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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Mood:  quizzical
Now Playing: Bert gives us a peek, and some other updates to the site

Gordon's got us Covered!

I spoke again with Mr. Bert I Gordon, and he resent an image regarding the cover of his upcoming Autobiography, which you can see to the left. Nice job, Bert. As explained before, can't wait to read it.

Spruced up the ol' homestead

Well, as not a whole lot had been done to the site, I went in over the last week and updated a few things. Here are some recent changes made to the Information section:

  1. In the Publicity section, cleared up a color issue with the Movie Trailer graphic, added a better link feature to the audio clips of the film's promotional materials, and added a graphic that appeared in a TV Guide regarding the film.

  2. In Home Video, added an image of the Beta-Max release box, and the second DVD release from MGM, pairing the film with Bert I Gordon's Attack of the Puppet People.

  3. In Merchandise, I added a new image regarding the film having a Blu-Ray release, and the idea of the film having been made into a game for the Atari 2600 video game console.

  4. In Name Brands, the mystery over what type of record player Mike and Nancy were using has finally been solved! Special thanks goes to River Huntingdon who provided more information about the player, and sent us some photos of his same model, though with a red/white color combination.

  5. In Vehicles, we have found a 2-page bit from Barris' Kustom City, about their work on the film, including a special stunt during the hot rod confrontation with Fred.

  6. I reorganized some of the information under the Effects section, added some more pictures, and effects information regarding some props using special platforms and wire-work.

Posted by weird2/villageoftheg at 4:27 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 August 2009 5:58 PM CDT
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Saturday, 8 August 2009

Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Talking to Bert I Gordon, Gail Gerber's book, and a couple images

Well, it's been a little over 2 years, and news has been a little slow. So, here's some news tidbits.


Talking to The Notorious B.I.G.

 I was surprised recently to receive an email from Mr. Bert I Gordon. I helped provide Bert with an image or two for his upcoming Autobiography. The cover looks nice, and it will be interesting to read what Bert has to say about some of his other films, such as Tormented, which was one of the first films of his I saw before Village of the Giants. I'll be sure to let everyone know once his book has been published.

Gail Gerber's latest book release with Tom Lisanti

The Unofficial Village of the Giants webpage owes some gratitude to Mr. Tom Lisanti, whose books on 60's starlets helped us to find information in regards to several of the film's starlets. One starlet who stands out is Gail Gerber, of whom we have honored with a fan gallery. A few months ago, Gail and Tom finally completed their project: The memoirs of Gail's time with Terry Southern, the author of the book Candy, and writer of such films as Easy Rider & Dr. Strangelove.

 I have currently ordered Gail and Tom's book, and look forward to reading more about one of my favorite actresses from Village of the Giants.

Comments from Village of the Giants' screenwriter

Through the power of Google Books,  I found an interview of Alan Caillou, the screenwriter for Village of the Giants. You can find out more information by visiting the following link: http://books.google.com/books?id=tMBYAIrVGNgC&pg=RA1-PA49&lpg=RA1-PA49&dq=village+of+the+giants+screenplay&source=bl&ots=R-WwZEShF5&sig=L-0_Sj4TWHbDmzokLkxXMlHVE1Y&hl=en&ei=9vJ4SrHdA4ndlAfP8oCZBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10#v=onepage&q=&f=false , which is an excerpt from the book
Science Fiction and Fantasy Flashbacks by Tom Weaver.

 3 New Keybook Images

 I recently uploaded 3 new images to our Photos section. One of interest is a caricature of several characters from the film. The piece was done by artist Sam Norkin, which takes some visual cues from the artistic stylings of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.


Posted by weird2/villageoftheg at 5:33 AM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 8 August 2009 5:42 AM CDT
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Saturday, 1 December 2007

Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: Of Fanart, Glamour Girls, and the End of the Road.


 I'm a bit of an internet junkie, but usually, the internet doesn't provide everything one is looking for. One such case was my search for some good fanart of Village of the Giants. Perusing through DeviantArt one day, I was shocked to find some Mystery Science Theater 3000 art by
*jbwarner86. Along with some WB-inspired art, he had also done a great piece that you can see a preview of here (thanks to *jbwarner86 for letting me post it).

The image contains some nice cartoon likenesses of Tim Rooney, Beau Bridges, Joy Harmon, Tommy Kirk, Charla Doherty & 'Ronnie' Howard. I have to say, that other than the little image on the Aunt Joy's Cakes site, this is probably the only other caricature I've ever seen of Harmon. Thank you *jbwarner86, for making us laugh about love...again. :)

You can see the full image at *jbwarner86's page, by clicking on the image above.


The Glitz and the Glamour

 Sometimes, life gets away from me, and I lose track of time. Unfortunately, I didn't get around to mentioning the release of Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood when it debuted in early October.

 Our good buddy Tom Lisanti has oublished a new book with over 75 profiles, including our very own Vicki London. With Glamour Girl, Tom has interviewed each of the lovely giantesses from Village of the Giants.  Tom's latest book has also garnered praise, such as this:

"...a fascinating look at many of Hollywood’s most beautiful and overlooked talents." - Kimberly Lindbergs, Cinebeats

For more information, please be sure to visit Tom's webpage at http://www.sixtiescinema.com 


Gail goes back to college in her Fan Gallery

And on a final note, I'm pleased to say that I have finally been able to procure images from all of Gail Gerber's onscreen film appearances. Last month, I was able to find a copy of The End of The Road, a film starring Stacy Keach and James Earl Jones. The film was co-written and produced by Gail's friend Terry Southern, who also wrote Dr Strangelove & Easy Rider. A very powerful film. It's so powerful, that I'm not sure I could ever write a summary that could do it justice. The film will really make you think on several levels.

In the film, Stacy Keach's character teaches a college class, of which Gail is one of the students. Though during one lesson, Gail is more enamored with rolling a joint, than listening to Keach's lecture.

You can find more images of Gail's appearance in The End of The Road by clicking on the photo above.

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Friday, 31 August 2007
Gail's fan gallery gets a slight makeover
Mood:  cheeky

Well, it's so odd, that inspiration can strike at the least likely moment. When I got home tonight, I was looking over the publicity shot that Tom Lisanti sent me, which depicted Gail and two other girls from the Elvis Presley film, 'Girl Happy.'

However, I was faced with a strange problem-where to place this great color photo (one of the few actual color publicity stills I've seen of Gail) without ruining the design asthetic. And then it hit me: let's create a scrapbook! And so, the current images next to Gail's filmography have now been replaced with the cover to the newest feature to Gail's fan gallery.

I designed a nice little cover using Photoshop (btw, the dark pink and black colors are in homage to my high school's colors) , and some inner pages that can be accesed once you click on the book. The pages are layed out as if someone had saved the items in a scrapbook, and typed out the information, and then taped them to the pages. Having had a scrapbook, it's easy to build from experience.

And finally, I went through and added two more banners into the site, setting it up so that each page (that can) will have a unique banner. Each one of course, features a quote from Gail Gerber, Joy Harmon, and Tisha Sterling, that were featured in Tom Lisanti's books. But wait a minute, you may be thinking, what about our gal pal Vicki London? Well, Tom has finally completed the circle, and Vicki will be featured in an interview in Tom's upcoming book, Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood. Once I get a chance to review Tom's book, I figure Vicki will join our three other girls in the banner ads, and then all will be well.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2007
The King Returns to DVD-and so does Gail Gerber
Mood:  cool


I apologize as news has gotten relatively slow since my explosion of interviews earlier this year. However, for those who are fans of Gail Gerber, two of the films she starred in have been rereleased (one of them for the first time on Region 1 DVD).

Earlier this month, Warner Home Video released several major titles featuring the films of Elvis Presley. Gail Gerber starred in two of these titles: the 1965 film Girl Happy, and then later that year in Harum Scarum. Both are widely available, and can be found at local DVD stores, and online at places such as Amazon.com.

Special thanks to our good friend Tom Lisanti at Sixties Cinema for supplying this image of Gail. The full image will be added shortly to Gail's Fan Gallery.

Posted by weird2/villageoftheg at 4:01 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 17 January 2010 3:35 PM CST
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Sunday, 25 March 2007
Updates to begin pouring in (Part 4)-Joe Turkel's interview is now up.
Mood:  caffeinated
Hello again,

Today, I post the last of my (current) interviews to the site. When I attended the Hollywood Autograph & Collector's Show last month, I got to ask a few questions with Joe Turkel. Joe has appeared in 3 of Bert I Gordon's films, and it was nice to be able to ask him a few questions about his role in Village of the Giants. You can read Joe's Q&A in the 'Interviews' section of the 'Information' link.

I've also gone in and alphabetized the folder images in the 'Interviews' page. I plan to see if I can get ahold of several more people to interview in the coming weeks. If any new interviews come up, I'll post the info here in the Blog.

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Sunday, 18 March 2007
Updates to begin pouring in (Part 3)-Bert I Gordon's interview is now up.
Mood:  lazy
Now Playing: Plus, Quentin Tarantino brings Nitzsche back.

I apologize as it has been awhile. But as they say: good things are worth waiting for. Today, I have finally posted my Q&A with Village of the Giants creator, Bert I Gordon. You will find it in the Interviews section of our Information page.

In mid-February, I journeyed out to California, and did an interview with Bert during the Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show. It was a pleasant experience, and was great to finally meet Bert I Gordon, and his daughter, Susan.

While I was there, I also asked a few questions to Joe Turkel. Joe's Q&A session will be coming soon as well.

On another note, I found some interesting news, from Solace in Cinema.

To some of us, Jack Nitzsche's music was a staple of Village of the Giants, and none moreso than his deep-bass rhythms that accompanied the shimmying and shaking of the giant teenagers as they danced in the Hainesville park. The track was titled The Last Race, and has been chosen as one of several tracks from the 60's and 70's that Quentin Tarantino will be using in the soundtrack to his next film.

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are combining forces to produce a double-feature film titled Grindhouse, which will open on April 6. The film is an homage to the double-features of the 70's and 80's. Tarantino's half of the double-bill will focus on a film titled Death Proof, in which an insane stuntman stalks and kills beautiful women with his car. Given that summary, it makes perfect sense for Nitzsche's song The Last Race to be included in the soundtrack.

The soundtrack will be released on April 3, with a total of 16 music tracks.

Posted by weird2/villageoftheg at 2:25 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007 9:28 PM CDT
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Saturday, 3 March 2007
Come and compare the Final Draft to the Finished film!
Mood:  chillin'
Now Playing: My observations on Alan Caillou's script are now available.
It's been a little while since my last update. To make a long story short, let's just say that work and some intense pain at home have kept me at bay for a little while.

But tonight, I've finally completed another little update. If you access the 'Comparison' link in the 'Information' section of our site, you will find the script-to-film comparison for Village of the Giants. This page was one of the three reasons I made my pilgrimage to California in February. What I found in the screenplay was quite interesting, and made you wonder what could have been done if technology had been a bit more advanced in the mid 60's to pull off several sequences. In the page, you'll find new characters, scenes that were shortened, others that were used, and much more.

The other two reasons for my California trip will be coming shortly. I am right now transcribing my Q&A with Bert I Gordon, and once I am finished, I will then be posting a short Q&A I had with Joe Turkel.

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Monday, 19 February 2007
Updates to begin pouring in (Part 2)-the first of our 3 interviews is now up!
Now Playing: The long awaited interview with Vicki London has arrived!
Greetings to all! As of today, an event that I have been dangling over everyone's heads for the past several months has finally come to pass. As of today, The long-awaited Q&A with Vicki London (now Victoria Feldman) is now available in the 'Interviews' section of our 'Information' page.

Vicki shares her experiences on the film, and answers the biggest question of all: where did she go during 3/4 of the film?

Plus, stay tuned to our site over the next 2 weeks, as we will be adding several other updates as well. We will also be adding a new interview next week and the week after. Next week will feature the Q&A I held with Mr Bert I Gordon at the Hollywood Autograph and Collector's show, and the week after will feature a Q&A I held with Mr. Joseph Turkel.

For being such a short month, February is going to prove to be a 'big' event for our webpage.

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Sunday, 18 February 2007
Updates to begin pouring in (Part 1)-and a big ol' WHOOPSIE!
Mood:  on fire
Well, the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind for me, that I had been building up to over the past month.

On Friday, I set off for Burbank, CA, to attend the Hollywood Autograph and Collector's show. I was planning to try and get in some words with Mr Bert I Gordon, as well as Joe Turkel. However, that was my routine for Saturday. On Friday, I was on another mission.

After winding through Burbank and into Beverly Hills, I made my way to the Merriam Herrick Library. The reason? Well, according to fellow VOTG fan D.C. Letcher, this library contained a copy of the film's script.

After getting my library pass and checking out the script, I felt like the reporter in the beginning of 'Citizen Kane,' when he sits down to read Mr Thatcher's memoirs. I had been looking forward to this moment for over a year.

The script was hardbound in a goldenrod-yellow color. The script was stamped with the name 'Frank Caffey,' who was the Production Manager on the film. The script was dated as a 'Final Draft on April 13, 1965. The final draft was printed on white pages. Throughout the script, there were several revised pages, printed in blue and dated April 19, 1965.

While I would have loved to have photocopied every single page of the 135 page piece, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prohibited the photocopying of unpublished material (and unfortunately, I didn't have a laptop and at least 5 days to copy it all down).

However, I will be posting an article in the coming weeks about the differences between the final draft and the finished film.

And for a grand example of getting egg on my face, our very own Vicki London pointed out a major error that even passed me by. For years, I had wondered why I couldn't find much information on Kevin O'Neil. What made this problematic, was that Kevin's last name was actually spelled O'Neal! Kevin has actually had a pretty big career, and the O'Neals seem to be a pretty good-sized acting family (Kevin is actually Tatum O'Neal's uncle). Once again, we applaud Vicki for helping us out. Who knows what she'll find next (hopefully not the myriad spelling errors that we've been meaning to correct since day 56).

Posted by weird2/villageoftheg at 4:17 PM CST
Updated: Monday, 19 February 2007 2:23 AM CST
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