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Stanley Kubrick's Producer Jan Harlan Says 'The Shining' Doc 'Room 237' Is "Idiotic"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 31, 2014 12:24 PM
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The Shining
Within the walls of The Playlist, we don't always agree on everything. While I found Rodney Ascher's "Room 237" to be a pretty terrific, fascinating and funny look at the wild ways Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" has inspired tin foil hat types, others don't agree. Around the office, another colleague says it's a "trashy conspiracy theory fanboy movie that illuminates nothing." And he has found a kindred spirit in Kubrick's longtime producer Jan Harlan.

Scrubbed: Watch 'The Shining' Without Delbert Grady & 'Fight Club' Minus Tyler Durden

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 12:44 PM
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The Shining
What's the difference between delusion and reality? That depends on who you're talking to, but if who you're talking to is a figment of your imagination, a hallucination or not altogether real at all, you may have a problem. And these two videos highlight that fact in some fun ways.

David Cronenberg Says Stanley Kubrick Didn't Understand Horror And That 'The Shining' Is Not "A Great Film"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 10:20 AM
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The Shining David Cronenberg
For whatever reason, Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" has been a bit more scrutinized than usual in 2013. The documentary "Room 237" dredged up all sorts of fanciful, conspiratorial theories about the director's supposedly "true" intentions behind the film, while Stephen King—promoting his novel sequel to his horror classic "Doctor Sleep"—took another swipe at the 1980 adaptation, calling it "misogynistic" among other things. And now, David Cronenberg has weighed in with his thoughts on Kubrick's chiller, and you might be surprised to learn he's not a fan.

Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 1:22 PM
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Ever since its release in 1980, Stephen King has shared his displeasure about Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of "The Shining," and even went so far as to executive produce and write a 1997 TV mini-series version of his story. Anyway, 36 years later after his novel was first published, King is delivering the sequel "Doctor Sleep," which hits stores next week, centering on a grown up Danny Torrance. And out doing the press rounds, the author is again sharing why he didn't take to Kubrick's movie.

Happy Father’s Day: 5 Of The Worst Movie Dads

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 16, 2013 2:15 PM
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Fathers Day feature
Yes, we love our moms and dads, but lets face it, over the years, cinema has amassed a pretty unforgettable batch of wicked and awful parents. And so, it’s become somewhat of a Playlist tradition of late to examine and look at some of the more memorably monstrous ones (you can see our Mother’s Day feature here for example).

Watch: 55-Minute Oral History Of Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2013 5:59 PM
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Just how enduring has the legacy of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" been? More than thirty years after it was made, we're still talking about, and it's not just because of Rodney Ascher's excellent documentary "Room 237." In the past while, we've seen: a prequel start developing at Warner Bros.; another conspiracy theory doc "The Shining Code 2.0" make the rounds; that helicopter shadow get explained and the lost, original ending surfacing. And so, do you want more? Well, here you go.

Warner Bros. Hires 'The Walking Dead' Producer/Writer Glen Mazzara To Pen 'The Shining' Prequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2013 3:02 PM
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In case the news yesterday that the extreme sports remake of "Point Break" was going ahead didn't remind you, nothing is sacred in Hollywood. And that means even Stanley Kubrick's iconic horror masterpiece "The Shining" needs to be franchised, because it can. Warner Bros. has no problem making the movie the centerpiece of whatever they're planning, and right now that means: prequel!

Watch: Already Visited 'Room 237'? Dive Deep Into The Apollo 11 Theory With Doc 'The Shining Code 2.0'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2013 11:42 AM
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Today, Rodney Ascher's "Room 237" arrives in theaters (review here), and it deliver an outrageous serving of theories around Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" that position the masterpiece as anything but a horror film. With the Holocaust, the treatment of Native Americans and sexual abuse among the many topics discussed as the "real" meaning behind the movie, one other popular interpretation is that the "The Shining" is Kubrick's confession of sorts that he was involved with faking the moon landing. It's far fetched to say the least, but if you really want to dig deep into that notion, well, you certainly can.

Stanley Kubrick Pal Dismisses 'Room 237' Theories, Armond White Says Film Is "End Of Cinephilia"

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 28, 2013 9:03 AM
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Some details from within a film production serve to heighten the project's legend overall: the genius of “Jaws” only increased when the film's original gameplan -- a fully functional shark -- failed to manifest itself for Steven Spielberg and co. But the opposite has been true with Stanley Kubrick's “The Shining,” as now another crewmember has come to debunk the myriad theories and meanings behind the director's film -- starting with those featured in Rodney Ascher's upcoming documentary “Room 237.”

23.7 Facts About Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • March 26, 2013 12:55 PM
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You know that a film is a lasting classic when it can sustain another entire film being made about it. Be it "Citizen Kane," "Psycho" or "Apocalypse Now," many of the great movies have themselves been the subject of films (sometimes successfully, sometimes less so), and the latest to get the treatment is Stanley Kubrick's classic horror "The Shining," with the release this Friday of documentary "Room 237."

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