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What To Expect From Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' [Pictures]

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The forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series is coming this summer starring Matthew Mcconaughey and Idris Elba, but it's not your regular kind of adaptation. The movie will act as something of a sequel to the book series, with some familiar characters and an all new story.

Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba in The Dark TowerMatthew McConaughey and Idris Elba star in 'The Dark Tower'

We really hope this idea of continuing a novel saga in film catches on - 'Harry Potter' is kind of halfway there. 'The Dark Tower' continues on from events in the seventh and final book of Stephen King's saga of the same name (though a prequel was released in 2012 entitled 'The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole' that was meant to become the fifth novel); a series which he has more than once described as his magnum opus.

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Stephen King Confirms Idris Elba As The Lead Star Of 'The Dark Tower'

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Stephen King has finally revealed who is going to play the main character in the long-awaited movie adaptation of his self-described magnum opus 'The Dark Tower'. Idris Elba will take on the role of the Gunslinger Roland Deschain, while Matthew Mcconaughey will face-off against him as his onscreen rival.

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Given the sheer extent of King's bibliography that has found its way on to the big screen in years past, it's surprising to think that his only book series has never been attempted for an adaptation until now. But it's finally coming with 'Beasts Of No Nation' star Idris Elba in the role of Roland Deschain; the titular Gunslinger of his first 'Dark Tower' novel released in 1982. 

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Idris Elba Rumoured For Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Movie Adaptation

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Idris Elba is being lined up as the leading actor in the hugely anticipated movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’.

The British star, 42, is due to play the part of gunslinger Roland Deschain, who squares off against the series’ villain, The Man In Black, played by Matthew Mcconaughey who had previously expressed interest in playing both roles, according to Deadline.

A big screen adaptation of King’s epic series of novels has been rumoured for a long time, but the new project’s backers Sony are reportedly going to be more ambitious than settling for just a movie, floating the idea of a TV series set in the same fictional universe.

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The Hotel That Inspired 'The Shining' To Become World's First Horror Museum

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The owners of the iconic Stanley Hotel in Colorado – better known as The Overlook Hotel in the classic horror novel 'The Shining' – are planning to open the world’s first horror-themed museum inside the building, according to a new report.

Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic movie, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duval, based on Stephen King's book, was inspired by the vast hotel. Though the interior of the hotel you see in the movie itself was constructed in Elstree Studios in Britain, and the exterior shots are of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon, the Stanley Hotel in Colorado was the inspiration that King used for his 1977 novel.

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Stephen King's 'It' Remake In Tatters As Fukunaga Bails

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The True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has left the remake of Stephen King's It after clashing with New Line over his artistic vision. According to The Wrap, the project had suffered early budget cuts and things came to a head over Memorial Day weekend, leading to Fukunaga's abrupt exit.

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It was set to be split into two movies with New Line originally budgeting $30 million for the first movie. Shooting locations were another issue for Fukunaga, who had expressed a strong desire to film in New York, which is more expensive than other locations. Another source claimed New Line had also balked over the stellar opening of Poltergeist, which feature a clown in its marketing.

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Del Toro Unveils New Trailer For His Gothic Chiller 'Crimson Peak' [Trailer + Pictures]

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Back in February, horror fans were given a first glimpse of Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak, and now the acclaimed Mexican director has unveiled the full-length trailer of a film that is sure to top many people's must-see lists this Halloween.

Mia Wasikowska in Crimson PeakDon't be afraid of the dark... Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak

Set in a spooky mansion in Victorian England, Crimson Peak tells the story of a young author, played by Mia Wasikowska, who discovers her charming new husband (Thor's Tom Hiddleston) is not quite who he appears to be.

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Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Series Finally Getting Big Screen Adaptation

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Fans of Stephen King can rejoice, as the famed author’s magical series The Dark Tower is finally coming to the big screen. Deadline reports that Sony will be distributing the series of movies, while a complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.

Stephen KingThe author has been patient with plans to bring his series to the big screen.

The series is set in a magical world and centers around Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order known as the 'gunslingers'. The work has been described by the author as his magnum opus and has been called King’s answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels.

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Alexandre Aja's Horns Sends Daniel Radcliffe In A New Direction

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As Daniel Radcliffe continues to experiment with movie genres, he has frequently mentioned that he is happiest about his role in the new thriller 'Horns', directed by maverick filmmaker Alexandre Aja. The 36-year-old writer-director has been playing with the horror genre since his 1999 feature debut 'Furia', a post-apocalyptic romp starring a little-known Marion Cotillard.

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Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple are star-crossed lovers in 'Horns'

After the vicious 'High Tension' (2003) and a pair of remakes ('The Hills Have Eyes' and 'Mirrors'), Aja took a sharp left turn into comedy with the hit 'Piranha 3D'. And now he's combined humour with terror for 'Horns', in which Daniel Radcliffe plays a hapless guy who is suspected of killing his girlfriend (Juno Temple), but discovers that the horns growing out of his head might help him find the real murderer. 

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A Good Marriage Review

Very Good

Slick and haunting, this film delves into the things that hold a marriage together in a way only Stephen King would even begin to attempt. It's an involving, clever idea, never quite as deep as it seems to be, but elevated by sharply honest performances by the terrific Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia, with an additional bit of spice from Stephen Lang, playing far against type. Although in the end, it's hard to escape the fact that this is actually just a simplistic, nasty little thriller.

It centres on Darcy and Don (Allen and LaPaglia), a blissfully happy middle-aged couple with grown children (Kristen Connolly and Theo Stockman) who are on the verge of starting families of their own. Then Darcy makes a discovery in the garage that links Don to a series of serial murders terrorising New England. When Don realises that she knows, he says he'll stop the killing if she lets their life go back to normal. But how can it, when she's having terrified fever dreams every night? She can just about hold it together for their kids, but she keeps seeing opportunities to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, a shady figure (Lang) seems to be following them.

Yes, King's screenplay is less interested in carrying on with a probing, blackly witty exploration of the stresses of long-term relationships than in making viewers squirm in their seats. And the film certainly does this thanks to another remarkably offhanded performance from Allen. While she sometimes seems a bit panicky and arch, there's real edge to her screen presence. And LaPaglia is superb as the likeable killer who should probably be stopped but is nice to have around the house. Intriguingly, the film doesn't end when we think it will, as the characters have a bit further to go on this grisly little journey.

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As Amazon Appeals To Ebook Authors In Hachette Dispute, Bestselling Writers Take Out Ad Against The Online Bookseller

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It’s no secret that times have been tough for both authors and traditional publishers since the advent of Amazon. Recently, the conflict has received renewed attention because of the lengthy court battle with publisher Hachette  Book Group. The Seattle-based online retailer is pushing for lower ebook prices, but due to the lack of agreement from Hachette, the court proceedings have been going on for months.

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J. K. Rowling was among the 900 authors, who stepped up against Amazon.

This past Friday, August 8, the publisher lauched a grassroots move against Hachette , the online retailer called on its authors to email Hachette  CEO Michael Pietsch directly, giving out his email and outlining talking points for the email activists to use.

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Amazon Respond To AuthorsUnited's Criticism

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The argument between online sales giant Amazon and publisher Hachette Book Group has been rumbling on for a while, but now a group of over 900 authors have banded together to publish an open letter in support of Hachette. The letter will be published in Sunday's issue of The New York Times but is also available to view on the website which is the monicker the group has chosen. However, Amazon clearly took note of the letter before its physical publication, responding with their own statement published on their website. 

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Stephen King is one of the authors to sign the letter in support of Hatchette

Amazon called for users to email Hachette's CEO to apply pressure on him, and even quoted great British author George Orwell in an attempt to justify their argument for e-books, but it seems they misunderstood his comments about the inception of paperbacks in the early 20th century. Their statement read "If 'publishers had any sense, they would combine against them (paperbacks) and suppress them.' Yes, George Orwell was suggesting collusion". However, Orwell was known for his sarcastic wit, and the review from which Amazon took that quotation actually begins by saying what good value Penguin's cheap paperbacks are. 

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900 Authors Take Out Ad "To Stop Amazon Harming Livelihoods"

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Over 900 authors including JK Rowling, James Patterson and Donna Tartt, have backed a full-page ad in the New York Times, calling on Amazon "to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business."


The aggressive tactic is the latest move in a battle which has seen Amazon delay delivery and remove pre-readers on a slew of books by authors from Hachette - the French publisher. Amazon says it is attempting to "lower ebook prices" while Hachette argues that it is seeking "terms that value appropriately for the years ahead the author's unique role in creating books, and the publisher's role in editing, marketing, and distributing them."

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Stephen King "Used The Wrong Word" To Describe Dylan Farrow's Sex Abuse Claims

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Stephen King has been compelled to apologise profusely after comments that he made regarding Woody Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, and her claims that her father sexually abused her when she was a young girl. In a tweet that has now been deleted, the author wrote after reading about the story: "Boy, I'm stumped on that one. I don't like to think it's true, and there's an element of palpable bitchery there, but..."

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Stephen King Provoked Fury After He Used "Palpable Bitchery" To Describe Dylan Farrow's Claims.

Many reacted with outrage towards King's words with the phrase "palpable bitchery" seeming to provoke the most concern. The writer has since tweeted a series of apologies in the hope of smoothing things over: "Have no opinion on the accusations; hope they're not true. Probably used the wrong word," he wrote, adding "Still learning my way around this thing. Mercy, please."

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Hilarious & Terrifying 'Carrie' Prank Stuns Coffee Shop Customers [Video]

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Ahead of the November release of the modern reboot of Stephen King's horror classic, Carrie, promotions are underway to build up as much buzz around the new movie as possible. The team chose to pull off one of the covert camera public pranks that often goes viral, but also chose to do it much, much better than anyone else has.

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Chloe Grace Moretz & Julianne Moore Star In The Modern Retake Of 'Carrie.'

A quick explanation at the beginning of the video gets the viewer up to date and lets them sit with glee as the prank plays out on unsuspecting coffee shop customers in New York. We are show the erection of a large fake wall behind which a prank team watch the happenings on screens and control the different elements of this truly terrifying trick.

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Stephen King Performs A Masterstroke With The Horror Sequel 'Doctor Sleep'

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The long-awaited sequel to Stephen King's 1977 horror classic 'The Shining' has finally been released in the form of 'Doctor Sleep' which was published on September 24th 2013.

'The Shining' cemented King's dominance in the horror genre as it centres on the explosive tempered, alcoholic writer Josh Torrance who moves his family to the Overlook hotel in the Colorado Rockies.

It turns out that the hotel is plagued with evil entities and forces that only speak to Josh's youngest child, Danny, who is bestowed with psychic abilities. The father doesn't get the peace Josh desired in the Rockies as he is driven mad by these forces and tries to destroy his family by the end of the novel, but he is the one who is killed in the hotel fire.

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'Doctor Sleep' Released: 5 Of The Weirdest 'The Shining' Conspiracies

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Fans of Stephen King will be excited to learn that he has finally penned a follow-up to his 1977 horror novel, The Shining. Entitled Doctor Sleep, the new book will return to the characters of The Shining and will focus on Dan Torrance, now a middle-aged man.

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King, The Master Of Horror Fiction, Is Releasing A New Book.

Fleeing his father's legacy, Dan eventually settles into working in a nursing home, providing comfort to the patients with his mental abilities. Dan becomes "Doctor Sleep" with the aid of a cat who can foresee the future, and he must save a 12 year-old girl from an evil travelling cult.

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Stephen King Will Follow-Up 'The Shining' Story In New Book, 'Doctor Sleep'

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Stephen King has a new book coming out, but with his latest release the literary champion has promised something a little extra as he revisits one of his most famous works: The Shining. His new book, Doctor Sleep, will pick up one year after the faithful events that took place in the Overlook Hotel, and follows central character Danny Torrence in the years leading up to and entering manhood.

Ahead of the release of his newest novel, King spoke with the BBC's Will Gompertz about why he chose to revisit the Torrence family, and why it took so long for him to return to the story (The Shining was first published in 1977). He also went on to explain how he found Jack Torrence, who is played by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's timeless adaptation of the book, is one of his most auto-biographical characters, although admitted he does feel a connection with Danny.

"I was curious about what would happen to him, because he's a real child of a dysfunctional family," King said in the interview. "In some ways I think his father, Jack Torrence was the most autobiographical character i'd done, because at the time I wrote the book, I was drinking a lot... I saw him as this heroic character that was battling his demons on his own, the way that strong American men are supposed to."

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Stephen King Will Pick Up Where 'The Shining' Left Off With 'Doctor Sleep'

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Stephen King will pay Danny Torrance another visit as he returns to one of his most celebrated and famous works to date; The Shining. King has finished writing Doctor Sleep, the follow-up to the well-known title that reached an even wider audience when Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson turned it into one of the most well known horror movies of all time.

36 years since the first book was published, King will be revisiting the central character of The Shining; young Danny Torrance. Picking up a year after the events of the first novel, Doctor Sleep will follow Danny into adulthood and detail all the strange happenings that follow him through school and into college and work.

Ahead of the release of his latest work, King spoke with the BBC about Danny Torrance, a character he considers to be his most autobiographical. He explained that the people who found The Shining to be a scary book, probably won't be so scared this time around, although that might have something to do with the fact that they're now adults.

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'Under The Dome' Debuts On UK TV After US Success: Are Critics Won Over?

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Under The Dome, the premise is simple: the residents of small American town Chester's Mill find themselves separated from the rest of the world by a giant physical barrier, known as 'the dome.' No one knows why the mysterious, semi-permeable dome has appeared but the Chester's Mill denizens must find a way to maintain order, survive, and ultimately escape.

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The show is based on master horror writer Stephen King's 2009 novel of the same name and the author also wrote the first episode of the CBS series. Set for 8 episodes, the series is billed as the "mini-series of the summer" and has been widely praised by US critics, having been one of the six series chosen for the 'Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series,' and attracting a whopping nearly 18 million viewers to its pilot episode on 24th June.

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UK Gets Stephen King's 'Under The Dome,' Tonight

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The trials, tribulations and population of Chester's Mill – the fictional town in which Under The Dome, Stephen King's sci-fi drama is set – will become all too familiar to UK TV audiences tonight (Mon, 19 Aug) as the drama hits Channel 5 for the first time.

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Stephen King's novel is coming to the U.K, in TV form

The show is based on King’s novel of the same name, which was first conceived in 1970 but wasn’t published until 2009. It tells the story of a small town suddenly cut off by a giant invisible dome. Loved by U.S audiences, the once-planned 13-episode mini-series format has been extended to a second season due to high viewing figures.

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'50 Shades' Author E.L James Rakes It In As Forbes' Richest Author

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They say sex sells, and now author EL James can attest, as the Fifty Shades of Grey creator perches on top of Forbes' author rich list. Amazingly, on the back of her raunchy trilogy alone, James has made more money than any other author in the past year, having earned $95m (£61.5m) from sales of her erotic fiction trilogy and the purchase of the film rights for $5 million (£3.2m).

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EL James Is Exceedingly Rich.

What started out as Twilight fan fiction has seen the author's work rocket past Twilight author Stephenie Meyers (who didn't even make this year's top 15) in the last year's earnings to take the top spot on the business magazine's list. Her books sold faster than any other novel in history, with 70 million shifted in the first eight months of release in the USA and at its peak, the trilogy was earning her more than $1 million (£650,000) per week. The success of the 50 Shades trilogy was fostered by the ebooks market that enabled people to read her book in public places without feeling embarrassed to be seen reading such steamy fiction.

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CBS Wins Bidding War For Steven Spielberg's Astronaut Series 'Extant'

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Steven Spielberg's futuristic thriller Extant - a serialized drama - has been picked up by CBS Television Studios for next summer. Spielberg, Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher, who penned the script, will executive producer alongside Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Drank.

The series follows a female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after returning a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.

"Extant is a very original concept with layers of humanity, mystery and surprise that reveal itself throughout the script," said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, "Our partnership with Amblin for Under the Dome showed that viewers respond to high-quality event programming in the summer. We look forward to building on that with Extant and offering CBS audiences another high-concept, unique event for summer television."

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New Steven Spielberg Series, 'Extant,' Green-Lit By CBS

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Steven Spielberg's newest television project, Under The Dome, is proving to be the latest success for CBS in it's late night programming. In a bid to capitalise on this current run of success, the TV company have decided to double up on Spielberg and have agreed a deal with the Oscar-winning filmmaker to air his next project; Extant.

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Spielberg will be at the heart of the new series

On Wednesday (7 August), the joint project from Spielberg's Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios was green-lit by studio execs. and work began on the futuristic drama-thriller. The Hollywood Reporter has since revealed that the series will be penned by Spielberg, Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher, and that it will be a future-set family drama and thriller about a returning female astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after spending a year outside the Earth's atmosphere. This is more than just a family-reconnection series though, as our female protagonist has experienced things in space that will ultimately alter the course of human history.

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CBS Stepping Back 'Under The Dome,' And Stephen King's Invited

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The televisual adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Under the Dome, will be coming back as CBS have ordered another season of the mystery/horror/drama. Not only will fans get more of their favourite dome-based action, though, King himself is set to write the opening episode.

The first season garnered generally favourable reviews, being nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series and landing a 72% rating on Metacritic. Networks don’t renew shows on the strength of reviews, sadly enough, they prefer to work with viewer ratings, and Under The Dome didn’t disappoint there: the series premiere was viewed by a total of 17.76 million viewers, and overall, it broke records for CBS.

Ultra-fans have been somewhat critical though, claiming that the show isn’t true to its source material – King’s book – but that’s something the author has admitted to himself. “[If] you look closely, you’ll see that most of my characters are still there, although some have been combined and others have changed jobs. That’s also true of the big stuff, like the supermarket riot, the reason for all that propane storage, and the book’s thematic concerns with diminishing resources.”

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Stephen King On J.K. Rowling's Pseudonym - 'What A Pleasure'

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J.K. Rowling was living out Stephen King’s dream when she wrote The Cuckoo's Calling as Robert Galbraith, enjoying the anonymity bestowed on her by that pseudonym. King, who wrote under the name Richard Bachman, praised the practice while bemoaning those clever Internet folks that spotted his ruse.

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"I would have told her it's an impossible secret to keep for long," King told USA Today. He "got outed as Bachman by someone who recognized my style, and in these days of the Internet, that becomes more and more likely," but for him, "Jo is right about one big thing — what a pleasure, what a blessed relief, to write in anonymity, just for the joy of it. Now that I know, I can't wait to read the book." Rowling said she had "hoped to keep this secret a little longer".

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JK Rowling's 'The Cuckoo's Calling' And Other Famous Authors Who Suffered Publisher's Rejection

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J.K. Rowling's latest work, The Cuckoo's Calling, was turned down by at least one publisher. Yesterday (Sunday 14th July), Kate Mills of Orion publishing house admitted she had rejected the novel. This was following Rowling's admittance that she had penned the crime novel written under the male pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith'.

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Rowling's first work Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone was initially turned down by publishing powerhouse Bloomsbury. The company eventually did pick up the novel and the subsequent series. The Harry Potter books have been translated in 64 languages and remain the bestselling series in history. 

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Stephen King's 'Under The Dome' "Could Be Just What We've Needed"

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Stephen King's novel Under the Dome, adapted into a miniseries, aired yesterday (June 25, 2013) in the US and has been met with favourable reviews. The horror writer's 2009 novel had a huge audience of 13.1 million viewers and is likely to continue filming until September. Owing to its initial popularity, it is possible CBS could fund further episodes. 

The pilot episode introduces the audience to the bizarre Maine town of Chester's Mill, an area which is trapped in a bubble from which the residents cannot escape. With a healthy dose of a mysterious murder; a plane crash and many of the residents suffering convulsions it's definitely Stephen King's style. 

Under The Dome is CBS' latest attempt to compete with rival networks who offer such series as The Following and Revolution. The cast of Under the Dome may not match up to the likes of Kevin Bacon (in The Following) but Joanne Ostrow of the Denver Post comments on the suitability of mixing 'veteran actors and fresh new faces'.  

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Stephen King Adaptation 'Under The Dome' Will Star Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre

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Rachelle Lefevre will be joining the new CBS sci-fi drama Under the Dome, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Twilight star is pegged to play the role of Julia, an investigative reporter who has recently moved to Chetser’s Mill, from Chicago. Once there, she and the rest of Chester’s Mill’s inhabitants, finds herself dealing with the “post apocalyptic conditions” that arise when a “strange dome” encapsulates the entire town.

With the show based on Stephen King’s popular novel, Julia is the editor of the town’s local paper and her curiosity is sparked by the news that multiple deliveries of propane gas had been made to a local warehouse. The appearance of the dome has her confused, though the disappearance of her husband – the local doctor – has her even more concerned. The drama is due to be produced by CBS Television studios and was taken straight to series, in association with Steven Spielberg’s own Amblin Television. Working as executive producers on the show will be Neal Baer, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Stacey Snider and Brian K Vaughan. The premiere episode of the series will also feature Lost’s Jack Bender as executive producer.

The cast will also include Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Pan Am) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood). Her casting in Under the Dome marks a return to CBS for Lefevre, who previously worked with them on A Gifted Man. The show is scheduled to premiere on June 24, 2013. 

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Shawshank Redemption 'Most Inspiring Movie'

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Shawshank Redemption, the 1995 film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, has been named as the most inspirational movie by a poll of film fans.

The tear-jerking film, which was based on Stephen King's novel, sees two prisoners form a friendship against years of hardship.

Closely following in second place is Schindler's List, the true story of German businessman Oskar Schindler, who saved over 1,000 Jews from almost certain death during the second world war.

Tom Hanks' 1994 Forrest Gump was named as third, with people inspired by the tale of a simple man achieving greatness.

More than 2,000 film fans were surveyed by film and music store HMV.

Personal tales of success in the face of hardship appear to be the most inspiring themes for movie fans, with others in the top ten including Erin Brockovich and Billy Elliot.

Quite what Titanic inspired people to do after watching it may be questionable, but the film still managed to be named as the ninth most inspirational film.

Other classics which made it into the top 50 include Dead Poets' Society, Pretty Woman, Gladiator, To Kill A Mockingbird and Chariots of Fire.

HMV head of DVD Charles Fotheringham said Shawshank Redemption is a "great example" of how films have an "enduring capacity to inspire".

"Truly inspirational films can even change our view of the world and the things around us - helping us to see them from another person's perspective," he added.

''Ultimately, films can inspire us to change our lives in some way - think how many dancers must have started out in their chosen career after watching Billy Elliot.''

Top ten most inspirational films:

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1995)
2. Schindler's List (1994)
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
4. It's a Wonderful Life (1947)
5. Billy Elliot (2000)
6. Braveheart (1995)
7. The Green Mile (2000)
8. Erin Brockovich (2000)
9. Titanic (1998)
10. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Rose Red Review

Invest six hours in the DVD release of this Steven King miniseries and you'll come out... well, a lot like a guy who wasted four hours and 15 minutes on a crummy Steven King miniseries.

At its heart, the movie is a haunted house flick in the vein of recent films like House on Haunted Hill and Thirteen Ghosts, albeit one that takes a long time to get going, a long time to build up a story, and a long time to get over with. But they had a lot of commercials to sell, so who can fault them, huh?

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