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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
'He is home...'
Guillermo del Toro tweeted photo and caption yesterday
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Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, December 21, 2023 12:00 AM CST
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Thursday, November 9, 2023
PAUL WILLIAMS Q&A NOV 18 AT BERKSHIRE MUSEUM IN MA
1PM-2:30PM, AUDIENCE IS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN Q&A
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Paul Williams will participate in a Q&A next Saturday, November 18, at Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Here's the event description:
Join us for a rare Q&A will Paul Williams, moderated by Jesse Kowalski, Chief Curator, who will speak with Paul Williams alongside clips of his roles in movies, television series, and concerts from the 1960s to today. Film clips include his performances in Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), The Muppet Movie (1979), and Baby Driver (2017). Williams will also be asked about his guest-starring roles on The Odd Couple (1974), The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteriesand The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1977), Fantasy Island (1981), Community (2014), and a special appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In addition, we will show rare clips of the Carpenters, Elvis Presley, the cast of Ishtar (1987), and others singing his memorable songs. The audience is encouraged to take part in the Q&A.

Posted by Geoff at 11:21 PM CST
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Friday, November 3, 2023
GUILLERMO DEL TORO WILL SOON HAVE 'PHANTOM' COSTUME
BONHAMS AUCTION ENDS FOR COSTUME SEEN ON SCREEN, WORN BY WILLIAM FINLEY
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Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, November 4, 2023 1:06 AM CDT
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Wednesday, November 1, 2023
'PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE' DISCUSSED ON PODCAST
AND ON VULTURE LIST OF SCARY MOVIES SET AT AN ENTERTAINMENT VENUE
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Fat Dude Digs Flicks Movie Podcasts features a discussion of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. And over at Vulture, De Palma's film is included on Matthew Jackson's list of "Showstoppers: The 15 Best Entertainment-Venue-Set Horror Movies" -
The Phantom of the Opera has inspired dozens of imitations, riffs, and reimaginings over the decades, but the best is, without question (sorry, Phantom of the Megaplex stans), Brian De Palma’s horror-comedy rock musical about a gifted songwriter forced by a deranged record executive to haunt a concert hall. William Finley is magnificent in the title role, Paul Williams is deliciously evil as Swan, and, of course, don’t forget Gerrit Graham as everyone’s favorite trend-chasing rock star, Beef. Made for the age of glam rock and concept albums, it’s as fun to watch now as it was back then, and you’ll have the songs in your head for days.

Posted by Geoff at 9:58 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 9:59 PM CDT
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Saturday, October 28, 2023
'PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE' AT THE PARADISE IN TORONTO
FRIDAY NOV. 24 SCREENING PRESENTED BY 'DRAG ME TO THE MOVIES'
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Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise will screen at The Paradise Theatre in Toronto on Friday, November 24, in an interactive evening hosted by "Drag Me To The Movies" -
DRAG ME TO THE MOVIES is an interactive movie-going experience featuring drag artists, movie bingo and prizes. It is hosted by Weird Alice.

THE MUSIC MADE HIM DO IT! Join Weird Alice and special guest Continental Breakfast for the second as they rock and haunt the stage with the second annual special presentation of 1974's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE! You asked- we are bringing it back because there is no better place to celebrate Brian De Palma's epic horror-fantasy-musical-ultimate masterpiece of cult cinema than Live at the Paradise Theatre!

In this rock opera hybrid of Phantom of the Opera and Faust, fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Leach wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. After Swan sends Leach to prison for trespassing, Leach endures a freak accident which leaves him disfigured and plans his revenge on both Swan and the Paradise, thus becoming the PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.

Friday November 24th, 7 PM/6:30 PM Doors

Early Bird $17.50 | General Admission $20 | Door Entry $25


Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, October 29, 2023 1:06 AM CDT
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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
VIDEO - ROSANNA NORTON REVISITS 'PHANTOM' COSTUME
PRIOR TO UPCOMING AUCTION, COSTUME DESIGNER RECALLS WORKING ON IT WITH WILLIAM FINLEY, ETC.

Posted by Geoff at 11:44 PM CDT
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Wednesday, October 11, 2023
SEN MORIMOTO INSPIRED BY 'PHANTOM' FOR MUSIC VIDEOS
CHICAGO DRIVE-IN LISTENING PARTY FOR NEW ALBUM, VIDEOS, TO CONCLUDE WITH DE PALMA'S FILM OCT 22
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Under The Radar's Mark Redfern has all the details:
Chicago-based Japanese American multi-instrumentalist Sen Morimoto is releasing his third studio album, Diagnosis, on November 3 via City Slang, in partnership with his own Sooper Records. Now he has shared another song from it, “Deeper.” Listen below, followed by his upcoming tour dates.

Morimoto had this to say about the song in a press release: “There is a place in the center of my chest, tucked behind my heart, where only the most extreme depths of grief or joy make themselves known. When the context of everything in your life is squeezed into a single moment by the pressure of an overwhelming present it feels like you’re at the bottom of the ocean. Nothing’s deeper.”

On Sunday, October 22, fans will be able to hear the album early at a drive-in movie theater in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. All the album’s music videos will also be shown, as well as the cult 1974 horror rock opera Phantom of the Paradise, which was directed by Brian De Palma and is an influence on the new album.

Morimoto explains: “Phantom of the Paradise was a film my collaborators New Trash [production company in Chicago] recommended when I came to them with the concept for the ‘Diagnosis’ video. I couldn’t believe I’d never seen this amazing rock opera that poked fun at capitalism and corruption in the music industry in a way that felt so related to what Diagnosis is about. It lives in the same goofy fantasy horror world that I wanted our visuals to come from too so I was immediately obsessed.”

RSVP to the drive-in event here.


Posted by Geoff at 11:11 PM CDT
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Sunday, October 1, 2023
IMAGES FROM 'PHANTOM' IN U2'S VEGAS SPHERE MONTAGE
UPDATED OCT 3RD - KALEIDOSCOPIC IMAGES MOVED CEILING-TO-FLOOR AS U2 PERFORMED "EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING"
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The frame above from Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise made a prominent appearance within a kaleidoscopic montage of moving images behind the band U2 (see video below), as they performed their song Even Better Than The Real Thing Friday night to launch their 25-show residency at the Sphere in Las Vegas. The frame from Phantom, a motion gif which has Philbin (George Memmoli) saying the words "'til death" in the film's wedding climax, is a sort of split-screen in the shades, as Swan can be seen reflected in one shade, while Phoenix can be seen in the other. It appears directly above a motion-gif of Lula and Sailor from David Lynch's Wild At Heart, as they dance and kiss each other in front of a jukebox. Underneath the Lynch characters are three rings of stages - the middle ring has The Undead from Phantom Of The Paradise rising from the center of the ring.

An article posted by Vulture's Jen Chaney on October 3rd notes that the kaleidoscopic collage is an art installation by Marco Brambilla, titled King Size:

Many of the people in the heavily Gen-X crowd responded to all the techy pageantry the way everyone responds to concerts in 2023: by whipping out their phones to film it. “I don’t record music at concerts,” Haygood told me. “I recorded two minutes and 33 seconds of that.” He’s referring to the Achtung Baby rollicker “Even Better Than the Real Thing,” a song accompanied by the art installation King Size, a kaleidoscopic collage of images of Vegas and clips of Elvis Presley created by artist Marco Brambilla that scrolls from the back of Sphere to its front. The movement of the video creates the optical illusion that the stage and the standing general-admission crowd around it are rising upward, a sensation unlike anything I have ever experienced. (In one video posted on YouTube, you can hear a guy in the crowd shouting incredulously, “Oh my God, we’re moving!”)

But this isn’t just eye-candy gimmickry. The King Size segment, a callback of sorts to the rolling camerawork in the music video for “Even Better Than the Real Thing,” also functions, like so much of what U2 was doing during their Achtung Baby period — where Bono routinely used a remote control onstage to channel-surf through the muck of 1990s broadcast television — as a commentary on oversaturation. “It’s exactly what some of my work is about, which is this idea of the seduction of the spectacle,” Brambilla told me prior to Sphere’s opening. “Is it going to destroy us? Is it going to make us better or worse?”


A second motion-gif frame from Phantom Of The Paradise included in the montage shows who I believe is Nancy Moses as one of Beef's back-up singers, reacting to Beef being struck by lightning on stage.

 


Posted by Geoff at 11:56 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, October 5, 2023 10:47 PM CDT
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
'PHANTOM' TO PLAY CRITERION CHANNEL IN OCTOBER
SISTERS, ALREADY ON THE CHANNEL WITH BONUS EXTRAS, WILL BE PART OF "ART-HOUSE HORROR"
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Posted by Geoff at 6:32 PM CDT
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
FINLEY'S PHANTOM COSTUME BEING PUT UP FOR AUCTION
AND STEPHEN BISHOP MAKES NOTE OF HIS OWN CAMEO IN DE PALMA'S FILM
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Thanks to the ever-loving Swan Archives News Page for the link to an upcoming auction: what the preview lot at Bonhams is calling, "William Finley 'Winslow / The Phantom' Complete Hero Costume from Phantom of the Paradise. An important note at the end of the Bonhams description below: "Other movie-related William Finley treasures available as well." Here's the full description:
There are movies that are not only hallmarks of our popular culture, but resonate with their audience with such ferocity, that they inspire and influence a generation, for life. Phantom of the Paradise is one of those special movies, and it continues to captivate new generations. All the planets aligned in 1974 with a break-out directorial feat for a young Brian DePalma and his screenplay, a score and songs by the legendary Paul Williams, makeup by FX pioneer John Chambers, and a sexy leather bondage ensemble by Rosanna Norton, worn with finesse by the unforgettable character actor William Finley. All this magic wrapped up in camp and, most notably, Rock & Roll! Small wonder a legion of future filmmakers was mesmerized by this miraculous, modern, monster movie.

And as is the case with many off-beat, trend-setting efforts, who could predict the ever-growing cult fandom that would follow this film right up to this day. As much attention and acclaim as the film has earned, it's shocking how little material exists from production. Collectors have been known to pay tens of thousands of dollars just for a replica helmet! There's barely a trace of prop or fabric...until now! This is the screen worn, complete "Winslow / Phantom" costume worn by William Finley in the film, stored away by the actor for nearly half a century, and discovered in perfect condition by Mr. Finley's family after his passing.

Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974. The custom costume includes: 1-leather strap and metal buckle tunic, 1-long sleeved turtleneck under tunic, 1-matching pair of leather buckle pants, 1-pair of leather gloves, 1-pair of leather boots, 1-crushed velvet red and black character cape, 1-black and silver character cape, 1-two-piece cast fiberglass shell visor helmet with one smoked eye lens painted in gunmetal silver, and 1-set of chromed dentures that would slip over the actor's own teeth. The costume even includes the sport socks Finley wore in character. The rarity of this holy grail costume can't be over-emphasized, and provenance is unquestionable.

Other movie-related William Finley treasures available as well. The cornerstone of our Music & Monsters auction can be the cornerstone of your collection!


MEANWHILE...

I somehow had no idea that that was Stephen Bishop, before he became well-known, as one of the people auditioning for Swan...! Earlier today, Bishop shared the post below on his Facebook page:


Posted by Geoff at 6:55 PM CDT
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