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Here’s your fun, offbeat post of the day. Kudos to Bd for finding this gem from Kyle Lambert, who managed to meld Toy Story and The Shining into some brilliant pieces of art. Meet Toy Shining, one of the weirdest combinations ever, putting your favorite Pixar characters into your favorite moments from Stanley Kubrick’s classic film. You’ll never look at Woody and company the same way again.
My favorites are probably the barrel o’ monkeys, the typewriter turned phone, and all of the terrifying Woody/Nicholson faces. For more images and the complete set of Toy Shining art, and to check out Kyle Lambert’s artwork, please go check out his website.
- Andy Greene
In preparation for the show's June 24 premiere, The Huffington Post will take you inside the epic CBS drama, introducing you to each of the show's major players through our series of on-set interviews, conducted around the filming of the fourth episode. Whether you're a fan of the book or a newcomer to King's world, the series has plenty of surprises in store. For the uninitiated, "Under the Dome" centers around the fictional town of Chester's Mill, and explores what happens to its inhabitants after an impenetrable dome of unknown origin cuts them off from the rest of the world. Will they rise to the occasion or devolve into chaos as they try to find a way out?
Norris has gained acclaim »
- Laura Prudom
“Earlier this year I began following Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3) on Twitter (@leeunkrich). As well as his journey to the Oscars with Toy Story 3, Lee often tweets about his passion for Stanley Kubrick and the movie The Shining which inspired him to pursue a career in filmmaking. Having seen both The Shining and Toy Story 3 for the first time recently myself, I thought it would be cool idea to mash the two movies together as a fun side project.
It started off with a few notes on a post-it describing how the two movies could be combined and quickly grew into a 25 panel storyboard. Once I had sketched each composition »
- Jonathan James
Earlier this year saw the release of Room 237, a documentary that had critics buzzing at last fall's New York Film Festival for its dizzying discussions of the various meanings lying within Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Whether or not you agreed with the unseen interviewee's outrageous theories on the horror staple, the inventive and surprisingly funny doc offered plenty of food for thought. Next, it seems a new doc about the many meanings hidden within another supernatural-themed 1980s classic is on the way. The trailer above was unearthed by Documentary Channel (via Movies.com). Spook Central asks devoted fans of Ghostbusters to share their theories on what Ivan Reitman's action-comedy is really all about. What is the relevance of the Ghostbuster logo? Is the movie about the taboo habit of smoking? Is it all about sex? Is Slimer suffering from attention deficit disorder? Is Sigourney Weaver's Dana »
As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.
Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes »
- Terek Puckett
You'll never watch Ghostbusters the same way again. Director Ivo Shandor is developing a very interesting documentary called Spook Central that focuses on the classic 1984 horror comedy, and it's done much in the same way as the recent doc Room 237, which is based around Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
This trailer for the film shows us the intentions that the filmmaker has of decoding certain aspects of Ghostbusters that we may have overlooked. He looks at the story, characters, cinematography, background, and more, and tries to find hidden meanings in them. There are a handful of conspiracy theories that are shown in this trailer.
I personally think he's completely overanalyzing the movie, but it still looks like it will be entertaining. Check it out!
- Joey Paur
The documentary Room 237 is an obsessive (and highly entertaining) tribute to the extreme ways different people can see the same movie. In that case, the subject is Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, a dense work from a meticulous filmmaker that's just begging to be analyzed. But what about something like Ghostbusters? Is that a movie that just screams "Figure me out!"? We'd have never thought so, but somebody else did, and that brings us to the first trailer for Spook Central. In a similar vein to Room 237, Spook Central is a documentary that asks fans to explain their theories about the hidden meanings in Ivan Reitman's 1984 film about a team of nerds who use science to bust ghosts. What hidden meanings, you ask? We don't know. We thought it was a...
- Peter Hall
If you're familiar with the eccentric, entertaining documentary Room 237 (if not, check out our review here), you know just what lengths fans of Stanley Kubrick's immortal film The Shining will go to reveal their pet theories – most of them just for fun – on the film's allegedly coded messages and subliminal themes. Now a group of Australian filmmakers have applied the same critical eye (though maybe with a bit more knowing humor) to the 1984 classic Ghostbusters with their new feature documentary Spook Central. According to the filmmakers, Australia boasts one of the world's largest Ghostbusters fan communities (known as “Friends of Gozer”), and this film gives them a means of sharing their theories about the film's themes, subtext and subliminal messages, which range from health warnings to moral codes to ads for Coca-Cola. Spook Central is scheduled to premiere this September, and if this trailer is any indication of what's to come, »
- Gregory Burkart
Does Ghostbusters contain secret messages about smoking, obesity, and/or the reproductive process of Sigourney Weaver’s character Dana Barrett? Those theories are raised by a new documentary called Spook Central, which seemingly does for the 1984 comedy classic what the recent, subtext-exploring Room 237 did for Stanley Kubrick’s horror movie The Shining.
According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, where we first came across news of the movie, the film was directed by “Ivo Shandor,” which does raise the possibility that the whole thing is a joke (Ivo Shandor being the name of the fictitious, Gozer-worshipping cult leader who designed Barrett’s »
- Clark Collis
The crackpot theories of film academics have turned into their own cinematic genre. The Shining was recently subject to a plethora of bizarre fan interpretations in the documentary Room 237. Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece was a guaranteed candidate for such conjecture, which stemmed from his unusual filming styles and unique slant on Stephen King’s source novel. Now there’s another 80s classic on the chopping block for critical dissection. Ghostbusters is under the microscope in the upcoming documentary Spook Central.
Similarly to The Shining doc, Spook Central derives its name from within the film itself. Fans of the flick will recognise the name, which is used to refer to the apartment of Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), after the Ghostbusters realise her flat is a haven for Zuul; the Gatekeeper of Gozer.
The documentary looks set to establish itself into the annals of the ridiculous. As Room 237 made outrageous »
- Gem Seddon
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a teaser poster for Draugar, news on an appearance by Anne Rice at this year’s ThrillerFest VIII, first details on Dead Ringer and A Haunting in Thornby, and much more:
VOD Release for Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption: “Eagle One Media is proud to announce to horror and zombie fans director Ryan Thompson’s apocalyptic horror feature Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption is now available on North American video-on-demand cable systems and around the world on iTunes.
Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption is a throwback to the 1980’s action-horror genre and features legendary action star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.
At the end of civilization, zombies outnumber human survivors 10000 to 1, and every day is a fight to see tomorrow. Just when he is about to give up that fight, rugged and mysterious wanderer John Knox »
- Tamika Jones
Over this past weekend, hundreds of hungry (literally and figuratively) screenwriters arrived in Burbank, CA to pitch their life’s dream to studio execs. The event invites people far and wide to try to catch lightning in a bottle, that ephemeral feeling that everyone searches for, and rarely finds, in La. The Great American Pitchfest not only can open doors, but is massively educational, offering an opportunity to meet like minded writers and actors and directors who all want to do the same thing, and learn from the best in the process.
There were plenty of free classes and panels, of which we attended several. All of which were illuminating, inspiring, informative, and filled with influential writers and directors. There was also free cake. So yeah, go next year.
- Andy Greene
Some writers are haunted by their shadows. Vince Gilligan sees a dance partner.
There’s a night spent in the Sofitel Hotel on Beverly Boulevard, circa 1995. Gilligan notices the light from the TV set project his shadow on the wall, and thinks, “Wouldn’t it be creepy if that came to life?”
A hint of darkness, a hint of wonder. These are the building blocks for the creator of Breaking Bad, whose lighthearted, conversational demeanor stands in unmistakable contrast to the brooding AMC drama.
“For people who have known me for many years, and for people who just meet me in passing, there seems to be this running theme of people being surprised how dark the show is vs. how light I seem to be — more or less normal,” says Gilligan. “The simple fact is that I’m not as normal as I seem.”
The shadow appears at a fortuitous moment for Gilligan. »
- Jon Weisman
Here are some behind-the-scenes looks at A Haunting in Thornby, a co-production from Raging Bull Entertainment and Khoury A. Marriot Productions. This haunted house styled thriller completed production in May, and the film has secured a fourth quarter release through UnCork’D Entertainment. In the vein of Stanley Kubrick’s classic The Shining and Tomas Alfredson’s dark... Read More »
The first stills from the latest indie spooker, A Haunting in Thornby, have arrived, and we have every paranormal-based pixel of them right here for your perusal. Check them out, and look for more on this one soon!
From the Press Release
A Haunting in Thornby is a co-production from Raging Bull Entertainment and Khoury A. Marriot Productions. This haunted house styled thriller completed production in May, and the film has secured a fourth quarter release through UnCork’D Entertainment. In the vein of Stanley Kubrick’s classic The Shining and Tomas Alfredson’s dark coming of age thriller Let the Right One, A Haunting in Thornby will unsettle audiences in a similar fashion this November.
Several photos from the film shoot at the Taft Ranch in Atascadero, California, have been released. The stills show some of the gorgeous sets and eclectic cast, which were part of production. Actor Judd Nelson, »
- Uncle Creepy
IFC Films has been making a number of Blu-ray and DVD release announcements recently and revealed that Room 237 will be available in September. The Shining documentary is already available on VOD services, but will make its way to Blu-ray/DVD on September 24th, according to Blu-ray.com. No bonus features have been announced at this time, but it’s looking like a bare bones release.
“After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up. End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, »
- Jonathan James
When you’re an author and Hollywood comes calling with the idea of making one of your books into a feature film, it can be both exhilarating and terrifying. We like to imagine that we’d be a whole lot less nervous about handing over our work if we were passing it along to Stanley Kubrick – which was the situation Stephen King found himself in when Kubrick decided to make a movie out of The Shining. Kubrick changed King’s novel about a family trapped for the winter inside a haunted hotel in some pretty major ways, but his film is great – easily one of the best horror films of the past 50 years – and mostly retains the spirit of King’s novel throughout. King, however, has never been particularly pleased with Kubrick’s take on the tragedy...
- Mike Bracken
No, sadly this has nothing to do with the incredibly spooky Grady Twins from the famed Stephen King tale The Shining. Instead what we have here is a completely different adaptation that's on its way! Read on for details.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mrc and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way are teaming up to adapt The Shining Girls, written by Lauren Beukes and generating buzz as one of this summer’s must-reads. The two companies, however, are not aiming for a feature adaptation but rather intend to develop the project for television.
The Shining Girls doesn't come out until June 4, but it's already generating praise for its mix of historical fiction, gritty crime and sci-fi, including a favorable early review in The New York Times and strong buzz from librarians and booksellers who read early galley copies. The novel tells the story of a serial killer named Harper Curtis, »
- Uncle Creepy
The "Under The Dome" TV series, which stars Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad"), Mike Vogel ("The Help"), Rachelle Lefevre ("Twilight"), Colin Ford ("Supernatural"), Jeff Fahey ("Lost"), Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle") and more, follows the panic and chaos that grips the inhabitants of Chester's Mill after a giant, impenetrable dome inexplicably traps the town.
But the legendary horror and suspense writer is far from new to the medium of television: He's appeared in "The Shining" miniseries, "The Simpsons," "Kingdom Hospital" (which he also produced) and "Sons of Anarchy, »
- Jaimie Etkin
Just how enduring has the legacy of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" been? More than thirty years after it was made, we're still talking about, and it's not just because of Rodney Ascher's excellent documentary "Room 237." In the past while, we've seen: a prequel start developing at Warner Bros.; another conspiracy theory doc "The Shining Code 2.0" make the rounds; that helicopter shadow get explained and the lost, original ending surfacing. And so, do you want more? Well, here you go. Put together by eight students in the Film and Television program in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire as a project to help them earn live work experience as part of their undergraduate degree, comes a generous 55-minute oral history of "The Shining" entitled "(Extended) Staircases To Nowhere: Making Stanley Kubrick's The Shining." (Um, awesome school assignment). The history of the film is done »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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