WarGames left theaters nearly three decades ago, but a special screening and panel at The Tribeca Film Festival showed little erosion on its emotional impact or the immediacy of its ethical questions. The production wasn’t easy on Its director, John Badham, who came in mid-shoot to right the production. Having not screened it for 15 years, the filmmaker had enough perspective to be able to truly enjoy his work. Hit the jump for our interview with Badham, including some pretty incredible backstory from the set, how he handled the controversial production, his thoughts on Seth Gordon’s upcoming WarGames remake and why another of his classics, Saturday Night Fever, is still relevant.
by Jeff Ames Posted: October 17th, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Will Steven Spielberg bring the Bee Gees to the big screen? According to British website Dailymail, Spielberg is set to chronicle the disco-loving Gibb brothers’ astonishing rise to fame, a story he sees as, according to the website, potential “box office gold”. Nothing has been revealed in terms of casting, or whether Spielberg will helm the film himself or take a producing credit.
The Bee Gees were a popular music group in the 1960s and 70s who coined such hits as the Grammy-winning “How Deep is Your Love” and “Stayin’ Alive”, as well as familiar titles “Tragedy” and “More Than a Woman”. The group received universal acclaim for their participation on the soundtrack to the John Travolta classic Saturday Night Fever, of which they sang a majority of the songs. Their success has led to more than 200 million albums sold worldwide.
This is all merely speculation at this point (and let’s be honest, most of these UK papers are for shit), but it is an interesting topic for Spielberg to tackle nonetheless. Hit the jump for more.
A few days ago, I attended the press conference for Ricky Gervais’ new film “The Invention of Lying” at the Toronto Film Festival. While you usually have to wait for the stars to arrive, Ricky showed up a few minutes early and when I went to put my recorder down, I managed to ask him a number of questions about his next project with Stephen Merchant called “Cemetery Junction”. If you’re a fan of “Extras” or the British version of “The Office”, Ricky and Stephen Merchant created the shows together and “Cemetery Junction” is the first film they’ve written and directed together.
Anyway, he told me while filming only recently finished, they’ve already done a friends and family screening and it turned out quite well. He also called the movie his “Saturday Night Fever”. For more on the project and his new HBO animated series “The Ricky Gervais Show”, it’s after the jump:
I go out dancing all the time. This is something that came to me later in life, though I spent a lot of time out of college dancing. But even more so now. You get the jogger’s high if you do it long enough. And it’s like going to the gym, except with more chances for flirting. And most women will tell you, a man who can dance is probably not a bad lay. That’s not why I dance, though.
I don’t relate to Tony Manero (John Travolta), but I get it. For him, there’s his life, and then there’s the 2001 dance club. Sure it may cost $20 to get in, but when he’s there he’s the king. One patron wants to bead his forehead to remove the sweat. His friends joke that getting a girl to do something like that is harder than getting a blowjob. Tony meets Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) and knows that she’s on to something. When they dance he can tell she’s good. They hang out, and she can’t shut up about being classy, he wants to be with her, but she also knows that he might be a step back in getting on in the world. He’s a man frustrated with how his life is.