A quick update because a couple of interesting things have come to light over the past few days. First, a report from Quint at Ain’t It Cool News reveals that Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul has taken a few meetings regarding the possibility that he might play Eddie Dean in Ron Howard’s adaptation of The Dark Tower.

Then, the very next day, someone known only as “The Phantom” claimed that Media Rights Capital (MRC) will be funding a $60 million version of the first film and that Liam Neeson is in the running to play Roland. MRC recently produced Elysium. The information about MRC is in line with earlier reports (as is the possibility that Netflix could do the TV component of the adaptation), but the source is anonymous, so file this one under “unconfirmed rumor.”

Under the Dome will return on June 30, with an episode written by King. In a trailer for Season 2 that debuted at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, viewers see that two favorite characters won’t survive the first episode and there will be an unexpected kiss.

King’s three year-end best-of essays appeared in the same double issue (Issue 1291/1292 dated 12/27/13 and 1/3/14) of Entertainment Weekly at the end of December. Since the essays won’t be on EW’s website, they were posted at King’s message board.