Stanley Kubrick was a perfectionist. The Shining is actually in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most number of takes of a single scene. With that type of fascist filmmaking, you know that anything left on the cutting room floor of the 1980 Stephen King film was cut for a reason.
Still, for those super-fans out there, the Dryden Theater in Rochester New York is having a special screening of the film October 22nd, “complete with a chilling coda cut from the original release.”
As one might expect from the company that suffered the biggest U.S. bankruptcy ever, Lehman Brothers conducted less-than optimal oversight of its businesses. Our suspicions to that effect were confirmed today at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court proceeding in Manhattan. Barclays futures director Elizabeth James, who was involved when Barclays bought Lehman out of bankruptcy in September Read More
Forbes has released its list of the highest paid authors and the results are pretty predictable. Forbes based the rankings on profits from books, TV and film rights between June, 2009 and June, 2010. Here are the top 5 and their earnings: James Patterson – $70 million Stephenie Meyer – $40 million Read More
In unlikely theater news, a famous horror author and a red-blooded American rock star have teamed up to make a Broadway play. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a play written by Stephen King and scored by John Mellencamp, will open at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in April 2009 in preparation for an eventual Read More
Running Time 94 minutes
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Written by Stephen King
Starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson
1408 is the latest product canned by the cottage industry known as Stephen King, but if you go expecting a horror movie, you’ll be Read More
Runaway, by Alice Munro. Alfred A. Knopf, 335 pages, $25.
Does anyone know if the word “coquette” was in vogue in Canada in the 1940′s? Because if it was, you can be sure that the gravely gifted and always interesting short-story writer Alice Munro, born in rural Ontario in 1931, didn’t get through Read More
Like an action epic that doesn’t move, or a musical that doesn’t sing, there is something woefully disappointing at the movies about a thriller that doesn’t thrill. A twisted little spine-tingler called Taking Lives almost achieves the dark and terrifying ambiance of Seven and Copycat to which it aspires, except for one basic hurdle. A Read More
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , by Stephen King. Scribner, 288 pages, $25.
The title of this genial, informal book is misleading. On Writing is most compelling as a kind of deliberately fragmented partial autobiography–those parts constitute much of the book and will fascinate any reader. The stuff on writing, which the author Read More