Posts tagged as stanley kubrick

'2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Way Better with Jon Benjamin as the Voice of HAL

Here's a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, with Archer and Bob's Burgers voice actor Jon Benjamin as the voice of HAL the computer. The video comes from Late Night Basement, a live Brooklyn comedy show hosted by Chris Rose at which Benjamin was a guest. Hopefully at some point, Jon Benjamin is able to record the entire HAL audio track so that it can be edited into 2001 and that will just be the version everyone watches from now on.

Fighting – or at Least Responding to – War and Terrorism with Comedy

Welcome to the latest installment of Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and love have dealt with it.

If you were following any social media during the Boston bombings last month, you would have observed the global dialogue quickly shift from mundane chatter to the somber details of the attack. Concerns for safety, information about what had transpired, and speculation on the culprits behind it dominated the national conversation. Remarks about any other topic were deemed callous and inappropriate. Especially jokes, on [...]

The Sexual, Conspiratorial Farce of 'Eyes Wide Shut'

Fun fact: Steve Martin was supposed to star in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. (Yes, that Steve Martin.)

In his biography Kubrick, Michael Herr writes: “Stanley thought it would be perfect for Steve Martin. He’d love The Jerk… I know that his idea for it in those days was always as a sex comedy, but with a wild and somber streak running through it.” When Kubrick finally made the film over a decade later, it appeared as though any chance of a “sex comedy” had gone out the window with the casting of 1990s power couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles.