Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WB: Lost '2001' footage won't be added

“Additional footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey has always existed in the Warner vaults. When Mr. Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the New York premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit. The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick’s vision.”

It's probably just as well. 2001 is a fascinating movie, but it's pretty long as it is. Seventeen more minutes, as far as I'm concerned, wouldn't be much more than icing on the cake - though one would certainly hope for a new DVD/Blu-ray release with the lost footage as a special feature, if it's not gonna be integrated into the film itself.

More about the discovered footage

- Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi is going to jail for supporting the resistance movement in his country. (Yahoo News)
- Shakespeare in Love 2? It could happen, thanks to Miramax's deal with the Weinsteins. (LATimes)
- New studies chart female representation and depiction in movies. In a similar vein, check out this flowchart on the connection between female sexuality and Oscar glory. (Thompson on Hollywood, Slate)
- Javier Bardem is getting much respect by his fellow actors for his work in the foreign film Biutiful. (The Wrap)
- Winona Ryder looks back on her life and career. (GQ)
- Black actor Idris Elba's casting in next summer's Thor has angered white supremacists. (Guardian)
- Original Tron director Steven Lisberger compares his film with the new Tron: Legacy. (Rope of Silicon)
- Film noir posters are cool. This blog is looking at 100 of the best. (Where Danger Lives)
- The chorus of a New York high school will perform at the Oscars. (Thompson on Hollywood)

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