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Lost Stanley Kubrick’s Screenplay Found

When Stanley Kubrick passed away in 1999 at the age of 70, he left behind a film making legacy that has served as an inspiration for many directors and writers. Most people assumed that his film Eyes Wide Shut, that opened after his passing in 1999, would be his last film. Now however, thanks to research by a British film academic, that may not be the case.

Nathan Abrams is a film professor at Bangor University in Wales, and he spoke to The Guardian on Sunday about a script he’d been shown by the son of one of Kubrick’s collaborators. The script was for Burning Secret, a project the director had worked on in the 50s. It was written by Kubrick and author and screenwriter Calder Willingham (“The Graduate”) in 1956. It’s based on the novella by Austrian novelist and playwright Stefan Zweig, and it follows the story of a mother and son on a holiday who meet a mysterious man who befriends the young boy in an attempt to seduce his mother. While the project was well known, what nobody knew was whether or not a screenplay had been written at all, or even started. Abrams though told BBC radio this morning that “It’s a full script: beginning, middle, end. As to whether that was the final one, we can’t say.”

Whether or not a film will be made of the script is yet to be seen, as Abrams has doubts that it would “fit Stanley Kubrick’s vision.”  After all not only did Kubrick choose not to make the film in the end, but Abrams said that you also “have to add into the mix that Stanley only ever looked at a screenplay as a blueprint to which he then added his audiovisual expertise.”

Burning Secret has been adapted for the screen twice before, once in 1933 and once in 1988. 

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Ariana Grande And James Corden Re-enact Titanic Musically

It’s hard to believe James Corden has only been hosting The Late Late Show since 2015. After all he’s already put a stamp on not only the show, but pop culture, with his comedic genius, including his catchy Carpool Karaoke segments. Last night he had Ariana Grande on his show to help him re-enact the love story of Jack and Rose from the 1997 film Titanic, and it was nothing short of amazing.

Grande and Corden sang a medley of 13 pop songs for the skit, which of course ended with Celine Dion’s power ballad My Heart will Go On. Other songs included were Styx’s Come Sail Away, Hall Oates’ Rich Girl, Timbaland’s The Way I Are, Foo Fighters’ Learn To Fly, Just Dance by Lady Gaga, Steal My Girl by One Direction, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, Nelly’s Ride Wit Me, Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby, Timber by Pitbull and Ke$ha, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley and NSYNC’s Bye Bye Bye.

The 1997 Oscar winning film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet never looked so good, and word from CBS is that the entire segment was shot in one take. Now that’s impressive.

Grande turned heads when she appeared on Carpool Karaoke in 2017, and she’s set to appear on the segment for a second time on Wednesday. She is of course promoting her new album Sweetener, which is due to be released this Friday. 

 

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Nicki Minaj Releases Track Cut From New Album

Nicki Minaj released her latest album Queen on Friday, and the following day she released a track that had to be cut from the album at the last minute due to legal complications. Whether that means the problems she had been happening with it have been fixed or not isn’t clear, but regardless the track is now available for public consumption.

The song called “Sorry” was the track Minaj was talking about when she tweeted “So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1 of the greatest rappers of all time. Had no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman — do I keep my date lose the record? Or do I lose the record keep my date? ‍Do we push #Queen back 1week? Ugh! I’m torn, y’all help. Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me. omg for the love of #Queen.” 

The tweets have since been deleted, and eventually it seemed like Minaj got her answer when she wrote  “Sis said no,” followed by a shrug emoji. That Tweet too has been deleted. Minaj even stated that the album’s release would be pushed back a week to August 17th, but on Friday it came out anyway. Followed closely be the track “Sorry” which came out the next day. The track was meant to be one of the album’s strongest releases, and has a real Caribbean flavour to it. As for the legal issues with the track, well it incorporates Shelly Thunder’s song “Sorry,” which Minaj found out later has a piece of Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You” in it. Talk about your odd complications.

You can listen to the new track below.

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Cher To Cover Abba On New Album

Cher’s new album is set to be released on September 28, and thanks to her performance in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” that was released last month, she decided to make it an album of Abba covers.

The new album will be appropriately titled “Dancing Queen”, and will feature ten tracks, all of which are Abba hits. The songs include Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), The Name Of The Game, SOS, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Chiquitita, Fernando, The Winner Takes It All and One Of Us. The singer was apparently inspired to record the album after shooting her scenes for the movie. 

“I’ve always liked Abba and saw the original ‘Mamma Mia’ musical on Broadway three times,” Cher said in a statement. “After filming ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking ‘why not do an album of their music?’ The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”

Besides the new album, and her appearance in Mamma Mia!, Cher will also receive a Kennedy Center Honor on December 2, and then on December 3 her Broadway musical “The Cher Show” opens, which she is producing. She is currently doing a residency at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas.

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