Charles Jeremy Jankel, better known as Chaz Jankel, is an English singer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. In a music career spanning more than 40 years, Jankel came to prominence in the late 1970s as the guitarist and keyboardist of the rock band Ian Dury and the Blockheads. With Dury, Jankel co-wrote some of the band's best-known songs including "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick" and "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3". In addition to his work with the Blockheads, Jankel has had a solo career which has resulted in nine studio albums, he has a long list of credits as songwriter. Charles Jeremy Jankel was born on 16 April 1952 in Middlesex. Inspired by Lonnie Donegan, he started to learn how to play the Spanish guitar at age 7, went on to study the piano, he attended the boarding school Mill Hill School and became a fan of the American rock and soul band Sly and the Family Stone during his time there. Jankel's fondness for this style was responsible for much of the funk influence on the Blockheads' music and influenced Jankel's solo career.
As a student at the art college Saint Martin's School of Art he played with a folk rock band called Byzantium from 1972 to 1973. In 1973, Chaz Jankel contributed a track titled "Let's Go" to Long John Baldry's album Good to Be Alive, he joined the folk rock band Jonathan Kelly's Outside and worked on their only album... Waiting on You, released in early 1974. Jankel first started working with Ian Dury as part of the pub rock band Kilburn and the High Roads in the early part of the 1970s, he went on to work with Dury on albums such as 1977's New Boots and Panties!! and the Blockheads' albums including the 1979 release Do It Yourself before leaving the band. In 1981, Jankel joined Dury again, without the Blockheads, for his second solo album Lord Upminster, which spawned the US Top 40 dance hit "Spasticus Autisticus", which he co-wrote. After leaving the Blockheads, Jankel pursued a solo career and issued four studio albums for A&M, including his 1980 self-titled debut and 1981's Chasanova, released under the title Questionnaire.
This album featured major lyrical contributions from Ian Dury, musical contributions from two of the Blockheads, bass player Norman Watt-Roy, drummer Charlie Charles and contained the US dance hit "Glad to Know You", one of the tracks with lyrics written by Dury, plus the MTV music video of its title track. In 1981, Quincy Jones had a UK chart hit with a cover version of Jankel's "Ai No Corrida", which reached No. 14 in April of that year. The song was covered by the Nylons, Laura More with Uniting Nations. In 2005, the Uniting Nations' version peaked at No. 18 in the UK. Jankel hit No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1982 with the triple A-side "Glad to Know You"/"3,000,000 Synths"/"Ai No Corrida". His single "Number One" went to No. 1 in the clubs in France and was used in the 1985 film Real Genius. He went on to release the albums Chazablanca in 1983 and Looking at You in 1985. In 1985 Jerry Moss, the recording executive of A&M, rejected the release of his fifth album, terminated his recording career with the label.
After both of Jankel's parents died, he moved to the US in 1988 and lived there for several years before returning to the UK to rejoin the Blockheads, working with Dury on their final two albums with him: Mr. Love Pants, Ten More Turnips from the Tip on which album he took lead vocals on the song "I Could Lie". After Dury's death in 2000, Jankel continued to write and perform with the Blockheads, with Dury's former friend and minder Derek Hussey being Dury's replacement. Jankel has several composer credits for films, including DOA, co-directed by his sister Annabel Jankel, K2. Jankel composed the majority of the music for the Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, in which he was portrayed by Tom Hughes. Jankel received a BAFTA nomination for the film's music. In 2010, Jankel released his first compilation album titled My Occupation – The Music of Chaz Jankel which included the songs "Ai No Corrida", "Glad to Know You" and "You're My Occupation"; this album contained the additional song "Get Myself Together" Since 2001 Jankel had issued records on his own CJ Records label.
Jankel moved to Venice, Los Angeles in September 1988. He lived with his Swedish girlfriend Catharina Hemberg, they were married on the island of Kauai. They had a son Tao born in Hollywood in 1990, working for Business Sweden. Chaz and Catharina divorced, she moving back to Sweden and he moving back to the UK in 1992, where he met his future wife, the artist Elaine O'Halloran, they had met on the set of the film The Rachel Papers. The couple have a son Lewis Shay Jankel, a DJ, record producer and songwriter who uses the stage name Shift K3Y. Jankel's older brother Tony has been working with Jankel the car manufacturers, his sister Annabel Jankel is a film and television director who, in 2018, directed the British film drama Tell It to the Bees. As of January 2019, Jankel remains active playing gigs around the UK, performing with the Blockheads and collaborating with Eos Counsell on piano and violin compositions. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles 7th Edition – 1988 Official website Chaz Jankel at AllMusic Chaz Jankel discography at Discogs Chaz Jankel on IMDb Chaz Jankel – Ai No Corrida on YouTube Chaz Jankel – Glad to Know You on YouTube
Ann Magnuson is an American actress, performance artist, nightclub performer. She was described by The New York Times in 1990 as "An endearing theatrical chameleon who has as many characters at her fingertips as Lily Tomlin does". A founding member of the 1980s band Bongwater, she Love, her film appearances include The Hunger, Making Mr. Right and Present Danger, Panic Room, One More Time, she guest-starred on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless in 2013. Magnuson was born in West Virginia, to a journalist mother and a lawyer father, she had a brother, who died in 1988 of complications from AIDS. She attended George Washington High School in Charleston. After graduating from Denison University in 1978, she moved to New York City and was a DJ and performer at Club 57 and the Mudd Club in Manhattan around 1979 through the early 1980s, she created such characters as Anoushka, a Soviet lounge singer, wearing a wig backwards and singing mock-Russian lyrics to pop music standards, separately sang in an all-girl percussion group, whose 1982 single "The Devil Lives In My Husband's Body" was a housewife's lament of a spouse who appears to be possessed.
In the 1990s, Magnuson fronted the satirical faux-heavy metal band Vulcan Death Grip. In an interview for the 2002 WETA-TV-PBS special Lance Loud! A Death in An American Family, Magnuson credited the idea of Loud — a member of an all-American family filmed day-in/day-out for the landmark PBS documentary An American Family, who came out as gay during the course of that documentary miniseries — with inspiring her to leave West Virginia for New York: I watched An American Family alone in the kitchen and none of my other family members were interested in it, I was fascinated, as everybody my age was, by Lance, I think that's what got me there. I started hanging out at all the clubs that he hung out in, I wanted to go to the places that I'd seen on television.... I met him in 1978 when I got to New York City and was hanging out at CBGB.... I can't remember the exact moment but I know I was dazzled. I was just this little hick from West Virginia and I was meeting a celebrity, an icon, somebody who had made it.
Magnuson made her film debut in the 1982 film Vortex. In the late'70s and early'80s, Magnuson ran Club 57, located in the basement of the Polish National church, it became a center of a world that included Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, many others from New York's budding graffiti and downtown scenes. Club 57 was known for its theme nights such as Reggae Miniature Model World of Glue Night. A fixture of the Manhattan downtown club scene of the 1980s, Magnuson gained attention with her role as a snarky cigarette girl in director Susan Seidelman's 1985 independent film hit Desperately Seeking Susan, which helped launch the acting career of singer Madonna. Magnuson went on to star in Seidelman's Making Mr. Right, a poorly received science-fiction romance about an android played by John Malkovich. Concurrently, Magnuson developed an underground following as lead vocalist of the band Bongwater, formed in 1985 with producer-musician Mark Kramer. Bongwater released four avant garde albums and a debut EP before breaking up in 1992 with a legal battle between Magnuson and Kramer that lasted through at least 1996 and ended with the bankruptcy of Kramer's independent-music label Shimmy-Disc.
Her 15-minute video performance piece "Made for Television", self-produced in 1981, ran on the WNET-PBS series Alive from Off-Center. Her satiric featurette found her playing close to 50 roles in a "channel-hopping" series of visual bites parodying television programming game shows to TV films to televangelists; as art critic Sarah Valdez described it, "a bewigged Ann Magnuson consecutively inhabits, at a rate faster than any channel surfer could keep up with, an outlandish, uproariously unfortunate range of female stereotypes". It was released by HBO Home Video together with the Cinemax cable-TV special Vandemonium, in which Magnuson starred in a solo stage piece with appearances by actor-singer Meat Loaf, performance artist Joey Arias, actor-monologist Eric Bogosian. Magnuson co-hosted Alive from Off Center during its 1988 season, taking over from fellow performance artist Laurie Anderson, who had hosted the series the year before, her 1995 CD The Luv Show, her major-label debut, was commercially unsuccessful, but musically adventurous.
As Salon writer John Paczowski described her in 1997: celebrated icon in the more transgressive margins of culture, Ann Magnuson has been at once unknown and renowned for the past 15 years. She is infamous in more insular circles as the creative force behind the cultural mayhem of the East Village's Club 57, a breeding ground of experimentation and absurdity that spawned the work of Keith Haring, among others. From 1989 to 1992, Magnuson played Catherine Hughes, the comically hip editor-in-chief of a Chicago magazine in the television sitcom Anything But Love, opposite Jamie Lee Curtis and comedian Richard Lewis, played a liberal political commentator on comedian Wanda Sykes' 2003 Fox Broadcasting sitcom Wanda at Large. Magnuson's film roles have included a snarly real estate agent in Panic Room, Alan's mother in Small Soldiers, a madam in Tank Girl, Mel Gibson's "mone
John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor and fashion designer. He received Academy Award nominations for his roles in Places In the Line of Fire, he has appeared in more than 70 films, including Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, Johnny English, Con Air, Of Mice and Men, Ripley's Game, Being John Malkovich, Shadow of the Vampire, Burn After Reading, Mulholland Falls, Dangerous Liaisons, Warm Bodies, Bird Box, as well as producing films such as Ghost World and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Malkovich was born in Illinois, his mother was of French, German and English ancestry. He grew up in Illinois, his father, Daniel Leon Malkovich, was a state conservation director and publisher of Outdoor Illinois, a conservation magazine. His mother, Joe Anne, owned the Benton Evening News, as well as Outdoor Illinois. Malkovich has an older brother, his paternal grandparents were from Ozalj in Croatia, according to his mother they were of Montenegrin ancestry. Malkovich attended Logan Grade School, Webster Junior High School, Benton Consolidated High School.
During his high school years, he appeared in the musical Carousel. He was active in a folk gospel group, singing in area churches and community events; as a member of a local summer theater/comedy project, he co-starred in Jean-Claude van Itallie's America Hurrah in 1972. Upon graduating from high school, he entered Eastern Illinois University, transferred to Illinois State University, where he majored in theater. In 1976, along with Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, Glenne Headly, became a charter member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, he moved to New York City in 1980 to appear in a Steppenwolf production of the Sam Shepard play True West for which he won an Obie Award. In early 1982, he appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire with Chicago's Wisdom Bridge Theatre. Malkovich directed a Steppenwolf co-production, the 1984 revival of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, for which he received a second Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award, his Broadway debut that year was as Biff in Death of a Salesman alongside Dustin Hoffman as Willy.
Malkovich won an Emmy Award for this role when the play was adapted for television by CBS in 1985. One of his first film roles was as an extra alongside Allen, Terry Kinney, George Wendt and Laurie Metcalf in Robert Altman's 1978 film A Wedding, he made his feature film debut in 1984 as Sally Field's blind boarder Mr. Will in Places in the Heart. For his portrayal of Mr. Will, Malkovich received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, he portrayed Al Rockoff in The Killing Fields. He continued to have steady work in films such as Empire of the Sun, directed by Steven Spielberg, the 1987 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, he starred in Making Mr. Right. In 1990, he played Port Moresby in The Sheltering Sky, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. In 1991, he was directed by Woody Allen in Shadows and Fog, he garnered significant critical and popular acclaim when he portrayed the sinister and sensual Valmont in the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, a film adaptation of the stage play Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton, who had adapted it from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
He reprised this role for the music video of "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox. In 1990, he recited, in Croatian, verses of the Croatian national anthem Lijepa naša domovino in Nenad Bach's song "Can We Go Higher?"Malkovich starred in the 1992 film adaptation of John Steinbeck's award-winning novella Of Mice and Men as Lennie alongside Gary Sinise as George. In 1994, he was nominated in the same category, for In the Line of Fire. Though he played the title role in the Charlie Kaufman-penned Being John Malkovich, he played a slight variation of himself, as indicated by the character's middle name of "Horatio". In 1996, Malkovich was directed for the second time by Stephen Frears in Mary Reilly, a new adaptation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale, co-starring Julia Roberts Malkovich appeared in Joan of Arc, directed by Luc Besson in 1999, playing the French king-to-be Charles VII, he made a cameo appearance in Adaptation. — written by Kaufman — appearing as himself during the filming of Being John Malkovich.
The Dancer Upstairs, Malkovich's directorial film debut, was released in 2002. In the same year he played Patricia Highsmith's anti-hero Tom Ripley in Ripley's Game, the second film adaptation of Highsmith's 1974 novel, the first being Wim Wenders' The American Friend starring Dennis Hopper as Ripley.. Other film roles include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Eragon, The Man in the Iron Mask, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Secretariat, RED and RED 2. In 2007, he played Alan Conway in Colour. Malkovich has hosted three episodes of the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live; the first occasion was in January 1989 with musical guest Anita Baker. I. with Swizz Beatz. In 1993 he was the narrator for the film Alive. In June 2018, Malkovich began filming a three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie's The A. B. C. Murders co-starring Rupert Grint for BBC television, playing the role of fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, it was announced in 2019 that David Mamet w
How to Build a Better Boy
How to Build a Better Boy is a Disney Channel Original Movie directed by Paul Hoen and written by Jason Mayland. It stars Kelli Berglund and Marshall Williams; the first images were shown during a promo for Disney Channel's Summer 2014, while the first promo aired on June 27, 2014 during the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped. The film premiered on August 15, 2014; the movie premiered on Disney Channel UK on September 19, 2014. Mae Hartley and Gabby Harrison are intelligent tenth graders. Mae has a crush on a jock named Jaden and thinks that he is going to invite her to the Homecoming dance. However, she is publicly humiliated by Nevaeh, a mean cheerleader girl, going with Jaden. In her embarrassment, Mae claims that she has a boyfriend. To cover the lie, Gabby offers to program a virtual boyfriend for Mae using computer software known as X-17, which they believe is used by Mae's father, Dr. James Hartley, to design high definition video game characters for his company. Gabby creates a virtual boyfriend according to Mae's direction, Mae names him Albert.
The software goes short circuits James' computer. Mae's brother Bart agrees to fix the computer; the next morning, Albert arrives at school and becomes popular among the students. Albert is able to speed throw/kick harder than normal humans. Bart and Gabby learn that she hacked into the Pentagon to do so, they learn that James works for the Pentagon. General McFee discovers the X-17 prototype robot soldier, Albert, is missing; that day, Albert asks Mae to Homecoming. Feeling overwhelmed, she tries to explain to Albert that she does not feel like she deserves to be his girlfriend. Gabby and Mae talk privately. Gabby thinks the whole thing is getting out of hand and Albert is coming between them. Mae agrees to go with Albert to the dance. At the Hartley house and Gabby witness Zephyr and Pox, members of the international arms dealer group Black Sigma, breaking into the house in search of the prototype soldier. During a school football game, Gabby unsuccessfully tries to warn Mae about Albert being a robot soldier, but the two get into an argument.
Albert helps the team stage a comeback. Army soldiers led by McFee arrive at the game following an EMP-caused power outage caused by Black Sigma that short circuits Albert's wiring; the Black Sigma members are captured by the army and Albert begins a global mission to fight danger. Mae and Gabby are told by McFee. Mae is upset, but she believes that Albert will still arrive for the homecoming dance, James is surprised when he does. McFee tells James that the army has known all along that Albert would return for the homecoming dance. McFee plans to retrieve Albert, but James convinces him to wait until Albert completes his mission, to kiss Mae at the dance. McFee and the army lead a mission to make the night perfect for Albert and Mae, which includes stuffing the ballot box to make them the homecoming king and queen. Nevaeh is dumped by Jaden in the process; when Mae is crowned homecoming queen, she feels conflicted. Jaden tells Gabby and Bart that he intended to ask Mae to homecoming, but was not brave enough to do so.
Gabby and Mae reconcile. Mae and Albert dance, but as he attempts to kiss her, she backs away and reveals that though the moment is perfect, it does not feel right. Mae realizes she wants a relationship with a real boy, not manipulated. Albert is impressed by her emotional depth, he points out that the army is here to retrieve him, Mae fulfills his request to initiate his self-destruct after he tells her that it is what he wants. Albert begins to pulsate with lights. Gabby and the guests watch as Albert breaks out of the venue through the ceiling and is destroyed. Bart covers and thanks Principal Fragner for the'awesome special effects'; the party continues, Jaden asks Mae out. She tells him she will reply later. Mae and Gabby are excited that Jaden told Mae how he feels, but Mae says no boy will get in the way of their friendship. However, Gabby reveals that she is now dating Bart. China Anne McClain as Gabby Harrison Kelli Berglund as Mae Hartley Marshall Williams as Albert Banks/X-17 Matt Shively as Bart Hartley Ashley Argota as Nevaeh Barnes Noah Centineo as Jaden Stark Ron Lea as General McFee Roger Bart as Dr. James Hartley Sasha Clements as Marnie Ieve Lucas as Major Jenks Paulino Nunes as Zephyr Matthew G. Taylor as Weevil Alex Karzis as Pox Richard McMillan as Principal Fragner Martin Roach as Coach Voss Helen Johns as Computer Voice Sabrina Carpenter - "Stand Out" Marshall Williams and Kelli Berglund - "Love You like a Love Song" Mo' Cheddah feat.
Cristina Renae - "Higher" Kelli Berglund and China Anne McClain - "Something Real" Production began in Toronto, Ontario and was filmed at North Toronto Collegiate Institute primarily. It is directed by Paul Hoen, executive produced by Robin Schorr and Adam Kossack, co-executive produced by Dan Seligmann and written by Jason Mayland; the film was released on Watch Disney Channel on August 11, 2014. It premiered on August 2014 on Disney Channel in the United States and Family Channel in Canada. Ariana Grande's music video for "Break Free" aired on Disney Channel during the movie as well as new episodes of Dog With a Blog and Girl Meets World following and preceding the movie. Disney Channel has an airdate of September 6, 2014. Disney Channel has a rele
Boynton Beach Club
Boynton Beach Club is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by Susan Seidelman, produced by her and her mother Florence. Based on experiences of Florence and her widowed friend David Cramer at an adult enclave in Boynton Beach, the film was scripted by Susan Seidelman and Coral Gables, Florida writer Shelly Gitlow. Marilyn is a woman unexpectedly plunged into grief when her otherwise healthy husband is killed by Anita Stern, talking on her cell phone while backing her car out of a driveway. Marilyn is introduced to the Boynton Beach Bereavement Club by Lois, a talkative and flirtatious decorator who serves as the club's unofficial social director. Meanwhile, Harry tutors the newly widowed Jack in the related skills of cooking and courtship, while Jack comes to terms with secret wishes he never knew his late wife had. Harry considers himself a ladies' man, but his confidence is temporarily shaken when an Internet "dream date" turns out to be a prostitute. Jack gives in to the interest from Sandy, with whom he re-discovers his sexuality and capacity to love, but they have to overcome Sally's discomfort with being divorced and not widowed.
Lois herself begins dating Donald, who fears his real profession as an exterminator may turn off Lois who thinks he's a real estate developer, while she fears letting him know her real age. After Marilyn faces Anita down over her loss, the other issues come to a head at the club's New Year's Eve party, modeled after the sock hops they all enjoyed in their youths. Joseph Bologna — Harry Dyan Cannon — Lois Len Cariou — Jack Sally Kellerman — Sandy Michael Nouri — Donald Renée Taylor — Anita Stern Brenda Vaccaro — Marilyn Shot in 2005, Boynton Beach Club premiered in the Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton, New York, it was released to theaters in South Florida on March 17, 2006 and wider on August 4, playing in six states: New York, New Jersey, Missouri and California. The film's working title was The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club. Holden, Stephen; the New York Times, p. B10: "Crazy Mixed-Up Teenagers Who Are All Well Past 60" Lovece, Frank. Film Journal International Boynton Beach Club on IMDb
Desperately Seeking Susan
Seeking Susan is a 1985 American comedy-drama film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna. Set in New York, the plot involves the interaction between two women – a bored housewife and a bohemian drifter – linked by various messages in the personal column of a newspaper; the film was Madonna's first major screen role and provided early roles for a number of other well-known performers, such as John Turturro, Laurie Metcalf, Aidan Quinn and Steven Wright. The New York Times named it one of the ten best films of 1985. Roberta is an unfulfilled suburban housewife living in Fort Lee, New Jersey, fascinated by a woman she knows about only by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of a New York City tabloid, her fascination reaches a peak when an ad, with the headline "Desperately Seeking Susan," seeks a rendezvous in Battery Park with the man who seeks her. Roberta goes to Battery Park, sees the woman, in a series of events involving mistaken identity and other farcical elements, goes from voyeur to participant in an Alice in Wonderland–style plot, ostensibly motivated by the search for a pair of stolen Egyptian earrings.
With both of them trying to find Roberta, her husband Gary encounters the wild Susan. The film holds an 85% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 26 reviews. In her review for The New Yorker, critic Pauline Kael referred to Madonna as "an indolent, trampy goddess." The New York Times film critic Vincent Canby named the film as one of the 10 best films of 1985. Rosanna Arquette won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Roberta, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical. Madonna received positive reviews for her portrayal of Susan; the soundtrack was released on both vinyl and CD together with the soundtrack to the film Making Mr. Right; the soundtrack does not feature any of the other songs in the film including Madonna's "Into the Groove" which can be found on the European 1985 rerelease of her Like a Virgin album. The film captures the feel of the underground Bohemian/new wave scene of the early to mid-1980s New York City, a scene that helped Madonna get her big break in the music business.
Madonna recorded a song for the movie, titled "Desperately Seeking Susan". It ended up not being used in the film, a demo she just finished at the time called "Into the Groove" was used instead; the demo version can only be heard in the movie. The song was a huge commercial success but was not included on the film's soundtrack, despite being heard in the film, because licensing restrictions involving Madonna's record label prohibited her songs from being mixed in with other artists; the video for "Into the Groove" consists of clips from the film compiled by Doug Dowdle of Parallax Productions. Seeking Susan – Music composed by Thomas Newman "Leave Atlantic City!" "Port Authority by Night" "New York City by Day" "Through the Viewscope" "St. Mark's Place" "A Key and a Picture Of" "Battery Park / Amnesia" "Jail / Port Authority by Day" "Rain" "Running With Birds in Cages" "Trouble Almost"Making Mr. Right – Music composed and performed by Chaz Jankel "Chemtech Promo Video" "Ulysses' Escape" "Night Visit" "Frankie's Drive" "Ulysses" "In the Lab" "Sondra and Jeff" "Mr. Right" "Wedding Reception" "Parting Glance" The filmmakers wanted Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn to play Roberta and Susan, but the director decided to cast newcomers Arquette and Madonna instead and the studio wanted the film to have younger actors in order to appeal to younger filmgoers.
Bruce Willis was up for the role of Dez and Melanie Griffith was up for the part of Susan. Madonna beat out Ellen Barkin and Jennifer Jason Leigh for the part. Suzanne Vega auditioned for the role; the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the film when it was still covered in scaffolding during its two-year renovation. The DVD commentary track for the film notes that after Madonna's first screen test, the producers asked her to take four weeks of acting lessons and get screen-tested again. Although the second screen test was not much of an improvement, the director still wanted her for the role, for her commercial appeal more than anything else. Costume designer Santo Loquasto designed Susan's pyramid jacket; the film was inspired in part by the 1974 film Julie vont en bateau. It has an alternate ending included on the DVD, in which Susan and Roberta are invited to Egypt after helping return the earrings, they are depicted next to the pyramids on camels. Seidelman cut this scene, saying that it was unnecessary and audiences at the test screenings thought the film should have ended much earlier.
The 1964 science fiction film The Time Travelers is playing in scenes 6 and 23. All the scenes featuring Dez working as a projectionist were filmed at Bleecker Street Cinema; the scene with Roberta and Gary in their kitchen shows Roberta watching Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. The movie was filmed during the late summer and early fall 1984, early in Madonna's rise to popularity, was intended to be an R-rated feature. After the success of her 1984–85 hits "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl" from her Like a Virgin album, the film was trimmed in content by Orion Pictures to get a PG-13 rating in order to market the film to Madonna's teenage fan base; the interior/exterior shots of The Magic Club were f