Roger Dale Floyd as young Danny Torrance in the Warner Bros.’ supernatural thriller “Doctor Sleep.” The film takes place after the events of “The Shining” and marries aspects of both King’s 2013 novel of the same name and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film. As Dan did before her, she walks to the phantom’s location and shuts the door behind her. That it was a cycle. Your guide to the 2020 election in California. Doctor Sleep spends a great deal of time building up the characters and relationship between the young Shining prodigy Abra (Kyliegh Curran) and the grown Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor). The nude, rotting woman from Room 237 makes her home in Abra’s bathtub. She goes where she goes. That’s a precarious station to balance. Edward James Olmos’ environmental legal thriller “The Devil Has a Name” pits a San Joaquin Valley almond farmer against an evil energy corporation. Endorsement: The Times endorses Hoffman, Anderson, Henderson and Han for LACCD. “I was looking for someone to play Lloyd the bartender. Doctor Sleep came along as a four-decades later sequel to the iconic horror film that is The Shining. Tricky, tricky. Get our revamped Envelope newsletter, sent twice a week, for exclusive awards season coverage, behind-the-scenes insights and columnist Glenn Whipp’s commentary. Doctor Sleep is a gut-churning exploration of how past trauma leaves its marks on your psyche and how connecting to your human neighbors is the only way to alleviate such pain. “We were returning to the place where the trauma was inflicted. Golden Age actress and singer Rhonda Fleming has died at 97. Trekkie, Not Trekker. Kinda. With 33 candidates vying for four at-large seats on the seven-member Los Angeles Community College District board, the well-being and academic success of the state’s neediest college students are at stake. How a panic attack led to Kelly Oxford’s directorial debut. Dan opens the traps of his mind, freeing dozens upon dozens of the Overlook ghosts that he’s contained within himself since his childhood escape. Writer/director Mike Flanagan understands your disappointment. Ewan McGregor plays an all-grown-up Danny Torrance in an inspired horror-fantasy that seeks to reconcile Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. There is one big difference, however. Filmmaker Miranda July and star Evan Rachel Wood explain how it happens. The ending of ‘Kajillionaire’ reframes the story from grifter comedy to vulnerable romance. Classic Disney films such as “Dumbo” and “Peter Pan” now include a warning about “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures” on Disney+. Stanley Kubrick had little use for such pleasantries. “Casting was one of the most daunting elements of this project,” said Flanagan. Good thwarts evil. Jack Torrance was destined to reside within the Overlook. How ‘Doctor Sleep’ earned Stephen King’s endorsement and still honored Stanley Kubrick. Warning: Spoilers ahead for the film version of “Doctor Sleep,” now playing in theaters nationwide, and how it differs from Stephen King’s novel. In King’s version of “The Shining,” Jack Torrance sacrifices himself to save Danny and his wife Wendy as the ghosts of the hotel struggle to possess him. Tags:Doctor SleepEnding ExplainedMike FlanaganStephen King. That is the desired outcome that all generations dream for the next. Rose thought she knew hunger until she felt their bite. Review: With the environment on the line, ‘The Devil Has a Name’ wastes its shot on melodrama. It seemed like the most respectful way to go.”, McGregor was chosen to play an adult Dan because “he carries with him as a person and as an actor a palpable sense of humility and earnestness,” said Flanagan. “So I knew people would be doing that to me, and that scared me to death.”, But it was also incredibly rewarding, he said, “because I got to walk into the Overlook Hotel and it’s like walking into your own memory. The book tracks the tormented life of an adult Dan Torrence as he struggles with alcoholism (his father’s disease), and battles a band of soul(a.k.a. Stephen King gets his ending. Review: ‘American Utopia’ is a once-in-a-lifetime adaptation of David Byrne’s Broadway show. Abra is fearless. The Times endorses one incumbent and three newcomers for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. The Shining is the story of a man devoured by interior and exterior forces. “If any other filmmaker had been out there re-creating Kubrick’s sets and shots, I knew that I would be scrutinizing every frame and every little detail,” he said. Disney+ adds new content warning for racist depictions in classic films. That was a thrilling education and made me understand and appreciate him as a filmmaker and ‘The Shining’ in ways I never would’ve under any other circumstances.”. “Doctor Sleep” director Mike Flanagan on Stephen King and creating a follow-up to “The Shining” and following in the footsteps of both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. Election of a board majority will shape the nation’s largest community college district. The complete list of L.A. Times’ endorsements in the November 2020 election. “And it was really hard with Jack.”, Review: ‘The Shining’ sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ succeeds under the influence of both King and Kubrick. “There were two options out the gate: recasting or trying to re-create the actors digitally.”, But opening the movie with a digitized version of Danny Torrance riding a big wheel through the hotel felt too inauthentic, he said. The Bronx, N.Y., native previously served as a digital producer at Essence and Allure magazines and has contributed bylines to Complex, Mashable and Patch.com. An alumna of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and the Bronx High School of Science, you can find her on Twitter @sonaiyak and on Instagram @sonaiya_k. Sonaiya Kelley is a film reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Atlanta police made an arrest in the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for his roles in films by director Spike Lee. Ending Explained is a recurring series in which we explore the finales, secrets, and themes of interesting movies and shows, both new and old. Adapting the novel written by Stephen King by … With nowhere left to go, the spirits return to Dan and take possession of his body. The WGA asks CAA and WME to commit to terms that could end their battle over conflicts of interest around packaging and agency ownership of production companies. And I thought Ewan brought that in a really profound way.”, As for Alex Essoe as Wendy Torrance and Carl Lumbly as Dick Hallorann, “We wanted people who are not permutations but who would create a sense of familiarity for people who know these characters so well,” said Macy. “I knew once we were bringing back the Overlook we were changing the ending,” said Flanagan. Nearly having succumbed to its dark inhabitants once before, Dan believes the Overlook will make quick work of his new antagonist. Ending Explained is a recurring series in which we explore the finales, secrets, and themes of interesting movies and shows, both new and old. Returning to the characters is necessary, but their freedom relies on their ability to confront their very real demons. Whatever your thoughts of The Shining novel, you cannot deny that the 1980 cinematic effort is even more iconic and demands attention. Doctor Sleep is all about triumph. Weekly Columnist for Film School Rejects, co-host of the In The Mouth of Dorkness Podcast. Dan Torrance faces the same internal creature. His tiny humanity flickers inside, and he’s able to control his physical self from slamming his father’s ax into Abra’s little skull. “If you look at Jack Torrance as the embodiment of toxic masculinity, Dan Torrance embodies vulnerable masculinity. Director Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy on re-creating the Overlook Hotel, casting "The Shining" doppelgängers and necessary diversions from Stephen King's book in "Doctor Sleep." Review: The fight for the rights of imprisoned women in the documentary ‘Belly of the Beast’. Rhonda Fleming, an actress and singer who starred opposite such leading men as Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Ronald Reagan, has died at 97. Picking up directly on the heels of “The Shining,” the majority of “Doctor Sleep” follows as an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) struggles to overcome the alcoholism and rage that beset his father, Jack. Endorsements. We’re not trying to do an exact knockoff.”, Why Jacob Tremblay’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ cameo was one of the hardest scenes for the cast and crew to film, The 13-year-old star of “Wonder” and “Good Boys,” Jacob Tremblay, takes on a particularly horrifying role in the Stephen King adaptation “Doctor Sleep.”. The return to the Overlook in the film’s third act is one of two major differences between the movie and its 2013 source material, the other being Dan’s ultimate fate. In this entry, we discuss the ending of Doctor Sleep. Writers Guild presses CAA and WME to end 18-month standoff over agency practices. Flanagan, a self-described superfan of both Kubrick and King’s, was both daunted and excited by the extra pains it took to capture every detail of the imposing hotel — an iconic location in the horror canon. She wanders out into the cold to pay witness to the Overlook’s final destruction as Dan burns the bloody place down by sabotaging the boiler room. They both attempt to trap Rose inside one of his mental lockboxes, but she’s too powerful and flees. steam)-sucking vampires who travel the country eating up children who share his particular gift. It is all here. Where to vote. Let Miranda July decode the ‘love language’ of ‘Kajillionaire’ for you. 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I thought there was symmetry that kind of required [Dan’s sacrifice] to truly hand off this baton to Abra.”. They gotta go back, and to do that, Kubrick’s Overlook is required since it remained standing while King obliterated his version. Re-creating the labyrinthine Overlook Hotel for “Doctor Sleep,” director Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 classic “The Shining,” was a task the filmmakers knew they had to get right. Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy break down the biggest changes from Stephen King's book and explain that cathartic ending. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson in ’80, Henry Thomas in ’19) crumbled under his alcoholism allowing monsters to invade. After finding a following, and a new career path, via Twitter, Kelly Oxford’s directorial debut “Pink Skies Ahead” will make its world premiere at AFI Fest. Dan dies, but he is liberated. She even has a smile for it. The solution being one pertaining more to release rather than imprisonment. What issues are on the ballot in California and Los Angeles County. The final scene does reveal how some Overlook spirits have attached themselves to Abra a la Dan, and it mirrors a similar clash he had as a child recovering from their torment.
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