. Wonderful interaction between King, Mellencamp & Burnett.

Ghost Brothers out today!

Posted: June 4, 2013, 12:25
What edition of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (if any) are you getting?

Standard – 1 enhanced CD with the dialogue excerpts included. The libretto will be included as part of the enhanced CD. Download card with music only inside order here

Hardcover version – 2 CD 1 DVD set – Printed Libretto. The package will contain 2 audio CDs, one with the dialogue excerpts and one without. The DVD will contain the making of program and “Truth” video. order here

Deluxe – 2 disc CD/DVD set – Standard CD with the dialogue excerpts. The DVD will be the making of program, “Truth” video, and the digital libretto. Download card with music only inside. order here

Digital Book for iTunes – Will contain all of the deluxe content interacting with the libretto in an iTunes exclusive digital book. order here

Digital version – Two versions will be available, with and without the dialog excerpts. order here

Joyland is out today and the winners are...

Posted: June 4, 2013, 11:25
Today Joyland is released and you can see what I think about the book here. Also the contest is over the two lucky winners of Joyland on audio is Jen Steven from the US and Nick Wansch from German, Congratulations!

The correct answer to the contest is either Joyland or Doctor Sleep. The year you should have gotten is 2013 and this is how you should have gotten it.

The Green Mile was released 1996
Sum = 1996

The month I started counting visitors at Lilja’s Library is March (3)
Sum = 1996 + 3 = 1999

The number of times I have interviewed Stephen King is 2
Sum = 1999 – 2 = 1997

The first two numbers of the followers of Lilja’s Library on facebook is 15
Sum = 1997 + 15 = 2012

The book version of Lilja’s Library was released in August (8)
Sum = 2012 + 8 = 2020

The most expencive edition of Joyland was released in 26 copies
Sum = 2020 - 26 = 1994

The number of the day when Lilja Says… joined facebook is 19
Sum = 1994 + 19 = 2013

Episode 18 - Lilja & Lou Go On A Double Date With Stephen King & Bev Vincent

Posted: June 3, 2013, 12:13

Episode 18 - Lilja & Lou Go On A Double Date With Stephen King & Bev Vincent - of the Lilja & Lou Podcast is now out.

The last half of 2013 is a Kingstravaganza starting this June.  Plenty of Stephen King related material is about to be unleashed for all of us to feast on so we cover off the big events in our 2013 King Calendar.

Plus, in keeping with this podcast's date theme we interview writer Bev Vincent about one of his latest books - 21st Century King.

We hope you will all 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) Twitter - @LiljaLouPodcast - please use the hashtag #LiljaLouPodcast
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In this podcast:
1) 00:56 - Lilja and Lou Intro.
2) 01:44 - In The Death Room: Stephen King News
3) 11:35 -  Reviews from The Night Shift: Stephen King 2013 Calendar
4) 34:53 - From the King Crate: 21st Century King interview with writer Bev Vincent
5) 49:44 - Preview for next podcast and Signoff

Here is the 2013 King Calendar of Events discussed in the podcast.  For a more complete calendar check out the front page of Lilja's Library.

June 4
Joy land
The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

June 18
Hard Listening

June 24
Under The Dome

July 18th
Stephen King In Conversation with Colin McEnroe

July 30
The Dark Man

September 24
Doctor Sleep

Haven Season 4

October 18

Oct 24
Double Feature: Stephen King and Owen King

November 2013
King Tour in Europe - Germany & France

Intro Music - Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Outro Music - Stand By Me - Ben E. King

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Q&A Under the Dome

Posted: June 3, 2013, 12:00
Here is a Q&A that Collider was invited to. They also got to see the pilot of the series.

Collider was invited, along with a number of other outlets, to preview the pilot episode and chat with executive producers Neal Baer and Brian K. Vaughan. With some cool effects, interesting twists and intriguing ideas, it’s definitely a show worth tuning into when it premieres on June 24th. During the Q&A, the two talked about what it’s like to have Stephen King and Steven Spielberg’s involvement with the show, how different the end will be from the novel, that so far each episode is the equivalent of one day, how viewers will get some answers by the end of the 13-episode first season, that there will be character deaths, and how there will continue to be some cool effects throughout the season. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Here is also an updated episode listing.

Ghost Brothers iBook

Posted: May 31, 2013, 21:51
Concord Music group has announced that Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released as an illustrated digital book for iBooks on June 3rd. The comprehensive multimedia edition fuses the production's story, soundtrack, artwork and video extras into a complete interactive experience. This marks Stephen’s first digital book conceived and designed especially for Apple's iBooks.

For more info, see King's official site.

King to promote Joyland and Ghost Brothers

Posted: May 31, 2013, 21:49
King's site has reported the following:

Stephen will be doing a number of appearances to promote the releases of Joyland and Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Here's the list but be sure to check local listings for the correct date/time in your area.

Monday, June 3rd
The Today Show (most likely in the 8-9 AM slot, but we do not have an exact time)
Meet the Creators (live event at Apple's NY Soho store 6 PM) This will be broadcast later in the week.

Tuesday, June 4th
Morning Joe
Charlie Rose

Wednesday, June 5th
All Things Considered
Late Show with David Letterman

Thursday, June 6th
The Colbert Report

Friday, June 7th
SiriusXM Live Conversation with Mojo Nixon at 5 PM

Polish Joyland

Posted: May 31, 2013, 14:24
Here is a Polish trailer for Joyland.

Under the dome wrapped

Posted: May 31, 2013, 08:32
The Hollywood Reporter has a new article called 'Under the Dome': 10 Things to Know About CBS' Stephen King Adaptation you need to check out.

CBS pulled the wrapper off its upcoming summer drama Under the Dome on Thursday, with The Hollywood Reporter among the critics getting a first look at its adaptation of Stephen King's best-seller.

Read more here.