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Twenty years ago (wow!), The Simpsons aired what is arguably the best Treehouse of Horror episode ever, "Treehouse of Horror V," which featured the show's parody of The Shining. Last night, on this year's installment, the show went back to the Stanley Kubrick well hard. It centered on a Clockwork Orange parody, which means you finally get to hear Moe talk in Nadsat, but along the way, the show nails a bunch of other Kubrick films — Full Metal Jacket, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, and even Barry Lyndon ("Even I forget what this is in reference to") — before giving us a yellow version of the director himself. Watch a short clip below. Or if you have Hulu Plus, you can watch the full episode there, Uncle Moneybags. »
- Jesse David Fox
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »
- Greg Cwik
The Stanley Hotel in Colorado is the hotel that inspired author Stephen King to pen his hugely successful horror novel 'The Shining'. King spent a night at the hotel with his wife which managed to stir up some of King's most famous and terrifying work to date. Now thanks to director Marcus J. Mosley's latest project 'Til Death Do Us Part', just released over at Tugg.com, you can be in with a chance of winning a special 3 night stay for two in the notorious hotel. All ticket purchasers will be automatically entered in the 'Haunted Honeymoon Getaway' drawing with the winner announced on 13 February 2015. 'Til Death Do Us Part', starring Paige Ball, Bill Conklin, Jamie Fritz and Benisha Dorris will arrive in theatres near you on 30 October 2014. And of course if it's not showing in your city you can create a Tugg Event. »
After last nights marathon, two X Factor contestants were shown the door. Stuart Heritage liveblogged the entire weekend, as it happened.
And that really is it for the weekend. While we say goodbye and good job I didnt bother to memorise your surnames to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation, its time for me to say goodbye.
Youve been wonderful, but then again I never had any doubts to the contrary. Ill be back here next Saturday, when X Factor will only be two hours long. Imagine! Also, why not follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage) to see me whining about liveblogging throughout the week in real time? Now get out of here. Weve already missed 15 minutes of Homeland.
Thankfully, this is probably the right decision. I was worried for a second there. That said, it would have been funny if theyd stayed, just because Simon hates them so much. »
- Stuart Heritage
Each year in October, I find myself revisiting the Stanley Kubrick classic The Shining, which has surpassed broad criticism from Stephen King throughout the 1980s to eventually become a heralded classic of horror cinema. Last year, I was inspired to re-watch the movie after seeing the sometimes nutty but always thought-provoking Room 237, which offers various theories about the hidden messages in the original film – including everything from Native American genocide to Kubrick confessing to faking the moon landing. One part of the film that was examined is that iconic blood elevator sequence, first seen by Danny Torrence (Danny Lloyd) in a psychic vision. A lot of discussion has surrounded this image, including the symbolic meaning of the blood as well as how the effect was achieved. With the twisted mind I have, my thoughts went somewhere else: How much blood would it actually take to fill the elevator lobby? The »
- Kevin Carr
Here are a couple pieces of horror themed poster art created by Brian Ewing that pay tribute to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. I'm a huge fan of both of these movies. They are brilliant masterpieces, and these posters are a perfect homage to them. Each features the insane main character of the story, and there are elements of the film scattered throughout the art in the background. You'll find a lot cool Easter eggs if you look really closely. I also like that it allows you to see inside the mind of a madman. The other great thing about these prints is that they have an optical illusion. You can't really see it here, but I included a video below that you can check out to see it. If you want to buy one or both of them, click here.
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- Joey Paur
“Talking Tom and Friends” may soon be chatting away at the multiplex.
Mythology Entertainment (“White House Down”) has inked a deal with developer Outfit7 to adapt its popular mobile apps into a movie. The film could take the form of a fully animated or live action-animated hybrid.
Introduced four years ago, the first app, “Talking Tom,” featured a cat that responded to gestures made on smartphone or tablet screens, and could animate voice recordings.
Since then, the app has expanded to offer up different animals, and spun off an animated web series, “Taking Friends,” that streams on Disney’s YouTube channel and other networks, as well as launched a merchandise line.
The family friendly app has encouraged users to upload more than 1.8 million individual interactions with the characters, generating more than 35 million views each month on YouTube. The franchise’s official YouTube channels have 1.7 million subscribers combined.
The expansion onto »
- Marc Graser
The horror that sparks the brain zaps down to the bones. Psychological horror chills because primal fears are at its core, and because of this, remains one of the scariest horror subgenres in film.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month, with Halloween on the horizon, we're going to be examining the best Horror film genres out there. Be sure to join us in the discussion and share your favorite films in each genre we discuss!
Of the plethora of horror sub-genres, psychological horror is arguably the best, at least the scariest, and definitely my favorite. What distinguishes it from the others are its origins; it doesn’t start at a monster or a situation (although indeed it often has those things). Instead, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
As was the case in Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel, the central soured marriage between Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) only grows more unsettling the more you discover about both parties, the seemingly perfect veneer peeling back inch by inch to reveal festering dysfunction.
We can never get enough festering dysfunction over at Digital Spy, so here are seven more of the big screen's most shining examples of marital strife.
1. George and Martha (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
The crumbling couple that arguably inspired every other on this list. Edward Albee created the archetypal marriage in spectacular meltdown in his blistering 1962 play, and real-life sparring lovers Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor bring George and Martha vividly to life on the big screen.
Watching the central pair inventively tear »
You know Rodney Ascher from his documentary Room 237, which gave theorists the chance to air their oddball concepts about meaning in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In between prepping his next film, a documentary about sleep paralysis, Ascher took the time to shoot a segment for The ABCs of Death 2. The sequel to last […]
The post In ‘The ABCs of Death 2′ Image ‘Room 237′ Director Gets Gory appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
“It wasn’t as good as the book.” That old refrain comes up with just about any film adaptation, and for good reason. (You know, because it’s usually true.) Books have all the time in the world to tell their story. 200 pages? A bit short, but no biggie. 1,200 pages? Okay, George R. R. Martin, but only because we like Tyrion so dang much. Books aren’t a visual medium and can use your imagination how they see fit. Books don’t have a budget. Books can easily get a character’s internal perspective. But sometimes the unlikely happens and the film is just as good as the book. And sometimes a miracle happens and it’s even better. 4. The Shining Look, I love Uncle Steve, I really do. (Happy belated birthday, by the way, old friend.) And I love the novel of The Shining, but King was way off the mark when he panned Stanley Kubrick’s »
- Ashe Cantrell
John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »
- Andre Soares
"Making a Scene" is an AOL On Originals series featuring actor, director and film-buff James Franco. Each week, Franco will take his passion for movies and mash up two of cinema's most iconic flicks in a way only he can imagine.
Horror films come and go but few have left such a lasting impression on pop culturelike "The Shining."
Perhaps it's a play on the unsettling image of the Grady daughters. Maybe you never understood the significance of "Redrum" until now. Perhaps the phrase "Here's Johnny!" takes on a whole new significance once you've discovered its source material.
Television shows and music videos have borrowed some of the film's stand-out moments and now James Franco has decided to put his own twist on "The Shining. »
- Brian Trinh
Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.
The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.
Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.
- Daniel Bettridge
Hulu‘s original content doesn’t get the attention it deserves, but things may change soon as Stephen King and J.J. Abrams join the mix. They’ve announced a series order for the nine-episode event based on King’s 11/22/63. The alt-history novel that surrounds the Kennedy assassination is not only a great story, and one that King himself believes fits the format, it will be an interesting series that may open some doors.
There are a lot of alt-history works that I’d like to see, whether as series or films, and something has to sell the genre to the money people. Plus, Hulu has several fantastic shows, and you don’t hear enough about them. Maybe something that has a lot of roads to attention will pull in a big range of new potential Hulu fans, who will then check out more content.
Check out all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
The following recap, by the very definition of the word “recap,” contains spoilers from Under the Dome‘s Season 2 finale.
CBS’ Under the Dome, as Season 2 drew to a close, kinda sorta evoked Stephen King’s The Shining — and in doing so, the summertime drama took its first major step into channeling some of Mr. King’s horror themes.
The finale also teased (barely) what any possible third season would look like.
Related | Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled?
Having been left with the crater into which Melanie got sucked, the gang’s consensus is to explore the hole, »
Like far-reaching ripples made by a stone plopped in a still pond, three shots in Dallas changed the course of America’s history on November 22nd, 1963. The assassination of President Kennedy has been debated and analyzed for decades, but in Stephen King’s novel, 11/22/63, one man has the chance to erase it from history in a time-bending journey that’s now being adapted into a new series for Hulu.
An upcoming Hulu original series, the adaptation of 11/22/63 will be executive produced by Stephen King, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who will also script the project. J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television are backing the adaptation, which is being developed as a nine-hour event series. We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements. In the meantime, we have the official press release with full details (via TV by »
- Derek Anderson
Today is Stephen Kings birthday. What better way to celebrate the 67th birthday of the Master of the Macabre than going over the ten best adaptations of his novels As you read down this list youll notice that Kubricks version of The Shining is not on this list. Thats not to say it isnt a good movie its just not a good adaptation. Kubrick took the bare bones of Kings novel and made it his own horror show. When I watch The Shining Im not watching a Stephen King movie Im watching a Kubrick film. That being said these are the best adaptations of Kings novel that manage to both capture the horror of the source material as well as creating a great film. »
In Greek mythology the labyrinth was a byzantine structure utilized to house the deadly minotaur, built at the behest of a powerful king and deadly in its complexity and size. In perhaps the most memorable modern approximation, "The Shining," a hedge maze is employed for the film's snowy climax, in order to trap another deadly monster – an alcoholic author played by Jack Nicholson. This week's leaden "The Maze Runner," adapted from a best-selling young adult novel by James Dashner, also features a monster-filled maze but narrative ambition and any kind of metaphoric underpinnings have been stripped away. Instead, the maze is, like the rest of the movie, giant, dreary, and inert. Like most halfway decent Ya adaptations, "The Maze Runner" starts off intriguingly enough: Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up in a mysterious community known as The Glade. His memory has been wiped (the only thing he remembers is his name »
- Drew Taylor
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