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16 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
One Man's Quest to Fix Superman IV
Like many Superman fans, British actor Aaron Price grew up believing a man could fly — thanks to the spectacular 1978 Richard Donner film starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. But a decade after that film, Superman IV arrived to challenge fans' faith with a rough, budget-challenged story that pitted Supes against Nuclear Man, a forgettable villain created vis-a-vis the Cold War arms race.Still, Price believes the film is redeemable — and in this special bonus episode of The Industry, he explains how he is trying to restore director Sydney J. Furie's original vision for Reeve's final Superman film. You can follow Aaron Price and his campaign to #ReleasetheFurieCut on Twitter: He's @AaronLewisPrice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Harold Lloyd's Last Film — With Preston Sturges and Howard Hughes
Preston Sturges was so desperate to direct that he sold one of his scripts for $10 — then persuaded silent film and talkie star Harold Lloyd to star.This is a story that includes Howard Hughes, a secret tunnel to the Chateau Marmont, and some very funny insights by Sturges' son, Tom Sturges.It also notes the amusing similarities between 1947's The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, which has some interesting parallels with Todd Phillips massive 2009 hit The Hangover. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Behind the Scenes of The Industry
Dan Delgado is the host of The Industry, where he focuses each episode on lesser-known or forgotten movie history. He tells stories of Hollywood's weirdest decisions — and has a special place in his heart for the industry heroes who tried, and usually failed, to make something great.On this special crossover episode of MovieMaker and The Industry, Dan talks about his VHS-shaped 1980s childhood, and how it led him to create the curious world of The Industry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
63 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Pacino! Chinatown 2! Spider-Man! The High-Water Mark of Cannon Films
At the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, the impresarios of Cannon Films — best known for movies like Superman IV and Over the Top — showed up on the scene in matching tracksuits, with a grand vision. They announced their slate of movies for the next year or so. And while the majors were being lazy with their 15 or so movies a year, Cannon's announcement was for a jaw-dropping 60 films. Sixty!Many of the films got made. But plenty of them didn't. The movies were to star Al Pacino, John Travolta, Walter Matthau, Whoopi Goldberg, and more, and involve creators like Paul Schrader and Roman Polanski. There were also big plans for a Spider-Man film, years before the hit Sam Raimi films starring Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger.So what happened? We explain on this episode of the industry. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
63 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Comrade Cukor: When Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor and Cicely Tyson Invaded The Soviet Union
In the 1970s, in an attempt to thaw the Cold War, the U.S. and USSR decided to co-produce a film: Cinematic detente! The United States would provide big Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda and Cicely Tyson. They would be directed by the legendary George Cukor. The Soviet Union agreed to provide the crew, equipment, locations, and of course some ballet dancers. Then it all fell apart, because of course it did. Also, be sure to check out the We Know Jack Show Podcast!Sources for this episode:Shaw, T. (2012). Nightmare on Nevsky Prospekt: The Blue Bird as a Curious Instance of U.S.-Soviet Film Collaboration during the Cold War. Journal of Cold War Studies, 14(1), 3-33. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from https://www.jstor.org/stable/26924108Olsen, Lynne. Will Soviet-US Film Find Happiness? Ft. Myers News-Press, March 4, 1975Cooper, Arthur & Friendly, Jr, Alfred. Hooray for Hollygrad! Newsweek, March 31, 1975Reed, Rex. 'Bluebird' limps rather than soars on detente. Long Beach Press Telegram, August 17,1975. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Bruce Lee and Bruceploitation 101
When Bruce Lee died on June 20, 1973, Hollywood and Hong Kong scrambled to replace him, creating a misbegotten genre called "Bruceploitation."But Bruce Lee was, of course, irreplaceable.On the latest episode of The Industry, Dan Delgado details the rise of Bruce Lee — and the foolish, quixotic attempts to find any actor who could match him in terms of fighting prowess, charm and charisma.All together now: Good luck with that. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Lions and Tigers and Stitches, Oh My! The Making of Roar
Roar is the story of a family — including Tippi Hedren and real-life daughter Melanie Griffith — stalked by lions and tigers on an African nature preserve. When it was finally released in the United States in 2015 — nearly 40 years after it began its five-year, accident-filled shoot — savvy distribution company Drafhouse Films used the tagline, "No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Film. Seventy Cast and Crew Members Were."Have we mentioned that Roar was intended as a family comedy? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
When Nicholas Ray Made a Student Film... at 61
Nicholas Ray is a legendary director known for his emotional, incredibly influential output in the 1950s. From Humphrey Bogart's best performance with In A Lonely Place to James Dean's iconic turn in Rebel Without A Cause, Nicholas Ray was responsible for some of film's greatest moments. As Jean-Luc Godard explained, "Cinema is Nicholas Ray."But Ray's demons of drinking, gambling, and drug abuse helped lead him on a destructive course. With no one willing to hire him anymore, he took a job teaching film in upstate New York — and seized on the opportunity to make one more film, using his students as his novice film crew.If you like this episode, please subscribe, review it, and recommend it to a friend — the love and attention that everyone involved poured into it will quickly become apparent. And check out Nicca Ray's book, Ray by Ray: A Daughter's Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Woodstock on Wheels? The Failure of Medicine Ball Caravan
In 1970 Warner Brothers had a surprise hit on its hands when they released the documentary/concert film Woodstock. Though the studio spent less than a million dollars on it, the film would eventually gross $50 million at the box office. Warner Bros. had caught lightning in a bottle. The question for the suits was: How do we make lightning strike twice? The answer was the Medicine Ball Caravan. But the lightning fizzled. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
8 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
My Wife! From Kazakhstan Watched the New Borat (Bonus Episode)
When I first met Aigul Kaparova, the woman whom I would eventually marry, she told me she was from Kazakhstan. And of course there was basically one thing I knew about Kazakhstan: Borat. I remember asking her how she felt about Borat, because I remembered the reaction to that film in Kazakhstan. She told me the whole controversy didn't really bother her much and that the country had seemingly accepted that Borat would always be associated with her home. And that was about it. Until this week. That's when Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat unexpectedly turned back up in everyone's world with Borat Second Moviefilm, now streaming on Amazon Prime. To my surprise, Aigul told me two things: She had never seen Borat before, and she was really excited to see this new movie. So with that in mind there was only one thing for me to do: Turn on my recorder and document the experience of Borat with someone from Kazakhstan. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
How Superman IV Became a Disaster: Christopher Reeve's Two-Picture Deal
Christopher Reeve came out of Superman retirement to make Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a film widely considered a disaster.He had said in 1983, after the release of Superman III, that he was done with the role that made him a star.So why did he return for a relatively low-budget superman movie, in which he battled a villain named Nuclear Man?To help green light another film, Street Smart, which helped launch the film career of Morgan Freeman. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Blood Circus — Inside an Infomercial Star's One-Ring Circus
In 1985, Baltimore infomercial star Santo Victor Rigatuso, aka Santo Gold, produced an extravaganza with something for everyone: It promised horror, wrestling, rock, and even a "three-headed Munga Magoon." It was all supposed to be filmed and turned into a feature film more exciting than the recent Rocky III.The spectacle, called Blood Circus, was also supposed to introduce some exciting new technology called a "scream bag." Attendees were promised a Thundervision sound system, atomic fleas, and a "new type of movie unlike anything you will ever experience."They received none of these things. But the failure of Blood Circus is a remarkable story that brings together The Wire creator David Simon, indie music star Santigold, and Mark H. Weingartner, who would later work on Inception, Dunkirk and The Hunger Games Saga.If you'd like to learn more about Blood Circus, here are the sources for this episode of The Industry:ArticlesAnft, Michael. “Fool’s Gold” – Santo Rigatuso: The Man with the Four-Way Lips, Baltimore City Paper, February 16, 1990.http://www.baltimoreorless.com/2011/01/fools-gold-santo-rigatuso-the-man-with-the-four-way-lips/Harrington, Richard. The Fans Cry for 'Blood'! But the Gore's Not Real In Filming of Wrestling Flick, The Washington Post, February 11, 1985.https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1985/02/11/the-fans-cry-for-bloodbut-the-gores-not-real-in-filming-of-wrestling-flick/08b3117c-36fc-43bf-8538-aa66c9ae3801/Jacobson, Joan. State Slaps Down Prison ‘Enterprise’, The Evening Sun, March 16, 1990.Warmkessel, Karen. $2 Million Fund Ordered To Repay Those Bilked By TV Huckster, The Baltimore Sun, November 14, 1989.Simon, David. Too Little Carnage to Satisfy Crowd, The Baltimore Sun, February 11, 1985. Case Summary: U.S. v. CEN-CARD AGENCY/C.C.A.C.https://casetext.com/case/us-v-cen-card-agencyccacP.S. Docket No. 30/77, August 19, 1988.https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/judicial/admin-decisions/1988/30-77d.htm See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
The Other John Barry
John Barry is a deeply respected set designer, responsible for the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange, the cantina in Star Wars, and the Fortress of Solitude in Superman, among other starkly original film locales. But when it came time to make his own film, Saturn 3, things fell apart.The setup for Saturn 3 is fine: Farrah Fawcett and Kirk Douglas are a May-December Adam and Eve in space. Then Harvey Keitel arrives. With a clumsy robot.John Barry escaped from Saturn 3 just in time to work on the sequel to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back. But from there, his story took a tragic turn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Five Days of the Tiger
In 1971 actor Elliott Gould was on top of world. Then he started A Glimpse of Tiger, a new movie that he was starring and producing. What followed was a tumultuous five day production that would see Gould fire his director, terrify his co-star, and have armed guards be called to the set. Show notes with sources listed can be found here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Behold... The Apple!
When Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan wanted to break into Hollywood he went all in on an over the top disco musical. Unfortunately by 1980, when his movie was released, disco was dead and the reaction to his flashy new film didn’t go according to plan. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
Bonus Episode: A Very Special Presentation
Slow, melancholy, and the true meaning of Christmas. It might sound more like a December mass at a local church but it's actually commonly used description of a beloved holiday classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas. In this bonus episode we go over how this timeless tale, that was originally as wanted as a withered Charlie Brown tree, became to be the enduring classic it's considered today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
A Not So New Hope
Patrick Read Johnson first wrapped on his autobiographical film 5-25-77 back in 2004. The title refers to the day Star Wars was released and how it changed his life. In the years since then he's be working to get the picture finished his own way. In 2019 he's almost there. Show notes and sources listed at http://industrypodcast.org/articles See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
How To Slice A Sicilian
Director Michael Cimino has a complicated history. As Oscar and Razzie winner who only made seven films, Cimino frequently found himself struggling with producers to get his vision out. When the producers of The Sicilian felt his version was too long he used his final cut clause to give them something else. It wasn't a good idea. Show notes and links to sources can be found at https://industrypodcast.org/articles See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka
Jamaa Fanaka was the most prolific college filmmaker of all time. Once he left college he found Hollywood to not be so inclusive. He decided to fight the industry with a series of lawsuits that would ultimately cost him his career. Filmmakers Zeinabu Davis, Lexi Alexander, and Maria Giese help tell this story along with Jamaa's attorney Irving Meyer. Show notes and sources listed here: https://industrypodcast.org/articles See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
He Really Was That Masked Man
On paper it was a great idea. Bringing the iconic character of The Lone Ranger to the silver screen should have brought with it good feelings of classic television, Americana, and just plain ole nostalgia. However, when producers decided to ice out Clayton Moore, the man who was behind the mask for years on television, they found themselves in fight with the Lone Ranger fan base itself. On the set of the new Lone Ranger movie issues also abound with the new masked man. Dawn Moore, Clayton Moore's daughter and actor Michael Horse help tell this story of nostalgia gone wrong. Show notes available at https://industrypodcast.org/articles See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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