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John Badham interview: Saturday Night Fever at 40

Don Kaye May 15, 2017

Director John Badman looks back at his disco classic four decades later...

Saturday Night Fever is the film that made John Travolta into a legitimate star, launched the Bee Gees to the pinnacle of pop success and introduced the world to the subculture, music and fashion of disco dancing - specifically the scene in the clubs of the insular blue collar Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bay Ridge. The movie made the scene and music into a national phenomenon that lasted several years, until the disco craze petered out in the early '80s.

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The whole thing was based on a New York magazine article called 'Tribal Rites Of The New Saturday Night', written by a British journalist named
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Otd: Annie, John Cameron Mitchell, and Field of Dreams

On this day (April 21st) in history as it relates to showbiz...

Anthony Quinn

1904 Oscar winning cinematographer Daniel L Fapp (West Side Story and Desire Under the Elms, among many films) born in Kansas City

1914 Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor born in England. Though he was BAFTA nominated Oscar never bit despite high profile films and collaborations with famous directors. Credits include: RepulsionThe Omen, Dr Strangelove, Star Wars, Frenzy, Dracula (1979) and MacBeth 

1915 Oscar's all time favorite Mexican actor Anthony Quinn born (Lust for Life, Viva Zapata, Wild is the Wind, Zorba the Greek, La Strada, etcetera)

1918 "The Red Baron," the famous German fighter pilot, shot down in World War I. Snoopy in Peanuts fantasizes about him repeatedly and he's also been a character in many films including Wings, Hell's Angels, and Darling Lili 
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Cinema Retro Issue #36 Has Shipped Worldwide- Subscribe Or Renew Today!

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Issue #36 of Cinema Retro has shipped to subscribers worldwide. This is the final issue of Season 12. Please subscribe or renew today and help keep the dream alive for the world's most unique film magazine!  

Highlights of this issue include: 

Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Professionals" starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode and Jack Palance.

*Mark Mawston with a rare exclusive interview with 70's sex siren Linda Hayden

*Cai Ross takes a bite at covering the underrated 1979 version of "Dracula" starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier

*John LeMay uncovers the top secret story of the unfilmed "Romance of the Pink Panther" that was to have starred Peter Sellers.

*Peter Cook continues his celebration of matte painting artists

*Tim Greaves uncovers the fascinating career of British "Sex Queen" Mary Millington

*Mark Mawston concludes his interviews with legendary stills photographer Keith Hamshere,
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Horror Highlights: Cavity Colors’ Bio-Exorcist Shirts, Demons and Demons 2 NYC Screenings, Fright Bites

"It's showtime, Daily Deaders, Betelgeuse, here. You know what you could do for me, well, besides saying my name three times, is, uh, check out these photos of my Cavity Colors shirt at the top of this Horror Highlights thing." Okay, that was weird... seems like Betelgeuse somehow took over for a hot second. We're all good now! Readers can also look forward to details on the Demons 2 screening in NYC and Film4 and All 4's Fright Bites short films.

Cavity Colors' Beetlejuice-Inspired Bio-Exorcist Shirts: From Cavity Colors: "Our newest *limited edition* clothing release arrives! We've teamed up with artist Kyle Hotz (@kylehotzcomics) to re-create everyone's favorite cartoon Bio-Exorcist, but in a gloriously grotesque and spooky manner for Halloween! I did the colors, and he did the linework. Set those reminders! These are limited to 300 only, on T-shirts, Tanktops, and Crewneck Sweatshirts! Once it's gone, it's gone forever!"

To
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Cinema Retro Issue #36 Now Shipping In The UK And Europe

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Issue #36, the final issue of Season 12 of Cinema Retro,  has now shipped worldwide. 

Highlights of this issue include:

Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Professionals" starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode and Jack Palance.

*Mark Mawston with a rare exclusive interview with 70's sex siren Linda Hayden

*Cai Ross takes a bite at covering the underrated 1979 version of "Dracula" starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier

*John LeMay uncovers the top secret story of the unfilmed "Romance of the Pink Panther" that was to have starred Peter Sellers.

*Peter Cook continues his celebration of matte painting artists

*Tim Greaves uncovers the fascinating career of British "Sex Queen" Mary Millington

*Mark Mawston concludes his interviews with legendary stills photographer Keith Hamshere, who recalls shooting "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and the James Bond films

*Lee Pfeiffer's personal tribute to the late Euan Lloyd,
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39 years ago today: Comic-Con welcomed stormtroopers to the nerd Mecca for the first time

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39 years ago today: Comic-Con welcomed stormtroopers to the nerd Mecca for the first time
Today, thousands upon thousands of fanboys and fangirls will flock toward Southern California as San Diego Comic-Con kicks off. 39 years ago today, the then-much smaller convention opened for a significant year: The first after the release of Star Wars. Though the con was still focused on comic books at the time and was contained within Sd’s El Cortez Hotel, the 1977 event did feature a “Making of Star Wars” panel. A year prior, Lucasfilm had drummed up a bit of anticipation for the movie at Comic-Con with Mark Hamill in attendance. Other notable July 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: The Men, Marlon Brando’s first film, premiered in New York. • 1965: Bob Dylan’s single “Like a Rolling Stone” was released. • 1969: Broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, proclaiming the event “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
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Stage Door: The Father

Frank Langella is an imposing figure. Standing 6'4" tall, with a countenance absolutely befitting a man who has played both Dracula and Richard Nixon, the man simply looks like a force to be reckoned with. His sense of gravitas demands attention and respect. All of which makes what he does in Manhattan Theater Club's Tony-nominated production of Florian Zeller's play The Father even more impressive.

Langella plays André, an elderly man living in Paris with his daughter, Anne (Kathryn Erbe). At the start of the play, Anne is explaining why she has to get him a new helper: The last one apparently quit after André called her "a little bitch" and threatened her with a curtain rod. For his part, André at first denies the incident, then laughs it off, saying that he is perfectly competent to care for himself.

And here is where talking about the play gets difficult.
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Q&A: Actressexual Longings & Carol Gender-Flipped

It's another Q & A. Ask it and it shall be er... might be answered. When I started typing this week I couldn't stop and before I know it there were thousands and thousands of words. So that takes care of two Q&As .

Here's the first half of the mad scribblings typings then.

What is your favorite non-nominated performance from each of the five titans of the acting nominations? (Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson, Bette Davis and Laurence Olivier) - Sean

Nathaniel: Oh this is a tough one since those people were Oscared for breathing. Okay. Let's take them in reverse order of preference as actors...

Sir Laurence Olivier. Weirdly I was just watching As You Like It (1936) just the other day. I wasn't all that impressed though he definitely had an easier time with the material and the medium than the other stagebound performers. I have seen several of his non-nominated films,
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/1/16 - Frank Langella

Happy Birthday, Frank Langella Langella won his first Tony Award for his performance in Edward Albee's Seascape and 1975 and was nominated for another for what may have been the performance for which he was best known for in the early part of his career the title role of the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula. He then appeared on Broadway in such plays as Sherlock's Last Case, Strindberg's The Father winning a Drama Desk Award, Match Tony Award nomination, and Fortune's Fool, for which he won a second Tony Award. He was cast as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's FrostNixon, which received enthusiastic reviews during a run at the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London before moving to New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in April 2007, culminating in Langella's third Tony Award. He reprised the role of Nixon in the 2008 film FrostNixon, directed by Ron Howard.
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When British daytime TV and geek heroes collide

Doctor Who, Star Trek and more: what happened when sci-fi, horror & fantasy heroes have popped up on British daytime TV over the years…

Pre-YouTube, fandom was a hard-earned thing. It took research, dedication and enough patience to hover over the family video player’s ‘record’ button for an entire episode of TV-am in anticipation of six minutes with Sylvester McCoy. Six minutes in which the Seventh Doctor would be polled if he was a cat or dog person and then asked to taste a lemon roulade.

Scarcity bred desire in those days, so we took what we could get from our heroes of yore, even if that meant watching Hammer Horror legend Ingrid Pitt make a chocolate mousse, or the aforementioned McCoy attempt to answer fan questions above the hubbub of a Nottingham swimming pool complex. The collision of geek icons and UK daytime magazine shows was sometimes illuminating, sometimes excruciating,
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‘Sexual Heights / Undulations’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Sexual Heights

(dir: Carlos Tobalina, 1981)

“Unparallelled peaks of passion…”

Got a little fact for you all before we start. Did you know that there are more divorced men living in San Fransisco than anywhere else in the world? No? Well neither did I until watching this film. A few minutes in and we’re learning something already! Anyway, we meet our main characters, a group of divorced buddies who live together. We have Joe the architect, played by Herschel Savage (Jail Bait, Fleshdance), Ron the doctor, played by Jamie Gillis (Waterpower, Dracula Sucks), Jim the Lawyer, played by Jesse Adams (Mob Job, Ultraflesh) and Art the engineer, played by Michael Morrison (Purely Physical). After watching some porn, Joe tells them the story of how he came to be divorced. It’s all down to his pesky dick teasing babysitter Laurie, played by Tawny Pearl (Lusty Ladies). After talking about he nearly raped the poor thing,
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Thanks for Noticing, Golden Guy: Top Ten Oscar-Nominated Actor Acknowledgements

The 87th Academy Award nominations for 2015 were recently released on January 15, 2015 representing the excellence in film for the previous year. Naturally there was the standard controversy regarding those films and performances that got unfairly overlooked. Unfortunately, the perceived snubs do happen from year to year so this goes along with the territory. Nevertheless, the lucky selections that do manage to grab Oscar’s attention are understandably grateful and psyched to see if the golden statuette will in fact go home with them on the film industry’s biggest and most elegant evening.

With the obvious crankiness of Oscar omissions aside and the injustices that go with these “reel” deals has anyone ever considered the Academy Award nominees that are surprisingly recognized that could have gone unnoticed for whatever reasoning? After all there are films and exceptional performances that get lost in the shuffle but manage to get the accolades it
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‘Fantastic Orgy / Champagne Orgy’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

Fantastic Orgy

(dir: Carlos Tobalina, 1978)

“Her Sexual Drive Makes Her A Star…!”

Iris Medina (playing herself in more ways than one) is a filmmaker. She has previously been producing sex related films, especially for college. She decides to take that next creative step from arthouse student filmmaking, hardcore pornography! When she isn’t behind the camera, she’s having some fun on the couch thinking of her stars and fantasising. One of her all time fantasies is sleep with the legendary John Holmes (Prisoner of Paradise, Tapestry of Passion). After shooting some scenes involving the beautiful Annette Haven (Barbara Broadcast, Dracula Sucks) and Desiree West (All Night Long, Carnal Haven), Iris finally gets to play out her ultimate fantasy with Mr. Holmes. Yep, that’s all I can really say about the plot…

Yep, story isn’t really the focus of this effort. What we have is a story thumbed
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 1/1/15 - Frank Langella

Happy Birthday, Frank Langella Langella won his first Tony Award for his performance in Edward Albee's Seascape and 1975 and was nominated for another for what may have been the performance for which he was best known for in the early part of his career the title role of the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula. He then appeared on Broadway in such plays as Sherlock's Last Case, Strindberg's The Father winning a Drama Desk Award, Match Tony Award nomination, and Fortune's Fool, for which he won a second Tony Award. He was cast as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's FrostNixon, which received enthusiastic reviews during a run at the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London before moving to New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in April 2007, culminating in Langella's third Tony Award. He reprised the role of Nixon in the 2008 film FrostNixon, directed by Ron Howard.
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Back to Andromeda

By David S. Schow

Hall: “Where’s the library?”

Dutton: “No need for books — everything’s in the computer.”

One of the few regrets of my adult life is that I never got to meet Michael Crichton, who died too young, November 2008. Eminently emulatable, he had conquered publishing, film and television and remains a personal hero. I was hooked from the moment my father returned from his Arctic DEWLine duties bearing a paperback first printing of The Andromeda Strain, which I plowed through while in high school. Then immediately re-read, and re-read again.

I still have that paperback.

Subsequently I devoured everything Crichton wrote — the “John Lange” potboilers written to pay his way through medical school; the landmark A Case of Need (written as “Jeffrey Hudson;” a stingingly strong pro-choice novel done prior to the Roe v. Wade decision); even the dope fantasia Dealing, written with his brother as “Michael Douglas.
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'Penny Dreadful' star Josh Hartnett buys into TV

'Penny Dreadful' star Josh Hartnett buys into TV
Los Angeles (AP) — A big reason film actors are drawn to TV is that it offers the sort of character-driven projects found less and less in a movie world tilted toward blockbusters. That's partly why Josh Hartnett jumped into "Penny Dreadful," an eight-part series debuting Sunday on Showtime (10 p.m. Edt) as part of a free preview weekend. He plays a troubled American, a gun for hire, ensnared by Victorian London's dark side in the horror drama-cum-psychological study. Hartnett also appreciated the guarantee that the project would be marketed and presented to an audience, something he's become painfully aware isn't always the case with independent films. "I've had worthy films not get a correct release, and have people come up to me later and say how much they enjoyed the film," seen after the fact online or on DVD, he said. "It's gratifying to know that people go back and see stuff,
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Mindy Newell: Zomb-o-Rama!

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“I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies.”

Craig Ferguson

We’re not the only ones obsessed with—ahem—The Walking Dead. Everybody seems to be in on it.

Here’s a very, very, short list of zombie movies:

28 Days 28 Days Later Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies <a class="zem_slink" title="Night of the Living Dead" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/0671835734/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">Night of the Living Dead</a> The Evil Dead <a class="zem_slink" title="I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/B000A0GOFA/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">I Walked with a Zombie</a> I Was a Teenage Zombie I Was a Zombie for the FBI They Came Back <a class="zem_slink" title="Shaun of the Dead" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/B0006A9FKA/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">Shaun of the Dead</a> World War Z I am Legend

There are lots more.

Probably hundreds.

Yeah, everybody loves zombies.

Everybody but me, that is. (Okay, I did love Shaun of the Dead.)

The first time I saw a zombie movie was way back when, and it was George Romero’s classic Night Of The Living Dead. Only I really didn’t see it because I was terrified and spent most of the time either cringing,
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Stage Tube: On This Day 1/1 - Frank Langella

Happy Birthday, Frank Langella Langella won his first Tony Award for his performance in Edward Albee's Seascape and 1975 and was nominated for another for what may have been the performance for which he was best known for in the early part of his career the title role of the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula. He then appeared on Broadway in such plays as Sherlock's Last Case, Strindberg's The Father winning a Drama Desk Award, Match Tony Award nomination, and Fortune's Fool, for which he won a second Tony Award. He was cast as Richard Nixon in Peter Morgan's FrostNixon, which received enthusiastic reviews during a run at the Donmar Warehouse and Gielgud Theatre in London before moving to New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in April 2007, culminating in Langella's third Tony Award. He reprised the role of Nixon in the 2008 film FrostNixon, directed by Ron Howard.
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Mike White’s Comedy about Romance Novel Cover Studs and Victor Garber Comes to “Sleepy Hollow”

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HBO is developing a comedy series with Mike White and Girls producer Murray Miller. Mr. Romance is based on a McSweeny’s article about the Mr. Romance Cover Model Competition. They had me at Mike White, but a show with a premise that is bound to be a hunkarama? I think the following is appropriate…

(source)

DC Comics has certainly busy getting its character on TV. Now, Bleeding Cool claims The CW is developing a Young Justice series with Superboy and Miss Martian featured as the team leaders.

I searched for “Greatest super-team to include Superboy” and got this. They’re Young Justice ,right?

Character actor Dan Hedaya (and my favorite Richard Nixon) is the latest big name to show up on The Mindy Project, according to Vulture. He’ll be playing Danny‘s estranged father.

Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are developing a mini-series for NBC
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Tauriel Shines in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug TV Spot #8, Plus Dwarf Infographic

It’s a near-perfect storm of big sci-fi entertainment wonderfulness today, isn’t it, friends? The big Who anniversary of course, and the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and even though there’s no Grimm or Dracula tonight, we still, thank Syfy, have Haven. And what else? How about tickets now on sale for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?

And to celebrate, we have a new TV spot for the movie, this time with a lot of looks at new-to-the-franchise character Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly (Lost). After that we have a helpful infographic that, if studied consistently between now and December 13, will enable you to accurately identify each of the 13 dwarves:

TV Spot: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – #8

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchette, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish,
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