Transformers - The Island

Did you know that not every single shot in a movie is overseen by any given film’s primary director? There’s an entire crew of people called the second unit whose responsibility it is to shoot supplementary footage such as establishing shots, stunts, inserts and cutaways. The director still has to approve that footage, but he’s not on set to actually shoot it. It’s not exactly a secret in Hollywood, even if most people outside of Hollywood don’t know it.

However, what you may not be aware of is that there are instances when recycled movie footage is used to complete a movie. We’re not just talking about a shot of a cityscape or mountainside, but very specific shots and scenes that were reused between two different movies. For example, did you know War and Peace footage can be seen in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Read More »


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shining hotel horror museum

You’ve got to hand it to the Stanley Hotel. They took the fact that their establishment was the inspiration for the haunted hotel that drives people crazy and forces them to murder their families in Stephen King‘s The Shining and turned it into a good thing. The historic hotel has become a destination for horror fans, who flock to Estes Park, Colorado to stay in supposedly haunted rooms, go on ghost tours, and attend the Stanley Film Festival, which showcases horror films of all kinds. It even hosted a hedge maze design contest so it could more closely resemble the fictional Overlook Hotel. That’s commitment.

Now, the hotel is doubling down on this plan – they want to build a new building on the premises that will act as a horror museum, production studio, and film archive.

Find out more about the Shining hotel horror museum after the jump.

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shining prequel

When a prequel to The Shining was announced, it didn’t sound like such a hot idea. That changed when Mark Romanek became attached to the project — a real-deal director, not some run-of-the-mill work-for-hire. The director behind One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go is a filmmaker with a vision, and according to the producer of The Overlook Hotel, The Shining prequel will only move forward with Romanek if he gets the opportunity to make his own movie. Read more about the project after the jump.

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Grand Overlook Hotel

At first, you might think that directors Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick don’t have much in common. Their films couldn’t be on more opposite ends of the spectrum. However, Steve Ramsden used the similarity in the way Anderson and Kubrick frame shots as a reference point to create The Grand Overlook Hotel, a truly incredible mash-up of The Shining and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Watch The Grand Overlook Hotel after the jump! Read More »

The Shining maze

Some hotels might shy away from an association with ghosts and gruesome (if fictional) murders, but not the Stanley Hotel. The Colorado landmark, which famously inspired Stephen King‘s The Shining, is leaning into its creepy history by commissioning a giant hedge maze. And it wants your help designing it. More details on The Shining maze after the jump. Read More »


There isn’t a thing that hasn’t been written about the films of Stanley Kubrick. His films have been celebrated and reviled; some originally reviled have been reassessed as masterpieces; reams of copy have been written on even his least-appreciated movies. And yet they pull us in time and again. His films feature richly developed concepts that we can appreciate differently as our own lives progress and change.

Kubrick is the most visible representation of a sort of filmmaking that has largely vanished. He was likely the last director to enjoy total creative freedom with the backing of a major movie studio; his deal with Warner Bros. let him do what he wanted, on his own time. His 1999 passing happens to coincide with the transition into a fully digital filmmaking era and into a time when studio films are ever-more focused on sequels and familiar concepts.

The idea of ranking Kubrick films is somewhat absurd; there’s really only one that can be at #1. But there’s a lot of room for discussion about what his other twelve features offer. Warner Bros. recently issued a new box set (Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection) with a gorgeous outer shell (above), a fine array of behind the scenes material, and disc packaging that is an improvement over the last blu-ray set from the studio. That box of eight films had us going back through all of Kubrick’s movies, and we’ve laid them out in order below.   Read More »

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IKEA Shining commercial

Stanley Kubrick’s vision of Stephen King’s The Shining has become so iconic, ripping it off is almost cliché. Oh, is that a guy with his head popping through a cracked door? A typewriter with the same phrase over and over? A snowy hedge maze? We get it.

That said, somehow a new commercial by IKEA is all kinds of awesome. It’s a blatant Shining homage/rip-off but maybe it’s the production value, the single take, the easter eggs throughout, or the absurdity of an IKEA Shining commercial existing at all, but you’ve gotta check it out. Read More »

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Sweden lego master-builder Etzel decided to recreate the famous “You killed the car” scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in an incredible LEGO diorama. Etzel won a contest with this contribution on Swebrick’s annual AFOL vs. AFOL contest, a Swedish lego forum where other members recreated scenes from 1980’s movies or television series. Other submitted LEGO dioramas included Blade Runner, The Shining, Spaceballs, Blues Brothers and many other films. See more photos from this awesome Ferris Bueller LEGO diorama, after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Spoke Art’s Stanley Kubrick Art Show

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Over the course of 45 years, Stanley Kubrick made only 13 films. It’s a staggering number because his work is so influential, so revered and still so incredibly powerful, each one might as well count for 100. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and his films continue to inspire artists young and old.

Many of those artists are part of a new exhibit at Spoke Art in San Francisco. Simply titled “Kubrick,” the show consists of over 60 artists making art based on the films of the director in all kind of mediums. Everything from limited edition screenprints all the way up to one of a kind sculptures, there’s a huge array of beautiful work paying homage to films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Lolita, Paths of Glory and others. Below see just a few of the pieces in the Stanley Kubrick art show, which opens Friday September 6 through 27. Read More »