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Stephen King's Ayana TV adaptation in the works

February 5th, 2014 3:10am EST
Stephen King
Stephen King's short story Ayana is set to be adapted for TV.

Bosses at Universal TV are working with the blockbuster author to transform his 2007 tale into a serial drama, a studio representative confirms to

The supernatural story takes place in 1982 when characters experience unexplained miracles which lead to profound changes in their lives.

Many of King's works have found success on the small screen, most recently with the adaptation of his 2009 novel Under the Dome.

The series became a summer hit last year (13) when the premiere raked in over 13 million viewers in Am...

Meryl Streep establishes university scholarships in Massachusetts

January 23rd, 2014 3:10am EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep has established two scholarships at a top Massachusetts university to help students studying English.

The actress is planning a visit to the UMass Lowell campus next month (Feb14) to officially launch the new grants as part of the school's Chancellor's Speaker Series.

The scholarships will be endowed with all net proceeds from the discussion, which is expected to raise more than $100,000 (£62,500).

The Meryl Streep Endowed Scholarship Fund will benefit English majors.

She's not the only celebrity linked to scholarships at Lowell - author Stephen King has also established on...

Chloe Moretz's brothers are like Spice Girls

November 28th, 2013 6:20am EST
Chloe Moretz
Chloe Moretz says her family is like the Spice Girls.
The 'Carrie' actress grew up in a single parent household with her four older brothers doting on her and she claims her siblings are all so different from one another they remind her of the iconic 90s girl band, each with their own nickname and persona.
She told the Metro newspaper: "My family keeps me on the ground; I have four older brothers and they are all very, very protective. They are like four fathers.
"I have the acting and singing dad, the business dad, the mathematics dad and the sporty dad. It is like I have the Spice Girls ...

Samuel L. Jackson unaware Cell character is gay

November 15th, 2013 3:10am EST
Samuel L. Jackson
Actor Samuel L. Jackson had no clue his new character in the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King's Cell is gay.

The Pulp Fiction icon will reteam with his 1408 co-star John Cusack to bring the apocalyptic thriller, about a virus spread via a cell phone pulse, to the big screen, but Jackson was caught off-guard when questioned about playing fictional homosexual engineer and former soldier Tom McCourt.

Speaking to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams, he says, "I have no idea. I haven't read the book. Is that character gay in the book?"

It is not yet known if director Tod Williams wil...

NYC Coffee House Customers Freak Out In Viral Promotion For 'Carrie' Remake (Watch It!)

October 9th, 2013 9:39am EDT
Carrie Coffee Shop 1
A coffee house in New York City was recently transformed to promote the remake of classic Stephen King horror flick Carrie, which stars Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore and hits theaters October 18.

Unsuspecting patrons were caught off guard when a customer spills coffee all over a girl's laptop (both actors) and she flips out, sending him flying with her apparent telekinetic powers.

Customer reactions were all caught on camera, and they're all as classic as the first film.

The now viral video was set up by marketing company Thinkmodo, and starts out by revealing the whole setup, and know...

The Morning Roundup: Jon Gosselin Is A Waiter Now, Billy Ray Cyrus Defends Miley, Stephen King's 'Shining' Sequel

September 20th, 2013 9:36am EDT
Jon Gosselin
Jon Gosselin, who rose to fame with his wife Kate and their eight children on TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8", is now waiting tables at a restaurant about 50 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA. The former reality star has been trying to make ends meet with his new job, which he took because it was "impossible" to find work after his show ended. At least he's not living in a van down by the river... (story)

Billy Ray Cyrus apparently had no problem seeing his daughter have virtual sex with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards. Cyrus says daughter Miley is "an artist" and is "evolving" as an ...

Stephen King Revisits 'The Shining's' Danny Torrance In 'Doctor Sleep'

September 20th, 2013 8:21am EDT
The Shining
Author Stephen King is bringing the sinister child from The Shining back to life in his latest book.

The renowned horror writer admits he decided to revisit Danny Torrance, the psychic son of Jack Nicholson's demented character in the film adaptation, after fans continually questioned him about the youngster's fate.

The classic 1980 movie ends with Danny fleeing his murderous father during a snowstorm but the outcome is not made clear.

He tells the BBC, "I'd go to autographing sessions and people would say, 'Whatever happened to that kid from The Shining?' And I've never been one who ...

Book Review: Stephen King's 'Joyland'

July 19th, 2013 9:25am EDT
Joyland Book Cover
Don't let the upbeat title of Stephen King's "Joyland" fool you; his novel is no lighthearted tale of youthful exuberance. Although the book shares its name with a fictional amusement park where happy memories are made for children, the titular grounds in this paranormal, coming-of-age crime thriller have a much more tragic history for adults. Would you expect anything less from The Master of Horror?

After King’s 2012 testimonials for “The Twenty-Year Death” and “The Cocktail Waitress,” it seemed like only a matter of time before he penned his own entry in Titan Books’ pulp series “Hard Ca...

'Under The Dome' Pilot Review

June 27th, 2013 12:22am EDT
Under the Dome
Stephen King's Under The Dome was released in 2009, 2 years after The Simpsons movie. In The Simpsons movie, the EPA drops a dome around Springfield, and Homer needs to save the town. I joked at the time that Stephen King had run out of ideas. I imagined him watching The Simpsons movie and deciding to see what the story would look like if told seriously. Under The Dome's gotten pretty good reviews. My two friends said positive things about the book, though they did not like the ending. CBS would be wise to avoid keeping an ending considered horrible by people who've read the books. A series...

New Stephen King TV series is a big hit

June 25th, 2013 8:43pm EDT
Stephen King
A new TV adaptation of author Stephen King's thriller Under The Dome has launched in the U.S. with record-breaking ratings.

The series debuted on Monday night (24Jun13) with over 13 million viewers, making it the most-watched summer drama opener on any network since 1992.

The TV project, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, is based on King's 2009 novel about a New England town suddenly enclosed by a giant dome.

Blu-ray Review: 'Sleepwalkers'

September 7th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Hot for mom and a high school hottie? We’re checking out a little sin in the family via Stephen King’s "Sleepwalkers," out on Blu-ray now from Image Entertainment. Check out the family review tree below!

Title: "Sleepwalkers"

Grade: 1

Cast: Brian Krause, Madchen Amick, Alice Krige

Director: Mick Garris

Rating: R

Runtime: 89 minutes

Release Company: Image Home Entertainment


The Flick: I always thought Mick Garris had a natural flair for horror material, but what the frig was Stephen King thinking when he wrote this perverse little tale? ...

Chloe Moretz To Star In Remake Of 'Carrie'

March 27th, 2012 2:23pm EDT
Chloe Moretz
Child star Chloe Moretz has landed the leading role in a movie remake of Stephen King's chilling horror tale Carrie.

The Hugo actress, 15, will portray possessed teenager Carrie White in the supernatural film, taking on the part made famous by a young Sissy Spacek in director Brian De Palma's classic 1976 adaptation.

Filmmaker Kim Pierce will direct the new project and Moretz is thrilled at the prospect of bringing Carrie to a new generation.

In a post on Tuesday, she writes, "Never been so happy in my life! Thank you Kim Pierce and thank u MGM for the chance of a lifetime...

Stephen King & John Mellencamp's Play To Debut In Atlanta

April 2nd, 2011 4:32pm EDT
StepheN King
Horror author Stephen King's new play collaboration with rocker John Mellencamp has a start date - it will open in Atlanta, Georgia next April.

The odd couple has been working on Ghost Brothers of Darkland County for years, and now they're ready for previews.

The play will open at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, which is where Broadway shows Aida and The Color Purple, got their start.

King wrote the play's book, while Mellencamp added the music and lyrics.

Oscar winner T-Bone Burnett is the production's musical director.

'The Dark Tower' Psychologically Confirms Javier Bardem

March 2nd, 2011 11:27am EST
It seems that Javier Bardem is confirmed to be a Stephen King character... sort of.

Producer Brian Grazer told MTV News that the academy award-winning actor is "psychologically" confirmed to play the role of Roland Deschain in the eagerly awaited "The Dark Tower" series.

"He really wants to do it," said Glazer. "We're absolutely rooting for him to do it."

Check out the MTV Movies blog for the full deets on Bardem's "Dark Tower" casting chances.

Stephen King Talks About 'The Stand' Remake

February 4th, 2011 1:39pm EST
Stephen King
Legendary horror writer Stephen King is urging movie bosses to cast Jake Gyllenhaal and Billy Bob Thornton in the upcoming big screen remake of his 1978 book The Stand.

The post-apocalyptic story, which sees the United States devastated by a super-flu virus, was used as the basis for a 1994 TV miniseries of the same name starring Gary Sinise in the lead role of survivor Stuart Redman.

Movie bosses have now announced plans to bring the tale to cinemas in a new update, and although King is adamant Sinise was the perfect choice to lead the cast, he would be happy to see Gyllenhaal take the...

James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer Top Richest Authors List

August 23rd, 2010 6:30pm EDT
James Patterson
"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer and James Patterson have topped Forbes magazine's best-paid authors list.

The "Along Came a Spider" writer earned an estimated $70 million in the last year, while Meyer, whose vampire novels have been transformed into a hit Hollywood franchise, was paid $40 million.

Horror author Stephen King was third on the list with $34 million and Danielle Steel placed fourth, with $32 million.

They were followed by Ken Follett, Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich and John Grisham.

Meanwhile, "The Notebook" writer Nicolas Sparks and "Harry Potter's" J.K. Rowling rounded ou...

There's No Place Like 'Haven'

August 9th, 2010 11:51pm EDT
Initially, I didn’t like this show very much. Based on the story Colorado Kid by Stephen King, Syfy’s latest series follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose, a former cast member of ER and Brothers and Sisters, she also voiced Elena Fisher in the first Uncharted video game) as she moves into Haven, a mysterious small town in New England where quite a few people have abilities far beyond normal.

After tracking a fugitive to Haven, Parker decides to stay on and help the town deal with their unique problems while also investigating a woman who showed up there twenty years ago and bore more...

5 Movies Guys Shouldn't Watch

June 24th, 2010 9:06am EDT
Thelma & Louise
It’s easy to pick out movies that don’t particularly sit well with many American men. Cue the Chick Flicks. Beaches. Steel Magnolias. Waiting to Exhale. Anything with Meg Ryan. But some movies just flat out scare the bejesus out of men. Here are five movies that do just that, and possibly more.

Fatal Attraction: The premise: Man (Michael Douglas), although happily married, begins an affair with Other Woman (Glenn Close). Other Woman falls desperately in love with Man. Man is then turned off and tries to end affair. Other Woman says, “Oh hells no!” and turns into Psycho Chick. Psycho Chick ...

ABC's New Series 'Happy Town' Premieres Tonight

April 28th, 2010 10:11am EDT
ABC is pulling out all the stops to get you interested in its new series, Happy Town. The scary mystery drama is set in Haplin, TN where there are any number of secrets to get you intrigued. The major secret is this so called Magic Man who is suspected of making many Haplin children disappear. Does he have supernatural powers, or is there some other cover-up?

“Supernatural is probably the wrong word for it,” said series producer Josh Appelbaum. “We keep referencing the Magic Man. I would say there's magic working around the town. It's really worth saying. Happy Town is much more the real ...

Can 'The Wolfman' Live Up To These Werewolf Movies?

February 12th, 2010 1:11pm EST
The Wolfman
The Wolfman, inspired by the classic Universal film, premieres in theaters today. It continues the tradition of films based on lycanthropy since Werewolf of London in 1935. There has been a plethora of werewolf films since, and here are some particularly memorable ones.

Dog Soldiers: Like 28 Days Later, Dog Soldiers was a gritty horror movie from overseas that helped resurrect the genre for another decade. Dog Soldiers also helped boost its director's career - Neil Marshall has since directed horror films The Descent and Doomsday. 28 Days Later's director, Danny Boyle, has since helmed h...

Best Movies Set In Cold Locations

December 26th, 2009 11:56am EST
Often times, weather plays an integral role in films, whether it be that it helps to set the tone, has symbolic significance, or makes a kissing scene all the more steamy, like the passionate lip-lock between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook" (2004), whose sexiness skyrocketed thanks to it taking place during a downpour. Sometimes the weather even takes on a life of its own, like in the film "Twister" (1996), in which the tornado acts as just as much of a protagonist as both Helen Hunt's and Bill Paxton's characters.

So now, with winter officially getting its frosty self...

Stephen King Writing 'The Shining' Sequel

November 25th, 2009 11:29am EST
Stephen King Writing
Stephen King has thrilled horror fans with the news he has started work on a sequel to his most famous book - The Shining.

The 1977 novel was adapted for the big screen three years later and the film directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson, became a cult classic.

King confirmed he is writing a follow-up during an appearance in Toronto, Canada this week and revealed the story will be set 40 years later and focus on the lead character Jack Torrance's son Danny.

The sequel is tentatively titled Doctor Sleep.

However, King admits he's nervous about writing a follo...

Eli Roth Leaves Stephen King's 'Cell' Adaptation

July 13th, 2009 2:22pm EDT
Eli Roth
Actor/director Eli Roth has ditched plans to adapt author Stephen King's thriller "Cell" for the big screen.

The moviemaker had been linked to the project, about an artist who struggles to reconnect with his son after a strange cell phone network broadcast turns humans into vicious animals.

But Roth now reveals he's quit the film, citing creative differences with studio executives Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

However, Roth - who also stars in the Weinstein-backed Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds - insists the split was amicable.

He tells movie website

Coming-Of-Age Films That We All Remember

July 8th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
Making the transition from adolescence into adulthood is a critical phase in an individual's life. This coming-of-age period, which has been coined "emerging adulthood" by Clark University research professor, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, is characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, a belief in boundless possibilities, and feeling in-between. According to Arnett's theory, in industrialized societies the types of experiences that people have who are in their late teens to mid-20's have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Instead of being quick to make that walk down the ...

A Salute To Our Favorite Fat Kids In Film

May 28th, 2009 9:45am EDT
The Goonies
Sure, it's true that childhood obesity is a serious problem that menaces the health and well-being of many American tots, whose rate of becoming the deep-fried and taterized variety has risen significantly over the past 30 years. Yet, we are not here to discuss alarming statistics or to point fingers (at the fast food industry for example) for America's increasingly doughy population. No siree. Rather, we come here today to raise our soda-filled glasses to pay tribute to all of those wonderful pie-faced kids who have cinematically graced us with their weighty presence over the years. So, he...

Unrealistic Prom Scenes On Film

May 27th, 2009 2:22pm EDT
It's called by many names in cinema, but the big high school dance, the one where Cinderellas step out in glass slippers and the ugly ducklings start singing their swan songs, is generally known as Prom. They take place everywhere from gymnasiums to four-star hotels, but frequently end in drunkenness and frustrated hopes of losing one's virginity. Here are few examples of Prom Nights that give high school juniors and seniors everywhere unrealistic expectations, and what you can learn from them:

Carrie. Based on Stephen King's novel, this classic horror film teaches us not to make...

What To Watch In March? Spotlight On Mid-Season Shows

March 4th, 2009 9:37am EST
Once upon a time in a magical land called Hollywood, harried and somewhat unkempt writers bit their nails down to the quick awaiting news on if their pilots would receive full season orders, be given solid "Nos," or worse: be relegated to the limbo that is "mid-season replacement" territory.

Such shows aren't guaranteed to air at all, particularly if the initial fall line-up (the shows that network executives felt had the most potential) succeeds. And if mid-season shows do get a shot after premature cancellations, there is no guarantee they will find an audience, considering so many ...

Stephen King Not A Fan Of 'Twilight' Author

February 4th, 2009 9:23am EST
Stephen King
Horror writer Stephen King has served up a fright for Twilight author Stephenie Meyers, insisting she "can't write worth a darn."

King, the writer of classics like "Carrie" and "Misery," has gone public with his critique of in-vogue Utah-based novelist Meyers in the upcoming issue of USA Weekend magazine.

He starts by complimenting J.K. Rowling on her "Harry Potter" books, and then slates Meyer.

He says, "Both Rowling and Meyer, they're speaking directly to young people... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. S...

Silly Horror Villains

October 24th, 2008 12:12pm EDT
The Gingerdead Man
In the over 100 years of movie history we've seen lots of horrifying creatures. As time passes the wants and fears of the audience shifts, and some ideas exhaust themselves. Horror filmmakers have to be creative with ways to scare the audience. Crazy men with knives and the devil himself just don't do it anymore. This can yield excellent results in the form of a haunted video tape or zombies that can sprint. But most of the time things can get just a little silly.

Jack Frost

Horror directors often try to frighten moviegoers by digging into our childhood fears, and if handled well...

This Week on 'Prison Break:' Blood Feuds, Indecent Proposals... and Vegas!

October 7th, 2008 12:16pm EDT
Prison Break
The best season of "Prison Break" thus far was season 2. Sure, purists had a problem with it ("they're no longer in prison!); but as far as unpredictability, craziness, and sheer fun are concerned, it was unmatched. Well, that might all be about to change. Season 4 might have started off a little unevenly, but if the past few episodes are any indication, the journey to the season (and perhaps series) finale is going to be quite a trip.

Not So Strange Bedfellows

We left off last week with T-Bag (Robert Knepper), having just fled from a suspicious associate at Gate, frantically r...

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