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This Week's Lobby Cards: FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966)


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Our First Feature Film:
  STEVE VERTLIEB: The Man Who "Saved" The Movies ...

Bear Mann / TunePlay Film Music ...

Flying Bear Film School - Cinema Craft Documentaries
(Under Revision)

Flying Bear Film Morgue - Cinema Shorts & Esoterica
(Under Revision)

"The Grindhouse": With Craig & Jim - Cinema Podcast Series




EPISODE:  SHATTERING IMAGES: "GIRLS" AND WOMEN IN FILM & MEDIA
  (Feminist blogger, and future GullCottage TV Network host, Kelsey Cruz chats with the guys about the representation of women in HBO's hit series GIRLS in particular and film and media in general.)



(67 mins)


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                                                                                                                                                      Media
   
New Trailers incl ...
  



 
INTERSTELLAR  ... BIG HERO 6  ...  THE TOWER  ...  
  FOXCATCHER  ...  DUMB AND DUMBER TO  ...
  MISS MEADOWS  ... OCCUPY THE FARM  ...
  A MERRY FRIGGIN' CHRISTMAS  ...  REACH ME  ...  
  THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT. 1  ...
  HORRIBLE BOSSES 2  ... THE IMITATION GAME ... 
  AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON  ...  ANNIE ...
  EXODUS: GODS & KINGS ...  AMERICAN SNIPER  ... 
  KINGSMAN - THE SECRET SERVICE  ...
more ...

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Access Hollywood
(Daily Entertainment Industry Updates)

 




                                    
              

(11/25/14) 
 
"THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY" SOARS TO #1;
"BIG HERO 6" RESCUES #2; "INTERSTELLAR" WARPS #3;
"DUMB AND DUMBER TO" AND  "GONE GIRL"
ROUND OUT WEEKEND TOP 5



1) THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PT.1 - $121.90   2) BIG HERO 6 - $20.12   3) INTERSTELLAR - $15.34   
4) DUMB AND DUMBER TO - $14.08   5) GONE GIRL - $2.84
    

(more at BoxOffice Mojo)



Popcorn: With Rolling Stone's Peter Travers



(More at POPCORN: With Peter Travers)
 




Work-In-Progress Film Excerpt
"The Man Who 'Saved' The Movies" Documentary Feature

  THE INHERENT POWER OF THE GENRE FILM
(Clips from classic sci fiers interspersed with historic news footage illustrate genre's ability to often
address social ills when more "serious" films cannot.  Incls. audio commentary by historian Steve Vertlieb,
and exclusive interviews with Pat Priest - THE MUNSTERS, Robert Dix - FORBIDDEN PLANET, and more)


(14 mins.)

(More at MAN WHO "SAVED" THE MOVIES Documentary Film Channel YouTube)





Weekly Mini-Podcast: with Craig Jamison
The Grindhouse / GullCottage Buried Treasure of the Week


    YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES  (1985)
(Dir. by DINER / RAIN MAN's Barry Levinson and produced by Steven Spielberg, YOUNG SHERLOCK was
originally a box office disappointment which over time became a trendsetting classic)

(19 mins)



(more at THE GRINDHOUSE: With Craig & Jim)





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  Fall / 2014
SPOTLIGHTS



 
                                   SPOTLIGHT - THE INHERENT POWER OF GENRE: 
"PO-TA-TO" / "PO-TAH-TO" ... “GOJIRA” (ゴジラ) / “GODZILLA” -
 
     REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU PRONOUNCE IT, HE'LL ALWAYS BE KING! 
      by CEJ 


    
Wanting to create a film in the vein of Cooper / Schoedsack's KING KONG and Harryhausen's THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, Akira Kurosawa's lifelong friend and filmic compadre, Ishirō Honda, would in respects outdo them with 1954's GODZILLA - an apocalyptic epic making subtle (and not so) references to Hiroshima and the "Lucky Dragon #5" nuclear tragedy.  Over a half century later the "King of the Monsters" still fascinates young and old; genre fanboys and cineastes alike.  In the most exhaustive online history of Godzilla in particular (and the "kaiju" film in general) you're likely to find, we present our multi-media treatise (incl. film clips, video interviews and music excerpts) on the world's favorite mutated lizard.  Incls. our NO SPOILERS review of Gareth Edwards' 2014 GODZILLA reboot.   



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                          SPOTLIGHT - TUNEPLAY FILM MUSIC YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
                                           "THE EQUALIZER" (1985) - STEWART COPELAND


   
    
    
While having earlier scored Francis Ford Coppola's RUMBLEFISH, in the early 1980s Stewart Copeland was primarily known to the world as co-founder / drummer of the progressive rock sensation - THE POLICE.  His scoring (and in particular, the hit theme) from TV's THE EQUALIZER changed all that - heralding his "A" list arrival into the ranks of the industry's top composers.
 

     As the TV series itself was a "mash up" (before that phrase was coined) of pulp gumshoe / spy tradition and new aged high tech, Copeland's musical "mash up" accompaniment would do the same - for the most part forgoing Wagnerian leitmotifs to score the city of New York itself as an ever changing primary character; and fusing classical structure with percussion, synthesized strings and world rhythms rhythmically carried via the early break-beat "sampling" technology of the day.  The coldly ethereal yet dense "urban ballet" sound would become inexorably linked to the modern cityscape, and would years later influence composers such as Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman and others.




                                                                                            

SPOTLIGHT- THE WRITE STUFF:
"ALIEN" FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT (JUNE, 1978) -
WATER HILL / DAVID GILER / DAN O'BANNON / RONALD SHUSETT
 


     
One of the most popular films (and film franchises) in cinema history, ALIEN as a story began conceptually with it's now infamous "chest burster" sequence - inspired by screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's years long battle with the gastrointestinal disease "Crohn's Syndrome".  Returning penniless to America after the sudden cancellation of Jodorowsky's DUNE (on which O'Bannon was FX department head), he and fellow aspiring writer Ronald Shusett collaborated on what began as a low budget "B" film for Roger Corman, then (via involvement with "A" list filmmakers Walter Hill, David Giler, newcomer Ridley Scott, and emerging international artist / sculptor star H.R. Giger) rapidly became one of the most intense cinematic experiences since THE EXORCIST. 
 


 
      From the GullCottage archives we present for download the complete legendary Walter Hill / David Giler ALIEN final shooting script (PDF) based on O'Bannon & Shusett's original, along with video excerpts from the acclaimed 2002 Fox / Van Ness / AMC documentary THE ALIEN SAGA - narrated by John Hurt, behind the scenes stills, reproductions of H.R. Giger paintings and more.    



                                                                                     * Includes video / film material




SPOTLIGHT - MUSINGS AND RAMBLINGS:

"ARE THERE ANY N**GERS HERE TONIGHT?"
QUENTIN, SPIKE, "DJANGO", AND THE CINEMATIC
HISTORY OF THE ALMIGHTY "N" WORD - PT. 1
by CEJ
                             

    
The most successful film of Quentin Tarantino's career, DJANGO UNCHAINED has taken a slew of international awards (including two Oscars) and worldwide box office in excess of $400 million.  It's also managed to be the most polarizing entry in the catalog of an already controversial director known for paying homage to his beloved 70s era blaxploitation films with liberal sprinklings of the "N" word throughout his scripts.  Coupled with the subject of America's slavery past, the Caucasian film maker has found himself the object of criticism (and physical threats) by some members of the black community while being praised by others. 


     The first half of our in-depth two-part examination of DJANGO UNCHAINED not only delves into the film's cinematic roots and inspiration (everything from "Spaghetti" Westerns to 70s era black sagebrush actioners like SOUL SOLDIER and BOSS NIGGER), but also takes a retrospective look at the history of controversial ethnic humor as social weapon (via Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce), and the history of the black cinema movement, from groundbreaking silents of Oscar Micheaux to the classics of Gordon Parks and Melvin Van Peebles, up to the modern films of Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua and more.


                                  * This article contains language, film and audio which some may find objectionable 


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                                                                     SPOTLIGHT - ARTICLES ARCHIVE:
                           OUR "4Fs": FIFTY FAVORITE FRIGHT FILMS OF ALL TIME -
                        LEADING UP TO PERHAPS THE GREATEST HORROR MOVIE
          EVER MADE, ... WHICH YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER EVER HEARD OF
                                                                                                                     by CEJ 




      Call it "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Horror Genre, But Were Too Terrified To Ask".  Our grab bag of ghoulish goodies includes the compilation and revision of the popular "Fifty Fave Fright Films" run down from our social media page, an all new mini essay "Fear & Fun: The Soul's Inner Need To Run Rampant!"; video excerpts from the documentaries THE HORRORS OF STEPHEN KING, TERROR IN THE AISLES, UNIVERSAL HORROR and THE DIGITAL FX OF "VAN HELSING"; chill inducing score suites from Jerry Goldsmith's POLTERGEIST and SECONDS, John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS, Lalo Schifrin's Oscar nominated THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and much sought after unused music to THE EXORCIST; over 120 stills, movie poster images and more.  Nighty nite.  




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                                     SHORT TERM MEMORY or "WHY THE WORLD'S BIGGEST BOND FAN WAS WASN'T AS THRILLED AS HE
SHOULD HAVE BEEN BY 'SKYFALL''S FIVE OSCAR NOMINATIONS"
by CEJ
 

   
     Unanimously praised around the world as one of the best entries in the 50 year history of the Bond film franchise (and we agree!), SKYFALL also managed to become the all time highest grossing 007 epic ever, as well as the most critically acclaimed; making off with a panoply of international filmic awards, including five nominations (and two wins) from the Motion Picture Academy.  So just why then are we bothered by all that awards attention? 


     Perhaps the awards acknowledgement is indicative of a current industry trend wherein certain films - large or small / studio or independent / deserving or not - only receive that attention after having already achieved a degree of critical, financial and / or public awareness.   As such many well deserving films of high technical and artistic merit (including previous Bonds along with smaller fare such as BOYZ 'N THE HOOD)
fall between the cracks and are shut out by incorrectly preconceived notions ... as well as a little old fashioned cinema snobbery.  Take a look; you just may find yourself agreeing with our little theory.
 


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SPOTLIGHT - ON THE DOWNBEAT:
JERRY GOLDSMITH & MICHAEL CRICHTON:
A MATCH FROM THE GODS IN CINEMA HEAVEN





      Film is replete with artistic “marriages” - among them, composer / director collaborations such as Bernard Herrmann / Alfred Hitchcock (PSYCHO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST) and John Williams / Steven Spielberg.  Odd though that, even among film and music aficionados, one of the most prolific of pairings is one of the least lauded - the seven time "hook up" of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith (CHINATOWN, THE OMEN) with equally legendary novelist / director  MICHAEL CRICHTON on films as diverse as COMA, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, RUNAWAY and CONGO.  We seek to right that with a detailed retrospective (including music and film clips) of their numerous creative "mash-ups" beginning with 1972's TV movie PURSUIT and concluding with the ill fated TIMELINE (2003) - their final collaboration shortly before the passing of both men.



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SPOTLIGHT - CINEMATOGRAPHY / EDITING:
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY HASKELL WEXLER -
"WHO NEEDS SLEEP?" (2006) 


     Most in the film business aren't rich superstars like those of "MTV Cribs", but rather electricians, set builders, etc. raising families, paying mortgages, and working hellishly long hard hours to do so.  A long proponent of fair on-set working conditions, Oscar winning cinematographer / documentarian Haskell Wexler (MEDIUM COOL,  ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST) was spurred to greater action upon the death of cameraman Brent Herschmann, who fell asleep at the wheel trying to make it home to his children after a 19 hr. shift on the film PLEASANTVILLE.   Wexler's 2006 WHO NEEDS SLEEP? features interviews with cinematographer / directors (incl. FIELD OF DREAMS' John Lindley and LETHAL WEAPON's Richard Donner) as well as commentary by Billy Crystal, Julia Roberts and others on the (still controversial) subject of safe industry conditions.  Watch it then ask, "When does the drive to be #1 become counterproductive?". 



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                                                SPOTLIGHT - THE FILMMAKERS TALK:
        "WATCH THE SKIES - SCIENCE FICTION, THE 1950s, AND US" (2005)



     Film critic, journalist, cinema historian & documentarian Richard Schickel queries four of the most successful genre film makers in history (Steven Spielberg - E.T., JURASSIC PARK;  Ridley Scott - ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER; George Lucas - the STAR WARS sextet; and James Cameron - THE TERMINATOR, AVATAR) as to how a handful of classic science fiction films influenced them from childhood into their present day work.  And not high brow epics like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, mind you, but rather humble 1950s-era Saturday matinee / drive-in movie fodder such as THEM!, FORBIDDEN PLANET, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, INVADERS FROM MARS, DESTINATION MOON, ROCKETSHIP X-M and more.  Fire up the popcorn, kick back for an hour and enjoy a grand ride through film history for fanboys and general buffs alike.


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SPOTLIGHT: GALLERIES:
MORPHEUS INCOGNITO: ARTIST WAYNE BARLOWE
AND HIS INFLUENCE ON THE MODERN FILM


     "Really good drugs or a really bad childhood?".  Any creative individual who’s produced but one thing remotely construed as “dark”, has heard it; ... and few more than Wayne Barlowe.  World renowned for his elegant, lush (and yes! disturbing) series of "Hell World" paintings, Barlowe's imagination has not only for the past 20 years seized the imaginations of the art world, but that of film.  He's directly contributed to the concept designs of hits such as HELLBOY 2, BLADE 2, TITAN A.E., the HARRY POTTER series, and AVATAR.  But the "Barlowe aesthetic" has also been of great influence on PAN'S LABYRINTH, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and many more.  Join us on a fascinating one of a kind trip through "Barlowe's Inferno" - a gallery collection of over two dozen of his most acclaimed original paintings and just as many film images inspired by them.  

      Also enjoy the mini-doc presentation "AN INTERVIEW WITH WAYNE BARLOWE"
     
 


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SPOTLIGHT -  
OTHER SITES WE REALLY LIKE:  
Site Search Index:
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Fall / 2014
ONLINE MAGAZINE

VIEWS ON FILM:
MAKING IT REEL - WITH CINDY FALTEICH
                          
I'M "JUSTIFIED"

    
    
THE GULLCOTTAGE TV NETWORK LAUNCHES SPRING / SUMMER 2015

      ... And over the next few months the hosts of our first slate of online shows will be introduced via regular written columns here at the GullCottage online magazine.  We're proud to have writer Cindy Falteich (her novel THE ALIQUOT SUM presently being adapted into a major motion picture) here debut her new column MAKING IT REEL: dedicated to examining the "high-wire act" art and craft of translating books to the screen. 
 

     The novels of the late great Elmore Leonard - many of them adapted into films, ran the gamut from classic westerns such as 3:10 TO YUMA, JOE KIDD and VALDEZ IS COMING to the contemporary crime yarns 52 PICK UP, OUT OF SIGHT, GET SHORTY and more.  From time to time he'd merge the two - the most recent (and arguably best) filmic incarnation being the hit FX series JUSTIFIED starring Timothy Olyphant as the Rylan Givens US Marshal character from two Leonard novels and one bad-assed page turner of a novella.  On the eve of JUSTIFIED's final season, self professed "cowgirl" Cindy Falteich delves into the show's sprawling history and characters to break down where the series gets it right, maybe falls short, and even manages at times to outdo it's original source material.


*Includes music, documentary footage and episode excerpts




VIEWS ON FILM:
24 FRAMES - WITH STEVE VERTLIEB

A TRIPLE LIFE - KING KONG'S TRINITY OF FILMIC REINCARNATION



THE GULLCOTTAGE TV NETWORK LAUNCHES
SPRING / SUMMER 2015

      ... And over the next few months the hosts of our first slate of online shows will be introduced via regular written columns here at the GullCottage online magazine. Our dear friend - film historian Steve Vertlieb (subject of our MAN WHO "SAVED" THE MOVIES documentary film), kicks things off with his column 24 FRAMES.



  
     Few creations in the history of cinema have had the significance and influence of the original 1933 production of KING KONG.  Released during the heart of the Great Depression in the financial Winter of 1933, the heroic fantasy adventure generated unprecedented box office at a time when Americans lacked the resources to eat regularly let alone frequent the nation’s increasingly empty theaters. So powerful in its originality KONG quickly became a phenomenon, inspiring imitations, sequels, and prequels for decades.  Of them all, three - running the gamut from "magical" to "misguided", have emerged as the "tentpole" depictions of the King. Go ape with our multi-media KONG treasure trove, including film clips from the 1933, 1976 and 2005 films.  Music score suites by Max Steiner, John Barry and James Newton Howard.  Audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, Ken Ralston, and Merion C. Cooper.  Archival film interviews with Roger Ebert, Forrest J. Ackerman, Leonard Maltin and George Turner.  Archival photos from historian Steve Vertlieb's personal collection and more.  

 



                                                *Includes music, trailer, film and documentary excerpts

 
                                                  

                                   
BY THE BOOK! / BUY THE BOOK? - REVIEWS:
                          
"OLD WORLD POLITICS, NEW WORLD PROPHECY -
                          UNDERSTANDING DAVID LYNCH’S INLAND EMPIRE"


     
    
Books (as well as documentaries or features) purporting to “reveal”, “explain” or “decipher” the meaning of another, engage in tricky business, as often a “nebulus” narrative (in film for example) will be intentionally so, deliberately leaving “space” wherein each member of the audience can “fill in the blanks” with material from the stewing soup of their own subconscious.  Then ... there are the later day "non-linear narrative" films of David Lynch - LOST HIGHWAY (1997), MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001) and INLAND EMPIRE (2006).  Deliberately cryptic and symbolic, cineastes have debated their meaning for years. 

      We inaugurate our "BY THE BOOK! BUY THE BOOK?" review section with a look at Michael T. Lidstone's 2010 e-book OLD WORLD POLITICS, NEW WORLD PROPHECY - UNDERSTANDING DAVID LYNCH'S INLAND EMPIRE.  As a bonus afterward we present the author's personal comments regarding our review.  Check it out then inaugurate your own discussion on our Facebook page.  
 
                                                                                                                            
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THE FILMMAKERS TALK - SERIES:
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO, LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL,
POST MORTEM WITH MICK GARRIS

     For film students and casual buffs alike, check out our growing catalog of cinema-centric TV / web interview series streamed to your laptop, desktop or portable device. Enjoy Bravo's ever popular INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO (now entering it's 18th year!), Fox Movie Channel's wonderfully candid LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL (wherein current film school students query working directors, writers, producers, and actors on the "realities of the film industry vs. textbook expectations), and POST MORTEM WITH MICK GARRIS - with screenwriter/director/ producer/TV show runner Mick Garris (THE STAND, MASTERS OF HORROR) sitting down to "chit chat" with contemporary legends of the horror genre including Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Frank Darabont, Rob Zombie and others. New episodes added regularly.
 
      *Includes video interview footage



THE INHERENT POWER OF GENRE: PT 4 -
"AND THE BAND PLAYED ON": BABY BOOMER ANGST,
THE 1970s, AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE GENRE FILM



      If the 1960s was the adolescence of America's short history, then the 1970s surely saw it's maturation. The Baby Boomers had come of age, had children of their own, and evolved into the family heads and political and  corporate leadership they'd protested the previous decade.   Filled with guilt over a youth filled with excess and a fear over the present state of government and the eroding environment, their collective subconscious (abetted by the crash of the film industry "studio system" and the rise of a new breed of gritty New Age filmmaker) would find ventilation in a series of gritty horror classics concerning the internal dysfunction of the American family (ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE EXORCIST, CARRIE) and an equally stark and harrowing run of dystopian sci fiers (ROLLERBALL, LOGAN'S RUN, SOYLENT GREEN) asking not only whether this was a world in which one would want to bring a child, but rather within a few years "Would there even be a world to bring that child into?".     
        
      *Includes music selections, video interview footage,
    and theatrical trailers


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 Fall / 2014
FILMS

  THE EVIL DEAD (1981)





      While the phrase "like a bat outta hell!" was coined over one hundred years ago, one suspects it was done so by a shaman or soothsayer who'd glanced into the future and caught a "sneak peek advanced screening" of an experimental 1981 low budget horror "opus" called THE EVIL DEAD.  Produced and filmed by a neophyte Michigan film maker - aided and abetted by a group of friends on (and with) an almost literal shoestring, the "little movie that could" (about a of group of Spring breakers who unwittingly unleash a cabal of demons into the secluded woods) would go on to make it's debut at the Cannes Film Festival where it would manage to impress and scare the livin' hell out of horror legend Stephen King.   It would become a worldwide financial success as well as the first "multi-platform" film release.  It would evolve into a bonafied franchise, spawning two popular and critically acclaimed sequels, a line of video games, a series of comic books, and a much anticipated 2013 remake.  It would go down in history as one of the most popular cult films of all time ... .   And oh yes, it would also launch the careers of writer / director Sam Raimi (DARKMAN, the original SPIDER-MAN trilogy, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL), actor Bruce Campbell (THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTRY JR., BUBBA HO-TEP, CARS 2), and even those ever ubiquitous Coen Bros. - Joel & Ethan.

     Before you head out to see the remake / reboot by Fede Alvarez - which was produced by Raimi and Campbell, by the way! - check out (or reacquaint yourself with) the original 1981 classic: a living cinematic fever dream if there ever was one!  





BURIED TREASURES:
"WOLFEN": LEADING THE PACK AS
THE FIRST, BEST, AND ONLY TRUE
POLITICAL THRILLER



      The only narrative fiction film from documentary director Michael Wadleigh (WOODSTOCK),  WOLFEN roared from cinema screens in the summer of 1981, seized the jugular of a nation in the midst of a conservative political turn, and reminded it that, even as the economy appeared to be in an upswing, there were still many falling through the cracks and now being used as stepping stones for a smaller percentage of the privileged. 


     A clever "mash-up" of CSI police procedural and "jump out of your seat" horror,
WOLFEN follows the investigation of NYPD Homicide Detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) as he attempts to unravel the mystery behind the slasher murder (perpetrated by man or supernatural animal / man being?) of a Donald Trump-esque real estate magnate - a killing with terrorist ramifications for the entire (pre 9/11) city of New York.  C
ouching it's treatise in an historical reminiscence of controversial U.S. / Native American relations, Wadleigh's film would find itself at the center of a media debate concerning it's "leftist" message as well as end up a chess piece in the immediate financial future of the recently minted (and in need of a hit) Orion Pictures film studio. 


     
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   "A PRAYER FOR THE DYING" -
TROUBLE DEPICTING "THE TROUBLES"



      Cinema darling or box office bomb? To which category a film finds itself relegated over the years can often be less a matter of it’s quality as much as timing.  2001: A SPACE ODYESSY, Disney’s FANTASIA, and BLADE RUNNER (all financial and critical failures during their initial runs) are proof.  Such was (is) the case with Mike Hodges’ 1987 thriller A PRAYER FOR THE DYING.  While perhaps not in the same “classics” category as “2001 / FANTASIA”, it’s cinematic cred has increased over the last 25 years, going from a film so under-appreciated it was originally disowned by it’s director and star, to a gem now seen as a fulcrum shift point which would make it acceptable for future films to address controversial political ideas within the context of a rip-roaring pulp thriller.  Later smashes such as the Tom Clancy adaptations (PATRIOT GAMES, etc.) are in it’s debt.

     DYING starred the trio of Mickey Rourke (at the apex of his 1980's career), Bob Hoskins, and the legendary Alan Bates in the story of an IRA hit man fed up with “the life of violence” and seeking to quit - the ramifications of which affect many including a reform minded parish priest at odds with the local mob boss.  Join us as we take an intriguing journey into the making of this one-of-a-kind film which to this day still raises heated debate among it's fans and just as many detractors. 

    
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Fall / 2014
LIBRARY SHELVES


MORE INTERACTIVE ARTICLES, DOWNLOADABLE VIDEO/AUDIO PROFILES, INTERVIEWS AND LINKS, INCL ...




* THE ACTORS TALK: In a series of roundtable-style discussion / interviews, the most acclaimed performers of the day candidly "drop dime" on the ups, downs, demands and craft of their profession.  Incl. THR's 2011 Awards Season Roundtable. New material added regularly ... (go) 





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In THE DOWNBEAT IN CONCERT, Nic Raine and The City of Prague Philharmonic present a new rendition of Poledouris' CONAN THE DESTROYER; Mark Snow leads a tribute performance of Goldsmith's STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE; Morricone conducts orchestra & choir:THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY ... (go)  






* Costume Designer Leesa Evans (STIR OF ECHOES, GET HIM     TO THE GREEK) discusses dressing six very different characters for humor in BRIDESMAIDS (2011) ... (go)





* New screenplay downloads available - pdf format:
TRUE GRIT
(2010), TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011), JANE EYRE (2011), PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009),
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010), more ... (go)  
        






* "TIMEWASTERS" - FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS:
 ON THE FUNNY - humorous shorts incl. "100 GREATEST MOVIE INSULTS OF ALL TIME" compilation, and more ...
ON THE FRINGE - important shorts from influential filmmakers incl.
Andrew Thomas Huang's 2012 Slamdance Award Winner,
SOLIPSIST...
(go)


And much more ...


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