In a discovery that would make Inspector Clouseau proud, two long-lost short films starring Peter Sellers have been found in Southend, England and will be screened next year at a local film festival. Those will be the first public showings of Dearth Of A Salesman and Insomnia Is Good For You in over 50 years. The 30-minute movies were made in 1957, seven years before Sellers would make an Oscar-nominated turn in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb. It’s thought that Sellers used the recovered pictures as show reels while segueing from radio to movies. According to the BBC, they were originally found in a London dumpster in 1996 by a building manager who took them home and stocked them away without realizing what the 21 film cans contained. During a recent clear-out of his house, Robert Farrow rediscovered them and learned of the Sellers movies. Stephen Podgorney of Southend-based Dimwittie Films tells me he is now researching the films which are being digitally restored. “It’s a big task as so little is known.” However, it is believed that Dearth Of A Salesman features Judith Wyler, the daughter of director William Wyler, and both films were co-written by Oscar-winner Mordecai Richler. The Southend Film Festival will host the screenings on May 1st. Here are two clips that Dimwittie provided to Deadline:
Insomnia Is Good For You:
Dearth Of A Salesman:
Jerry Bruckheimer on Thursday became the first producer ever honored by the American Cinematheque, feted by some of the biggest names in show business who joined together to pay tribute a man whose name has become synonymous with big-box-office action movies. And because of it, he’s also one of the few filmmakers who has the distinction of being an international brand.
“No one is more shocked than myself that I am standing here tonight just having received this prestigious award, surrounded by Hollywood royalty not to mention a dame and a knight,” said Bruckheimer, referring to two of his presenters Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ben Kingsley, who celebrated the evening with him. The producer thanked his former partner, the late Don Simpson, and also Tony Scott, “a true visual genius whose energy and unique vision set the standard for high-voltage filmmaking.”
The evening at the Beverly Hilton was interspersed with clips from so many of the movies that has defined his career and contributed to his phenomenal $11.2 billion in worldwide box office: American Gigolo, Flashdance, Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Remember the Titans, Black Hawk Down, and franchise hits Beverly Hills Cop and Pirates of the Caribbean, to name a few.
Jon Voight, who has been in five of his films, pointed out how many thousands of people in the entertainment industry Bruckheimer has employed during his 40 years of moviemaking, something not lost on the audience. “What I really can’t believe is that it’s been 40 years,” said Bruckheimer, the 27th recipient of the award, who gave credit to all the people he had collaborated with over the years.
Bruce Willis, star of the Bruckheimer-produced and Michael Bay-directed 1998 hit Armageddon, presented the award after a heartfelt thank you to “a generous and gracious man.” Willis, Voight, Cuba Gooding Jr., hockey greats Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille, Armie Hammer, Marg Helgenberger, Jon Turteltaub, Hans Zimmer, and Diane Warren came onstage one by one to introduce clips.
One of the evening’s highlights was when Terri Nunn of the band Berlin sang “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun. Warren introduced the array of other unforgettable hit music from Bruckheimer films that became synonymous with the films they appeared in, including “Danger Zone” (Top Gun), “Call Me” (American Gigolo), “Maniac” and “What a Feeling” (Flashdance), “The Heat Is On” (Beverly Hills Cop), “Gangsta’s Paradise” (Dangerous Minds).
Those who spoke on tape, including Depp, Cruise and Cage, spoke about Bruckheimer’s fierce loyalty.
“From the very beginning when it felt like Vesuvius was about to come down on us and all this hellfire and brimstone from the very hoity-toity kind of type or two at Disney, Jerry was right there for me and protected me,” said Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp. “Basically, a number of Disney types or two would have liked to see me replaced at Disney … fired … and were talking about putting in subtitles in for Captain Jack and couldn’t understand what the character was or who he was or why he was and why I was playing it that way, and they were quite upset. Jerry stuck by me the whole way, as did Dick Cook at Disney. He’s the great protector. He’s quite a force to experience and a very creative force as well. If I had my druthers, I’d just work from Jerry from now to doomsday.”
Several celebs talked about Bruckheimer’s intense work ethic, and National Treasure director Turteltaub poked fun, saying: “I remember one day when we were making National Treasure , he let me come into the editing room,” which got a big laugh. “He taught me how to make a $200 million movie … you start with $100 million. … Oh, the Paramount table just threw up a little bit.”
Bruckheimer just signed a three-year first look deal with Paramount Pictures last week, leaving his Disney home to return to the studio where he and Simpson started together.
Bay thanked Bruckheimer for taking him under his wing at age 26 and said he had the greatest moments in his career with him. He jokingly blamed Jerry’s wife Linda for the idea he had to write film critic Peter Travers when Travers slammed his movie. “Linda called him a hack and demanded that I write Travers a letter,” said Bay. “Thank you, Linda. Since then I’ve won the worst director of the decade.” Gretzky also poked good fun at Linda Bruckheimer remembering, “In 1988, Jerry came to his first hockey game and Jerry watched the game … and Linda read a book.”
Cruise talked about the characteristic calm that Bruckheimer is known for. He talked about their first day of shooting on the 1990 racing film Days of Thunder and how he and director Tony Scott and Bruckheimer were watching the scene, getting wide shots of the first race. There were about 30 cars going around the track at 180 mph; they rounded the bend and suddenly there was a multi-car crash. “And half of the cars were totaled, and this was before CGI and special effects” so there was no way easy fix … “and you, me and Tony were standing there in silence. And you just turned to me and said, ‘It’s OK. We’ll figure it out.’ ”
Of course, car chases, explosions and blowing things up are characteristic of his films. In accepting his award, even Bruckheimer joked about it, quoting Winston Churchill: “We will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed,” which got a laugh. He went onto describe some of the things and cities he has demolished in his films: Grand Central Station, the Eiffel Tower, the Las Vegas Strip, Alcatraz, Shanghai, Paris – “and that just covers three films.”
Helgenberger introduced a clip of Bruckheimer’s successful television programs, saying that “when CSI debuted, no one had any idea he was going to change the face of television. After 14 seasons, it’s the most-watched television show on the planet.” That introduced a series of clips that included the many incarnations of the CSI shows, The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and Hostages.
Cage noted that he has done seven films with Bruckheimer “and only one was a sequel, so no one can accuse us of sequelitis.” Gooding led a moment of silence for the troops abroad before showing a clip of military movies. More than once, actors cited Bruckheimer’s close ties with the military and even “a five-star general.”
Bruckheimer ended by thanking his old studio and his new studio bosses Robert Iger and Brad Grey, his wife and his daughter Alexandra.
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a nonprofit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is expanding its blockbuster “Spider-Man” franchise with new projects including “Venom” and “The Sinister Six,” the studio announced Thursday night via ElectroArrives.com.
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write “Venom,” which Kurtzman will direct, while Drew Goddard will write “The Sinister Six” with an eye to direct the film, which focuses on the villains in Peter Parker’s universe.
The character Venom debuted in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3,” where he was played by Topher Grace.
Meanwhile, Kurtzman, Orci and Jeff Pinkner will write “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which Sony hopes Marc Webb will return to direct. The studio plans to start production next fall in advance of a June 10, 2016 release. A fourth “Amazing Spider-Man” movie will hit theaters on May 4, 2018.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce the films, which will continue to build on the cinematic foundation established in the first two “Amazing Spider-Man” movies. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of the films for the studio.
Kurtzman, Orci, Pinkner, Solomon and Goddard join Arad, Tolmach and Webb as members of the franchise’s brain trust, which will maintain the brand and develop a consistent tone throughout the “Spider-Man” universe.
“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in ’The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have the uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films,” said Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad.
Goddard recently signed on to write and direct the pilot for Marvel’s Netflix series “Daredevil,” while Solomon co-wrote the surprise hit “Now You See Me.”
Universe building is all the rage amongst studios these days, with Joss Whedon overseeing Marvel’s cinematic universe for Disney and Simon Kinberg shepherding the “X-Men” franchise for 20th Century Fox. Warner Bros. is working closely with screenwriter David Goyer on its DC Comics properties.
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One thing you can always be certain of when you’re watching ABC’s “Scandal” is that every answer only really creates several more questions. Thus was the case with Thursday’s midseason finale.
We left off with Olivia (Kerry Washington) wondering if she had just helped a murderous terrorist escape capture. And Quinn (Katie Lowes) had just made her own escape from torture at the hands of Huck (Guillermo Diaz) by the skin of her teeth – literally. And meanwhile, the VP had just found out that her husband’s penchant for men had spilled over into her career life when he had sex with Cyrus’ (Jeff Perry).
So, what did “Scandal” answer before going into its two month hiatus?
1. Who is Quinn loyal to?
Despite landing back in bed with B6-13 agent, Charlie (George Newbern), we learned that Quinn was on a mission to take down Rowan. That was foiled and she had to make a decision. She ended up back at Pope & Associates, but Huck had no apologies waiting for her. Instead, he pulled her gladiator status.
2. Is Olivia’s mom really evil?
Despite some argument on behalf of Maya by Abby (Darby Stanchfield), Maya falls in the evil column for now. I reserve the right to pull this reasoning later. Who knows? There could be more to the story of the bombed plane. Or, the dead airline crew on the Hong Kong-bound plane. Maya could still be running for her life with someone out there dead set on framing her and keeping her quiet. Rowan refused to tell Olivia the reasoning for his imprisonment of Maya for more than two decades. And, no one on “Scandal,” or any good drama for that matter, is truly 100 percent bad.
3. How will Sally Langston (Kate Burton) deal with her homosexual, philandering husband?
She’s a smart and ambitious woman. We knew that. But, that also means she’ll do anything to get what she wants. In the face of her husband’s threat to leave her, Sally repeatedly impaled him with a letter opener. Without skipping a beat, she called Cyrus first. Surprising at first, we then figured out that she did it because she knew he would feel some responsibility for Daniel’s (Jack Coleman) death. She was right. The White House got you, boo. Let the presidential campaigning begin. But, wait, she’s not in the clear. A recording of her confession to Cyrus has landed on David’s desk. It remains to be seen what he does with it.
4. Are Cyrus and James (Dan Bucatinsky) done-zo?
It wasn’t looking too good after Cyrus used James as a political pawn and James then took it to a whole other level. But, James is always looking to feel important. So, he has laid down an ultimatum: He won’t leave Cyrus if he’s made the president’s press secretary. Of course, that appointment isn’t going to look shady at all to the outside world… But, Cyrus will do it. And although James can’t promise his love, I think Cyrus knows that if he can keep James around there’s always a chance.
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5. Why is Jake (Scott Foley) still around?
It didn’t seem as if showrunner Shonda Rhimes had anything major planned for Jake after making Scott Foley a series regular, but things have changed. Rowan virtually dared Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) to try and stop him, what with that amazing “you’re a boy” lecture. But, I knew Rowan’s constant taunts that the operations of B6-13 were above his pay grade wouldn’t sit well with Fitz. And in the end, he found some way to displace Rowan as the head of the black ops organization with Jake. Nicely played, Fitz.
What questions do you still have after watching “Scandal’s” winter finale?
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