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'True Detective': Does Stephen King's 'The Lawnmower Man' explain the monster at dream's end?

The gripping nightmare that has been True Detective’s first season is almost over, and like all dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it. He’s a real grim reaper, only he comes decked in green, not black, and his blades are motorized, and actually, he’s a friendly neighborhood guy, in a Mr. Rogers meets Slingblade sort of way … if you can get past him being mucho psycho. Behold the demon lawn barber of Carcosa: The Lawnmower Man, an agent of an ancient cult that swears by the Greek goddess of magic Circe, serves the Greek god of fields and shepherds Pan, and practices ritualistic sacrifice by slaughtering dumb greedy Republicans (among others) using a rusty red …

Wait. Sorry. I’m getting my lunatic landscapers confused. That’s the deranged grass muncher of Stephen King’s 1975 short story “The Lawnmower Man.” (The story has little to do with the so-called “movie adaptation” from 1992, a techno-thriller about mad, artificial enlightenment and virtual personhood. A Rust Cohle fave, no doubt.) (But I do totally recommend this comic book iteration, with art by the great Walt Simonson.) No, True Detective’s sketchy greenskeeper is Errol the lawnmower guy, and the final scene of the penultimate episode fingered the tractor-driving “simpleton” (?) as the “green-eared spaghetti monster” and “the tall man with scars” long suspected of being the killer of Dora Lange. To build on Nietzsche: All truth is crooked, time itself is a circle, and evil is The Straight StoryREAD FULL STORY

Character Rehab: Everyone on 'Under the Dome'

Here at EW, we have a weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

Under the Dome is one of the biggest success stories of the summer 2013 TV mini-season. Adapted from the Stephen King novel about a small town cut off from the outside world, Dome earns great ratings in its Monday time slot. It was renewed for a second season and seems destined to become a fixture on the CBS summer calendar. And there is a lot to like about Dome. The first episode introduced a whole array of interesting characters with mysterious backstories, all brought together by the mysterious Dome. Unfortunately, every episode since the pilot has made all of those interesting characters vastly less interesting.

Stephen King defends changes in 'Under the Dome'...and teases new plotlines

The CBS Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome had a strong ratings debut this week. But judging by the comments on our recap, there are quite a few fans of the original novel disappointed by the sweeping plot and character changes made from book to screen. King himself has sent a personal letter to his fans addressing the adaptation. “If you loved the book when you first read it, it’s still there for your perusal,” King notes. “But that doesn’t mean the TV series is bad, because it’s not. In fact, it’s very good…Many of the changes wrought by Brian K. Vaughan and his team of writers have been of necessity, and I approved of them wholeheartedly.” READ FULL STORY

Stephen King reveals his favorite book -- and his worst fear -- in Reddit AMA

What spooks Stephen King?

Though Dark Tower fans may have guessed that the writer isn’t a big fan of spiders — as he wrote yesterday during a Reddit AMA, “Are spiders the most alien creatures on earth, or what? I’ve just got a thing about them” — King revealed during the Q&A session that his actual greatest fear is a little less tangible and a lot more serious: Alzheimer’s Disease. (Maybe he should team up with Samuel L. Jackson to fight it!)

Generally speaking, though, King kept things light throughout his Reddit jaunt. While he was nominally on hand to promote CBS’s Under the Dome — a new series executive-produced by King and based on his 2009 novel) — talk of the show didn’t dominate the conversation; instead, the horror master gamely answered questions about his favorite of his books (2006’s Lisey’s Story), his current favorite TV show (The Americans), and the creepiest thing about Maine (“the endless woods”).

Here are a few other highlights from King’s moment in the virtual sun:


'Jeopardy!' kills it with Stephen King-themed board -- PHOTO

It’s not quite as OMG-worthy as the game show’s recent homage to “Call Me Maybe” — but this board from tonight’s episode of Jeopardy!, inspired by legendary writer, longtime EW contributor, and — as a commenter points out — former Celebrity Jeopardy! victor Stephen King, is still pretty nifty. See the spooky sight below:


Tom Hanks and Jay Leno remember Michael Clarke Duncan -- VIDEO

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!'”

Jay Leno quoted this moving couplet from John Greenleaf Whittier’s Maud Muller at Michael Clarke Duncan’s memorial service yesterday, getting choked up as he pondered what the Academy Award-nominated actor might have experienced if he hadn’t passed away on Sept. 3.

Leno wasn’t the only star who turned out to remember Duncan — according to People, Bones and The Finder creator Hart Hanson, The Green Mile author Stephen King, Holly Robinson Peete, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and Duncan’s Green Mile costar Tom Hanks were also among the mourners.

Even though the occasion was incredibly sad, speakers threw in a few bits of levity here and there.  READ FULL STORY

Stephen King's all-author rock band plays swan song on 'The Late Late Show' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Every so often since 1992, an all-star crew of writers — which has included Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Scott Turow and Simpsons creator Matt Groening — have stepped away from their laptops and notepads to play in an all-author band called The Rock Bottom Remainders. By their own admission, the Remainders have never been what you’d call great. “We’re a novelty, like a dog that can dance,” Barry recently told EW. (Bruce Springsteen once put it to them this way: “Don’t get any better or you’ll just be another lousy garage band.”) But being great was never really the point — it was about momentarily indulging their fantasies of rock-star glory and raising money for various literary organizations.

In June, in the wake of the death of their founder, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the Remainders decided to call it quits and gave their final concert (woohoo! rock and roll!) at a librarians’ convention. But EW has an exclusive clip from tonight’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, featuring the band’s last televised performance. Granted, this may not be a landmark piece of rock history up there with the Band’s Last Waltz or the Beatles’ rooftop concert. But how often do you get a chance to see Stephen King strumming a guitar and singing?  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Behind-the-scenes at 'DWTS,' new 'Dark Tower' out, and the Boss plays Jazz Fest

Today is Earth Day, so you may be out planting a tree or cleaning up a park this afternoon, or just admiring the flowers. But after you get back in from your gardening or recycling, there’s plenty of pop-culture and entertainment activities in store for the week ahead, from a Dancing With the Stars special to a Queen-themed Idol; the President hitting up late night to a fun rom-com opening in theaters to start your weekend.

Have a great week!

FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special  FOX, 8 p.m.

There’s still time to catch some green programming today — well, blue, if you count Marge’s hair — on the FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special. The show traces a quarter-century of programming on the network and features interviews with some favorite FOX casts, including That ’70s Show, Married with Children, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Ally McBealREAD FULL STORY

'Bag of Bones' part 1: How did the miniseries stack up to the novel?


From the outset of A&E’s two-part, four-hour miniseries based on Stephen King’s 1998 novel Bag of Bones, it was clear that the TV incarnation of King’s ghost story would take on a very different feel from the book. (Some spoilers ahead… ) First of all, the circumstances of Jo Noonan’s (Annabeth Gish) death altered significantly from the opening chapter of the book (in the A&E version, Jo gets hit by a bus in Mike’s presence; in the novel, she collapses in a Rite Aid parking lot while Mike is at home), but these changes were forgivable because they streamlined the story a bit, which is necessary in adapting this big tome. But while it’s no surprise that the A&E version left out a lot of the details, did part 1 of the miniseries somehow feel slower than King’s 562-page book? READ FULL STORY

Musical based on Stephen King's 'Carrie' returns revamped after 24 years

A song-and-dance version of Stephen King’s Carrie hasn’t been mounted professionally anywhere in the world since May 1988, when its big-budget Broadway production earned scathing reviews and flamed out after only three nights and five performances. But now legendary telekinetic Carrie White will officially be back on the boards next year at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theater in a long-awaited new “fully re-imagined vision” by the original book, music, and lyrics writers (Lawrence D. Cohen, Michael Gore, and Dean Pitchford, respectively), in collaboration with Altar Boyz director Stafford Arima and MCC Theater. MCC, which first confirmed plans for the musical in October 2010, aims to start previews on January 31, 2012. Jerusalem’s Molly Ranson and Tony-nominee Marin Mazzie (who both appeared alongside Sutton Foster in a 2009 reading of the reboot) will star as Carrie and her monstrous mother. Hopefully, they’ll “set the world on fire.”

Read more:
Stephen King sounds off on new ‘Carrie’ remake
Stephen King: 10 Things I Know About the Remake of ‘The Stand’
Stephen King’s ‘The Stand': Our wish-list cast

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