Mark Romanek to Direct THE SHINING Prequel OVERLOOK HOTEL

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Mark Romanek is in talks to direct The Shining prequel Overlook Hotel for Warner Bros.  According to Variety, former The Walking Dead showrunner Glenn Mazzara recently turned in his draft for the original story.  The script is based on Stephen King‘s prologue to the novel, which was cut from the book prior to publication.  The story takes place at the turn of the 20th century, and focuses on the hotel’s first owner, robber baron Bob T. Watson.  Watson and his family scaled Colorado Rockies to build the grand resort, a place they could also call home.  Things presumably went downhill from there.

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Hero Complex Gallery Opens “King for a Day” Exhibit as Stephen King Tribute; Preview 14 Works from the Art Collection

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The Hero Complex Gallery is hosting “King for a Day,” an art exhibit devoted to the collected works of Stephen King: his novels, short stories, scripts, television shows, and films.  There are tributes to The Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, It, Christine, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, The Mist, Misery, The Shining, Carrie, and more.

The exhibit opens Friday, March 21 in Los Angeles.  Hit the jump for more on the event plus a sampling from the art collection.

Former WALKING DEAD Showrunner Glen Mazzara to Write THE SHINING Prequel THE OVERLOOK HOTEL

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It appears that Stephen King’s beloved novel The Shining is all the rage at the moment.  King is set to release his sequel novel Doctor Sleep later this fall and the Shining-centric documentary Room 237 recently hit theaters, but now it appears that the story is headed to the big screen once again by way of a prequel.  Glen Mazzara—who previously took over for Frank Darabont as showrunner on AMC’s The Walking Dead before being forced out of the position halfway through the most recent season—has been tapped to write the screenplay for the Warner Bros. prequel film The Overlook Hotel. Hit the jump for more.

ROOM 237 Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Room 237 opens today in limited release and is also available on VOD.]

Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining is about characters who are drawn into madness by their surroundings. Rodney Ascher‘s Room 237 is about film critics who are drawn into madness by The Shining. Films that offer up numerous interpretations are like crack to film critics. Movies that are so broad that any interpretation is valid are like bad crack, but a film like The Shining, a film helmed by a notoriously meticulous director and filled with unexplained mysteries and symbolism, is the best kind of film critic crack there is. Room 237 is both a celebration and pointed critique of film criticism. The movie shows how people can think big and expand their minds by thinking deeply and passionately. It also shows how our minds can run away from us and how we’ll twist a movie apart in order to fit our theory rather, and fail to realize that our argument is crazier than Jack Torrance.

The Trailer for THE SHINING Documentary ROOM 237 Plays off the Trailer for THE SHINING

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One of my favorite films of Sundance 2012 was Rodney Ascher‘s documentary Room 237.  The film examines Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining from the perspective of different critics as they try to tease out the subtext and hidden meanings from the 1980 horror movie.  As I said in my review, Room 237 “shows how our minds can run away from us and how we’ll twist a movie apart in order to fit our theory, and not realize that our argument is crazier than Jack Torrance.”  A new trailer for the film has been released, and sadly doesn’t show any of that.  Instead, distributor IFC Midnight has chosen to make their trailer a play on the original trailer for The Shining, which is cute, but I don’t know how well it sells the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Room 237 hits theaters and VOD on March 29th.

Own 22 Digital Movies for Under $5 Each in HD, $4 Each in SD Including DARK KNIGHT, 300, MATRIX, GOONIES, and More

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Today only, Amazon is offering 22 movies you can download to own for $5 each in HD, and $4 each in SD.  Per Amazon, “Purchased videos will be stored in Your Video Library where you can access them whenever you want; watch on your PC, Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or more than 300 HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top devices.”  Hit the jump for the list of films (which includes titles such as The Dark Knight, Casablanca, The Goonies, 300, The Town, The Departed, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Matrix) or click here for the full list on Amazon.

Check out the Trailer for ROOM 237, a Documentary about How THE SHINING Drives Critics Mad

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One of the best films I’ve seen this year is Room 237, and the first trailer has now gone online.  Rodney Ascher‘s documentary uses Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining as the basis for a series of critiques where various critics try to untangle the film’s subtext by pointing out various “clues” littered around the picture.  Some of the observations are fascinating while others are laughably pretentious.  But Room 237 is more than just a movie about the The Shining.  It’s about the art of criticism and how critics struggle to find subtext to support a thesis.  The Shining provides an excellent basis for this exploration because of Kubrick’s reputation for meticulousness and the film’s established popularity so that there’s at least an agreement on the picture’s lasting influence.

The trailer doesn’t really explain any of this, and instead relies on review blurbs.  I wonder if the trailer can’t use any footage from The Shining due to copyright claims, but the film gets away with it under Fair Use.  In any event, hit the jump to check out the trailer for Room 237.

Stephen King Sets Release Date for THE SHINING Sequel, DOCTOR SLEEP

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It’s been 35 years since The Shining first graced bookshelves, but fans will only have to wait one more year for Stephen King’s sequel to be released.  Doctor Sleepwhich we announced in a previous article, will now be released on September 24th, 2013.  The novel will center on Dan Torrance, the grown-up protagonist from the original story.  As a wanderer who finally settles down in a New Hampshire town, he works at a nursing home and uses his “shining” to help the residents pass painlessly into eternal sleep.  He also must defend himself and Abra Stone, a tween girl gifted with the shining, from a roving band of supernaturals who feed off their power.  Much like The Shining was adapted into the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film, we can certainly expect to see some feature adaptation news of Doctor Sleep in the coming months.  Hit the jump for more on King’s sequel.

First Wave of Fantastic Fest 2012 Line-Up Announced; Includes DREDD, ROOM 237, and THE SHINING

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I’m crossing my fingers I’ll be able to attend Fantastic Fest this year, because it’s one of the most exciting film festivals around.  We previously reported that this year’s opening night flick would be the stop-motion animated adaptation of Frankenweenie, and now the full line-up is starting to be announced.  Fantastic Fest usually announces its line-up in waves, and wave one has already got some big highlights for genre fans.  There’s the hard R-rated Dredd, Quentin Dupieux‘s hilariously bizarre Wrong, and the excellent documentary Room 237, which is about The Shining.  Oh, and they’ll also be showing The Shining (a movie that doesn’t need a prequel).  Room 237 and The Shining would be a kick-ass double-feature, and I hope those movies will be played together (although I’m not sure which one I would choose to go first; probably Room 237 since it would cause the audience to start combing through the screening of The Shining).

Hit the jump for the first wave of announcements.  Fantastic Fest 2012 runs from September 20 – 27th.

Warner Bros. Developing a Prequel to THE SHINING

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Warner Bros. is reportedly “quietly exploring the possibility” of a prequel to The Shining.  A WB spokeswoman told the LA Times that the project is at a very early stage and not even formally in development.  But now that the report is published, it will be difficult for the studio to explore the idea quietly, and it is hard to believe that you all will react positively to the news.  At first glance, it sounds like a terrible idea.  The Shining is about a relatively normal writer who takes his family to an isolated hotel and slowly descends into madness.  The prequel will be set before this character journey begins, and so will tell the story of… what, exactly?  To be fair, the presence of a psychic son should offer some plot possibilities.  [Edit: A commenter brings up a possibility that I stupidly overlooked: the movie follows other characters during their stay at the Overlook Hotel rather than the Torrance family.  That is indeed a more viable premise.]

The bright spot is the team in charge of development: writer/producers Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) with their producing partner Bradley Fischer (Black Swan).  There are solid psychological horror credits in those parentheses, so if there is a story to be told, they’ll find it.  More after the jump.

Movie Villain Icons: The Twilight Years

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There’s no debate that the following movie villains are some of the most iconic characters in cinema history, but what have they been up to since their days of inspiring fear and terror on-screen have long since passed? Does Star Wars’ Darth Vader spend his lonely nights lamenting his poor life decisions? Will A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger ever hold a heartfelt conversation with someone who is actually conscious (and did he ever have to move off Elm St)? And whatever happened to The Shining’s Grady twins? Photographer Federico Chiesa and effects artist Carolina Trotta decided to explore the answers to these questions in a series of photos depicting our favorite villains in their twilight years. I’ve got to say, Friday the 13th’s Jason Vorhees is one of my all-time favorites and apparently he has really fallen on hard times. Hit the jump to see what cinema’s classic ne’er-do-wells have been up to.

TOY STORY Reimagined as THE SHINING in Disturbingly Awesome Illustrations

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The internet has given us more movie/tv/music mash-ups then necessary, but every now and then a truly inspired piece of work pops up. Such is the case with Toy Shining, a series of illustrations that put characters from Toy Story into Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining. Artist Kyle Lambert created the gorgeous illustrations on an iPad, and the result is downright disturbing. Woody makes a shockingly great Jack, and other favorite Toy Story characters pop up in unexpected roles.

Hit the jump to check out the illustrations.

Sundance 2012: ROOM 237 Review

by     Posted 2 years, 235 days ago

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Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining is about characters who are drawn into madness by their surroundings.  Rodney Ascher‘s Room 237 is about film critics who are drawn into madness by The Shining.  Films that offer up numerous interpretations are like crack to film critics.  Movies that are so broad that any interpretation is valid are like bad crack, but a film like The Shining, a film helmed by a notoriously meticulous director and filled with unexplained mysteries and symbolism, is the best kind of film critic crack there is.  Room 237 is both a celebration and pointed critique of film criticism.  The movie shows how people can think big and expand their minds by thinking deeply and passionately.  It also shows how our minds can run away from us and how we’ll twist a movie apart in order to fit our theory rather and not realize that our argument is crazier than Jack Torrance.

New Posters from David O’Daniel include THE SHINING, THE THIRD MAN, and REPULSION

by     Posted 2 years, 278 days ago

I’m a big fan of David O’Daniel‘s movie posters.  I dig the designs and the metallic and iridescent inks really make the image pop.  He also takes on popular movies as well as art house fare.  This time he’s got new posters for The Birds (edition of 250), The Exorcist (edition of 200), The Shining (edition of 200), Metropolis (edition of 300), Repulsion (edition of 200), The Third Man (edition of 150 and each Third Man poster comes with a free poster for Brighton Rock), Rosemary’s Baby (edition of 200) Taxi Driver (edition of 200), and Shoot the Piano Player (edition of 150). All posters are 18×24, cost $40 plus $9 domestic shipping or $15 international shipping.  Hit the jump to check out the posters and the purchase link.

Special Presentation of THE SHINING to Be Shown with Original Coda [UPDATED]

by     Posted 3 years, 1 day ago

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Rochester, New York’s Dryden Theater will be showing a special presentation of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining on October 22nd at 8:00pm.  But what makes this presentation even more special is that it will include the original coda to the movie.  The coda played in a few theaters back when the film was first released in 1980, but Kubrick went back in and edited it out.  Kurbick was meticulously about editing his films and he famously (or perhaps infamously) went back and removed 19 minutes from 2001: A Space Odyssey after its original premiere.

If you want to know what’s contained in the coda, hit the jump.  If you live in the New York area and want to check out this screening (and you should), The Dryden Theatre box office opens 45 minutes before a given screening. [Update: The Dryden Theatre has informed us that the movie will not include the original coda.  The print being shown is the 142-minute extended U.S. version that includes footage Mr. Kubrick subsequently cut from the European release.]

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