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RIP Sid Caesar (1922 - 2014) PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Projectionist   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:33

Sid Caesar - Click to View Larger... Sid Caesar - Click to View Larger...Sad news for the entertainment community today, as television comedy pioneer Sid Caesar has passed away. He was 91.

Caesar was the youngest of three sons born to Jewish immigrants living in Yonkers, New York. Sid's father, Max had emigrated from Poland, while his mother Ida was originally from the Russian Empire. The "Caesar" moniker had been given to Max by an immigration official on Ellis Island.

Caesar's parents ran a 24-hour lunchonette where Sid waited tables, and that was where Sid learned to mimic the rhythm and accents of the diverse clientele. Caesar referred to it as "double-talk," a "skill" he would use throughout his long and successful comedy career.

Sid's older brother David was his comedic cohort and cheering section, often creating comedic skits they performed for the family.

At the age of fourteen, Sid became a saxaphonist, working at resorts in the Catskill Mountains. There, he occassionally performed in comedic sketches.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 16:46
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Sci-Fi Movie Remakes Done Right: The Crowdsourced Remake of RoboCop PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Projectionist   
Monday, 10 February 2014 17:10

Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger...Sure, there's an authorized remake of RoboCop premiering later this week, but can we be sure they didn't screw it up? 

The remake we're presenting to you today is guaranteed to be screwed up, and we're not sure it should be any other way.

From Our RoboCop Remake:

Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced film project based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic. Connected through various filmmaking channels (including Channel 101) we're 50 filmmakers (amateur and professional) from Los Angeles and New York who have split the original RoboCop into individual pieces and have remade the movie ourselves. Not necessarily a shot-for-shot remake, but a scene-for-scene retelling. As big fans of the original RoboCop, and as filmmakers and film fans admittedly rolling our eyes at the Hollywood remake machine, we've elected to do this remake thing our own way.

Our RoboCop Remake premiered in Los Angeles on January 26th and New York on February 5th. On February 6th, it was released online.

Because if anyone is going to ruin RoboCop, it's us.

We haven't had a chance to watch the entire thing, but what we have watched has had us rolling on the floor. 

We now present - "Our RoboCop Remake." well, not OUR RoboCop Remake, because we didn't do it. It was these other guys see, and we just found it on the Internet, and... Ah, screw it, I'd buy this for a dollar!

Our RoboCop Remake - (Full Movie) from DaveAOK on Vimeo.


Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 17:23
 
Sunday Night at the Movies: Dr. Giggles (1992) PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Projectionist   
Sunday, 09 February 2014 17:22

Sunday Night at the Movies: Dr. Giggles (1992) - The psychopathic son of a mass-murdering doctor, escapes from his mental institution to seek revenge on the town where his father was caught. The giggling doctor kills his victims with a surgical theme. His goal being to give one of the townfolk a heart transplant. (IMDB)

The 1992 slasher film was directed by Manny Coto, and starred Larry Drake as the titular antagonist and Holly Marie Combs as the protagonist. The film co-stars Cliff De Young and Glenn Quinn. It was released on October 23, 1992.

 
An Indiegogo Project That Deserves Our Support: OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Projectionist   
Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:16

We stumbled across an Indiegogo project that we think deserves attention from all Blaxploitation fans - hell, fans of any type of '70s drive-in type cinema. Fred "The Hammer" Williamson has lunched a project to get the production of a sequel to "Original Gangstas" launched.

The Old School Gangstas website says it's an: "exciting sequel to 1996's ORIGINAL GANGSTAS, which re-united Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Now, they're back! Forget THE EXPENDABLES, the old school has returned to kick @$$ and take names! "

The flick will be written, directed by, and starring Fred Williamson, OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS will not only bring back Brown, Grier, and Roundtree: they will be joined by Bernie Casey, Gloria Hendry, Antonio Fargas, and Robert Forster.

This is a movie that HAS to be produced! Any fan of the great Blaxploitation flicks of the '70s will have to be excited to sede those names all in one movie!

Here's how it works:

For production to happen we will need $1,200,000. With a cast of this caliber, the bulk of the budget will go to actor salaries. Fred Williamson has written and directed over 20 independent films. He knows how to stretch a $1.2 million budget to look like $5 million or more. We will shoot with a small but efficient crew on an extremely well-planned shooting schedule. Every dollar will be up on the screen with production value and top-notch cinematography to make you feel every punch.

If at least 25% of funding is in place ($300,000), we will have an advantage to approach investors for the rest of production funds. So we have set our goal at $300,000. If we exceed that, or raise the whole $1,200,000 with IndieGoGo, that would of course be fantastic! (and help production happen that much sooner)

Even the lowest donation tier of $10 will land you a "Special Thanks" in the credits of OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS and on the Internet Movie Database page. You will officially be a part of history! And the more you donate, the better the rewards.

click to view larger... click to view larger...In today's world, if a "black film" isn't a comedy, it has little chance in showing up on a studio's radar. With our help, The Hammer and the rest of the gang will have a good chance of getting this flick financed and produced.

The are some great rewards for those willing to make a pedge to the project. I know money is tight these days, but every dollar helps in a project like OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS!

Even if you can't pledge money, you can help bring the project to the attention of others, The Hammer tells you how:

Word of mouth is essential for a crowdfunding campaign.  After you pledge, tell your family and friends about the project.  Tell your neighbors, acquaintances, anyone and everyone!  Tweet about it!  Post it on Facebook!  Social media will make the difference.  With your help, we can make OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS independently and in style.  This film will deliver!  Thank you.   #OG2

We'll be breaking some piggy banks and checking our couch cushions here at BBDI so we can make a pledge, why don't you head on ov er to the OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS site and check out the project, and make a pledge if you can find it in your heart and billfold to do so.


Last Updated on Sunday, 09 February 2014 16:37
 
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