The Industry
Behold… The Apple!

Behold… The Apple!

March 17, 2020

When Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan wanted to break into Hollywood he went all in on an over the top disco musical. Unfortunately by 1980, when his movie was released, disco was dead and the reaction to his flashy new film didn’t go according to plan.

Bonus Episode: A Very Special Presentation

Bonus Episode: A Very Special Presentation

December 16, 2019

Slow, melancholy, and the true meaning of Christmas. It might sound more like a December mass at a local church but it's actually commonly used description of a beloved holiday classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas. 

In this bonus episode we go over how this timeless tale, that was originally as wanted as a withered Charlie Brown tree, became to be the enduring classic it's considered today.

A Not So New Hope

A Not So New Hope

November 6, 2019

Patrick Read Johnson first wrapped on his autobiographical film 5-25-77 back in 2004. The title refers to the day Star Wars was released and how it changed his life. In the years since then he's be working to get the picture finished his own way. In 2019 he's almost there. 

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How To Slice A Sicilian

How To Slice A Sicilian

October 23, 2019

Director Michael Cimino has a complicated history. As Oscar and Razzie winner who only made seven films, Cimino frequently found himself struggling with producers to get his vision out. 

When the producers of The Sicilian felt his version was too long he used his final cut clause to give them something else. It wasn't a good idea. 

 

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The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka

The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka

October 9, 2019

Jamaa Fanaka was the most prolific college filmmaker of all time. Once he left college he found Hollywood to not be so inclusive. He decided to fight the industry with a series of lawsuits that would ultimately cost him his career. 

Filmmakers Zeinabu Davis, Lexi Alexander, and Maria Giese help tell this story along with Jamaa's attorney Irving Meyer. 

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He Really Was That Masked Man

He Really Was That Masked Man

September 25, 2019

On paper it was a great idea. Bringing the iconic character of The Lone Ranger to the silver screen should have brought with it good feelings of classic television, Americana, and just plain ole nostalgia. However, when producers decided to ice out Clayton Moore, the man who was behind the mask for years on television, they found themselves in fight with the Lone Ranger fan base itself. On the set of the new Lone Ranger movie issues also abound with the new masked man. 

Dawn Moore, Clayton Moore's daughter and actor Michael Horse help tell this story of nostalgia gone wrong. 

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No Mr. Bond, I Expect You In Court

No Mr. Bond, I Expect You In Court

September 11, 2019

The James Bond series has been going for over 50 years. In that time the MI:6 agent has fought many villains. However, for many fans of the series, 007's greatest villain might have been off screen. Producer Kevin McClory helped create the "cinematic Bond" and then spent most of the rest of his life trying to claim him for himself. 

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The (Almost, But Not Quite) Return of Billy Jack

The (Almost, But Not Quite) Return of Billy Jack

August 28, 2019

In the 1970's actor Tom Laughlin helped change the industry with his advertising and distribution ideas for his Billy Jack series. In the 1980's he planned a comeback movie and another potential industry game changer, this time for home video. It did not go according to plan. 

Robin Hutton, Laughlin's former assistant and an author, helps the story of Laughlin's attempted return. 

 

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The Dino De Laurentiis Million Dollar Giveaway

The Dino De Laurentiis Million Dollar Giveaway

August 14, 2019

Robertino Yanzanny was just a teenager in Puerto Rico when he fell in love with the movies and developed an admiration for super producer Dino De Laurentiis.

De Laurentiis left a huge impression in The Industry. Big successes and big flops and big risks were his standard. When Dino opened his own studio in the 1980s things did not go exactly according to plan. Then he had an idea. It involved garbage bags. 

Yanzanny helps tell the story of what it was like to work with De Laurentiis during this time and his encounter with De Laurentiis after he had died. 

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The Great Gleason Pivot

The Great Gleason Pivot

July 31, 2019

Jackie Gleason is an entertainment legend. He's one guy who truly did it all. Movies, Broadway, conducted his own orchestra (!), and most of all television. He was The Great One, after all. That doesn't mean the guy didn't make mistakes. In 1961 Gleason made a huge mistake when, after a couple of years away from television, he made a highly anticipated return with what turned out to be a ridiculous game show. What he did next was unheard of.

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