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Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 of the Week: 'How I Met Your Mother' Finale, Film Festival Advice and More

4 April 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Happy Friday! Below are the 10 stories most-read stories on Indiewire this week. Click on the title to access the article. 1. Stanley Kubrick's Longtime Producer Trashes 'Room 237' and Lists 'Eyes Wide Shut' As His Favorite Kubrick Film 2. 10 Things Every Film Festival Wants Filmmakers to Know 3. Why this Fan's Ending to 'How I Met Your Mother' Is the Right Way to End the Series 4. Will 'How I Met Your Mother' End In Tragedy? 5. The 7 Indie Films You Must See This April 6. First Person: 'Cheap Thrills' Director E.L. Katz's 12 Tips for First-Time Filmmakers  7. Watch: Visually Arresting Ode to 21st Century Cinematographers 8. The 'Nymphomaniac' Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know About Lars von Trier’s Epic Study of Sexual Obsession 9. Louis C.K. Hosted 'SNL' For a Second Time and Was Hilarious: Here Are His 4 Best Moments 10. 15 Women-Driven Web Series That Could Be the Next 'Broad »

- Nigel M Smith

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Stanley Kubrick's Producer Jan Harlan Says 'The Shining' Doc 'Room 237' Is "Idiotic"

31 March 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Within the walls of The Playlist, we don't always agree on everything. While I found Rodney Ascher's "Room 237" to be a pretty terrific, fascinating and funny look at the wild ways Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" has inspired tin foil hat types, others don't agree. Around the office, another colleague says it's a "trashy conspiracy theory fanboy movie that illuminates nothing." And he has found a kindred spirit in Kubrick's longtime producer Jan Harlan. Speaking at the Bermuda International Film Festival, Harlan was asked about "Room 237," and he made no secret of his dislike for the doc. "Ah, so idiotic. Of course I did. There's nothing to like. It's just dumb. I mean [the filmmaker] obviously waited until Kubrick died," he said. "This happened to him in many cases, also this whole story about him doing a fake moon landing. This was only possible after he was dead. People »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Entertainment Geekly: Does modern TV fandom actually make it harder to understand TV shows?

14 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! This week there are two columns inspired by True Detective, partially because True Detective was a thought-provoking TV show which deserves a significant amount of thoughtful analysis, but mainly because I missed a column last week. Yesterday: A consideration of where the show’s ending fits into the pantheon. Today: A meditation on the show’s meaning, or lack thereof. Spoilers follow.

At the end of True Detective’s second episode, philosophizing detective »

- Darren Franich

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Documentary 'Staircases to Nowhere' is a Must-Watch for Fans of The Shining; Watch Now!

14 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

There's not a single horror movie with a more fascinating behind the scenes story than The Shining, a topic that was briefly covered in The Making of the Shining, a 35-minute documentary - made by Stanley Kubrick's daughter Vivian - that is included on the DVD release of the film. The recently released Room 237 also dug deep into the film, but that was more about whacky super-fan theories, than anything else.

Courtesy of Movies.com, a new documentary called Staircases to Nowhere has just come to our attention, which is perhaps the most fascinating Shining documentary we've yet seen. The only modern documentary about the film to be endorsed by both Warner Bros. and the Kubrick estate, Staircases to Nowhere is a 55-minute glimpse inside the inner workings of the Shining set, as told by nine people who actually worked on the film, including the producer, the 1st assistant director, »

- John Squires

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Cool Videos: Watch the only Shining documentary endorsed by Kubrick and WB

11 March 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While last year's Room 237 may have been the documentary about The Shining that got all of the publicity, it was not officially sanctioned by Warner Bros or the estate of director Stanley Kubrick. It was also primarily focused on the numerous theories about the meaning of the film rather than about the making of the film itself. If you want that info, you should check out Staircases to Nowhere. Recorded over three years, the documentary serves as a one hour oral history of the making of »

- Alex Maidy

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Watch: Documentary 'Staircases to Nowhere' Might Be the Greatest Documentary About 'The Shining' Ever Made

10 March 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

As a lover of all things Stanley Kubrick, I’m always interested in stories and behind-the-scenes photos tied to the late filmmaker’s various projects. Being a horror geek, this is extra true when it comes to The Shining. Kubrick’s fascinating adaptation of Stephen King’s novel may not be the director’s greatest cinematic achievement, but it certainly gives viewers a lot to ponder – as seen in the recent documentary Room 237. However, if you’re not so interested in kooky conspiracy theories related to Kubrick’s haunted hotel tale – or if you’d just like some more technical and grounded-in-reality information – then this 55-minute documentary is for you. Staircases to Nowhere originally began its life as an...

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- Mike Bracken

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6 conspiracy theories that inspired sci-fi and horror movies

10 February 2014 10:14 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie 12 Feb 2014 - 06:36

From faked lunar landings to invisible WWII warships, here are six conspiracy theories and the genre films they inspired...

"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face," Sterling Hayden's General Jack D Ripper coldly announces in Stanley Kubrick's breathtakingly funny satire, Dr Strangelove.

Ripper's conspiracy theory, that the commies are secretly trying to compromise our "precious bodily fluids", becomes his harebrained reason for unleashing a missile strike on the Ussr. And just as Ripper was inspired by this strange notion to trigger a nuclear apocalypse, so filmmakers have been inspired by conspiracy theories to make all kinds of science fiction and horror movies - some funny, some tense and absorbing, others terrifying.

Here, then, is a selection of six real-world conspiracy theories and the varied movies they inspired - and funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick »

- ryanlambie

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Wild Side enters Content's Nightmare

6 February 2014 10:18 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Distributor picks up French rights to new documentary from Room 237’s Rodney Ascher [pictured].

Wild Side Films has acquired French rights from Content to Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare.

Content commenced sales on the documentary at the Afm in Santa Monica last November.

The Nightmare was sparked by Ascher’s personal experiences and follows a disturbing investigation into demonic visions undergone by victims of sleep paralysis.

The genre title comes from the Preferred Film & TV joint venture between Content and Ross M Dinerstein and Kevin Iwashina, who produce The Nightmare with Glen Zipper.

Content’s Jamie Carmichael served as executive producer and represents North American rights with Iwashina. Tim Kirk is the co-producer.

“It’s a great testament to Rodney’s talent, combined with such an original and terrifying concept, that two of the finest distributors in the business have joined the film early,” said Content head of sales Harry White.

Wildside’s [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Berlin: Altitude Distribution Adds Five Titles to Slate

5 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Altitude Film Distribution has added five titles to its first theatrical slate.

The latest additions are “Love Is Strange,” “Fruitvale Station,” “The Nightmare,” “All Cheerleaders Die” and “Bolshoi Babylon.”

Love Is Strange,” which receives its international premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section this week, is directed by Ira Sachs, who co-wrote the script with Mauricio Zacharias, and stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

Fruitvale Station,” penned and helmed by Ryan Coogler, stars Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer.

Rodney Ascher, the cult director behind “Room 237,” directs “Nightmare,” mixing existing footage with recreations.

Ross M. Dinerstein (“The Pact”) and Kevin Iwashina (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”) produce for Preferred Film & TV with Glen Zipper (“Undefeated”).

All Cheerleaders Die,” which is written and directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, features Australian star Caitlin Stasey (“I, Frankenstein”) and Sianoa Smith-McPhee (“Touchback”).

Docu “Bolshoi Babylon” ventures behind the scenes at the Russian ballet »

- Leo Barraclough

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Altitude adds Fruitvale, Cheerleaders

5 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Altitude FIlm Distribution acquires award-winning features for first UK release slate.

Altitude Film Distribution has secured three new titles, taking its first UK theatrical slate to eight features.

The latest films include Fruitvale Station, written and directed by Ryan Coogler and winner of last year’s Prix de l’Avenir in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012.

The other two titles are The Nightmare, from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher about the visions experienced by victims of sleep paralysis; and high school horror homage All Cheerleaders Die, written and directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson.

Previously announced titles on the slate include Love Is Strange, which received its international premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section this week; documentary Bolshoi Babylon, about the Russian ballet company; and Oscar-nominated documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, a tribute to backup vocalists.

Other titles include Asif Kapadia’s Untitled Amy Winehouse doc and horror thriller »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Altitude adds Fruitvale, Cheerleaders, Love

5 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Altitude FIlm Distribution acquires award-winning features for first UK release slate.

Altitude Film Distribution has secured three new titles, taking its first UK theatrical slate to eight features.

The latest films include Fruitvale Station, written and directed by Ryan Coogler and winner of last year’s Prix de l’Avenir in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012.

The other two titles are The Nightmare, from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher about the visions experienced by victims of sleep paralysis; and high school horror homage All Cheerleaders Die, written and directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson.

Previously announced titles on the slate include Love Is Strange, which received its international premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section this week; documentary Bolshoi Babylon, about the Russian ballet company; and Oscar-nominated documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, a tribute to backup vocalists.

Other titles include Asif Kapadia’s Untitled Amy Winehouse doc and horror thriller »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Lee Stobby Joins Silent R Management, Bringing Clients Such as ‘Room 237′ Director (Exclusive)

30 January 2014 4:36 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lee Stobby has joined Silent R Management as a literary manager, TheWrap has learned. Stobby, who was previously a manager at Caliber Media, began his career at Industry Entertainment after working at several production companies, including Double Feature Films and Misher Films. Clients who will be traveling with Stobby to Silent R include filmmaker Rodney Ascher (“Room 237″), director Kaare Andrews (“Cabin Fever: Patient Zero”), writer Emil Stern (“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”), writer Lindsay Stidham (“Douchebag”), director Tomasz Thomson (“Snowman’s Land”) and writer Kate Trefry, whose script “Pure O” was voted to the 2013 Black List. »

- Jeff Sneider

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11 scary horror movie child stars: see how they look now

30 January 2014 12:15 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Louisa and Lisa Burns, who played the now-iconic twins in Stanely Kubrick's The Shining, attended a film screening at the BFI in London yesterday (January 29).

Do you recognise the @Shining_twins? Special guests at our anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove pic.twitter.com/5x0DLPiPrq

— BFI (@BFI) January 28, 2014The Shining review: Extended cut packs in more psychological terror

The Shining's Maze of Meaning: Room 237 and the extended cut

The twin sisters have kept a low profile since the film's release back in 1980 but happily posed for a picture on the red carpet as they arrived for the screening of Kubrick's Dr Strangelove as part of the Loco London Comedy Film Festival.

We've found 10 other former child stars from iconic horror flicks to see what they look like now, and what they went on to do next:

Linda Blair in The Exorcist

Linda Blair starred as the head-spinning, »

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The Shining twins attend Stanley Kubrick screening - how they look now

30 January 2014 3:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lisa and Louise Burns, who played the gruesomely murdered Grady twins in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, attended a screening at the BFI in London yesterday (January 29).

The pair, who have largely remained out of the spotlight since their role in the horror movie 34 years ago, were pictured on the red carpet as they arrived for the 50th anniversary screening of Kubrick's Dr Strangelove as part of the Loco London Comedy Film Festival.

Do you recognise the @Shining_twins? Special guests at our anniversary screening of Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove pic.twitter.com/5x0DLPiPrq

— BFI (@BFI) January 28, 2014The Shining review: Extended cut packs in more psychological terror

The Shining's Maze of Meaning: Room 237 and the extended cut

The former actresses starred as the now-iconic twin sisters (then aged 11), who were famously dressed in matching blue smocks with pink ribbons in the film based on Stephen King's novel. »

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Exclusive First Word on the Nightmarish Next Project from Room 237 Director Rodney Ascher

28 January 2014 9:30 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Rodney Asher is the guy behind one of the most intriguing film documentaries in years, Room 237, which is all about the clues and conspiracies behind Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining.

Ascher is coming back to intrigue and spook us with another doc, this one on the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. It’s called The Nightmare, and from the look of it, it’s bound to cause quite a few!

Dread Central: I saw Room 237 at Laff the year before last, and I thought it was really well-crafted and quite labyrinthine… will The Nightmare have the same vibe?

Rodney Ascher: I think so, at least about the attitude, seeing as how I'm still in a similar headspace in a lot of ways, and this mystery is in some ways bigger and more complicated than a single film, even one as formidable as The Shining. »

- Staci Layne Wilson

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Strange Interpretation: Why ‘The Shining’ is Subliminal Genius, Not Cryptic Confession

26 January 2014 4:51 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

There is no other filmmaker who has attracted as much wild speculation and feverish discussion as the late, great Stanley Kubrick. Iconic, unique, celebrated, and the subject of wholesale apocryphal revisionism, the man credited with creating a masterpiece in every major genre is revered no longer so much as a director but as the posthumous leader of a movement. Kubrick is a cult. It speaks volumes of his enigmatic ventures that despite being the creator of the marvelously nebulous 2001, the film in his curriculum vitae which has left the most searing mark and the most varying schools of interpretation is his treatment of a Stephen King horror story. Films have been made, thousands of hours have been spent pouring over every detail, and lives have been changed by the pursuit of a holy grail within his subtext. Even today, 34 years after its release, The Shining debate rages on.

It’s not hard to see why. »

- Scott Patterson

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International Cinephile Society Reveals Nominees

14 January 2014 3:32 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The International Cinephile Society has announced the nominees for the 11th Ics Awards. Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color," the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations with 7 nods each.

Winners of the 11th Ics Awards will be announced on February 23, 2014.

Here's the complete list of nominees:

Picture

. 12 Years a Slave

. Before Midnight

. Blue is the Warmest Color

. Frances Ha

. Gravity

. The Great Beauty

. Her

. Inside Llewyn Davis

. Laurence Anyways

. Spring Breakers

. The Wolf of Wall Street

Director

. Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis

. Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity

. Xavier Dolan - Laurence Anyways

. Spike Jonze - Her

. Abdellatif Kechiche - Blue is the Warmest Color

. Paolo Sorrentino - The Great Beauty

Film Not In The English Language

. Beyond the Hills

. Blancanieves

. Blue is the Warmest Color

. Faust

. The Great Beauty

. The Hunt

. In the »

- Manny

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Icons Of Fright Presents Rob G.’S Top 5 Sdtks Of 2013!

5 January 2014 11:33 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Ya know what? I love soundtracks.

And one of the (many) things that sets our beloved horror genre apart from other genres of film is the ambitious and radical music that usually accompanies our fright filled movies. 2013 was a strong, strong year for horror, but more than anything, there was a huge resurgence in horror soundtracks, in particular on vinyl. Seriously… Huge. Thanks to companies like Death Waltz, Waxwork, Mondo and One Way Static, we’re got a healthy number of classic horror movie scores coming at us on a regular basis. But for this particular piece, I wanted to focus on modern soundtracks, in particular my 5 favorites of 2013. All of my selections were movies that I loved primarily because the tunes I heard in them elevated the material to the point where I can’t imagine any of these movies without their music. I’m sure I’ll be missing a few, »

- Rob Galluzzo

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