22. Christopher Reeve’s Two Picture Deal

In 1978 Superman made Christopher Reeve a star. Two sequels later, Reeve was publicly saying he was done with the role. And he was. That’s when Cannon Films came calling. The upstart would be studio was looking to jump from the B pictures onto the A list. And the one thing they thought would get them there was Christopher Reeve.

Director Jerry Schatzberg, author Bruce Scivally, filmmaker Daniel Kremer, and Oliver’s Retrospectives host Oliver Harper all help tell this story. You can watch Harper’s documentary on Superman IV here.

 

Sources

Scivally, Bruce. Superman on Film, Television, and Radio. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers, 2008.

Richard, Julie. Reeve Not Happy With Last Film’s Promotion. Sun-Sentinel, June 19, 1987.

Andersen, Christopher P. Somewhere in Heaven: The Remarkable Love Story of Dana and Christopher Reeve. Thorndike Press, 2008.

Reeve, Christopher. Still Me. Ballantine Books, 1998.

Kremer, Daniel. Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films, University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

Superman IV: The Man of Steel and Glass. Directed by Oliver Harper. Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives, YouTube, 2017.                                                          Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVh21EFM8kM&t=1044s

21. The One Ring Circus

In 1985, Baltimore infomercial star Santo Victor Rigatuso, aka Santo Gold, produced an extravaganza with something for everyone: It promised horror, wrestling, rock, and even a “three-headed Munga Magoon.” It was all supposed to be filmed and turned into a feature film more exciting than the recent Rocky III.

The spectacle, called Blood Circus, was also supposed to introduce some exciting new technology called a “scream bag.” Attendees were promised a Thundervision sound system, atomic fleas, and a “new type of movie unlike anything you will ever experience.”

They received none of these things. But the failure of Blood Circus is a remarkable story that brings together The Wire creator David Simon, indie music star Santigold, and Mark H. Weingartner, who would later work on Inception, Dunkirk and The Hunger Games Saga.

Show Notes

The American Cinematheque Podcast, hosted by Grant Moninger.

https://americancinematheque.com/podcasts/

Video

The song Santo Gold about the product Santo Gold, sung by Santo Gold:

 

The Santo Gold auction infomercial:

 

Articles

Anft, Michael.  “Fool’s Gold” – Santo Rigatuso: The Man with the Four-Way Lips, Baltimore City Paper, February 16, 1990.

http://www.baltimoreorless.com/2011/01/fools-gold-santo-rigatuso-the-man-with-the-four-way-lips/

Harrington, Richard. The Fans Cry for ‘Blood’!But the Gore’s Not Real In Filming of Wrestling Flick, The Washington Post, February 11, 1985.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1985/02/11/the-fans-cry-for-bloodbut-the-gores-not-real-in-filming-of-wrestling-flick/08b3117c-36fc-43bf-8538-aa66c9ae3801/

Jacobson, Joan.  State Slaps Down Prison ‘Enterprise’, The Evening Sun, March 16, 1990.

Warmkessel, Karen. $2 Million Fund Ordered To Repay Those Bilked By TV Huckster, The Baltimore Sun, November 14, 1989.

Simon, David.  Too Little Carnage to Satisfy Crowd, The Baltimore Sun, February 11, 1985.

Case Summary: U.S.  v.  CEN-CARD AGENCY/C.C.A.C.

https://casetext.com/case/us-v-cen-card-agencyccac

P.S. Docket No. 30/77, August 19, 1988.

https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/judicial/admin-decisions/1988/30-77d.htm

20. The Other John Barry

John Barry is a deeply respected set designer, responsible for the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange, the cantina in Star Wars, and the Fortress of Solitude in Superman, among other starkly original film locales. But when it came time to make his own film, Saturn 3, things fell apart.

The setup for Saturn 3 is fine: Farrah Fawcett and Kirk Douglas are a May-December Adam and Eve in space. Then Harvey Keitel arrives. With a clumsy robot.

John Barry escaped from Saturn 3 just in time to work on the sequel to Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back. But from there, his story took a tragic turn.

Show Notes

Books

Film Design Terence St. John Marner, Michael Stringer Tantivy Press, 1974

British Film Culture in the 1970s By Sue Harper, Justin Smith · 2013

The Man from Krypton: A Closer Look at Superman by Glenn Yeffeth

Magazines

Brosnan, John (July 1980). “Saturn 3”. Starbust Magazine. No. 23. p. 12.

Brender, Alan (April 1980). “Saturn 3”. Starlog. p. 17.

Crawley, Tony (March 1980). “Saturn 3”. Starburst. p. 28-33.

Websites

The Making of Saturn 3 http://makingofsaturn3.com

Web of Stories – Billy Williams Interview http://webofstories.com/story/search?q=billy+williams

Roger Christian’s website http://rogerchristian.ca/

 

19. Five Days of the Tiger

In 1971 actor Elliott Gould was on top of world. Then he started A Glimpse of Tiger, a new movie that he was starring and producing. What followed was a tumultuous five day production that would see Gould fire his director, terrify his co-star, and have armed guards be called to the set.

 

Show Notes

Cover Art by Kat Manderfield http://katmanderfield.com

Articles

SAM WEISBERG, The Little Movie That Couldn’t: An Oral History of Elliott Gould’s Never-Completed “A Glimpse of Tiger” – Hidden-Films.com, November 9, 2014 https://hidden-films.com/2014/11/09/the-little-movie-that-couldnt-an-oral-history-of-elliott-goulds-never-completed-a-glimpse-of-tiger/

James Mottram, “Elliott Gould: ‘I didn’t have a drug problem. I had a problem with reality'”, The Independent, July 22, 2012 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/elliott-gould-i-didnt-have-a-drug-problem-i-had-a-problem-with-reality-7956788.html

Elliott Gould Will Ride a ‘Tiger’ –  NY Times, Oct. 18, 1970 https://www.nytimes.com/1970/10/18/archives/elliott-gould-will-ride-a-tiger-plenty-for-pakula.html

Brian Kellow, “Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent”  Penguin Books, 2016 https://www.amazon.com/Can-Go-Now-Hollywoods-Superagent/dp/0143108875

Jack Hicks, “Trying to Doctor an Ailing Career”, TV Guide 1984 https://web.archive.org/web/20110218210815/http://www.elliottgould.com/archive/tvguide.html

WTF with Marc Maron: Episode 851 – Elliott Gould http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-851-elliott-gould?rq=Gould

Bonus Episode: A Very Special Presentation

Slow, melancholy, and the true meaning of Christmas. It might sound more like a December mass at a local church but it’s actually commonly used description of a beloved holiday classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In this bonus episode we go over how this timeless tale, that was originally as wanted as a withered Charlie Brown tree, became to be the enduring classic it’s considered today.

 

Show Notes

Articles

The Christmas classic that almost wasn’t – By Bill Nichols, USA TODAY, 2005 https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2005-12-05-charlie-brown-christmas_x.htm

The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials – Charles Solomon, Chronicle Books, Jan 18, 2013 https://books.google.com/books?id=dz4E5mpwm6UC&authuser=0&num=11

Video

Charles Schulz on Charlie Rose, 1997 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQBBt_PR9VE&t=1229s

A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1963) clip:

18. A Not So New Hope

Patrick Read Johnson first wrapped on his autobiographical film 5-25-77 back in 2004. The title refers to the day Star Wars was released and how it changed his life. In the years since then he’s be working to get the picture finished his own way. In 2019 he’s almost there.

 

Show Notes

Articles

HEARTS OF DORKNESS: PATRICK READ JOHNSON ON THE STAR WARS TRIBUTE FILM THAT CONSUMED HIS LIFE – Max Every, 2013. http://www.mtv.com/news/2771010/star-wars-5-25-77-interview/

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Music by Jeremy Blake and the 126ers.

Watch the trailer for 5-25-77

17. How To Slice A Sicilian

Director Michael Cimino has a complicated history. As Oscar and Razzie winner who only made seven films, Cimino frequently found himself struggling with producers to get his vision out.

When the producers of The Sicilian felt his version was too long he used his final cut clause to give them something else. It wasn’t a good idea.

 

Show Notes

Articles

Fun While It Lasted: My Rise and Fall In the Land of Fame and Fortune – by Bruce McNall, Michael D’Antonio https://books.google.com/books/about/Fun_While_It_Lasted.html?id=Y5bcwAEACAAJ&source=kp_book_description

Michael Cimino’s FINAL CUT – Steve Garabino, Vanity Fair (March 2002) https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2010/04/ciminos-final-cut-200203

Contract Law: Film Directors and Editing Rights for Television – Susan M. French https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=&httpsredir=1&article=1084&context=elr

VIDAL SUES TO GET CREDIT ON ‘SICILIAN’ – LA Times, Feb. 17, 1987 https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1987-02-14-ca-2975-story.html

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Cover Art by Kat Manderfield http://katmanderfield.com

Music by Jingle Punks, Josh Lippe and the Overtimers, and Kevin MacLeod.

Hot Swing by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100202Artisthttp://incompetech.com/

16. The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka

Jamaa Fanaka was the most prolific college filmmaker of all time. Once he left college he found Hollywood to not be so inclusive. He decided to fight the industry with a series of lawsuits that would ultimately cost him his career.

Filmmakers Zeinabu Davis, Lexi Alexander, and Maria Giese help tell this story along with Jamaa’s attorney Irving Meyer.

 

Articles

DGA consider expelling Fanaka – Variety, Sept 10, 1998 https://variety.com/1998/biz/news/dga-consider-expelling-fanaka-1117480322/

DGA panel urges Fanaka suspension – Variety, Oct, 7, 1998 https://variety.com/1998/biz/news/dga-panel-urges-fanaka-suspension-1117481215/

DGA suspends Fanaka – Variety, Oct. 13, 1998 https://variety.com/1998/biz/news/dga-suspends-fanaka-1117481414/

Fanaka case against DGA dismissed – Variety, Feb. 23, 1999 https://variety.com/1999/biz/news/fanaka-case-against-dga-dismissed-1117491610/

WELCOME HOME, BROTHER: THE JAMAA FANAKA INTERVIEW – Jeff Brumbett, Nov. 30, 2010 https://nerdtorious.com/2010/11/30/welcome-home-brother-jamaa-fanaka-interview/

Changing the Face of Hollywood: Black Filmmaker Sues Hollywood Over Racial Discrimination – Democracy Now, Mar. 24, 2000 https://www.democracynow.org/2000/3/24/changing_the_face_of_hollywood_black

EEOC: Major Studios Failed To Hire Female Directors; Lawsuit Looms – David Robb, Deadline, Feb 15, 2017 https://deadline.com/2017/02/hollywood-studios-female-directors-eeoc-investigation-1201912590/

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Cover Art by Kat Manderfield http://katmanderfield.com

Music in this episode was by Silent Partner, Quincas Moreira, and Verified Picasso.

15. He Really Was That Masked Man

On paper it was a great idea. Bringing the iconic character of The Lone Ranger to the silver screen should have brought with it good feelings of classic television, Americana, and just plain ole nostalgia. However, when producers decided to ice out Clayton Moore, the man who was behind the mask for years on television, they found themselves in fight with the Lone Ranger fan base itself. On the set of the new Lone Ranger movie issues also abound with the new masked man.

Dawn Moore, Clayton Moore’s daughter and actor Michael Horse help tell this story of nostalgia gone wrong.

 

Show Notes

CLAYTON MOORE BACK IN MASK – Chicago Tribune, Jan. 30, 1985 https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1985-01-30-8501060551-story.html

Disquiet On The Western Front – Washington Post, April 2, 1978 https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1978/04/02/disquiet-on-the-western-front/d100f41e-97d8-456b-bb4e-5fc2f1614e46/

Cover Art by Kat Manderfield http://katmanderfield.com