These movies offer not just a twist, but a twist atop a twist, and a joke atop the joke: the “superjoke,” as Billy Wilder called it. Those themes repeat: the lively, often-painful love triangle, the sexual and romantic jealousy, the thrill of sex, and in this case, the carnal kicks co-mingling with the art of stealing, an act more erotic than gold-digging. (Gold-fleecing is much more penetrating.) And then—important during one of the worst economic times in America’s history—there’s Lily and Gaston’s hard, artful work, something to respect.
Ernst Lubitsch’s charming pre-Code transgressions
posted by timshel
on Nov 19, 2013 -
"They're not out to make a quick buck, they're looking to protect the integrity of the franchise and its mythology."
1998's Star Trek Insurrection
went through a number of different plots before becoming the film we ultimately saw. Starting out as Star Trek: Stardust
, the first take on the idea involved Captain Picard going all Heart of Darkness
on a former friend from his Starfleet Academy days in a bid to find the Fountain of Youth. That treatment evolved into a remarkably Avatar
ish story called simply Star Trek IX
in which Picard must go upriver to kill a malfunctioning Data as part of a Federation/Romulan alliance to displace strange alien natives from a planet teeming with a valuable and rare ore (spoiler: Picard actually kills Data in this treatment, and Tom Hanks was supposed to have a major role somewhere).
Let the late Michael Piller
guide you through the writing of Insurrection
in his unpublished book Fade In: The Making of Star Trek: Insurrection
(his "last great gift to the fans and to aspiring writers everywhere") in which he presents his original story treatments, story notes from his bosses at Paramount, surprisingly reasonable Trekker-type reactions from actors Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner, and much more. First made freely available by TrekCore.com
, Piller's family has since asked that it be removed, but you'll still find the file roaming the Internet if you boldly go looking for it
. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678
on Dec 31, 2010 -
...In 1924 New York Recording Laboratory decided to expand its reach into that market by purchasing the Black Swan label. Founded in 1920 or 1921 by black entrepreneur Harry H. Pace, the pioneering company recorded everything from ragtime to grand opera, as long as it was sung by African-Americans... Paramount's biggest star was Ma Rainey, a blues moaner who influenced the legendary singer Bessie Smith... Paramount did not neglect male blues singers, who tended to be folk artists in the sense that their music was made initially for the entertainment of isolated rural communities. These included the singers and guitarists Charlie Patton... Blind Lemon Jefferson...Compliments of the Season
--where, among many other things, one can find an online copy of David Evans's biography Charley Patton
in Parts 1
or look at a picture of Skip James in 1932
, not to mention a view of Paramount's promotion of Patton as the Masked Marvel
. And that is not, as they say, all...
posted by y2karl
on Dec 18, 2006 -
sleeping, Jim. With UPN's cancellation
of Star Trek: Enterprise (nee just Enterprise)
, the Trek franchise
is, for the first time in 18 years, without a weekly broadcast show. While many might agree that Star Trek needs a rest
, others continue to hope
, while producer/right hand of Satan (depending on which Trekkie
you talk to) Rick Berman
says the series (which is a billion dollar baby
for Paramount/Viacom) is going to be off the airwaves for at least three years. Here's to hoping the rest is what's needed for a phenomenon
that's fueled a lot of geeks
for a lot of years.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Feb 3, 2005 -