The Shining

Amazing Widescreen Art Inspired by the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Gallery 1988, the West Coast’s finest purveyor of pop culture-inspired art, continues its winning streak this weekend with not one, but two amazing new shows. The first is Directors Series: Kubrick, in which artist Mark Englert turns his distinctive style to the work of the late, great Stanley Kubrick. The wonderful folks at Gallery 1988 were kind enough to share several pieces from the exhibit; check them out after the jump, and click each to see a larger version. … Read More

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Cool Designs Pay Tribute to Famous Cars in Film

Since their roughly concurrent births, automobiles and films have been eternally intertwined, a film or character’s mode of transportation a vital part of the fabric of cinematic storytelling. Spanish graphic designer Jesús Prudencio, inspired by that marriage, has created Cars and Films, a series of tributes to iconic vehicles and the famous movies that showcased them. Check out his sleek designs after the jump, and order prints from his website here. … Read More

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10 Cult Film Fathers We Love

Happy Father’s Day! We’re celebrating the holiday by taking a look at our favorite cult film fathers. These movie dads are flawed as can be, but their dysfunctional parenting, bizarre personality quirks, and quotable lines are meant to entertain us. Let’s just ignore the fact that their kids don’t stand a chance. Head past the break for a look at 10 loving, but demented dads from cult cinema. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in March

It’s been a couple of months since our last indie movie roundup, for the simple reason that it’s not just the majors that save their weakest releases for the first of the year; there wasn’t a whole lot to crow about at the art houses recently either, aside from 2012 holdovers. But as winter becomes spring, we’re starting to see some interesting foreign and indie releases; a quick rundown of our favorites awaits you after the jump. … Read More

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The Original Endings of 10 Famous Films

A slow dolly shot and the haunting, ethereal sounds of “Midnight, The Stars and You” by Al Bowlly takes us into the closing scene of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The moment leaves us speculating about the film’s supernatural subtext as we catch our breath. It’s one of the most famous endings in cinema, but it almost never happened. Website The Overlook Hotel — a great source for fans of Kubrick’s iconic horror film — recently posted a copy of the director’s original screenplay that includes a deleted scene cut from the film at the last minute. We talk about it more after the jump. Audience feedback, filmmaker OCD, and other factors have helped shape the movies we know and love, changing the course of cinema history. We took a look at other popular movies and their original endings (as always, there may be spoilers). Did the final cuts triumph? … Read More

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Early Saul Bass Poster Sketches for ‘The Shining’

Designers are often faced with demanding clients, and we can’t think of a bigger perfectionist an artist would be rattled to impress other than Stanley Kubrick. It’s a well-known fact that Kubrick put actors and crew through their paces, often shooting dozens of takes for just one scene. It looks like Kubrick was no different when it came to the posters for his iconic horror film, The Shining. Famed designer Saul Bass, who created the original poster for the movie, worked with Kubrick to perfect the artwork. The Fox is Black noted: “I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.” The greatest parts about the images are the notes Bass (or Stanley?) made and the fish doodle next to Bass’ signature. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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The Creepiest Horror Movie Kids: Where Are They Now?

Earlier today we posted a selection of kids’ Halloween costumes that they’re too young to understand. But now we’d like to take another moment to think about the children. More specifically: the fictional children from our favorite horror movies, the ones who once scared — and in many cases, still do scare — the total crap out of us. Aren’t you curious whatever happened to those bloodthirsty/possessed/undead kids? From a former kid zombie who now crafts jewelry to an evil child preacher turned creative writing teacher, we think you’ll be surprised by what we found out. … Read More

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Watch the Trailer for ‘Room 237,’ a Documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

Stanley Kubrick fans have been waiting months for a glimpse at Room 237, the documentary about The Shining obsessives that premiered to much fanfare (because who is a better audience for such a film than film critics?) at Sundance earlier this year. Unfortunately for them, the first trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of footage: All we get is the camera creeping across that iconic floor, plus some tense music and a few breathless quotes from critics. Hey, at least we know director Rodney Ascher has respect for Kubrick as stylist. Click through to watch the clip, and try to contain your excitement for now, because the movie won’t hit theaters until next year. Here’s hoping we’ll get some actual footage before then. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. “One of the things I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country. My expectation is if you want to be president you have to work for everybody and not just work for some.” – In case you missed it, President Obama was on Letterman last night, and took the opportunity to address… Read More

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