End Credits Show Notes for Thursday December 14, 2017

This week’s episode of End Credits will be tearing it up, not tearing it apart. You may be thinking that there’s not much of a difference between those two things, but fans of The Room know one is very, very bad. On this episode of the show, we will review the movie based on the making of The Room, James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, and we’ll talk about some of the latest items from the world of movie news including real-life drama for a director, a trip to space for another, and 75 years of what is maybe the greatest film ever made.

This Thursday, December 14, at 10 am, Adam A. Donaldson with guest hosts Eliza Crosland and Mary Lalonde*** will discuss:

1) Life of Bryan. The #MeToo movement has taken a lot of people down in the last couple of months, but none should be less surprising then Bryan Singer. The X-Men and The Usual Suspects director had a rough week after being fired from the Freddie Mercury bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody, which he was working on, and then being confronted of new allegations of sexual assault against another underage boy. Is Singer now the latest victim of the movement that recently won the Time Person of the Year honour? And what’s next?

2) Quentin Trek. Even though Quentin Tarantino is presently working on a new film set against the backdrop of the Manson Family Murders in 1969 L.A., he’s apparently got visions of taking off into the final frontier. Reports last week say that Tarantino is teaming up with J.J. Abrams and an assembled writers room to turn his bright idea into the next, great Trek movie, which has got a lot of people curious about what exactly a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie will look like. We’ll talk about the odds, and what a Tarantino Star Trek might entail.

3) Everybody Comes Back to Rick’s. Casablanca is turning 75 years old, but its venerated status as one of the best movies ever made was not always a lock. Behind the scenes hiccups from a drunken leading man to a dubious leading lady to a script that was being written on the fly in a one year window from green light to premiere day, all should have meant that Casablanca ended up a disaster, but we’re still talking about it three-quarters of a century later. What is the ongoing appeal of Casablanca, and what does it tell us about filmmaking then and now?

REVIEW: The Disaster Artist (2017). Oh, hi Mark. In 2003, The Room was released for a two-week run at a singular L.A. movie theatre, but so famous was its awfulness that The Room embarked on a 15-year journey to infamy. That renown has now been translated into a bio-comedy called The Disaster Artist, which tells how a struggling young actor named Greg comes into the orbit of the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, and the two begin a course that takes them to being the creative duo behind the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. James Franco stars, produces and directs this anatomy of a disaster that wasn’t a complete loss after all.

***You can learn more about Eliza and Mary’s work, and find links to the Savvy Spinster webseries, by clicking here.

End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Thursday at 10 am.

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