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Behind the scenes of the biggest new films

What it takes to make big screen magic

Which pop star inspired Maleficent’s pointy-cheeked look? How many doors did it take to film the “Here’s Johnny” scene from The Shining?

These are the kind of big screen details we love reading about (and the answers are...1: Lady Gaga, 2: Jack Nicholson chopped through 60 doors to get that iconic shot. 60!). So we’ve picked out some of our favourite behind-the-scenes facts about the latest films. Check ‘em out before seeing them up close for yourself at Vue.


This is why Maleficent’s eyes are so sparkly ✨

Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent contact lenses were hand-painted by an artist using colours inspired by the Labradorite stone, which has a swirly, metallic finish. The colours were also used for her eye makeup - and the director loved them so much, he incorporated the stone into Maleficent’s staff. πŸ‘€

🎬 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 2019 (dir: Joachim Rønning)
🎟 At Vue from 18 October, get tickets and times
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The Shining

The blood scene (you know the one) from The Shining almost didn't make it into the film's trailer.

At the time, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) didn't allow blood to be depicted in trailers that would be seen by all ages. Director Stanley Kubrick told them the torrent rushing out of the lifts was rusty water in order to get the trailer shown. 🀫

🎬 The Shining, 1980 (dir: Stanley Kubrick)
🎟 At Vue 30 October, get tickets and times
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Doctor Sleep

Sequel Doctor Sleep recreates The Shining’s most iconic shots πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ‘§πŸ»

Director Mike Flanagan analysed every frame of the original and used Kubrick’s designs to track down all the books and photographs that feature in the film. The new one also uses some of the original shots, but Flanagan’s intention is that audiences won't able to tell the difference between his frames and Kubrick's. 🀯

🎬 Doctor Sleep, 2019 (dir: Mike Flanagan)
🎟 At Vue from 31 October, get tickets and times
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