Roger Ebert speaks out against the Warner Bros. editing of 'Eyes Wide Shut'

EWS Edited for US?
A Time Magazine article, with an interview with Tom Cruise, reveals that the US will see an edited version of Eyes Wide Shut. 65 seconds of footage contained material that wasn't suited for an american R rating. Instead of going the NC-17 roue, Kubrick opted to have characters digitally inserted into key areas of the scene to block the objectionable material. Everyone claims Kubrick approved of this. We'll never know for sure. Stay tuned for the director's cut on DVD.

Spoiler Alert!
Want to read the first review of Eyes Wide Shut? I don't but ... Apparently, London film critic and personal friend of Kubrick was invited to the Kubrick estate for a screening of EWS. Much to the Kubrick family and WB's dismay, walker proceeded to publish a detailed review of the film in a London newspaper.

"He broke their confidence..." a Warner Bros. representative exclaimed in response to Walker's review.

Eyes Wide Shut to open Venice Film Festival.

Eyes Wide Shut IS finished and was screened last week. Of course, we will never see exactly what Kubrick intended, considering Kubrick's meticulous preparation that usually goes up until the week of its opening. Sources indicate that the film still needed titles and some work to the score.

From Alexander Walker:

"Stanley Kubrick, who died in his sleep early yesterday morning, leaves behind him what he had said to an associate only the day before was "my best film ever". Entitled Eyes Wide Shut, it is completely finished Its producers, Warner Bros, intend to open it as planned in America on 16 July."

From Variety:

Kubrick's final conversation with Warner
co-chairman Terry Semel came Sunday a few hours before he died. The discussion covered the pic's marketing and minor additions to the score.

"We were laughing, having a terrific time,"
Semel said. "We were all on cloud nine."
Kubrick talked about two versions of an ad for the film as well as a few tweaks. This was the fourth Kubrick picture under Semel's aegis as either distribution or studio chief.

Semel told Daily Variety that the print will run roughly 2 hours and 19 minutes with titles, which have not yet been completed. "The score is principally classical and Kubrick wanted to add a few beats to it," Semel said.

The rating is still in question, however, as word has leaked out about racy scenes with stars Cruise and Kidman.

Kubrick's widow, Christiane, refused to cancel the ShoWest event, which she said meant a great deal to Kubrick. Warner is weighing the possibility of a short retrospective of Kubrick's work in Las Vegas.

One industryite close to Kubrick said a
full-fledged retrospective of his work is being planned for June at the Museum of Modern Art in Gotham.

Semel and co-chair Bob Daly, along with
Cruise and Kidman, became the first to screen "Eyes Wide Shut" in New York last week. Always secretive, Kubrick had his assistant make the projectionist turn away from the screen so the foursome could watch it alone.

Normally, Kubrick requires executives to
assemble in London for the final screening. But since Kidman had been ill (she had temporarily withdrawn from "The Blue Room" on Broadway), Kubrick's editor had flown to New York with the print. Kubrick doesn't fly and didn't attend.