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Monday, May 14, 2018
MARGOT KIDDER HAS PASSED AWAY

Very sad news today... Margot Kidder passed away Sunday at the age of 69. No cause of death has been reported at this time. Kidder was dating Brian De Palma when she starred with her good friend Jennifer Salt in De Palma's Sisters, released in 1973. De Palma had given them each a copy of the screenplay for Christmas. Kidder and Salt were sharing a Nicholas Canyon beach house together in Malibu in the early 1970s, where they held parties and met De Palma, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, John Milius, Paul Schrader, and many many more.

In 1974, Kidder was part of the inaugural class of AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, along with Ellen Burstyn, Lee Grant, and Maya Angelou, among others. Kidder, of course, is most famous for her role as Lois Lane in Richard Donner's 1978 box office smash Superman (and its sequel, Superman II, which was finished by director Richard Lester after Donner was fired). Other notable films include Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974), George Roy Hill's The Great Waldo Pepper (with co-star Robert Redford, 1975), J. Lee Thompson's The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975), and The Amityville Horror (1979).

From the New York Times obit today by Neil Genzlinger:

Margaret Ruth Kidder was born on Oct. 17, 1948, in Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Her mother, Margaret, was a teacher, and her father, Kendall, was an explosives expert whose job entailed taking the family to whatever remote place ore had been discovered.

“I read books,” she told The Montana Standard in 2016, “and hung out with friends in the woods or at the hockey rink. We’d get Montreal on the shortwave radio once a week. That was about it for entertainment.”

Eventually her parents sent her to boarding school in Toronto, where she started acting in school plays. She later attended the University of British Columbia.

In the late 1960s she landed her first TV roles, in Canadian series like “Wojeck,” “McQueen” and “Corwin.” Her first film was the Norman Jewison comedy “Gaily, Gaily” in 1969.

Among her films in 1975 was “92 in the Shade,” written and directed by the novelist Thomas McGuane, whom she married in 1976; they divorced the next year. Her marriages to the actor John Heard in 1979 and the director Philippe de Broca in 1983 also ended in divorce.


From NPR's Bill Chappell today:
Margaret Ruth Kidder was born in Canada and honed her acting skills on TV shows such as McQueen, Nichols, Banacek and Mod Squad before becoming a movie star.

After landing a lead role in Brian de Palma's Sisters in 1972, Kidder's film career took off. It hit the stratosphere six years later, when she appeared as Lois Lane in the launching of the Superman film franchise. She went on to appear in three sequels over the next nine years.

Famous for her smoky voice and for portraying smart, indomitable characters, Kidder also struggled with addiction and bipolar disorder for much of her life. She suffered from a famous breakdown in 1996, when she disappeared for several days. When police found her in Glendale, Calif., she was hiding in the bushes behind a house.

After Kidder recovered from that incident, she became an advocate for mental health awareness.

"I'm not saying it's all over," Kidder told People magazine after her life derailed in 1996. "I'm saying this is the pattern of my life. In three years I might be having another wig-out. I have no idea. I just have to accept the fact that this is me, or I ain't gonna make it."

Kidder went to take dozens of other acting jobs, from recurring roles on TV's Boston Common in 1997 to 2009's Halloween II.

For decades, Kidder had lived in a log cabin near Livingston. In addition to promoting mental health issues, she spoke publicly as an anti-war and environmental activist.


Posted by Geoff at 3:13 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, May 14, 2018 8:36 PM CDT
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Sunday, May 6, 2018
ANOTHER 'SNAKES' SIGNING, JUNE 1 IN PARIS
AT FNAC DES TERNES, 6PM, w/DE PALMA & LEHMAN
Another book signing is scheduled in Paris for Are Snakes Necessary? Co-authors Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman will be at fnac des Ternes in Paris at 6pm on June 1, 2018, to sign copies of the novel. Two days earlier, De Palma and Lehman will sign books at 7pm May 30th at Librairie Millepages in Vincennes, an eastern suburb of Paris. On June 2nd, they will sign books at the Cinémathèque bookstore, following a De Palma Masterclass and screening of Casualties Of War.

A few days ago, Thierry Corvoisier posted the book cover for Are Snakes Necessary? on Instagram, adding what appears to be an adline blurb for the book: "Politics is a dirty business. It's war. Politics of the jungle. One big and dirty war. And in war, no matter what is right or wrong, you have to survive." A day earlier, Rivages' Nathalie Zberro posted an image of the book on Instagram, mentioning that the Saul Bass-inspired cover is illustrated by Vincent Roché. "A femme fatale, an election campaign, incisive dialogue and poisonous charm," Zberro writes in the post. "Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman publish their first novel at Rivages Noir."

Posted by Geoff at 4:00 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2018 4:02 PM CDT
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Saturday, May 5, 2018
VIDEO - ADAM ZANZIE'S 10 FAVORITE DE PALMA FILMS
'CASUALTIES' & 'UNTOUCHABLES', MADE BACK-TO-BACK IN LATE '80s, RISING IN RANKS & RECOGNITION?
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Between Brian De Palma himself set to present a Masterclass next month in Paris following a screening of Casualties Of War, and EMPIRE's podcast ranking of The Untouchables as De Palma's best film (really guys??-- great film, but ... really?!?), it is interesting to note that this expertly-made video, in which Adam Zanzie picks his ten favorite Brian De Palma movies, has each of those two films within its top three. Zanzie's preference is not simply directed toward the more mainstream of De Palma's features-- he states at the beginning of the video that his "favorite De Palma movies are the ones where he has married his trademark visual talents with good characters and good storytelling." Of course, those latter characteristics are subjective, but it is Zanzie's subjective viewpoint that make his video essay so compelling. A step up from the EMPIRE ranking, if for no other reason than the simple fact that Zanzie has at least seen all of De Palma's feature films, whereas the EMPIRE crew had admitted holes in its viewing.

Posted by Geoff at 1:36 PM CDT
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
50 YEARS AGO TODAY, MURDER A LA MOD
1968 OPENING PARTY WITH BARTEL'S SHORT, 'SECRET CINEMA' AT THE GATE IN NY

Posted by Geoff at 8:17 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:40 PM CDT
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Monday, April 30, 2018
DE PALMA TO PRESENT MASTERCLASS, SIGN BOOKS
AFTER SCREENING OF 'CASUALTIES OF WAR' JUNE 2ND AT PARIS CINEMATHEQUE; LAGIER TO PRESENT 'PHANTOM'
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/depalmamasterclass2018.jpgLa Cinémathèque in Paris will present a Masterclass with Brian De Palma on June 2nd. The Masterclass, which will follow a screening of De Palma's Casualties Of War, will be hosted by Bernard Benoliel. Immediately after the Masterclass, Susan Lehman will join De Palma in the bookstore to sign copies of their novel, Are Snakes Necessary?

The event is part of a full retrospective of De Palma's films that kicks off May 31st with Blow Out. On June 7th, Luc Lagier will present De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise, after which Lagier will discuss the film, and also look at De Palma's career.

As previously reported, a few days prior to De Palma's Cinémathèque Masterclass, De Palma and Lehman will sign copies of Are Snakes Necessary? at 7pm May 30th at Librairie Millepages in Vincennes, an eastern suburb of Paris.

Previously:
Paris Cinémathèque teases De Palma Retrospective


Posted by Geoff at 8:24 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 8:10 AM CDT
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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
https://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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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
TWEET - GALAXY STUDIOS BUSY IN POST ON 'DOMINO'
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DE PALMA & LEHMAN NOVEL - 'ARE SNAKES NECESSARY?'
POLITICAL THRILLER TO BE PUBLISHED IN FRANCE MAY 16
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/lesserpents.jpgBrian De Palma has taken an idea he had for a movie, and, with co-author Susan Lehman, written a novel-- a political thriller titled Are Snakes Necessary? The book, translated into French by Jean Esch, will be published in France by Rivages on May 16, 2018, with the title, Les serpents sont-ils nécessaires ? De Palma and Lehman will sign copies of the book at 7pm May 30th at Librairie Millepages in Vincennes, an eastern suburb of Paris.

The Google-assisted translation of the book's plot goes something like this:
Barton Brock is director of the campaign for a US Senator named Joe Crump. Unscrupulous, he judges that all shots are allowed, which is why he is recruiting a young waitress named Elizabeth de Carlo to compromise the opponent of Crump, a notorious Don Juan. But Elizabeth has more than one trick up her sleeve ...

While the novel is a thriller, both the title and the cover art suggest more than a tinge of playfulness-- and both evoke Preston Sturges' comedy The Lady Eve (1941). As David Bordwell points out in a post about movie in-jokes, near the beginning of The Lady Eve, the protagonist, played by Henry Fonda, is reading a book with the title, Are Snakes Necessary? "No such book exists, more’s the pity," Bordwell writes. "The title pays comic reference to James Thurber’s 1929 best-selling satire on marriage manuals, Is Sex Necessary? and confirms the snake-as-phallus imagery that isn’t exactly underplayed in the rest of the film. Sturges revisited the gag phrase when he proposed Is Marriage Necessary? as the title for a later picture. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t pass the censor, and instead we got a more anodyne title, The Palm Beach Story (1942)."

In recently published update of the book Brian De Palma : entretiens avec Samuel Blumenfeld et Laurent Vachaud, De Palma revealed a bit more of how the novel came together:

My partner Susan Lehman and I wrote a novel together you know? A political thriller, according to an idea I had for a scenario. I am very good at designing the plot and dialogues, it's the characters, and all the rest has been written together [with four hands]. It was sent to one of my agents at ICM who didn't know what to do with it. I think it's very commercial material. And as I am in France, I thought maybe I could edit it in your country. I sent the manuscript to a friend in Paris who recommended an editor in France, we'll see. As you get older, you always have ideas, but it's more difficult to be able to mount them when you reach an age like mine. So it's easier to make novels. Kazan knew that too.

What is the subject of your novel?

It's pretty close to Blow Out. I combined several ideas that I had. The main character is a senator who comes to the elections. There is also his campaign director, a malicious character, and a photographer who finds himself hired to take pictures on a film that is the French version of Vertigo! After all, you know that Vertigo is inspired by a French novel by Boileau and Narcejac. There's all this and I had a lot of fun. We did this last summer.


In 2008, De Palma had written an as-yet-unproduced screenplay called Tabloid. According to Screen Daily's Denis Seguin, Tabloid is "a political thriller inspired by political and personal imbroglios of Democratic presidential nominee John Edwards – with a serial killer thrown in." Seguin added that producer Jennifer Weiss "described the project as exploring De Palma’s core themes: politics, sex and murder."


Posted by Geoff at 12:43 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:50 AM CDT
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Monday, April 23, 2018
DE PALMA, DE NIRO, PACINO, LEVINSON POST-SCARFACE
PAGE SIX: TRIBECA FEST - "INTIMATE VIP GATHERING" DINED TOGETHER THURSDAY NIGHT
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/denirodinesscarface.jpgThe following was posted today by Ian Mohr at Page Six:
There was an intimate VIP gathering after the “Scarface” reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival, spies said.

Walking into the Carlyle following a screening at the Beacon Theatre were director Brian De Palma and star Al Pacino, along with Robert De Niro, Barry Levinson and Marthe Keller, Pacino’s co-star from the 1977 film “Bobby Deerfield.”

The high-powered group took over a table in the lower level of the Gallery.

Levinson’s latest HBO project, “Paterno,” stars Pacino, while his previous HBO film, “The Wizard of Lies,” was with De Niro and “Scarface” star Michelle Pfeiffer.

Also there were De Niro’s wife, Grace, and Levinson’s wife, Dianna.


Recently:
De Niro recalls younger days w/De Palma
Pics & quotes from Scarface event at Tribeca
Levinson took Paterno in different direction, long after De Palma had left the project

Posted by Geoff at 7:54 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:58 PM CDT
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
KOPPELMAN SAYS IT WAS WRONG OF HIM
"I NEVER SHOULD HAVE PUBLICLY SAID ANYTHING AGAINST DE PALMA'S WORK"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/koppelman2018.jpgAfter the Daily Mail misidentified him as the moderator who made things a bit awkward at this past Thursday's Scarface reunion at Tribeca, Brian Koppelman posted a brief series of tweets to explain why he did not ultimately end up moderating that on-stage discussion. In a final tweet about the matter, Koppelman added that he "never should have publicly said anything against DePalma's work 10 years back. I was tired at the end of a junket. It's wrong for any filmmaker to do that about another. I was looking forward to really making this night special for him, the cast and the audience."

Taken together, the tweets stated:
Hey @DailyMail-- I wasn't the moderator at the Scarface panel. I didn't ask that question. I wasn't even in the room. I was, originally, going to be the moderator, but it was changed the morning of.

I have interviewed hundreds of people on my podcast. There is zero chance I would have asked Michelle Pfeiffer that question. If you've ever listened to my pod, you know that.

1) And further, now that this is being falsely attributed to me, let me say this: I prepared really hard to do the panel and was really looking forward to it. But someone on here sent DePalma an old quote of mine, and he had me kicked off the panel the morning of the event.

2) I had said, 10 years ago, that he didn't deserve to be thought of in the same way Scorsese, Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg are. And when I was first asked to do the gig, I warned the people to get DePalma's approval. They did. And then, at the last minute, he booted me.

3) Well, I hope he's happy with the result. For the record, I think Scarface is a masterpiece. And that Pfeiffer's performance captured the mood of that place and moment in time better than almost anything or anyone ever. END.

btw, I never should have publicly said anything against DePalma's work 10 years back. I was tired at the end of a junket. It's wrong for any filmmaker to do that about another. I was looking forward to really making this night special for him, the cast and the audience.


Previously:
Capone Rising screenwriter to moderate tonight's Scarface discussion at Tribeca

Posted by Geoff at 11:59 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 7:11 PM CDT
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