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Thursday, April 26, 2018
GERRIT GRAHAM & 'PHANTOM' IN SYRACUSE SATURDAY
DAY-LONG SALT CITY HORROR FEST INCLUDES ON-STAGE DISCUSSION w/GRAHAM, 'PHANTOM' IN 35MM
http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/phantomsaltcity.jpgGerrit Graham will spend a good part of his day at the 13th annual Salt City Horror Fest, which takes place at The Palace Theatre in Syracuse, New York, this Saturday, April 28th. Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, which features Graham as Beef, has the prime time slot in the fest at 6:45pm, following a sold-out VIP dinner with the guests. All of the movies at the fest are screened from 35mm prints.

Aside from Phantom Of The Paradise, Graham has two other movies in this year's line-up: Chud 2: Bud The Chud, and the closing film of the day (at 12:36 at night!), an "extremely rare 35mm print" of TerrorVision, courtesy of Full Moon Entertainment and Charles Band. Graham first takes the stage at 1:55pm to talk about his career ("from De Palma to Star Trek & beoyond," teases the schedule). At 2:20pm, David Irving, the director of Chud 2: Bud The Chud, joins Graham as a lead-in to that film's screening.

The day kicks off with the original King Kong from 1933.


Posted by Geoff at 8:04 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 8:06 PM CDT
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
'PHANTOM' #49 ON GREATEST ROCK MOVIES LIST
THAT'S WAY TOO LOW, OF COURSE
http://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/phantom49.jpgLast week, Consequence Of Sound posted its list of "The 50 Greatest Rock and Roll Movies of All Time." Phantom Of The Paradise made the list at number 49 (Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is number 50). "Phantom of the Paradise is Brian De Palma’s most whimsical and traditionally funny film," states CoS' Mike Vanderbilt in the film's entry blurb. "Good rock and roll has a sense of humor amid the cynicism and melodrama of the music. Phantom sardonically skewers the music industry, turning a record contract into a Faustian deal with the devil. Paul Williams brilliantly plays against type as the evil Swan and provides a wonderfully bizarre collection of tunes for the soundtrack, featuring faux ‘50s nostalgia with “Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye”, the Linda Ronstadt-style country-tinged pop of “Special to Me”, the glammy “Life at Last”, and the gloriously cynical closer, “The Hell of It”.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show makes the list at number 4.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018
'PHANTOM' IN CONCERT @ NYC SECRET LOFT IN MARCH
MUSIC FROM DE PALMA'S FILM PERFORMED AS "IMMERSIVE" EXPERIENCE, w/DIALOGUE BETWEEN SONGS
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The Instagram above was posted by Lindsey Freeman of Weasel War Dance Productions four days ago. Elann Danziger is the director of this upcoming concert featuring Paul Williams' songs from Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. The concert, which will be performed on three consecutive Mondays in March (12, 19, 26) at The Secret Loft in New York City, is described on a Backstage casting call from a couple of months ago as "immersive in nature," with "some dialogue in between songs."

The Backstage casting call does not specify a gender for the lead role of Winslow Leach/The Phantom: "tenor; a struggling young nerdy musician/songwriter who is both the anti-hero and the main protagonist. Winslow makes a futile attempt to advertise their talents by playing at a club owned by Swan, a nefarious music producer. Swan overhears them playing and orders Winslow’s music stolen so that he can use it to open his groovy new club--'The Paradise.' Swan then promptly frames Winslow for drug dealing, giving them a life sentence in Sing Sing Prison, where they eventually escape, but not before having their teeth removed. Following a rage-fueled escape and a traumatic scarring which disfigures their face, Winslow finally makes their way to the Paradise, taking on the identity of the Phantom to take revenge on Swan."

As can be read in Freeman's post, tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 the day of the show-- I did not find any tickets for sale online as of this morning, but Freeman adds that you can send her a message to reserve tickets "for this almost sold out event." There will also be a preview performance on Sunday, March 11th. Freeman and Sean Pollock are the lead producers.

Here are the other roles listed in the casting call at Backstage -- note the Rocky Horror references:

Phoenix (Lead): Female, 20-45

alto; a young singer with strong integrity and hopes of becoming a star, who refuses to partake in the casting couch sessions that Swan has the other young women participate in. Prior to their imprisonment, Winslow met Phoenix at the auditions for Faust and realized she would be perfect for the lead in their cantata--ultimately going so far as to kill anybody who opposed her rise to stardom. Swan, however, despises her perfection and has her demoted to back up singer. She will eventually rise to the occasion, discovering about herself that she's prepared to do anything to earn that crowd applause.

Swan (Lead): Male, 28-50

(Baritenor) Evil CEO and producer of Death Records, Swan is an expert at making hit records and exploiting his musicians for all they're worth--including hosting casting couch sessions to pray on young women. He is arrogant, narcissistic, and always looking for a chance to drum up publicity. Swan has recently finished building his new club “The Paradise” and is looking for the right music to open it with, so he steals Winslow’s.

Beef (Supporting): Male, 25-45

tenor; a self-professed “profess-ion-al,” Beef is brought in to sing Winslow's cantata, after Phoenix was deemed "too perfect." Like most of Swan's acts, Beef is very flamboyant and hooked on drugs. He is narcissistic, superstitious and has the ability to turn either his manliness or femininity up to 11 at will. Very glam rock and Bowie inspired. Ambiguously bisexual--he can flirt with anyone to get whatever he wants. Think a cross between Frank-n-Furter and Rocky from "Rocky Horror."

The Juicy Fruits/The Beach Bums/The Undead (Supporting): 18-35

a trio of three singers, and unofficial chorus of the story. Swan's band, constantly being reformed and renamed to match current trends (they go from Sha Na Na, to The Beach Boys, to KISS). They’re reused as leads and backup singers wherever necessary--partly to save money, but mainly to capitalize on their sheer malleability.

Philbin (Supporting): Male, 25-50

Swan's right-hand man; Philbin's job encompasses a number of fields, including scouting for talent, managing bands, directing the actors and singers on the Paradise set, and enforcing Swan's orders; very butch, stereotypical drug pusher/meathead bodyguard “tough guy” gangster/mob type. Think Eddie from Rocky Horror, but without the groupies or the Rock and Roll fame.

Ensemble (Chorus / Ensemble): 18-45

some roles which will need filling: Secretary, Audition Girls, Bodyguards, Video Camera, and Rock Freak. Some of these will be doubled up.


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Thursday, January 11, 2018
TWEET - DEL TORO INTRO REMINDS OF 'PHANTOM'
IF YOU'VE SEEN 'THE SHAPE OF WATER' YET, PLEASE COMMENT
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
WINSLOW'S MASK IS PART OF DEL TORO EXHIBIT
REPLICA INCLUDED IN 'AT HOME W/MONSTERS' - RUNS SEPT 30-JAN 7 AT AGO


"I tried not to take too many photos at the #guillermodeltoro exhibit at the @agotoronto," illustrator Ry Graham states in his caption to an Instagram post today, "but the helmet from #phantomoftheparadise I could not resist ❤". The exhibit, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, opened today (September 30th) and continues through January 7 at Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Thanks to The Swan Archives' Principal Archivist for informing us that the mask in this exhibit is not the original mask used in Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, but a reproduction from Japanese toy company Medicom, who created and sold a limited amount of them in 2007.

Two film series are presnted at the museum in association with the del Toro exhibit: The Films of Guillermo del Toro, and Nightmare on Dundas Street Movie Nights, the latter of which includes a Friday the 13th of October screening of De Palma's Carrie.

Here is the website description of the del Toro exhibit:

From the fantastic to the frightful, don’t miss this rare glimpse into the world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and his cabinet of curiosities. Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, At Home with Monsters reveals his creative process through his personal collection of art, artefacts, books, props, and ephemera, all culled from Bleak House, del Toro’s creative haven located in Los Angeles.

This unique exhibition explores the creative mind behind one of the most inventive filmmakers of our generation revealing his influences, from the Medieval era to contemporary culture, and his particular obsession with horror, fantasy and the rich heritage of the Victorian era.

“To find beauty in the profane. To elevate the banal. To be moved by genre. These things are vital for my storytelling,” says Guillermo del Toro. “This exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life. It’s a devotional sampling of the enormous love that is required to create, maintain, and love monsters in our lives.”

Rather than a traditional chronology or filmography, At Home with Monsters is organized thematically, beginning with visions of childhood and innocence and the Victorian era that so deeply inspires del Toro; continuing through explorations of death and the afterlife, magic, occultism, alchemy, Frankenstein and horror, monsters; and concluding with a celebration of comics, movies and popular culture.

“Guillermo del Toro believes that we need monsters,” says Jim Shedden, co-curator and the AGO’s Manager of Publishing. “To him, the imperfections of monsters are found in all of us, whether we see them or not. At the same time, despite his empathy for the tragic monster, del Toro is fascinated with truly terrifying and invulnerable monsters. By witnessing his incredible creative process, we can make unexpected connections among different genres and narratives, high art and pop culture, and blur boundaries between fantasy and reality.”

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Insight Editions. The 144-page volume is edited by Britt Salvesen, Jim Shedden, and Matthew Welch, with contributions by Guillermo del Toro, Keith McDonald, Roger Clark, and Paul Koudounaris.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Posted by Geoff at 12:15 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, October 1, 2017 3:08 PM CDT
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Friday, September 8, 2017
PAUL WILLIAMS IN PERSON FOR 'PHANTOM' OCT 1
AT BEYOND FEST 2017 IN LOS ANGELES; ARGENTO IN PERSON FOR 'SUSPIRIA'


Paul Williams will appear in person for a screening of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise October 1st at Beyond Fest 2017 in Los Angeles. The Phantom screening begins at 4pm. Later that evening, Dario Argento will be on hand for two screenings of the new 4K restoration of his Suspiria, which stars Jessica Harper, fresh off her film debut in Phantom.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. ON 'BABY DRIVER'
"IT'S THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY TAKE ON THE MOVIE MUSICAL SINCE DE PALMA'S 'PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE'"
Birth. Movies. Death.'s Jacob Knight, excited that Sony has moved the release date up six weeks to June 28th, writes the following about Edgar Wright's Baby Driver:

"Baby Driver is unlike anything you’ve ever seen – a rip-roaring Walter Hill homage that takes 40 years’ worth of action picture grammar, places it in a blender, and then adds a healthy spike of pop music bliss. If Busby Berkeley were obsessed with crashing cars (for real – the driving stunts are 100% practical and mind-blowing), this is the motion picture he’d make. It’s the most revolutionary take on the movie musical since Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, and melted the faces of all who attended its SXSW World Premiere."

Deadline's Brian Brooks filed a report from SXSW on March 11. Here's an excerpt:

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver hit the ground with tires squealing this evening at its world premiere at SXSW, with the writer-director and key cast along for the ride for the packed screening at the Paramount Theater. “That is going to make a lot of money,” was among the comments overheard as the revved-up audience left the screening and a boisterous post-movie Q&A that climaxed Day 2 at the festival.

Wright took the stage for the Q&A joined by stars Jon Hamm, Eiza González and Ansel Elgort, who plays the young innocent Baby, an unlikely maestro behind the wheel of a getaway car. The music-fueled actioner is the first film Wright wrote by himself (he previously co-wrote features he also directed including Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and The World’s End), and said tonight that Baby Driver had “existed” in his head for 22 years...

...“I was just listening through my record collection and I’d envision scenes,” Wright said tonight of how his movie came together. “I wouldn’t write scenes until I found the right track.” Music is central to the film. Gunshots, dialogue and action sequences are choreographed to the mostly high-energy soundtrack. Elgort’s Baby is the getaway driver for a crime boss (Spacey) who taps various criminals to pull off high-stakes heists. Each job becomes more intense than the last, and the chases more outlandish. Baby Driver is an homage to the ’70s car chase movies of Walter Hill, whose voice can be heard in the movie.

In 2012, Wright did the first read-through of a draft screenplay with Hamm, the only actor from that year who remained on the project. “This is a departure from the films I’ve done in the past,” said Wright. “It definitely took the longest [of my projects] to write.”

Previously:
Edgar Wright influenced by De Palma for Baby Driver


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Monday, March 20, 2017
CARLOTTA BOOK - 'DR. BRIAN AND MR. DE PALMA'
DE PALMA ON THE PERSONAL & THE COMMERCIAL: "WHAT IS A 'COMMERCIAL FILM' ANYWAY?...IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE"


On its Facebook page last week, Carlotta Films revealed the title and cover of the 160-page book that will be included in its Phantom Of The Paradise Ultra Collector's Box, due to be released April 12. The book is titled "Dr. Brian And Mr. De Palma," and will include a lengthy interview with Brian De Palma, reviews of the film, press materials, lyrics of all the songs in the film, and 40 archive photos. Here is how the book is described on the Carlotta website:
"What is a 'commercial film,' anyway? How do you know if a director makes a film because it is commercial, or because it corresponds to a personal desire? People often think that a personal film is not necessarily commercial, but it's not that simple. I would like to make a film that people really want to see. Fellini too, and it does not make him a 'commercial' director. - Brian De Palma

Dr. Brian and Mr. De Palma explores the duality inherent in Brian De Palma's work in Phantom of the Paradise. Through an in-depth interview with him, analyses and press reviews, the iconoclastic approach of the director unfolds, between celebration and criticism of popular culture. An unpublished work embellished with the lyrics of all the songs of the film and 40 photos from the archives.


Most of the other special features in the Blu-ray-and-DVD set, which includes a brand new 2K restoration of the film, have appeared on previous editions of Phantom:

-PRESENTATION BY GERRIT GRAHAM
-PARADISE REGAINED (52 min)
-BRIAN DE PALMA IN THE COULISSES OF THE PARADISE (33 min) (a look back with De Palma)
-PAUL WILLIAMS INTERVIEWED BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO (72 mn)
-THE SWAN SONG FIASCO (11 min)
-CARTE BLANCHE WITH ROSANNA NORTON (10 min)
-PARADISE LOST AND FOUND (six cut or alternate scenes)
-KARAOKÉ 6 SONGS
-COMMERCIAL BY WILLIAM FINLEY
-RADIO SPOTS
-TRAILERS

As reported earlier, the cover art for the box was done by Matt Taylor.


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Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 5:55 PM CDT
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
'THE WALKING DEAD' HAS A WINSLOW
THAT, TO AT LEAST ONE VIEWER, IS OVERT REFERENCE TO 'PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE'
Joseph McCabe at Nerdist thinks that Winslow, the name of the walker on this week's episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, is "an obvious reference to the title character in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, a disfigured musician who wears a similar chrome dome." While the "obvious" here may in fact be coincidence, it is worth remembering that The Walking Dead is produced by De Palma's ex-wife, Gale Anne Hurd.

Posted by Geoff at 11:59 PM CST
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 12:08 AM CST
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
CARLOTTA UNVEILS 'PHANTOM' ULTRA COVER ART
AND 'PHANTOM' TO SCREEN IN 35MM AT STOCKHOLM CINEMATEK MARCH 21


Two days ago, on its Facebook page, Carlotta Films unveiled the above cover for its upcoming Ultra Collector's Box of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, which will be available April 12th. The cover art was created by Matt Taylor. It sounds like more specs will be announced as we get closer to release date, but the set will include a brand new 2K restoration of the film, two hours of supplements, and a 150-page book that will collect articles and analyses, archived promotional materials, interviews, and more.

Meanwhile, on March 21st, Phantom Of The Paradise will screen in 35mm at the Stockholm Cinematek. The screening will be introduced by Ari Gunnar Thorsteinsson, a film critic who has written for IndieWire, among others.


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