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Dark Tower Fan Art Contest

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Share your love for The Dark Tower! Enter your fan art using #DarkTowerMovie #DTFanArtContest on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for a chance to win!

The Dark Tower Fan Art Contest promotes the upcoming motion picture The Dark Tower based on the novels by Stephen King.

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After nearly a decade of anticipation,The Dark Tower motion picture is set for release on July 28, 2017.

Starring Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) as Roland Deschain and Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as The Man in Black, the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus begins with The Gunslinger.

Described as a “sequel” to the original series of novels,The Dark Tower will take the monumental series in new directions that have been fully approved by Stephen King.

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The contest is open only to legal residents of 50 U.S. & DC, 13 years old or older and each Entrant may enter up to three original Fan Art entries per each day during the Contest Period. The Contest is sponsored by Columbia Tristar Marketing Group.

Official Rules  (PDF)

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Watch The Castle Rock Teaser From Stephen King & J.J. Abrams

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Bad Robot Productions released a cryptic teaser trailer for a new Hulu original series that reteams J.J. Abrams and Stephen King called Castle Rock.

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The Bad Robot Twitter account posted a photo featuring Abrams’ stationary bearing a handwritten note that included a YouTube link, which leads to this Castle Rock teaser.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Castle Rock will be a Hulu anthology series that brings together the characters and themes of King’s works that involve Castle Rock. If multiple seasons are made, the show will center on different groups of characters each season while also introducing elements from prior seasons.

Castle Rock is the name of a fictional location in Maine that has been the site of a number of King’s stories, including The Dead Zone and Cujo, and also referenced in a number of other King stories like It and Pet Semetary. The trailer itself also makes references to a number of other King works, including The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, The Shining, and more, so it remains unclear how far-reaching Castle Rock will be in its connections to King’s novels and short stories.

Bad Robot’s photo, in addition to the YouTube link, also included the mysterious sentence, “What is the hoax in the forest?”

No other details, including a release date, have been revealed so far, though King himself tweeted that “J.J. Abrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid.”

King and Abrams previously collaborated on the Hulu adaptation of King’s novel 11/22/63.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes

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The Guardians of the Galaxy made their first appearance in the pages of Marvel Super-Heroes back in 1969, and while the team’s lineup has changed significantly over the years, their popularity with fans only continues to grow.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes ($45) delves into the creation and evolution of the Guardians through exclusive interviews with the writers and artists who have brought them to life. Filled with incredible art from nearly fifty years of comics, this deluxe art book reveals the secrets behind the genesis of fan-favorite characters like Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.

Complete with a specially commissioned cover illustration by artist Dale Keown, this comprehensive collection takes fans on a dynamic journey into the creation of the greatest art from five decades of Guardians of the Galaxy comics.

You can pre-order the 184 page book HERE and it will be released on April 4, 2017.

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A New Novella Is Coming Soon From Richard Chizmar & Stephen King

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Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance just announced via Facebook that he has spent the past few weeks writing a novella with Stephen King.

He described the experience as amazing and so much fun!

According to Chizmar, the standalone hardcover will be published soon. Follow Rich on Twitter as I’m sure he will be making more announcements about this exciting project.

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Stephen King & Son Owen King To Appear At 2017 BookExpo

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The 2017 Adult Book & Author Breakfast is shaping up to be the forum’s most exciting yet with the first-ever BookExpo appearance by best-selling novelist Stephen King (Misery, 11/22/63, On Writing). Joined by Owen King, his son and co-author of the upcoming novel Sleeping Beauties, the pair will offer a special introduction to the breakfast, ‘Prologue by Stephen King & Owen King.

A master of horror and suspense, Stephen King is the author of more than 50 books, most of them worldwide bestsellers. His son, Owen King, is following in his father’s footsteps as author of the novel Double Feature and We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories, and the co-author of the graphic novel Intro to Alien Invasion. Sleeping Beauties is the first father/son collaboration for the Kings.

This year’s breakfast will also feature an updated, more interactive format that will showcase more authors than ever before, giving the audience a unique experience to hear the speakers engage with one another and field questions from the audience.

Click HERE for more information or to register.

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Sgt Pepper At Fifty

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Five decades on from its release at the height of the Summer of Love in 1967, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a keystone not just of the Beatles’ career but also of popular music as a whole. Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, it is a record soaked in, and thrillingly evocative of, the sights, sounds, and mood of the sixties at their most joyously psychedelic.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a distillation of all of these ideas and more: an art-pop masterwork housed in a gatefold pop art masterpiece by collage artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

Organized into four clearly defined thematic chapters, Sgt Pepper at Fifty brings a new perspective to the album by looking in depth at the unique cultural circumstances that led to its creation (“the Mood”); examining the rich assemblage of influences that informed its sound (“the Sound”); exploring the landmark cover art, which is still the subject of debate and intrigue today (“the Look”); and assessing the record’s enduring legacy as the pinnacle of British pop (“the Legacy”).

The 176 page hardcover book will be released on May 15, 2017 and can be ordered HERE.

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Six Must-See Book-to-Television Adaptations for 2017

With companies like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix producing independent, highly rated T.V. series, not only has television entered something of a Renaissance age, but it is also forcing the more traditional sources of television viewership, cable networks, to rise to the same level of excellence. Mining popular books for television and the silver screen is certainly not a new practice, but 2017 appears full of superb works of fiction slated to appear on the more accessible and ubiquitous small screen than ever before.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler

The first four novels of this children’s favorite penned by Handler are set to air in early January on Netflix. The eight-episode adaptation captures the spooky Gothic air of the novels and has succeeded in casting top-notch actors to fill the roles. True to its source material, the often dark themes are balanced by dry, witty humor and imaginative storytelling.

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The Cormoran Strike by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith

HBO will air this detective series by J.K. Rowling. Originally produced by the BBC, it will follow the investigations of Cormoran Strike, a brilliant but haunted private detective. A highlight of the book series that makes it perfect for television are the astute character sketches that bring the novels to life. Rowling’s trenchant survey of human nature should translate well to the television format.

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Long regarded as a cult favorite, Gaiman’s book adaptation will debut on the Starz network. Shadow Moon, the main character, makes a Faustian deal with a mysterious figure after finding his former life in ruins when he is released from prison.

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

The blockbuster time-travel series Outlander has already garnered acclaim on the Starz network for its past two seasons. This year’s installment returns viewers to the 18th century tales of high adventure that retell the famous Scottish Battle of Culloden. Judging by past performances, this series will continue to remain a fan favorite.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The terrifying dystopia of Atwood’s Gilead had a movie adaptation, but its series treatment on television promises a deeper look into the novel’s darkest themes. Headed by Elizabeth Moss as Offred, the tale’s main character, the Hulu original production promises a visceral and haunting examination of the book’s plot.

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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The second of Atwood’s contributions to 2017, the series follows the fictionalized true story of Grace Marks, convicted of murdering her employer and a fellow employee in 1843. The atmospheric tale should translate well to the screen, particularly as it will be helped by veteran actress Anna Paquin in the lead role.

While movies have enthralled audiences in theaters for more than 100 years, the fairly short format of a few hours often does not lend itself well to the telling of broad, sweeping stories playing out over the course of several novels. Television has proven itself the ideal medium to explore characters or plots in a more in-depth and accessible format. With the success of past book-to-television adaptations and the indication that nothing is slowing down the viewing audience’s insatiable hunger for more, television’s future as a medium for bringing popular books to the screen looks very bright indeed.

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SHAG: The Complete Works

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With an unparalleled collection of paintings and illustrations, featuring new and unpublished pieces, Josh Agle―more commonly known as Shag―presents a tome bursting with vibrant colors, vivacious personalities, and a magic mirror into midcentury modernism.

Including an introduction by author and expert on 1960s and ’70s youth culture, Domenic Priore, SHAG: The Complete Works serves as a curated catalogue of Shag’s creativity of the past three decades.

Travel through Shag’s creativity chronologically, enjoying themed creations from over the years, including Cocktails & Games, Mythical & Mystical Creatures, Rock-and-Roll, and Pop Culture. A collection of previously unseen Disney-inspired work will grace the pages of this one-of-a-kind book, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into Shag’s studio in Palm Springs. SHAG: The Complete Works contains collaborations with impressive design entities, including typography creation with prolific type foundry House Industries.

Shag’s work has been showcased in solo exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions in Japan, Australia, Europe, the United States, and South America. Two retail locations, in Palm Springs and West Hollywood, offer his huge fan base the opportunity to purchase exclusive prints, as well as a marvelous smattering of merchandise, including handbags, pillows, glassware, jewelry, and the odd signature ukulele.

The 192 page hardcover book will be released on February 15, 2017 and retail for $40.

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Read The Music Room By Stephen King

A new short story by Stephen King, “The Music Room”, published by Playboy is now available on-line. Read the story HERE. The story originally appeared in the collection In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper.

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Batman: Year One Deluxe Edition Hardcover

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Just in time for Batman Day 2017, one of the most important and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time is now presented in a new deluxe hardcover edition, including many of the extras and bonus materials from Absolute Batman: Year One.

A rookie Batman must forge his own legacy in Gotham City amidst rampant crime and police corruption in Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s masterful graphic novel.

In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman–who he is and how he came to be. Written shortly after The Dark Knight Returns, Miller’s dystopian fable of Batman’s final days, Year One set the stage for a new vision of a legendary character.

This new edition includes artist David Mazzucchelli’s original pencil pages, sketches and script pages from Frank Miller, along with other bonus materials. Collects Batman #404-407.

The book will be released on September 12, 2017 and retail for $49.99.

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