On the Right Track
On the Right Track is a 1981 American comedy film that was the first feature film starring Gary Coleman. It was directed by Lee Philips, produced by Ronald Jacobs, after the debut of the sitcom Diffrent Strokes in November 1978, Gary Coleman quickly gained popularity. Zephyr Productions was created to promote Colemans star potential, and 1981s On the Right Track was the first movie developed from that initiative and it was filmed in 1980, primarily in Chicago. New York Loves Lester was a working title for the project. The subsequent working title was A Guy Could Get Killed Out There, Gary Coleman stars as a homeless shoeshine boy named Lester who is living in a locker at Union Station, Chicago. Gary Coleman earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor for his performance in the film, the film was released on VHS in the 1980s, but it has never seen an official release on DVD. On the Right Track at the Internet Movie Database On the Right Track at Rotten Tomatoes On the Right Track at the TCM Movie Database On the Right Track at AllMovie
Rollover is a 1981 American political thriller film directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson. The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Actor for Kristofferson, her late husband discovered some damning information about an Account Number 21214, a secret slush fund involving asset transfers. Smith discovers that the bank isnt just in trouble, its essentially so insolvent that it cant even pay its next dividend. Smith becomes involved, both financially and romantically, with Winters in her attempts to finance the purchase of the petrochemical plant and they finally do so by brokering a deal with some Arab investors who take control of her stock as security for the transaction. Smith discovers that account 21214 is actually a slush fund where Emery is moving money belonging to the Arabs into gold as a haven against potential losses if the dollar collapses. The Arabs are extremely worried that if anyone finds out, their assets will vanish in a panic as American currency becomes worthless.
The globe is gripped by panic and rioting as people discover all of their money is now worthless, Emery is shown in his office - dead, an apparent suicide. The economic crisis paralyzes the world, but by spilling over boundaries between east and west blocs, and between developing and industrialized nations, it unites the world in common cause. In the penultimate scene, workers at Borough National stand idle while listening to a report of the economic crisis. As the camera pans across the floor of the bank, the viewer sees that its now empty of workers, the lights off. Winters joins him in the final scene, smith tells her that hes looking for a way to start anew. Winters offers to become his partner
Billy Barty was an American film and television actor. In adult life, he stood three feet, nine inches, due to cartilage–hair hypoplasia dwarfism, and because of his short stature and he specialized in outspoken or wisecracking characters. During the 1950s, he became a star, appearing regularly in the Spike Jones ensemble. Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25,1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania, in 1962, he married Shirley Bolingbroke of Malad City, Idaho. They had two children, Lori Neilson and TV/film producer and director Braden Barty and his family were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Barty died of heart failure in 2000 at age 76 and he is entombed in Glendales Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Barty co-starred with Mickey Rooney in the Mickey McGuire shorts, a series of the 1920s and 1930s based on the Toonerville Folks comics. Small for his age then, Barty would impersonate very young children alongside brawny authority figures or wild animals.
In the 1933 film Gold Diggers of 1933, a nine-year-old Barty appeared as a baby who escapes from his stroller and he appeared as The Child in the 1933 film Footlight Parade. He is briefly seen in the 1935 film Bride of Frankenstein, in a role as a baby in one of Dr. Pretorius experiments. Much of Bartys film work consisted of bit parts and gag roles and he appeared in Fireman Save My Child, and appeared in two Elvis Presley films. He had one scene in Roustabout and co-starred without dialogue in Harum Scarum and he had roles in these feature films, Barty appeared several times on The Dennis Day Show, including once as a leprechaun. Beginning in 1958, he played pool hustler Babby, an information resource. Barty starred in the Rawhide episode Prairie Elephant in 1961, Barty was known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm for any productions in which he appeared. He performed with the Spike Jones musical comedy show on stage and television, Barty starred in a local Southern California childrens show, Billy Bartys Bigtop, in the mid-1960s, which regularly showed The Three Stooges shorts.
In one program, Stooge Moe Howard visited the set as a surprise guest, the program gave many Los Angeles area children their first opportunity to become familiar with little people, who until had been rarely seen on the screen except as two-dimensional curiosities. He appeared as a guest host on KTTVs Sheriff Johns Lunch Brigade whenever Sheriff John Rovick was on vacation, Barty played as Toulouse Lautrec in the 1972 The Brady Bunch Saturday morning cartoons preview special The Brady Bunch Meet ABCs Saturday Superstars. Barty played the sidekick on the 1970s Saturday morning TV series Dr. Shrinker
Mommie Dearest (film)
Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical melodrama film which depicts the childhood of Christina Crawford and how she was abused as a little girl by her adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford. Starring Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel, and Diana Scarwid, the film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by Robert Getchell, Tracy Hotchner, Frank Perry, the executive producers were Christinas husband, David Koontz, and Terrence ONeill, Dunaways then-boyfriend and soon-to-be husband. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, the one of the Big 8 film studios for which Crawford had never appeared in a feature film. The film was a success, grossing $39 million worldwide from a $5 million budget. Despite negative reviews from critics for its over-the-top performances and poor dialogue. Joan Crawford is an actress and compulsively clean housekeeper who tries to control the lives of those around her as tightly as she controls herself. When Helga, a new maid, thinks she has Joans living room in spotless condition, Joan finds one minor detail that she overlooked, Joan is in a relationship with Hollywood lawyer Gregg Savitt, but her career is in a bit of a downswing.
Despite desperately wanting a baby, she is unable to get pregnant, when she is denied an application for adoption, she enlists Greggs help to secure a baby. Joan adopts a girl whom she names Christina, and a boy, Joan sometimes lavishes Christina with attention and luxuries such as an extravagant birthday party, but enforces a very stern code of denial and discipline. When Christina is showered with gifts, Joan allows her to only one she likes best that she can keep. As Christina rebels against her mother, confrontations ensue, Joan overtakes Christina in a swimming-pool race and laughs at the child. Joan becomes enraged when Christina reacts with anger and locks her in the pool house, Joan discovers Christina wearing her makeup and imitating her. Joan resents Greggs allegiance to studio boss Louis B. Mayer, Joan guzzles down glasses of vodka and throws a drink in Greggs face after he tells her she is getting old. A physical altercation ensues and Gregg breaks up with Joan, the next day, Joan cuts Gregg out of the family photos.
Enraged, she screams at the girl, waking her up in horror, yanks dresses from Christinas closet, throwing them all over the girls room, Joan wrecks the bathroom as well. Christopher offers to help but Christina tells him to return to his own bed as she fears Joan will kill her if she finds out, Joan sends Christina to the Chadwick School. Years later, when a teenage Christina is caught in a position with a boy
Bo Derek is an American film and television actress, movie producer, and model perhaps best known for her breakthrough role in the 1979 film 10. The film launched a poster for Derek in a swimsuit. She was directed by husband John Derek in Tarzan, the Ape Man and Ghosts Cant Do It, a widow since 1998, she lives with actor John Corbett. She makes occasional film and documentary appearances, Derek was born Mary Cathleen Collins in Long Beach, California. Her father, Paul Collins, was a Hobie Cat executive, Dereks parents divorced, and her mother married American stunt performer Bobby Bass. Derek attended Narbonne High School and George S. Patton Continuation School, Derek remarked in a 1985 interview on Late Night with David Letterman, I was 16 when I quit high school. I didnt really mean to quit, I spent about a month going to the beach surfing and sunbathing while I was supposed to be in school, when I got caught, my mom was furious. I started to go back to school, and I was really enjoying it, while attending Narbonne High School in Los Angeles at age 16 in 1973, Cathleen became romantically involved with John Derek, a married man 30 years her senior.
Not long after the two started dating, John divorced his wife, actress Linda Evans, the couple moved to Germany, where John Derek would not be subject to prosecution under California statutory rape laws due to Cathleens illicit underage association with Derek. In 1973 in Germany, John began to making a film starring Cathleen. Entitled Fantasies, he planned the film as a low-budget English-language romantic drama and it was shot over a 10-day period in Greece in the summer of 1973. Due to the controversy that surrounded Fantasies, Derek had it re-edited twice before trying to sell it to studios. The film went unreleased until 1981, when as Bo Derek and they married on June 10,1976, she was 19 and he was 49. By that time, John Derek had given his wife a so-called Hollywood makeover. She had bleached her hair blonde and adopted the name Bo Derek, in 1977, she caught the eye of director Michael Anderson and was cast in a small role in his upcoming horror flick, which was Andersons answer to major success of Jaws.
The film received a theatrical release in July 1977. In 1979, Derek was selected over Melanie Griffith, Heather Thomas, Dereks appearance in a dream sequence, racing towards Moore in a flimsy flesh-colored swimsuit, became iconic, and launched her status as a mainstream sex symbol. This sequence and Derek’s cornrow hairstyle in the film have often been parodied,10 became a critical and financial blockbuster
Tattoo (1981 film)
Tattoo is a 1981 thriller film directed by Bob Brooks, and stars Bruce Dern and Maud Adams. The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Actor for Dern, karl Kinsky is a mentally ill tattoo artist who is hired to create temporary tattoos for some models. He becomes obsessed with one of them, whom he kidnaps to force her to wear his mark and he keeps her captive as he creates his masterpiece on her body
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California and it is one of the worlds oldest film studios. In 1971, it was announced that MGM would merge with 20th Century Fox, over the next thirty-nine years, the studio was bought and sold at various points in its history until, on November 3,2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. MGM Resorts International, a Las Vegas-based hotel and casino company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MGM, is not currently affiliated with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1966, MGM was sold to Canadian investor Edgar Bronfman Sr. whose son Edgar Jr. would buy Universal Studios, the studio continued to produce five to six films a year that were released through other studios, mostly United Artists. Kerkorian did, commit to increased production and a film library when he bought United Artists in 1981. MGM ramped up production, as well as keeping production going at UA.
It incurred significant amounts of debt to increase production, the studio took on additional debt as a series of owners took charge in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1986, Ted Turner bought MGM, but a few later, sold the company back to Kerkorian to recoup massive debt. The series of deals left MGM even more heavily in debt, MGM was bought by Pathé Communications in 1990, but Parretti lost control of Pathé and defaulted on the loans used to purchase the studio. The French banking conglomerate Crédit Lyonnais, the major creditor. Even more deeply in debt, MGM was purchased by a joint venture between Kerkorian, producer Frank Mancuso, and Australias Seven Network in 1996, the debt load from these and subsequent business deals negatively affected MGMs ability to survive as an independent motion picture studio. In 1924, movie theater magnate Marcus Loew had a problem and he had bought Metro Pictures Corporation in 1919 for a steady supply of films for his large Loews Theatres chain. With Loews lackluster assortment of Metro films, Loew purchased Goldwyn Pictures in 1924 to improve the quality, these purchases created a need for someone to oversee his new Hollywood operations, since longtime assistant Nicholas Schenck was needed in New York headquarters to oversee the 150 theaters.
Mayer, Loew addressed the situation by buying Louis B. Mayer Pictures on April 17,1924, Mayer became head of the renamed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with Irving Thalberg as head of production. MGM produced more than 100 feature films in its first two years, in 1925, MGM released the extravagant and successful Ben-Hur, taking a $4.7 million profit that year, its first full year. Marcus Loew died in 1927, and control of Loews passed to Nicholas Schenck, in 1929, William Fox of Fox Film Corporation bought the Loew familys holdings with Schencks assent. Mayer and Thalberg disagreed with the decision, Mayer was active in the California Republican Party and used his political connections to persuade the Justice Department to delay final approval of the deal on antitrust grounds
Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress and former child star. In 1983, Shields suspended her career as a model to attend Princeton University, where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Romance Languages. In the 1990s, Shields returned to acting, appearing in roles in films, and starred in the titular role of the sitcom Suddenly Susan. She worked alongside Bell again in the animated films Adventure Planet, Shields was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Teri and Frank Shields, a businessman. Through her fathers side, she has Italian, Irish, according to research by William Addams Reitwiesner published in 1995, Brooke Shields has ancestral links with a number of noble families from Italy, in particular from Genoa and Rome. These are namely the Gattilusi-Palaiologos-Savoy, Imperiali, Doria, Doria-Pamphili-Landi, Chigi-Albani and her paternal grandmother was the Italian princess Donna Marina Torlonia. Shields mother was of German, Scots-Irish, and Welsh descent, Shields was raised in the Roman Catholic faith.
When Teri announced that she was pregnant, Franks family paid her a sum to terminate the pregnancy, Teri took the money, but violated the agreement and gave birth to their daughter who they named Brooke. Frank married Teri, but they were divorced when Brooke was five months old and she has two stepbrothers and three half-sisters. When Shields was only five-days-old, her mother stated she wanted her to be active in show business, Shes the most beautiful child. Growing up, Shields took piano and riding lessons, for her confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church at age 10, she took the name Camille. While attending high school, she resided in Haworth, New Jersey, Shields attended the New Lincoln School until eighth grade. She graduated from The Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey and she moved to a dorm at Princeton University to pursue her bachelors degree in French literature, where she graduated in 1987. At Princeton, she spoke openly about her sexuality and virginity, Shields was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club and the Cap and Gown Club.
Her autobiography, On Your Own, was published in 1985 and her 1987 senior thesis was titled The Initiation, From Innocence to Experience, The Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Journey in the Films of Louis Malle, Pretty Baby and Lacombe Lucien. Shortly after her graduation, her four-year transcript was published in the July 1987 edition of Life Magazine. Based on that transcript, The New York Times published a light-hearted op-ed piece intended to tweak the claim that Princeton produced superior, well-rounded graduates. F that adds up to an arts education from a place like Princeton, there is no longer any danger that our society will ever suffer from elitism in any form
Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He wrote and recorded the songs Me and Bobby McGee, For the Good Times, Sunday Mornin Comin Down, Kristofferson composed his own songs and collaborated with Nashville songwriters such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, in 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is known for his roles in Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore and A Star Is Born. Kristoffer Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Mary Ann and Lars Henry Kristofferson and his paternal grandparents emigrated from Sweden, while his mother had English, Scottish-Irish, Swiss-German and Dutch ancestry. Kristoffersons paternal grandfather was an officer in the Swedish Army, when Kristofferson was a child, his father pushed him towards a military career. At the age of 17, Kristofferson took a job with a dredging contractor on Wake Island. He called it the hardest job I ever had, like most military brats, Kristofferson moved around frequently as a youth, finally settling down in San Mateo, where he graduated from San Mateo High School.
An aspiring writer, Kristofferson enrolled in Pomona College in 1954 and he experienced his first dose of fame when he appeared in Sports Illustrateds Faces in the Crowd for his achievements in collegiate rugby union and track and field. He and his classmates revived the Claremont Colleges Rugby Club in 1958, Kristofferson became a member of Delta Kappa fraternity at Pomona College, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in literature. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa his junior year, in a 2004 interview with Pomona College Magazine, Kristofferson mentioned philosophy professor Frederick Sontag as an important influence in his life. Kristofferson earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he studied at Merton College, while at Oxford, he was awarded his Blue for boxing, played rugby for his college, and began writing songs. At Oxford, he was acquainted with fellow Rhodes scholar, art critic. With the help of his manager, Larry Parnes, Kristofferson recorded for Top Rank Records under the name Kris Carson and this early phase of his music career was unsuccessful.
In 1960, Kristofferson graduated with a B. Phil in English literature, the following year he married his long-time girlfriend, Frances Mavia Beer. Kristofferson, under pressure from his family, ultimately joined the U. S. Army and he became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. During the early 1960s, he was stationed in West Germany as a member of the 8th Infantry Division, during this time, he resumed his music career and formed a band. In 1965, when his tour of duty ended, Kristofferson was given an assignment to teach English literature at West Point, instead, he decided to leave the Army and pursue songwriting
Golden Raspberry Awards
The Golden Raspberry Awards often shortened to Razzies and Razzie Awards, is an award in recognition of the worst in film. The term raspberry in the name is used in its irreverent sense, the awards themselves are in the form of a golf ball-sized raspberry which sits atop a Super 8 mm film reel, the whole of which is spray painted gold. The first Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony was held on March 31,1981, wilsons living-room alcove in Los Angeles, to honor the worst in film of the 1980 film season. The 37th ceremony was held on February 25,2017, american publicist John J. B. Wilson traditionally held potluck parties at his house in Los Angeles on the night of the Academy Awards. In 1981, after the 53rd Academy Awards had completed for the evening, Wilson decided to formalize the event, after watching a double feature of Cant Stop the Music and Xanadu. He gave them ballots to vote on worst in film, approximately three dozen people came to the 1st Golden Raspberry Awards. The 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards had double the attendance as the first, by the 4th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, CNN and two major wire services covered the event.
The term raspberry is used in its irreverent sense, as in blowing a raspberry, Wilson commented to the author of Blame It on the Dog, When I registered the term with the Library of Congress in 1980, they asked me, Why raspberry. But since then, razz has pretty much permeated the culture and we couldnt have done it without Hollywoods help. Wilson is referred to as Ye Olde Head Razzberry, paying members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation vote to determine the recipients. For the 29th Golden Raspberry Awards in 2009, award results were based on votes from approximately 650 journalists, cinema fans, voters hailed from 45 states in the United States and 19 other countries. The ceremony, typically one day before the Academy Awards, is modeled after the latter but deliberately low-end. Most winners do not attend the ceremony to collect their awards, notable exceptions include Tom Green, Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock, Michael Ferris, J. D. Shapiro, and Paul Verhoeven. Three people won both the Razzies and Oscars the same weekend, Alan Menken in 1993, Brian Helgeland in 1998, two actors had performances in the same movie scoring Oscar and Razzie nominations, James Coco and Amy Irving.
Neil Diamond, winner of the inaugural Worst Actor Razzie for 1980s The Jazz Singer, was nominated for the Golden Globe in the same role, wall Street is the only film to date to win both an Oscar and a Razzie. Michael Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor, however Daryl Hannahs performance was not as well received and earned her a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress, special prizes for the 25th anniversary of the Razzies awards were given out in 2005. This is an award given by Razzie Award Governor John J. B. Wilson to an individual whose achievements are not covered by the Razzies other categories. It was awarded in 2003 to Travis Payne for Distinguished Under-Achievement in Choreography in the film From Justin to Kelly and this award is given to a critical and financial failure that wouldve been nominated if it had received an eligible release