Jinxed! (1982 film)
Jinxed! is a 1982 American comedy film starring Bette Midler, Rip Torn and Ken Wahl. Directed by Don Siegel, the veteran filmmaker would suffer a heart attack during the troubled production; this would be Siegel's final film. Harold Benson and his lounge-singer wife, Bonita Friml, follow a young blackjack dealer Willie Brodax, around the country. Harold has a blackjack winning jinx on Willie, cannot lose to him. After Willie becomes suspicious, he starts following Harold and finds his trailer and starts talking to Bonita. Willie and Bonita fall in love and plot to do away with Harold to collect Harold's life insurance. Bette Midler as Bonita Friml Ken Wahl as Willie Brodax Rip Torn as Harold Benson Val Avery as Milt Hawkins Jack Elam as Otto Benson Fong as Dr. Wing Jacqueline Scott as Woman Bettor F. William Parker as Art Ian Wolfe as Morley George Dickerson as Tahoe Casino Manager Kathryn Kates as Miss Nina Barry Michlin as Talent Booker Read Morgan as Reno Player Jim Nolan as Father Kathleen O'Malley as Mother Woodrow Parfrey as Insurance Agent Tom Pletts as Tahoe First Monitor Archie Lang as Tahoe Second Monitor Joan Freeman as Woman Agent Don Siegel as Adult Bookstore Owner The film is based on the 1980 novel The Edge by Frank D. Gilroy.
He sold the film rights to the Ladd Company at Warner Bros. intending to direct. A UA production executive suggested Bette Midler for the lead and she asked for Don Siegel to direct; the script was rewritten by Jerry Blatt, Carol Rydall and Siegel. During development it was known as The Jackpot and Hot Streak. Gilroy had his name removed from the film and was credited as "Burt Blessing". Filming started on May 5, 1981 and took place at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, MGM Grand Reno and MGM studios. Siegel had been a mentor of director Sam Peckinpah, having difficulty finding assignments in the film industry due to his most recent troubled production. Siegel offered Peckinpah a chance to return to filmmaking with 12 days of second unit directing work on Jinxed. Peckinpah accepted, his collaboration with was noted within the industry. While Peckinpah's work was uncredited, it would lead to his hiring as the director of his final film, The Osterman Weekend. In addition to Siegel's health problems and Wahl fought viciously throughout the filming, making no secret of their open hostility towards one another.
Wahl described to the press. Years Midler would state that Siegel was hostile towards her. In turn, Siegel said; when asked by United Artists executive Steven Bach why he didn't quit, Siegel replied, "Because I wouldn't get my fee. Why not fire me?"Lalo Schifrin composed and recorded what would have been his sixth score for Siegel on Jinxed, but it was rejected by the studio despite Siegel's objections. The film received an "R" rating in the United States. Released to theaters on October 22, 1982, the movie was a box office failure. Critic Roger Ebert gave the film 1.5 stars out of a possible 4. He wrote, "This is a messed-up movie that throws away what few opportunities it has to entertain us, gets lost in a plot that starts as comedy and moves through farce on its way to paralysis." Ebert added that Midler is such a talented singer that it was implausible to believe that her character was an unsuccessful performer, but her music numbers still supplied most of the film's few highlights. The 2004 DVD release of the movie includes the original theatrical trailer, which includes a fraction of a deleted scene: Midler, wearing her mourning gown tries to get back into the car while it's hooked up in the carwash system.
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Samuel Shepard Rogers III, known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, author and director whose career spanned half a century. He won ten Obie Awards for directing, the most won by any writer or director, he wrote 44 plays as well as several books of short stories and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff, he received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described Shepard as "the greatest American playwright of his generation."Shepard's plays are known for their bleak, surrealist elements, black comedy, rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style evolved from the absurdism of his early off-off-Broadway work to the realism of plays like Buried Child and Curse of the Starving Class.
Shepard was born on November 1943, in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He was named Samuel Shepard Rogers III after his father, Samuel Shepard Rogers, Jr. but was called Steve Rogers. Samuel Shepard Rogers, Jr. was a teacher and farmer who served in the United States Army Air Forces as a bomber pilot during World War II. Shepard characterized his father as "a drinking man, a dedicated alcoholic", his mother, Jane Elaine, was a native of Chicago. Shepard worked on a ranch as a teenager. After graduating from Duarte High School in Duarte, California in 1961, he studied animal husbandry at nearby Mt. San Antonio College. While at college, Shepard became enamored of Samuel Beckett and abstract expressionism, he dropped out to join the Bishop's Company. Shepard found work as a busboy at the Village Gate nightclub when he arrived in New York City, in 1962 became involved in the off-off-Broadway theater scene through Ralph Cook, the Village Gate's head waiter. Steve Rogers adopted the professional name Sam Shepard.
Although his plays would be staged at several off-off-Broadway venues, Shepard was most connected with Cook's Theatre Genesis, housed at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery in the East Village. In 1965, Shepard's one-act plays Dog and The Rocking Chair were produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club; this was the first in many productions of Shepard's work at La MaMa during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s. In 1967, Tom O'Horgan directed Shepard's Melodrama Play alongside Leonard Melfi's Times Square and Rochelle Owens' Futz at La MaMa. In 1969, Jeff Bleckner directed; the Unseen Hand would influence Richard O'Brien's musical The Rocky Horror Show. Bleckner directed The Unseen Hand alongside Forensic and the Navigators at the nearby Astor Place Theater in 1970. Shepard's play. Seth Allen directed Melodrama Play at La MaMa the following year. In 1981, Tony Barsha directed The Unseen Hand at La MaMa; the production transferred to the Provincetown Playhouse and ran for over 100 performances. Syracuse Stage co-produced The Tooth of Crime at La MaMa in 1983.
In 1983, the Overtone Theatre and New Writers at the Westside co-produced Shepard's plays Superstitions and The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve of Killing His Wife at La MaMa. John Densmore performed in his own play Skins and Shepard and Joseph Chaikin's play Tongues, directed as a double bill by Tony Abatemarco, at La MaMa in 1984. Nicholas Swyrydenko directed a production of Geography of a Horse Dreamer at La MaMa in 1985. Several of Shepard's early plays, including Red Cross and La Turista, were directed by Jacques Levy. A patron of the Chelsea Hotel scene, he contributed to Kenneth Tynan's Oh! Calcutta! and drummed sporadically from 1967 through 1971 with the psychedelic folk band The Holy Modal Rounders, appearing on their albums Indian War Whoop and The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders. After winning six Obie Awards between 1966 and 1968, Shepard emerged as a screenwriter with Robert Frank's Me and My Brother and Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point. Cowboy Mouth, a collaboration with his then-lover Patti Smith, was staged at The American Place Theatre in April 1971, providing early exposure for Smith, who became a well-known musician.
The story and characters in Cowboy Mouth were loosely inspired by Smith's relationship. After opening night, he abandoned the production and fled to New England without a word to anyone involved. Shortly thereafter, Shepard relocated with his son to London. While in London, he immersed himself in the study of G. I. Gurdjieff's a recurring preoccupation for much of his life. Returning to the United States in 1975, he moved to the 20-acre Flying Y Ranch in Mill Valley, where he raised a young colt named Drum and rode double with his young son on an appaloosa named Cody. Shepard continued to write plays and served for a semester as Regents' Professor of Drama at the University of California, Davis. Shepard accompanied Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975 as the screenwriter for Renaldo and Clara that emerged from the tour. However, because much of the film was improvised, Shepard's work was used, his diary of the tour, Rolling Thunder Logbook, was published in 1978. A decade Dylan and Shepard co-wrote the 11-minute song "Brownsville Girl", included on Dylan's 1986 Knocked Out Loaded album and on compilations.
In 1975, Shepard was named playwright-in-residence at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where he created many of his notable works, including his
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Lorenzo Elliott Semple Jr. was an American screenwriter and sometime playwright, best known for his work on the campy television series Batman and the political/paranoia movie thrillers The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor. Semple's writing career started in 1951, as a short story contributor to magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's Weekly. Semple tried writing for the theatre and had a play produced on Broadway, Tonight in Samarkand, a melodrama adapted from the French, he wrote an episode for The Alcoa Hour called "Archangel Harrison". He wrote another play, Golden Fleecing, filmed for Matinee Theatre in 1958 and premiered on Broadway in 1959. Semple wrote "China Boy" for the TV series Buckskin, "Four Against Three Millions" and "Money Go Round" for Target, "Epitaph for a Golden Girl" for Pursuit. "Golden Fleecing" was bought by MGM and produced under the title The Honeymoon Machine, starring Steve McQueen, following which Semple relocated to Hollywood and established himself as a writer for several television shows, including Kraft Suspense Theatre, Breaking Point, The Rogues, Theatre of Stars, Burke's Law'.
From an interview with he and Jon Dambacher, "I wrote a pilot called Number One Son about Charlie Chan’s son. A story set in San Francisco. I wrote the script, okay, everybody liked it, about all you can expect, we were thinking about casting and everything ABC called William Dozier saying,'This is embarrassing but word just came down we’re not to do any program with an ethnic lead.' They didn’t want a Chinese person in it. So they said,'We’re embarrassed but we owe you one.'" While living in Spain in 1965, Semple was approached by producer William Dozier to develop a television series for ABC based on the comic book Batman. Semple wrote a pilot, promptly picked up, the series based on it put on the air, with popular success. Semple wrote the first four episodes. Semple served as Executive Story Editor. At the same time he provided the screenplay for the 1966 Batman feature film version, he wrote one double episode of the television series The Green Hornet called "Beautiful Dreamer,", broadcast in October 1966.
He co-wrote a TV movie Thompson's Ghost and did episodes of The Rat Patrol and wrote "You're Only Young Twice" for Vacation Playhouse. From the late 1960s onwards, Semple focused on films, his success with the Batman film saw he and director Leslie Martinson re-teamed on Fathom, a spy spoof for Raquel Welch. His script for the critically acclaimed cult film Pretty Poison won the award of the New York Film Critics Circle Awards as best screenplay of its year. From interview with Jon Dambacher, "Fox, 20th Century Fox, hated the movie, they hated it. They released it at only one theater in New York on the upper west side. Just one theater without any press screening, it happened that–Pauline Kael was independently a friend of mine. She called up Joe Morgenstern, a critic in the Wall Street Journal, she said,'Joe, there’s a movie that’s so terrible that Fox won’t let us see it and put it out at one theater. Let's go see what kind of movie. Maybe we can beat Fox over the head' and they loved the movie.
So they wildly over-praised it, in my opinion. They started a movement for it..." He rewrote Larry Cohen's script Daddy's Gone A-Hunting, wrote the little seen The Sporting Club. The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker was an attempt to match the success of The Graduate. Semple had a big hit with Papillon, he was credited on a series of thrillers: The Super Cops, The Parallax View, The Drowning Pool and Three Days of the Condor. Condor had been produced by Dino De Laurentiis, who hired Semple over the next few years, he wrote the critically assailed King Kong-remake. As with his Batman, serious comic-strip devotees assailed Semple for the disrespectful approach he took to the printed originals. After Never Say Never Again, a non-Eon Productions film in the James Bond series which brought Sean Connery back to the role for the last time, Semple wrote a final comic book adaptation, based on the comic book Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, he wrote a TV movie. Rearview Mirror and an Imperial war film, never completed, The Bengal Lancers!.
He was credited on Never Too Young to Die and the TV movie Rapture. Subsequently and retired agent and producer Marcia Nasatir reviewed movies on YouTube as the Reel Geezers. In September 2008, he was hailed by the Writers Guild of America as a Living Legend. In 2010, the American Cinemateque presented a two-night retrospective of his movies in Santa Monica. In January 2013, author Jon Dambacher dedicated his short novel "A Sickly Beauty" to him. Semple died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, just one day after his 91st birthday. Batman Fathom Pretty Poison Daddy's Gone A-Hunting The Sporting Club The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker Papillon The Super Cops The Parallax View (with David Gile
Kenneth Peacock Tynan was an English theatre critic and writer. Making his initial impact as a critic at The Observer, he praised Osborne's Look Back in Anger, encouraged the emerging wave of British theatrical talent. In 1963, Tynan was appointed as the new National Theatre Company's literary manager. An opponent of theatre censorship, Tynan was considered by many to be the first person to say "fuck" on British television, controversial at the time. In his life, he settled in California, where he resumed his writing career. Tynan was born in Birmingham to Letitia Rose Tynan and "Peter Tynan"; as a child, he possessed early on a high degree of articulate intelligence. By the age of six, he was keeping a diary. At King Edward's School, Birmingham he was a brilliant student of whom one of his masters said, "He was the only boy I could never teach anything." He played Doctor Parpalaid, in an English translation of Jules Romains' farce Knock. While at school, Tynan began smoking. Tynan was twelve at the outbreak of the Second World War.
At thirteen, he was nearly killed when a landmine destroyed the houses on the other side of the Birmingham street where the Tynans lived, killing the inhabitants. Tynan adopted opinions. During school debates, he advocated repealing laws against abortion. During a school debate on the motion, "This House Thinks the Present Generation Has Lost the Ability to Entertain Itself" Tynan gave a speech on the pleasures of masturbation. By the time the war ended, he had gained a scholarship to Oxford University. At Magdalen College, Tynan lived flamboyantly but was beginning to suffer from the effects of his heavy smoking, he did not discover until much too late that he had been born with a rare lung condition, which increased the damage done by smoking. The writer Paul Johnson, "an awestruck freshman-witness to his arrival at the Magdalen lodge" described Tynan as a "tall, epicene youth, with pale yellow locks, Beardsley cheekbones, fashionable stammer, plum-coloured suit, lavender tie and ruby signet-ring."
Unlike Johnson and Tynan, most undergraduates at the university had been through World War II, but were "struck speechless" by Tynan's extravagant style. Disliked by some, Tynan was an intellectual and social leader among Oxford undergraduates made a splash and had groupies, gave sensational parties sometimes attended by London entertainment celebrities, Johnson wrote. Tynan produced and acted in plays, spoke "brilliantly" at the Oxford Union, wrote for and edited college magazines, he retained a lifelong admiration for his tutor at C. S. Lewis. In 1948, after the death of his father – the man he had known as Peter Tynan – Tynan learned to his surprise that "Peter Tynan" was in reality an alias of Sir Peter Peacock, a former mayor of Warrington, leading a double life for more than 20 years, who had a wife and another family in Warrington. Tynan's mother was obliged to return Sir Peter's body to his wife and family in Warrington for burial. Tynan's discovery of his father's deception did long-term damage to his ability to trust others.
When Tynan was called up for National Service, he put on an act of appearing outrageously camp including wearing a floppy hat, velvet coat, painted fingernails and a great deal of Yardley scent. As a result, he was rejected as'medically unfit' for service. On 25 January 1951, Tynan married the American author Elaine Dundy after a three-month romance; the following year, they had a daughter, named after the character in The Philadelphia Story, Tracy Lord, played by Katharine Hepburn. Subsequently Hepburn was asked to be godmother. Tynan's career took off in 1952 when he was hired as a theatre critic for the London Evening Standard. According to Johnson, Tynan "quickly established himself as the most audacious literary journalist in London, his motto was:'Write heresy, pure heresy.' He pinned to his desk the exhilarating slogan:'Rouse tempers and lacerate, raise whirlwinds.'" Two years he left for The Observer, it was there that he rose to prominence. Tynan was critical of what he called'the Loamshire play', a genre of English country house drama which he felt dominated the early 1950s British stage, was wasting the talents of playwrights and actors.
Tynan espoused a new theatrical realism, best exemplified in the works of the playwrights who became known as the "Angry Young Men". There was a significant development in the 1955–56 British theatre season during which John Osborne's Look Back in Anger premiered. Tynan championed Osborne's play, although he identified some possible flaws, concluding his review with the comment: "I doubt if I could love anyone who did not wish to see Look Back in Anger, it is the best young play of its decade." The theatre historian Dan Rebellato asserts: "it is clear that he is set on confronting his readership, not speaking for them"."He became a power in the London theatre, which regarded him with awe and hatred", Johnson wrote. The reviewer "seemed to know all world literature" and studded his articles with such words as "esurient", "cateran", "cisisbeism", "erethism". Francis Bacon, a painter renowned for
Santa Claus: The Movie
Santa Claus: The Movie is a 1985 British-American Christmas film starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston in the title role. It is the last major fantasy film produced by the Paris-based father-and-son production team of Alexander and Ilya Salkind; the film was directed by Jeannot Szwarc and released in North America on November 27, 1985, by TriStar Pictures. The 2005 DVD release was released by Anchor Bay Entertainment, under license from the film's current owner, StudioCanal. Santa Claus: The Movie is a straightforward attempt to explore the mysteries of Santa Claus with the key objective being to answer some of the basic questions many children have about the Santa mythos, such as how his reindeer fly, how he and his wife made it to the North Pole, how he ascends chimneys, among other things; the film chronicles the origins of Santa Claus, along with his wife Anya, goes from being a simple working man to becoming an international icon of Christmas. At the same time, the film tells a contemporary story in which one of Santa's elves, a visionary named Patch, sets out to employ Santa's toymaking methods on his own, unaware that he might be ruining the magic of Christmas in the process.
The film was a financial failure and received negative reviews from critics at the time of release. Sometime in the 14th century, Claus is a woodcarver in his mid-50s who, with his wife Anya, delivers his gifts to the children of local villages. One night, Claus and their two reindeer and Blitzen, are caught in a blizzard and succumb to the cold weather. However, they are saved by elves and transported to the vast "ice mountains, way up at the top of the world." Their expected arrival is heralded with the appearance of several elves, or as Claus's people call them in their legends, the Vendequm, led by the venerable and wise elf named Dooley. Claus and Anya meet inventive elf Patch, the more down-to-earth Puffy. Dooley tells Claus it is his destiny to deliver toys to the children of the world every Christmas Eve, which the elves will make in their large workshops. Donner and Blitzen are joined by fed magic food that allows them to fly; when Christmas Eve comes, Claus is approached by the oldest of elves, the Ancient One, who renames him as "Santa Claus".
Centuries pass as the mythology of Santa is created, until the 20th century, where Santa is exhausted by the ever-growing workload every year due to the world's increasing population. Anya suggests he enlist an assistant, which position Patch and Puffy compete to earn via a competition to produce the most toys in a limited amount of time. Patch uses a machine he has invented, although he wins, it begins to produce shoddy works without his knowledge. During his annual deliveries, Santa befriends a homeless 10-year-old orphan boy named Joe in New York City and takes him for a flight around the skyscrapers of Manhattan in his sleigh. Santa lets Joe take the reins, who flies the sleigh underneath the Brooklyn Bridge much to Santa's horror, who playfully gets his own back on Joe by having his reindeer perform the "Super Duper Looper" around the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center — an aerial trick that involves them doing a complete 360 degree turn, but which Donner always fails to execute due to acrophobia.
Santa takes Joe on his deliveries where they meet 9-year-old Cornelia, a wealthy child and an orphan who fed Joe one previous night. On Christmas Day, Patch's toys begin to fall apart, prompting him to quit his job and let Puffy take over. Traveling to New York, Patch meets B. Z. Cornelia's step-uncle and a scheming executive of a toy company that faces a total shutdown by Congressional investigation due to unsafe products. Believing B. Z.'s toys are popular due to witnessing several toys being removed from a shop window, Patch decides to help B. Z. make better toys, using some of the reindeer feed to create lollipops which can make people fly and giving them to children for free. Patch constructs a hovercraft called the Patchmobile to deliver the products like Santa and helps create a new holiday on March 25, which B. Z. declares "Christmas 2". Santa disapproves of Patch's actions and feels disheartened about continuing his job if the children of the world do not care anymore. Meanwhile, Patch is disturbed when B.
Z. plans to turn himself into the face of Christmas and asks Patch to develop candy canes which enable flight. While Patch works at night, B. Z.'s assistant, Dr. Eric Towzer, appears at his house and reveals the candy canes will explode if exposed to heat. B. Z. proposes they flee to Brazil and let Patch take the fall for their criminal neglect, which Towzer approves of, despite urging B. Z. to reconsider his actions as children are involved. Joe and Cornelia eavesdrop on the conversation, but Joe is caught and locked up in the basement of B. Z.'s factory. Patch finds Joe and discovers Santa made a carving for Joe. Thrilled that Santa remembers him and Joe set off in the Patchmobile to the North Pole. Cornelia sends a letter to Santa informing him of the situation. Despite Comet and Cupid having the Flu, Santa gathers up the other six reindeer and he arrives to pick Cornelia up. Santa and Cornelia pursue the Patchmobile, carrying a huge supply of candy canes on the verge of exploding. Santa convinces his reindeer to perform the Super Duper Looper in order to catch Patch and Joe as the Patchmobile explodes.
Meanwhile, B. Z.'s crimes are uncovered when Cornelia calls the p
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There Was a Crooked Man...
There Was a Crooked Man... is a 1970 American western film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, it was the only western made by Mankiewicz. It was written by Robert Benton, their first script after Bonnie and Clyde. Paris Pitman, Jr. has pulled off a $500,000 robbery and, having murdered his partners, is the only one who knows where the money is hidden. He is seen in a bordello and is captured, tried and sentenced to an Arizona penitentiary. A corrupt warden, LeGoff, is willing to cut the prisoner a deal, he will let Pitman break out of jail for an split of the half-million dollars. Pitman agrees. Former sheriff Woodward Lopeman becomes the new warden. Although they are enemies, he and Pitman work together to improve conditions at the prison. On a day the lieutenant governor visits, Pitman makes his move, he sparks a riot and manages to escape, but not before three inmates are killed, whereupon Pitman himself does away with two more partners. The money has been hidden in a nest of rattlesnakes.
Pitman heads with Lopeman in hot pursuit. The money is his again when Pitman is bitten by a rattlesnake. By the time Lopeman comes across him, Pitman is dead. Lopeman collects the money, as well as Pitman's body, rides back to the prison. However, upon his arrival, he abruptly decides to leave the body and gallop off, absconding to Mexico with the money. Kirk Douglas as Paris Pitman Jr. Henry Fonda as Sheriff Woodward W. Lopeman Hume Cronyn as Dudley Whinner Warren Oates as Floyd Moon Burgess Meredith as The Missouri Kid John Randolph as Cyrus McNutt Lee Grant as Mrs. Bullard Arthur O'Connell as Mr. Lomax Martin Gabel as Warden Francis E. LeGoff Michael Blodgett as Coy Cavendish C. K. Yang as Ah-Ping Alan Hale Jr. as Tobaccy Victor French as Whiskey Claudia McNeil as Madam Bert Freed as Skinner Jeanne Cooper as Prostitute Barbara Rhoades as Miss Jessie Brundidge, the Schoolteacher Gene Evans as Colonel Wolff Pamela Hensley as Edwina J. Edward McKinley as The Governor Ann Doran as Mrs. Lomax Vincent Canby of The New York Times was positive: "Although There Was A Crooked Man... is rather low-keyed and takes its own sweet time to reveal itself, it is a movie of the sort of taste and somewhat bitter humor I associate with Mr. Mankiewicz who, in real life, is one of America's most sophisticated, least folksy raconteurs of stories about the old Hollywood."
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