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Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Star Wars: The Force Awakens Special Issue


Alamo Drafthouse and BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH will be selling patrons who come to see The Force Awakens a special 88-page magazine issue commemorating nearly 40 years of the franchise, featuring gorgeous new cover art by Mondo artist Matt Taylor.


The interior artwork is done by Chris Bilheimer and the special double sized issue will feature a promo code to redeem Topps Star Wars Card Trader cards and it will feature essays from some of today’s best film scholars. These include, but are not limited to:

-“I Hate You, Darth Vader” by psychologist Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D.
-“Han Solo: Cooler Than Carbonite” by GQ writer Marc Bernardin
-“A STAR WARS Guide to the Galaxy” by Alamo Drafthouse Dallas/Fort Worth creative manager James Wallace, infographic design by Chris Bilheimer
-“A Brief and Slightly Personal History Of The STAR WARS Toys” by Mondo Creative Director of Toys and Collectibles Brock Otterbacher
-“True Tales From The 1999 EPISODE I Line” by writer Sarah Sprague, illustrated by comics artist Mike Russell

You can purchase the issue at BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH’s online store HERE. Tickets and the magazine are on sale now!


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Inside MAD Features An Intricate Pullout Poster By Sergio Aragones That Provides A Tour Through MAD’s History

Within Inside MAD — an “ill-conceived collection of the magazine’s high-quality stupidity,” you’ll find a series of the irreverent humor rag’s best spoofs ever, as chosen by the magazine’s own staffers.


The book also contains essays by famous MAD fans including Roseanne Barr, Paul Feig, Whoopi Goldberg, John Stamos, and Matthew Weiner, as well as an introduction by Judd Apatow, who thanks MAD for making him who he is today, i.e. “a man who desperately seeks attention by shocking people with graphic representations of other people’s private parts.”

But wait, there’s more! After 430 patented MAD fold-ins, the magazine’s editors decided to try something different — a fold-out, in the form of an incredibly detailed poster that gives readers a guided tour through MAD‘s history. Fittingly, this intricate illustration is the work of MAD vet Sergio Aragones, who’s been contributing speech-free comics to the mag since emigrating to the U.S. in the early ’60s.

Get a glimpse at new book’s intricate pullout poster HERE and use your mouse to see Sergio Aragones’ handiwork in all its magnified glory.


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The Big Chills: TIME Ranks The 10 Greatest Stephen King Movies

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The release of the newest version of Carrie offers a timely Halloween reminder that Stephen King has now brooded over our pop-culture landscape for 40 years. Both King’s debut novel (in 1974) and the first of a never-ending stream of King movie adaptations (in 1976), Carrie was most people’s introduction to the horror author’s world.

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King’s novels and short stories are effective as movies and some of the world’s finest directors have filmed King stories. In fact, the best King movies often come from top-notch directors such as Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and Frank Darabount.

Stephen King slams Twilight franchise as ‘tweenage porn’

TIME ranks 10 of the best Stephen King film adaptations and you can check them out HERE.

The list is as follows:

1. Carrie
2. The Shining
3. The Dead Zone
4. Stand By Me
5. Misery
6. The Shawshank Redemption
7. Dolores Claiborne
8. Apt Pupil
9. Secret Window
10. The Mist

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Stephen King: 10 More Books He Should Write Sequels To

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In 1977, Stephen King already an established horror writer with works like Carrie and Salem’s Lot, saw the publication of The Shining, a wonderfully chilling tale about the terrors that are visited upon a family in a remote mountainside resort. The book got great reviews, was turned into a movie and mini-series, and cemented King’s reputation as a master of the genre.


A (very long) 36 years later, King has returned to the terrifying world of The Shining in a highly-anticipated sequel, Doctor Sleep. The novel revisits Danny Torrance — the psychically-gifted five-year-old who went up against the ghostly residents of the Overlook Hotel  is now a middle-aged orderly in a nursing home.  Trouble comes calling in the form of a traveling clan of psychic, vampiric creatures — it’s the sort of scary tale that’ll leave us sleeping with the lights on at night and waxing nostalgic for its predecessor come dawn.

As Jud Crandall advised in Pet Sematary, “Sometimes dead is better,” but sometimes a story’s just too good to leave buried. With that in mind, TIME suggests 10 King classics just waiting for a sequel. Check out the list HERE.

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MONDO To Release Spy Vs. Spy Poster By DKNG On Tuesday, September 10th

Tomorrow, MONDO will release their very first MAD Magazine poster, for Spy Vs. Spy.

DKNG’s tribute to the never-ending battle of wits between Black & White is hilariously intricate and beautifully illustrated.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, September 10th.


Spy vs Spy by DKNG
36″x24″ screen print
Hand numbered – Edition of 225

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Read An Excerpt From Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep In This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Magazine

Ever wonder what happened to Danny Torrance from The Shining? Stephen King did with Doctor Sleep (out on September 24th) he brings us a new chapter in Danny’s story 36 years later.

The September 13th issue of Entertainment Weekly includes an exclusive excerpt of Doctor Sleep on pages 43-47 of the print edition.


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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lands on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly has just debuted the cover to their next issue and it features Joss Whedon and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg. In the issue, EW says Whedon talks about all things “Buffy,” “Firefly,” and The Avengers, but he made time to drop an interesting quote about the upcoming TV series too.

“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least,” Whedon says. “The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

For more with Whedon — including his love-hate relationship with Twitter and why he’s worried about our sequel culture — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, August 23.


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Cemetery Dance Magazine Issue 70 To Feature Excerpts From Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep & Joe Hill’s NOS4A2

The new issue of Cemetery Dance magazine will ship next month and it includes excerpts from Stephen King’s new novel (Doctor Sleep) and Joe Hill’s most recent novel (NOS4A2), along with an insightful interview with Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai, who just published Joyland by Stephen King!

This is a massive issue, coming in at 136 pages and featuring some of the very best writers of horror fiction and non-fiction working today.

You can get more info HERE.

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Stephen King’s Family Business – A New York Times Magazine Cover Story


With five novelists in the family, four of whom have books out this year, the King clan has become a dynasty of storytellers.

Stephen King’s wife Tabby, both of his sons Owen and Joe, and his daughter-in-law, Kelly Braffet all have published books; his daughter, Naomi is a Unitarian Universalist minister.


As kids, Naomi King, Joe Hill, and Owen King passed the time by reading books out loud to their father and each other, discussing literature, critiquing each other’s work, and playing storytelling games.

This New York Times Magazine cover story takes a look at each member of the King family individually, Read it HERE.


The Kings in 1979. Clockwise from top left: Tabitha, Owen, Stephen, Naomi and Joe.


The Kings in April 1981, posing for People magazine. Clockwise from top left: Naomi, Tabitha, Stephen, Joe and Owen.

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Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences

Stephen King brings us two new novels in 2013 — one on shelves already, and the other forthcoming. In June, Joyland was published by Hard Case Crime. Though Joyland’s story is haunted by a terrifying killer of young women, the book mostly chronicles the yearning rhythms of one adolescent summer — carny talk and plushie toys, boardwalks and broken hearts.

King’s second book, Doctor Sleep will be published in September by Scribner. On his website, the author calls it a “return to balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror.” This long-awaited sequel to 1977’s The Shining revisits traumatized child psychic Danny Torrance — he goes by Dan, now — all grown up and still struggling to understand his frightening gift.

When The Atlantic asked King to share a favorite passage for this series, King couldn’t choose between two favorites; both were first sentences. So, he analyzed both his choices as part of a broader discussion about opening lines — a topic not addressed at length in his memoir-as-craft-manual, On Writing. King paid tribute to Douglas Fairbairn and James M. Cain, looked back on favorite intros he’s written, and explained how he approaches a book’s first moments.

Read more HERE.

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