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Bruce Willis to Make Broadway Debut In Adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery

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Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is bringing an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Misery to Broadway and has enlisted Bruce Willis to star.

Willis will make his Broadway debut opposite stage veteran Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, House of Cards) in the play written by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), who also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 Rob Reiner film that starred Kathy Bates in her Oscar-winning turn as Annie Wilkes.

Willis will play the housebound romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who becomes a prisoner of his unhinged “Number One Fan” Wilkes (Marvel) after she rescues him from a car accident and learns that he plans to kill off her favorite fictional character.

Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum) has signed on to direct the play, which is scheduled for a limited run in the fall at a theater to be announced.

Misery will be produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures’ Mark Kaufman and Castle Rock Entertainment’s Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer. Raymond Wu also is producing.

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has become an increasingly active producer in recent years. The division is currently behind the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London’s West End, with Sam Mendes directing, scheduled to bow on Broadway during the 2016-17 season. The division also is co-producing the 2013 Olivier Award best play winner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway. Warners’ other recent Broadway credits include the Tony-winning original musical The Bridges of Madison County and the holiday hit Elf.

Willis was last on a New York stage when he understudied Ed Harris in the lead role of the 1983 off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. Marvel’s last Broadway appearance was in the 2013 revival of Picnic.

Misery had its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in fall 2012.

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Stephen King’s Finders Keepers Full Cover Revealed

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Scribner has unveiled the full U.S. hardcover edition cover for Stephen King’s Finders Keepers.

Finders Keepers is the second book of the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes Stephen introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

Here is the book’s synopsis:

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Sauberg finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years”

Finders Keeps will be released on June 2, 2015.

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James Franco To Star In Stephen King’s 11/22/63 On Hulu

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James Franco is about to go streaming back into the past. The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “Interview” star has been cast as the lead in Hulu’s original series 11/22/63 adapted from Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller of the same name.

Franco, who also will serve as a producer on the nine-hour miniseries, will play the lead role of Epping in the time-travel Kennedy assassination thriller from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. TV.

In the story, Epping, a high-school English teacher, travels back in time to prevent President John F. Kennedy from being shot, but the mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, as Epping falls sway to the past, which resists change.

The project, which marks the first original programming collaboration between Hulu and WBTV, is described as “part thriller, part love story.” At the time of the series’ announcement, King commented, “If I ever wrote a book that cries out for longform, event-TV programming, 11/22/63 is it.”

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Simon & Schuster Audio To Publish Exclusive Stephen King Short Story Drunken Fireworks On June 30, 2015

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Simon & Schuster Audio is thrilled to announce the publication of Drunken Fireworks, a brand new story from Stephen King. Drunken Fireworks will be released exclusively as an audiobook on June 30, 2015.

Drunken Fireworks will be released on CD and as a digital download before it is published as one of the short stories in King’s collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, coming from Simon & Schuster Audio and Scribner in November 2015.

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An Evening With Stephen King At The Manatee Performing Arts Center

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Stephen King spoke at the Manatee Performing Arts Center on Thursday January 29, 2015 in Bradenton, Florida. King’s appearance helped fund a new operating system for Manatee county’s Central Library.

“I’m a little bit puzzled by the success that I’ve had,” King told the crowd who had paid $200 and up for a seat at the Manatee Library Foundation’s annual author event.

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So popular was King with the local audience that tickets sold out in three weeks, raising $100,000 for the foundation.

King, who with his wife, Tabitha, spends four months of the year on Casey Key, is well known for his support of libraries, which played a crucial role in his childhood in Maine, where the Bookmobile opened up the world to him.

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Fans at the event took home pre-signed copies of “Revival.” Top sponsors, in the upper-level Northern Trust-sponsored reception, were able to meet him face to face as he did a quick tour through the room.

Below is a video of his appearance.

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The Official Scribner Cover Design For Stephen King’s Finders Keepers Released

The official Scribner cover design for Finders Keepers has been released.

Finders Keepers is an upcoming Stephen King novel set to be published on June 2, 2015. It is to be the second volume in a trilogy focusing on Detective Bill Hodges, following Mr. Mercedes. The book is about the murder of reclusive writer John Rothstein, his missing notebooks and the release of his killer from prison after 35 years.

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years. Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

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Cemetery Dance Announces Salem’s Lot: The Deluxe Special Edition By Stephen King

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Cemetery Dance announces Salem’s Lot: The Deluxe Special Edition by Stephen King featuring a collectible limited one time printing with an introduction by Stephen King, an afterword by Clive Barker, color paintings by David Palumbo, and special bonus features including deleted scenes and a map of the town by Glenn Chadbourne!

Special Features For This Deluxe Special Edition:

- An introduction by Stephen King
- An afterword by Clive Barker
- Many deleted scenes that were cut from the original manuscript
- Deluxe oversized design (7 inches X 10 inches) featuring two color interior printing as part of the page design
- Printed on a heavy interior specialty paper stock that is much thicker than the paper in a normal trade edition
- Epic wrap-around full color dust jacket artwork by David Palumbo
- A different full color dust jacket for the Numbered Artist Edition painted by David Palumbo
- Full color interior paintings by David Palumbo
- Interior artwork will be printed on a heavy glossy stock and tipped into the book
- An original map of the town drawn by Glenn Chadbourne exclusively for this special edition
- Signature sheet artwork for all three editions by Glenn Chadbourne
- High-quality endpapers and fine bindings
- An exclusive reproduction of the first reader’s letter to point out the Father “Cody” error and several internal memos from Doubleday about changing the pricing after the first edition of the book was already printed
- Extremely collectible print run

Published in three states:

Slipcased Oversized Hardcover Gift Edition of only 3,000 copies printed in two colors on a specialty paper stock; bound with a fine binding, two color hot foil stamping, and embossed endpapers; and featuring a unique black-and-white limitation page with artwork by Glenn Chadbourne ($95)

Traycased Oversized Hardcover Numbered Artist Edition signed by the artist and limited to only 750 hand-numbered copies printed in two colors on a specialty paper stock; bound with a different fine binding, two color hot foil stamping, and full color illustrated endpapers; a full-color signature sheet signed by the artists and featuring artwork by Glenn Chadbourne; and housed in a traycase ($250)

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Traycased Oversized Hardcover Artist Lettered Edition signed by the artist and limited to 52 hand-lettered copies printed in two colors on a specialty paper stock; bound in two different fine materials in a hand-made three piece binding featuring spine hubs, gilded page edges, two color hot foil stamping, and full color illustrated endpapers; a different full color signature sheet signed by the artists and featuring artwork by Glenn Chadbourne; and housed in a unique “three piece” traycase ($1250)

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Plans For A Limited TV Series Adaptation Based On Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes Trilogy Announced

Plans for a limited TV series adaptation based on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy have been announced. The series will be written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jack Bender. A network has not yet been announced for distribution of the series.

Sonar Entertainment will develop Stephen King’s bestselling novel Mr. Mercedes as a limited series for television. David E. Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, The Practice) is attached to write the script and Jack Bender (Lost) will direct. Both will also serve as executive producers, as will Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey and Sonar Entertainment CEO Gene Stein.

Mr. Mercedes, which King describes as his first hard-boiled detective tale, was published by Scribner in June. The story focuses on a psychopathic killer who commits mass murder by driving his Mercedes into a crowd and the recently retired cop who makes it his mission to bring him down. Mr. Mercedes is the first of a projected trilogy.  The second novel, Finders Keepers, will be published by Scribner in May of this year.

“This is an amazing opportunity to adapt a script from material penned by one of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished authors,” said Kelley. “Mr. Mercedes is a great story that will translate beautifully to the screen if I don’t mess it up.”

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Books To Benefit Announces Faithful: The 10th Anniversary Special Edition By Stewart O’Nan & Stephen King

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Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange emails. They would write about the games. As it happened, they would also witness the greatest comeback ever in sports and the first Red Sox championship in eighty-six years. What began as a Sox-filled summer like any other became a fan’s notes for the ages. And now, ten years later, this special edition will allow fans everywhere to relive that magical season one more time.

Faithful: The 10th Anniversary Special Edition is the debut title from Books to Benefit, a new specialty press that works with bestselling authors to publish collectible Limited Edition books to raise funds and awareness for good causes.

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A minimum of thirty percent of the retail price from this special edition will be donated to The Haven Foundation and to organizations that promote cancer care and research. The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists. The authors also support cancer care and research organizations such as The Jimmy Fund in Boston, Massachusetts. You can donate directly to The Haven Foundation via their website and to The Jimmy Fund via their website.

Limitation Information:

- Slipcased Deluxe Hardcover Gift Edition: Limited to a one-time printing of only 1,500 copies printed on a high quality acid free paper stock and featuring a fine Smyth-sewn binding, two-color printing throughout the book, a sewn-in ribbon page marker, illustrated endpapers, and housed in a deluxe slipcase featuring two-color hot foil stamping ($85)

- Signed & Traycased Deluxe Hardcover Limited Edition: Limited to a one-time printing of only 448 hand-numbered copies personally signed by Stewart O’Nan, printed on a high quality acid free paper stock and featuring a fine Smyth-sewn binding, two-color printing throughout the book, a sewn-in ribbon page marker, illustrated endpapers, and housed in a custom deluxe traycase featuring two-color hot foil stamping ($225)

- Signed & Traycased Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition: Limited to a one-time printing of only 52 hand-lettered copies signed by Stewart O’Nan, printed on a high quality acid free paper stock and featuring a hand-bound “three piece” binding with a special Japanese book cloth and a fine leather, two-color printing throughout the book, a sewn-in ribbon page marker, imported French marbled endpapers, and housed in a deluxe hand-made custom traycase featuring two-color hot foil stamping ($750)

For more information about this very special publcation please go to: http://www.bookstobenefit.net

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Marvel & Stephen King’s Dark Fantasy Epic Returns In Dark Tower: The Drawing of The Three House of Cards # 1

Marvel, in collaboration with Stephen King, is proud to announce the latest chapter in the Dark Tower series – Dark Tower: The Drawing of The Three House of Cards. Beginning in March 2015, New York Times Best-Selling writers Peter David (Spider-Man 2099) & Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance) along with critically acclaimed artist Piotr Kowalski (Marvel Knights: Hulk) continue to bring the dark macabre action from Mid-World to our world in the third installment of Stephen King’s epic masterpiece!

Dark Tower: The Drawing of The Three House of Cards marks another milestone for the graphic fiction sensation that’s captivated fans worldwide as the saga moves to the second volume of King’s magnum opus.

The troubled streets of New York City pulse with the beat of desolation and crime. Among the dissidents of the city is Eddie Dean a troubled young man gifted with the ability to open doors to other worlds has smuggled narcotics from Nassau to New York City, but now Eddie has to escape a packed airplane guarded by armed Custom Agents! How will Eddie avoid prison and yet also fulfill his contract with the dangerous mobster Balazar? The answer lies in Mid-World, and with a dying gunslinger named Roland!

A bold new chapter begins as the landmark series makes its historic return to comic shops this March in Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Drawing of The Three House of Cards # 1.

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