Thursday, April 30, 2015

INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Robert Boris on DOCTOR DETROIT and working with Richard Pryor


Robert Boris Interview

PART TWO:   Writer / Director Robert Boris talks with Justin Bozung for TV STORE ONLINE about his screenplay for DOCTOR DETROIT, almost writing 48 HOURS as well as his work with Richard Pryor on SOME KIND OF HERO...

PART ONE of this interview can be read HERE.

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TV STORE ONLINE:  Can we get into DOCTOR DETROIT (1983)?  I know there were three screenwriters that worked on the screenplay for that film...Did you originate the story and where did Carl Gottlieb jump onto the project?

BORIS:  I didn't start it.  I had done SOME KIND OF HERO (1982) with Richard Pryor, Howard Koch, and Michael Pressman before DOCTOR DETROIT.  After SOME KIND OF HERO I was contacted and asked to work on 48 HOURS (1982) at Paramount.  The studio had asked me to come in and it was around the time that the writers' strike was looming.  They just wanted me to do a polish on it, and just before I was about to start that--Michael Pressman contacted me and asked me to read Bruce Jay Friedman's original script for DOCTOR DETROIT.  The original script was kind of convoluted, and Dan Aykroyd's character wasn't yet a college professor. It was a crazy comedy that wasn't quite together yet, but it was really interesting. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Robert Boris Is Working On A Sequel To OXFORD BLUES


Robert Boris Interview


PART ONE:   Writer / Director Robert Boris talks with Justin Bozung of TV STORE ONLINE about his latest project THE NIGHT MARILYN DIED, his 1985 film OXFORD BLUES, and the possible sequel to the Rob Lowe film now in the works.

PART TWO of this interview is HERE.

Screenwriter Bob Boris interview
TV STORE ONLINE:  Thanks for chatting with me today...

BORIS:  My pleasure.

TV STORE ONLINE:  I'm a big fan of the film you wrote back in the '90s about Marilyn Monroe--MARILYN & ME (1991)... Susan Griffith was a great Marilyn Monroe...

BORIS:  Susan came through one of the casting sessions.   I wasn't familiar with her work prior and I didn't know her at all personally.    But the actor, Jesse Dabson, who played Bob Slatzer--I had seen him before in a film and on a couple television shows.  I thought he was very good.      Susan, I liked very much and I thought she did a wonderful job as Marilyn.

TV STORE ONLINE:   And I believe you also have another Marilyn film in the works now, "THE NIGHT MARILYN DIED?"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch talks with TV STORE ONLINE

Richard Hatch Interview
Battlestar Galactica's own Richard Hatch talks with TV STORE ONLINE about his work.

Richard Hatch Battlestar Galactica Interview
TV STORE ONLINE:  I was just re-watching that great two-part episode of Battlestar Galactica called "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero."    Do you remember shooting that one?

HATCH: I do!  Some of it. (Laughing)   I don't think I'll ever forget shooting in that plastic snow. It wasn't easy and it was really a pain in the butt.

TV STORE ONLINE:  I really like your official website.  I was on there reading your bio the other day about how you grew up as a very shy kid and that acting was never something that you had considered when you were a young man...   With that in mind, I'd love to ask you about what it was like as a working actor trying to make it in the Los Angeles of the late '60s and very early '70s...Weren't you up for Dustin Hoffman's role in THE GRADUATE (1967)?

Richard Hatch Battlestar GalacticaHATCH: Well, I auditioned for that part.   They wanted a good-looking boy-next-door.  When I went in they said that they were looking for someone with Tom Cruise looks     We all know how it turned out, and it was simply a situation of not being in the right time at the right place.  Things happen for a reason--even though you don't understand that at the time.  And on the opposite side of that coin--with Battlestar Galactica they had been looking for "Apollo" for over a year and hadn't found anyone for that part.  I was literally cast on the first day of shooting.  It was completely a last minute situation.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Perry King talks about the making of Andy Warhol's BAD (1977)


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.   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Actor Tom Citera on Working with Paul Morrissey on FORTY DEUCE (1982)

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.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Why I Like Strange Behavior: Producer/Director Michael Laughlin on Stanley Kubrick and his 1981 film Strange Behavior


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.    

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous: Samantha Newark on Voicing Jem and the Live-Action Jem And The Holograms (2015) movie


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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...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY INTERVIEW SERIES: Andrew Birkin (PART THREE)


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. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY INTERVIEW SERIES: Andrew Birkin (PART TWO)


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.