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Hollywood Banker, directed by Frans Afman’s daughter Rozemyn, charts the bankers early days working with producer Dino De Laurentiis through to his fall out with Credit Lyonnais Nederland over the company’s financing of MGM to Giancarlo Parretti, which would result in both the bank and the studio’s bankruptcy.
It’s hard to believe that, before Afman, there really was no model for independent studios to “easily” finance their projects. Yet today Afman’s model of pre-sales and completion guarantees seems simple. It’s no wonder how easily Afman managed to make himself the go-to guy for filmmakers in the 80s. A prime example being Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong remake, which was the first film to bring Afman’s financial nous to the attention of more than just the independent studios of the time. After all, the pre-sales model not only made it easier to finance movies »
- Phil Wheat
We're continuing to dig deep into the archive of old movie promo shots and behind the scenes imagery (you'll find links to other examples down at the bottom there), and this time, we've uncovered some pictures from the making of Paul Verhoeven's all-time classic, RoboCop.
The 1987 movie was a technical test and a half for Verhoeven and his team, and whilst we don't have an abundance of imagery from the film, we think you might like what we've found. It's six shots, one or two of which showcase the level of practical effects work on the movie.
As ever, keep letting us know if you want to see more features of this ilk. In the meantime, click on the gallery widget to load up the pictures. »
20. The Innocents
Directed by Jack Clayton
The Innocents, which was co-written by Truman Capote, is the first of many screen adaptations of The Turn of the Screw. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad because most people haven’t – but The Innocents deserves its rightful spot on any list of great horror films. Here is one of the few films where the ghost story takes place mostly in daylight, and the lush photography, which earned cinematographer Freddie Francis one of his two Oscar wins, is simply stunning. Meanwhile, director Jack Clayton and Francis made great use of long, steady shots, which suggest corruption is lurking everywhere inside the grand estate. The Innocents also features three amazing performances; the first two come courtesy of child actors Pamela Franklin (The Legend of Hell House), and Martin Stephens (Village of the Damned »
- Ricky Fernandes
Not the recent RoboCop remake just to clarify, but the full-blooded, insane original. Though TV watchers will know Kurtwood Smith best for his turn in That ’70s Show, to sci-fi fans he’ll always be sadistic thug Clarence Bodicker in Paul Verhoeven’s classic – and now he’s coming to Marvel’s Agent Carter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith will play Vernon Masters, “a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system.” Masters seems to be a character created just for the show, and it’s not clear if he’ll be a friend or foe to Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter.
Smith joins returning cast members James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, and Chad Michael Murray, along with supporting players Dominic Cooper and Bridget Regan. It’s not known whether Lyndsy Fonseca will be back or not, but we’ll let you know when we hear more. »
- Mark Cassidy
Female Misbehavior: Gavron’s Noble Depiction of British Women’s Suffrage Movement
There’s much to admire in Sarah Gavron’s sophomore directorial effort, Suffragette, a turn-of-the-century snapshot of the British Women’s suffrage movement as the struggle for the right to vote considerably intensified against the patriarchal code. Enhanced by some superb performances from its talented cast, there’s a surprising degree of dramatic potency for a vehicle specifically calibrated to convey a cumbersome and obvious message, even as it stacks an overwhelming amount of tension on the back of its lead protagonist, balanced magnificently by its star, Carey Mulligan.
Reuniting with the screenwriter of her 2007 debut Brick Lane, Abi Morgan (who penned McQueen’s Shame, as well as The Iron Lady in 2011), Gavron concocts a rather conventional snapshot of a struggle for equality still being exacted, to varying degrees, across the globe.
In 1912 London, laundrywoman Maud Watts (Mulligan »
- Nicholas Bell
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits, we take a look at: Jurassic World‘s really crazy Blu-ray and DVD promotion. How Iron Sky 2 is defying typical distribution. A Korean superstar joins Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Paul Verhoeven teases a Showgirls 2. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back rounds out its cast. And more, after the […]
- Jacob Hall
Twenty years on, "Showgirls" is something of a cult classic and still one of the most successful video releases in MGM's history. Yet the often panned film left many bodies in the wake of its failure, including the acting career of its star Elizabeth Berkley.
Speaking with The New York Daily News about the film and its history, director Paul Verhoeven has no illusions about the project but does admit he deeply regrets how things panned out for Berkley. Even so, that hasn't stopped him from daydreaming about a sequel appropriately called "Bimbos" and ruling out any chance of a reboot:
"I would not do a 'Showgirls' remake... one movie was definitely enough! But we had actually been working on the sequel to 'Showgirls' which was going to be called 'Bimbos' and was going to be 'Nomi does Hollywood', but after 'Showgirls' was released »
- Garth Franklin
"Showgirls" "ruined" star Elizabeth Berkley's career -- at least according to director Paul Verhoeven -- but, she wasn't the only actress eager to strip for the film. To celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, Verhoeven spoke to the NY Daily News about its legacy, the fallout from the abysmal reception and the now-a-lister who tried out for the lead role. "Charlize [Theron] also auditioned, and I don't recall her having any problem with the nudity at all," Paul tells the publication. "She was good and wanted the part, but basically she was not well known enough at the time and just did not fit the part, so we said no." Theron would have been about 20 at the time and had only appeared in one film, "Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest." "I have full respect for Charlize, but if she had been offered the part then she would probably have »
- tooFab Staff
Director Paul Verhoeven makes no qualms about it. Showgirls destroyed Elizabeth Berkley's acting career. And it's something he deeply regrets. But that hasn't stopped him from daydreaming about a sequel, appropriately called 'Bimbos'. But will it ever happen? And will it be bold enough to feature Charlize Theron, who was originally up for the lead but lost due to being an 'unknown' at the time? The New York Daily News recently caught up with Paul Verhoeven to talk about the film's failures and its history as one of the biggest box office bombs of all time.
Released in 1995, Showgirls has attained quite a cult following. It celebrates its 20th anniversary as one of the worst movies ever bestowed upon the general moviegoing public. And it's one of the few major releases to have ever secured a Nc-17 rating since the MPAA established the No Children under 17 ruling in 1990, replacing the X rating. »
“There’s always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.” In Charlize Theron’s case, that someone was Elizabeth Berkley (minus the younger part). Showgirls director Paul Verhoeven revealed that the Oscar-winning actress, 40, was up for the part of dancer Nomi Malone in the 1995 cult classic film, but ultimately lost out to the Saved by the Bell alum, 43. "Charlize also auditioned, and I don't recall her having any problem with the nudity at all,” Verhoeven told the New York Daily News in a [...] »
The Dutch filmmaker claimed that Theron - an unknown at the time - had no problem with the full-frontal nudity, and came close to landing the part that eventually went to Elizabeth Berkley.
Speaking to New York Daily News, Verhoeven said: "Charlize also auditioned, and I don't recall her having any problem with the nudity at all.
"She was good and wanted the part, but basically she was not well known enough at the time and just did not fit the part, so we said no."
Verhoeven went on to defend Berkley's performance in the much-maligned movie and took the blame for the Saved by the Bell star's lack of acting success in subsequent years.
"I have full respect for Charlize, but if she had been offered the part then she would probably »
One of the last films that anyone would ever think could spawn a sequel would have to be Paul Verhoven's 1995 cult classic, Showgirls. Yet somehow, the time seems right to the iconoclastic director, and we might just see his follow up to Nomi Malone's conquest of Vegas. That is, if the right studio comes along. The New York Daily News recently had a conversation with Verhoven, discussing various facets of the film in honor of its 20th anniversary. With the cult of fandom surrounding Showgirls growing slowly, but surely, it turns out that the director of Robocop wouldn't mind returning to the seedy underbelly of entertainment again. Where would he go this time? The original plans for a sequel are recounted below: I would not do a 'Showgirls' remake . one movie was definitely enough! But we had actually been working on the sequel to 'Showgirls' which was going to »
Showgirls is widely remembered as one of the best bad movies ever made. It tanked star Elizabeth Berkley's career, which had been seemingly on the rise after Saved by the Bell. It was a box office bomb, a critical bomb, and to this day people relish in mocking the script, the cruddy music, and the nudity. And yet still, knowing all of that, director Paul Verhoeven would still make a sequel to it, if only anyone would let him. In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Verhoeven seemed very honest when talking about the movie's disastrous life and legacy, particularly the poisonous effect it had on Berkley's Hollywood cache. Here are some highlights: On why he should actually be the one to blame: "If somebody has to be blamed, it...
- Peter Hall
Years before winning an Oscar for Monster -- and decades before she became a feminist action-movie icon with Mad Max: Fury Road -- Charlize Theron almost went down a very different path. Trying to break into the movie business, the statuesque South African beauty apparently auditioned to play the lead role of Nomi in Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas’ Showgirls. And this is why she didn’t get the gig. The New York Daily News has the scoop, saying that Charlize Theron auditioned for the Showgirls role that eventually went to Elizabeth Berkley, and desperately wanted it. But Verhoeven, in an interview with the paper, explained: Charlize also auditioned, and I don't recall her having any problem with the nudity at all. She was good and wanted the part, but basically she was not well known enough at the time and just did not fit the »
Twenty years ago, the movie world was a very different place. Young actress Elizabeth Berkley was trying to use her popularity in the sitcom "Saved By The Bell" as a launchpad to a big screen career, while someone named Charlize Theron hadn't even made feature film yet. However, both of their stars would cross, however briefly, in the audition room for Paul Verhoeven's disasterpiece, "Showgirls." "Charlize also auditioned, and I don't recall her having any problem with the nudity at all. She was good and wanted the part, but basically she was not well known enough at the time and just did not fit the part, so we said no," the director admits to New York Daily News. And Verhoeven is candid, saying it wouldn't have made a difference if she had landed the role over Berkley, as he takes full ownership for the heightened (read: campy) tone of the movie. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Verhoven revealed in an interview with the New York Daily News that the Oscar winner nearly landed Elizabeth Berkley’s role of Nomi Malone.
“Charlize also auditioned, and I don’t recall her having any problem with the nudity at all,” Verhoven told the New York Daily News about the film famous for its full-frontal nudity. “She was good and wanted the part, but basically she was not well known enough at the time and just did not fit the part, so we said ‘no.'”
Berkley, hot off of the 1990s sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” ended up playing the struggling showgirl at the Stardust Hotel.
“I have full respect for Charlize, but if she had been offered the part then she would probably have been chewed up in the same way they treated Elizabeth [Berkley],” Verhoven added. »
- Jacob Bryant
The actress was widely considered to be on her way to the top after Saved by the Bell, but Verhoeven's infamous 1995 movie knocked her star off course.
The film notoriously flopped at the box office and was universally panned by critics, gaining seven Golden Raspberries, including Worst Director and Worst Film, as well as picking up Worst Movie of the Decade a few years later.
"Showgirls certainly ruined the career of Elizabeth Berkley in a major way," Verhoeven admitted to NY Daily News. "It made my life more difficult, but not to the degree it did Elizabeth's. Hollywood turned their backs on her.
"Elizabeth could only have recovered from the movie by being offered a very different role, but »
We Are Movie Geeks recently had the opportunity to sit down with Brad Kane. Brad is a singer, writer, and producer who provided the singing voice for the classic 1992 Disney musical Aladdin, which will be released on Blu-ray October 13th. (Trailer)
Brad was in St. Louis promoting the Diamond Edition Blu-ray and we asked him some questions about Aladdin, Robin Williams, his role on the TV show Black Sails, and what it was like performing at the Academy Awards.
Interview conducted by Tom Stockman October 6th, 2015
We Are Movie Geeks: Were you involved in any of the extras on the Aladdin Blu-ray?
Brad Kane: No, I think most of the extras involved Robin Williams and the way he used his voice and props and things. I think Ron Clements, the director, was involved in some of the extras as well, but not me.
We Are Movie Geeks: Have you been to St. »
- Tom Stockman
In this morning's round-up, we have a Q&A with Casper Van Dien from the supernatural horror film, June. Also: details on Dracula's prop auction, XLrator Media's 24 Hour Rental, a video tribute to Friday the 13th Part VIII called "Voorhees Stomp", a new poster for The Hexecutioners, and release details for Krampus: The Reckoning.
Casper Van Dien Q&A: "June tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice) who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. And though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes, a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily (Pratt) and Dave (Van Dien), that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. »
- Tamika Jones
When it comes to cinematic depictions of sex, especially in the United States, censorship groups are very strict and side on giving those kinds of films quite strong ratings.
One film that seemed to fare well despite its lengthy and steamy sex scenes came over twenty years ago, back in 1992, with Paul Verhoeven's cinema sensation "Basic Instinct". That film opened with an 'R', not the stricter 'Nc-17' rating.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone (via Cinema Blend), Verhoeven reveals that the film's dramatic elements - especially the fact that the film always suggests that Sharon Stone's Catherine Tramell is a potential killer throughout - not only spared it the harsher rating but allowed him to extend the sex scenes within:
"Because it was a thriller, the idea that Sharon Stone could kill him during sex was always an element of protection. So we could show sex »
- Garth Franklin
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