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April 22, 1989 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
In Pet Sematary - whose masterminds are in no danger of winning a spelling bee, let alone an Oscar nomination - Stephen King makes a cameo appearance as a minister at a graveside service. He should have heeded the proverbial advice and let sleeping dogs lie. In the uneven range of King novels that have been brought to the screen - from Brian De Palma's flashy version of Carrie (1976) and Stanley Kubrick's quixotic view of The Shining (1980) to such dreary outings as Cujo (1983)
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September 25, 2003 | By Harold Bloom
The decision to give the National Book Foundation's annual award for "distinguished contribution" to Stephen King is extraordinary, another low in the shocking process of dumbing down our cultural life. I've described King in the past as a writer of penny dreadfuls, but perhaps even that is too kind. He shares nothing with Edgar Allan Poe. What he is is an immensely inadequate writer, on a sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph, book-by-book basis. The publishing industry has stooped terribly low to bestow on King a lifetime award that has previously gone to the novelists Saul Bellow and Philip Roth and to playwright Arthur Miller.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 1988 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
Take more blood than would fill a freight car, add a few hundred pounds of mucus and enough gross-out thrills for a barf convention, and you'd anticipate the ultimate horror novel in Stinger by Robert R. McCammon (Pocket Books, $4.95). Wince City, right? However, it's so filled with disgusting stuff that it also might turn into the ultimate hoot. It's a tale of extraterrestrial challenge in a depressed Texas town, wherein a tough Anglo grows sweet on a pretty Chicana, while a hard-bitten matriarch finds sterling qualities in a craven lawman.
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December 16, 2003 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The personas of Shawnee midfielder Stephen King on the soccer field and off are at odds. But he has refused to change drastically for the sake of fulfilling an athletic stereotype. What King has shown during his brilliant career is that leaders come in different packages. On the soccer field, he doesn't demand the ball so much as take it in the flow of action. He isn't one to rile teammates with pregame oratory, but once the play begins, he comes out of his shell. That is when King exhibits the all-around skills that have enabled him to be named The Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year for a second straight season.
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June 24, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe the small screen just can't hold the colossal imagination of Stephen King. Some memorable films - The Shining , The Shawshank Redemption , Stand By Me - have been adapted from the work of the freakishly prolific author. But he hasn't generally translated as well to television, as evidenced by dreary miniseries like The Tommyknockers , The Langoliers, and Bag of Bones . Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has a similarly disappointing track record in the domestic medium ( Taken , Terra Nova , Smash )
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1992 | By Richard Fuller, FOR THE INQUIRER
DOLORES CLAIBORNE Fiction. By Stephen King Viking. $23.50 The inside cover of the advance reviewer's copy of Dolores Claiborne confidently announces: "Stephen King's next bestseller. " Which is kind of like saying to the reviewer: "You don't like this book? Who cares?" Right. It doesn't mean anything that I had mixed feelings about King's previous bestseller, Gerald's Game, which was more literary stunt than satisfying read: Wife is handcuffed to bed by S&M husband, who just happens to lie dead beside the bed. Three hundred pages about being handcuffed to a bed?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 1993 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
The stars' musical abilities ranged from bad to awful. Tacky rock cliches - from decorative backup singers to trousers-dropping - were employed with abandon. Mayor Rendell praised the concert beforehand for raising money for literacy charities, then quickly added, "But I'm not staying for the show. " The Rock Bottom Remainders are a group of rock-star wannabes who just happen to be well-known writers - lead guitarist/humorist Dave Barry (who fronted the local band Federal Duck while a student at Haverford College)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 1988 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
Who else could get away with a title like Misery (Signet, $4.95) and turn it into an instant best seller? Stephen King, of course, the man who writes more positive blurbs for fellow horrorists than anyone else on our troubled planet. King is not only mega-popular, he is getting better - his prose tighter and more energetic - than ever. Be warned, however, that this is a relentless tale of torture. A popular novelist (gee, guess who?) has a car accident and is hidden away and nursed by a psychopath.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2009 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
E! ONLINE got an early peek at Stephen King's interview with USA Weekend and the horror master is obviously at the stage of his career and life when he just doesn't give a s---. It's so refreshing to hear one best-seller crap on another. Asked about the huge success of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" series, King analyzed the talents of the two creators. "The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn," King said.
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February 1, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Writer Ted Swindley built his 1988 musical Always . . . Patsy Cline on the flimsiest foundation I've seen in a jukebox musical. Given the genre, that's saying a lot. Given that this production has sold the most advance ticket sales of any show in Bristol Riverside Theatre's history, I'm not sure it matters to any fan of Cline's music. Swindley based his two-act show on a true story, but even to call it a story is charitable. "Anecdote," maybe, or "single scene in a Cline biopic," or "footnote in music history that would interest no one . . . " The evening starts with Louise Seger (Jo Twiss)
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November 11, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer| narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
SOMETIMES, even the master of horror, Stephen King, needs a little inspiration, a certain something to get the bones rolling in his head. That's where John Mellencamp came in, and that's how their project, the musical "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," took form - evolving from the standard cabin-in-the-woods idea into a supernatural yarn about brothers at odds, set in the South with a backdrop of Spanish moss and the blues. "I had never written a play, let alone a musical, but I figured we'll learn as we go along," King said in a recent interview with the Daily News . "I had done an outline, but once [Mellencamp]
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
THEATER season has kicked off, as always, with the Fringe Festival, now in its 18th year. Between now and the holidays, the region will see a slate of performances ranging from Broadway-blockbusters like "Newsies" to dramas like Arden Theatre's take on "Great Expectations" to one-person presentations on a dizzying array of topics - including a cheeky zoology lesson by Isabella Rossellini. If you blink you'll miss what figures to be the most talked-about one-night stand on the schedule - the musical horror story "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett.
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June 24, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe the small screen just can't hold the colossal imagination of Stephen King. Some memorable films - The Shining , The Shawshank Redemption , Stand By Me - have been adapted from the work of the freakishly prolific author. But he hasn't generally translated as well to television, as evidenced by dreary miniseries like The Tommyknockers , The Langoliers, and Bag of Bones . Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has a similarly disappointing track record in the domestic medium ( Taken , Terra Nova , Smash )
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2012 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Let's play a word association game: If I say "Mister Man," what image comes to mind? How about "hobbling?" "Dirty birdie?" For much of the moviegoing public, these associations end at the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King's thriller Misery , with Kathy Bates' deranged nurse and "number-one fan" Annie Wilkes looming over James Caan as her bedbound prisoner, romance author Paul Sheldon. Bates' Oscar-winning performance also looms over Bucks County Playhouse's world premiere stage play Misery , also adapted from King's novel, and that's exactly the problem with this production.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2012 | BY ROGER MOORE, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
WRITER-DIRECTOR Ti West goes where many - especially Stephen King - have gone before with "The Innkeepers," a handsome-looking but utterly flat-footed tale of a haunted hotel. The Yankee Pedlar, which looks to date from the early 19th century, is a money-losing operation about to close for good. But desk clerk Luke (Pat Healy) wants to find proof of the hotel's ghost - Madeline O'Malley, a bride who died there - before it closes its doors. And the nerdy, dullish Luke has enlisted Claire, played by Sara Paxton ("Last House on the Left")
NEWS
December 11, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TELEVISION WRITER
For some inexplicable reason, TV continues to be enthralled with horror writer Stephen King, even though the guy almost single-handedly killed the miniseries format in the 1990s. A&E is the latest channel to bankroll a King-size adaptation. The result, Stephen King's Bag of Bones , is two nights of tedium that starts slowly and loses momentum. At least the project went for star power, enticing Pierce Brosnan (a four-time James Bond) to play Mike Noonan, the dashing author of best-selling novels.
NEWS
October 30, 2011
For Halloween weekend, match the horror-fiction author with his or her work. Answers: Below. 1. L.A. Banks. 2. Stephen King. 3. Ira Levin. 4. Susie Moloney. 5. Edgar Allan Poe. 6. Horacio Quiroga. 7. Anne Rice. 8. Mary Shelley. 9. Bram Stoker. 10. Koji Suzuki a. The Dark Tower, The Gunslinger . b. Dracula . c. A Dry Spell . d. Frankenstein . e. Interview With the Vampire . f. Ring . g. Rosemary's Baby . h. Stories of Love, Madness, and Death . i. Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque . j. The Vampire Huntress Legend series.
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September 11, 2011
You've done your beach reading; now it's time to brush off the sand, go inside, and curl up in a cozy chair with some of fall's best offerings. Do love and marriage really go together like a horse and carriage? Pulitzer-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides takes a mordant look at matrimony in The Marriage Plot . A slew of other notable novelists weigh in with new work, too, including Haruki Murakami, Russell Banks, Amitav Ghosh, Don DeLillo, and Stephen King. On the nonfiction side, Mark Bowden, who chronicled a shooting war in Black Hawk Down , turns to cyber-conflict in Worm: The First Digital World War . Best-selling author Joe McGinniss tells us all about Sarah Palin in The Rogue , Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. leads us on a tour of African American history, Life Upon These Shores , and historian Ian Kershaw recounts the last days of the Third Reich in The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 . Autobiographies abound, with memoirs from luminaries including Riccardo Muti, Joan Didion, Carrie Fisher, Diane Keaton, Harry Belafonte, and Roger Ebert.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2011 | Associated Press
ATLANTA - Horror writer Stephen King's first play, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County , featuring haunting melodies by rocker John Mellencamp, is finally ready for the stage. The musical was originally scheduled for its debut at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in 2009, but was postponed. It's now set to open next April at the Alliance. Mellencamp and the play's director weren't getting along, King said Tuesday at the Alliance's season preview presentation. The new director is Susan Booth, the company's artistic director.
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