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Friday, April 17, 2015

Perry King Interview Andy Warho's Bad (1977)

Actor Perry King (Class Of '84, NBC's RipTide) talks with TV STORE ONLINE about the making of a cult classic:  Andy Warhol's BAD (1977)

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TV STORE ONLINE:   Boy, I was tickled to hear that you were up for talking with me about ANDY WARHOL'S BAD (1977)...

KING:  (Laughing)   Sure.  Why not?  I loved working on that film...It was like a trip to the moon! 
 
TV STORE ONLINE:   And it might have been the only time as an actor that you got to lay around on a sofa for months on end and gotten paid for it...

KING:  You know we actually all worked very hard on that film.   Both Carroll Baker and I worked very hard especially.   You could tell what Andy Warhol was going for with that film.    I think it was their attempt at a mainstream film.    They cast Carroll "BABY DOLL" Baker, Perry "MANDINGO" King and Susan "FAT CITY" Tyrell...  It was cast like it was a Hollywood film.   

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Paul Morrisey Forty Deuce (1982)
Actor Tom Citera (Robert Downey Sr.'s UP THE ACADEMY (1980)) talks with Justin Bozung for TV STORE ONLINE about Paul Morrissey's not-quite-released FORTY DEUCE (1982).

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TV STORE ONLINE:   I'm a huge fan of [director] Paul Morrissey...

CITERA:   Me too.   

TV STORE ONLINE:  I know that before you shot the film FORTY DEUCE with Paul Morrissey you had been part of the ensemble of the play off-Broadway of the same name that the film was based on...

CITERA:  The play was written by Alan Bowne.  It was directed by Tony Tanner.    Up until that time I had only done some television commercials and UP THE ACADEMY.   I had a great agent at that time and they advised me not to audition for the Alan's play because of the subject matter.  They said it was too avant-garde.   I love the avant-garde so I decided to go in and audition for the role of "Crank."     I got the part and it was my very first stage experience.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Michael Lauglin interview
Producer/Director Michael Laughlin (Two-Lane Blacktop, Joanna, The Whispers) talks with Justin Bozung of TV STORE ONLINE about his 1981 New Zealand made horror movie STRANGE BEHAVIOR...

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TV STORE ONLINE:  I was recently re-reading a interview with Stanley Kubrick from the mid '60s where he spoke about, how, to him--all of film was a dream.   I really see your film STRANGE BEHAVIOR aka DEAD KIDS (1981) as belonging to that idea as well....

LAUGHLIN:  I knew Stanley.   I used to go over to his house for lunch and I was good friends with his former producer Jimmy Harris.     When Stanley was over in England shooting 2001--I was over there too at MGM shooting the film JOANNA (1968).   I ran into him outside of a dubbing room one afternoon and he was playing around with the voice for the 2001 computer--except it wasn't the voice as it appears in that film today--it was the voice of Martin Balsam.     But to me it sounded like Mel Brooks.

TV STORE ONLINE:   Boy, a 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY with the voice of Mel Brooks as Hal 9000 would be something else.

LAUGHLIN: (Laughing)   That's just the way I heard it.   I was over at Stanley's once for a dinner and...he was a big believer in the germ theory.   There were about ten people there for dinner and one of his kids had a cold.  He came to dinner wearing a protective face mask because he didn't want to catch a cold.    

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Samantha Newark Jem
Voice-Actress / Musician Samantha Newark talks with TV STORE ONLINE about voicing the roles of Jem and Jerrica on the 1980's animated series Jem as well as the much-anticipated live-action JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS (2015) movie.

Samantha Newark Jem and the holograms
TV STORE ONLINE:   So in doing some research this past holiday weekend...I stumbled across your Sound Cloud page--I listened to your album Somethin' Good, but also heard your 2015 Valentine's Day Truly OUTRAGEOUS K-JEM Broadcast..  How did that come about?

NEWARK:  I have a dear friend named Willie Callahan who helps me with everything, he is also a huge Jem fan himself--and we thought that we'd should do something fun for the fans in support of the release of the Jem comic book.    I met Sara Richard--whom was a illustrator for the one of the comic book's covers--and we thought it would be fun to interview her about how she got the opportunity to work on comic book--and we just went to town.   Of course, K-JEM is tied-in to the Jem series...The die-hard fans of the show know all about that...

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

andrew birkin interview

Screenwriter Andrew Birkin (The Name Of The Rose, Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer) talks with TV STORE ONLINE about getting his start working with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey as well the creation of the "Dawn Of Man" sequence which opens the landmark science fiction film.

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TV STORE ONLINE: When you went to Africa at Stanley's behest--what instructions did he give you regarding the photography required for the background plates for the Dawn of Man sequence?

BIRKIN: It was, more or less, to do exactly what Robert Watts had done for Stanley when he had gone to the Kalahari Desert. I would go out in a Land Rover, or at times a helicopter, and I would find myself an elevated position--bearing in mind that I needed--per the restrictions of Front Project System-- an open section of area that had some sort of barrier out in the foreground. I was using a Polaroid camera as well as a 35mm Pantex--I took, what we call a--"CircleRama"--where you do a 360 degree photo. I sent these back to Stanley, who at the time was already rehearsing around the Dawn Of Man set that they had rebuilt in England. Stanley chose the locations that he liked the best and then Pierre Boulat, a French photographer who worked for Life Magazine and his very attractive French assistant were dispatched out to join me in Africa. He brought these very large 10x8 cameras out with him.  We began to re-visit the locations that Stanley had choose, but this time it was via safari. We returned with guides as well as with about twenty-five natives. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

andrew birkin perfume: the story of a murderer

Screenwriter Andrew Birkin (The Name Of The Rose, Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer) talks with TV STORE ONLINE about getting his start working with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as the origins of the "Dawn Of Man" sequence and shooting the footage for the Star Gate sequence..
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TV STORE ONLINE: How did you come to work on the film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY with Stanley Kubrick?
BIRKIN: Well, I was--what is commonly known in an England --a "tea boy." I had left school when I was sixteen-years old. The only reason I got into the film industry was because I was in love with an actress. I thought that the only way I could be with her was if I joined the business. She was working for Disney, and I came to America. I hitch-hiked across America, rather naively, I had been hoping that I'd be able to join one of the unions when I arrived. Along the way I did some freight-train jumping and I met a lot of very interesting people. When I got to Hollywood, I met "Uncle Walt" and he was more interested in hearing my stories about freight-jumping then I was in the history of the movies. By 1965, I had worked on a couple films. I had worked on a Robert Mitchum film, and I had worked on the Charlton Heston movie THE WAR LORD (1965). The latter, only because the producer of the film was kind enough to allow me to sleep on his sofa. Shortly after that, I found myself back in England, sort of having returned with my tail between my legs.
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Friday, March 27, 2015
stuart hagmann interview

 "Everything in my career has been a homage to Truffaut and the 400 BLOWS. I owe much to that film. Truffaut was one of the reasons why I wanted to make THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT in the first place because Irwin Winkler had approached Truffaut to direct it before me..."
Director Stuart Hagmann talks with TV STORE ONLINE about his 1970 MGM film THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT.  The film is currently available on DVD via Warner Archive.
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TV STORE ONLINE: I hope I'm not too forward when I suggest to you that THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT (1970) is a utter masterpiece. A piece that maximizes the medium to it's greatest potential....


HAGMANN: Well, that's what I was trying to do with it, but boy, a lot of people didn't feel that way about the film. The film had a wonderful reception internationally, and still, to this day I get emails and calls from people from all over Europe that have seen the film and love it. I'm happy that the film has finally come to DVD via Warner Archives.


TV STORE ONLINE: Right, and what's the deal with the "European Version" of the film that was included in last year's DVD release?


HAGMANN: You know, I'm not exactly sure. I did watch a bit of it recently and from what I gathered it was really just more of my workprint version of the film.


TV STORE ONLINE: So I see the film as a counter-culture version of CASABLANCA (1942). There are some fun parallels you can make between the two films. An Example? Bogie--as "Rick Blaine" and Bruce Davison--as "Simon" both join the "movement" of their respective times for the sake of a woman...




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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Uwe Boll Director
Director Uwe Boll talks with TV STORE ONLINE about his 2011 film BLUBBERELLA...

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TV STORE ONLINE:  I know BLUBBERELLA was shot during the shooting of BLOODRAYNE 3 aka BLOODRAYNE: THE THIRD REICH (2011) but could you talk about how you came up with the idea to make a movie that was a spoof of a movie that you were concurrently shooting at the same time?

BOLL:  There are a few background details.  I loved working with Lindsey Hollister on POSTAL (2007).   Her scene in POSTAL is one of my favorite in the movie.   I would meet with her occasionally when I would go out to Los Angeles--so I was looking for something to make that was funny so that I could work with her again.     I've always wanted to do another trashy, absurd, and over-the-top comedy.  The results from POSTAL weren't good enough though.  So it didn't make sense to try to make a POSTAL 2 at the time.   Since we had the "Rayne" character established, I knew that I could fly Lindsey Hollister to Croatia and we could spoof it--shooting both movies at the same time.   I knew that we could do a bunch of improvisation scenes in BLUBBERELLA.   And Lindsey really wanted to do it.

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