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Cinema Spin-offs

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1408:]]What do Casablanca, Private Benjamin, Planet of the Apes, Shaft, The Third Man, and The King and I have in common? When these popular movies were transformed into television series, they all failed miserably.This is the age of endless cinematic sequels-from Rocky III and Star Trek II to James Bond XI. But for years, television has been going the sequel mill one better by reincarnating hit movies as all kinds of small-screen fare.

Epics (2)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1400:]]In the beginning (sort of) was The Robe. And Hollywood said, "Let it have stars and spectacle and Romans. Let it have CinemaScope." And so it was so. And the public said that it was good. And 10, Hollywood said, "Let there be The Ten Commandments." And The Ten Commandments begat Ben-Hur. And Ben-Hur begat El Cid. And Hollywood never rested. For though the epics were not always highbrow, they were extremely profitable.

The Shoot Collection

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1395:]]Here is a collection of commercial industry stories that I wrote for the trade publication SHOOT.Friday June 2, 2000SPECIAL REPORT: NEW YORK PRODUCTION_ New York, New York: A look at production in the Big Apple.

Movie Remakes (1)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1380:]]John Huston's classic, The Maltese Falcon, was a remake of an earlier film. So were such popular favorites as The Wizard of Oz and the Frankenstein that made Boris Karloff famous. Indeed, for almost as long as men have made movies, they have remade them.

Eric Saarinen


Women in Construction

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1367:]]Becoming a Presence Minorities and women battle for a place in city's construction biz

John Cleese


The Life of Python

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1345:]]Monty Python, the six-man British comedy troupe that brought you "The Ministry of Silly Walks," "The Dead Parrot," and "The Man with a Tape Recorder Up His Nose," is quite alive and all over the tube. And not just in Monty Python's Flying Circus, their now legendary series.

Public Access TV

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1338:]]THE CREATION OF THE BOX POPULIWhat would you say about a television schedule that included Midnight Blue, an erotic variety show produced by Al Goldstein of Screw magazine; Emerald City, a program about life in homosexual communities; and The Irish Freedom Show, a series featuring a socialist host offering pro-IRA opinions?Unusual? Impossible?Unusual, yes; and impossible on most television stations-but not on public access television, a growing phenomenon throughout the United States.

TV Spies

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1409:]]A sneak review of the great cloak-and-dagger series of the 60s and 70sImitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but what happens when the imitation is better than the original?