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The Director's Chair => The Director's Chair => Topic started by: soylent greenish on May 21, 2003, 01:56:57 AM

Title: WHERE IS JOHN WATERS AND RUSS MEYER?
Post by: soylent greenish on May 21, 2003, 01:56:57 AM
and there should also be a section for porn directors.
Title: WHERE IS JOHN WATERS AND RUSS MEYER?
Post by: Cecil on May 21, 2003, 09:38:39 AM
yeah, jack horner revolutionized the industry
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Post by: Duck Sauce on May 21, 2003, 10:24:00 AM
Quote from: cecil b. demented
yeah, jack horner revolutionized the industry


but then video came out...
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Post by: godardian on May 23, 2003, 01:19:24 PM
John Waters can currently be seen peeking out from the pages of Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Movies" with, perversely enough, his fave "tasteful" movies by the likes of Visconti and Bresson.

Also:

http://us.imdb.com/Title?0365125
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Post by: MacGuffin on May 23, 2003, 01:35:30 PM
What's next for you?

JW: I'm writing this movie about sex addicts, because I haven't had one with any sexual themes in a long time. I like it, because all sex looks surreal. Anyway, it's about sex addicts in blue-collar America and their search for dignity called A Dirty Shame, which is something people's parents say a lot in Baltimore. If they hear about something bad, they'll mutter, "Well, that's a dirty shame." And I like that expression, because it's really old-fashioned. People would say, like, "Do you know so-and-so? It's a dirty shame." "She's a whore." [Laughs.]
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Post by: Cecil on May 23, 2003, 06:09:37 PM
happy happy joy joy
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Post by: godardian on May 23, 2003, 06:40:19 PM
I will always adore John Waters for acclaiming Woody Allen's Interiors, too. He's a very dapper and refined gentleman, in his way (this actually has not much to do with the Interiors thing, more with the things he's said/written and the way he is in person).

I also watched Desperate Living again recently. Not my favorite John Waters movie, but well worth revisiting.
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Post by: Cecil on May 23, 2003, 07:04:21 PM
from desperate living:
"Now I won't have any organs! It'll be like having a Barbie doll crotch!"

hedwig!
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Post by: bonanzataz on May 27, 2003, 10:22:42 PM
i've never seen a meyer film, but i'm fascinated with the idea behind them. i'm looking for them on laserdisc on ebay and just lost an auction for faster pussycat and motor psycho, but i've said before that come june, beneath the valley of the dolls is coming to the big screen. i hope it lives up to my expectations.

waters is, has, and always will be the greatest. i'm really tired.
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 12, 2004, 11:29:01 AM
(http://www.aintitcoolnews.com/image/SelmaVanityFair.jpg)

Caption:
Selma Blair as the uncommonly busty Caprice Stickles, heroine of John Waters's A Dirty Shame.
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 05, 2004, 02:01:18 AM
New Line is Putting on Some More Hairspray
Source: Variety

New Line Cinema will produce a feature remake of Hairspray, completing a 16-year full-circle journey from the modestly budgeted John Waters cult movie, starring Ricki Lake, to the Tony-winning smash Broadway musical and now back to a big screen musical. New Line co-chairmen and co-CEOs Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne confirmed to Variety that the new film will be a priority development project aiming for a 2006 release.

Set in Waters' beloved native Baltimore during the 1960s dance TV craze, Hairspray centers on zaftig high school hairhopper Tracy Turnblad as she graduates from outsider to celebrity trendsetter. Along the way she stars on "The Corny Collins Show," wins the heart of resident hunk Link Larkin and kicks down the barriers for black and white integration on local television.

Based on Waters' original script for the 1988 movie, the play's book was written by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, with musical score and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. O'Donnell and Meehan will adapt their existing book for the screen. In addition to composing the score for the film, Shaiman will produce the songs and serve as music supervisor. The next step will be to attach a director.
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Post by: BonBon85 on March 05, 2004, 12:37:55 PM
^ should be moved to why, God, why? thread
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Post by: grand theft sparrow on March 05, 2004, 01:03:30 PM
Quote from: Duck Sauce
Quote from: cecil b. demented
yeah, jack horner revolutionized the industry


but then video came out...


Videotape tells the truth.    (http://ia.imdb.com/media/imdb/01/I/63/45/22m.jpg)
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Post by: Ernie on March 05, 2004, 06:08:20 PM
Isn't Meyer the guy who edited his own films? They were all like B-movies, right? Kinda like a Jack Hill kinda guy. Like the stuff Roger Corman produced.
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Post by: modage on March 06, 2004, 12:00:33 AM
Quote from: ebeaman
Isn't Meyer the guy who edited his own films? They were all like B-movies, right? Kinda like a Jack Hill kinda guy. Like the stuff Roger Corman produced.

Yes, he made lots of low budget films featuring women with abnormally large breasts such as Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill and Vixens.  He made his film debut in 1959 with 'The Immoral Mr.Teas', the first 'nudie' film (soft- core sex film) to make a profit (over a million dollars), which led to a string of self-financed films that gradually became more bizarre, violent and cartoonish.
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Post by: Cecil on March 06, 2004, 04:01:33 PM
i was watching "musique plus" (which is the "mtv of here) and the guy said that the next john waters film was called "live freaky die freaky" and that it was comming out soon. well they got their info fucked, but this live freaky die freaky thing seems cool. anyone know anything about it?
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 06, 2004, 04:16:56 PM
Quote from: Cecil, who doesn't visit as much as he should,
live freaky die freaky thing seems cool. anyone know anything about it?


http://www.filmjerk.com/nuke/article598.html

http://www.livefreakydiefreaky.com/
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Post by: bonanzataz on April 28, 2004, 10:52:17 AM
for anybody who cares and is in the NYC area, sunday is the last day of the John Waters exhibit at the new museum. they're showing his old black and white shorts that haven't screened in a LONG time and it's impossible to find copies. i'll be there on saturday.

www.newmuseum.org
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Post by: MacGuffin on August 27, 2004, 03:38:20 PM
Waters Thrilled by Catholic Church Blast at Film

Filmmaker John Waters is thrilled at the review given to his latest film A Dirty Shame from the Catholic News Service - despite it lambasting the movie for being "crude". The cult director's comedic story about sex addicts - starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair - has been met with harsh criticism by the organization, much to the delight of Waters. The review complains, "(The film features) almost non-stop rough, crude and profane language, full frontal nudity, sexual imagery, obscene gestures, scatological humor, casual portrayal and descriptions of deviant sexual practices, a glorification of freewheeling sex and some sacrilegious imagery." Waters tells gossip site Pagesix.Com, "I don't know if I can get a better review than that."
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Post by: Pubrick on August 28, 2004, 12:45:02 AM
whatever, they cry at anything.

as long as he stops pussying around and makes a good movie again..
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Post by: Chest Rockwell on August 28, 2004, 10:08:23 AM
That's a really cool avatar.
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Post by: MacGuffin on November 26, 2004, 04:53:52 PM
Scary Christmas from John Waters
New Line Records has A John Waters Christmas, a new CD from the eccentric filmmaker, available in stores and online.

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Filmmaker John Waters has turned his attention to record making, recording and releasing A John Waters Christmas just in time for this holiday season. Waters claims he "channels the eccentric spirit of Christmas through the most heartfelt but truly outlandish holiday songs recorded."

In his liner notes on the New Line Records release, Waters writes, "Close your eyes and imagine you're with me in my house Christmas morning listening to favorite carols." He acknowledges this is not exactly a Dickensian thought.
 
Titles include "Santa Claus Is a Black Man" and "Here Comes Fatty Claus," in addition to Little Cindy's "Happy Birthday Jesus," Roger Christian's orphan ode "Little Mary Christmas," the soulful sounds of Fat Daddy's "Fat Daddy (Is Santa Claus)" and Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva's "I Wish You a Merry Christmas."

A John Waters Christmas is now available in stores and online.
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 13, 2007, 10:21:58 AM
Director John Waters recalls career of bad taste

Director John Waters, self-confessed king of all things tasteless and tacky, celebrates a life spent shocking audiences and mocking the movie world in a film version of his stand-up act.

In "This Filthy World," Waters delivers a rapid-fire monologue about life in film, from his first home-made picture "Hag in a Black Leather Jacket," reportedly costing $30, to international fame for cross-dressing classic "Hairspray."

The "Pope of Trash" was in Berlin this week to present the film, and the laughter and applause at a packed screening late on Monday showed his cult following spreads well beyond the shores of his native America.

The moustachioed 60-year-old ruminates on everything from shop-lifting as a boy to battles with movie censors, and from how to make voting more attractive to young people to what is wrong with capital punishment.

"I am against it (capital punishment) for the reason that I'm afraid I'll get it," he quipped. "We all have bad nights."

He also had advice to gay people trying too hard to act as they feel they ought to.

"You don't have to like Liza Minnelli," Waters told a live audience at a U.S. college where "This Filthy World" was shot over two nights. "And S & M does look stupid on the beach."

When he was younger, Waters said he used to tour courtrooms across the United States to get ideas for his films, and he and other members of the public would boast to each other about which famous cases they had watched.

One woman topped them all, however, when she told him: "I was at Nuremberg," referring to the trial of leading German Nazis after World War Two.

The arch-provocateur also recalls his long collaboration with Divine, the obese, cross-dressing star of many of his movies including "Pink Flamingos," which includes the infamous scene where his character eats dog feces.

"I'm not a sadist, it was only one take," joked the director.

Another of their collaborations was "Polyester," where audiences were given scratch-n-sniff cards so they could smell what they saw on film.

Asked if his movies had become tame over time, and whether he would return to the more cutting edge pictures of the past, Waters told the audience after the film was shown:

"I never want to go backwards and do something I did before. If I wanted to do what I did at the very beginning I wouldn't be here any more."

He was also asked if wanted to make a spoof of a science fiction movie, one of the genres he had yet to tackle. "That's the only genre I could never do," he said. "I don't get it."

And his next venture? A "very weird" children's movie for "special children and their even more special parents."
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Post by: MacGuffin on March 15, 2007, 12:33:00 PM
From cult to kid movies. Has John Waters mellowed?

After years as a cult filmmaker specializing in all things tasteless and weird, John Waters has edged closer to the mainstream with two recent projects -- a children's film and starring role in a TV drama.

Over the past four decades, Waters, 60, has gradually moved from underground movies to more commercial films, acting, screenwriting and photography, and this year will shoot a "terribly wonderful children's Christmas adventure called 'Fruitcake."'

One of his best-known films, "Hairspray," is headed back to the big screen in a New Line Cinema remake starring John Travolta.
 
While Waters is enjoying more mainstream acceptance, one thing has not changed -- his fascination for the macabre, which attracted him to another project, playing the narrator, or "Groom Reaper," in a Court TV cable series dramatizing real-life murderous marriages.

"I'm known for humor that makes people a bit nervous, but I'm never mean spirited. I've done horror but with a wink," Waters told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"Have I gone more mainstream? I think the general public has changed more than I, but you do have to reinvent yourself," he said.

Waters said his work still causes a stir, even though it may no longer be quite so shocking as the notorious scene at the end of his 1972 film "Pink Flamingos" in which the obese, cross-dressing lead character eats dog feces.

As an example, he cites his 2004 movie "A Dirty Shame," about a suburban housewife who becomes a sex addict after she is hit on the head.

"It was a huge censorship hassle," Waters recalled.

But a children's movie?

"Children have always enjoyed my movies. They are just not allowed to watch many of them," he said.

Waters expects his fans to enjoy the dark humor in the 13-part TV true-crime drama series "Til Death Do Us Part," which debuts on Court TV on March 19, featuring a different story each week that always ends in murder by one of the spouses.

Waters said the role of the moderator was irresistible to him because since an early age he had been intrigued by crime and what leads ordinary people to do something terrible. He used to spend days in courtrooms watching trials until he kept being recognized.

"It's a sardonic part in a TV show that is about a serious topic. Everyone has that moment when they say one little thing that really gets on your nerves," he said.

"The stories we do are all based on regular people. These are the people who live in your neighborhood and had a wedding as optimistic as you did. The main question is why they did not get divorced.

"Stay single and stay alive. That's my theory."
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Post by: MacGuffin on May 08, 2008, 11:12:48 PM
Johnny Knoxville, Parker Posey join 'Fruitcake'
John Waters' film may go to ThinkFilm
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey are attached to star in John Waters' Christmas film "Fruitcake."

The plot is officially under wraps but is said to center on the title character, a boy named after his favorite dessert. He runs away from home during the holidays after he and his parents are caught shoplifting meat, then meets up with a runaway girl raised by two gay men and searching for her birth mother.

This Is That Prods. and Killer Films are producing "Fruitcake," which once was set up at New Line. ThinkFilm is said to be in talks to come aboard.
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Post by: Bethie on January 14, 2009, 02:10:15 AM
John Waters Notes to Obama

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/7814498.stm
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Post by: wilder on August 01, 2014, 03:18:38 PM
Will Ferrell Circles Russ Meyer Role In ‘Russ & Roger Go Beyond;’ Who’ll Play Ebert?
via Deadline

Will Ferrell is circling to play softcore film producer Russ Meyer in a movie about the time he collaborated with film critic Roger Ebert to make Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. The indie project is taking shape quickly. Filmmakers including Edgar Wright are intrigued, as are actors who might play the late Ebert, a strong role for anyone from Jonah Hill to Seth Rogen and others. Mark Amin’s Sobini Films and David Permut and Richard Waltzer are producing Russ & Roger Go Beyond, a script by Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons scribe Christopher Cluess. Ferrell still has to make a deal, but he puts this on a fast track and the hope is to shoot early next year.

The script focus is the late 1960s, when cheap counterculture films like Easy Rider were minting money, and 20th Century Fox was struggling mightily over a number of big-budget flops. Meyer was already established as the outlaw helmer of softcore pulp films like Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill, and he wanted the legitimacy of making a studio film. Richard Zanuck, then head of 20th, gave him that opportunity because his profit margins were so high and his costs were minuscule.

When Meyer agreed to take on Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, he insisted the script get written by Ebert, the third-string movie critic of the Chicago Sun Times who had written one of the few positive reviews Meyer had ever received. Given the esteem in which Ebert was held as a film critic when he died, it seems remarkable he meshed so well with Meyer and his brigade of buxom actresses. The film will follow that relationship, and the struggle with the ratings board. It became the rare major studio release with an X rating, but it became a big profitable hit and Meyer and Ebert stayed close until the former died in 2004. Ebert passed away two years ago. Ferrell, who most recently starred with Kevin Hart in the Etan Cohen-directed comedy Get Hard, is repped by CAA and Mosaic.

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This is different than David O. Russel's apparently defunct biopic, as The Playlist reports (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/will-ferrell-eyes-role-of-russ-meyer-in-russ-roger-go-beyond-20140801):

Quote from: The Playlist
Hollywood has been trying to bring the saga of Russ Meyer on the big screen. Way back in 2011, David O. Russell was planning (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/david_o._russell_could_direct_biopic_about_russ_meyer) a Russ Meyer biopic, written by “Lovelace” screenwriter Merritt Johnson, but that seems to have disappeared.
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Post by: wilder on September 06, 2015, 02:49:43 AM
Josh Gad to Play Roger Ebert in STX’s ‘Russ & Roger’
9/1/15
via Variety

Josh Gad has closed a deal to play the legendary film critic Roger Ebert in the STX Entertainment comedy “Russ & Roger.”

Will Ferrell is on board to play sexploitation maestro Russ Meyer, with Michael Winterbottom directing. Gad had been in talks to star for some time, contingent on scheduling.

A debauched comedy in which truth is crazier than fiction, the film is an outrageous look at two no-holds-barred outsiders who defied the Hollywood establishment to make one of the first X-rated films ever released by a major movie studio (“Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”) — having the party of a lifetime in the process.

The film is being produced by Mark Amin’s Sobini Films and David Permut’s Permut Presentations along with Richard Waltzer. The script was penned by Emmy-winning “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons” scribe Christopher Cluess, with Winterbottom, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons doing a polish.

Production is set to start later this year.

Gad was most recently seen in Screen Gems’ “The Wedding Ringer” and Sony’s “Pixels” and is also lending his voice to the DreamWorks Animation pic “Me and My Shadow.”

He is also expected to voice a character in Sony Animation’s “Angry Birds” movie and will play LeFou in Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast,” set to bow in March 2017.

He is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.
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Post by: wilder on September 29, 2015, 02:57:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3M-t64qkD8
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Post by: jenkins on November 26, 2015, 11:45:30 AM
**** a John Waters Criterion video has happened ****

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnj2d-g5zQs
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Post by: wilder on September 28, 2017, 07:30:38 PM
‘Faster Pussycat!’ Doc, TV Series About Russ Meyer Being Developed By Rhino Films, Adam Rifkin & Chris Kobin
via Deadline

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Rhino Films’ Stephen Nemeth, writer-director Adam Rifkin and producer Chris Kobin are developing a TV series based on indie filmmaker Russ Meyer called Faster Pussycat! and they’re using their own personal experiences meeting with and interviewing Meyer over the years as the basis for the project.

In fact, the series is anchored on meetings Nemeth, Rifkin and Kobin took with Meyer back in 1999 when the trio intended to do a biopic about him. At that time, Meyer regaled them with tales of being a combat photographer on the beaches of Normandy for General Patton in WWII, being one of Hugh Hefner’s first photographers in Playboy’s wild earliest days and the behind-the-scenes antics on the set of Meyer “classics” like Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

In addition to the series, Nemeth, Rifkin and Kobin also will produce a companion documentary on the life of the flamboyant Meyer as well. There have been other attempts to bring his story to the screen, including one by Fox Searchlight and David O. Russell, but it never came to pass.

“Russ Meyer was a hilarious, exceptionally talented and balls-to-the-wall-nuts filmmaker whose giant personality was even more buoyant than the behemoth boobs he loved so much,” Rifkin said. “His contribution to the world of independent cinema should not be diminished just because he excelled in the world of exploitation fare. And after hearing him tell his tales, his real life was even more insane than his movies.”

Said Kobin: “Meyer, known as ‘The King of the Nudies’ is important in film history because he is one of a handful of directors who could actually claim to be an ‘auteur,’ having funded, cast, directed, shot, edited and distributed every film he made, the exception being the notorious Fox film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, written by film critic Roger Ebert, which brought big business and a black eye to the studio.”

Nemeth has produced 62 films including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Sessions, and has six films in production. Rifkin most recently wrote and directed Dog Years, a drama starring Burt Reynolds that premiered to critical acclaim at Tribeca this year. The film was bought at the festival by A24, which intends to release it in 2018. Kobin has written/produced nine films that premiered at festivals such as Cannes, Telluride and SXSW.