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American Gods Comic-Con Trailer

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Following their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, STARZ and FremantleMedia North America have released the first trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s American Gods. Check out the American Gods Comic-Con trailer below!

The cast includes Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith. Also appearing are Cloris Leachman (Malcom in The Middle, Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Media, Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious), Orlando Jones (Madiba, Sleepy Hollow) as Mr. Nancy, and Kristin Chenoweth as Easter.

The plot of American Gods posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (The River, Kings) serve as writers and showrunners. David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night) is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman.

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Charlie The Choo-Choo: Comic-Con Fans Seek Stephen King Storybook That Isn’t Real

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In one of the strangest Comic-Con events ever staged, hundreds of fans lined up Friday to collect a children’s storybook that isn’t real and meet an author who never was.

It was all the handiwork of Stephen King — although he wasn’t there either.

More than 500 fans of his gathered on the convention floor to get their hands on one of about 150 copies of Charlie the Choo-Choo, a picture book about an intense-looking locomotive who doesn’t want to be asked silly question and won’t play silly games.

The elusive author of the bedtime book, Beryl Evans, showed up to autograph them… despite having written it in 1942… and despite having been killed a long time ago in another dimension.

Read more HERE from Entertainment Weekly.

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Stephen King Fans…Author Beryl Evans, Author of Charlie The Choo-Choo Will Appear At San Diego Comic Con On Friday July 22, 2016

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Author Beryl Evans, author of Charlie The Choo-Choo will appear at San Diego Comic Con for the very first time. Stop by Simon & Schuster’s Booth #1128 on Friday July 22 at 12 pm PDT for limited edition giveaways.

For Stephen King fans, Charlie the Choo-Choo was a book purchased by Jake Chambers at The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind in The Dark Tower III: The Wastelands.

It tells the story of Charlie the Choo-Choo and Engineer Bob. In the book, Charlie is very friendly and dependable, yet Charlie’s smile is often described as being untrustworthy. Charlie bears many similarities to Blaine the Mono.

In Jake’s world, the author of the book was Beryl Evans. In Roland’s world, the author listed is Claudia y Inez Bachman. This name holds special significance. It has 19 letters, a special number in The Dark Tower Series. Also, Claudia y Inez Bachman is the wife of Stephen King’s pseudonym, Richard Bachman.

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Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Featured On Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Cover

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Stephen King fans know – there are other worlds than these.

In Entertainment Weekly’s new Comic-Con cover, they’re venturing into the heart of the mythic structure that binds this multiverse together – delivering an exclusive look at the long-awaited film adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower.

EW spent a week on the set in Cape Town, South Africa, watching as this genre mash-up of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, Westerns, and old-fashioned mythology came together. Now, they’re opening the door to this other realm for fans to step through.

The saga spans eight novels (so far), assorted short stories and comic books, and has played out over three and a half decades. The new movie picks elements from throughout these writings to assemble a new take on the story of Roland the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and his pursuit of the sorcerer known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), who intends to collapse the tower and rule the ruins and chaos alongside a sinister force known as the Crimson King.

For those new to the epic tale, this issue will serve as a trusty primer to guide you through the devastated territory of Mid-World, a place that has “moved on,” where the apocalypse has already struck in its march toward our own.

King’s readers have invested years of their lives following the quest of Roland and his “ka-tet” (or fate-forged family), so while anticipation is high for the Feb. 17 film, anxiety among fans is also intense. There’s pressure to get this story right, even as the filmmakers say they had to change key elements to make the premise work as a film. This issue will provide the first details about how they deconstructed the Tower in the hope of building a whole other cinematic universe from its pieces.

HERE is what you’ll find inside the issue which will be at newsstands on Friday!

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Stephen King To Open Main Stage At 2016 National Book Festival

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The Library of Congress announced today that Stephen King will open the Main Stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival with a presentation and recognition by the Library of his lifelong work promoting literacy. Tickets will be required for the King presentation. Tickets will be free and will be issued electronically beginning Sept. 14. Please check the Library of Congress website at loc.gov/bookfest for more details.

Tickets are not required for other presentations or activities at the festival.

The National Book Festival will be held Sept. 24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The King presentation will be from 11 a.m. – noon on the festival’s Main Stage, which will be located on the third floor. There will not be a book signing.

“Due to Stephen King’s popularity, we anticipate the volume of interest will exceed seating capacity,” said festival co-director Guy Lamolinara. “A ticketed process will make for the most orderly and fair opportunity for Mr. King’s fans to see this presentation.”

Seating will be first-come, first-served. Ticket holders must be seated by 10:30 a.m. Holding a ticket does not guarantee entry. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Accessibility accommodations should be made no later than Sept. 19 by calling 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ASL services are offered at all book festival presentations.

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Get Pop-Cultured With Barnes & Noble Back By Popular Demand Starting July 6 At Stores Nationwide

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Barnes & Noble announced that Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com/getpop-cultured), a month-long celebration of pop culture with special events customers won’t want to miss, is back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. Running from July 6 through August 7, this year’s Get Pop-Cultured campaign continues the popular tradition with unique special events, author appearances, exclusive content, special offers and giveaways that the whole family can enjoy.

Barnes & Noble first launched the Get Pop-Cultured campaign back in 2014 to bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, movies, artists, illustrators and pop-culture icons. It was such a hit with fans of all ages and interests that Barnes & Noble established the month-long celebration of pop culture as an annual tradition.This year’s lineup features some of the biggest media properties and names in pop culture today, including Finding Dory, Star Wars, Pokémon, tokidoki, Manga, DC Comics, Marvel, Comic Convention Collectibles and Harry Potter. In addition, throughout the Get Pop-Cultured campaign, Barnes & Noble stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators and celebrities including Michael Ian Black, Shane Dawson, Chris Colfer, Pen Jillette, Oli White and Issa Rae, plus more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Lineup:

Below are the highlights from this year’s lineup, with more details to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Finding Dory: Friday, July 8, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble invites customers to dive into the excitement as stores nationwide celebrate family and all things Dory. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a swimmingly fun scavenger hunt, as well as other activities and giveaways.

Star Wars: Friday, July 15, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble is calling fans of all ages who love Wookiees, Storm Troopers and Jedi Knights to participate in special offers, trivia, bingo, giveaways, cosplay and a special learn-to-play Star Wars X-Wing™ Game event.

Pokémon: Saturday, July 16, at 4PM

Customers can visit their local Barnes & Noble store at 4PM to learn how to become a Pokémon Champion, take a photo with a Pikachu and Charizard standee, enjoy a special offer, and more as we celebrate 20 years of Pokémon at stores nationwide.

Introducing tokidoki Back-To-School and Stationery Product Lines, Available Exclusively at Barnes & Noble Starting July 16

On July 16, Barnes & Noble will launch the never-before-seen tokidoki back-to-school and stationery product lines, which will be sold exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide through Summer 2016. An innovative line of apparel, tokidoki has built a worldwide following with its larger-than-life characters and designs. All Barnes & Noble stores will feature a table with tokidoki stationery, coloring products and back-to-school items, including a backpack, messenger bag, duffle bag, keyring, coloring book, sketchbook, notebook, pencil case, and much more. To celebrate the arrival of tokidoki, Barnes & Noble will be giving away free limited edition character trading cards and buttons in stores nationwide on July 16, while supplies last.

Manga: Saturday, July 16, at 7PM

Fans of Manga can come to Barnes & Noble and enjoy drawing and coloring activities from renowned Manga artist Camilla d’Errico, in addition to other activities, cosplay and giveaways. Plus, they can receive a special offer on all Manga from July 6 through July 19, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Comic Convention Collectibles: Available Starting July 21

The massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles will be on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble from July 21 through July 24, while supplies last, with a limit of two per customer. The assortment will feature Funko and Diamond Collectibles.

DC Comics: Saturday, July 23, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble customers can be the first to get a free Suicide Squad Special Edition #1 comic and enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all DC Comics Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party: Saturday, July 30, at 8PM

Harry Potter fans are invited to Countdown to Midnight and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. They are also invited to share their favorite memories of Harry Potter on Barnes & Noble’s special Muggle Wall, as well as participate in other activities and giveaways. Plus, fans can enter for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. They can ask a bookseller for complete details and official rules.

On July 31, fans are invited back to their local Barnes & Noble store to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two all day with special events and activities, and to share perspectives on the new book.

Marvel: Saturday, August 6, at 7PM

Customers can come to Barnes & Noble and explore the Marvel Universe plus get exclusive samplers, including the first storyline for Mosaic. They can also enjoy trivia, coloring, cosplay, special offers and more. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all Marvel Graphic Novels from July 25 through August 7, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

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Read Stephen King’s New Short Story Cookie Jar

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Read Stephen King’s new short story Cookie Jar from the Spring 2016 issue of VQR Magazine HERE.

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How Batman Made Me Fall In Love With Comic Books By Neil Gaiman

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Read An essay from Neil Gaiman’s The View From The Cheap Seats about Batman covers, with pictures of the covers in question. Check it out HERE.

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Six Scary Stories Selected & Introduced By Stephen King

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Cemetery Dance Publications and Hodder & Stoughton, Stephen King’s publisher in the UK, have teamed up to publish a surprise new book: Six Scary Stories selected and introduced by Stephen King!

Stephen King discovered these stories when he judged a competition run by Hodder & Stoughton and the Guardian to celebrate publication of his own collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. He was so impressed with the entries that he recommended they be published together in one book, which Cemetery Dance Publications and Hodder & Stoughton are pleased to report has become a reality.

The six stories are:

Wild Swimming by Elodie Harper
Eau-De-Eric by Manuela Saragosa
The Spots by Paul Bassett Davies
The Unpicking by Michael Button
La Mort De L’Amant by Stuart Johnstone
The Bear Trap by Neil Hudson

The book will be published in both trade paperback and hardcover formats on October 31, 2016.

Trade Paperback Edition:

– Printed on 60# acid-free paper
– Featuring full color cover artwork
– Retail price just $14.95

Trade Hardcover Edition

– Printed on 60# acid-free paper
– Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
– Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
– Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
– Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
– Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
– Retail price just $24.95

You can order the books HERE.

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Production Officially Begins on Stephen King’s IT

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Mama director Andy Muschietti has taken to Instagram to confirm that production has officially begun on Stephen King’s IT! The film will feature Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”) as Richie Tozier, newcomer Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (“Hawaii Five-0”) as Mike Hanlon and Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom, the younger versions of the story’s protagonists, and with 25-year-old Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard (“Hemlock Grove,” The Divergent Series: Allegiant) as central villain Pennywise the clown.

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Based on the novel by Stephen King, the film’s story recalls a promise made twenty-eight years ago that forces seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.

The film is set to be released in two parts with Part One will focusing on the group of teens called the Losers Club, while Part Two is set around the repercussions on these characters as adults. Stephen King’s IT Part One will be released on September 8, 2017.

The remake is being produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.

IT was previously adapted into a television miniseries in 1990 from director Tommy Lee Wallace and featured Tim Curry’s iconic performance as the title character. The feature film remake has been in-development for some time and was previously going to be directed by auteur Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, True Detective) with the young English actor Will Poulter (We’re the Millers, The Maze Runner) originally cast as Pennywise.

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