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Author and screenwriter Richard Matheson died Sunday today at 87. According to published reports, Ali Matheson, his daughter posted on Facebook:
"My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved...he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever...I miss you and love you forever Pop and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there..."
Richard Matheson was one of the most influential writers of science fiction. There would be no zombie apocalypse without his book “I Am Legend,” which was made into film three times, so far: The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price, The Omega Man, which starred Charlton Heston and I Am Legend which starred Will Smith. Matheson also wrote classic Twilight Zone episodes including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" His books, like “The Shrinking Man,” “Hell House,” “What Dreams May Come,” “Bid Time Return,” and “A Stir of Echoes” have all been adapted for the screen. Some have been adapted over and over again. Matheson’s 1971 short story “Duel” became Stephen Spielberg’s second motion picture.
Richard Burton Matheson was born February 20, 1926 in Allendale, N.J. and raised in Brooklyn. The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction published his first short story "Born of Man and Woman." He wove satire and wit into tales of horror, science fiction and paranoia in such stories as“Hell House” from 1953, "The Curious Child,""The Doll that Does Everything, and "The Test" from 1954, , “The Funeral" from 1955, and “Steel" from 1956. Matheson wrote 14 episodes for the American TV series The Twilight Zone before adapting Edgar Allan Poe’s stories into screenplays for the Roger Corman such as House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and The Raven (1963)
Matheson adapted Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out for Hammer Films in 1968. Matheson wrote the classic Star Trek episode "The Enemy Within." Matheson also wrote Trilogy of Terror for TV in 1975 and his teleplay for The Night Stalker ultimately became the basis for the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
SOURCE: LA TIMES
The now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.
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It is time for the reaping and may the odds be forever in Julianne Moore’s favor. The actress, who most recently played Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change (with Woody Harrelson who plays Haymitch in The Hunger Gamesmovie trilogy) and Jack Donaghy’s flame on 30 Rock, is in talks with Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence to play President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. The last two books from the Suzanne Collins book series are being turned to film.
Moore would star in both of the final films. President Alma Coin is in charge of District 13 will use Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence, to advance her own ambitions when Katniss becomes a symbol of rebellion against the Capitol government. Moore would star in both of the final films. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will return for the movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman will also be joining the series for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Julianne Moore is also set to play the bible-thumping mama in the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, which will be directed by Kim Peirce. She is also set to star opposite Jeff Bridges in Warner Brothers’ Seventh Son. Moore is also slated to play in Don Juan, which will be directed by Gordon-Levitt and will co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set for released on November 21, 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will open November 20, 2015.
On the surface, Stephen King’s latest foray into Titan Book’s Hardcase Crime imprint is the story of a murder mystery inside of a haunted carnival. If one of King’s constant readers or someone just looking for a good summer pot boiler were to pick up this novel and look slightly beneath the grease paint and sawdust surface, that reader would find a coming of age story filled with poignancy, heartbreak and an affirmation of life. The novel defies expectations and proves once again that King is the master, not just of horror, but of the written word and of reader emotions.
Joyland is a horror story, a story of a girl who was violently murdered on a haunted house ride, and whose restless spirit is still within that ride. The novel is filled with the eerie imagery of the carnival, of the shady carnies, and restless nature that accompanies any carnival. When King brings the chills, the novel goes for the jugular. Whenever any of the characters get within sight of the haunted house ride, the novel walks that razor’s edge of creepiness that will make readers flick on an extra light or lock a few doors. But it is so much more to Joyland than just a horror novel. When one pictures what a King novel centered on a haunted carnival would look like, images of Pennywiseesque clowns and killer Christine-like roller coasters spring to mind, but in Joyland, the terrors are much more subtle. Yes, the ghost plays a role, and there is a serial killer lurking about, but the true horrors of the novel are the mundane horrors of life that lurk around every corner. The cancers that can and will take a loved one, the sudden heart attacks or strokes, the stray piece of hot dog waiting to be choked upon. The terrors of Joyland are not as overt as one might expect, which is what makes the book so surprisingly brilliant.
The novel is narrated in the first person by the book’s protagonist, Devin Jones. Jones tells the story in flashback, filling readers in one what happens to the story’s players once they step away from King’s narrative stage. The beautiful girl who turned heads when she was young is wasted away by cancer a few years later, the pending stokes and car accidents that are awaiting in the future. Those are the real dreads of the novel, dwarfing the supernatural presence that lurks in the haunted house. Like most King books, that evil that can be hidden in the hearts of anyone.
Joyland is a crime story, a story of Jones’ quest to find out who committed the murder that tainted his beloved Joyland. It is a well-structured whodunit that drops hints and clues throughout Jones’ journey, both supernatural and concrete. The novel feels like a crime story hidden beneath the façade of a horror story. As Jones winds his way through the world of carnies and rubes (called conies in the book), he learns the secret world of the amusement business. Jones is able to look beneath the veneer of laughter and joy to see the dark heart beneath Joyland, a dark heart that taints a world Jones has come to believe in.
Joyland, most of all, is a coming-of-age story. When readers first meet college student Devin Jones his entire life rotates around his girlfriend, Wendy Keegan. Devin’s life is torn asunder when the inevitable happens, and Wendy dumps him for another man. Having no focus, Devin throws his entire being into his summer job at Joyland, and he finds that the act of giving joy to others, even when he does not feel it himself, comes to define him as a person.
Joyland is a setting just as wholly realized as Derry, Maine or Castle Rock, two locales more than familiar with King’s readers. The carnival is a world unto itself, a world with its own language, expectations, and history. The history of Joyland is just as fascinating as Devin’s quest to find the killer, and while the park does have its ghosts, both literal and figurative, it is a place designed to bring joy into a world of inevitable disease and murder. Joyland is a world that readers will reluctantly want to leave, it is a place that turns Devin into the man that is narrating the tale, and it is place where anyone can come and forget the real world for just a little while.
The main conflict of the novel is Devin struggling to find the carnival killer. It is a quest that keeps him working at carnival beyond summer, and it is a quest that eventually leads him to meeting Annie and Mike. Still reeling from being dumped by Wendy, the last thing Devin is looking for is a romantic encounter. Mike is a boy dying of a real illness, and Annie, his mother, would do anything to keep her son happy and strong till the end. The last thing she is looking for is romantic entanglements, but when Devin befriends the boy and takes him and Annie on a private dream visit to Joyland, Devin learns the true magic of the park beyond the ghosts and the eerily accurate fortune tellers and Annie sees him as an unlikely hero. The moments the book spends examining Joyland through the eyes of Mike, are the moments where Joyland becomes more magical than places like Narnia and Middle Earth. It is a place that works on smoke, mirrors, and the sweet of the workers, but it is a place of magic that can make a dying boy forget his pain. That is the true heart of King’s latest. On the surface, it may be a murder mystery, it may be a horror, but deeper down, the novel is the examination of a place of magic that drowns out all the horror and disease of the real world once Devin, Mike, and Annie explore the midway.
Joyland is a terse, controlled novel about a boy who becomes a man by solving a murder and forgets his own heartache by entering the serious business of making desperate people smile.
Den of Geek Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars