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A Look Back at The Skid Kid – Filmed in Union, Missouri

Article by Mark Longden

“The Skid Kid” is a masterpiece. Although I don’t often do this, here’s a trailer for it, produced for a 2015 showing at Cinefamily in La (undoubtedly, the original release never had a trailer), and if you don’t immediately fall in love with it, I’m not sure we can be friends any more.

This is part of our “Made In Stl” season, which is really the “Made In Stl” season of the St Louis Video Society, the fortnightly event where cult movie connoisseurs get together and watch some locally-produced gem. We’ve had “Justice: Ninja Style”, two early movies from Eric Stanze, and “Fatal Exam” (well, they can’t all be winners). There’s plenty more to come, so if you’re reading this and want to come along, get in touch with the Society on Facebook.

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Dis to pay Wolf 'Rabbit' royalties

The Walt Disney Co. must pay Roger Rabbit creator Gary Wolf at least $180,000 in underreported royalties, but the company prevailed on the larger issue of whether gross receipts must include the value of promotional deals. The 15-week jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court could leave Wolf with as much as $400,000 in damages but not the $8 million he had sought by claiming that his 5% royalty extended to the noncash value of promotional tie-ins with McDonald's and other outlets. The case was closely watched in the entertainment industry because it could have profoundly altered the traditional notion that noncash promotional deals do not count toward gross receipts.

Roger Rabbit animated in court

Roger Rabbit animated in court
Attorneys for Roger Rabbit creator Gary Wolf told a jury Monday that Walt Disney Co. owed him $7 million for unpaid royalties. Disney's attorneys not only disputed the claim but said Wolf actually owed Disney between $500,000-$1 million because of an accounting error discovered in preparing for the lawsuit. The trial before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Minning got under way with opening statements from Wolf's attorney J. Larson Jaenicke. "This case is about self-serving, catch-me-if-you-can Hollywood accounting by the defendant," Jaenicke said. "For 10 years, (Wolf) has tried to resolve his differences with this company, and he finally decided he had no choice. If he was going to get paid fairly, he had to file the lawsuit."

Jury toons up for 'Roger,' Disney trial

The trial got under way Tuesday in a case that pits Roger Rabbit creator Gary Wolf against the Walt Disney Co. over royalties, accounting and the definition of gross receipts. Wolf claims the 5% royalty he collected on revenue from movies, merchandise and other goods should extend to the estimated value of promotional tie-ins with McDonalds, Burger King and others -- even though Disney was not paid in the process. As jury selection started in Los Angeles Superior Court, Wolf hoped to prove that gross receipts, as defined in his 1983 license agreement, should apply to cash and "all other considerations," according to the plaintiffs. The case could have profound impact on Hollywood by upsetting the traditional notion that such noncash promotional deals do not count toward gross receipts.

Wolf gets another day in court

Wolf gets another day in court
Roger Rabbit creator Gary Wolf will get another chance to convince a trial court that he was shortchanged on royalties because the Walt Disney Co. defined gross receipts as applying only to cash, according to an appeals court decision. While the decision reversed an early Disney victory on the matter, the entertainment giant sees it as a bump on a road to ultimately prevailing on its interpretation of gross receipts. Wolf has argued that in addition to cash, gross receipts mean all other considerations, including the Roger Rabbit licensing agreements that Disney struck with McDonald's Corp., Coca-Cola Co., Kodak and other companies to promote the film and home video release of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". No cash traded hands in some of those deals, so Disney saw no reason to pay Wolf his 5% royalty on merchandising. Disney won the dispute early on when the Los Angeles Superior Court found that the contract unambiguously defined gross receipts as cash only.

Film reviews: 'The Girls' Room'

Film reviews: 'The Girls' Room'
The moderately interesting directorial debut of Irene Turner -- a USC graduate, Orange County, Calif., native and co-producer of "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" -- "The Girls' Room" sets out to compare and critique its two lead characters, college roommates who are polar opposites in most respects and headed for hard lessons about what it takes to be a young and smart woman in this complicated world.

A premiere at the Santa Barbara (Calif.) International Film Festival in March and unspooled locally Thursday in the American Cinematheque's Alternative Screen series at the Egyptian in Hollywood, "The Girls' Room" stars Soleil Moon Frye ("Punky Brewster"), in full goth-meltdown mode, and Cat Taber ("Beverly Hills 90210") as a WASP princess in need of a little anarchy. Unfortunately, the low-budget item is not distinctive or well-executed enough to go far beyond cult status and limited theatrical exposure.

In its raw-languaged approach to the college-dorm milieu, newcomer Amanda L. Beall's screenplay snaps and crackles and pricks, with neither lead character coming off as likable for most of the film. The film tries to reach audacious and challenging levels of bad-girl/good-girl dynamics, but it becomes repetitive and unengaging despite the efforts of the cast.

Set at a Southern college, the drama and darkish comedy springs from the jealousy and overall bad attitude of slutty underachiever Casey (Frye) and the superior attitude and looming marriage of Grace (Taber).

Saving herself for fiance and upright fraternity guy Charlie (Wil Wheaton), prissy Grace is an easy target for gloomy screw-up Casey, and the "good" girl decides to get revenge.

Ramifications of their unpleasant and tedious class warfare include Grace spending a lot of time with "nice" guy Joey (Gary Wolf), while sorority girl/shopper Paige (Michelle Brookhurst) and swinging Sweetie (Crystall Carmen) are loyal friends and coaches to the main combatants. Turner keeps the pace fairly brisk, but the intermittently convincing scenario lurches between slim fiction and tiresome sociological fable, with Grace and Casey barely surviving thesexual/emotional cross fire from all sides.

THE GIRLS' ROOM

Menemsha Entertainment

Director: Irene Turner

Screenwriter: Amanda L. Beall

Producers: Carol Ann Shine, Barclay DeVeau,

Irene Turner

Director of photography: Cort Fey

Production designer: Tijana Agic-Gaudio

Editors: Jeff Betancourt, Robert C. Winn

Costume designer: Julia Bartholomew

Music: Alan Ari Lazar

Casting: Ricki G. Maslar

Color/stereo

Cast:

Casey: Soleil Moon Frye

Charlie: Wil Wheaton

Grace: Cat Taber

Joey: Gary Wolf

Paige: Michelle Brookhurst

Sweetie: Crystall Carmen

Nana: Julianna McCarthy

Shepp: Jay Underwood

Running time -- 101 minutes

No MPAA rating

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