Rob and Mike are doing another "Ego Fest" where we'll be talking about what's been going on with our lives and show's dirty "behind the scenes" escapades. If you want to be a part of it, give us a call or send us an email with your questions, comments, or complaints by Friday October 10th. Call us at 734-666-0800 to leave a message, or send us an mp3 or email to theguys@projection-booth.com

Special Guest: Samantha White
Guest Co-Host: Joseph McBride

We conclude Shakespeare September with our look at Orson Welles's Othello. Filmed over a period of four years, the production was plagued with financial problems but ultimately proved a triumph of ingenuity over resources. The second of Welles's Shakespeare films, Othello is yet another of his works that has been tampered with.

We're joined by Welles scholar Joseph McBride of our Magnificent Ambersons and Executive Action episodes and we talk to Samantha White of the Shakespeare in Detroit company.

Links:
Buy Othello on (all-region) DVD
Buy Making Movies with Orson Welles by Gary Graver & Andrew Rausch
Buy the soundtrack by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Watch Filming Othello at Archive.org
Buy Whatever Happened to Orson Welles by Joseph McBride
Buy Peter Bogdanovich and Jonathan Rosenbaum's This Is Orson Welles
Read Jonathan Rosenbaum's review of the Othello "restoration"
Find out more about Shakespeare in Detroit
Like Shakespeare in Detroit on Facebook.
Keep up with news on Welles's Othello at Wellesnet

Music:
"Othello" - Verdi
"Breaking Us In Two" - Joe Jackson

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Special Guests: Dr. Philip Stone & Richard Loncraine
Guest Co-Host: Ed Pettit

Shakespeare September continues with a look at the 1995 film Richard III. Directed by Richard Loncraine and based on the historical tragedy of the same name by William Shakespeare it tells the tale of a scheming hunchback with a bad arm played by Ian McKellen who, after the House of York’s victory over the House of Lancaster for the throne of England, works to set his brothers against each other and become king.

Links:
Hear more Richard Loncraine on our Haunting of Julia episode
Buy Richard III (1995) on DVD
Buy Richard III (1955) on DVD/Blu-Ray
Buy Looking for Richard
Buy The Oxford Shakespeare - Complete Words
Visit the official Richard III Society website
Visit the official Ian McKellan website
Read "Which Celebrity Version of Richard III Was the Most Iconic? (Or Accurate?)" by Patrick Monahan

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Special Guest: Jim Hunter
Guest Co-Host: Ed Pettit

Shakespeare September continues with the 1990 film from writer/director Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Based upon Stoppard’s own award-winning mid-sixties play, the film tells the tale of Rosencrantz (Gary Oldman) and Guildenstern (Tim Roth), two supporting characters from Hamlet. We see them as characters in their own right as they interact with the goings-on of the melancholy Dane, questioning the meaning of life and their own existence. Sounds like pretty heady stuff but the play, and the film, are clever, witty, existential and amusing.

Links:
Buy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead on DVD
Buy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Buy Tom Stoppard: A Faber Critical Guide: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, Travesties, Arcadia by Jim Hunter
Buy About Stoppard by Jim Hunter
Buy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: The Film by Tom Stoppard
Buy Rosencrantz & Guildenstern by William Schwenck Gilbert

Music:
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" - Elvis Presley
"Hamlet" - ABBA
"Spirit" - Bauhaus
"Dang Me" - Roger Miller
"Money" - Sweet Little Band

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Special Guests: Dave Thomas, Steve De Jarnatt, Lynne Griffin, Jeff Robbins
Guest Co-Hosts: Craig Bierko, Skizz Cyzyk

It's time to take off to the Great White North and officially kick-off Shakespeare September with The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew, an unorthodox take on William Shakespeare's Hamlet with Bob & Doug playing Rosencrantz & Guildenstern.

Joined by guest co-hosts Craig Bierko and Skizz Cyzyk, we discuss SCTV, Canadians, and the many adventures of Bob & Doug.

Please note that Craig Bierko is an ardent supporter of Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH), pioneers of the first infant heart transplant. Please help LLUCH keep its pledge to never turn away any child in need by texting KIDS at 27722 and donating $10 instantly from your phone bill.

Links:
Buy Strange Brew on DVD
Buy Second City Television: A History and Episode Guide by Jeff Robbins
Buy SCTV: Behind the Scenes by Dave Thomas
Buy Great White North by Bob & Doug McKenzie
Read more about Great White North on the SCTV Guide website
Visit the Bob & Doug website
Listen to an interview with Rick Moranis
Buy Hit & Stay on DVD

Music:
"Shakespeare Horked Our Idea" - Bob & Doug McKenzie
"Strange Brew" - Ian Thomas
"Strange Brew" - Cream
"Autobahn" - Rick Moranis
"Mad Bad Dad Rap" - Dave Thomas
"Take Off" - Bob & Doug McKenzie (w/Geddy Lee)

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Special Guests: Julie Taymor & Harry Lennix
Guest Co-Host: Edward Pettit

As Roman month comes to a close we look at the 1999 film Titus, directed by Julie Taymor and based on the bloody tragedy by William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus. The film tells to the story of a Roman general (Anthony Hopkins) who returns home following a battle to find a Rome in transition. It's about traditions, vengeance, race, and more.

Links:
Buy Titus on DVD
Buy The Tempest on DVD/Blu-Ray
Buy The Blacklist on DVD/Blu-Ray
Visit the official Harry Lennix website
Learn more about Theatre for a New Audience - the company that helped to birth this version of Titus
Why are we still talking about Shakespeare 450 years later?
Watch the South Park Scott Tenorman Must Die episode

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Special Guest: John Baxter
Guest Co-Host: Jim Tushinski

Roman Month continues with the 1969 film, Fellini Satyricon. Based loosely on the remaining fragments of Petronius's voluminous work, the film is a series of vignettes about Encolpio (Martin Potter) and his friend Ascilto (Hiram Keller). The film mixes sex, philosophy, and death in the era of Nero.

Satyricon is one of the more fantastic and surreal of Fellini's films and one that definitely lives up to the term "Fellini-esque."

Links:
Buy Fellini by John Baxter
Buy Fellini Satyricon on DVD
Buy On the Set of Fellini Satyricon : A Behind-the-Scenes Diary by Eileen Lanouette Hughes
Buy the paperback of Fellini's Satyricon
Hear John Baxter on our Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie episode
Hear Jim Tushinski on our Boys in the Sand episode

Music:
Satyricon Soundtrack - Nino Rota
"Satyricon" - Carlo Rustichelli
"Satyricon" - Stormwind

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Special Guest: Roger Christian, Will Yapp & Owen Harris
Guest Co-Host: Ken Stanley

(Bloody) Roman Month continues with the 1979 film Life of Brian – the second feature film from the legendary British comedy troupe - Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The film finds the lads in Roman occupied Judea circa 33 AD – a time when the Jews are being oppressed and a messiah is wanted. No, it’s not Brian. He was born in the manger down the alley from Jesus. Life of Brian tells the tale of Brian of Nazareth, a regular chap, who through a few twists and turns, ends up as sort of a fun house mirror version of the messiah.

Causing a scandal upon its initial release, Life of Brian is considered one of the finest comedies to come out of U.K.

Music:
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” – Monty Python
“Jesus” – Ken Stanley
“Pretentious” – Ken’s Loud Band

Links:
Buy Life of Brian on DVD
Buy Holy Flying Circus on DVD
Buy Not the Messiah on DVD
Get your own Brian action figure
Buy Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday - My Life with Brian by Kim Howard Johnson & the Pythons
See the Pythons on tour
Listen to tracks from Ken Stanley and Ken's Loud Band
Listen to our Last Temptation of Christ episode

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The Secret Life Of Brian from WILL YAPP on Vimeo.


Always willing to mouth off on other podcasts, Mike has been on a few other shows of late including...

Geek Juice Radio

Geek Juice continues their director retrospectives. Mike was on with Alex Jowski and Scott McArthur to talk about Kathryn Bigelow.



Radiodrome

Our old pal Josh Hadley had Mike on along with Fred Fritz (see our Freejack and Mean Guns episodes) to discuss the Dirty Harry series on Radiodrome.



Caligula PosterSpecial Guest: Ranjit Sandhu & Alexander Tuschinski

Guest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh

We begin "Roman Month" with the 1979 film Caligula is a biopic about one of the most-wicked rulers of Rome. It was directed by Tinto Brass until he took his name off it. It was written by Gore Vidal until he took his name of it. And, it was proudly produced by Bob Guccione of Penthouse magazine who didn't take his name off it. Caligula tells the tale of “Little Boots” and his anarchistic rule over Rome between 37-41 AD. Malcolm McDowell plays the title role and the film features well-known and respected British actors Sir John Gielgud, Sir Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren... to name a few… along with a swath of Penthouse Pets.

Over 35 years later, Caligula is still as notorious for what's on screen as what went on behind the scenes.

Correction: Victor Mature was not in Nightmare Alley.

Music:
"I Am a God" by Paul Elstak
"Bring Me The Robe" by Doc Waffles
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by The Smiths

Links:
Buy Caligula on DVD
Watch The Robe on Netflix
Buy The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
Buy The Robe on DVD
Buy Demetrius and the Gladiators on DVD
Buy I, Claudius on DVD
Buy Dirty, Dirty, Dirty by Mike Edison
Visit the official Tinto Brass web site
Visit Ranjit Sandhu's Caligula web site
Read Alexander Tuschinski's analysis of Caligula
Read the Vice story about the Bob Guccione Archives & Filthy Gorgeous
Play the Viva Caligula video game
Visit Maitland McDonagh's 120 Days Books facebook page
Visit the official 120 Days Books web site
Hear more about Gore Vidal on our Myra Breckinridge episode
Hear Maitland McDonagh on our Deep Red and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage episodes
Listen to our Equinox episode

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