Stephen King Goes To The Opera

Posted: November 25, 2015, 14:30:36

Led by conductor Michael Christie, the cast and orchestra of Minnesota Opera's new commissioned work based on horrormeister Stephen King's bestseller "The Shining" presented a workshop sneak peek on Friday at the opera's rehearsal space. Front row, center to right: Alejandro Vegas as young Danny Torrance, soprano Kelly Kaduce as his mother Wendy, baritone Andrew Lovato as father Jack (Brian Mulligan will sing the role for the May world premiere) and tenor John Robert Lindsey as Lloyd the Bartender.

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Thanks to Lou Sytsma

Review of Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience

Posted: November 25, 2015, 09:31:49
Section: General news » Carrie: The Musical

I got an email from Ami Sandler the other day and she told me that she had been to the Carrie musical in Los Angeles on October 24 at the Los Angeles Theatre and from what I understand, it's something you don't want to miss out on.

Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience
Log Angeles Theatre
October 24, 2014

Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience was more than just entertaining: it was alive! From the moment you arrived at the Los Angeles Theatre, you were immersed in the theme of the performance. The doors on the outside of the venue showed hands of Carrie’s victims trying to leave the gymnasium. Inside the entryway, guests were greeted as if they were arriving for the prom. There were prom posters, as well as a photo booth for guests to take free photos against a backdrop using several props. Once inside the theatre, attendees could venture downstairs towards the restrooms for several themed rooms fitting for the musical. One was set up like a gym locker room, with one locker open with items bearing Sue Snell’s name. The other side of the locker room featured showers and tiles, with a bloody message for Carrie.

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Lilja Meets the King; 2 Years Ago Today

Posted: November 20, 2015, 11:59:09

Two years ago today I meet King for the second time. It was at a Meet and Greet in Hamburg and I got to shake his hand and get two books signed.

Here is what I wrote about it 2 years ago.

Lilja Meets the King

Today I was at a Meet & Greet with Stephen King.

I got two books signed (German Doctor Sleep and Swedish Dark Tower 7)

I got to shake the masters hand.

And a photo.

Thanks to King and everyone at Heyne who made this possible.

11/22/63 Teaser Out Now!

Posted: November 19, 2015, 16:35:39
Section: TV » 11/22/63

Here is a first teaser for 11/22/63.

New 11/22/63 Photo

Posted: November 19, 2015, 00:33:28
Section: TV » 11/22/63

New photo from 11/22/63.

Matthew McConaughey as Flagg or Roland?

Posted: November 17, 2015, 08:36:21
Section: Film » The Dark Tower

Will Matthew McConaughey play Flagg in the upcoming movie version of The Dark Tower? Or will be play Roland The Gunslinger? Well rumor says that he has been offered to play either of these roles. Personally I would prefer Flagg. That way they could also cast him as Flagg in The Stand as it has been rumored earlier. Please note though that this is just a rumor and its source is labeled as ”a person familiar with the project”. So please take it as a rumor for now.

If you could decide, would you cast him as Flagg, Roland or none of them?

Review of Misery Theatre Play

Posted: November 13, 2015, 04:00:14

I got an email from Roy Bruhn who went to see the theatrical version of Misery with Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf. In the mail he shared his thoughts on it with me and after him giving me his approval I’d like to share it here with you. Unfortunatley the play isn’t as good as one could hope for… Here is what Roy had to say.

I am not a theatre critic, but I love theatre and the medium and was very curious how they would manage to bring one of my favorite King stories on stage. I loved the book (having said that, I only read it once, when it was released), I did like the movie, but I don’t think it captured the elements and the spirit of the book very well. I think the movie was a good stand-alone movie, but not a very good book adaption, when it comes to produce similar emotions in me as the book did and to portrait well (or at all) what I saw as the key ideas of the book.

Anyway, now it is about the play: It started all very promising, the stage design looked great and was rotating during the play, dynamically changing the potion of the house that was faced to the audience while the actors where acting. The house segments shown where outdoors, Paul’s bed chamber, the hallway and the kitchen. I am attaching you a picture of the outdoors view, as it looked before the play started. The intro was very well done, the bed chamber was dark, some light came through the window, enough to see there is a badly injured person in the bed, the door opened and light come flooding in from the corridor. The long shadow of Annie was preceding her and have the whole play a fabulous eerie start. Unfortunately this was already the best of the play. Of course, the story in itself remains great, but the play really seem to have butchered it and turned it nearly into a comedy rather than a suspenseful stage adaption. Bruce Willis' performance was bad, he never convinced me. He seemed to be more annoyed with Annie then scared.

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Second Description of End of Watch

Posted: November 12, 2015, 00:45:57
Section: Book » End of Watch (The Bill Hodges Trilogy #3)

Here is a second description of End of Watch:

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer. Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world. Now, the technological genius has created a hypnotic electronic fishing game which compels users to commit suicide, and he is determined to target the three people who put him in hospital - Hodges and his sidekicks Holly and Jerome. Then he plans to initiate a suicide epidemic. For Hodges - and the city - the clock is ticking in unexpected ways...Both a stand-alone novel and the final episode in the Hodges trilogy, End of Watchis a tense read which takes the series into a powerful new dimension.

Photos From 11/22/63

Posted: November 9, 2015, 23:20:33
Section: TV » 11/22/63

Here are some photos from 11/22/63.

And the Winners Are...

Posted: November 9, 2015, 15:17:49
Section: Book » The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The winners in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams contest has been drawn and I would like to congratulate F R Maher, Mark Wiggins and Kirk Mulligan who all sent in the correct answers. The book will be with you shortly.

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