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Friday, February 9, 2018
VIDEO - DAKOTA JOHNSON WATCHES 1984 INTERVIEW
AS HER MOM, MELANIE GRIFFITH, DESCRIBES 'BODY DOUBLE' AUDITION WITH DE PALMA
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Posted by Geoff at 7:55 AM CST
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
JORDON PEELE WANTS TO MAKE DARK TALES
"I WANT TO DO WHAT HITCHCOCK DID, WHAT SPIELBERG DID, WHAT BRIAN DE PALMA DID"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/jordanpeele.jpgJordan Peele talks to the Los Angeles Times' Glenn Whipp, in an article inspired by the recent Oscar nominations for Peele's Get Out. Here's a brief excerpt from Whipp's article:
Peele has just put me in the same leather armchair that Missy Armitage (Catherine Keener) invites Chris Washington (Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya) to sit in before she sends him falling into the Sunken Place. Missy’s floral-accented chair is just off to the left; Peele spreads out on a couch across from me.

“I definitely needed to take a couple of things from the set after the movie wrapped,” he says, smiling.

Peele knew the Missy-Chris hypnosis scene would become iconic. But he figured it would take years and, like most horror films, its appreciation would exist on a cult level. Instead “Get Out,” released the weekend “Moonlight” won the best picture Oscar last year, grossed $254 million and became a cultural phenomenon, the subject of endless discussions over its treatment of race and an Oscar powerhouse, earning Peele nominations as a director, writer and producer.

Now Peele, under the Monkeypaw Productions banner, is working hard, indulging his love for horror and the supernatural and boosting representation in genres that historically haven’t been generous toward black people. He’s producing a “Twilight Zone” reboot for CBS All Access and, with Misha Green and J.J. Abrams, an HBO series based on the novel “Lovecraft Country,” a series of interconnected stories that use various classic horror styles to examine the terrors of Jim Crow America.

And he’s writing his next movie.

“I’m in this horror, thriller, parable, ‘Twlight Zone’-y genre, probably forever,” Peele says. “I want to do what Hitchcock did, what Spielberg did, what Brian De Palma did — dark tales.”


Posted by Geoff at 8:24 AM CST
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Sunday, February 4, 2018
CRAMPTON DISCUSSES 'RAW' & 'BODY DOUBLE'
WITH APRIL WOLFE ON SWITCHBLADE SISTERS PODCAST
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/barbaracrampton2.jpgBarbara Crampton joins film critic/filmmaker April Wolfe to discuss Julia Ducournau's Raw on the latest episode of the podcast Switchblade Sisters. Discussing that film's central relationship between two sisters, Crampton mentions Brian De Palma's Sisters in terms of theme and style (she says she recently watched the latter again, as well). At the start of the second part of the podcast, Wolfe asks Crampton about her work on De Palma's Body Double:
April Wolfe: So I wanted to talk a little bit about these extras scenes.

Barbara Crampton: Yeah...

April: It's one of the things that we actually rarely talk about when it comes to Raw, but it makes it so, so good, and something you brought up, when they do the hazing rituals...

Barbara: Right...

April: Ducournau personally cast all three hundred of them.

Barbara: No way...

April: Yes. Exactly. So you hear Barbara's shock at that-- that doesn't happen. There's usually a casting person who does the extras casting.

Barbara: Yeah (laughing), it's whoever's available.

April: Yes!

Barbara: Because you don't get paid a lot!

April: No! So she personally cast all three hundred of these extras-- like, she was single-handedly constructing this veterinary school. She said she tried to keep their characters in mind, and use them in scenes that would fit with how they had appeared in other scenes, really building their characters. And, you know, it made for a better, fuller film. It felt realistic.

Barbara: Yeah.

April: But also, it was a way to get the extras invested in the film, because they would have to be there for the full 37 days of shooting, which is a huge undertaking if you're an extra.

Barbara: Oh my God, yeah, you want to feel like you're a part of the project. That's so smart!

April: It is! And I thought it's honestly so wonderful when a director takes that kind of care with every actor on set, no matter...

Barbara: Who they are-- yeah...

April: Exactly. Even if you have a small part. I was thinking in terms of your role in De Palma's Body Double.

Barbara: Mmm-hmm...

April: Because I had read some interviews with you where you had said that, like, they did so many takes, and he was so interested in getting the scene right, and you got to work with him on so many things. And even if some of that stuff got cut out, you were still, you know, working towards kind of a perfect moment.

Barbara: We actually did that scene all day. I mean it was all day. From different angles. Forty takes from all different angles. It was hundreds of takes. It was incredible. I will say, when I first got that film, there were two other scenes in the movie that I had dialogue in. And the night before I was to start shooting, I got a call: "Oh, oops, they cut the dialogue scenes. You only have this one scene with Craig Wasson in bed." And I thought, hmm... was this on purpose? Or, is this legitimate? But it's Brian De Palma, so I should work with him, and it was great to be with him on set, and I did it and it was super fun.

April: It was really early in your career, too.

Barbara: I think it was like the first thing I actually did on film, because I was on Days Of Our Lives for about a year, and that was my first job, and I think that was my second job.

April: What do you think you learned from that set?

Barbara: To relax, and to just have no fear. I mean, that was the first thing... because everybody was just kind of laissez-faire in a way. You know, when you're making a movie, and I just said, oh, you have to hurry up, you have to go, and you have to be right on point, and you do... and I'm sure even on a film like that, you have to be on point, but it felt like I... I could see the other actors who were on set, they... they were really calm. And relaxed, and I think you want to feel secure, and centered, and it was nice to see everybody on set just, you know, doing their job, but, and fast, but relaxed. You have to be relaxed.

April: [laughter]

Barbara: Well, I like relaxing, so that's good for me to be reminded of that all the time.

[You might think Wolfe is laughing because Crampton has brought up the title of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood song that features in Body Double, but no-- her laughter comes from picturing the actors in Raw being relaxed while making such an intense film]

Previously:
Crampton shares details of two dialogue scenes cut from Body Double

Crampton: "I am still waiting for that call from Brian De Palma"


Posted by Geoff at 5:38 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, February 4, 2018 5:50 PM CST
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Saturday, February 3, 2018
PIC - DE PALMA, GISH, WOODWARD, TRUFFAUT, NEWMAN
NY FILM CRITICS CIRCLE, 1973 - DE NIRO, TRUFFAUT, WOODWARD ALL WON AWARDS
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Posted by Geoff at 9:12 PM CST
Updated: Saturday, February 3, 2018 9:19 PM CST
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Friday, February 2, 2018
FRIDAY TWEET - DARK GLASSES IN DE PALMA FILMS
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Posted by Geoff at 8:11 AM CST
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
'BODY DOUBLE' FAN ART POSTER
BY DRW.MOV DESIGN - "CAPTURES THE FILM IN A DIFFERENT WAY" THAN ORIGINAL BY STEPHEN SAYADIAN
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The fan art poster above for Body Double was created by Drew as part of a PosterADay challenge (Drw_mov on Twitter, and on Instagram). In the Instagram post, Drew explains, "It’s really hard for me to work on a film that already has a poster that I like, let alone one I love as much as Stephen “Rinse Dream” Sayadian’s original key art for this. But I think this does a very good job of capturing the film in a different way. Just makes me want to sing RELAX."

Posted by Geoff at 8:07 AM CST
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Friday, January 26, 2018
'RIVERDALE' CAST DOES 'CARRIE: THE MUSICAL' IN APRIL
SHOW-WITHIN-SHOW MIXES ELEMENTS FROM KING'S NOVEL, DE PALMA & PEIRCE FILMS, 1988/2012 MUSICAL VERSIONS
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/riverdalecarrie.jpgThe CW announced this week that the April 18th episode of its series Riverdale will feature its characters involved in a production of Carrie: The Musical. Here's how Variety's Matt Fernandez reported it a couple of days ago:
The episode will feature 11 songs and be framed as a documentary about the high school theater production filmed by Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Entitled “A Night to Remember,” the episode will air on April 18 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

The Riverdale High Drama Department’s production of “Carrie: The Musical” is described as a “dark-yet-catchy cautionary tale exploring the gritty realities of small-town high school life.” The character of Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) serves as the show-within-the-show’s director, mixing elements from the 1974 King novel with Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation, the 1988 Broadway production, the 2012 Off-Broadway revival and Kimberly Peirce’s 2013 film remake.

Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) leads the cast of the musical as Carrie White in this avant-garde production, while Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) portrays mean-girl antagonist Chris Hargensen and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) play golden-couple Sue Snell and Tommy Ross. There will also be special appearances by Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) as the gym teacher and Alice Cooper (Madchen Amick) as Carrie’s mother.


Previously:
Riverdale Episode 3 is called "Body Double"
SHOWRUNNER ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA EXPLAINS, IT'S "LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A BRIAN DE PALMA MOVIE"

Posted by Geoff at 8:18 AM CST
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
'HOWLING' SHIRT DESIGN REVERSES 'BODY DOUBLE' ART
AARON CRAWFORD: "I REALIZED HOW RAD IT WOULD BE TO REVERSE THE VOYEURISTIC ROLES"
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Posted by Geoff at 1:01 AM CST
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:14 AM CST
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Saturday, January 13, 2018
1969 NY MINI-REVIEW OF 'THE WEDDING PARTY'
"IT IS A MISTAKE FOR FILMMAKERS TO START OUT WITH COMEDY"
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Jon Sieruga posted the image above on his Twitter feed the other day, indicating that the newspaper ad page came from a publication in New York City from May 1969. At the top of the third column is a review of Brian De Palma's first feature, The Wedding Party. The author of the review is unknown, but here is the text:
Brian de Palma's "THE WEDDING PARTY" has apparently been pulled out from the drawer to exploit the unexpected vogue for "Greetings." "Greetings" wasn't much, heaven knows, but "The Wedding Party" is much, much less. There's not much to say about a broken-legged farce except that it isn't very funny. De Palma is exploiting the youth thing for all its alleged audacity, but I find him more canny than candid. He spends so much time avoiding the obvious mistakes of youth that his films become paralyzed by a discreet negativism. Also, it is a mistake for film-makers to start out with comedy, a discipline that requires not merely genius, but wisdom, coherence, and, yes, maturity.

Posted by Geoff at 7:20 PM CST
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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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