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Stephen King’s Charlie The Choo Choo To Be Released In November

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Fans of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will definitely want this picture book about a train engine and his devoted engineer. Charlie The Choo Choo was written by Stephen King (with the pen name Beryl Evans) featuring illustrations by Ned Dameron (artist of The Waste Lands).

Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.

Originally released at San Diego Comic Con as a very limited edition of 150 copies, this new edition features a slightly different cover adding Stephen King’s name.

The 24 page hardcover children’s book will retail for $14.99 and be available on November 22, 2016.

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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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The Carrie 40th Anniversary Is Bringing A Prom Celebration To Downtown Los Angeles On October 14, 2016

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On November 3, 1976 Brian De Palma’s classic Stephen King adaptation was released to theaters and, next month, the Carrie 40th anniversary is getting celebrated in style in Downtown Los Angeles. Scream Factory is teaming with non-profit cancer support center weSPARK and the Theatre at The Ace Hotel for a special Carrie cast and crew reunion and screening of the brand-new restoration of the film, paired with a 1970s prom-themed party. The Carrie 40th anniversary prom will be held Friday, October 14th.

The Carrie 40th anniversary reunion is set to include stars Piper Laurie (The Hustler), Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill, Robocop), William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), P.J. Soles (Halloween), editor Paul Hirsch (Star Wars: Episode IV) and Casting Director Harriett B. Helberg (The Jazz Singer). The cast will participate in a live Q&A moderated by Bryan Fuller.

In an effort to raise critical funds for weSPARK Cancer Support Center in which Carrie’s Nancy Allen is Executive Director, the event will see the Ace Theater transformed with prom-themed decor, during which attendees are encouraged to dress in their best 1970s formal attire or favorite character from the film for an opportunity to pose for a photo in a special photo booth and win Best Dressed Carrie 40th Anniversary character Costume contest.

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“I want a recount! I can’t believe ‘Carrie’ is celebrating its 40th Anniversary!” says Allen. “This movie changed my career much like weSPARK has changed my life, and to bring these two worlds together for good, only adds to the specialness of this celebration.”

Tickets to the screening and Q&A will start at $25, with higher ticket tiers to include Scream Factory’s brand new two-disc Carrie (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray release (with nearly 3 hours of bonus material), a specially commissioned original poster from a local artist, access to a private VIP pre-reception, and opportunities for photos with cast and crew.

Ticket Tiers are as follows:

$25 – General Admission including Prom-Themed After Party
$75 – Preferred Seating + Exclusive Carrie Poster + New Scream Factory Blu Ray + Photo Op including Prom Themed After-Party (Limited availability)
$125 –VIP seating + Exclusive Carrie Poster & Blu-ray + Photo Op with cast/crew including After-Party + Private Pre-Party (Limited availability)

Order tickets HERE.

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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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Behold Pennywise The Clown’s Eerie Costume From Stephen King’s It

Imagine this staring at you from inside the concrete chamber of a storm drain.

We’ve already gotten a close-up of Pennywise the Clown from the new film version of Stephen King’s It (out Sept. 8, 2017), but here we step back for a fuller view of the creature that likes to take the form of a leering, sinister clown.

Bill Skarsgård is playing the ageless, supernatural beast who feeds on the fears of children, and it’s clear director Andy Muschietti (Mama) is steering away from the modern, baggy-suited, rainbow-hued clown for something a bit more… archaic.

For that, the filmmaker relied on Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Deadwood, Mad Men) who crafted a form-fitting suit that draws upon a number of bygone times – among them Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras.

There’s a classic Harlequin quality to the elegant red lines, drawing up his cheeks like fangs to bisect his eyes. In this new image, we can more clearly see the fissures in the caked-on makeup atop his domed brow, resembling the sutures in the plates of a skull.

We even get a hint of his yellow, buck-toothed smile – or might those  be something sharper?

His neck is frilled by a thick, puffy collar, like a ruff from the late 16th century, and here’s where we zoom in and venture into geek-out territory for costume enthusiasts. Every part of the costume is meant to suggest something both ancient and disturbed.

Read more from Entertainment Wekly HERE.

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The Shawshank Redemption Commission Print By Barret Chapman

The Shawshank Redemption is my all-time favorite film and I have been clamoring for a poster that would do this beloved movie justice.

Barret Chapman was commissioned to create such a piece and you can check it out here. Barret, you deserve a cold bottle of suds for this tremendous piece of art. Job well done!

“I think a man working outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds. That’s only my opinion.”

Andy Dufresne

Sadly the 75 prints sold out and this 24 x 36 beauty should be hanging on my wall very soon.  Special thanks go out to Barret Chapman, Josh Garrell and Kyle Reist!

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Short Story Cookie Jar Included In Paperback Edition of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams Due On October 18, 2016

On October 18, 2016 the paperback edition of Stephen King’s collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will be released. That edition will contain the additional short story Cookie Jar which initially appeared in the Spring issue of VQR magazine.

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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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