NEW YORK (AP) — Seven films in, the DC Extended Universe is finally flying with some wind behind its back. The well-reviewed, relatively modestly budgeted "Shazam!" debuted with $53.5 million in...
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Hollywood, in its infinite irony, has resurrected a tale about the unholy perils of resurrection.
The mean roads and mangy cats of Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" are back from the dead in...
‘Pet Sematary’ directors reveal Stephen King nerves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new "Pet Sematary " has familiar elements of Stephen King's classic 1983 novel and previous film, namely the haunted graveyard where the dead are buried but return as...
BOSTON (AP) — In headlines for a story Feb. 26 about a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the grant came from Stephen King himself....
‘The Batman’ set for 2021 release, star to be determined
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Who will be inside the suit remains unknown but "The Batman" has a release date.
Warner Bros. on Wednesday announced that Matt Reeves' stand-alone Batman film will hit theaters in June 2021. Ben Affleck was previously set to star in the film following his performances in "Justice League" and "Batman v. Superman," but a new Caped Crusader is to be cast.
Stephen King complaint spurs newspaper subscription drive
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine newspaper that horrified author Stephen King by dropping its local book review coverage used his complaint to boost digital subscriptions.
King, who lives in Bangor, complained Friday about the Portland Press Herald's decision to stop publishing freelance-written reviews of books about Maine or written by Maine authors and urged his 5.1 million Twitter followers to retweet his message .
Writers’ group won’t honor prosecutor tied to Central Park 5
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mystery Writers of America withdrew a major honor Thursday from author Linda Fairstein after other authors condemned the ex-prosecutor's role in New York's notorious "Central Park Five" case.
The decision, just two days after the Grand Master Award was announced, marked the first time the group has ever rescinded the prize, which recognizes lifetime achievement and has been given to Sue Grafton and Stephen King among others.
Review: Stephen King raises the bar with ‘Elevation’
"Elevation" (Scribner), by Stephen King
After more than four decades of banging out best- sellers, Stephen King still has the power to surprise his beloved "constant readers."
Consider "Elevation," which the book jacket calls a novel, but which clocks in under 150 pages and takes about 90 minutes to read.
Stephen King-themed horror event breaks attendance record
PROSPECT, Maine (AP) — Organizers of a Stephen King-themed horror event at a historic fort in Maine say about 4,800 people attended, close to 2,000 more than expected.
The Fright at the Fort event in Prospect also tied up traffic for a while.
Stephen King gives students movie rights to story for $1
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Horror writer Stephen King is giving a deal to student filmmakers at the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales.
King sold them the movie rights to a short story, "Stationary Bike," for $1.
Movie sequel to ‘The Shining’ films scenes on Georgia coast
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — A movie sequel to Stephen King's horror classic "The Shining" has begun filming on the Georgia coast.
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Woodward’s “Fear” already a million-seller
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Woodward's "Fear" is already a million-seller.
Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that Woodward's takedown of President Donald Trump has sold more than 1.1 million copies just a week after publication. It is among the fastest selling hardcover books in memory and had the fastest opening in history for Simon & Schuster, which also publishes Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mary Higgins Clark.
Bear walks into hotel that inspired ‘The Shining’
Black bear wandered into hotel that inspired ‘The Shining’
ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) — A black bear wandered the lobby of the Colorado hotel that inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining."
Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to ’80s country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer.
He's recorded psychedelic metal and hard rock, released a concept album written with horror writer Stephen King and a tribute album to electronic disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder. So maybe the most unexpected thing he could do was make a classic, honky-tonk country record.
From the 1930s film "Freaks" to Stephen King's "It," carnivals and circuses have served as backgrounds for terror in popular culture.
Now, Universal Orlando is capitalizing on that horror history with a carnival-themed Halloween Horror Nights this year.
The resort announced Wednesday that the 10 haunted houses that make up Halloween Horror nights will have a carnival theme. The latest iteration of Halloween Horror Nights is being called "Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces"
Sissy Spacek reunites with Stephen King
Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and other notables react to the death of writer Harlan Ellison:
"Harlan Ellison: There was no one quite like him in American letters, and never will be. Angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented. If there's an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking ass and taking down names." — Stephen King, via Twitter.
"My friend is dead and I am so sad." — Neil Gaiman, via Twitter.
NEW YORK (AP) — On a night when speakers included Stephen King, Morgan Freeman and Margaret Atwood, no one at the PEN American gala had a more moving and inspiring presence than Parkland shooting survivor Samantha Fuentes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King has been presented an award by PEN America for literary service.
The author received his prize Tuesday night from Morgan Freeman, who starred in the film adaptation of King's "The Shawshank Redemption." King was praised by PEN, the literary and human rights organization, as an advocate for literacy and free expression.
"The Outsider" (Scribner), by Stephen King
Stephen King's new novel, "The Outsider," opens with witness interviews in a typewriter font, laying out the details of a grisly crime and setting the scene for a detective story.
TV picks for April 18: ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Decoding the Weather Machine,’ ‘Casablanca’
Riverdale may boast the most photogenic cast in TV, but when it comes to song and dance, its not quite ready for close-ups. Injecting numbers from Carrie: The Musical into an episode might have seemed like an ingenious idea, but the young actors arent quite up to the task, relying more on sexy bends than jazz bands. It doesnt help that the tunes probably dont even a ring a bell with Stephen King.
James McAvoy is in talks for 'It: Chapter Two'.
The 'Filth' actor and Bill Hader are both said to have entered discussions with New Line Cinema about appearing in the sequel to the 2017 supernatural horror film, which was based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.
This week in art-house cinema: animation, tribal films, opera and ‘The Walking Dead’
The new curiosity from filmmaker Wes Anderson, a tribal film festival, a Stephen King classic and "The Walking Dead" season finale are some of the many specialty cinema options on screens this week in Tulsa.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Stephen King's foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Portland, Maine, elementary schools.
The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland Education Foundation announced Tuesday that it will receive the grant from The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation.
Kevin Bacon will star in and produce the new supernatural thriller 'You Should Have Left'.
The 59-year-old 'Footloose' star is teaming up with David Koepp and Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions to adapt the 2017 book of the same name by German author Daniel Kehlmann, The Hollywood Reporter say.
Koepp has adapted the book and is set to helm the new movie which is being slated to start production this year.
Steven Soderbergh is a prolific producer, but his directorial resume is quite impressive as well — from “Ocean’s Eleven” to his more recent film “Logan Lucky,” which, unfortunately, flew under the radar with both critics and viewers.
The Motherlode: It’s a housebound horror show with downed trees, power outages
“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.”
Stephen King in tweet slams congressman as “NRA sweetheart”
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Author Stephen King on Tuesday called a Maine congressman an "NRA sweetheart" for receiving thousands of dollars from the gun rights advocacy group.
King urged residents in a tweet to not vote for Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November, citing his support from the National Rifle Association. The Maine-born novelist has posted several tweets about gun policy since a Florida high school shooting last week that left 17 people dead.
Cleveland stage icon Andrew May returns to Great Lakes Theater as a writer in ‘Misery’ (preview)
Cleveland stage icon Andrew May returns to Great Lakes Theater as a writer in 'Misery' (preview)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – This Saturday, at the Hanna Theatre, Andrew May will don special tights painted to look like the grotesque injuries from a car accident. Then, he'll jump into bed and stay there for much the evening as Paul Sheldon, the best-selling author held captive after he's pulled from a wreck by a deranged admirer in Stephen King's "Misery."
‘Winchester’ is extremely enjoyable flick that is fiction-based-on-fact
I don't care what the Big-Time movie critics (and Rotten Tomatoes) say, I REALLY enjoyed this movie.
Directors Michael and Peter Spierig ("Jigsaw," "Undead," "Daybreakers") have a bit of experience in trying to scare an audience, and with this movie they veered toward "old school."
Tale of 2 Bangors: Same-named cities’ mayors make Super bet
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of football-crazed communities in Pennsylvania and Maine are looking to get a bit more Bangor for their buck out of the Super Bowl game.
The mayors of Bangor, Maine, and Bangor, Pennsylvania, said Friday they have placed a wager on the Feb. 4 game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
Horror writer Jack Ketchum dead at 71
NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Ketchum, a prize-winning horror and screenplay writer known for fiction such as "The Box" and the controversial "Off Season," and once labeled by Stephen King as likely the scariest writer in America, has died. He was 71.
Ketchum's friend and webmaster Kevin Kovelant told The Associated Press that Ketchum died Wednesday morning. No other details were immediately available. Jack Ketchum is the pen name for Dallas Mayr, who initially wrote as "Jerzy Livingston."
Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88.
Le Guin died suddenly and peacefully Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after several weeks of health concerns, her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin said Tuesday.
Tom Taylor could quadruple his fee for 'The Dark Tower' - if it becomes a franchise.
The 16-year-old actor - best known for playing Tom Foster in hit BBC TV series 'Doctor Foster' - stars opposite Idris Elba and Matthew McConnaughey in the Stephen King big screen adaptation, and may land a $500,000 pay day if he stars in a third instalment of the film.
Bangor, Maine – Stephen King says he wants to help a Maine bookstore owner who lost thousands of dollars' worth of rare books, including original King manuscripts, after flood caused by a broken pipe.
Stephen King to help bookstore owner who lost collection
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Stephen King says he wants to help a Maine bookstore owner who lost thousands of dollars' worth of rare books, including original King manuscripts, after flood caused by a broken pipe.
Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a whiff of horror about PEN America's new Literary Service Award winner — it's Stephen King.
The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident's new novel, "The Outsider," is being published on that date.
June Mary Ann Menke, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea, Minn.
June was born June 12, 1939, to parents, Floyd S. and Ella (Hansen) Chadbourne in Mankato, Minn. June grew up in Winona and attended Winona Senior High.
On April 12, 1980, June married Daniel Menke in Winona. She was a house wife and raised four children. In 2002, June moved to Albert Lea until 2009 and moved back to Albert Lea in 2011.
While "Get Out" was the best horror film with a social statement, "It" was the best horror film with old-fashioned scares.
Focusing on the first half of Stephen King's sprawling story, Director Andy Muschietti was able to get quick buy-in and a lot of "Stranger Things" vibes.
"In 1922, a man's pride was a man's land. And so was his son." This is one of the opening lines read by Thomas Jane, who portrays Wilfred James, in the recently released Netflix adaption "1922."
In the year 1922, in the fictional town of Hemingford Home, Neb., life on the farm seemed like hard work, but nothing could prepare the James family for what was on the horizon.
"The moral is: Never trust a clown."
That's how the German subsidiary for Burger King trolled archrival McDonald's with ambush advertising during the conclusion of a screening of Stephen King's movie "It" recently, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.
Ever since he broke through with his debut novel, “Carrie,” in 1974, Stephen King has pretty much been the master of all things horror. He has published dozens of novels, including “Cujo,” “Firestarter” and “The Shining,” and has sold more than 350 million copies of his books.
It lives! This nightmare machine writes bone-chilling tales
Don't throw away your Stephen King collection just yet. But the Master of the Macabre might want to keep an eye out behind him, because scientists have just unleashed a nightmare machine on a mission to churn out its own bone-chilling tales.
If you're looking for a Razzie nominee for Worst Film of the Year, you might look at “The Dark Tower."
Based on Stephen King's novels, it could make reading popular. So much is missing from the film you feel like you slipped away during an important part.
Even worse? Matthew McConaughey is such a poor choice to play the Man in Black, you never quite buy his menace.
It’s the one day of the year you can be anything you want to be.
Whether you show the opposite of your personality or who you truly are, Halloween is the time when the line between fantasy and reality blurs. To get you in the spirit, Life&Times explored what’s trending for costumes this holiday.
Waited until the last minute? We threw in some do-it-yourself costume hacks, too.