Juxtaposition: On the Set of Planet of the Apes

For as long as I can remember, Planet of the Apes was a part of the Wells household.  Seeing apes talk and act so human-like was super intriguing as a young kid, as I am sure it was to anyone that saw it.  It was one part cool and one part scary as hell.   But even as a kid, I can remember understanding some of the underlying messages of the film.  They were universal and easy to grasp, even at a young age.

A few years back, I remember seeing an extensive documentary about the films that included some behind the scenes photos from the set – in particular, the crazy juxtaposition of these upright gorillas, chimps and orangutans chilling out in director’s chairs, smoking cigarettes and playing cards.  It was amazing.  I was recently reminded of that, and decided to go dig up some stills.  I love these.

Hot Track of the Day: Ready To Take A Chance Again

It is rare that the perfect song is so appropriately bundled with the perfect movie. Unfortunately, it is not so rare that I am awake at 4AM to see the movie for the first time in 25 years. I loooooooved this movie when I was a kid – Foul Play – probably because Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase were pretty much the Hollywood version of my parents. As my friend Janet says… Chevy Chase was never better than when he was on coke. I guess I cannot disagree, but he will always be my Hollywood dad.

I have to give it up to Barry Manilow. The guy gets all of the rewards of a superstar, with none of the headache. He has sold 76 million records, sold out shows at Wembley, has fleets of exotic cars, huge homes, and even street cred** He has never been hooked on drugs, never been shot at, and he’s never even penned one song about how rich he is. He may be from Brooklyn, but he would suck as a rapper because he is actually too real.

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Several well-known entertainers have given Manilow their “stamp of approval,” including Sinatra, who was quoted in the 1970s regarding Manilow, “He’s next.” In 1988, Bob Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, hugged him and said, “Don’t stop what you’re doing, man. We’re all inspired by you.” Arsenio Hall cited Manilow as a favorite guest on The Arsenio Hall Show and admonished his audience to respect him for his work

Hustlers, that’s if you’re still living… get on down:

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