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musical recording
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
READFUL THINGS - ELECTRONIC LCD 'CARRIE' VIDEO GAME
ANOTHER WORK OF ART FROM ADAM PEROCCHI
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/readfulthingscarrie.jpg

Earlier today, Readful Things (Adam Perocchi) posted the image above on Instagram, with the following caption:
If you bought two of these, you could connect them and activate "De Palma Mode" - allowing you to play the Prom level with 2 screens.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
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Monday, February 15, 2021
DREAMS OF WATER & NOIR
SOME FRAMES FROM 'FEMME FATALE'
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Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
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Sunday, February 14, 2021
DEAD BEAT FILM SOCIETY DISCUSSES 'PHANTOM'
"A TRUE CULT CLASSIC" PICKED FOR THE EPISODE BY GUEST CLARITA OF DESIGN FREAKS
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A lively discussion of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise takes place on the most recent episode of the podcast Dead Beat Film Society, hosted by Kevin and Emily. The guest on this episode is Clarita Hinojosa from Design Freaks Podcast (a podcast about music industry design), and it was she who picked Phantom to discuss. In an Instagram post, Clarita wrote:
I was recently a guest on this fun show @deadbeatfilmsociety talking all about one of my favorite films #phantomoftheparadise !! 👻 🎹⚡️ it came out in 1974 and influenced a ton of other movies. And featured TONTO the monster synth that predated the Fairlight (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) best known for this movie and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
Updated: Monday, February 15, 2021 1:28 AM CST
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Saturday, February 13, 2021
THE 'MISSION TO MARS' SPACESHIP - GIANT MINIATURE
"ONE OF THE LAST GIANT MINIATURES TO HAVE MOTION CONTROL SHOOTING"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/spaceshipmini.jpg

Model maker and designer Michael Possert Jr. posted the above photo yesterday on his Instagram, with the following caption:
The Mission To Mars spaceship - the Mars 1. One of the last giant miniatures to have motion control shooting. This model was about 21' or 6.4 meters and was made at Dream Quest Images in Simi Valley California,1999.

When someone asked him, "Did you blow it up?" Possert Jr. responded:
Ha! No but the engine section is damaged and blows up in the movie. And I made the damaged engines. 😂

Posted by Geoff at 4:11 PM CST
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Saturday, February 6, 2021
GIGI WILLIAMS GOT HER FILM START WITH DE PALMA
MAKE-UP & HAIR STYLIST ON 'HOME MOVIES' PREFERS TO WORK ON "THE WHOLE MOVIE" WITH INVESTED DIRECTORS
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Gigi Williams, the make-up and hair stylist who has worked with the likes of David Fincher (Mank, Gone Girl), Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, Inherent Vice), Luc Besson (Léon), Paul Mazursky (The Pickle), Larry Cohen (A Return To Salem's Lot), and Joe Dante (The Howling), was interviewed recently by Gold Derby's Riley Chow, who asked her to talk about how she got started in film. It turns out that the first film Williams worked on was Brian De Palma's Home Movies. Here's a transcription of Williams explaining it in the Gold Derby video:
I was doing print work for Vogue. I worked for Diane von Fürstenberg. I was doing print and beauty. And, uh...then... I hated it. I hated it. It was awful. There was all these stupid people and the photographers all had their hands on all the twelve-year-old models. It was disgusting! And so I would only work four days a week. And that was a lot of money. I was making about two-thousand dollars a day back then -- it was in the seventies -- which is a lot of money. For a twenty-seven-year-old, twenty-six-year-old. And one day, I said to... I was like, I only work four days, I can't stand this, I hate it. And then one of my girlfriends said she was doing a movie with Brian De Palma and wanted to know if I wanted to test. To do the make-up. [Shrugging] I was like, yeah, sure. I did the test, I got the job. And that was my first movie. And ever since then, I've been working.

I did... I lived in New York, and I called... I knew The Ramones were doing a movie. So I called up the director for the Ramones movie, and I said, listen, I have to do this movie. And he goes, like, well, send me your book. So I sent him my book, and he calls me back, and he goes, "Your too overqualified. I don't have any money, I can't bring you to California. I would love to have you!" I said, that's okay. I'll get on a plane, I'll find a place to stay, and I did it for two-hundred dollars a week. Rock And Roll High School. And it was AMAZING! [she laughs]

I've just, I've always worked. I did Saturday Night Live. I mean, I've really... I did [the] Tom Ford movie. I've really... I gravitate towards directors. So, I don't like to do personals, really. I don't really like to work with just one actor. I like to do the whole film. I like to work with the directors. When we did A Single Man, Tom Ford came up at the end of the first day, and he said, So what'd you think? And I said, Oh, my God, we made art! He says [mocks seriousness], "Well, I hope we make art every day." And you don't really feel that, when you're working in the film business. A lot. I mean, it's far and few between, I feel very privilidged and lucky and honored that, you know, I've worked with the directors that I've worked with. Because they're not the directors that say, "Yeah, it's fine, let's move on." They're like, "No, let's do it again!"


Posted by Geoff at 12:40 PM CST
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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
DEE SNIDER THANKS PAUL WILLIAMS & BRIAN DE PALMA
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE "WAS *THE* TURNING POINT IN MUSICAL DIRECTION FOR ME...IT CHANGED MY WORLD!"
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A few days ago, Dee Snider, former frontman for Twisted Sister, tweeted about his love for Phantom Of The Paradise:
Just realized I never shared the thing that was THE turning point in musical direction for me from @ledzeppelin type power trios to glam-metal...'74's Phantom of the Paradise! Not a big film in the US but huge in Canada. It changed my world! Thanks Paul Williams & Brian DePalma!

In a followup tweet, Snider mentioned, "I remember when I first saw it I went to see it FIVE NIGHTS IN A ROW! I was blown away by it and Beef and his band had a huge influence in me." He also mentioned that when he watched it with his kids in the 2000s, "unfortunately it really didn't hold up well," but we'll let that one slide... they'll come around.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2021 12:22 AM CST
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
PODCAST 'YOU GOTTA ACT' DISCUSSES 'BODY DOUBLE'
SPECIAL EPISODE - MANUELA LAZIE & GUEST SHARE BIRTHDAY AND SHARE PASSION FOR THE FILMS OF BRIAN DE PALMA

From the podcast episode description:
In this special episode, Julian Palmer, the man behind the great video essay channel The Discarded Image, joins Manuela to celebrate their shared birthdays on January 29th and their shared passion for Brian De Palma by talking about his 1984 film about acting, BODY DOUBLE, which gave its name to this podcast! They discuss De Palma's artificiality, his reverence to Hitchcock and Godard, his ingenious casting of Craig Wasson in the lead role, his use of women in his films, and why BODY DOUBLE is Manuela's favourite movie.

Posted by Geoff at 11:42 PM CST
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Monday, February 1, 2021
'STYLIST' DIRECTOR INSPIRED BY DE PALMA
"I WENT ON A DE PALMA BINGE WHILE PREPPING FOR 'THE STYLIST'"
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This new poster design for Jill Gevargizian's The Sylist was posted on the film's Instagram page today, with the following caption:
We are excited to reveal our poster created by @johnpata! With every every decision made on the film we’ve kept this “modern-vintage” idea in mind and wanted to extend over to our poster. It’s inspired by a lot of our favorite older thrillers like Brian De Palma’s Carrie.
In an article at Rue Morgue back in October, Gevargizian included Carrie on her list of six films that influenced The Stylist:
Like Carrie, Claire is a loner, an introvert, awkward, sexually repressed, the list goes on. Remember near the end of the film, when Carrie is walking out of the burning school with a deadpan face – void of all care or concern. The Carrie we knew before is gone. This is someone else. Someone filled with nothing but rage. There’s a sequence in THE STYLIST where I realized Claire was in a very similar headspace. And so I wanted to go the extra mile — within that sequence, we dressed Claire very much like Carrie – in a light pink nightgown. Our costume designer Halley Sharp made all my dreams come true.

I went on a De Palma binge while prepping for THE STYLIST, a lot of them were first-time watches, like Sisters and Blow Out. De Palma’s cinematography and editing style had a huge influence on Robert Patrick Stern (director of photography), John Pata (editor), and my choices.



Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
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Sunday, January 31, 2021
COFFEE WITH ALIENS DISCUSS 'SISTERS' & 'LADY VANISHES'
PART OF SERIES RECOMMENDING FILMS NOW PLAYING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL

Posted by Geoff at 5:45 PM CST
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Saturday, January 30, 2021
'PHANTOM' HOODIE, JOGGERS, T-SHIRT
IN FASHION FROM ROUGH CUT FAN CLUB - "TWO PUNKS WHO LOVE MOVIES"
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"Rough Cut are two punks who love movies and decided to make some shirts based on the films they love," reads a description at Rough Cut Fan Club. "Through the lens of punk's DIY aesthetic they photocopy, cut, paste, and rip apart images of some of the greatest and most infamous films ever made, re-contextualizing them to look like a flier to a dirty basement show." At the moment, it appears that Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise might be one of these punks' very favorite films, as they are offering not only a Phantom T-shirt, but also a hoodie and joggers.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
Updated: Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:11 AM CST
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