Friday, March 27, 2015

Something In The Air: A Conversation with Director Stuart Hagmann about his 1970 film THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT

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 "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...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Honest Interview: Director Uwe Boll on Blubberella

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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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Interview Series: Frederick Ordway III - Part Two

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PART TWO:  NASA consultant and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) technical advisor Frederick Ordway III talks with TV STORE ONLINE about Stanley Kubrick's landmark science fiction film.
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TV STORE ONLINE: Coming on board to work on the film...Did you have a preconceived notion of what a film's "technical advisor" actually did before you took the job with Kubrick?
ORDWAY: No I didn't. I had no idea what to expect the day Kubrick called me on the phone and after we began to exchange letters. My only idea was that I knew that we were developing the technology at NASA to go to the moon and that might be of help to him.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Frederick Ordway III 2001: A Space Odyssey interview
PART ONE:  NASA consultant and 2001:A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) technical advisor Frederick Ordway III on the inspiration behind Stanley Kubrick's landmark science fiction masterpiece.

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TV STORE ONLINE: How did you come to work with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)?

ORDWAY:  I knew Arthur Clarke for a long time.  I first met him in either 1950 or 1951.  It was at the first International Astronautical Congress in Paris.  I was the only American attendee.    I met him and a lot of other people that I'd maintain friendships with until this very day.   Arthur persuaded me to join the British Interplanetary Society, which I believe, he was Executive Secretary of at that time.   In the middle '60s I was working at the Huntsville, Alabama Army Ballistic Missile Agency which eventually became the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA.  I was in New York City.

It was a routine trip for me.  I was there doing a presentation of some materials that I had put together for a book that I was writing at that time. I was in the habit or writing books then.  I've written 35 books in my lifetime.  I ran into an old friend and he said, "I heard your friend Arthur Clarke is in town..."    I didn't know that.  Arthur had no reason to let me know that he was going to be in New York providing he knew that I was living in Huntsville, Alabama.   I knew that he always stayed at the Chelsea Hotel when he was in New York City.  So I rang him up and we agreed to meet at the Harvard Club.   I was with a colleague named Harry Lange.   He came over and we caught up.  I said, "Arthur, what brought you to New York?"  He said that he come to New York to promote his new book, but also because he was meeting with a guy, Stanley Kubrick, who was interested in writing a screen-novel with him.

It was to be called  "Journey Beyond The Stars."  Arthur said,"What are you doing in town?"   I told him about the presentation that I gave which was based around my latest book Intelligence In The Universe.   He said, "That sounds like what I'm working on..."     We continued to talk for another couple hours and then parted ways because I had a dinner engagement that evening over on Park Avenue.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Exploitation Director Matt Cimber talks about directing Jayne Mansfield in her final film "Single Room Furnished" (1968)

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Director Matt Cimber on working with Janye Mansfield on SINGLE ROOM FURNISHED (1968)...
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TV STORE ONLINE: I took a look at SINGLE ROOM FURNISHED again last week....I was wondering if we could talk about that last sequence in the film with Jayne [Mansfield] in that hauntingly beautiful room with that purple bed...
CIMBER: You know who shot SINGLE ROOM FURNISHED for me? László Kovács. It was the first film that he worked on in the United States. I hadn't met him before. He came from Hungary. He designed the sequence were Jayne is sitting in front of that three-panel mirror. We started over her shoulder and we shot her through all of those panels, and I thought that it was just wonderful because of how it go under the character.
TV STORE ONLINE: Right. If you watch that scene you see a still pop into the film of the mirror cracked for a split second. Was that just a still that you inserted for that?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Academy Award winning composer Bill Conti talks about his music for the film Rocky (1976)

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Academy Award winning film and television composer Bill Conti talks with TV STORE ONLINE about creating the music for ROCKY (1976).
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TV STORE ONLINE: Before we talk about ROCKY (1976) I was hoping we could chat quickly about your score for Luc Besson's THE BIG BLUE (1988)...
CONTI: Okay, sure.
TV STORE ONLINE: How did that opportunity come to you?
CONTI: Well, that's one of my favorites. It was a emergency. The producer, Jerry Weintraub, bought the film for the American market and he hated the score. He didn't want the previous score that was done for the film in there. I did the same thing for a Mickey Rourke picture called A PRAYER FOR DYING [1987]. The problem with THE BIG BLUE was that it had to be done quickly. I can remember driving down Sunset Boulevard and seeing a billboard for THE BIG BLUE that announced its release date, and I hadn't even started working on the music yet.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cinematographer Nicholas von Sternberg on Rudy Ray Moore, and schlockmeister Larry Buchanan

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Director Of Photography Nicholas von Sternberg talks with TV STORE ONLINE about his work with Rudy Ray Moore and schlockmeister Larry Buchanan.

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TV STORE ONLINE:  Before we talk about Larry Buchanan shouldn't we talk about your work with Rudy Ray Moore?

VON STERNBERG:   Certainly...  Rudy gave me my first job as a cameraman.  I was only 21-years-old at the time. It was on DOLEMITE (1974).  Until that time I had a fairly sheltered life--so it was quite an experience to work with Rudy and his team.    

TV STORE ONLINE:  You worked on all of his '70s films in some capacity or another...  My favorite of Rudy's  '70s films is PETEY WHEATSTRAW: THE DEVILS SON-IN-LAW (1979)--because it's so visual and dreamy...