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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day’s instructor was Mr. Langley and he taught it to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it, it can sing it for you.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Stanley Kubrick behind the scenes stills are always dependable. His sets were so iconic that you can put him in any of them and earn a smile from the hardcore cinephiles. Today’s pic is no different, featuring Mr. Kubrick plaing with HAL’s brain on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Not only is it guaranteed to put a smile on your face, it’s a rare photo of Kubrick where he’s not looking like he’s about to nuke the world. He’s smiling, too! Enjoy!



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Are you looking at tomorrow’s pic?

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Nov. 9, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Great pic!

    by Logan_1973

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I'm guessing he was amused by the chips moving in and out

    by Logan_1973

    By Crom I love 2001.

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Noooo.....I'm looking at todays pic.

    by KongMonkey

    Did you see what I did there? Deniro saving young hooker Jodie Foster tomorrow. Either that or the live action Rocky and Bullwinkle movie.

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    2001: A boring scifi masterpiece.

    by frank

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    2010: An underrated, worthy scifi sequel.

    by frank

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by puto tenax

    Not as boring as Star Trek: The Motionless Picture.

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Is there a problem, Dave?

    by ATARI

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    HAL vs. Mother

    by lv_426

    Who is the more formidable enemy to a human crew? I'm gonna have to go with Mother. Not only does the cold and calculating witch refuse to speak, only communicating through simple green text on a tiny monitor situated in an odd room with a warm blinky Christmas light vibe, but she also has her android henchman there to throw you around and shove rolled up titty mags down your throat. That is when the jerk isn't undermining and subverting anything the crew might be doing to save their own asses or the ship itself.

  • I guess she does care... a little.

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    She also got their arses out of their cosy warm hypersleep early and knew about the secrete order 457 all along. Oh and she was British.

  • Thanks for helping fix the gene pool.

  • Nov. 9, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Daisy, Daisy...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Cavejohnson is Correct!

    by The Bear

    2001: slow, pretentious, filled with cardboard characters. 2010: a rousing adventure with actual human beings and an explosive ending that changes the solar system!

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    My god! It's full of stars...

    by Robbiemc9

    I love 2001 for all the reasons we are supposed to love 2001 but I have to say for a movie that doesn't have too many action moments I find 2010 gripping entertainment. The shock of their find on Europa, the hair raising aerobreaking around Jupiter, the dizzying suspence of their first trip across to The Discovery and the tense ending where you still don't know if Hal will help or not. It had me on the edge of my seat as a kid. I just caught it on blu and loved it all over again. The production design is top notch, special effects great for it's time (specially Jupiter being swallowed by the monoliths at the end) and I love the chemistry between Helen Mirian's character and Dr Floyd. It also had such an inspiring lovely happy ending too. Hugely underated. In a strange way it is the Aliens to Alien. One slow and deep, the other faster and slick, but both great in their own way. It dissapoints me that people don't rate it.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Michael Bays 2001


    after defeating Hal 9000000 (Dwayne Johnson) in a 15 minute laser blast fight, Bowman (played by Mark Walberg) sets out the ship and opens fire, ejects and then crashes his spacepod into the monolith (outfitted with the bog standard metallic moving parts alien tech)and watches it 'splode as he floats about and then opens fire (laser gun in each hand) on the giant evil space baby thats suddenly appeared over earth. He blows that up and then finds another space pod and rescues Dr Frankline 'Frankie' Pool (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replacing M Fox again) after she had been floating in space with just enough air-supply to survive. They make it back to the Discovery and make weightless love to loud rock-music (whichever band is in vogue at the time of release)

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    I miss you Stanley!

    by Safariben

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Love all the Kubrick BTSP

    by Chris

    I like 2010 slightly better. I know it's an iconic line, but I don't think Dave actually says "My God, it's full of stars!", in 2001. There is a recording in 2010, but the line is in the book not the movie.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I don't think I've ever seen a picture of Kubrick smiling

    by murray_hamilton

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    robbiemc9, count me among the fans of 2010

    by murray_hamilton

    great movie with an amazing cast (Scheider, Mirren, Lithgow, Balaban...). Nice comparison too; it is like the Aliens to 2001's Alien.

  • Mainly for the fact that most people these days not only seem to think it's okay to talk when a movie is on, but they actually feel an uncomfortable silence during parts of a movie with no dialogue and start recounting their childhood abuse stories or what not.

  • At the end of the movie, right before the engineer ripped David's head off, and I mean RIGHT before as in he was already touching his head, she said "he's going to rip his head off!" Then the engineer ripped David's head off. Then she starts going "How did I know he was going to rip his head off? Seriously? How could i possibly know that?" She carrried on like that for two minutes, at which point I paused the movie and explained the four or five different ways in which knowing what happens next in a movie is not amazing at all. I also pointed out to her for about the fifteenth time that the point of watching a movie is to WATCH it, not to talk about it while it's on and then have a fucking meta-level discussion of your discussion. Fucking bimbo. It's infuriating because she really does love film. The night before she brought over BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA on blu-ray. How many girls you know own movies like that on fuckin blu-ray? Anyhow, that is why there is a list of movies which I only ever watch alone. PROMETHEUS should have remained on that list.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Are they upside down?

    by tangcameo

    Was that an upside down set just to give it that weightless look. I only ask because the hood on Kubrick's jacket is pointing up.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Re: HAL singing “A Bicycle Built For Two”

    by SutureSelf

    I’ll assume that none of you is old enough to know or remember this. When I was In high school in 1966 and computers as we know them today were on the very fringes of the imagination, we has an assembly at which technicians from IBM brought a device. At the climax of the presentation, the device sang “A Bicycle Built For Two.” While after almost fifty years the other details of the presentation have been lost to the comet’s tail of memory, that astonishing moment continues to burn. It was exactly that rendition that Kubrick used in “2001.” “HAL“ is of course nothing but “IBM” shifted one letter back in the alphabet. That’s a fact that we all know. I don’t know whether it’s a fact that Kubrick named HAL intentionally that way or whether it was a coincidence, but IBM certainly contributed to the movie. In those days, before Apple and Microsoft , before Tandy and Atari, “IBM” was synonymous with “computer” and no one imagined that it would not be ever so. And the year 2001 represented an unimaginably magical future that we fourteen-year-olds thought was unreachably distant.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Mother was originally MU/TH/UR 6000, as a nod to HAL 9000

    by lv_426

    Ridley thought it was too obvious of a nod to Kubrick's film, so they simplified it to just be Mother. I think it was a wise choice. Just having it be Mother, as if it might be a cute nickname and not the official technical designation of the computer, is more disturbing and truthful in how we attempt to attach personality and familiarity to machines. Kinda like the cliche of a soldier naming their gun.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    When 2001 came out on Blu-ray and HD-DVD several years ago

    by lv_426

    The ape sequence at the beginning drove one of my dogs nuts. Now, the dog was only a puppy at the time, and wasn't housebroken yet. Shat all over the place and freaked out when the apes went berserk upon the appearance of the Monolith.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    2010 = a sequel to kubricks 2001 is just a lol so bad idea.

    by iampain

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    Actually a 24/7 cocksucking would be boring. I know I once had my cock sucked for 2 hours, and I fell asleep...

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Where's ..... openthepodbaydoor (Please HAL)

    by DrMorbius

    Im afraid I can't do that Dave ...

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    There is only one way to see this movie, and I don't mean stoned.

    by Raptor Jesus

    If you haven't seen this in 70mm on a Cinerama screen, you haven't seen it.

  • Nov. 10, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Looks like a young John Rhys-Davies in that photo.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    What technically holds up to this day is Kubrick's wonderful use of in camera tricks. The gimbel sets, filming vertical sets horizontally, the dawn of man brilliant front projection scenes, etc. No wonder he's smiling. He's the magician who knows how the tricks are accomplished.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by pleasebanme

    It's pretty fucking awesome stoned, too.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Best SF movie ever made. One of the best movie ever made.

    by albert comin

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:09 a.m. CST

    @Mr ultratron

    by albert comin

    Actually, your girlfriend has the right idea in regard to watching "Prometheus". Talking through it and going meta about your opinions about it at least has the advantage of distracting you from the constant non-stopping stupidity that inflicts that fucking movie from start to finish. You should had thnakned her, not admonish her. And frankly, a girl owning a blu-ray of Bram Stoker's Dracula is not that amazing thing, since it's the romance version of Dracula. I would be mighty impressed if she owned the blu-ray of THX-1138 or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Now that's unusual movie owning stuff for a girl.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    @Mr lv_426

    by albert comin

    Man, i'd loved to have been there watching your dog losing it's shit! Who says 2001 is not a powerful experience? Even the animals react to it.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:17 a.m. CST

    @Mr raptor_jesus

    by albert comin

    I think haven't seen the movie in 70mm, but i have seen it once on a big screen theater in a good widescreen presentation, and it is indeed magical. To this day no blu-ray as ever matched such magic. It felt like you were inside the movie, the actors and the action happening right in front of your eyes. For those who never saw 2001 in a theater it's hard to describe how awesome it is. Any complains of 2001 being dull or boring evaporates if you ever watch it in the big screen. It's just such a mesmerizing experience. Welll i fell that way already by watching it in video, but the big screen only makes it so much more so. Incredible.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    2001 and 2010 are great. Only 2001 is part of the cirriculum.

    by txtone04

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    They make it look EASY

    by Fuck disney with a rusty chainsaw

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    MOTHER trivia Pt2


  • Nov. 11, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Mother was voiced by a Benny Hill girl


    Helen Horton. I also imagine Ripley being chased around the Nostromo to the Benny Hill Theme

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I guess you must be an Abrams/ Orci/ Kurtzman/Lindelof fan.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The HAL/IBM thing was a complete coincidence.

  • And it's true, it does. The trick is to play that song while also playing any given scene at twice the speed. The combination makes for automatic comedy On youtube somebody decided to test that with an extreme example and put that scene from Saving Private Ryan, the disembark at Normandy to the tune of that song (with twice the speed of it's normal presentation), and by golly, it does indeed become funny. It's all kinds of wrong, and yet one just can't help find it funny. It's devilish, it's ungodly!

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    raptor_jesus is correct

    by supertoyslast

    If you haven't seen 2001 on the big screen then you haven't seen it. I'd seen it on the small screen a number of times and couldn't decide if it was brilliant or boring. On the small screen, the stargate sequence in particular dragged out too long. But seeing it in 70mm for the 2001 re-release, it wasn't long enough. In the cinema it is completely captivating.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    An important landmark film, for this and any other time...

    by Darkness

    Kubrick was onto something here, breaking through all the technological barriers, and creating an operaric movement in space that blows my mind upon every viewing. The film was criminally misunderstood upon release, due to the fact that movie-goers probably didn't want a film chronicling the dawn of man and it's philosophies on our existence. The same thing happened recently with Gaspar Noe's innovative meditation on death "Enter The Void": A film that also divided critics, but gave a subjective view of the body and the spirit; life after death. A film that again, blew my senses with it's execution of sound and vision. Okay, so Noe isn't as revered as Kubrick, but after 3 features, it will be interesting to see where he takes us next. Sit back, turn off the lights, then watch "2001" and "Enter The Void" back-to-back: a complete assault on the senses, mixed with catharsis.

  • Don't question it, it's genetic. However, anytime I hear 'Yakety Sax' I feel the inescapable desire to slap a bald man on top of the head very quickly and many times in a row. Repeatedly. It's the god-like logic of Keystonecopsism which has been with us since before humans walked upright. And why did the dog freak out and shit all over the house during the opening scene in 2001? 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' freak him out? Cause while I don't want any poor pooches to freak out, watching one freak out, pavlovian style (pun intended), to Also Sprach Zarathustra would be kinda awesome. And, if so, it could used strategically... Remember that friend who owes you $50 and thinks you forgot? Bring over your dog and your 2001 disc and let the fun begin!

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Who is the other guy?

    by squirtloaf

    He looks like a friend of mine!