20 Things You Didn’t Know About 2001

What more can be said about 2001: A Space Odyssey? This month celebrating its 45th anniversary, it’s one of the most influential science fiction films ever made — with its DNA spliced and replicated in a host of other films from Blade Runner to Inception — despite being so very singular. It transformed sci-fi from the sex-and-monsters exploitation schlock that glutted the genre in much of the ‘60s and showed that sci-fi could be transcendent and spiritual. It baffled many upon its first release — Pauline Kael and Stanley Kauffman were among its high-profile detractors, while Steven Spielberg called it the “big bang” for his generation of filmmakers. Its meanings have been so endlessly scrutinized and dissected that any further analysis seems redundant. And yet, there are so many details about its origins, production, and initial release that you probably don’t know. Here are 20 things about 2001: A Space Odyssey that we’re guessing you’ve never heard of before. You’re welcome.

1. Though 2001: A Space Odyssey and the novel of the same title were conceived at the same time, Kubrick didn’t think at first that sci-fi novelist Arthur C. Clarke would be willing to take on the job. The science fiction writer was living in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and was thought to be a recluse. When his agent telegraphed him about the offer to work on Kubrick’s project, Clarke’s response was, “Frightfully interested in working with enfant terrible… what makes Kubrick think I’m a recluse?”

2. Alternate titles considered for the project early on were Journey Beyond the Stars, Universe, Tunnel to the Stars, Planetfall, and How the Solar System Was Won. The last was a reference to MGM’s 1962 epic Western How the West Was Won, which 2001: A Space Odyssey was originally going to copy by using that film’s three-camera super-widescreen Cinerama format.

3. Though the 2001: A Space Odyssey novel, released shortly after the film in 1968, only listed Clarke as its author, originally, the film’s screenplay was going to be credited to “Stanley Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke,” while the novel would list “Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick” as its authors.

4. In his book The Cosmic Connection, celebrity astronomer Carl Sagan wrote that Kubrick and Clarke asked him how they should portray extraterrestrial life. They had been thinking about showing the aliens that transform astronaut Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) into the Star Child as humanoid themselves. But Sagan said that the chances of alien life looking like humans would be so remote that to include human-looking aliens in the film would immediately render it false. So Kubrick and Clarke decided not to show the aliens at all.

5. HAL 9000 was originally to have had a female persona and to have been named Athena. A female HAL (named SAL, of course) does appear in the completely un-Kubrickian sequel 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

6. There was originally going to be a lot of voiceover in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which would have made certain plot points much more obvious. For instance, the satellites orbiting Earth were originally to have been specifically identified as carrying nuclear weapons. That means that the famous million-years-spanning match cut of the bone the ape tossed in the air to the shot of the satellite wouldn’t have indicated how far humankind had come as how little it has changed, at least when it comes to our love of weapons.

7. 2001 was originally going to have ended like Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, with the Star Child detonating the nuclear bombs that humanity has in orbit. However, a fireworks show of nuclear blasts was thought to be too similar to the ending of Kubrick’s previous film, Dr. Strangelove.

8. The Discovery’s final destination was originally going to be Saturn, but special effects guru Douglass Trumbull and his team weren’t able to make convincing-looking rings, so Jupiter became the last stop instead.

9. Pavel Klushantsev, a Russian documentary filmmaker of the 1950s, strongly influenced Kubrick’s vision of weightlessness in space — and the idea of a spinning space station — with his film Road to the Stars. 2001: A Space Odyssey, in turn, would influence Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky to make Solaris, which the director intended as a humanistic response to Kubrick’s film, which he thought was antiseptic.

10. For the famous shot of the astronaut running around the circumference of the cylindrical Discovery fuselage, Kubrick commissioned a 30-ton rotating “Ferris wheel” to be built, at the cost of $750,000, that would make it look like the astronaut was at times running upside down.

11. The movie was originally to have opened with a 10-minute black-and-white prologue featuring interviews with real-life scientists like Freeman Dyson discussing alien life. (Star Trek: The Next Generation fans will know Freeman Dyson for his work in hypothesizing a Dyson Sphere, a massive structure that theoretically could be built around and enclose a star.) After MGM execs balked, that beginning was deleted.

12. All the deleted footage other than the 17 minutes of scenes that Kubrick subsequently cut after 2001’s April 1968 premiere in Washington D.C., including that 10-minute documentary prologue, he had burned shortly before the director’s death, in order to prevent posthumous reedits or “deleted scenes” to be included on future DVD releases.

13. Kubrick had all of 2001’s sets, props, and miniatures destroyed so they would never be able to be recycled for future movies, the way Forbidden Planet’s props surfaced in later films.

14. Unused Stargate footage from the end of 2001 made its way into the instrumental “Flying” sequence in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour movie.

15. Ray Bradbury shared Andrei Tarkovsky’s view that 2001 is anti-humanistic, suggesting that audiences don’t care, or aren’t supposed to care, when astronaut Frank Poole dies.

16. George Lucas stated upfront in 1977 that he thought 2001 was better than Star Wars. He said, “Stanley Kubrick made the ultimate science fiction movie, and it is going to be very hard for someone to come along and make a better movie, as far as I’m concerned. On a technical level, [Star Wars] can be compared, but personally I think that 2001 is far superior.”

17. As part of their legal defense that Samsung had not stolen Apple’s design for the iPad, Samsung’s lawyers pointed to the tablet computers used in 2001 as “prior art.” Specifically, their legal brief said the following: “Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. As with the design claimed by the [Apple iPad] Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.”

18. Rock Hudson was among those mystified at 2001’s L.A. premiere at the Pantages Theater. Roger Ebert, in attendance, bears witness that Hudson said, upon storming out before it had ended, “Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?”

19. Malcolm McDowell’s Alex De Large sees a soundtrack album for 2001 when he enters a record shop in A Clockwork Orange.

20. Conspiracy theorists — like one featured in Room 237, the new documentary about the multitude of diverse readings that fans hold regarding Kubrick’s later film The Shining — suggest that NASA commissioned Kubrick to stage the moon landing footage after seeing 2001. However, they ignore the most important bit of evidence that debunks that idea: the moon footage would have looked a hell of a lot better if Kubrick really had directed it.

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‘N SYNC star Chris Kirkpatrick Set to Become a Dad

Former ‘N Sync star Chris Kirkpatrick is set to become the latest member of the boy band to welcome a child.

The singer and his wife Karly are expecting their first kid together.

The couple confirmed to People magazine the baby is due in October (17), and the parents-to-be shared an adorable photoshopped snap of a poster for Alec Baldwin’s new animated movie The Boss Baby that reads, “Baby Kirkpatrick”.

Karly added the caption: “There is a new boss coming to town in early October…”

https://t.co/iFfsrvgTkZ — Chris Kirkpatrick (@IamCKirkpatrick) March 31, 2017

“Karly and I are over the moon excited that we are welcoming a new addition to the family,” the 45-year-old singer revealed. “We are both looking forward to becoming parents, and learning how much fun having a child will be.”

The couple wed in 2013.

His baby will join Justin Timberlake’s son Silas and Joey Fatone’s daughters Brianna and Kloey as the boy band’s offspring.
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15 Actors You Didn’t Know Almost Starred in ‘Friends’

1 Jane Krakowski – Rachel and Phoebe Getty Images Jane revealed to Giuliana Rancic at the 2015 Emmys that she auditioned to play the part made iconic by Jennifer Aniston. “I, like almost every actor in the world, auditioned for Friends,” she said. “I wish I had gotten that one. I actually auditioned for Rachel and didn’t go very far.” It’s also been said that show creators had Jane in mind for the role of Phoebe, too!

2 Ellen DeGeneres – Phoebe Getty Images The famous funny lady was actually the producers’ first choice to play quirky Phoebe Buffay, but Ellen turned the role down. She’s since gone on to be the daytime talk show queen with her own show, as well as one of the funniest people on the planet.

3 Leah Remini – Monica Getty Images The King of Queens star also auditioned to play Monica but was ultimately not chosen. Leah did appear on the show, though, in the episode “The One With the Birth” when Ross welcomes his son Ben into the world.

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4 Jon Cryer – Chandler Getty Images The future Two and a Half Men star revealed in an interview: “I was doing a play in London and got a call at 3 a.m. saying ‘We’ve got this show called Six of One (the working title of Friends), and we’d really like you to audition for it. So they faxed me the script, and I said, ‘Sure, I’d love to go in on this.’ I went in and read with a British casting person; they took the tape and said they’d get it to L.A. So I went home, and a few days later was told the tape didn’t get there in time for the network executives to see.” Bummer!

5 Jane Lynch – Phoebe Getty Images Jane Lynch went on to mega-fame as Sue Sylvester on Glee, but it’s rumored she auditioned for the role of Phoebe years prior. Wish we could see that audition tape!

6 Kathy Griffin – Phoebe Getty Images The comedian was at the forefront of producers’ minds when doing initial casting for the show, but was ultimately not chosen. Could you imagine Phoebe with fiery red hair?!

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7 Elizabeth Berkley – Rachel Splash News After winning audiences’ hearts as do-gooder Jessie Spano on Saved by the Bell, but before shocking the world with her racy role as Nomi Malone in cult classic Showgirls, Elizabeth auditioned for the role of Rachel on Friends! She definitely had the gorgeous hair and the charm for it!

8 Jon Favreau – Chandler Getty Images The actor and director was offered the role of Chandler but turned it down to focus on other projects. True Friends fans will recognize him as Monica’s super rich boyfriend (and wannabe cage fighter) Pete.

9 Tea Leoni – Rachel Getty Images Show producers strongly considered Tea for the role of Rachel, but she turned down the part to star in another show, called The Naked Truth. That show was cancelled during its third season and is largely forgotten about, so we say she didn’t make the best choice there. Oh well!

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10 Nancy McKeon – Monica Splash News A former head of casting at NBC said that The Facts of Life star also read for the part of Monica. “She gave a terrific performance,” she explained, and all were torn, so “they went off for a walk and came back and said Courteney.” Ouch!

11 Hank Azaria – Joey Getty Images The actor has had many successful roles in huge movies, but couldn’t catch a break with Friends producers. He explained: “I went and auditioned for Joey and got rejected. But – and this was the first and only time I’ve done this – I asked to go back in. I said, ‘I know you said ‘no’ to me once, but I just want to try it again, because I like that show that much.’ And I went back in… And I got another very quick ‘no.’ As quick as the first time.” Yikes.

12 Eric McCormack – Ross Getty Images Before his star-making role on Will and Grace, Eric apparently came very close to being Ross Geller. He even had multiple auditions!

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13 Craig Bierko – Chandler Getty Images Matthew Perry. He read the script and passed, but was not chosen in the end. Writers later revealed that, for the role of beloved Chandler: “We brought everybody in. We were so sure that Chandler would be the easiest part to cast. It’s got the most joke jokes. It’s sarcastic and kind of quippy, but no one could do it. No one.” The closest they got was Craig, who was apparently coached by. He read the script and passed, but was not chosen in the end.

14 Janeane Garofalo – Monica Getty Images The Friends writers and producers had a different idea in mind for the uptight and hilarious Monica Geller. “When we originally wrote the role, we had Janeane Garofalo’s voice in our head,” said show creator David Crane. “Darker and edgier and snarkier.”
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7 Things You Never Knew About ‘Zoolander’

That Zoolander 2 is so hot right now, and we can’t wait for the film to hit theaters this week. But while we kill time waiting for our latest dose of Le Tigre and Magnum, and find out if there really is anything more to life than being really, really ridiculously good looking, we thought we’d dig up a few things you may not know about the unbelievable first film.

1. Blue Steel is Ben Stiller’s Bathroom Face

Derek Zoolander’s most iconic look is Ben Stiller’s own creation – it came from his wife Christine Taylor (Matilda in the film) making fun of the way he combed his hair in the mirror.

2. “But Why Male Models?”

One of the movies funniest moments comes when the film’s plot is finally revealed, only for a confused Derek to helplessly repeat: “But why male models?” Except that isn’t what he was meant to do – Stiller forgot his line, and everyone else just went with it.

3. You Can’t Watch it in Malaysia

Zoolander revolves around a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia for his efforts to end child labor. Even though Malaysia comes out of it all pretty well, the country’s government didn’t see it that way: the film was deemed “definitely unsuitable” for release.

4. Mugatu Comes Straight Outta ‘Star Trek’

Ben Stiller is a self-confessed Trekkie, and cribbed the name of Will Ferrell’s villain ‘Mugatu’ from an original series monster. That wasn’t the only inspiration either – Ferrell’s character got his tufts of curly white hair from the albino, yeti-esque creature too.

5. It’s A Family Affair

Not only does Ben Stiller’s wife play Derek’s love interest in the film, he brought most of the rest of his family along too. His dad, Jerry Stiller, plays Maury Ballstein; his later mother, Anne Meara, plays a protester who eggs Mugatu; and his sister, Amy Stiller, is part of Hansel’s crew.

6. A Goat Almost Made it R-Rated

When the film first went to the MPAA for approval, it came back with an R-rating – not least because of the goat included in the film’s orgy sequence. Stiller re-cut the scene five different times and even personally appeared in front of the MPAA board to get it passed at a PG-13 – but the goat didn’t make it.

7. Justin Theroux’s Breakdancing is For Real

Justin Theroux almost stole the movie as ‘Evil DJ’, the dreadlocked, breakdancing disc jockey with a penchant for “Relax”. What you may not know is that Theroux’s breakdancing was all for real – Stiller first saw him do it at his wedding and persuaded him to bring his skills to the film.
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10 Fun Facts You Never Knew About ‘The Holiday’

Holiday prep and parties are in full swing! Between shopping, cooking, and getting ready for a seemingly unending stream of relatives, it’s necessary to find time for feel good movies, including The Holiday. The heartwarming film about two women who swap homes to escape their personal dramas over Christmas unexpectedly find love with local men, leading to funny and fuzzy feelings for everyone watching. Even if you can recite the movie word for word, here are 10 fun facts you probably didn’t know about this classic holiday flick!

1. When Kate Winslet’s character first gets to LA, her celebratory dance was completely improvised on the spot.

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2. Dustin Hoffman‘s cameo was completely unplanned. After lunching near the film set, he stopped to see what the production was. Turns out he knew director, Nancy Meyers, and was asked to pop in the movie.

3. The house swapping website Amanda and Iris use is real.

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4. Jack Black was hesitant to star in a rom-com, but once he found out he would be acting with Kate Winslet, he was in.

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5. Kate had a real life romance with co-star Rufus Sewell, who played Jasper.

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6. Cameron Diaz credits The Holiday to being her most physically trying because of all the running required of her character.

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7. The Rose Cottage does not actually exist. It was built over the course of two weeks in a field by the producers.

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8. Jude Law‘s favorite part of the film was working with the two young actresses who played his daughters Sophie and Olivia.

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9.Lindsay Lohan said yes to star in the film trailer Cameron’s character is working on because Nancy was Lindsay’s The Parent Trap director.

10. The hilarious “boob graze” line when he and Iris are eating sushi was inspired by a real life accidental “boob graze” on Nancy by Jack Black. He apologized, but she found it so funny she wrote it into the script.

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Chapter 2′ Heated Up The Red Carpet At The LA Premiere

Keanu Reeves and the cast of John Wick: Chapter 2 heated up the red carpet the ArcLight in Hollywood. Check out the photos below and click here to check out all of the photos that you missed.
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17 Celebrities Who Used To Work In Fast Food

1 Chris Pratt Splash News Before he was training raptors, it looks like Chris Pratt used to flip burgers. He’s worked at burger restaurants and he also worked for Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

2 Queen Latifah WENN Queen Latifah’s first job was at a Burger King, when she was only 15-years-old.

3 James Franco Getty Images James Franco worked the late-shift at the drive-thru for McDonald’s, which he wrote an extensive article about for The Washington Post.

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4 Barack Obama Splash News Yup, that’s right! Before we were calling him POTUS and he was making amazing waves in politics for the LGBT community , Barrack Obama worked at a Baskin Robbins. We wonder what his favorite ice cream flavor is.

5 Pink Getty Images Back when she was Alecia Beth Moore, our favorite rocker-lady worked at a few different fast food joints, such as Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s.

6 Brad Pitt Splash News After dropping out of college to pursue a career in acting, Brad Pitt wound up paying the bills by dressing up as a chicken while working for El Pollo Loco.

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7 Rachel McAdams Splash News When she was a teenager, Rachel worked for McDonald’s and since then has said she “wasn’t the best employee”. She even broke something while working there!

8 Madonna Splash News Not only did Madonna work for Dunkin Donuts, she was fired from there. Why you ask? She accidentally squirted jelly all over a customer. Oops!

9 Jay Leno NBC Way before he was the former-host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno used to work the hamburger fryer for McDonald’s, which was his first gig as a teenager.

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10 Macy Gray WENN Like a lot of people on this list, one of Macy Gray’s first jobs was working for McDonald’s.

11 Fred Durst Splash News Back before his music career took off, Fred Durst worked at a Florida McDonald’s.

12 Eva Longoria Getty Images Eva Longoria worked at her local Wendy’s in order to pay for her quinceañara and wound up staying for six years

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13 Sharon Stone Splash News/Restylane Before fame, Sharon Stone worked as a cashier at a Pennsylvania McDonald’s.

14 Nick Cannon WENN After his mother forced him to get a job, Nick Cannon worked at a Wienerschnitzel as a drive-thru cashier.

15 Jennifer Hudson WENN As a young teen, Jennifer Hudson made her money by working at the local Burger King.

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16 Amy Adams WENN To earn money for college, Amy Adams worked as a hostess-then-waitress for Hooters.
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It Was A Love Fest For The Cast Of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ At San Diego Comic-Con 2016

It’s official guys, the upcoming eighth season of The Vampire Diaries will be the series last. However, that didn’t stop the cast from the blood sucking show from showing each other tons of love at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. Check out the love fest for yourself below!

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Impossible II wig to the BAFTAs

Thandie Newton wore a wig she was given on Mission: Impossible 2 to the BAFTAs on Sunday night (12Feb17).

The Westworld actress worked a Gothic-inspired look at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, wearing a plunging black sleeveless gown by Osman and dark make-up.

Thandie has now revealed that the striking dark tresses which cascaded over her shoulders were the result of a wig, one which she was given on the set of the 2000 action movie starring Tom Cruise.

“People kept talking about my hair at the BAFTAs – it was actually a wig,” she told London’s Evening Standard. “Nearly 20 years ago I did Mission: Impossible II. I had three wigs in that and they cost about £10,000 each.

“We used two of them and would rotate them, then there was this third one that was never used… The hairdresser on set made Tom Cruise give me the raw wig that cost 10 grand. I never used it but last night I got that wig out.”

The 44-year-old appeared at the Elle Style Awards on Monday night (13Feb17) to honour Erdem label founder Erdem Moralioglu with the British Designer Award.

Taking to the stage, Thandie, whose mother is from Zimbabwe, discussed both her own and Erdem’s mixed heritage, saying he’s “from Montreal, and he’s a British, and he’s an immigrant just like me. And I’m proud to an immigrant.”

Erdem, who was born in Canada to Turkish and English parents, thanked his pal as he accepted the award, saying, “Thank you Thandie. I don’t know what to say, sorry thank you so much Thandie and ELLE, you’ve been so supportive of me since the beginning.”
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Cast Talks About PTSD And Shia LaBeouf From The ‘Man Down’ Premiere

‘Man Down’ is the type of film we wish didn’t have to be made. Unfortunately, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a thing and a thing that’s not talked about enough.

In the film, Marine Gabriel Drummer (LaBeouf) returns home from Afghanistan, but his home he returns to isn’t home anymore, it’s no better than the battle across the sea. Drummer’s Wife (Kate Mara) and son Jonathan have gone missing, so he recruits his best friend and fellow Marine Devin Roberts (Courtney) to try to find Charles who may know where his family is.

At the premiere, the cast made two things very clear. 1) PTSD needs to be talked, and 2) Shia LaBeouf is amazing to work with. Watch the above interview with Kate Mara and Jai Courtney, and then Shia LaBeouf says why he took the project and what he wants Vets to feel after the watching the film.

Man Down is out in theaters now.
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