Griffin Dunne Birthday June 8

 

Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne (born June 8, 1955) is an American actor and film director.

Dunne starred in An American Werewolf in London (1981) as Jack Goodman, Johnny Dangerously (1984) as Tommy Kelly, After Hours (1985) as Paul Hackett, Who’s That Girl (1987) as Loudon Trott, My Girl (1991) as Jake Bixler, Quiz Show (1994) as an Account Guy, Game 6 (2005) as Elliott Litvak and I Like It Like That (1994) as Stephen Price.

 

As of 2004, he has appeared in nearly 40 films and TV movies, starting with The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975. He has produced and/or directed more than 10 other features and has made numerous TV appearances, including Frasier, Saturday Night Live, Alias, and especially Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Episodes 5, 118, and 128). Most recently, he portrayed Tony Mink in the comedy Trust Me on TNT. In 1995, Griffin Dunne was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Duke of Groove, which he directed and co-wrote. He shared the nomination with producer Thom Colwell. He is also a known producer along with his producing partner, actress Amy Robinson (Mean Streets) for producing After Hours, Running On Empty & Game 6.

Griffin Dunne as Jack in An American Werewolf in London

Griffin Dunne as Jack in An American Werewolf in London

 

Trivia:

Son of producer/writer Dominick Dunne and Ellen Griffin Dunne.

Founded with Amy Robinson production company “Double Play Productions”.

Rick Baker and Griffin Dunne An American Werewolf in London

Rick Baker works on Griffin Dunne's makeup for An American Werewolf in London

 

Older brother of Dominique Dunne and Alexander Dunne.

Has a daughter, Hannah Dunne, born in January 1990, together with Carey Lowell.

Frequently works with actress Rosanna Arquette.

Cousin-in-law of Gerry Michael.

Nephew of John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion.

Good friends with Michael Keaton.

At age 18, Dunne skipped college and moved to New York to become an actor.

Liam Neeson Birthday June 7

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Liam John Neeson, OBE (born 7 June 1952) is an Irish actor, who has been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

He has starred in a number of notable roles including Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List, Michael Collins in Michael Collins, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Alfred Kinsey in Kinsey, and the voice of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia film series. He has also starred in several other notable films, including The Dead Pool, Darkman, Rob Roy, Nell, Love, Actually, Kingdom of Heaven, Batman Begins, Taken, Chloe and Clash of the Titans. He will play John “Hannibal” Smith in the upcoming 2010 A-Team movie.

He was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, and educated there and at Queen’s University Belfast. He moved to Dublin after university to further his acting career, joining the renowned Abbey Theatre. In the early 1990s, he moved again to America, where the wide acclaim for his performance in Schindler’s List led to more high-profile work. He is widowed and lives in New York with his two sons.

Trade Mark

In his career’s recent years, Neeson has very often taken roles in which he is a mentor/trainer/father figure to a younger man, as in, for example, Batman Begins (2005), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Gangs of New York (2002), and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). His character often must die early in the movie and/or the student’s life so that the young man can apply the Neeson character’s lessons to his own ongoing struggle.

Frequently portrays characters based on real people. (e.g. Rob Roy,Oskar Schindler, Michael Collins, Alfred Kinsey)

Trivia

On 11 July 2000 he fractured his right pelvis and chipped his left pelvis and sustained multiple abrasions to his legs after hitting a deer while riding his 1989 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Connecticut. He was thrown off the motorcycle just before it smashed into a nearby tree. A passing motorist found him crawling along the roadside. Due to this accident he was unable to appear as a “Force Ghost” in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and is only heard as a disembodied voice in the scene following Anakin’s slaughter of the Tusken Raider Camp.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#74). [1995]

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 2000 Queen’s Millennium Honors List for his services to drama.

Children, with Natasha Richardson: Michael Richard Antonio Neeson(born on June 22, 1995) and Daniel Jack Neeson (born on August 27, 1996).

Loves fly-fishing

Was a boxer as a teen-ager in Northern Ireland, which resulted in getting his nose broken at the age of 15. Nevertheless, he went on to win the Irish Youth Championship. A brief blackout after one of his fights, however, caused him to give up the ring for good.

Won a libel case against newspapers who claimed that his marriage was in trouble. [October 1998]

Ranked #69 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]

Has dated actresses Helen Mirren, Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Barbra Streisand and singer Sinéad O’Connor.

First worked with future wife actress Natasha Richardson on the TV mini-series “Ellis Island” (1984).

Son-in-law of actress Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson.

Was considered for the role of James Bond in GoldenEye (1995).

Attended Queen’s University of Belfast for a short while to study physics and computer science, but flunked out.

Nominated for Tony award for Best Leading Actor in a play for role in “The Crucible”, May 2002.

Was connected to David Lean’s production of “Nostromo”, but he withdrew before pre-production began and Lean’s subsequent death.

He was considered for the role of Van Helsing in Dracula (1992) (and reportedly he very much wanted the role), however, he was turned down when Anthony Hopkins showed an interest in the role and ultimately got it.

Brother-in-law of Joely Richardson.

Has worked together repeatedly with Laura Linney, including in Kinsey (2004), Love Actually (2003), and in a Broadway revival of “The Crucible”, having played husband and wife in Kinsey (2004) and “The Crucible”. The two have joked about feeling like “an old married couple”.

Wanted to be in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) so badly, he didn’t even bother reading the script.

Graduated from the Gaiety School of Drama in Dublin, Ireland.

A member of the Dublin Shakespeare Theatre Festival where his past credits include “Hamlet”, “King Richard II” and “All’s Well That Ends Well”.

He recalled his most embarrassing moment in acting as, relatively early in his career, he auditioned for the role of Fezzik, the giant, in The Princess Bride (1987). Director Rob Reiner had a look of disgust on his face when he realized that Neeson was “only” six-feet-four and André the Giant ended up getting the role.

Though he was eager to be a part of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) (the first of the Star Wars prequel trilogy), he reportedly hated working on the film, once shooting started, remarking that he “felt like a puppet”.

Was chosen for the role of Gawain in Excalibur (1981) primarily because director John Boorman wanted a large man in the role for the duel between Gawain and Lancelot (Nicholas Clay). It was on this film where he met Helen Mirren, who was playing Morgana.

Auditioned for, and was accepted by, the Bristol Old Vic Drama School in England, but decided to attend the Gaiety School of acting instead so he could stay active with the Dublin Shakespeare Festival while in school.

Is an honorary board member of the CDS (Conference of Drama Schools) in England, which also includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole and Jeremy Irons (to name a few). The board oversees all drama schools in England.

Was very active with the Royal National Theatre in London during the nineties where he performed a wide range of Shakespeare’s works.

Was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor (Play): in 1993 for a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” and in 2002 for a revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

It was his role in Shining Through (1992) as a high Nazi party official that got him noticed by Steven Spielberg, and that eventually led to him being cast as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List (1993).

Is one of seven actors who played a character in both the “Star Wars” and “Batman” films: William Hootkins (X-Wing pilot/Lt. Eckhardt), ‘Garrick Hagon’ (Biggs/mugging victim), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian/Harvey Dent), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker/voice of The Joker, Clive Revill, (voice of the Emperor/voice of Alfred Pennyworth), Brock Peters, (radio voice of Darth Vader/voice of Lucuis Fox and Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn/Ra’s Al Ghul).

Schindler’s List (1993) is ranked #3 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.

Was Oliver Stone’s very first choice for the role of King Phillip of Macedonia in Alexander (2004).

Friend of actor Henry Herman.

Was considered for the part of Dracula in the cult classic The Monster Squad (1987).

In an interview with the BBC, he said that Northern Irish Protestant minister Ian Paisley influenced his decision to become an actor. He use to sneak into the church in his hometown of Ballymena and watch Mr. Paisley preach. “He had a magnificent presence and it was incredible to watch this six foot-plus man just bible-thumping away. It was acting but it was also great acting and stirring too.”.

On 16 March 2009, his wife Natasha Richardson suffered a brain injury in a skiing accident. On 18 March 2009, she died in hospital. Liam interrupted filming of his movie Chloe (2009) in order to be by her side in the hospital.

Received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Queen’s University of Belfast, at the British consulate on May 6, 2009 in New York.

Friends with Ralph Fiennes.

Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is a 1958 American science fiction feature film produced by Bernard Woolner for Allied Artists Pictures. It was directed by Nathan H. Juran (credited as Nathan Hertz) from a screenplay by Mark Hanna, and starred Allison Hayes, William Hudson and Yvette Vickers. The original music score was composed by Ronald Stein. The film was a take on other movies that had also featured size-changing humans, namely The Amazing Colossal Man and The Incredible Shrinking Man, but substituting a woman as the protagonist.

The story concerns the plight of Nancy Archer, a wealthy heiress whose close encounter with an enormous alien being causes her to grow into a giantess. She uses her new size and power to seek revenge against her philandering husband Harry and his mistress, Honey Parker.

Trivia:

This film was made right after the success of Sputnik. The alien spacecraft is called a “satellite” because the writer thought that meant any spherical shaped spacecraft.


Several years later, the Woolner Brothers planned to do a bigger budget sequel to be shot in Cinemascope and color. A final script was written and printed. The film never went into production.

 


Yvette Vickers had a close call when filming her character’s death scene. A large nail on one of the boards from the fallen debris stood dangerously close to her head.

 


The giant bald space alien is played by Michael Ross. He can also be spotted playing the bartender.

 


The movie’s poster was as #8 of “The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever” by Premiere.

 


According to Yvette Vickers, the suggestion for her sexy dance came from Frank Chase, brother of dancer Barrie Chase, who played the deputy Charlie.

 


Director Nathan Juran insisted on being billed as “Nathan Hertz” (Hertz was Juran’s middle name), apparently because he was embarrassed by this film’s low budget and poor quality.

 

Pierce Brosnan Birthday May 16

pierce brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brendan Brosnan, OBE (born 16 May 1953) is an Irish actor, film producer and environmentalist who holds Irish and American citizenship. After leaving school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration, but trained at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to popularity in the television series Remington Steele (1982-87).

After Remington Steele, Brosnan took the lead in many films such as Dante’s Peak and The Thomas Crowne Affair. He took over from Timothy Dalton as secret agent James Bond, starring in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day (1995- 2002). He also provided his voice and likeness to Bond in the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing and James Bond 007: Nightfire. Since playing Bond he has starred in such successes as The Matador (nominated for a Golden Globe, 2005) and Mamma Mia! (National Movie Award, 2008).

In 1996, along with Beau St. Clair, Brosnan formed Irish DreamTime, a Los Angeles-based production company. In later years, he has become known for his charitable work and environmental activism.

He was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris from 1977 until her early death in 1991. He married American journalist and author Keely Shaye Smith in 2001, becoming an American citizen in 2004.

Trivia:

He adopted his first wife Cassandra Harris’s children, Charlotte Brosnan (b. 1972) and Christopher Brosnan (b. 1973), after their father died in 1986.

Was made a Freeman of Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland (the town he lived in until he moved to England in 1964) on 11th November 1999.

Owns his own production company, Irish DreamTime. Its first release was The Nephew (1998).

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful” people in the world. [1996]

Chosen by People magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in the world. [1991]

The very first film he claims to have seen is the 007 movie Goldfinger (1964).

Enjoys fishing on the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Jimmy Carter (former American President) also enjoys the same fishing spot.

Is the third actor to play James Bond in more than two films, along with Roger Moore and Sean Connery.

At the Genesis Awards Ceremony, reunited with “Remington Steele” (1982) co-star Stephanie Zimbalist. [1996]

On December 28, 1991, one day after their 11th wedding anniversary, his wife, Cassandra Harris, died in his arms. She died of ovarian cancer.

His mother, May, was 19 when she gave birth to him. She had married his father, Thomas, on August 16, 1952. However, his parents separated when he was still a baby, and from the age of 4 he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Philip and Kathleen Smith, while his mother went to London to train as a nurse. When he was 6, both grandparents died and he was passed around amongst relatives until Eileen Reilly took him into her lodging house. Finally, when he was 10, his mother was able to take him to her home in Putney, London. While in London, May had met a man, named Bill Carmichael, who had asked her to marry him, but she wanted approval from her son. Pierce gave his approval and the couple were married. From that point on, Bill treated Pierce as his real son and they got along fine. It was Bill who took Pierce to see his first Bond movie, Goldfinger (1964), and it was at that point that decided to take up acting.

At the age of 11 he was almost six feet tall, making him a target of bullies.

Voted “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine in 2001.

Is claustrophobic, which made the filming of certain scenes in Dante’s Peak (1997) very difficult.

He was voted sixth in the Orange 2001 film survey of greatest British film actors ever.

In addition to his salary for his James Bond movies, Brosnan received a car. The BMW Z3 from GoldenEye (1995), an 8-series BMW (instead of the 750iL) from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and the Z8 from The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Early in his screen career he portrayed the title role in the TV series “Remington Steele” (1982). His character was a career criminal gone “straight” as a private investigator, with an amazing knowledge of and obsession with classic cinema. In the episode “To Catch a Steele” (original air date 2/11/83, episode 15), Steele equates the case he is working on to The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen. Sixteen years later Brosnan starred in the remake of that movie, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).

He was given an honorary OBE by Britain’s ambassador to Ireland, Stewart Eldon, on 8/19/03. Honorary OBEs are awarded on merit by the Queen to non-British citizens who have made an important contribution to British interests. The award formally makes him “an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”.

After the release of Die Another Day (2002), he was approached by a man in a Dublin bar who asked to shake his hand. He complied and then cracked up when the man said, “That’s the closest my hand will ever get to Halle Berry’s arse [butt].”.

On August 12, 1964, as an 11-year-old he flew, for the first time, from Ireland to the UK to join his mother May, the very day that Ian Fleming died.

Three sons: Sean Brosnan (b. September 13, 1983), Dylan Thomas (b. January 13, 1997) and Paris Beckett (b. February 27, 2001). He also has two adopted children, Charlotte Brosnan (b. 1971) and Christopher Brosnan (b. 1973).

He says that his favorite Bond films are From Russia with Love (1963) and For Your Eyes Only (1981), and that his least favorite Bond film is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).

Became an American citizen on 23 September 2004 but still plans to keep his Irish citizenship.

He studied under Yat Malmgren, a dancer and drama teacher who also worked with Sean Connery in the 1950s and is credited with helping him develop a strong sense of movement and presence.

According to the James Bond tailors in London, he has been both the lightest and heaviest of all the James Bonds. The tailors who fitted him for his Bond films state that in his first Bond movie, GoldenEye (1995), he weighed 164 pounds, making him the lightest actor to play Bond. However, in his fourth Bond movie, Die Another Day (2002), he weighed 211 pounds, making him the heaviest actor to play Bond.

He says that the first two films he saw at the cinema, Goldfinger (1964) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), are also the two films that have had the most influence on him.

Graduated from the prestigious MA program at the Drama Center in London, England.

After Timothy Dalton was unavailable, Brosnan was originally chosen to play 007 in 1986 and was given the script to “The Living Daylights”. Although he was contracted to “Remington Steele” (1982) for seven seasons, NBC decided to cancel the show at the end of the fourth season, which meant that Brosnan was free to play James Bond in The Living Daylights the following year. However, shortly after the end of the fourth season, NBC had second thoughts about canceling Remington Steele and subsequently approached the Bond producers directly in an attempt to strike a deal that would allow Brosnan to play both James Bond and Remington Steele the following year. NBC also offered to completely reschedule the shooting of Remmington Steele to ensure that there were no scheduling conflicts. But eventually, Albert Broccoli famously told NBC that “James Bond will not be Remington Steele and Remington Steele will not be James Bond.” Accordingly, Brosnan would only play Bond if the show remained canceled. NBC had a 60 day deadline to revoke their decision to cancel Remmington Steele series and at 6.30pm on the 60th day of the deadline, Brosnan learned that NBC decided to make a fifth season. So, the role of the new James Bond went to Timothy Dalton. NBC went on to make only six episodes of the fifth season of Remington Steele before finally canceling the show for good.

Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).

Brosnan’s Bond was mainly dressed with shirts and ties from Turnbull & Asser, shoes from Church’s, and suits from the Italian company Brioni. The cuff links and the belts were mostly Dunhill’s.

In 2004, Quentin Tarantino expressed an interest in directing Brosnan in a version of Casino Royale (2006), but was turned down by the Bond producers.

He is a professional “fire eater”, having performed a fire eating act in a circus at a young age. Knowing this, the writers for “Remington Steele” (1982) asked him to hone his skills as a fire eater for an episode during the series’ second season, entitled “High Flying Steele”, where Remington and Laura are to go undercover in a circus.

Is a fan of “Doctor Who” (1963).

He and fellow Bond actor Sean Connery have both played King Arthur. Connery played him in First Knight (1995) and Brosnan provided the voice of Arthur in Quest for Camelot (1998).

Quit smoking cigarettes before the release of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

While it may be incorrect to suggest that Brosnan was fired from the role of James Bond, since technically the producers simply chose not to renew his contract, they had agreed in principle to collaborate on a fifth Bond film before the producers pulled from negotiations. This makes Brosnan the first Bond to end his reign not of his own accord.

Supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

He’s an only child.

Met his Bond predecessor Sir Sean Connery for the first time at The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV), but only for a few minutes.

Due to rising budgets and declining audiences, Brosnan’s last three Bond films were the only ones in the series to not take more than five times their cost. Even Timothy Dalton’s two films took in more than five times their budget, and George Lazenby’s one Bond film (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) more than ten. Whether you go by budget-to-gross or inflation-adjusted ratios, Brosnan’s films did average business. Die Another Day (2002) in particular, despite being the second highest grossing Bond after Casino Royale (2006) before inflation, made the smallest profit on its theatrical run of any Bond movie – a major reason for revamping the franchise. Sean Connery’s Bond films remain the most successful, with Thunderball (1965) having taken 22 times its cost at the worldwide box-office.

He is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, gay adoption, gun control and protecting the environment.

The production of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was a troubled one, owing in part to the producers agreeing to have the film ready for a December release. Brosnan rejected the script after it had been rewritten; it was then rewritten again during filming by the writer of the original script; director and scriptwriter were not talking to each other, and Brosnan and Teri Hatcher were not compatible. The film cost around $110 million, but only took in more than $346 million at the box office worldwide.

Shares two roles with two previous James Bonds. He and Sean Connery have also both played King Arthur. He and David Niven have also both played Phileas Fogg, Niven in Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and Brosnan in “Around the World in 80 Days” (1989/I).

In addition to playing a small role in The Broken Chain (1993) (TV), actor Girard Swan briefly worked as Brosnan’s stand-in.

Spent three years studying acting at The Drama Centre, in north London in his early years.

Nicknamed “Colonel Chunky” by the crew on Mamma Mia! (2008).

Attended Elliot Secondary School, Putney, South London in the 1960s.

After being chosen to play “James Bond”, Brosnan wasn’t allowed to wear a tuxedo in any other film. This posed a problem for the wardrobe staff of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).

He’s Meryl Streep’s close friend.

His favourite comic actor is the former Python, John Cleese.

Lives in Malibu, California.

Mystery Science Theater The Movie


Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996, produced by Best Brains, Inc., distributed by Gramercy Pictures) is a theatrical adaptation of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. The date of the movie’s production, between seasons 6 and 7 of MST3K, explains the absence of both TV’s Frank (Frank Conniff), who left the series in the finale of Season 6, and Pearl Forrester (Mary Jo Pehl), who arrived in the premiere of Season 7 (the final Comedy Central season), The Film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA.

MST3K: The Movie was filmed away from the Best Brains corporate headquarters and studio in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, at Energy Park Studios in St. Paul. Like the TV series, it starred Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, and Jim Mallon.

Trivia:

The “hard copy of the status report” that Mike is reading at the beginning of the film is actually a copy of “Satellite News” the official newsletter of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 information club.


The control panel for the robotic arms that Mike uses to grab the Hubble is marked “Manos.” Manos, along with being Spanish for “hands”, is also a reference to the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) which is generally agreed to be the worst movie ever shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

 


A sculpture of the head of TV’s Frank appears on door #2 of the “theater tunnel.” TV’s Frank was a popular character played by Frank Conniff, who left the show after the sixth season.

 


The TV show’s usual density of gags was reduced for theatrical audiences, so that a larger number of people laughing wouldn’t cause too much dialogue to be missed.

 


At ninety minutes, each episode of the television series is actually longer than the movie runs (73 minutes).

 


The original DVD release had no special features and was withdrawn from circulation in 2000. However in 2003 on the 7th anniversary of the movie’s premiere (19 April 1996) an unknown Internet fan released a Special Edition DVD. This two disc set has the widescreen version of the film, the theatrical trailer, TV spots, a review from E!, a slideshow presentation from the 1996 MST3K convention and the cut host segment & alternate ending.

 


When Mike Nelson uses the manipulator arms to free the Hubble, not only does the panel say Manos (see above), but when he clicks the button we hear a subtle reworking of Torgo’s theme. Torgo was the central character of Manos, The Hands Of Fate and Mike Nelson would often make cameos spoofing Torgo throughout the shows’ existence prior to his taking over from Joel Hodgson (the show’s creator and star for 4 and a half seasons).

 


At one point, Crow quips, “Oh, PLEASE, let us get the Sci-Fi Channel, oh please, oh please, oh please!” At the time, the production company Best Brains was negotiating a deal to air on the Sci-Fi Channel.

 


Most of the puppeteering for Gypsy was actually done by Patrick Brantseg (who would later take over both the puppeteering and voice in the TV series) and the voice was dubbed in later by Jim Mallon. This was so Mallon could focus on directing the scene rather than operating the puppet.

 


When Universal originally released the movie, they thought that a limited release in a select group of “college towns” (where they believed MST3K was most appreciated) over a longer period of time would lead to a box office bonanza and keep it from having to compete with the early summer blockbusters like Twister (1996) and Mission: Impossible (1996). Instead, very few fans of the show were even aware that the movie had been released and the film languished in relative obscurity throughout the spring and early summer. This was the first (and last) time that Universal attempted such a plan.

 


The German version of MST3K was translated by the German TV comedian Oliver Kalkofe. Many jokes were changed to jokes about German tv shows and stars. Kalkofe even added some new jokes.

 


By many accounts, making the movie was not a happy experience for the filmmakers, due to frequent studio interference. Years later, at a cast reunion appearance in New York City, Trace Beaulieu was asked what the worst movie featured on MST3K was. His reply was, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie”.

 


The makers of MST3K were so annoyed by their experiences having to work within a major studio on this film that they later parodied the experience on the TV series. In episode 704: “The Incredible Melting Man” the host segments are about Crow’s screenplay being purchased by a studio then ruined by the executives (Dr. Forrester and Mother Forrester) as they vainly try to shoot it and screen it for audiences. Series writer and star Mary Jo Pehl would later call the episode an “exercise in healing” after the ordeal of MST3K: The Movie.

 

Max von Sydow Birthday April 10

 

Max Von Sydow

Max Von Sydow


Max von Sydow (born 10 April 1929) is a Swedish-born actor. He has also held French citizenship since 2002. He has starred in many movies and had supporting roles in dozens more. He has performed in movies filmed in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, English, Italian, German, Danish, French and Spanish.

Trivia:

Has four sons, Claes and Henrik with his first wife; and Cédric and Yvan with his second wife. In 1951, Von Sydow married actress Olin with whom he had two sons, Claes and Henrik. His children appeared with him in the film Hawaii (1966), playing his son at different ages. He was divorced in 1996 and subsequently married French filmmaker Catherine Brelet in April 1997 in the Provence, France. He has two sons, Yvan and Cedric, with his second wife. Von Sydow lives in Paris with his wife.

Was offered the title role in Dr. No (1962).

One of his favourite movies is Runaway Train (1985).

Has lived in Los Angeles, California, USA; Rome, Italy and Paris, Seine, France.

Father of Henrik von Sydow and Clas S. von Sydow.

One of the few actors to have played both God (in _Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)_) and the Devil (in Needful Things (1993)).

Distant relative of Swedish speaker of parliament and ex-minister of defence, ‘Björn von Sydow’.

Has appeared in two films as a leading villain, in which plots include the use of eye replacement surgery as a means of fooling security eye scanners; as Blofeld in Never Say Never Again (1983) and Lamar Burgess in Minority Report (2002).

He and Ingmar Bergman made 13 movies together: Ansiktet (1958), Beröringen (1971), Herr Sleeman kommer (1957) (TV) (not released), Jungfrukällan (1960), _Nattvardsgästerna (1963)_, Nära livet (1958), En passion (1969), Rabies (1958) (TV), Det sjunde inseglet (1957), Skammen (1968), Smultronstället (1957), Såsom i en spegel (1961) and Vargtimmen (1968).

Co-Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1985.

After not appearing in a Ingmar Bergman film since “The Touch” (Beröringen (1971)), Von Sydow was reunited with the master, playing his grandfather in “Den goda viljan” (1991). While the film was directed by Bille August, the screenplay was written by Ingmar Bergman. Ironically, despite all the classic work Von Sydow dd with Ingmar Bergman such as the Knight in “The Seventh Seal” (Det sjunde inseglet (1957)), the eponymous “Magician” (Ansiktet (1958)), and the father in “The Virgin Spring” (Jungfrukällan (1960)) (portrayals that will live for as long as there is cinema), his sole Oscar nomination came under the hand of Bille August, for “Pelle the Conqueror” (Pelle erobreren (1987).

One of the very few actors to be nominated for an Oscar for a role in a foreign language film for “Pelle the Conqueror” (Pelle erobreren (1987)).

His performance as Lasse Karlsson in “Pelle the Conqueror” (1987) is ranked #57 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

He is fluent in a number of languages, including Swedish, English, Italian and French.

Mephisto Waltz


The Mephisto Waltz is a 1971 American horror film about an occult-murder mystery. It was directed by Paul Wendkos and starred Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman and Curt Jürgens.

Trivia:

Has the singular distinction of being the only theatrical film produced by Twentieth Century-Fox during the entire calendar year of 1970, this due to financial reversals incurred by the studio when several of its recent films failed at the box office.

The mask worn by the black dog is that of William Shatner, the same style mask worn by Michael Myers in the original Halloween (1978).

The Crazies released March 16, 1973

The Crazies 1973


The Crazies (also known as Code Name: Trixie) is an American 1973 horror/action film about the effects of the accidental release of a military biological weapon upon the inhabitants of a small American town. The film was written and directed by George A. Romero, and starred Lane Carroll, Richard Liberty and Lynn Lowry.

Trivia:

  • Filmed in Evans City, Pennsylvania. Many of the movie’s bit players were locals; several of the white-suited soldiers were actually high-school students.
  • The burning house at the beginning of the film was a bit of serendipity for the film’s crew. The local fire department was burning down an old house to practice putting out the fire, and agreed to let the filmmakers set up and film the event.
  • A lot of the audio mixing in The Crazies, particularly the voices of soldiers and extras and specific sound effects, were completed in post-production in the basement of Romero’s Latent Image Studio.
  • No Hollywood stunt men were used in The Crazies. Local firemen and licensed fireworks professionals handled all of the action sequences, including the creation and employment of blood squibs.
  • The budget for The Crazies was approximately $270,000 and it was Romero’s first Union film but he also employed a lot of actors from Pittsburgh and non-professionals from Evans City and Zelienople.
  • In the opening scene, Special Effects Technician for The Crazies, Regis Survinski plays the insane father who murders his wife and torches the house. The children of Cinematographer S. William Hinzman play the terrified kids in the scene. The house was originally slated for destruction by the local fireman as a practice run and Romero got permission to film the burning of it.
  • According to George A. Romero the only problem that ever came up with the people of Evans City, where the film was being shot, was about the filming of the final scene. In the conclusion Col. Peckem has to strip down and change clothes before being lifted off by the helicopter. Some of the locals saw the scene as it was being shot and took offense to the slight of a nude man outside. Romero said lawyers had to be called in to resolve the issue.
  • In the scene where Clank is going crazy with the rifle in the woods he yells ‘another goddamn bug!’, ironically moments after a small fly can be seen landing on the upper corner of the camera lens.
  • S. William Hinzman, the films cinematographer, cameos as the local that shoots at the fed’s operation station.
  • Edith Bell, who plays the lab tech., is the wife of the film’s presenter Lee Hessel.
  • Director George A. Romero makes two cameos in the film; the first as a local being herded into the high school and the second as the head of the president of the United States seen on a monitor screen.
  • The basis of the film was a script by Romero’s friend and co-worker Paul McCollough entitled ‘The Mad People’. McCollough gave the script to Romero with his blessing to re-write it and Romero turned out a revised version of it that was made into ‘The Crazies’.

Priscilla Garita Birthday March 14

 

Priscilla Garita

Priscilla Garita

Priscilla Garita (born March 14, 1968 in New York) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the role of Gabi Martinez on the now-defunct NBC soap Sunset Beach for the show’s entire run from January 1997 to December 1999. Priscilla was credited during January 1997, but her first appearance on the soap was in February 1997. Garita has also portrayed the role of Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald on another NBC soap, Passions on a temporary basis from August to September 2004. During this time, Lindsay Hartley (the original Theresa) was on maternity leave with husband Justin Hartley. She also starred in the pilot episode of the short-lived TV Series Titans. She is also of Costa Rican descent.

 

Trivia:

 

Received a Bachelor of science in marketing from the University of Connecticut

Played the role of Samantha in the original pilot for the tv show “Titans” but the role was later re-cast.

Is of Costa Rican descent.

Speaks fluent Spanish.

Won the Miss Connecticut Petite Beauty Pageant in 1990.

 

Andromeda Strain 1971

The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science-fiction film, based on the novel published in 1969 by Michael Crichton about a team of scientists who investigate a deadly organism of extraterrestrial origin that causes rapid, fatal blood clotting. Directed by Robert Wise, the film starred Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid, and David Wayne. The film follows the book closely. The special effects were designed by Douglas Trumbull.

Trivia:

  • The germ from space cost $250,000 to create in special effects.
  • The Wildfire scientific lab sets cost more than $300,000 to build, and were described at the time as “one of the most elaborately detailed interiors ever built.”
  • The Central Core set required the digging of a 70 ft deep by 30 ft wide hole in a soundstage.
  • In the novel, the character of Leavitt is a man, but is a woman (played by Kate Reid) in the film.
  • Michael Crichton wrote the rough draft for the novel from which this film is adapted while he was still a medical student. He was inspired after a conversation with one of his teachers about the concept of crystal-based life-forms.
  • Leavitt in a protest against inserting something to clean out the GI tract makes the statement about “risked drowning in that foul bath”. The book, but not the movie, had the Wildfire Team submerge completely in an antibiotic solution. The scene may have been cut, but Leavitt still makes reference to it in the movie.
  • Dr Stone says, “The SDS has arrived, no doubt.” when his wife says someone is at the door to see him. The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a college protest group active in the late 1960s to whom Dr Stone alludes.
  • The monkey was “killed” by being placed in a large set filled with carbon dioxide. When the monkey’s cage, containing oxygen was opened, it was rendered unconscious by the CO2. An Assistant director was off camera and brought a breathing apparatus to the monkey who recovered immediately.
  • At the plane crash site, the actor that was supposed to call out, “Major Mancheck,” fell out of his trailer and broke his leg. He was replaced on the spot with actor Robert ‘Bob’ Olen, who did the lines but was never credited for it.
  • The computer error “601” occurred because of a system overload while trying simulate Andromeda’s growth and mutation. The error number is a reference to the computer overload error of “1202” (exactly double) which occurred on the LEM during the first lunar descent.
  • In Sept. 1972, Universal was exhibiting this on a double bill with Airport (1970) with the tag line “Together On One Great Family Program”.
  • Michael Crichton was invited to take a tour of Universal Studios during the production of this film. His guide was none other than Steven Spielberg, who go on to adapt his most successful novel, Jurassic Park (1993).

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