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Friday, September 17, 2021
THE FILMMAKING PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE CONCORDE SHOT
IN NEW VIDEO, PATRICK WILLEMS DELVES INTO WHY THIS "MOST DIFFICULT SHOT" MATTERS

Posted by Geoff at 10:14 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, September 17, 2021 10:15 PM CDT
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Tuesday, August 10, 2021
RARE 'BONFIRE' IMAGE - A LOST 'SWORD OF JUSTICE' SHOT
AS THE FINAL EPISODE OF TCM 'DEVIL'S CANDY' PODCAST HITS THE WEB TODAY
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/ciaksword.jpg

The photo above is cropped from the pages of the Italian film magazine CIAK, which covered The Bonfire Of The Vanities for its January 1991 issue. On her blog, Elisa Leonelli explains how she began doing interviews for the magazine:
In 1987 the editors of CIAK, the Italian film monthly, proposed that I write a weekly newsletter about everything that was happening in Hollywood movies, plus film reviews and interviews with actors and directors, as their Los Angeles Correspondent. I held this position until 1994.

The first article published, interviews about “The Untouchables” with director Brian De Palma and star Kevin Costner, run as an 8-page cover story. (c) CIAK September 1987




Posted by Geoff at 7:48 PM CDT
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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
SPIELBERG, WILLIS VIA SALAMON'S TAPES FROM 1990
EP.6 OF TCM PODCAST - "THIS IS BRIAN'S FILM. MY JOB HERE IS REALLY JUST TO SERVICE HIS VISION"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/ruskin0.jpg

 


Posted by Geoff at 8:07 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 11:33 PM CDT
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021
WHAT WAS 'JUST BUSINESS AS USUAL' IN 1990 HOLLYWOOD
COULD BE "PRETTY DEMEANING" FOR WOMEN, SAYS JULIE SALAMON IN EPISODE 5 OF TCM PODCAST
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/bonfireboris45.jpg

Episode 5 of TCM's The Plot Thickens: The Devil's Candy (embedded below) focuses on sexism in the Hollywood of 1990, and the women involved in the making of The Bonfire Of The Vanities, both onscreen and off: Melanie Griffith, Ann Roth, Kim Cattrall, Beth Broderick, Aimee Morris, and Monica Goldstein.




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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
WIRE WITHOUT A NET - EP.4 OF TCM 'BONFIRE' PODCAST
FROM SALAMON'S TAPES - VOICES OF BRUCE WILLIS, MORGAN FREEMAN, MELANIE GRIFFITH, LARRY McCONKEY, MORE
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/depalmacomputerstoryboard.jpg

Brian De Palma "makes his own storyboards on computer, and they’re fascinating to look at," states the blogger at VHISTORY about the image above. It was captured from one of about 3000 VHS tapes the blogger has been archiving on the blog. The tapes were sitting in his garage. This storyboard image above comes from an early 1991 episode of The South Bank Show. "It starts with director Brian De Palma talking through the opening steadicam shot. He reveals the points where he himself is in the shot, as the only way to observe the shot as it was happening was to be in it." The episode also includes interviews with screenwriter Michael Cristofer, production designer Richard Sylbert, and author Tom Wolfe, among others.

The new episode of TCM's The Plot Thickens: The Devil's Candy delves into that opening steadicam shot of The Bonfire Of The Vanities. The episode is titled "Wire Without a Net," after a chapter in Julie Salamon's book, and features new interviews with Larry McConkey, Aimee Morris (DeBaun), and Chris Soldo, as well as voices from Salamon's original tapes: Melanie Griffith, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Tom Wolfe.


Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:26 AM CDT
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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
TCM PODCAST EP.3 DELVES INTO SCHWAB-DE PALMA
"THE WAR ZONE" WITH SOLDO, SYLBERT, CARUSO ALSO ON SALAMON'S TAPES
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/aboutseasontwo.jpg


The photo below from the first edition of Julie Salamon's The Devil's Candy was accompanied with this caption:
Production designer Richard Sylbert and the McCoy apartment on Stage 25 of the Warner Bros. lot. Copyright © 1991 Warner Bros., Inc.


Posted by Geoff at 7:46 PM CDT
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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW - SALAMON & MANKIEWICZ
MANY "BELOW-THE-LINE" PEOPLE INVOLVED WERE HAPPY TO PARTICIPATE IN NEW PODCAST INTERVIEWS

Also, TCM tweeted a couple of snippets from Salamon and Mankiewicz intros from De Palma night:

July 4 vid tweet

July 5 vid tweet


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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
EP. 2 OF TCM PODCAST DELVES INTO CASTING 'BONFIRE'
SCREENWRITER MICHAEL CRISTOFER: "IN A NEST OF VIPERS, THE LEAST POISONOUS IS YOUR SYMPATHETIC CHARACTER"

Here's the TCM description of the episode:
Episode 2: Reaching for the Stars – and Paying the Price
Tom Hanks signs on to play amoral stockbroker Sherman McCoy, and he’s so beloved that nobody recognizes how wrong he is for the part. There's immediate pushback against Bruce Willis as the other male lead, since his role was written as British. But the hardest decision comes when the director insists that a Jewish judge be played by a Black actor, to soften the film’s racial tensions.

Leading up to today's release of the second episode, TCM had a night of Brian De Palma films last night, which kicked off with The Bonfire Of The Vanities. Podcast hosts Ben Mankiewicz and Julie Salamon discussed Brian De Palma's career before and after the first three films (Bonfire, Obsession, and Sisters). Here are a couple of image captures from those discussions:


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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
SALAMON & MANKIEWICZ DISCUSS 'BONFIRE' PODCAST
REGARDING SALAMON'S STORY - "I THINK THE LESSON OUGHT TO BE THAT IT OUGHT TO HAPPEN MORE"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/bonfirefirstedition.jpg

John Soltes at Hollywood Soapbox posted an edited version of a recent press conference in which Julie Salamon and Ben Mankiewicz discussed the new season of the podcast The Plot Thickens, which is based on Salamon's book, The Devil's Candy:
On how Salamon got invited to the set …

JULIE SALAMON: I was working as a film critic back then. [Brian De Palma and I] met. We’d meet from time to time when he was in New York to talk about movies, and I had told him that I was interested in doing this kind of a book, similar to what Lillian Ross had done with Picture many years before in the ‘50s, following John Huston around. And when he signed on to do Bonfire, he thought that might be a good movie to do it on, and you know he was a little bit of a bomb thrower. He kind of like to rustle feathers in Hollywood, and I guess he thought I would be the person to do it. You know, obviously I think he might have thought differently if he would have known how the movie was going to end up, but without him, it wouldn’t have happened.

On what Salamon’s access ultimately inspired …

BEN MANKIEWICZ: She didn’t just have access. It’s what she did with the access. Like, other people have had access and bungled it or created something ordinary, so I mean part of the reason that we talk about this movie is because of what Julie did with it. And I’m not just trying… She already likes me, I think.

SALAMON: It’s true.

MANKIEWICZ: But I think that’s really critically important. … If [all] Hollywood directors and producers take away from The Devil’s Candy is that, oh, we can’t grant access like that, they’re missing the point. Then this would just be a blockbuster movie that disappointed. Now there’s an interesting story around it. … I think the lesson ought to be that it ought to happen more. …

SALAMON: Obviously there are gossipy elements to it, but for me I love seeing how things work and the organism. And making a movie is just such a huge, complicated enterprise — and to have access to all of it. And the truth is I was as interested in the sound guy that used coconuts to make the sound of horses’ hooves going as the movie stars. It was just riveting for me.

On whether Bonfire could ever be adapted into a successful movie …

SALAMON: Tom Wolfe said it right from the get-go. He always described his books as this series of slices of life, and interestingly enough, I’m sure that if somebody had been wanting to adapt it today, they would have done it as a limited series for television, which it’s probably more suited to because then you can really delve into all those individual characters. … I was actually on some kind of panel a few weeks ago, a podcast, where they were talking about The Bonfire of the Vanities, and that book itself has become a hot potato in a different way now because of all of the racial stuff in it that just today would be much harder to adapt for all kinds of sensitivities. Even though I think Tom Wolfe was doing a satire, I think it would be extremely difficult to adapt today for probably the same reasons that it was difficult to adapt 30 years ago, but with a 2021 variation on it. So, yeah, I think the book itself was really tough. On the other hand, I think it would make a terrific miniseries with all these great character actors playing those roles.


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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
TCM'S 'BONFIRE' PODCAST BEGINS - 'LIGHTING THE FIRE'
JULIE SALAMON REWINDS THE TAPE TO BRING 'THE DEVIL'S CANDY' TO 'THE PLOT THICKENS'

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