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Kubrick Dreamed of Casting Bill Murray, Woody Allen for ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Before Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise’s performance in Stanley Kubrick’s final feature “Eyes Wide Shut” is one of his most famous roles, but the A-list actor was far from the first name Kubrick considered for the part of Dr. William “Bill” Harford. David Mikics’ new biography “Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker” reveals the original wish list Kubrick dreamed up for […]

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Stanley Kubrick’s Career Was Propelled by Box Office Success More Than by Critics

It’s mid-summer. Normally we’d be covering the openings of “The Forever Purge” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” with “Minions: Rise of Gru” in its second weekend competing for #1. As usual, all franchise titles, likely all hits.Thirty-three years ago on the same weekend, another “franchise” was #2. His name was Stanley Kubrick, and “Full Metal Jacket,” his […]

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My favourite film aged 12: The Sixth Sense

M Night Shyamalan’s ghost story terrified me to my teenage core – and ignited a love for clever storytellingRead all the other My favourite film choicesThe best arts and entertainment during self-isolationI turned 12 in 1999. Some film buffs like to say the year was one of the greatest in cinema’s history, spawning storied releases […]

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The film quiz of the year: do you know your Green Book from your Cats?

Whether you like arthouse, the multiplex or streaming on your smartphone, this quiz is for youIn January, a Us teenager in Utah caused a highway collision while driving blindfold – she was taking a challenge, inspired by which movie?Eyes Wide ShutBird BoxThe Blind SideCrashAccording to Sight and Sound magazine, what was the best film of […]

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The Morning Watch: A Chef Reviews Down Cooking Scenes in Movies, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Book Comparison & More

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, listen as a professional chef reviews cooking scenes […]

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‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Turns 20, & Its Insights On Power Couples, Power Cults & Power Trips Have A New Light [Be Reel Podcast]

When it comes to celebrity couples, we’re often more interested in their off-screen drama than their on-screen roles. But what about those rare instances when the two intersect? Then, audiences are left in the time-honored role of armchair psychologist, sussing out what these generationally famous stars are bringing to the screen from their own romantic […]

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Jordan Peele Approves of This Horrifying ‘Cats’ and ‘Us’ Trailer Mash-Up — Watch

Film journalists have already reacted in horror to the first trailer for Universal’s “Cats” musical adaptation, but that’s nothing compared to the overwhelming response from social media users. Less than 24 hours after the trailer’s debut, a viral meme mixing the “Cats” footage with popular music scores has taken over Twitter with terrifying results. One […]

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Found: Stanley Kubrick’s Lost Screenplay, ‘Burning Secret’

A script co-written by Stanley Kubrick has been found by a British film academic who was researching the legendary director’s last picture, “Eyes Wide Shut.” The screenplay, “Burning Secret,” is an adaptation of a 1913 novella by Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig.It was written by Kubrick and author and screenwriter Calder Willingham (“The Graduate”) […]

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One Epic Supercut Edits Together Nearly 300 Movie Dancing Scenes; How Many Can You Identify? — Watch

Ewen McGregor and Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge!” Jennifer Beals in “Flashdance.” Belle and the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast.” There’s nothing like an epic movie dance scene to knock you off your feet, and a new supercut from Cls Videos is here to make you swoon nearly 300 times. Running seven minutes, “Dancing […]

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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ Trailer: Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman Start A Punk Rock Alien Revolution

The buzz around John Cameron Mitchell’s “How To Talk to Girls At Parties” quieted down soon after the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year, but A24 is here to change that with the debut of the film’s wild official trailer. The preview mixes “Eyes Wide Shut” cult orgies with Mitchell’s “Hedwig and […]

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