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Last week, we celebrated both the 45-year anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, and what would have been the 86th birthday of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. While those things might seem completely unrelated to most of us, conspiracy theorists have seen a link for years, claiming we never actually landed on the moon and that the government hired Kubrick to film the fake moon landing here on Earth. While French filmmaker William Karel is not a moon-landing denier, he’s not above having a little fun with the idea of Kubrick being the visual genius who duped the entire world into believing that we actually walked on the surface of that floating white orb in the sky. Karel’s Dark Side of the Moon is a 2002 parody that posits that Kubrick did indeed film the fake moon...
- Mike Bracken
Just back from Comic-Con, Paramount has released a trailer for its upcoming November 7 Christopher Nolan sci-fi mystery Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey as a haggard, ex-pilot father of two, who has to leave his kids behind while he heads to outer space. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Cainealso star. It’s no secret that Nolan is making a number of homages to one of his fave films, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The director, who made his first Hall H appearance at the San Diego fanboy confab last week, told the crowd: “I grew up in a time when being an astronaut […] »
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we have good reason to be excited for this fall’s Interstellar. Hailing from Inception director Christopher Nolan, it stars a jaw-dropping collection of award-winning stars, including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon and Michael Caine. Additionally, its visual effects will surely rank among the best of the year, and its story is more ambitious than practically any other we’ve seen in theaters in recent memory. All in all, we’re convinced it will be a force to be reckoned with at the Oscars next year.
So, it’s greatly exciting to see the latest trailer for Interstellar, which premiered at Comic-Con a few days ago and has now made its way online. Though there isn’t a ton of new information about the story, the preview does showcase more of McConaughey’s character »
- Isaac Feldberg
Good news: Lisa and Louise Burns grew up to be normal adults, not super creepy dead children! The twin sisters that helped drive Jack Nicholson insane in “The Shining” didn't do much more acting after that classic film hit theaters, but they did pop up to visit the Stanley Kubrick traveling exhibit's Krakow stop over the weekend. Now 46 years old, the twins had a merry old time, posing for photos in corridors and taking snaps of their old costumes, among other things. Also read: How ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Author Anthony Burgess Soured on Stanley Kubrick (Book Excerpt) They also saw the movie on. »
- Jordan Zakarin
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- Justin Vactor
Comic-Con is celebrating a very important anniversary today - 25 years of The SImpsons! We're in the famous Ballroom 20 again to bring you all the gossip from today's panel - featuring Matt Groening, exec producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson and director David Silverman. We've been told we might find out about Treehouse of Horror and more, so stay tuned to Digital Spy when the panel kicks off at 10am Pt / 1pm Et / 6pm UK...
10:42"Enjoy the show and remember - as soon as it's over, you should probably get in line for next year," Homer tells us before heading off stage. That was really good fun! But that's a wrap for this panel - thanks for joining us!
10:41Homer is answering all the questions - Springfield is in any State, he doesn't know why they're yellow, and Matt would love to read the audience's screenplays if they email them to. »
Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money
The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...
"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director
Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France
Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)
Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »
On Thursday afternoon at Comic Con, director Christopher Nolan and actor Matthew McConaughey made a surprise appearance and brought along the new trailer for one of 2014′s most anticipated films, Interstellar. It was also the first time either of them had ever been to the yearly convention.
Nolan told the crowd in Hall H, “I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.”
Variety reported that during the Q&A, McConaughey explained his character:
“Cooper is a pilot, an engineer, and a widowed pilot of two children where civilization is just sustaining. There’s food, clean water, but they don’t need any explorers, no new bright ideas. Then something happens and the dream of being a pilot again knocks on his door.” The chance becomes “the greatest mission” he’s ever taken on. »
- Michelle McCue
After a quiet first day at Comic-Con, Hall H was finally rocked Thursday afternoon at the Paramount panel by an original movie of clear scope and ambition. Christopher Nolan came to Comic-Con for the first time--making an unannounced visit with fellow Con virgin Matthew McConaughey --to show an early trailer for Paramount release "Interstellar" which hits theaters in November. The movie looks gorgeous as well as emotionally wrenching. Nolan set out to make a "similarly ambitious" space movie along the lines of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" of scale and scope on an enormous screen that "engages audiences," he said. "I'm interested in people, in subjectivity vs. objectivity. Each of us is imprisoned in our subjective view of the world, trapped within our own perceptions of the universe, so a question of point-of-view naturally leads to mental processes." Nolan first called McConaughey to meet; they talked »
- Anne Thompson
The name Peter Hyams may not be the mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Barry Levinson, but this somewhat underappreciated filmmaker is far from a journeyman. During his five decade career he has effortlessly jumping between genres, churning out some entertaining and understated work, his most fruitful period being the 1980’s which saw the likes of Outland, The Presidio, Running Scared and 2010, a brave (and pretty enjoyable) attempt at crafting a sequel from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal work, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Enemies Closer, his first film since the 2009 Michael Douglas-headlining Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, sees him reunited with aging action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (their two previous films together, Sudden Death and Timecop, are arguably the highlight of the former martial artist’s career). Enemies Closer is a fun, unpretentious B-movie which bears the unmistakable mark of a cinematic craftsman (Hyams, »
- Adam Lowes
Written and directed by Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson’s is one of the great singular visions of the cinema. Like Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, Bresson’s output was relatively minimal — 13 features over the course of 40 years — but it is likewise instantly recognizable. Though it’s something of an auteurist cliché to say that one can identify a given director’s work by just a single scene or even a single frame, in this case, the declaration holds true. Bresson’s work is so distinct, so deceptively simple, so regimented in its formal construction, that to see one of his films is to witness an exceptional directorial style, one consistently employed throughout an artist’s body of work. With this consistency comes the subsequent creation of one extraordinary film after another, each similar to the previous, with reoccurring imagery, themes, and performances, but each, at the same time, »
- Jeremy Carr
Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the Wsa’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).
The honor for Lai, best known for his scores on Claude Lelouch’s landmark “A Man and a Woman” and Arthur Hiller’s blockbuster hit “Love Story,” is in keeping with the French skew of Ghent’s film fest proper, which is entering its 41st year. (Catherine Deneuve is this year’s poster girl.) In this regard, according to fest spokesperson Riema Reybrouck, a series retrospectives on French directors are in the planning stages.
A selection of Lai’s work will be performed at the WSAs on Oct. 25, where American film composer Cliff Martinez will also hold court as the main guest of the musical proceedings, »
- Steve Chagollan
In an episode of The Big Bang Theory (a sitcom lampooning modern “geek” culture with varying degrees of success), physicist Dr. Sheldon Cooper refuses to watch the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series before the Clone Wars movie. He explains, “I prefer to let George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended.” Though likely unintentional, this offhanded remark reveals the central dilemma of the Star Wars fandom. Does the franchise “belong” to Lucas or does it “belong” to the public, as an artifact of cultural history? With the 2011 release of the 6-part Star Wars saga on Blu-ray came the announcement that the version of the trilogy available in the set would not be from the original theatrical prints, but the 1997 “Special Edition” versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which include additional scenes and updated technology. Many fans of the franchise see »
- Mallory Andrews
It was bound to happen sooner or later.
Former “Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara wrote the draft for the original story.
According to Variety, the premise of the origin story will be through the perspective of the hotel’s very first owner, Bob T. Watson. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Watson climbed the remote mountains of the Colorado Rockies to build the grand resort Overlook Hotel and to later call home for his family. It was the original prologue to Stephen King’s “The Shining,” but it was cut from the book before its publication in 1977.
King penned “Dr. Sleep” in 2013, which is the sequel to “The Shining.” Warner Brothers also wants to make that into a film.
Source: Variety »
- Gig Patta
Mark Romanek, the director of "One Hour Photo" and "Never Let Me Go," is in negotiations with Warner Bros to direct "Overlook Hotel," which is a prequel to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" movie and is based on Stephen King's original prologue to "The Shining" book which was cut prior to publication in 1977. The film will tell the origin story of the haunted hotel through the eyes of its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a robber baron at the turn of the 20th century. Watson scaled the remote peaks of the Colorado Rockies to build the grandest resort in America, and a place he and his family would also call home. Former "Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara wrote the script. »
With conspiracy theorists and devotees to the history and mysteries within room 237 making virtually nothing about The Shining a secret anymore, you would think that the existence of a prequel detailing the origins of the world’s worst winter getaway would be deemed unnecessary. And yet, Overlook Hotel, the companion film to Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 classic, is moving forward with Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go; One Hour Photo) at the helm, according to Variety. Know any terrifying little twin sisters in need of their very first SAG cards? The premise for the prequel does seem intriguing. The film, scripted by former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, will be based on the original prologue to Stephen King’s 1977 novel, which was cut before the book went to production. But how did Mazzara get the unpublished prologue? Was it sent to him by hotel ghosts? Oh, Stephen King probably published it later? No »
- Samantha Wilson
This prequel will focus on the original owner of the cursed Overlook Hotel at the turn of the 20th century.
Robber baron Bob T Watson builds the mountain resort in the Colorado Rockies for his family, but a dark fate awaits those who come to the Overlook Hotel.
King expressed reservations about The Overlook Hotel being produced in 2013, but suggested that he would not put a stop to the project.
The author has famously been critical of Kubrick's version of The Shining over the years. »
Mark Romanek has entered negotiations to direct The Shining prequel The Overlook Hotel for Warner Bros. We reported in May that Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was the studio's top choice to direct The Overlook Hotel, but it seems a deal was never reached.
The Overlook Hotel is based on the original prologue that Stephen King wrote for The Shining novel, which was cut before the book was published in 1977. The prologue tells the origin story of The Overlook Hotel and its first owner, Bob T. Watson, a "robber baron" at the start of the 20th Century who set out to build the greatest resort in America, nestled within the Colorado Rockies, where he and his family also lived.
If you stay at this hotel, don’t book room 237. The Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film The Shining, based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, contains gruesome scenery inside its walls that overshadows its gorgeous view of the Colorado Rockies. It was previously revealed that former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara was writing a script for a prequel to The Shining titled, Overlook Hotel, for Warner Bros. and now a director has been chosen.
Variety reports that Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Locke & Key 2011 TV pilot) is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct Overlook Hotel. Glen Mazzara recently submitted a completed draft for the prequel project that’s an adaptation of Stephen King’s originally unpublished prologue to his 1977 novel. Mythology’s Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt, and Laeta Kalogridis are producing. Here’s the prologue’s synopsis, courtesy of Variety:
- Derek Anderson
No stranger to leaving big studio projects in his rear-view, director Mark Romanek is in talks to take on what is definitely the biggest movie of his career: Warner Bros.. Overlook Hotel, the prequel to Stanley Kubrick.s classic The Shining. It.s an interesting fit, but I won.t be holding my breath at my typewriter waiting on him to actually make the movie. "But wait," you might be saying if you.ve paid attention to Overlook Hotel.s brief history, "I thought Gravity.s Alfonso Cuarón was supposed to direct it." Well, the Academy Award-winning director passed on it, which is bad for this movie, but probably good for Cuarón.s career in general. Plus, it could give Romanek, who is currently at the "in talks" phase of signing on, a chance to become a household name rather than a filmmaker that people have to look »
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