Eyes Wide Shut - Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman

Twenty years ago, on the eve of the new millennium, Stanley Kubrick invited moviegoers into a mansion where the rich and powerful donned Venetian masks and black hoods to engage in ritualistic orgies. It was the summer of 1999 and Kubrick had passed away months earlier, leaving behind the last entry in his filmography, Eyes Wide Shut, as a posthumous release. The film hit theaters on July 16 and like The Shining — which earned the auteur a laughably shortsighted Worst Director nomination at the first-ever Razzie Awards — it received mixed reviews early on.

Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, the leading Hollywood power couple of the day, Eyes Wide Shut wasn’t quite the erotic thriller that its marketing made it out to be. The sole sex scene involving one of the main characters was a fantasy sequence, glimpsed only in flashes of monochrome thought. Instead, audiences settled in for a 160-minute night odyssey that confronted the egocentrism in human nature through the lens of desire. In short: not your typical summer movie fare, unless maybe you were expecting a dark, twisted Christmas in July.

Forget the Illuminati; what really matters in Eyes Wide Shut is sins of the heart and how those affect couples caught up in a world that is beyond their understanding or control. In its own feel-bad, pre-Gone Girl way, this is a movie that might actually qualify as required viewing for anyone in a long-term relationship. The password is fidelio.

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prom movie

Ryan Murphy‘s big Netflix deal is attracting big talent. Murphy is going to direct and produce a Prom movie, adapted from the Tony-nominated stage musical, and he’s lined-up an impressive cast to pull it off. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, James Corden and Andrew Rannells will all have “key roles” in the Netflix film about fading Broadway stars trying to rehabilitate their careers.

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the goldfinch trailer

In 2013, The Goldfinch debuted to rave reviews, going on to spend over 30 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Now, Donna Tartt’s award-winning behemoth of a novel is getting a big screen adaptation starring Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort.

John Crowley directs the film following a young boy who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother dies. Recovering a small Dutch Golden Age painting called The Goldfinch, the boy (played by Oakes Fegley as a young 13-year-old and Elgort as a teen), turns to it as a singular source for hope even as he descends further into a world of crime. Watch the first The Goldfinch trailer below.

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Big Little Lies season 2 trailer

What happens when a secret shared among a group begins eating away at one of its members? We’re about to find out in the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies, which brings back The Monterey Five – Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), Renata Klein (Laura Dern), and Bonnie Carlson (Zoe Kravitz) – as they grapple with their actions in the season one finale. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

nine perfect strangers series

Big news for big fans of Big Little Lies. Nicole Kidman is reuniting with key members of the team behind HBO’s Emmy-winning serie sto adapt the latest novel from Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. Kidman is executive producing and starring in a Nine Perfect Strangers series, which has just been picked up for a series order from Hulu. Read More »

Movie Poster Remakes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a professional movie poster designer compares and contrasts the movie posters of remakes with the posters from the original films. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts another awards season roundtable discussion, this time with actresses like Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Regina King, and more. And Tidying Up host Marie Kondo tries to clean up Ellen Degeneres‘ office. Read More »

Karyn Kusama interview

Few directors today make genre movies as intimate Karyn Kusama. The director of The InvitationGirl Fight, and Jennifer’s Body gets real up close and personal to her characters, especially the protagonist of her latest film, Destroyer. Detective Erin Bell — a bulldozer of a character played by Nicole Kidman — is not a character you can take your eyes away from.

The character originated from the co-writers of The Invitation, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Like that party-in-the-hills-gone-terribly-wrong horror story, the screenwriting duo and Kusama tell a complex story gracefully with Destroyer, which is an equally dense crime story and character story. Recently, we discussed Kidman’s performance as Bell, shooting in Los Angeles, corrupt cop movies, and more with Karyn Kusama.

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Eyes Wide Shut Christmas

‘Tis the season for Grinches and Gremlins, for leg lamps and Clark Griswold, and for the annual debate over the quality (or lack thereof) of Love, Actually – an argument that has grown more boring (and annoying) than the annual declaration that Die Hard is actually a Christmas movie. But in this house, ’tis the season for Stanley Kubrick; be it the wintry and claustrophobic familial terror of The Shining, or the harrowing yuletide sex odyssey taken by Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick’s final film hardly needs justification for its place in the Christmas movie canon (many others have successfully argued for this classification). What could – and will – be argued, however, is that Eyes Wide Shut is the best Christmas movie of our lifetime. Read More »

destroyer trailer new

A quick, intense Destroyer trailer has arrived just before the holidays. Karyn Kusama directs Nicole Kidman in this riveting, twisty thriller about a cop at the end of her rope trying to solve a crime while reconciling with her past. It’s one of the year’s best films, featuring Kidman giving a performance unlike any she’s delivered before. Watch the Destroyer trailer below.

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