Elaine May will always be best known for her comedy with Mike Nichols and her screenwriting skills. However, as a director May is an uncompromising force who seemingly would do whatever it takes to get her vision on the screen. This episode looks at the great lengths May went to in order to get Mikey and Nicky, a lifelong passion project made, and what that lack of compromise cost her.
Author Patrick Cooper, director of photography/cameraman Jack Cooperman, and an unnamed crewmember help tell this story of a seemingly simple production that was anything but.
Check out Patrick Cooper's book Aren't You Gonna Die Someday?
Cock, Jay. Cinema: Hit Men. Time Magazine. January 31st, 1977.
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7. Strike It All30:09In 1982 British filmmakerJames Scott had made an Academy Award winning adaptation of a Graham Greene novella. Adapting another Greene novella, this time as a feature length film, seemed like a natural progression of things. He had Greene's blessing to take his novella Loser Takes All and turn into a film that would feature stage star Robert Lindsay and Molly Ringwald. He had every element in place. Almost. The only thing left was getting American distribution. And that was found when a deal was struck with Miramax. All that James Scott had to do in order to get his modest British comedy made was deal with a producer named Harvey Weinstein, who had a lot of ideas on how this film should be made.LinksJames Scott's WebsiteSourcesRizov, Vadim. The Legend of Harvey Scissorhands. MTV.com, August 9, 2013.https://www.mtv.com/news/zs4qqu/harvey-weinstein-snowpiercer-cutsRingwald, Molly. All The Other Harvey Weinsteins. The New Yorker, October 17, 2017.https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/all-the-other-harveysRobert Lindsay: 'Monster' Weinstein blacklisted me. BBC.com, November 9, 2017.https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-41927167Connelly, Christopher. The Heartbreak Kid. Premiere Magazine, July 1990.
5. Blake Edwards Strikes Again29:44The death of actor Peter Sellers in 1980 also seemed like the death of the Pink Panther film series. Instead, director Blake Edwards decided it was a new beginning. A beginning of numerous lawsuits, several flops, and one unseen television pilot. Author John LeMay and actor Charlie Schlatter help tell the story of what happened when Blake Edwards kept trying to keep the Panther on the hunt. SourcesBooksLeMay, John. Trailing the Pink Panther Films: An Unauthorized Guide to the Pink Panther Series. Bicep Books, January, 2022.Oldham, Gabriella. Blake Edwards: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi, December, 2017.Wasson, Sam. A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards. Wesleyan University Press, July, 2011.Articles"Seller’s Widow Wins $1 Million Damages Over Panther Film" AP News. AP Services, May 24, 1985. https://apnews.com/article/39ab5abec851ab132d99965780aa6a7e"Film maker Blake Edwards filed a $180 million lawsuit..." UPI Archives. September 28, 1983. https://www.upi.com/Archives/1983/09/28/Film-maker-Blake-Edwards-filed-a-180-million-lawsuit/1090433569600/"BLAKE EDWARDS SUED BY MGM/UA" New York Times. Aljean Harmetz. April 17, 1984. https://www.nytimes.com/1984/04/17/movies/blake-edwards-sued-by-mgm-ua.htmlLinksClosing Night: Victor Victoria episodeTranscription Available at The Industry Podcast website.
4. Alan Dean Foster44:07Alan Dean Foster is an accomplished author in his own right, but in this episode of The Industry, he shares his process of writing movie novelizations and some of the more interesting novelizations he's done. From Star Wars, Alien, The Thing, The Black Hole, and even a very special episode of Maude, Alan shares many of his experiences in this unique writing world. LinksDan Delgado on Twitter and BlueskyVisit Alan Dean Foster's websiteAlan Dean Foster's Memoir of his novelization work
3. Novelizations 10137:00Back in the 1970s and 80s if you walked into a bookstore you would undoubtedly had seen whatever the newest movie was in theaters sitting on a display in book form. The movie novelization is a world unto itself. We take a look at what it takes to adapt a movie to a novel, why the differences can be interesting, and get into why they exist in the first place. With insight from novelization experts Alan Dean Foster and Tim Waggoner, podcast host Paxton Holley, and filmmaker Whit Stillman, the rare filmmaker who has novelized his own films.LinksDan Delgado on Twitter and BlueskyListen to Paxton Holley's I Read Movies PodcastVisit Tim Waggoner's websiteVisit Alan Dean Foster's websiteBuy Whit Stillman's books If you like the show you can support by clicking here: Buy Me A Coffee.
2. Unmade Hitchcock37:49By the 1960's director Alfred Hitchcock was at the absolute height of his powers. He had reached the point where he could make any movie he wanted. Yet as the decade rolled on. Hitchcock seemingly had project after project he had developed not blossom into a feature film. What was keeping Hitchcock from making the movies he really wanted to make? We attempt to answer this question with help from HitchCon's Joel Gunz and author Shawn Levy.Links:Listen to Lew Wasserman's story on Glitter and Might: Glitter and Might (pod.link)Check out HitchCon '23: HitchCon International Alfred Hitchcock ConferenceKaleidescope Test Footage: Alfred Hitchcock's Kaleidoscope Footage - YouTubeHitchcock documentary: Hitchcock - Reputations - YouTubeIf you like the show you can support it by clicking here: Buy Me A Coffee.
Two (More) From History Daily31:46Presenting two episodes from Noiser and Airship's podcast History Daily. On History Daily, they do history, daily. Every weekday, Lindsay Graham (American Scandal, American History Tellers) takes you back in time to explore a momentous moment that happened ‘on this day’ in history. First up it’s. The First Flight of the Wright Brothers:December 17, 1903. Orville and Wilbur Wright achieve the first powered, sustained and controlled airplane flight in history.Then it's The Spruce Goose Takes Flight:November 2, 1947. American aviator Howard Hughes risks his life and reputation by taking to the skies in the largest aircraft ever built: the Spruce Goose.Learn more about History Daily.
1. The Lost Picture Show: How Peter Bogdanovich's Final Cut Was Lost and Found33:43Peter Bogdanovich's final film, She's Funny That Way, came and went and barely anyone seemed to notice. However, it wasn't the movie he really made. What Peter actually filmed was a black and white screwball comedy called Squirrels to the Nuts. What happened is a typical story. The movie didn't test well and the studio changed the film completely, and no surprise the studio version bombed anyway. The original version? That was believed lost to history.Or so we thought. A few years later, James Kenney (possibly the world's biggest Bogdanovich fan) found the original version in tact. On eBay. This episode features James Kenney, documentarian Bill Teck, and Louise Stratten (Peter's ex-wife and Squirrels co-screenwriter) all helping to tell this story which seems to have an actual Hollywood Ending. Sources:Peter Bogdanovich Had a Vision for This Film. Now It’s Finally Being Seen. - The New York Times (nytimes.com)“You Saved One of My Best Pictures”: My Adventures with Peter Bogdanovich and his Lost, Last Picture Show – Tremble…Sigh…Wonder… (tremblesighwonder.com)
Season 5 Trailer01:03A new season of The Industry with Dan Delgado is coming soon. More stories of overlooked film history. This season features a lost and found director's cut, the show going on and on without it's star, the biggest director in Hollywood consistantly not getting his movies made, and the joys of movie novelizations.