Stanley Kubrick was a tireless genius, his mind a impenetrable maze of its own. You can attempt to analyze the auteur’s work and pinpoint his intentions but there will always be the sneaking suspision that he knew something just beyond our realm of knowledge and we’ll never quite find the answers we’re searching for. So when it comes to The Shining, his meticulously-detailed and visually-staggering horror film, everyone tends to hold tightly to their own, very personal theories and opinions—from it being nothing more than a metaphor for WWII to the film as Kubrick’s way to express the anxiety he was carrying about secretly helping to fake the moon landing of 1969 (as told in Room 237). And to our thrill, Vulture has pointed out that on The Overlook Hotel—a Shining site run by Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3—you can now read the deleted ending of The Shining in its original text.
Just after the U.S. opening in May of 1980, Kubrick chose to remove the ending from the film, sending assistants out of L.A. and New York to cinemas to erase the final moments from all finished prints. Upon its initial release, the scene featured a hospital epilogue between the haunting shot of Jack in the snow and the spine-tingling long dolly shot through the lobby that ends on the July 4, 1921 photo that pinches every chilling nerve in your body. Sadly, little remains of the original ending, save some polaroids, costumes, and 35mm film trims that are a part of the Kubrick archive. Diane Johnson, Kubrick’s co-writer on The Shining says, "[he]had filmed a final scene that was cut, where Wendy and Danny are recovering from the shock in a hospital and where Ullman visits them." Weird. She also goes on to talk about how Kubrick felt that, "we should see them in the hospital so we would know that they were all right. He had a soft spot for Wendy and Danny and thought that, at the end of a horror film, the audience should be reassured that everything was back to normal." Hmm. Well, I am certainly thankful for his manic episode of realization, that, no, that ending takes so much away from the final shot of pleasure of fright that lives inside the closing moments we know and love to watch—over and over and over.
Read the first page of the final scene below and the rest here, and check out these polaroids—which time (and perhaps something more sinister) have withered and blurred to the point of ghostly expressionist paintings. Oh, and feast your eyes on The Shining forwards and backwards simultaneously superimposed.
You have been on a Netflix binge before, but not like this: With the service’s Starz partnership set to expire in less than two days, you’ll need all the hours you can cramming in episodes of Party Down and crying at Toy Story 3 for the last time. If you remember, Netflix’s price increase in 2011 coincided with a failure to lock up a new Starz deal, which is why more than 840 titles will disappear on Thursday. TV and Movies NOW has a handy list of everything you’ll be missing, as well as if it’s available on Amazon Prime (but come on, who has that).
The ‘flix has a handful of Weinstein Company titles like The Artist and Coriolanuseventually coming its way, which should dull the loss by a smidgen. Still, it’s a terrific bummer that so many quality titles will no longer be available to our entitled asses, like the immortal Billy Madison and Astro Boy. Howl’s Moving Castle, Scarface, Young Fankenstein, Double Indemnity, Patton, Vertigo, Apocalypto, Lethal Weapon 2 — I could go on and on and on and on. Call your friends for a Netflix party, or just pull your hoodie over your head and get to business by yourself. Remember, nothing that happens on Leap Day counts in the real world.
● Steve Carell is taking every press opportunity he can to announce his exit from The Office when his contract expires at the end of the show’s seventh season. [Vulture] ● Megan Fox allegedly married Brian Austin Green at a Four Seasons in Hawaii, where guests saw Fox and drooled, saw Green and cocked their heads. “Him?” [TMZ] ● Who is the mysterious “horse-boy” from Google Street View? Viral marketing for the next David Lynch project? [BBC]
● The biggest perk of landing Emma Watson as your college girlfriend? Dating Hermoine from Harry Potter. But a close second is that she’ll be in your music video, as soon as she’s done with that Burberry shoot. [HuffPo] ● Reality TV family the Duggars welcomed their 19th child into the world. The next one is bound to meet expectations. [People] ● The sadness of Toy Story 3 measured in tears — if you’re a mother, multiply by two. [Cracked]
● Sarah Palin, always a fan of substantive ideas, has called on “divine intervention” to fix BP’s oil spill in the gulf. [Twitter] ● Michael Jackson’s death comes roaring back into the news one year later, beginning with this detailed timeline of his death day. [AP] ● Mickey Mouse used to be really into amphetamines. [Boing Boing]
● Toy Story 3 made over $100 million in its opening weekend, the biggest opening day ever for an animated film. [WaPo] ● Robin Thicke, son of Canadian actor and Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, admits that he often gave Father’s Day gifts from 7-Eleven, including a bag of corn nuts. Kirk Cameron never would have pulled such a stunt. [E!] ● Mike Huckabee would rather be gay than have sex with an old lady Democrat. What would Jesus do? [Page Six]
● Mariah Carey’s new fragrance, “Lollipop Bling,” is inspired by her husband Nick Cannon. It smells like Nickelodeon Gak, underachievement, and emasculation. [People] ● There is only one bad review of Toy Story 3. It goes, in part, like this: “Transformers 2 already explored the same plot to greater thrill and opulence.” Obviously. [Slashfilm] ● Actors are worried they won’t get work if IMDb continues to list their ages. Betty White says “buzz off.” [HuffPo]
● Jeremy London, who claims he was kidnapped and forced to take drugs, may be making the whole thing up, possibly to counter his own irrelevance. The entire case is like Scooby-Doo, the reality show. [Celebuzz] ● Kanye West is being questioned for details surrounding the shooting of notorious rap mogul Suge Knight, who ended up with a busted leg at one of Kanye’s parties. If any rapper knows nothing about guns, it’s the one who samples showtunes. [Page Six] ● The porn version of Avatar, created by Hustler, will be in 3-D. Up next: an audience splash zone. [MNN]