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The alleged subliminal messages moviemaker Stanley Kubrick placed in his 1980 horror movie The Shining are to be explored in a fascinating new documentary, which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah next month.
Film fans have speculated that the Jack Nicholson movie is packed with clues about the U.S. government's 'faked' moon landing in 1969 and hidden messages about politics and issues of the day.
Ascher tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "Some of this stuff seems funny, because people are coming up with very big ideas based on incidental details, but others might see it as a little scary."
One of the highlights of the new documentary is the study of claims the late Kubrick helped U.S. officials stage the Apollo 11 moon landing and then planted clues about the hoax throughout The Shining. »
Their Holiday Favorites is a series in which members of the Austin film community tell us about movies they enjoy watching during the holiday season. Today, Austin film programmer and producer Daniel Metz (Slacker 2011) explains why you should consider Stanley Kubrick when picking movies to watch this holiday season:
It's not hard to see why Christmas movies are so often placed in the ghetto of film genres; for the most part schmaltzy, child-oriented and low humored, these pictures prey on the weakness of seasonal sentimentality to the detriment of meaningful storytelling. Christmas movies don't ask questions, they don't get at truths about human nature, and they don't take risks.
With one exception. Only one truly great filmmaker has ever made a Christmas film: that director is Stanley Kubrick, and the film is Eyes Wide Shut. Every frame of this striking, dangerous last film from the master that gave us Dr. Strangelove, »
- Jette Kernion
As 2011 winds down, it's time to start planning your horror convention calendar for 2012, and we've got a great one for you to start with. The Mad Monster Party will be held on March 23-25 in Charlotte, North Carolina. A huge list of celebrities is scheduled to attend, and in the most recent announcement festival organizers report that Rutger Hauer will be on hand to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Blade Runner!
Hauer will be participating in a Blade Runner panel as well as a Q&A and will be available for signings. Along with Hauer there are over dozens of additional horrific celebrities scheduled to attend.
From the Press Release
- Doctor Gash
Still not sure what to get your comic-book-obsessed little brother? Forget to pick up something for mom that satisfies her cinematic blood lust? The following gifts are Lady Vengeance approved, and most arrive just in time for December 25th.
For the Low-Brow Art Lover:
Crazy4Cult: Cult Movie Art (Gallery 1988/Kevin Smith, $25)
The currently out-of-fashion but undeniably hard-working Kevin Smith has teamed up with the La-based Gallery 1988 to collect the best in good, pulpy, sometimes downright dirty artwork inspired by cult films. The aesthetic style and subject matter is fairly diverse, meaning there’s something for everyone.
For the High-Brow Art Lover
From 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Shining, Kubrick was the master of thoughtful, witty, and unnervingly beautiful genre film. VandM and the Museum of the City of New York show us he was also a damn good photographer, exhibiting that penchant for the bizarre, »
- Farihah Zaman
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
It’s hard to believe that a gigantic, empty room could inspire such a rush of geeky joy. But then, this isn’t just any empty room – this is stage eight at Elstree Studios, and the spot on which I’m currently standing, grinning like a lunatic, is where, among many other films, 1981’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark was filmed.
Remember the moment when Indy ran from a gigantic rolling boulder, or the bit where he was lowered into the snake-filled Well of Souls? That was shot here. The sand and snakes are all long gone, of course, but somehow the magic still remains, a miasma that hangs in the air, transforming this enormous yet unassuming space into somewhere utterly remarkable.
As most of us horror fans have seen Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, how many of us knew that Stanley kubrick had an original ending for The Shining? After the first week The Shining was released, Stanley Kubrick removed this scene. After the image of Jack Torrences (Jack Nicholson) frozen body in the hedge maze, the fades to a shot with part of a state trooper's car and the legs of troopers walking the foregroundground of the Overlook Hotel. Th… »
Stephen King was a big part of horror television in the 90’s. Networks weren’t really pushing the limits of TV at the time, so Stephen King-based miniseries always stood out as something special. With bigger budgets and usually a movie actor or two, Stephen King miniseries were huge TV events.
There have been a dozen or so Stephen King-related TV projects, and director Mick Garris has been involved in a number of them, having directed The Stand, The Shining, Desperation, and his most recent project, Bag of Bones.
Unfortunately for Bag of Bones, the TV landscape has changed quite a bit and a TV miniseries doesn’t have the same impact it used to. When TV shows on basic cable have movie-like budgets, talented actors, and quality special effects, how does a miniseries stand out? In the case of Bag of Bones, they hired Pierce Brosnan to »
- Jonathan James
By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: The A&E Network is getting ready to dig up “Stephen King’s Bag of Bones,” a four-hour epic miniseries based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, which features Pierce Brosnan’s return to television. The two-night event premieres on Sunday, December 11 and concludes on Monday, December 12, airing at 9Pm Et/Pt on both nights. The miniseries is directed by Mick Garris, who has previously adapted King’s work (“The Stand,” “The Shining”) for television.
Brosnan plays bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving after the tragic death of his wife Jo (Annabeth Gish). Suffering from writer’s block, a dream inspires Noonan to return to the couple’s lakeside retreat where he is plagued by nightmares and mysterious ghostly visitations from Sara Tidwell (Rose), a blues singer whose spirit lingers in the house.
Here are some early reviews of A&E’s miniseries, »
Genre: Horror | Mystery
Air Date/Time: Sunday, December 11 at 9/8c and Monday, December 12 at 9/8c
A&E Network presents Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, a four-hour epic miniseries based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, and featuring Pierce Brosnan’s return to television. Bag of Bones is a ghost story of grief and lost love’s enduring bonds, about an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire and a new love haunted by past secrets. Melissa George (In Treatment), Annabeth Gish (Brotherhood, the X-Files), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The Good Wife), William Schallert (The Patty Duke Show), Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210, Haven) and Caitlin Carmichael (True Blood) also star.
- Erin Willard
Allegorical War Drama Highlights TCM.s Dec. 14 Salute
to The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to make movie history this December when it presents the world television premiere of Fear and Desire (1953), the rarely seen debut film by legendary director Stanley Kubrick. Premiering Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. (Et), the allegorical war drama from the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Shining (1980) will be the centerpiece of an extraordinary 24-hour marathon honoring the preservation efforts of the Motion Picture Department at George Eastman House. TCM host Robert Osborne will be joined by Jared Case, Head of Cataloguing and Access at George Eastman House, to present 15 cinematic rarities from one of the country.s leading moving-image archives.
TCM.s Dec. 14 salute to the Motion Picture Collection at George Eastman House will begin at 6:15 a.m. (Et) with The Blue Bird »
- Michelle McCue
Following up their initial competition announcement the folks at the Sundance Film Festival have released the names of thirty additional 2012 selections, in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next, and New Frontiers sections.
Although these sections tend to focus more on young and up-and-coming filmmakers (particularly the Next sidebar, which was created just a few years ago with that specific mandate), you might find a few names you recognize in the full list of invited films below. Next is where you'll find the new film from "Great World of Sound" director Craig Zobel; it's called "Compliance" and it's described as the (based-on-a-)true story of what happens "when a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee." Lynn Shelton, director of "Humpday," will premiere "Your Sister's Sister" starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and "Humpday"s Mark Duplass. Duplass also wrote his wife Katie Aselton »
- Matt Singer
Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron has revealed that she drew inspiration from Jack Nicholson's crazed character in The Shining for her latest movie role. Theron plays the Evil Queen in her highly-anticipated movie Snow White And The Huntsman which also stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart. The actress turns bad to play the malevolent monarch in the high-action take on the classic fairy tale opposite Stewart as the banished princess. Theron's Evil Queen is obsessed with beauty, and sucks the life of her pretty rivals to stay young - and Theron reveals she looked back at Nicholson's maniacal turn as writer/caretaker Jack Torrance, who descends into madness while looking after an isolated hotel, in a bid to get to grips with the part. She tells La Confidential Magazine, "This film has been a great sandbox to play in - huge sets and great costumes, and yet very grounded material. "There »
Mick Garris is back in Stephen King territory once again, adapting Bag of Bones for A&E. The director, of course, is no stranger to King, having directed Sleepwalkers, The Stand, The Shining and Riding the Bullet (just to name a few titles).
This time, he directs Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George and Annabeth Gish in a ghostly tale that airs on December 11 and 12. To learn more, Garris invited Shock up to his house to discuss the adaptation and more. We hope you enjoy this episode which kicks off our second season of Choice Cuts! Stay tuned for part two of this interview.
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Mick Garris is back in Stephen King territory once again, adapting Bag of Bones for A&E. The director, of course, is no stranger to King, having directed Sleepwalkers , The Stand , The Shining and Riding the Bullet (just to name a few titles). This time, he directs Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George and Annabeth Gish in a ghostly tale that airs on December 11 and 12. To learn more, Garris invited Shock up to his house to discuss the adaptation and more. We hope you enjoy this episode which kicks off our second season of Choice Cuts ! Stay tuned for part two of this interview. Follow this link for previous episodes of Choice Cuts! Or download the series at »
Yesterday The Sundance Film Festival released their list of In-Competition films, today they have released their line-up of Non-Competition films. I've had a blast every year that I've attended The Sundance Film Festival, it's always a surprise! You never know what movie you are going to see until you see it. If you ever get a chance to go I highly recommend that you do. Each film on the list has a little description next to it. The festival will take place January 19th to the 29th.
Check out the list of movies below and let us know of any that you are interested in watching or hearing about so that we can get it covered for you. Some of the films might look familiar to you such as The Raid, Grabbers and Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, and Wuthering Heights. The Raid is at the top of »
Yesterday the Sundance Film Festival announced the core lineup of films  that will be spotlit in the Competition slates at the 2012 festival. Now we've got a lineup of films that will play out of competition in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=> and New Frontier schedules. There are a few films in here with which you might be nominally familiar, like The Raid, Grabbers and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, not to mention Andrea Arnold's new version of Wuthering Heights. But many are new announcements. While the competition lineups are always a good place to look for some of the films that will be the most talked-about in the year following each Sundance fest, these schedules are where some of the more unique and provocative films live. There are still some big premieres to be announced next week, but if I was making a big Sundance wishlist, »
- Russ Fischer
The Sundance Institute has been rolling out the names of the films that will be screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah; and while the horror offerings are a bit on the scant side so far, a few definitely sound like projects to keep an eye on. Read on for the details.
A couple of the below titles may not be pure horror, but based on their descriptions we thought them worthy of inclusion on our list. As more details are provided, we may or may not provide any kind of follow-up info based on how genre-worthy they turn out to be.
Park City At Midnight - From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake. Each is a world premiere.
Black Rock / U. »
- The Woman In Black
Getty Images The marquee of the Egyptian Theater announces the Sundance Film Festival
Yesterday, the Sundance Institute announced its in-competition narrative and documentary films for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Today, they announced their out-of-competition film in the Spotlight, Midnight, Next and New Frontier sections. The full list is below:
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.
Corpo Celeste / Italy (Director and screenwriter: Alice Rohrwacher) — After »
- Michelle Kung
Sundance’s New Frontier category tends to be made of experimental cinematic art projects, but one documentary in this category stands out as particularly interesting to movie-lovers:
Room 237, directed by Rodney Ascher, which dives into the myriad theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. “It’s a film-nerd love-fest,” says Sundance programmer Trevor Groth. “These obsessive people dissect The Shining, and they’ve watched it thousands of times, all finding their own coded meaning and language in it.” Like how the architecture of the Overlook Hotel doesn’t make any sense, with hallways leading »
- Anthony Breznican
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