Douglas Rain, the Canadian-born actor best known as the voice of HAL 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey” and its sequel “2010: The Year We Made Contact,” died Sunday at St. Marys Memorial Hospital in St. Mary’s, Ontario, according to CTV News. “Canadian theatre has lost one of its greatest talents and a guiding light in its development,” Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino said in a release. “Douglas Rain was that rare artist: an actor deeply admired by other actors.
As "2001: A Space Odyssey" nears its 50th anniversary theatrical rerelease, Stanley Kubrick's right-hand man, Leon Vitali, says footage Kubrick cut from the film is locked in a Warner Bros. vault — and will stay there.
Though some critics and audiences didn’t initially know quite know how to process Kubrick’s masterpiece, it soon attained its rightful reputation as one of Hollywood's crowning achievements.
One of the true highlights of Passengers is the performance given by Michael Sheen as Arthur, a robot (“android, technically”) bartender. On a big, lonely ship, Arthur’s straightforward charm is a welcome sight for sore eyes … especially if you’re awake on a long journey through space when you’re supposed to be asleep.
'2001: A Space Odyssey' tops POTUS's viewing list of eight favorites in the November issue of Wired magazine, for which he served as guest editor.
Though it’s set decades in the future, The Martian is well-grounded (and well-versed) in modern-day popular culture. Ridley Scott’s unrepentant crowdpleaser, starring Matt Damon a botanist-astronaut accidentally stranded on the red planet, is loaded with playful references to TV shows, books, and video games; music cues certain to bring a smile; and callbacks to classic sci-fi films, including one of the director’s all-timers, Alien. With The Martian set to dominate the box office for a second weekend, we went through and catalogued all the Easter eggs to watch out for the next time you make a date with Damon’s Mark Watney. Let us know what we missed in the comments.
With a résumé that included 'Dr. Strangelove,' '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 'A Clockwork Orange,' and 'The Shining,' Stanley Kubrick’s spot in the Hollywood pantheon was secured long ago. The late American auteur, who died in 1999, remains such a towering force that his work continues to live on in fun and fascinating ways.