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'Doctor Sleep' Released: 5 Of The Weirdest 'The Shining' Conspiracies

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Fans of Stephen King will be excited to learn that he has finally penned a follow-up to his 1977 horror novel, The Shining. Entitled Doctor Sleep, the new book will return to the characters of The Shining and will focus on Dan Torrance, now a middle-aged man.

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King, The Master Of Horror Fiction, Is Releasing A New Book.

Fleeing his father's legacy, Dan eventually settles into working in a nursing home, providing comfort to the patients with his mental abilities. Dan becomes "Doctor Sleep" with the aid of a cat who can foresee the future, and he must save a 12 year-old girl from an evil travelling cult.

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Stephen King Will Follow-Up 'The Shining' Story In New Book, 'Doctor Sleep'

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Stephen King has a new book coming out, but with his latest release the literary champion has promised something a little extra as he revisits one of his most famous works: The Shining. His new book, Doctor Sleep, will pick up one year after the faithful events that took place in the Overlook Hotel, and follows central character Danny Torrence in the years leading up to and entering manhood.

Ahead of the release of his newest novel, King spoke with the BBC's Will Gompertz about why he chose to revisit the Torrence family, and why it took so long for him to return to the story (The Shining was first published in 1977). He also went on to explain how he found Jack Torrence, who is played by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick's timeless adaptation of the book, is one of his most auto-biographical characters, although admitted he does feel a connection with Danny.

"I was curious about what would happen to him, because he's a real child of a dysfunctional family," King said in the interview. "In some ways I think his father, Jack Torrence was the most autobiographical character i'd done, because at the time I wrote the book, I was drinking a lot... I saw him as this heroic character that was battling his demons on his own, the way that strong American men are supposed to."

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TV Miniseries Planned As Steven Spielberg Tackles Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon Project

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Steven Spielberg is reported to be working on a project that the late Stanley Kubrick was unable to finish himself, though it was a long-term passion of his. According to Entertainment Weekly, Kubrick never actually came around to making Napoleon, though it remained an underlying project of his for some time. He reportedly once told studio executives that he wanted Napoleon to be “the best movie ever made,” in typically humble Kubrick fashion.

Spielberg is not in the business of making a Napoleon movie though, according to the report. Instead, the famed Lincoln director wants to adapt Kubrick’s Napoleon into a TV series. “I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay for a miniseries, not a motion picture,” Spielberg announced on the French TV station Canal Plus, though his representatives had no further information on the project. This would not be the first time that Spielberg has taken on a Kubrick-developed project, either. Kubrick had worked on A.I. for many years before handing it over to Spielberg to complete.

Stanley Kubrick was an innovative movie director, best known for cult classics such as A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey. He passed away suddenly in March 1999, aged 70, just a few days before he was due to finish editing his final movie, Eyes Wide Shut. He never saw the final version of the movie, which starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Pictures: Hollywood Stars Turn Out For The LACMA Gala

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One of the big events of the weekend was the LACMA Film + Art Gala which saw some of the great and good of Hollywood in attendance to raise a glass in honour of the director Stanley Kubrick and artist Ed Ruscha. Cameron Diaz, Evan Rachel Wood, Robert Pattinson, Will Ferrell and Salma Hayek were just some of the names there for the event which cost between $5000 and $10000 a ticket. 

Cameron Diaz At The LACMA Gala

Cameron Diaz looking radiant at the LACMA Gala

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'The Shining' Documentary: Room 237 Is A 'Great Movie About A Movie'

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Here’s Johnny!” The details of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 film The Shining have become ingrained in modern culture. Even if you don’t know that you know the movie, you probably know the movie. And to celebrate and investigate the way in which The Shining has permeated modern culture, Rodney Ascher is releasing his documentary, Room 237, to seemingly universal acclaim.

Ascher uncovers some of the many conspiracy theories that have developed around the movie. Some of which are pretty outrageous, all of which are entirely engaging and delivered in a compelling fashion by the director. The documentary opened at the Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals and word of mouth will undoubtedly ensure that Room 237 becomes a must-see for horror fans, movie lovers and conspiracy theory buffs alike.

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Full Metal Jacket Review

The best movie ever made about the American experience in Vietnam happens to have been filmed by an American expatriate living in Britain. Stanley Kubrick's war masterpiece is split into two parts, and it's the first that is laser-engraved into the psyche of any film fan. R. Lee Ermey has never (and will never) be able to shake the role of the uber-demanding sergeant, and Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio turn in career-making performances as well. Written tautly to the point where it's impossible to look away, this harrowing look at the war -- and what the experience was like for the troops before they ever set foot on foreign soil -- is unmatched in the genre.

Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb Review

Only Stanley Kubrick could make a movie about World War III and make it one of the most hilarious films ever made. No, it doesn't hurt to have Peter Sellers in your film, either. And it doesn't hurt to have him in three roles (originally he was slated to play four, but a broken leg and trouble with Slim Pickens's southern accent kept him out of the B-52 that just might bring about Armageddon).

Ranking as's #1 movie of all time in our recent Top 100 Films of the Millennium feature, I suppose we have some explaining to do as to why we picked it. Not only is the movie wickedly funny, it's a subversive anti-war film that shows just how easily a conflict could erupt and the end of the world be brought about. The cast is top notch, and Sellers would have stolen the show if George C. Scott, Pickens, and Sterling Hayden didn't keep taking it back. Never for five seconds is this film less than perfect -- from its devilish gags (courtesy of co-writer Terry Southern) to its hilarious improvisations (courtesy, of course, of Sellers) to its simply unpredictable plot. I've seen this movie two dozen times and each with each viewing not only do I get something more from it, but I keep thinking the ending is going to change.

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The Shining Review

One of the first scary movies I remember seeing as a kid, The Shining certainly has its flaws, but those twin girls and the blood coming out of the elevator... and boy oh boy that nasty woman in the bathtub... parts of The Shining just stay with you. Forever. Not Kubrick's greatest work (let's be honest: entire sections of this film make no sense at all), but hey, it's creepy as hell.

Heeeeere's Johnny!

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2001: A Space Odyssey Review

It could be the greatest freak-out of all time. Stanley Kubrick's masterful 2001 is a smorgasbord of sight and sound, and its special effects are indistinguishable from reality, despite an age of over 30 years. Incredible and powerfully symbolic, the subject of many a thesis thanks to its conflicted computer, the HAL 9000. The direction, the score, and the script (written simultaneously while Arthur C. Clarke also worked on his novel) are all fantastic ("Also Sprach Zaruthstra" will never be usable to anyone else, every again) -- only the cast would go on to do relatively little in later years.

A masterwork of cinema that never loses its haunting power even after dozens of viewings.

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Barry Lyndon Review

Stanley Kubrick's minor masterpiece is often overlooked -- even scorned -- by those who claim it to be pretentious and slow. Well, it is pretentious and slow, but it's still an exceptional film. In fact, it's probably my favorite period piece ever. Kubrick paints this film to look like an Old Master, with nary a hair out of place to take us from its early 1800s setting. It's gorgeous to look at, even if you don't dig Barry's story. But Ryan O'Neal turns in his best performance ever, bar none, as the title anti-hero, a middle-class Irish lad who joins the British army, finds success as a gambler, marries into money (and a heady title), and ends up duelling his stepson to the death. Barry -- over the course of decades -- ends up far worse than he began. His tragedy is a cautionary tale that speaks volumes even today. Hell, set it in New York in the 1990s-2000s, and you could make the exact same movie about Martha Stewart.

Eyes Wide Shut Review

Mr. Kubrick would have been upset. I take that back. He would have been totally pissed. I'll get it out up front: Our screening was interrupted by a fire alarm, which sent the entire San Francisco press constituency outside for a full hour, and ultimately forced us to miss about five minutes of the movie, right in the middle, where it was getting juicy. Not to mention that whole digital alteration thing. Ugh.

That aside, this is one hell of a movie. A somewhat bizarre cross between A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut is the work of a meticulous craftsman -- a luscious and rich odyssey through the streets of New York, and into the minds of a couple of its residents.

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Killer's Kiss Review

Hardly Stanley Kubrick's best work. Really a lifeless drama/thriller about a boxer who falls for a woman who turns out to be Trouble. Capital T. Only this film is really Tame by today's standards. Again, capital T. Really lame rear-projection effects are actually the only notable part of the film... and that's not really a good thing. But hey, Kube was young and dirt poor, so let's cut him some slack.

The Killing Review

Stellar Kubrick film noir. Underrated crime thriller -- one of his great, early works. Sterling Hayden shines (as he would years later in Dr. Strangelove) as a criminal mastermind who schemes to rob a horse track on race day. Intricately plotted and with nothing left to chance, he almost gets away with it.

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Paths Of Glory Review

Brilliant study into the nature of cowardice and the pathetic nature of the modern (well, in 1957) military machine. Vehemently anti-war, Kubrick takes us on a this-can't-be-happening ride, as French soldiers fail in their mission to take a certain hill from the enemy. A court martial ensues, with devastating results.

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A Clockwork Orange Review

Kubrick was a beatnik poet. His work was plagued with metaphors, and the disease of hidden meaning was always turned to his advantage. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, he had almost a precognisance about the worry of the future that the millennium has exhibited so well for us. In The Shining, he taught us that, to a degree, all fear came from oneself. In Full Metal Jacket, he said that war was the ultimate destructor of the psyche. In Eyes Wide Shut, his final opus, he told us that love, handled like revenge, can only have destructive consequences.

The message, for those of you people who were not able to discern it past the violence in A Clockwork Orange, was the same of the Hindu construct known as Karma: what goes around, comes around.

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