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Stephen King and J.J. Abrams collaborating on 'Castle Rock' for Hulu
Karen ButlerFeb. 18 (UPI) -- Blockbuster author Stephen King has announced via social media his new collaboration with filmmaker J.J. Abrams for Hulu.
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J.J. Abrams and Hulu will explore Stephen King's 'Castle Rock'
After exploring 1960s alternate America, Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are teaming up again at Hulu to poke around a place familiar to King fans. The parties behind the limited series “11.22.63,” which revisits the Kennedy assassination, are joining forces for “Castle Rock,” an anthology series...
28 points by Los Angeles Times | Stephen King Horror fiction Short story The Dead Zone The Twilight Zone Castle Rock Novel Cujo
J.J. Abrams, Stephen King Team Up for Limited Series on Hulu
J.J. Abrams and Stephen King are teaming up for a limited series on Hulu. The surprise announcement came Friday evening, thanks to a mystery image posted on Bad Robot’s official Twitter account, which led to a trailer for the project. — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) February 18, 2017 Fans of Stephen King, known as Constant Readers,... Read more »
42 points by Variety | Stephen King The Shawshank Redemption Misery The Dark Tower Maine Misery J. J. Abrams Castle Rock
Nick Wechsler, Scanbox’s Joni Sighvatsson Join Forces on ‘Dracula Now’ (EXCLUSIVE)
PARIS – Nick Wechsler and Scanbox’s Joni Sighvatsson have joined forces to produce “Dracula Now,” a contemporary Gothic drama series adapted from an edgier, more political reworking of Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel. “Dracula Now” is based on “Powers of Darkness” (“Makt Myrkranna”), a reworking of Stoker’s “Dracula” by Icelandic writer Valdimar Ásmundsson in 1900, just... Read more »
3 points by Variety | Bram Stoker Dracula Dracula Stephen King Vampire Gothic fiction Iceland Epistolary novel
Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition showcases rising star talent (photos)
The Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition shows off rising star talents. From start to finish, students are in charge of running the entire show. It runs from Feb. 17 to March 19 in the school's Reinberger Gallery. PREVIEW Cleveland Institute of Art Student Independent Exhibition Reinberger Gallery (11610 Euclid Ave.) Friday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information The Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) allows the school's rising star talent to take the reins. Now in its 71st year, the annual show is organized entirely by students. That means they handle every aspect of the exhibit, like installing the works, selecting jurors and all the details in between. The SIE opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb 17 at the school's Reinberger Gallery, 11610 Euclid Ave. It will be on view through March 19.  60 works will span mediums across the curriculum, offering a fresh perspective to contemporary art by freshman through seniors. Students bring their unique approaches to photography, video, jewelry and more. A trio of jurors have been selected by the students. They include Shawn Cross of the popular comic Cyanide & Happiness, whose art has also been featured in a film by Stephen King. He also co-owns and designs a clothing line, AMN Clothing. Adam Holtzinger, another juror, is a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate now based in Brooklyn, NY, who has taught, lectured and demonstrated glassblowing nationally and internationally. Rounding out the jurors is Julie Schenkelberg, a Cleveland expat who specialized in large-scale installations and has had her work featured at the Sculpture Center, the Mattress Factory, SITE:LAB in Grand Rapids and more.
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Education Installation art Art Jury Stephen King The Works Exhibition The Juror
Great Lakes Theater's 2017-18 season to feature 'Misery,' 'Macbeth' and 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'
Also on tap in 2017-18 -- "Beehive: The '60s Musical," a celebration of the women whose voices helped define a decade. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Sound the bells. In a canny follow-up to its record-breaking run of "Les Miserables" two years ago, Great Lakes Theater is bringing another Victor Hugo-inspired musical to the Hanna Theatre in the 2017-18 season: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Based on Hugo's Gothic romance set in 1482 Paris, and boasting songs from the 1996 animated Disney film by composer Alan Menken ("Little Shop of Horrors," "Newsies") and lyricist Stephen Schwartz ("Pippin," "Wicked"), the production started life at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, in 2014. The show moved to New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse the next year, with an eye toward opening on Broadway. (Baldwin Wallace University alum Ciara Renee, who made her Broadway debut in Susan Stroman's "Big Fish" and last played the Hanna stage in "Sondheim on Sondheim" in 2012, originated the role of Esmeralda, the fiery Gypsy who melts Quasimodo's heart.) The show never made the leap to New York City, giving regional theaters a shot at the rights. One of the problems with mounting a Broadway run, says Great Lakes producing artistic director Charles Fee, was "Hunchback's" use of community choruses - 30 to 40 singers plucked from cities where the productions opened - that became integral to every performance. "These choirs were this huge vocal presence within the telling of the story," says Fee. The logistics of doing such a thing on the Great White Way, particularly with vocalists who were not professional actors, would have been "completely impossible," Fee says. That's not the case for theater companies like Great Lakes, now on the hunt for singers to join the cast in Cleveland. "We're thrilled to do the show because it has a fabulous ensemble of great principal roles, not only Quasimodo and Esmeralda," says Fee. Even more exciting, he says, is the idea of including local choirs in the show, "because it'll connect us with large parts of the community. "Our goal is to have three choruses that we work with so that they can rotate nights and have flexibility within our schedule, which is important," adds Fee. "It's a complex undertaking for a single chorus." Start running your scales, now, Cleveland. Great Lakes is ready to listen. Times, tickets and more All performances will be in the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, except "A Christmas Carol," which will be in the Ohio Theatre. The two fall plays will be produced in rotating repertory; the winter and spring shows will be presented as separate "stock" productions, one after the other. Except where noted, shows preview at 7:30 p.m. on the Friday before opening, premiere at 7:30 p.m. on the first Saturday and continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 1:30 p.m. select Wednesdays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Flexible three-, four-, five- and six-show adult season-ticket packages range from $162 to $366. Balcony box and banquette subscriptions (four seats for each show) are $792-$1,464. Student subscriptions are priced at $39-$72. Subscriptions are available for purchase now at or 216-640-8869. Single-performance tickets range in price from $15 to $80, and students sit in any seat at any performance for $13. Single-performance tickets go on sale Monday, July 10, on the website or by calling 216-241-6000. Fall repertory Saturday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Nov. 4, Hanna Theatre: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Peter Parnell. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film. Directed by Victoria Bussert.  As the bells of Notre Dame's cathedral sound in 15th-century Paris, Quasimodo - a deformed, captive bell-ringer - observes the city's Feast of Fools from afar. Escaping his jailer Frollo to join the festivities, Quasimodo is rejected by every reveler except the beautiful Esmeralda, with whom he is immediately smitten. A handsome captain and Frollo are equally enthralled by her and, as they vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a malevolent mission to destroy Esmeralda's Gypsy clan and take her for himself. It's up to Quasimodo, an unlikely hero, to save the day. (Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.) Saturday, Oct. 7-Sunday, Nov. 5, Hanna: "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Joseph Hanreddy. A collection of lovers and a rustic troupe of would-be actors become playthings for a group of otherworldly sprites in Shakespeare's timeless tale of midsummer madness. The play features all the Bard's greatest comic devices: mistaken identity, mismatched lovers and mischief-making fairies. No wonder Great Lakes has produced it six times in its history, most recently in 2010. This all-new production brings director Joseph Hanreddy to the helm, a lighthearted departure from "Wait Until Dark," his latest outing at the Hanna opening Feb. 18, and previous Bardian bloodbaths "King Lear" and "Richard III." (Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.) Holiday show Saturday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 23, Ohio Theatre: "A Christmas Carol." Written by Charles Dickens. Adapted and directed by Gerald Freedman. Staged by Tom Ford. Charles Dickens' classic tale of one man's ultimate redemption continues its headlining role as one of Northeast Ohio's most enduring holiday traditions. Now in its 29th annual production, the seasonal favorite has been seen by more than 700,000 adults and students throughout the region since its debut in 1989. Single-performance tickets range from $28 to $75, and students sit in any seat at any show for $26. (There are no previews for this production.) Spring season Saturday, Feb. 17 - Sunday, March 11, 2018, Hanna: "Misery." Based on the novel by Stephen King. Adapted by William Goldman. Directed by Charles Fee. When successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon awakes in a secluded home, rescued from a car crash by Annie Wilkes, his "No. 1 fan," his life becomes stranger than his fiction. While he convalesces from his crippling injuries under her care, Annie secretly reads the unpublished manuscript of his new novel and becomes enraged upon discovering that he has killed off her favorite character, Misery. When Annie demands a rewrite, Paul quickly realizes that the only way to avoid an unhappy ending is to outwit the sociopathic bibliophile before she breaks more than his ankles. (Crunch!) A New York production in 2015 featured an extraordinary set - complete with in-theater snowfall and a rotating house - and an inert Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. The action star brought little action (or life, for that matter) to the role of the tormented Sheldon. His co-star, the great Laurie Metcalf, worked up a sweat trying to make up for it (and was rewarded with a Tony nom) but couldn't save the emotionally snow-bound show. This critic would love to see a holistically good version of the masterful Stephen King yarn. "Well, why don't you come see ours?" says Fee. (Midwest premiere. Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.) Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 15, 2018, Hanna: "Macbeth." Written by William Shakespeare. Director to be announced at a later date. Never cross a woman with a plan. Join Lady M and her ambitious spouse in Shakespeare's epic collision of politics and magic, where specters and riddles foretell the futures of kings. (Remember, there'd be no "House of Cards" without it.) But beware: "Something wicked this way comes." One doesn't normally associate birthday balloons with the gory tragedy, but "Macbeth" was the first Great Lakes production in the gloriously refurbished Hanna in 2008. The 2018 iteration will mark a decade that Cleveland's classic theater company has been in the space. (Previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30.) Saturday, May 5-Sunday, May 20, 2018, Hanna: "Beehive: The '60s Musical." Created by Larry Gallagher. Directed by Victoria Bussert. This off-Broadway retro-revue celebrates the women who helped craft the sound of the '60s, transporting audiences on a nostalgic musical journey back in time. Featuring 40 chart-toppers (and Aqua Net-glistening coiffures), this jukebox celebration of female power (pipes) features hits from the Supremes, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and more. While Fee was drawn to the show for the music (who can resist a little Motown?) he's even more stoked to mount a production with an all-female cast. Plus, he adds, "It's the honey at the end of 'Misery' and 'Macbeth.' " (Previews at 7:30 Friday, May 4.)
382 points by The Plain Dealer | The Hunchback of Notre Dame Great Lakes Theater Festival Alan Menken William Shakespeare Charles Dickens Playhouse Square Center Stephen King Misery
Berlinale: Bloom Picks Up ‘The Strangers 2’
Bloom has picked up international sales rights to “Strangers 2,” to be directed by Johannes Roberts (“The Other Side of the Door,” “47 Meters Down”) from a screenplay by Bryan Bertino – who wrote and directed the 2008 original, which grossed $82 million worldwide – and Ben Katai. Bloom will introduce “Strangers 2” to buyers... Read more »
7 points by Variety | Stephen King Bryan Bertino Film The Strangers Woody Harrelson 2008 in film Rogue Pictures American film actors
Mar-a-Lago event expected to host Trumps will have cell phone ban
Instructions to enter the event say, “No cellphone or camera use while on property.”
61 points by New York Post | Donald Trump Melania Trump Palm Beach Florida People from New York City New York City President of the United States Stephen King
Rising demand has publishers rushing to presses after National Book Awards
Publishers who won big at the National Book Awards on Wednesday were planning to rush to press by Thursday to keep up with rising demand. Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad” was already an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a No. 1 best-seller, with 350,000 books in print through 16 printings. But it’s still going...
199 points by New York Post | Printing National Book Award Literature Printing press Publishing Stephen King Colson Whitehead Civil and political rights
'Underground Railroad' gets National Book Award
Annual awards are given for fiction, non-fiction, young people'st literature and poetry.         
9905 points by Arizona Republic | National Book Award National Book Foundation The Power Broker Robert Caro African American writers Stephen King Man Booker Prize Award
'It' author Stephen King on Carolina clown sightings: 'I suspect it's a kind of low-level hysteria'

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Bangor Maine Fear Lon Chaney Sr. Southern United States North Carolina Lon Chaney Jr. Evil clown Stephen King
‘American Horror Story’ Teaser Features Lady Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’
Yet another promo for “American Horror Story” season 6 was released on Thursday, this time featuring Lady Gaga’s brand new single “Perfect Illusion.” Has it all been a Perfect Illusion? The truth is revealed Wednesday. #AHS6 — AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 9, 2016 “You were a perfect illusion,” the pop singer belts as various images tease a... Read more »
245 points by Variety | Horror fiction Genre Television American film actors Stephen King Theme 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Speculative fiction