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Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis Coming To The Big Screen

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A new take on Stephen King‘s Hearts in Atlantis is in the works. The Other Side of the Door‘s Johannes Roberts will direct an adaptation simply titled Hearts. Although Hearts in Atlantis was brought to the screen in 2001, that adaptation was focused primarily on two of the book’s stories, “Low Men in Yellow Coats” and “Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling.” Hearts will adapt the book’s title story, officially described as follows:

Stephen King, whose first novel, Carrie, was published in 1974, the year before the last U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam, is the first hugely popular writer of the TV generation. Images from that war–and the protests against it–had flooded America’s living rooms for a decade. Hearts in Atlantis, King’s newest fiction, is composed of five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999. Each story is deeply rooted in the sixties, and each is haunted by the Vietnam War.

In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest…and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.

Hearts joins a number of Stephen King adaptations on the way to the big screen. The Dark Tower arrives from Sony Pictures on February 17, 2017 with a tie-in television series planned that will adapt King’s Wizard and Glass. IT is also now in production at Warner Bros. and planned for a September 8, 2017 release.

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The Dark Tower TV Series Will Adapt Stephen King’s Wizard And Glass

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In honor of Stephen King’s birthday, the makers of The Dark Tower film are unwrapping their plans for the saga’s companion TV series.

The movie — starring Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the menacing Man in Black — opens on Feb. 17 and explores the hero and villain’s opposing quests to reach an otherworldly tower that connects their apocalyptic realm with ours.

Ever since the film project was first proposed, it came packaged with an unusual idea: a spin-off TV show that would fill in the fantasy epic’s prodigious backstory.

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Now, sources at production company MRC and the film’s executive producer and co-screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, have revealed to Entertainment Weekly details about what they have planned for that series.

MRC has committed not just to making a pilot, but producing a full run of between 10 and 13 episodes, depending on how the scripts and story arcs develop. The Dark Tower show will begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere it in 2018, ideally around the time the film becomes available on cable or streaming services.

The bulk of the show will focus on the fourth book in the saga, Wizard and Glass, which told another tale of young Roland and his early tribulations. MRC created this map, overlayed with a quote from the book.

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Read more HERE.

 

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Hearts In Suspension By Stephen King

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This publication marks the 50th anniversary of Stephen King’s entrance into the University of Maine at Orono in the fall of 1966. The accelerating war in Vietnam and great social upheaval at home exerted a profound impact on students of the period and deeply influenced King’s development as a writer and as a man.

King’s fictional treatment of this experience in his novella “Hearts in Atlantis” (reprinted in this volume) tracks his youthful avatar, Peter Riley, through the awakenings and heartbreak of his turbulent first year at UMaine. In his accompanying essay, “Five to One, One in Five,” written expressly for this volume, King sheds his fictional persona and takes on the challenge of a nonfiction return to his undergraduate experience. The stereoscopic combination of these narratives, told with King’s characteristic blend of canny insight and self-deprecating humor, create a revealing portrait of the artist as young man and a ground-level tableau of this highly charged time.

In addition, twelve fellow students and friends from King’s college days contribute personal narratives recalling their own experience of those years. These recollections—engaged, irreverent, and affecting—bring dimension and texture to the collective witnessing of a formative time in their lives and a defining moment in the country’s history.

This book also includes four installments of King’s never-before-reprinted student newspaper column, “King’s Garbage Truck.” These lively examples of  King’s damn-the-torpedoes style, entertaining and shrewd in their youthful perceptions, more than hint at a talent about to take its place in the American literary landscape.

A gallery of period photographs and documents augments this volume.

Hearts in Suspension ($30) will be published on November 7, 2016.

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Bruce Springsteen Celebrates The Release of “Born To Run” At Barnes & Noble At The Grove On October 3, 2016

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In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor and originality found in his songs.

Bruce Springsteen will be joining Barnes and Noble on October 3, 2016 for a very special Meet & Greet to celebrate the release of his autobiography, “Born To Run”.

This is a wristbanded event.

Customers who purchase a pre-signed copy of “Born To Run” from Barnes and Noble at The Grove will receive a wristband that will allow them to attend this event. Barnes and Noble will begin selling the book and distributing wristbands Monday October 3rd at 6AM on first come first serve basis.

– This event begins at 12:00pm.

– Event is meet & greet with photo only. No talk, signing, or performance.

– You are allowed one posed photo with Bruce Springsteen. An employee of Barnes & Noble will take the picture using your phone or camera. 


– Bruce will not sign anything during the event, so no memorabilia or other items are allowed.


– One wristband per person with purchase of the book (minors 12 and under may accompany a parent/adult).


– Books are pre-signed. One pre-signed book per person.


– The book must be purchased at this location the day of the event—no exceptions.


- The store will open at 6:00am on Monday, October 3rd for purchasing. 


– The book and wristband will be given out at purchase.


- Wristband is required to enter event space.


- Lost or stolen wristbands can not be replaced

For more information, please contact Barnes and Noble at The Grove at (323)525-0270.

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The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads – Art Inspired By The Films of Wes Anderson

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Curated by Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, “Bad Dads” has continued to grow and progress as a dynamic group exhibition since its inaugural show in 2011, and has featured work from more than 400 artists from around the world. Those artworks range from paintings to sculptures to limited-edition screen prints and vary greatly in style, making for a diverse and lively show each year. Though each piece is distinct in its own right, the artworks’ unifying element is the shared imagery and beloved characters from: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The book features an original cover by graphic artist Max Dalton, a foreword by writer and director Wes Anderson himself, and an introduction by TV and movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the bestselling Wes Anderson Collection books.

A visual treasure trove, The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads – Art Inspired By The Films of Wes Anderson grants fans of Wes Anderson another creative avenue to explore his inspired worlds and movies.

The 256 page hardcover book is now available for $29.95.

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A Man Down By Dewey Rosner

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Hey a friend of mine wrote a suspenseful thriller; here is the synopsis:

In less than four days’ time, David Goring went from being gainfully employed and living in suburbia with the wife he loved, to jobless and ruminating about her from a tent in the woods overlooking the family home. Mired in a severe bout of depression with seemingly no way out, he is rescued from his outdoor refuge and given a dream opportunity by a stranger who befriends him after a chance encounter. But while riding an up-and-down road to recovery, both a decision that leaves him forsaken by his new friend and an act of betrayal by an old one, send him back to the woods.  

The 254 page novel is available HERE as a Kindle Edition.

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Back To The Future Almanac: 1985-2015 Official Collector’s Guide

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Back to the Future Almanac 1985-2015 is the official Back to the Future collector’s guide, which includes merchandise supporting the trilogy, BTTF: The Ride, the Animated Series, the comics and beyond.

Back to the Future Almanac 1985-2015 represents a 30 year devotion to archiving materials from the BTTF franchise, through the promotional materials and products created to support the BTTF films to the fantastic comics, theme park attractions and games that followed. The BTTF Almanac invites fans to time travel through decades of memorabilia, artwork, time machines and toys created for the greatest film trilogy of all time.

Working closely with Co-creator and Producer Bob Gale, authors Rob Klein and Jennifer Smith have assembled the ultimate BTTF collectors guide. Fans of the BTTF films from all over the world will no doubt revel in BTTF artifacts that they have, they once had, wished they had or never even knew about in this impressive 250 page full-color tribute to the BTTF franchise.

The front cover of the Back to the Future Almanac is an homage to the prop Grays Sports Almanac cover, as seen in Back to the Future Part II. There are over 600 full-color photos of BTTF history, including images never before published from the trilogy are included in this exciting book.

You can order the guide HERE for $59.95.

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Mel Brooks To Sign His New Book, Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film At Barnes And Noble At The Grove On October 20, 2016

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Comedy legend Mel Brooks will sign copies of his new book, Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film at Barnes and Noble at The Grove on October 20, 2016 at 7PM.

Mel Brooks’ own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary.

Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This picture-driven book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes readers inside the classic film’s marvelous creation story via never-before-seen black and white and color photography from the set and contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably, legendary writer-director Mel Brooks.

With access to more than 225 behind-the-scenes photos and production stills, and with captions written by Brooks, this book will also rely on interviews with gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman and veteran producer Michael Gruskoff.

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New Dark Tower Image Features Jake Chambers

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Viral marketing for Sony Pictures’ The Dark Tower continues as young actor Tom Taylor has tweeted a new promo image featuring Keystone Earth resident Jake Chambers.

Idris Elba stars in the film as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. The pair are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

It’s also been confirmed that the forthcoming film isn’t a direct adaptation of The Dark Tower book series but actually a continuation and sort of remix of the novels, focusing on Roland’s final cycle in his pursuit of the titular location and using elements of all the books. Nikolaj Arcel, who directed the Academy Award-nominated A Royal Affair, is at the helm the big screen adaptation, set up through Sony Pictures and MRC. Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) wrote the screenplay.

The Dark Tower is scheduled for release on February 17, 2017.

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J.K. Rowling To Release 3 New Harry Potter Books

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J.K. Rowling has written three collections of short stories that take readers deeper into the “dark side” of the Harry Potter wizarding world, publishers confirmed Wednesday.

Rowling reveals surprises and intricate details about several characters’ lives in the three new ebooks, which are available next month, Pottermore CEO Susan Jurevics said in a statement to TIME. The collections are presented by Pottermore, the interactive website Rowling created for Harry Potter fanatics, and cost about $3 each and will be released Sept. 6.

“Pottermore Presents is intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series with short-form content that is entertaining and thematically curated by the Pottermore editorial team,” Jurevics said.

Each book is about 10,000 words long and is being sold on Pottermore and other online book retailers.

Power, Politics And Pesky Poltergeists gives readers a glimpse into the “ruthless roots” of Professor Dolores Umbridge and the relationship between Professor Horace Slughorn and Voldemort when the Dark Lord was a young student at Hogwarts. The book also provides the history behind the Azkaban prison.

Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies profiles Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin, while Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide focuses on secrets behind the walls of the wizarding school.

The stories, which are available Wednesday for preorder, come after Rowling said the eighth installment in the beloved book series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be the last story about Potter in the saga.

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