The Muse (1999 film)
The Muse is a 1999 comedy film starring Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell and Jeff Bridges, directed by Brooks. After winning a lifetime achievement award, esteemed successful screenwriter Steven Phillips has a rude awakening. Steven believes the award has no real meaning, but it does—it means his career is over, his studio has reneged that means they won't renew his contract and told him he's gone cold, saying he's "lost his edge." A junior exec named Josh Martin tells Steven his new script is dull and to be off the lot by 5 p.m. Taken by surprise, the Oscar-nominated writer is desperate to revive his career, he seeks the advice of a successful screenwriter buddy, who arranges an introduction to Sarah, a modern-day muse who can inspire anyone. Sarah, has conditions and unnecessarily lavish needs, such as expensive hotel rooms and gifts from Tiffany & Co. Steven is forced to make good on those conditions, much to the chagrin of his wife Laura. Steven isn't sure if the muse could be the real thing or just somebody sucking him dry of his money and patience.
She takes him to Long Beach, where they encounter writer-director Rob Reiner, someone Sarah knows. Steven thinks of Jim Carrey as the lead; as Sarah's demands increase, Steven's apprehensive wife begins to be won over. Through the muse's encouragement Laura decides to pursue her dream of baking and selling cookies, to much fanfare and success. To save money, Sarah is invited by the Phillipses to move into their house. Steven, however, is frustrated because Sarah spends more time helping others—notably Hollywood writers and directors like James Cameron and Martin Scorsese, who come to Steven's house to see her. Steven surrenders his own bedroom to Sarah and sleeps in the guest house; when he pleads for a way to end his aquarium screenplay, Sarah does point Steven in the right direction and inspires him with a great idea. Steven's agent Hal is thrilled and urges him to finish the script as as possible. Steven did finish the script; the following morning, two visitors come to Steven's home, revealing that they are doctors from a mental clinic.
They tell Steven that Sarah is an escaped psychiatric patient from their asylum who has multiple personality disorder. They find the whole "muse" idea hilarious; when they try to find Sarah to take her back, they discover. They decide not to go after her, since she can go anytime she wants; the junior exec, loves Steven's script, but he breaks the news that the idea is in production at another studio—by Rob Reiner. A broken-hearted Steven goes to work in his wife's new cookie business. Things turn around when the agent calls to inform Steven that the Reiner project fell through and the studio wants to purchase his version, contingent upon a few changes being made. An excited Steven goes to the studio, where a secretary reveals that the studio fired Josh for stealing and they have a new boss, Christine, is now in charge. Steven is shocked to see, she takes Steven's arm and insists that they discuss the changes over a nice, expensive lunch, which she expects him to pay for. Steven frantically tries to comprehend.
Albert Brooks as Steven Phillips Sharon Stone as Sarah Little Andie MacDowell as Laura Phillips Jeff Bridges as Jack Warrick Mark Feuerstein as Josh Martin Bradley Whitford as Hal Steven Wright as Stan Spielberg Jennifer Tilly as herself Rob Reiner as himself Wolfgang Puck as himself James Cameron as himself Martin Scorsese as himself Lorenzo Lamas as himself Pop rock musician Elton John composed the soundtrack for The Muse. The Muse was a slight box office flop, grossing about $11 million domestically on an estimated budget of $15 million, it did poorly at the box office compared to some of Brooks' other films, such as Defending Your Life, which made $16 million, Mother, which made $19 million. Most complained. Critical reception was lukewarm, but critics who were fans of the film included Leonard Maltin, Roger Ebert, Desson Howe. In 1999, Helmut Voss president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who give the annual Golden Globe Awards, ordered all 82 of its members to return gift luxury watches sent by either Sharon Stone or USA/October Films.
The luxury watches were considered promotions for a nomination for Stone's performance in the film. According to Variety, Voss ordered the return of the gifts "to protect the integrity of its award". Stone received the nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, but lost to Janet McTeer for Tumbleweeds; the Muse on IMDb The Muse at AllMovie The Muse at the TCM Movie Database The Muse at Rotten Tomatoes The Muse at Box Office Mojo
Harry Julius Shearer is an American actor, voice actor, writer, radio host and producer. Born in Los Angeles, Shearer began his career as a child actor. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of a radio comedy group. Following the breakup of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night. Shearer was a cast member on Saturday Night Live between 1979 and 1980, 1984 and 1985. Shearer co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the 1984 film This Is Spinal Tap, a satirical rockumentary, which became a cult hit. In 1989, he joined the cast of the animated sitcom The Simpsons. Shearer has appeared in films including A Mighty Wind and The Truman Show, has directed two, Teddy Bears' Picnic and The Big Uneasy, he has written three books. Since 1983, Shearer has been the host of the public radio comedy/music program Le Show, incorporating satire and sketch comedy. Shearer has won a Primetime Emmy Award, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the radio category, has received several other Emmy and Grammy Award nominations.
He has been married to singer-songwriter Judith Owen since 1993. He is "artist in residence" at Loyola University, New Orleans. Shearer was born December 23, 1943, in Los Angeles, the son of Dora Warren, a bookkeeper, Mack Shearer, his parents were Jewish emigrants from Poland. Starting when Shearer was four years old, he had a piano teacher whose daughter worked as a child actress; the piano teacher decided to make a career change and become a children's agent, since she knew people in the business through her daughter's work. The teacher asked Shearer's parents for permission to take him to an audition. Several months she called Shearer's parents and told them that she had gotten Shearer an audition for the radio show The Jack Benny Program. Shearer received the role, he described Jack Benny as "very warm and approachable... He was a guy who dug the idea of other people on the show getting laughs, which sort of spoiled me for other people in comedy." Shearer said in an interview that one person who "took him under his wing" and was one of his best friends during his early days in show business was voice actor Mel Blanc, who voiced many animated characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Barney Rubble.
Shearer made his film debut in the 1953 film Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, in which he had a small part. That year he appeared in The Robe. Throughout his childhood and teenage years he worked in television and radio. In 1957, Shearer played the precursor to the Eddie Haskell character in the pilot episode of the television series Leave It to Beaver. After the filming, Shearer's parents said. Instead they wanted him to just do occasional work. Shearer and his parents made the decision not to accept the role in the series if it was picked up by a television network. Shearer attended UCLA as a political science major in the early 1960s and decided to quit show business to become a "serious person". However, he says this lasted a month, he joined the staff of the Daily Bruin, UCLA's school newspaper, during his first year, he was editor of the college humor magazine including the June 1964 parody, Preyboy He worked as a newscaster at KRLA, a top 40 radio station in Pasadena, during this period. According to Shearer, after graduating, he had "a serious agenda going on, it was'Stay Out of the Draft'."
He attended graduate school at Harvard University for one year and worked at the state legislature in Sacramento. In 1967 and 1968, he was a high school teacher, teaching social studies, he left teaching following "disagreements with the administration."From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group that included David Lander, Richard Beebe and Michael McKean. The group consisted of "a bunch of newsmen" at KRLA 1110, "the number two station" in Los Angeles, they wanted to do more than just straight news, so they hired comedians who were talented vocalists. Shearer heard about it from a friend so he brought over a tape to the station and nervously gave it to the receptionist, he found out. The group's radio show was canceled in 1970 by KRLA and in 1971 by KPPC-FM, so they started performing in various clubs and concert venues. While at KRLA, Shearer interviewed Creedence Clearwater Revival for the Pop Chronicles music documentary. In 1973, Shearer appeared as Jim Houseafire on How Time Flys, an album by The Firesign Theatre's David Ossman.
The Credibility Gap broke up in 1976 when Lander and McKean left to perform in the sitcom Laverne & Shirley. Shearer started working with Albert Brooks, producing one of Brooks' albums and co-writing the film Real Life. Shearer started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night. In the mid-1970s, he started working with Rob Reiner on a pilot for ABC; the show, which starred Christopher Guest, Tom Leopold and McKean, was not picked up. In August 1979, Shearer was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live, one of the first additions to the cast, an unofficial replacement for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, who were both leaving the show. Al Franken recommended Shearer to Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Shearer describes his experience on the show as a "living hell" and "not a real pleasant place to work." He did not get along well w
Friends and Lovers (TV series)
Friends and Lovers is an American sitcom starring Paul Sand which centers on a musician in Boston and his personal relationships. It was Sand's only starring role in a television series; the show aired from September 14, 1974, to January 4, 1975. Paul Sand: Robert Dreyfuss Michael Pataki: Charlie Dreyfuss Penny Marshall: Janice Dreyfuss Dick Wesson: Jack Riordan Steve Landesberg: Fred Meyerbach Craig Richard Nelson: Mason Woodruff Jack Gilford: Ben Dreyfuss Jan Miner: Marge Dreyfuss Robert Dreyfuss is a young bachelor and double-bass player who returns to Boston after living in Denver, for three years and wins a job playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he is a romantic who falls in love with the women he meets, but he has little luck with them because he is shy, dour-faced, tends to say the wrong things at the wrong time. In sharp contrast, his older brother Charlie is aggressive, physically fit, athletic. Charlie is protective of Robert, while Charlie's affection-starved wife Janice mocks Robert for his romantic failures, Robert gets caught in the middle of the arguments to which Charlie and Janice are prone.
Charlie and Janice have a three-year-old son named Brendan, mentioned in the first episode, but Brendan never appears in the show and is never discussed in any other episode. Ben and Marge are Charlie's parents. In the orchestra, Robert makes friends with an Austrian violinist, Fred Meyerbach, who has a strained relationship with his father, they must deal with the young and overweight conductor, Mason Woodruff, the antagonistic orchestra manager, Jack Riordan. Paul Sand was a rising star – he had won a Tony Award on Broadway and received good reviews for his appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show – when MTM Enterprises decided to give him his own situation comedy in 1974. In order to give the show the maximum possible exposure to new viewers, CBS aired Friends and Lovers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. between two blockbuster hit situation comedies, All in the Family at 8:00 p.m. and The Mary Tyler Moore Show at 9:00 p.m. – arguably the best time slot for a new series in the autumn of 1974.
The show received much publicity, touted as the "sleeper" hit of the fall 1974 season. James L. Brooks and Allan Burns were the executive producers of the show. Writers included Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Gordon Farr, Lowell Ganz, Steve Gordon, Andrew Johnson, Monica Mcgowan Johnson, Arnold Kane, Allan Leicht, Coleman Mitchell, Phil Mishkin, Geoffrey Neigher, Mary Kay Place, Steve Pritzker, Bud Wiser. Episode directors were Peter Bonerz, Bob Claver, Tim Kiley, Robert Moore, Alan Rafkin, Jay SandrichThe show was filmed in color before a studio audience; some critics expressed disappointment in Friends and Lovers – the Boston Herald American's Anthony La Camera called it "a downright disappointment" and the Boston Globe's Percy Shain said it was "mundane and average, with few laughs" – but others gave it more favorable reviews. The premiere episode on September 14, 1974, was the 14th-most-watched show of the week, during its run the show had good ratings – for example, a 36 share in early October 1974 – and was the 25th most-viewed television show of the season.
However, its ratings paled in comparison to those of the shows after it. Given the high hopes the network had had for the show, it was considered a ratings disappointment for its advantageous time slot and, in fact, one of the bigger disappointments of the fall 1974 season. CBS cancelled the show after only 15 episodes, the last of, broadcast on January 4, 1975. Along with The Texas Wheelers and Lovers was one of the first two MTM Enterprises shows to be cancelled. In January 1975, two weeks after it last aired and Lovers was replaced in its time slot by a new show, The Jeffersons. A better fit for CBS's Saturday-evening line-up, The Jeffersons was a major hit which aired in first-run production for the next ten years. Leszczak, Bob. Single Season Sitcoms, 1948–1979. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Publishers, Inc. 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-6812-6. Tvobscurities.com Fall 1974: CBS – Television Obscurities IMDb Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers ctva.biz Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers Friends and Lovers on IMDb Friends and Lovers at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper, published in Los Angeles, since 1881. It has the fourth-largest circulation among United States newspapers, is the largest U. S. newspaper not headquartered on the East Coast. The paper is known for its coverage of issues salient to the U. S. West Coast, such as immigration trends and natural disasters, it has won more than 40 Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage of other issues. As of June 18, 2018, ownership of the paper is controlled by Patrick Soon-Shiong, the executive editor is Norman Pearlstine. In the nineteenth century, the paper was known for its civic boosterism and opposition to unions, the latter of which led to the bombing of its headquarters in 1910; the paper's profile grew in the 1960s under publisher Otis Chandler, who adopted a more national focus. In recent decades, the paper's readership has declined and it has been beset by a series of ownership changes, staff reductions, other controversies. In January 2018, the paper's staff voted to unionize, in July 2018 the paper moved out of its historic downtown headquarters to a facility near Los Angeles International Airport.
The Times was first published on December 4, 1881, as the Los Angeles Daily Times under the direction of Nathan Cole Jr. and Thomas Gardiner. It was first printed at the Mirror printing plant, owned by Jesse Yarnell and T. J. Caystile. Unable to pay the printing bill and Gardiner turned the paper over to the Mirror Company. In the meantime, S. J. Mathes had joined the firm, it was at his insistence that the Times continued publication. In July 1882, Harrison Gray Otis moved from Santa Barbara to become the paper's editor. Otis made the Times a financial success. Historian Kevin Starr wrote that Otis was a businessman "capable of manipulating the entire apparatus of politics and public opinion for his own enrichment". Otis's editorial policy was based on civic boosterism, extolling the virtues of Los Angeles and promoting its growth. Toward those ends, the paper supported efforts to expand the city's water supply by acquiring the rights to the water supply of the distant Owens Valley; the efforts of the Times to fight local unions led to the October 1, 1910 bombing of its headquarters, killing twenty-one people.
Two union leaders and Joseph McNamara, were charged. The American Federation of Labor hired noted trial attorney Clarence Darrow to represent the brothers, who pleaded guilty. Otis fastened a bronze eagle on top of a high frieze of the new Times headquarters building designed by Gordon Kaufmann, proclaiming anew the credo written by his wife, Eliza: "Stand Fast, Stand Firm, Stand Sure, Stand True." Upon Otis's death in 1917, his son-in-law, Harry Chandler, took control as publisher of the Times. Harry Chandler was succeeded in 1944 by his son, Norman Chandler, who ran the paper during the rapid growth of post-war Los Angeles. Norman's wife, Dorothy Buffum Chandler, became active in civic affairs and led the effort to build the Los Angeles Music Center, whose main concert hall was named the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in her honor. Family members are buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery near Paramount Studios; the site includes a memorial to the Times Building bombing victims. The fourth generation of family publishers, Otis Chandler, held that position from 1960 to 1980.
Otis Chandler sought legitimacy and recognition for his family's paper forgotten in the power centers of the Northeastern United States due to its geographic and cultural distance. He sought to remake the paper in the model of the nation's most respected newspapers, notably The New York Times and The Washington Post. Believing that the newsroom was "the heartbeat of the business", Otis Chandler increased the size and pay of the reporting staff and expanded its national and international reporting. In 1962, the paper joined with The Washington Post to form the Los Angeles Times–Washington Post News Service to syndicate articles from both papers for other news organizations, he toned down the unyielding conservatism that had characterized the paper over the years, adopting a much more centrist editorial stance. During the 1960s, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes, more than its previous nine decades combined. Writing in 2013 about the pattern of newspaper ownership by founding families, Times reporter Michael Hiltzik said that: The first generations bought or founded their local paper for profits and social and political influence.
Their children enjoyed both profits and influence, but as the families grew larger, the generations found that only one or two branches got the power, everyone else got a share of the money. The coupon-clipping branches realized that they could make more money investing in something other than newspapers. Under their pressure the companies split apart, or disappeared. That's the pattern followed over more than a century by the Los Angeles Times under the Chandler family; the paper's early history and subsequent transformation was chronicled in an unauthorized history Thinking Big, was one of four organizations profiled by David Halberstam in The Powers That Be. It has been the whole or partial subject of nearly thirty dissertations in communications or social science in the past four decades; the Los Angeles Times began a decline with Los Angeles itself with the decline in military production at the end of the Cold War. It faced hiring freezes in 1991-1992. Another major decision at the same time was to cut the range of circulation.
They cut circulation in California's Central Valley, Nevada and the San Diego ed
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again is a 1982 comedy based on the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and stars Mark Blankfield, Bess Armstrong, Tim Thomerson, Krista Errickson, Cassandra Peterson and Michael McGuire. A group of medical students observe Dr. Daniel Jekyll perform brain surgery at Our Lady of Pain and Suffering Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Meanwhile, Hubert Howes, the world's richest man, watches a recording of the procedure from his hospital bed, hoping to recruit Jekyll to perform the world's first “total transplant,” replacing every organ at once. However, Dr. Jekyll announces his retirement from surgery, intending to research medication that will eliminate mankind's need for operations. Howes threatens to blow up the hospital; as a result, Dr. Carew, hospital overseer and Jekyll's future father-in-law, forbids Jekyll from marrying his daughter, Mary, if he does not comply with Howes's wishes. Jekyll attends to patients in the charity ward when Mary visits, complaining that he missed their lunch date because he was working.
She reveals that she submitted Jekyll's experiments for a $50,000 research grant, but Jekyll is upset that she shared his private work without his permission. Outside, they see plastic surgeon Dr. Knute Lanyon, who flirts with Mary and notices that Jekyll looks tired. After Mary leaves, Jekyll observes the dead mice test subjects of his failed drug experiments. Ivy invites him to visit her at the nightclub where she works. Jekyll returns to his work, measuring two white powders on a square mirror. Exhausted and unable to focus, he drops the powders on the table, ruining his experiment, but creating a sparkly mixture, he accidentally inhales the powder, causing him to thrash and spasm wildly. Jekyll's body transforms, growing chest and facial hair, elongating his genitals, producing gold jewelry on his ears, fingers and teeth. With an air of wild confidence, he bags more of the powdered drug, steals a car, drives erratically to Ivy's club. After Ivy performs onstage, she undresses, he introduces himself as “Hyde,” and they have sex.
The next morning, the man wakes up, returned to his original state as Jekyll, regrets his actions. He drives to Mary's equestrian academy just as she is about to compete in a horse-jumping competition. Back at the hospital, Hubert Howes meets a prospective testicle donor, offering $1 million for both of the man's organs. Jekyll attempts to flush his drugs down the toilet, but decides to save the substance and inhales more. Transformed into Hyde once again, he finds Ivy at the grocery store. Jekyll wakes up in the van hours lying naked between Ivy and another man. Horrified, he sneaks into Mary's bedroom at her parents’ estate, surprising Mary with his sexual advances. Before he and Mary make love, her father holds Jekyll at gunpoint. Jekyll concedes to perform the surgery for Howes, Dr. Carew grants Jekyll and Mary permission to have sex. At the hospital the next day, Jekyll declares “a new beginning,” but again hesitates to dispose of the drugs. Although Dr. Carew flushes the packet down the toilet, Jekyll becomes erratic during surgery, looking at the nurse's breasts in her low-cut uniform.
As Jekyll transforms into Hyde, he throws Howes's donated organs into the air and leaves the operating room, forcing Dr. Carew to continue the procedure by offering the use of his own body parts. Interrupting Lanyon during a breast augmentation, Jekyll exposes his changed appearance; when Lanyon reveals that he wears women's underwear, Hyde throws himself out the window and returns to his laboratory. He receives a telegram informing him that he won the research grant, has been invited to a ceremony in London, England. Hoping to use the money to buy Ivy's affection, Hyde finds her at an arcade and invites her to accompany him on his trip. However, she admits; when he reveals that they are both the same man, she does not believe him. Hyde travels to Los Angeles International Airport and climbs onto the back of an airplane headed for London. Meanwhile, Ivy revives, travels to London via train and boat, vowing her revenge. At the ceremony and Lanyon sit in the audience, expecting Jekyll to arrive before the presentation begins.
Lanyon comments on Jekyll's “sexier” appearance the last time he saw him, reveals that he hates women. After the presenter announces Jekyll's achievements “harnessing the power of animal instinct within man,” actor George Chakiris accepts the award on the doctor's behalf, declaring that the remaining vial of Jekyll's substance will be donated. Hyde swings down from the balcony with spiky hair and a frizzy mustache, grabbing the microphone and singing. Realizing that Hyde is the same man as her fiancé, Mary becomes aroused by his new personality. Hyde removes his pants, runs out of the hall and is chased through the foggy streets by the audience members. Ivy joins the crowd, they follow him until he falls off the side of a building; as Ivy and Mary kneel next to Hyde's body, he transforms back into Jekyll. Upon waking, he claims. Mary desires Hyde, while Ivy wants Jekyll, the two women drag him through a cemetery, agreeing to work out an arrangement. Nearby, the skeletal corpse of Robert Louis Stevenson rolls over in its grave.
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The Scout (film)
The Scout is a 1994 American comedy film starring Brendan Fraser and Albert Brooks and directed by Michael Ritchie, the director of The Bad News Bears. After the New York Yankees' latest prospect suffers a humiliating bout of stage fright in his debut for the team, scout Al Percolo, who discovered the young man, is punished by being sent to the Mexican countryside to look for his next find. Al's efforts are fruitless until he encounters Steve Nebraska, a young American with a consistent 100+ MPH fastball and a perfect batting average; the child-like Steve agrees to join the Yankees when Al asks him, but when Al calls the team owner to report his find, he is fired and told not to return. Al brings Steve back to the States anyway; the first indication that all may not be right with Steve occurs when he panics at Newark International Airport when he and Al are momentarily separated. At Al's apartment, Steve thrashes in his sleep, screaming at an unseen assailant. Al arranges an open audition at Yankee Stadium in front of representatives from every Major League Baseball team.
After Steve strikes out Keith Hernández and homers off Bret Saberhagen, a bidding war breaks out. The Yankees win the bid war, signing Steve to a $55 million contract, but after Steve violently snaps at press photographers, team management demands that he be psychiatrically evaluated and cleared before he plays his first game. Al picks the first listed psychiatrist in the phone book, a Doctor H. Aaron, hopes that the evaluation will be swift, so that he and Steve can get on with life. After examining Steve, however, Dr. Aaron finds him to be troubled and so abused as a child that he has blocked every memory of his early life. Desperate for Steve to play so that both can get paid, Al begs Dr. Aaron to clear Steve for play, on the condition that she sees Steve everyday before making his MLB debut. Life with Steve proves difficult for Al. At a press conference, Al lies about Steve's past. Dr. Aaron is livid when she finds out, but Al points out that Steve's behavior stems from her helping him acknowledge and deal with his past.
Al pleads with Dr. Aaron to continue the good work; when the Yankees reach the World Series, Steve is depressed. Worse yet, he is contractually obligated to pitch in Game 1. A sold-out Yankee Stadium waits for Steve's debut on Game 1 of the World Series; when Steve is spotted on the roof of the stadium, Al sends for a helicopter to fetch him climbs up to plead with him to come down. Steve adamantly refuses, Al, risking his own career, tells Steve that he can walk away from it all, no strings attached. Touched by Al's selflessness, Steve relents, his spirits lifted, he boards the copter to make his grand entrance. Steve pitches a perfect game, striking out 27 St. Louis Cardinals batters on 81 consecutive strikes, hits two solo home runs in a 2-0 Yankees victory; as Steve acknowledges Al as the Yankees celebrate his efforts, Al smiles proudly. The film was based on a Roger Angell article, optioned by Andrew Bergman's producing partner. Bergman wrote his script for Peter Falk to play Jim Belushi to play the player.
"There were five different versions of this movie," says Bergman. "The original version was, he found this guy in Mexico who’s the second white man to receive these injections, the first being Babe Ruth. And it was this political guy on the run, it was a different kind of movie."Falk was not available Walter Matthau was going to make it with Michael Ritchie. The project did not proceed until years with Ritchie directing and Albert Brooks playing the scout. "That wasn’t my conception at all," said Bergman. "The original conception was much more bananas. The Scout still has glimmers of the original, but not doing the original is high up on my large list of regrets, because Peter was born to play that guy. He’s so obtuse and that tunnel-vision thing he had was just great.”In a July 1999 interview with Gavin Smith in Film Comment, Brooks said that The Scout was intended for Rodney Dangerfield. "It was lying around, never going to get made, I said I would like to do that." Brooks said that he contributed to a rewrite of the script because "it was written silly."
The version he worked on, he said, "did not end like'Rocky' with that bullshit big ending." But according to Brooks, the studio forced Ritchie to change the ending. Bob Costas, Tim McCarver, Tony Bennett, John Sterling, Keith Hernández, Bret Saberhagen, George Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Ozzie Smith, Bob Tewksbury and Bobby Murcer, among others, play themselves in the film; the Scout was a box-office flop. Reviews were predominantly negative, with TV Guide stating, "'The Scout' feels like a classic case of too many cooks spoiling the broth." Variety negatively reviewed the film, saying that Brooks and Ritchie "never quite commit to either of the movie's disparate chords -- bailing out of the batter's box in terms of the psychological drama and, after some amusing moments at the outset steering clear of broad comedy." Time magazine's Richard Schickel praised the film, writing, "The Scout is the best comedy-fantasy about baseball made, which goes to show that if Hollywood keeps trying someone will get it right."
The film holds a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews. The Scout on IMDb The Scout at Rotten Tomatoes The Scout at Box Office Mojo
It's Garry Shandling's Show
It's Garry Shandling's Show is an American sitcom, broadcast on Showtime from 1986 to 1990. It was created by Alan Zweibel; the series is notable for breaking the fourth wall. The 30-minute series stars Garry Shandling as, more or less, himself: A neurotic, somewhat self-obsessed stand-up comedian who just happens to be aware he is a television sitcom character. Garry spends just as much time interacting with the studio audience as he does the regular cast members, offering up opening monologues and show-closing summations of the episode's events. However, on Garry's show, all the supporting characters know. At the time of the series' production, Shandling lived in Sherman Oaks, just like the character on the series, his condominium on the series was styled to be just like his real-life condo, down to the room layout and the furnishings. Storylines were manipulated by Shandling to create more favorable outcomes or to speed things along. One episode ended years for example. Another allowed Shandling to tell the audience that time had passed in order to console an angry neighbor whose wall he had damaged.
On America's presidential election night in 1988, Showtime presented a live episode wherein Shandling brought in Soul Train host Don Cornelius to incorrectly announce that Michael Dukakis had soundly defeated George H. W. Bush; the series' theme song is "This Is the Theme to Garry's Show", sung by Los Angeles musician Bill Lynch. The song's lyrics are self-referential, explaining how the song came to be and asking what the listener thinks of it. Considered a critical and niche success, It's Garry Shandling's Show ran 72 episodes and was on the air for four seasons; the show was picked up by the broadcast Fox network from 1988 to 1990 as part of its Sunday night lineup with minor cuts for language and advertising breaks. New episodes continued for a few months thereafter on Showtime; the show introduced much of the country to Shandling and paved the way for his run as Larry Sanders on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show. Throughout the series, the cast was divided into the "Starring" cast, whose names were featured in the opening credits.
Garry Shandling as Garry Shandling - Immature star / host of the show. Obsessed with his hair. Geoffrey Blake as Lewis - Garry's ladies' man best friend. Dropped from the series after the first run of six episodes. Molly Cheek as Nancy Bancroft - Garry's "attractive, but non-threatening, platonic neighbor." Jessica Harper as Phoebe Bass - Garry's girlfriend and eventual wife. Scott Nemes as Grant Schumaker - Garry's neighbor, son of Pete and Jackie Schumaker. Michael Tucci as Pete Schumaker - Garry's close friend and neighbor. Father of Grant and husband of Jackie. Nerdy and clumsy. Leads his son's Cub Scout troop. Bernadette Birkett as Jackie Schumaker - Garry's neighbor, Pete's wife and Grant's mother. Ian Buchanan as Ian McFyfer - Nancy's boyfriend and eventual husband. Barbara Cason as Ruth Shandling - Garry's mother. Paul Willson as Leonard Smith - The president of the condo association that Garry lives in, who drops by uninvited so that he can end up on-camera on Garry's show, he is a nuisance to his friends.
Bruno Kirby as Brad Brillnick - Garry's agent. Richard Fancy as Mr. Stravely - Network boss. Roy Brocksmith as Mr. Guest Chi Ngo as Kim Moon Danny Dayton as Mr. Peck - Comedy club owner. Rob Reiner, Tom Petty, Martin Mull as themselvesWhile fighting ovarian cancer, Gilda Radner guest-starred as herself in the series in 1988 in what would be her final television appearance; when Shandling asked her why she had not been seen on television for a while, Radner replied, "Oh, I had cancer. What did you have?" In the United States, the series aired on Showtime: The first season aired on Wednesdays and the rest of the series aired on Sundays. It was picked up for 6 episodes. After the success of them, Showtime ordered 12 more. To bolster its Sunday night lineup, Fox secured the rights to air reruns of It's Garry's Shandling's Show not long after they aired on Showtime; the reruns aired Sundays on Fox at 9:00–9:30 from March 1988 to July 1989, at 9:30–10:00 in July 1989, at 10:00–10:30 from July to August 1989, at 10:30–11:00 from August 1989 to March 1990.
The series was aired in the United Kingdom on BBC Two from 1987 to 1990. The series was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, it won five CableACE Awards. It won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performance in a Comedy Series-Cable or Syndicated, an award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy in 1988 from the Television Critics Association. On October 20, 2009, Shout! Factory released It's Garry Shandling's Show: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1; the 16-disc set features extensive bonus features including featur