Hollywood Midget Movie Stars.
They started as popular vaudevillians
. (From a review
: "The chief feature, however, was the ten scenes in which the Singer Midgets appeared. The Midget strong man, the Midget conjurer, the Midget "Cleopatra" with the winning ways--these and many more were there.") They stormed the New York stage
. They were members of The Lollipop Guild
(YouTube link), as well as playing other Munchkins
. They were suspected of being German sympathizers
. But they may be best remembered for starring in the world's first all-midget musical western
. Now available for your viewing pleasure from YouTube: Part 1
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jan 21, 2008 -
Prior to his critically acclaimed program The Wire, creator Edward Burns wrote the HBO miniseries The Corner
, which also focused on the drug trade in Baltimore. Charles S. Dutton
, an African-American Baltimore native and former convict probably best known to most as TV's "Roc," was chosen to direct the miniseries. Who Gets To Tell a Black Story?
, part of a Pulitzer-prize winning NYT series
on race in America, examines Dutton's take on how to make a TV program which portrays a mostly African-American cast of characters, the struggles and differing perspectives of Dutton and Burns, and how race is portrayed in Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by whir
on Dec 17, 2007 -
Yes, that is indeed Mick Jagger playing a Chinese emperor.
And those are, in fact, Edward James Olmos, Bud Cort, and Barbara Hershey heading up the supporting cast of "The Nightingale,"
a particularly odd episode of Shelley Duvall's ludicrously star-studded Faerie Tale Theatre.
Throughout its early '80s run, the show used dozens of prominent actors to perform the fairy tale standards, including Klaus Kinski and Susan Sarandon in a virtual remake of the Cocteau "Beauty and the Beast;"
Paul Reubens, James Coburn, Carl Reiner, and Vincent Schiavelli in "Pinnochio;"
Helen Mirren and Brian Dennehy in "The Little Mermaid;"
and James Earl Jones and Leonard Nimoy in a Tim Burton-directed "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp." The list
goes on and on.
posted by Iridic
on Sep 5, 2007 -
$78 Million worth of Red Tape.
An amazing (and lengthy) LA Times article that provides an extremely rare glimpse into the finances of a major motion picture, with a line item dissection of the $160 Million disaster Sahara
. The items include $230,000+ for bribes to local officials, $2 Million for a 45 second plane crash sequence cut from the final film, and 3.8 Million to a total of 10 different screenwriters for a movie that eventually went on to be one of the largest (in pure dollar terms - not adjusted for inflation) financial disasters in film making history.
posted by jonson
on Apr 16, 2007 -
Los Angeles Magazine asks, "Can the LA Times be saved?"
One suggestion is to hire Nikki Finke
, Hollywood's ultimate contrarian reporter
. Finke was canned in 2002 by the New York Post
over a series of articles critical of Disney. [1 2] She sued in response.
Shortly afterwards, she landed at the LA Weekly
, where she boasts an incredible archive of weekly columns
- recent entries include a quasi-defense of Mel Gibson
, coverage of Cruise versus Redstone
, and Michael Ovitz's gay problem
. On the side, she likes to bite people's heads off
, and reminisce about a New York that's now gone
. She now gets to let it all out on her own blog, Deadline Hollywood Daily
. [previously mentioned 1 2 3 4]
posted by phaedon
on Mar 20, 2007 -
Let’s face it; my powers of communication were a little bit below that of a knuckle-dragging, ooze-dwelling cretin from another galaxy. Actually, I haven’t progressed that much. I just lie better.
A 13 (so far)-part interview where Rocko/Ramby answers fans with oodles of extremely quotable, self-deprecating, sarcastic one-liners about the (few) ups and (many) downs of a Hollywood career. Tips on: how to get Sharon Stone naked, how to use the 3 seashells, how to direct dancers with a "crotch tartar" problem and how to bench press with owls. We also learn the final truth about some guy named Rocky - an inbred, druid outcast from Stonehenge whose specialty is weaving whistle chains and leaping face down onto pointed objects
- and another one named Rambo - a savage turned loose in Microsoft’s headquarters
posted by elgilito
on Dec 14, 2006 -
More Bad News For Mel
In the 24-hour news cycle, tomorrow's bad news for Mel Gibson hits today: according to tomorrow's Sunday Herald Sun
Mel Gibson once had ties to the Australian League of Rights, a right-wing group well-known in Australia for anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. Says the Herald Sun: "The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews." (Who, presumably, are responsible for all the wars in the world"
posted by Postroad
on Aug 6, 2006 -
"Not today, sir, probably not tomorrow":
Alternatively titled "Me and My Shadow, Part I
"; the long, touching, interesting, hilarious, disturbing story of how 'Jay' kicked his drug habit, written by 'Silent Bob', aka Kevin Smith.
posted by docgonzo
on Jul 20, 2006 -