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Jack Nicholson: Resurfaced video shows actor moments before Stanley Kubrick filmed The Shining axe scene

A video showing Jack Nicholson gearing up to perform the iconic “Here’s Johnny!” axe scene in The Shining has resurfaced online.Nicholson, who turns 85 today (22 April), played Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King novel – and the performance is considered one of his greatest.The clip shows the actor getting into the mindset of Torrance, who has been convinced by the ghosts of the Overlook hotel to murder his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd) Nicholson can be seen – axe in hand – jumping up and down, shouting “axe murderer.”...
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The Daily Stream: Doctor Sleep Is The Best Of Both Stephen King And Stanley Kubrick

The Movie: "Doctor Sleep" (2019) The Pitch: Mike Flanagan's sequel to "The Shining" quickly fizzled at the box office, but it's actually really damn good and deserves an immediate reappraisal. It's genuinely disturbing, filled with great performances and does the miraculous job of bringing together Stephen King's source material and Stanley Kubrick's — shall we say ... liberal, if iconic — take on this world.

Matthew Modine Talks Stanley Kubrick as His “Full Metal Jacket Diary” Photography Provides a Rare War Movie Look

Matthew Modine enjoys the opening night of his exhibition. "Full Metal Jacket Diary" has only been put on display in two cities other than Houston. Stanley Kubrick is a notoriously private and meticulous director. It is rare for the public to be given insight into his creative process. Rarer still for a Texas gallery to spotlight the New York City born director in an exhibition. Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” exhibition, on view through this Saturday, March 5 at Houston’s Alta Arts, puts the unseen and the intimate on display. Stanley Kubrick: his process, his set, his daughter and even his smile.

GO-TO: A Clockwork Orange (1971) dir. Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 cult classic envisions an enigmatic, terrifying, dystopian London where gangs rule the streets after dark. A Clockwork Orange unspools the story of Alexander “Alex” DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) and his droogs—George, Pete, and Dim—as they beat the homeless, rape women, and fight other gangs across the abandoned wasteland of an impoverished England. When they betray him, Alex is arrested and subjected to an experimental “treatment” program for criminals while in prison, in exchange for early release. While it “cures” Alex of his psychopathic tendencies, it backfires, causing his post-prison life to dive into the darkest depths of despair.

20 directors who hated their own movies, from Stanley Kubrick to David Fincher

There’s no denying that making a film is difficult.Not only does getting a story from script to screen cost millions (at least, those with well-known actors do), but it also requires both cast and crew to devote years to a singular project.Despite filmmaking being a labour of love, there are still occasions when a director – the person who arguably spends the most amount of time working on a film – can dislike the final results.The majority of cases stem from studio interference: when filmmakers have to make changes to their work due to creative differences with the financiers.Other common...

How Stanley Kubrick Pulled Off The Shining's Brilliant Elevator Scene

As we approach the end of the year, many of us are indulging in Christmas-themed films. Not a lot of people think of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film "The Shining" as a holiday movie (and if they do, they definitely don't consider it a happy one), but this cinematic treasure contains a visual feast of disturbing imagery that climaxes during the winter, so let's add it to the list of alternative holiday films. While many complain about the film's deviation from the Stephen King novel on which it's based, pretty much everyone can agree that the imagery used in Kubrick's film is burned into our minds. From the creepy Grady twins luring Danny Torrance to come play, the rotting old woman in the bathroom, and the ax-stricken gash in the door with Jack Nicholson's crazed face screaming "Heeeeere's Johnny!", there are plenty of scenes that still terrify moviegoers to this day. Containing multiple scenes of symbolic red, green, and white color schemes that happen to be associated with Christmas, "The Shining" is arguably a perfect horror film to watch at the moment. It's almost too perfect, given how long some of us have been in quarantine. However, one famous blood-soaked scene was particularly difficult to execute and utilized more blood than people even thought possible for the time.

Nicole Kidman recalls Stanley Kubrick telling her she is a ‘character actress’

Nicole Kidman has recalled being told she is a “character actress” by Stanley Kubrick.In a new interview with The Guardian, which was published today (26 December), the Big Little Lies actor spoke about the definition of a “movie star”.The 54-year-old said: “That term confuses me. Can you define it? It’s too cerebral for me.”She continued: “I can only go to what Stanley Kubrick would say to me, which was, ‘Nicole, you’re a character actress.’“Usually I’m resistant to labels. There’s a new generation now, saying, ‘No, you don’t get to define me just this way.’ I’m hugely supportive of...

The Beatles Wanted to Make a “Lord of the Rings” Movie With Stanley Kubrick

Peter Jackson has been getting a lot of attention in the wake of his epic The Beatles: Get Back docuseries lately, but according to Variety, the Lord of the Rings director’s career trajectory could have been completely different had the Fab Four gotten their way in the late ’60s. As the publication notes, the Beatles expressed interest in doing a movie adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic.

The Beatles Almost Starred in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ for Director Stanley Kubrick

On Aug. 31, 1998, Variety reported that New Zealand filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh would transform J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy of books into three films. Reporter Benedict Carver added that the books are “a highly prized literary property that has eluded filmmakers for years.” It was the culmination more than three decades of trying to adapt Tolkien’s work for the screen, after the world of visual effects had finally caught up to the British author’s fantastical storylines. But three decades before, the Beatles had tried to get a “Lord of the Rings” film off the ground. After playing...

Stanley Kubrick Thought Robin Williams "Too Psychotic" to Play Jack Torrance in THE SHINING

Here’s a bit of interesting information regarding Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining that has resurfaced on the Internet that I thought would be fun to share. For those of you who don’t know, Kubrick actually considered casting Robin Williams in the role of Jack Torrance. The role ultimately went to Jack Nicholson, who was absolutely insane in the role, but it’s kinda fun to imagine what that character might have been like with Williams in the role.
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David Mikics on Who Stanley Kubrick Really Was

Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode of Keen On, Andrew is joined by David Mikics, the author of Stanley Kubrick: American...