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Book Review: "John Badham On Directing: Notes On 'Saturday Night Fever', 'War Games' And More" (2Nd Edition) (Michael Wiese Productions)

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By Cai Ross

“Directing is so much more than staging scenes or moving the camera,” explains John Badham in the new edition of his last book. “It is how to make the impossible possible. It is storytelling, imagination, people managing, resource skills, physical stamina, so many things a director is called upon to be good at. Including accepting the blame for everything: the script, the performances, the camerawork etc., etc., etc. And yet, in spite of all those limitations, obstacles, and endless politics, we charge forward trying to make the very best of what we have to work with. Who else would do such a crazy thing? But how can we not?”

In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, John Badham enjoyed something of the Midas Touch. A former actor - and brother of To Kill a Mockingbird actress Mary Badham - he had graduated at the same movie
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Lost Boys

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: Lost Boys
Sigh. This is one of those uncomfortable/unfortunate times where, in the midst of us all enjoying a great season of TV, I must lament that — in my opinion — the latest episode was a letdown.

One of TVLine’s Best Shows of 2020 (So Far), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Wednesday hit the midpoint of its farewell season, and while the set-up for the episode held promise — Mack and Deke had been stranded in the 1980s, on the heels of 1) Lmd Coulson going boom and B) Mack realizing his parents had been prematurely killed by Chronicoms — the end product felt
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Pat Brymer Dies, Caddyshack Gopher Puppeteer and Team America Collaborator Was 70

Pat Brymer Dies, Caddyshack Gopher Puppeteer and Team America Collaborator Was 70
Some sad news is coming in today as it has been reported that famous Hollywood puppeteer Pat Brymer has passed away. Particularly well known for puppeteering the mischievous gopher that tormented Bill Murray in Caddyshack, Brymer had also lent a hand to many other movies and television shows. Although the news of his death has just been announced, Brymer reportedly died on April 12 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, following a battle with cardiomyopathy. He was 70 years old.

Born James Patrick Brymer, the legendary puppeteer was born on March 17, 1950, in Highland Park, Illinois. Following four years studying theater at Illinois State University, Brymer began working as a puppeteer in St. Louis when he took a job at Sid and Marty Krofft's puppet theater at Six Flags Over Mid-America. There, he would build puppets and walk-around characters. This would lead to more work with the Kroffts, such as
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Screen Scotland, BFI launch £1m talent development programme

Screen Scotland, BFI launch £1m talent development programme
The UK-wide programme will support new and emerging Scottish film talent.

UK screen organisations Screen Scotland and the British Film Institute have launched a £1m talent development programme for new and emerging writers, directors and producers from across Scotland.

The programme, named Short Circuit, will be based in Scotland, and will produce up to 18 short films and develop 10 feature-length scripts over two years, from 2020-22.

The scheme is a partnership between Glasgow-based non-profit organisation Film City Futures; and educational charity Glasgow Film, which runs the Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Film Festival, and Glasgow Youth Film Festival.

Training, mentoring, production and development advice,
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‘Axcellerator’ Review (Amazon Prime)

‘Axcellerator’ Review (Amazon Prime)
Stars: Ryan Wesen, Laura James, Sam J. Jones, Mark ‘Woody’ Keppel, John James, Maxwell Caulfield, Sean Young, David Johnson, John Romeo | Written by David Giancola, Mike Ford | Directed by David Giancola

Dane (Ryan Wesen) only wanted to steal a car but, when a panicked inventor (Mark ‘Woody’ Keppel) dives in the passenger seat with a pistol and a teleportation device, he’s suddenly in the middle of a car chasing government gun battle. Kate (Laura James) only wanted to keep her lousy job but, when Dane teleports into her arms, the two are thrown into the heart of a sinister global conspiracy. Hunted by a sadistic assassin (Sam J Jones) they must find a way to save themselves, figure out who to trust how and more importantly, how to make this crazy device work again.

Who knew that in a low-budget action film we’d get to see two former Dynasty stars appearing on-screen together?
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1980s Sci-Fi Documentary In Search Of Tomorrow Launches Kickstarter Campaign

1980s Sci-Fi Documentary In Search Of Tomorrow Launches Kickstarter Campaign
After taking viewers on a walk down the macabre memory lane of ’80s horror cinema with the documentary In Search of Darkness (coming to Shudder later this year), CreatorVC is now giving fans of ’80s sci-fi a similar experience to look forward to with the new documentary In Search of Tomorrow. Featuring interviews with more than 40 (and counting) notable actors, directors, writers, special effects artists, and composers who helped bring iconic ’80s sci-fi films to life In Search of Tomorrow has launched its official Kickstarter campaign.

Running until midnight Pst on May 17th, the Kickstarter campaign for In Search of Tomorrow includes seven support platforms, and not only allows sci-fi fans to support the documentary, but also become a part of its immersive celebration of ’80s sci-fi cinema, including a Discord community that will allow supporters to participate in watch parties and Q&As with special guests from the documentary.
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Disney+ Opens Pre-Sale Offer In The UK, Sets Originals Premieres But No Word On ‘The Simpsons’

Disney+ Opens Pre-Sale Offer In The UK, Sets Originals Premieres But No Word On ‘The Simpsons’
Disney has opened a pre-sale offer for subscriptions to its Disney+ streaming service in the UK and revealed which originals will be available at launch, although there’s no word on its plan for The Simpsons.

The Hollywood studio is offering customers the chance to sign up to the service for £49.99 for a year, a discount on the £59.99 regular annual subscription price. This price is available until March 23, the day before its UK launch.

The service comes to the UK over five months since its launch in the U.S., Canada and Netherlands.

The slate of Disney+ Originals from launch includes as The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Diary of a Future President, The World According To Jeff Goldblum, Marvel’s Hero Project, Encore!, Disney Fairytale Weddings, Be Our Chef, Pick of the Litter, Shop Class and The Imagineering Story. The seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Disney+ ‘Short Circuit’ Trailer Is Not What You Think It Is

Nope, sorry, Disney+'s Short Circuit isn't a reboot of Number "Johnny" 5 but rather a showcase of shorts by Disney Animation. The experimental program, which began back in 2016, sees Walt Disney Animation Studios employees pitching an idea with the potential of it being selected to come to life as an original short film, supported by the studio and their fellow artists. The program aims to take risks visually and narratively while also surfacing new voices at the studio and experimenting with new technical innovations in the filmmaking process. This first trailer for the Short Circuit series shows …
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Syd Mead Dies: Visionary Futurist Who Worked On ‘Blade Runner’ & ‘Tron’ Was 86

Syd Mead Dies: Visionary Futurist Who Worked On ‘Blade Runner’ & ‘Tron’ Was 86
Syd Mead, the visionary futurist who worked on such classic fantasy/sci-fi films as Tron, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, died today in Pasadena. He was 86.

Roger Servick, his spouse and business partner of 40 years, told Deadline that Mead had been in failing health due to lymphoma cancer and he was undergoing treatment at City of Hope in Duarte, CA.

Servick, who was by Mead’s side when he died, said his last words were: “I’m done here. They’re coming to take me back.”

Mead’s art department credits include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Aliens, Timecop, Mission: Impossible III, Elysium and Tomorrowland. He also appeared in numerous documentaries over the years.

Last month he was named the recipient of the William Cameron Menzies Award from the Art Directors Guild, for his innovative neo-futuristic concept artwork on numerous legendary movies. The Adg had planned
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Syd Mead, Visionary ‘Blade Runner’ Artist and Futurist, Dies at 86

Syd Mead, Visionary ‘Blade Runner’ Artist and Futurist, Dies at 86
Visual artist and futurist Syd Mead, who helped shape the look of influential sci-fi films including “Blade Runner,” “Tron,” “Aliens” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” died Monday of complications from lymphoma in Pasadena, Calif. He was 86.

Autoline journalist John McElroy first reported the news, which was confirmed by his spouse Roger Servick to several media outlets.

Mead was set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award during the Guild’s 24th Annual awards in February for his contributions on “Aliens,” “Blade Runner” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”

Adg president Nelson Coates said, “I am so saddened to hear of the passing of visionary illustrator and concept artist Syd Mead. His pivotal role in shaping cinema was unique, with a singular ability to visualize the future. As one of the most influential conceptual artists of our time, his visions and illustrations of future technological worlds
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Syd Mead, ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Aliens’ Concept Artist and Futurist, Dies at 86

Syd Mead, ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Aliens’ Concept Artist and Futurist, Dies at 86
Syd Mead, a visual effects artist and American industrial designer who helped imagine the futuristic look of science fiction classics like “Blade Runner” and “Aliens,” has died. He was 86.

A representative with the Art Directors Guild, which was meant to honor Mead in February with the William Cameron Menzies Award, told TheWrap that Mead died on Monday in Pasadena, California due to complications from lymphoma cancer, for which he had been undergoing treatment for the past year.

Mead was known as a “visual futurist” whose concept art and architectural background served as the basis for Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi, as well as other films such as “2010,” “Tron” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” More recently, Mead served as a consultant on the films “Tomorrowland,” “Elysium” and “Blade Runner 2049.”

He specifically worked
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David Foster, Producer of ‘The Getaway,’ Dies at 90

David Foster, Producer of ‘The Getaway,’ Dies at 90
David Foster, the prolific Hollywood producer whose credits included “The Getaway,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” two versions of “The Thing” and “The Mask of Zorro,” died on Monday, his family told TheWrap. He was 90.

Foster’s entertainment career spanned six decades.

He started as a publicist at Rogers and Cowan, representing top tier talent including Steve McQueen, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers and Sonny and Cher. He then became a partner at Allan, Foster, Ingersoll and Weber.

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In 1968, Foster moved to producing, partnering with Mitchell Brower to produce the Warren Beatty and Julie Christie film “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” He produced McQueen’s 1971 hit “The Getaway.”

Additionally, he produced the 1981 comedy “Caveman” starring Ringo Starr, the heartwarming 1986 family sci-fi film “Short Circuit” and its 1988 sequel and two versions of the horror film “The Thing” (1982 and 2011). His other
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David Foster, Producer of ‘The Getaway’ and ‘The Thing,’ Dies at 90

David Foster, Producer of ‘The Getaway’ and ‘The Thing,’ Dies at 90
Prolific movie producer David Foster, who collaborated with Steve McQueen on “The Getaway” and shepherded Robert Altman’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 90.

Foster started in the business as a publicist representing McQueen along with Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Shirley MacLaine, Andy Williams and Sonny and Cher.

He left publicity and partnered with Mitchell Brower, where their first production was acclaimed 1971 Western “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” Warren Beatty and Julie Christie starred, with Christie netting an Oscar nom.

In 1972, he produced Sam Peckinpah’s “The Getaway” in collaboration with McQueen and Ali McGraw. It became one of Peckinpah’s most financially successful films.

Foster partnered with “The Graduate” producer Larry Turman in 1974. The Turman Foster Company started out with “The Drowning Pool,” starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and continued with “Heroes,” John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” “Running Scared,” 1994’s reboot of “The Getaway” and “The River Wild.
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Fox Searchlight Teaming With Wes Anderson for His New Film The French Dispatch

Fox Searchlight has acquired the rights to the next film from director Wes Anderson. As with most of Anderson’s films, this one already has a large and impressive star-studded cast that includes Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Lea Seydoux (Spectre), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Kate Winslet (Titanic), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Bill Murray (Ghostbusters), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums), Cecile de France (Hereafter), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld), Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), and Henry Winkler (Barry).

Deadline says the movie is “a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city.” The movie will bring to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine.

Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley,
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Apu, Krusty ... McBain? The Simpsons spin-offs we most want to see

The Simpsons creators have teased a ‘crazy limited series with a side character’. But which of the dozens of brilliant bit parts should they put in the limelight?

It seems fairly clear that Disney+ will mainly exist to suffocate us in content. We’ve already been promised endless series based on whatever peripheral Marvel and Star Wars characters they’ve found lurking unused in cupboards, plus a Muppets series, a High School Musical series, an Ice Age series, a True Lies series, a Willow series, a Short Circuit series, a 101 Dalmatians series and something where Jeff Goldblum just sort of ambiently wanders around touching his mouth a lot as he pontificates about bicycles.

But the glut is by no means over, because now we’re being teased with something that would have been incredible had it happened in the 1990s: more Simpsons.
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Film Review: ‘Burn Your Maps’

Film Review: ‘Burn Your Maps’
Burn Your Maps” is one of those movies that’s glib and facile and threadbare all the way through, then the ending sort of gets to you (you’d have to be made of pretty stern stuff if it didn’t), so you think back over what you’ve seen — and it’s still a crock. The writer-director, Jordan Roberts, seems drawn like a magnet to overly manipulative feel-good genres. This is another of those dramas about a couple who have lost a young child, and it’s ripping them apart, but watching them go through the motions of a healing that won’t take, the audience feels just about as removed from their pain as they are.

I’m not suggesting that this is an invalid subject for a movie, only that it’s not one you want to see treated with on-the-nose therapeutic shallowness. When we first meet
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Disney Debuts ‘Frozen 2’ Scenes and Story Details at Annecy

Disney Debuts ‘Frozen 2’ Scenes and Story Details at Annecy
Annecy, France — Disney Animation Studios, a long-time friend and collaborator of the Annecy Intl. Animation Festival, returned to the French town on Friday with three new shorts from its experimental animated shorts program Short Circuit, destined for Disney Plus, before providing an inside look at upcoming “Frozen 2.”

Held at Annecy’s lakeside Bonlieu Theater, “Frozen 2” head of animation Becky Bresee and head of effects animation Marlon West shared behind the scenes details for the making of Disney’s most anticipated sequel in years, telling stories, showing photos and screening two scenes, never-before-seen outside of Disney’s Burbank studios.

Before the first clip, Bresee and West explained that the film kicks off, as did the first, when Elsa and Anna are still young girls. Their father regales the girls with a lavish bedtime story from his youth, when the young prince himself visited an enchanted elemental forest, before something went horribly
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Annecy Presents a Global Animation Slate

Like the art form it celebrates, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival has been growing creatively and commercially by leaps and bounds — increasingly attracting attention from Hollywood’s expanding roster of animation studios.

Annecy artistic director Marcel Jean says the number of festival goers has nearly doubled since 2013 to 11,700 in 2018. The number of projects has also soared, prompting the addition this year of a competition called Contrechamps for lower-budget, indie feature films.

And while the Mifa market at the Imperial Palace drew nearly 3,800 badge-holders last year, an annual increase of 22 percent, it’s the festival’s appreciation of and openness to the creativity of animation that draws an influential audience too tempting for studios to pass up.

“It’s really about the art of animation there, not so much about the business of animation,” says Melissa Cobb, VP of kids and family at Netflix, which is officially attending the festival
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Blu-ray Review: Man’S Best Friend

Have you ever watched a movie about a psychotic, genetically modified dog and found yourself wondering if it was in fact made by a psychotic, genetically modified dog? Such was the case for me while watching the new Scream Factory release of John Lafia’s 1993 killer canine flick Man’s Best Friend. Now, recently I’ve developed an affinity for the bonkers horror that came out of the early to mid ’90s. I can appreciate a movie that takes a crazy premise and commits to it. The problem with Man’s Best Friend is that it doesn’t quite know what it’s committing to.

Lori Tanner (Ally Sheedy) is a journalist complete with an oversized pants suit, a smoking habit, and a rather weaselly boyfriend named Perry (Fredric Lehne). In an attempt to break away from doing fluff pieces on the local news station, she follows a lead to Emax Laboratories,
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Comic Con Scotland: For the Love of 80s – Event Report

The weekend of November 10th-11th saw some of team Nerdly make the 3-hour trek up to Edinburgh for the inaugural Comic Con Scotland event which, given the guest list, had also been dubbed “For the Love of 80s.” Not really surprising also given that this convention was put on by the folks at Monopoly Events – who also run For the Love of SciFi and For the Love of Horror out of Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre.

The big draw for this event was the plethora of 80s superstars who were in attendance: Lou Ferrigno, David Hasslehoff, Streethawk’s Rex Smith, Dirk Benedict, Gremlins’ Zach Galligan, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Ray Parker Jr. who wrote the theme tune for Ghostbusters, and many more. There were also a number of props and vehicles from 80s franchises to take photos of – the A-Team van, Kitt fron Knight Rider, the bikes from both
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