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Matthew Modine Kickstarts 'Full Metal Jacket' Audio Diary on Working with Stanley Kubrick (Exclusive)

Matthew Modine is reaching back to the glory days of Stanley Kubrick's stark masterpiece of war from 1987, "Full Metal Jacket." With help from producing partner Adam Rakoff, Modine, now working comfortably in indie film and TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Full Metal Jacket Diary," an immersive audiobook adapted from his 2005 book of the same name.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 8, 2014 4:45 PM
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Four Directors Who Torture Their Actors, from Hitch to Trier (CLIPS)

It's no secret that Lars von Trier pushes his actresses to the edge-- and sometimes all the way over. A director's commitment to wringing the most out of their actors dates back to another vainglorious Von: Eric von Stroheim ("Greed") was notorious for using offscreen acrimony to get what he wanted onscreen, while Alfred Hitchcock sent poor Tippi Hedren into a room to be pecked by live crows. Here are four directors who stop at nothing to get what they want from their actors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 25, 2014 5:13 PM
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'2001: A Space Odyssey' Coming Back to UK Theaters

Here's some neat news for cinephiles across the pond. The British Film Institute will be re-releasing Stanley Kubrick's monumental sci-fi epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" in UK theaters on November 28, 2014. BFI will present the film in a newly burnished digital transfer as part of its 2014 Science Fiction blockbuster project.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 20, 2014 11:43 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Stanley Kubrick's Game Changer '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Destination Outer Space! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director John Landis introducing Stanley Kubrick's epic sci-fi classic, "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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  • March 10, 2014 11:00 AM
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Mick Jagger Wanted to Play Alex in 'A Clockwork Orange,' The Beatles Wanted to Do Soundtrack

Letters of Note blog has yet another amazing discovery for us today. Before Kubrick famously took the helm of "A Clockwork Orange," producer Si Litvinoff approached director John Schlesinger with the project. Litvinoff's letter to Schlesinger is revealing: Mick Jagger was interested in playing the role of Alex (eventually to be played to iconic effect by Malcolm McDowell) and none other than the Beatles wanted to supply the soundtrack.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 1:43 PM
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Cinematographer Roger Deakins' Handwritten List of Top 10 Films Includes Kubrick, Leone, Melville and More

Check out this handwritten list of 10 "Greatest Movies" by cinematographer Roger Deakins. Included are titles by Stanley Kubrick ("Dr. Strangelove"), Sergio Leone ("Once Upon a Time in the West"), Michelangelo Antonioni ("The Passenger") and Jean-Pierre Melville ("Le Samourai" and "Army of Shadows").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 23, 2013 12:41 PM
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Here's Johnny: Check Out These Cool Film Posters Riffing on Classic Movie Quotes

Brazilian graphic designer "Butcher Billy" has created some cool posters for classic genre films which take a well-known quote and give it a front-and-center spotlight, while riffing on the font design of the original posters. We've selected our five favorites from the collection, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 14, 2013 1:47 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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WATCH: Video Tour of LACMA's Recently Closed Stanley Kubrick Exhibit

June 30 was the final day to catch the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at LACMA, on display since November 1. If you missed this must-see event, you can watch a three-part video tour showcasing some of the best parts of the massive show.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 1, 2013 1:47 PM
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'Room 237' Review: Why I Hated, Then Admired 'Shining' Doc

A funny thing happened on the way to reviewing “Room 237.” When I first watched Rodney Ascher’s documentary about fanatical theories on Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” I found it so patience-testing and angering that I had to turn it off at the halfway point. When I watched it a second time, obligated for reviewing purposes to watch it through its conclusion, I was slowly yet surely drawn into its heady, dreamlike and often absurd layers. What gives?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 28, 2013 6:54 AM
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