Back on May 23, 1980, when “The Shining” was first released, audiences saw something slightly different from what viewers obsess over today. That’s because the next weekend Stanley Kubrick did an unusual thing: He re-cut the film, removing about two minutes from the ending, even though it was already in release. Those two minutes, like so much at the film’s ghoulish hotel, are now lost to time, unlikely to ever be seen again.
However, thanks to a “Shining” fan site run by “Toy Story 3″ director Lee Unkrich, “Shining” obsessives can now get closer than they have in decades to seeing the ending themselves. The site, which is called the Overlook Hotel (Unkrich is the “caretaker”), posted the screenplay for that long lost scene this week. Unkrich vouches that the pages are real, and the site allows you to read them for yourself.
For those who won’t be examining every last word for signs of an Indian burial ground, here’s a summary of the scene. After we leave Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) frozen in the hedge maze, we cut to a hospital where Overlook manager Stuart Ullman (Barry Nelson) is visiting a recovering Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) along with her son Danny (Danny Lloyd). After some pleasantries that are oddly casual for those recovering from an axe murder, Ullman tells Wendy that investigators searching the hotel “didn’t find the slightest evidence of anything at all out of the ordinary,” and that, amid the trauma, she must have simply been hallucinating. After inviting Wendy and Danny to leave to come stay with him in Los Angeles, he begins to leave, but remembers that he forgot to give something to Danny, and throws him a yellow ball. After the shot of the portrait that usually ends the film, the screenplay has the film ending on this rather goofily ominous title:
Fade into this onto black:
“The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy, as it had so many others. It is still open each year from May 20th to September 20th. It is closed for the winter.”
Adele to perform ‘Skyfall’ for Oscars
NEW YORK – Adele will perform the James Bond theme “Skyfall” at the Oscars, her first U.S. performance since last year’s Grammy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Adele will sing the Oscar-nominated song at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24. She and producer Paul Epworth are nominated for best original song for “Skyfall.”
The announcement isn’t much of a surprise considering Adele’s award show ubiquity. She recently won a Golden Globe for the Bond theme.
Adele hasn’t previously sung “Skyfall” live. She said that she’s honored to be singing in front of people who’ve captured her imagination.
The Oscars will also present a tribute to James Bond, marking the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
Stalker gets 10-year order to avoid Kunis
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County prosecutors say a 27-year-old man has been ordered stay away from “That 70s Show” and “Black Swan” actress Mila Kunis for 10 years after pleading no contest to stalking her.
Spokeswoman Jane Robison says Stuart Dunn entered his plea Tuesday and was also ordered to complete six months of residential rehab and placed on five years of felony probation.
Dunn has repeatedly been arrested in his pursuit of Kunis.
In February, he was arrested for breaking into her vacant condo, and authorities arrested him again in May, after he waited for her outside her gym for three days.
Superior Court Judge George Lomeli also gave Dunn credit for 528 days he spent in jail.