Legion reports in on casting for Spielberg/Hanks World War II Mini-series!
Hey folks, here we are with a first tinkle of casting on this exciting miniseries for HBO! I, Harry, am quite thankful that Tom Joad has just subscribed to HBO (mainly for THE SOPRANOS), so I will be able to watch this thing. Personally I don't get cable, it would rob my will to update.
Next, I have an inside scoop about casting for the SPIELBERG/HANKS HBO WWII series!! My friend Ron Livingston (SWINGERS, lead in OFFICE SPACE, BODY SHOTS, etc.) has landed one of the lead roles!! He will be filming in Europe soon for nine months! He will eventually be a captain during the series that will tell the story of men going from boot camp to combat. This is one of five lead roles. I'm not yet sure who the others will be.
That's it for now! And to all you Lucas haters: I'll see you in line for Episode II you hipocrits!!!!!!
Call me "Legion" for we are many...
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Jan. 20, 2000, 5:05 a.m. CST
by Harry's Tongue
I like to lick the blood of my enemies wounds.
Jan. 20, 2000, 12:54 p.m. CST
Amazing. Why would Spielberg bother investing time and effort in a series tied to SPR, a film that transcended drama and brought home the Second World War to the newer generations with such clarity and emotion that in subsequent viewings the initial cemetary scene is almost painfully unwatchable? After all, the real money's in Star Wars TPM, a robust and multi-layered film that fulfilled its promise to blur the line between CGI mishaps and wooden acting and push the boundaries of on-screen product placement. Instead of WWII, this proposed series should follow the trials and tribulations of 5 gungans as they go from the early bonding days at tadpole training camp to the horrors and terrors of being whupped by a bunch of spindly robots wired in series simply because they were dumb enough to follow Jar Jar Binks into battle. Perhaps Legion's friend will get to eventually play 'Captain' Tarpals, while the other recruits will be: Foob Foob: Quiet, religious, drinks a lot of Pepsi. Eventually run over by a hovertank. Tim Tim: Confident, somewhat slow-witted, eventually shot in the face by a battledroid. Gun Gun: Rich, spoiled, obnoxious, eventually realizes his true good self in the midst of battle, subsequently trampled by his fellow retreating soldiers. Boo Boo: Cowardly, reticent, lacking in self esteem, nearly rises to last minute heroics but is struck from behind by an avalanching electrobomb and fried.
Jan. 20, 2000, 3:30 p.m. CST
I read Stephen Ambrose's book which this mini-series is based on and the original title Citizen Soldiers is much better than the one they came up with, Band of Brothers. I heard that some people in Dreamworks are trying to get a sequel to Saving Private Ryan made. The proposed film would take place in Vietnam with the character of Reiben at a higher rank, possibly Seargent First Class, during the Tet Offensive of early 1968.
Jan. 20, 2000, 6:28 p.m. CST
Spielberg IS on kind of a WWII kick. In fact, it's been said that the LINDBERGH project, if he takes it on, would be the third part in a sort of trilogy about the War - whereas "Schindler's List" took the German POV and SPR the American soldier's POV, LINDBERGH would deal with the home front, with ol' Charlie going around trying to convince everyone that Hermann Goering was really a great guy, once you got to know him. And yes, everyone, it IS now time to castigate the entire American film industry because the British, Russians, Canadians, French, Australians, Filipinos, and Anarctic Penguins did not all appear in SPR. Fire away.
Jan. 20, 2000, 9:18 p.m. CST
by Lazarus Long
"such clarity and emotion that in subsequent viewing the opening cemetary scene painful to watch?" Painful to watch, yeah, but not because of the reasons you mentioned. How you could be so sarcastic about Lucas' world of fantasy, yet worshipping at the Spielbergian altar of cheese is painful to watch as well. Many Saving Private Ryan enthusiasts admit the main flaw of the film are its bookends, which serve only to ram the spoon that is feeding the viewer deeper into his/her throat. The choice to add this element on to the film is a very poor one, and proof that Spielberg is unable to let the images or themes speak for themselves. But the effect is the same I guess, subsequent viewings of Saving Private Ryan leave me hitting STOP on the remote and running for the nearest toilet when I see that opening scene...like you, I can't endure another moment.
Jan. 21, 2000, 4:15 a.m. CST
Saw a piece in the London Metro newspaper about Steven Spielberg's ten-part mini series due to shot in England this year. The production crew are looking to cast male recruits with military experience: 50 to work full time between March and December, and an extra 1000 on a casual basis. The e-mail contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sounds like an good opportunity if you can hack it!
Jan. 21, 2000, 5:08 a.m. CST
A news story in my local rag mentioned that Tom Hanks and Speilberg had visited a local village in Buckinghamshire, a place called Hambledon, to look at locations for their new WW11 series, 'Band of Brothers'. Hambledon is well-known to cinema-goers, as it was used in 101 Dalmations, and most recently Sleepy Hollow. It's also the location for The Vicar of Dibley, a popular sit-com here in the UK. It's the closest village to London that hasn't really changed since the 17th century, and has cobbled, streets, no road markings etc.....and, yes, I have applied for a part as an extra!
Jan. 21, 2000, 12:48 p.m. CST
...written by Richard Curtis, the guy behind Four Weddings, Notting Hill, Blackadder etc., and must be a career low - fat woman vicar = funny. Believe me, you don't want it in the US!
Jan. 22, 2000, 5:32 a.m. CST
by Lazarus Long
in response to above post, I know The Thin Red Line wasn't many people's cup of tea, but Terence Malick, the writer/director has a degree in philosophy, and had 20 years to think about his piece, so he's entitled that he left the philosphising to himself. Overphilosophising, to me is preferrable overmoralizing, which is what Saving Private Ryan was filled to the brim with.
Jan. 22, 2000, 12:31 p.m. CST
Sorry Lazarus, but "The Thin Red Line" is a perfect example of what happens when an ex-'60s flower child tries to make a war movie. Malick, quite simply, didn't know what the hell he was talking about; the Japanese sure as HELL did not act as he portrayed them. His message was "Hey, we're all the same", which is RIDICULOUS; the Japanese were often bloodthirsty, inhuman bastards in that war. Besides all that, TRL was just a stupid, incoherent mess of a movie. Spielberg, on the other hand, treated the subject with the respect, and the soldiers with the reverence, that they deserved.
Jan. 22, 2000, 9:56 p.m. CST
Jan. 23, 2000, 8:17 p.m. CST
I resent that ignorant comment about the Japanese! Bloodthirsty you say. Well, ask how many American soldiers were like that? I'm an American. Patriotic. But war is hell. Both sides can be that way. But it's over. I know a serviceman who was on a ship that was sunk by a Japanese bomb. He survived, and now is best friends with the man who sunk his ship. Belive it or not.
Jan. 27, 2000, 2:56 p.m. CST
Jan. 29, 2000, 8:50 p.m. CST
First off, yes it is called "Band of Brothers" and is based on the book by Stephen Ambrose (Citizen Soldiers, D-Day) chronicling the true story of E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from boot camp through the Normandy campaign and the capture of Berlin. It's being co-produced by Spielberg and Hanks, but the "Saving Private Ryan" connection does not end there. In addition to Ambrose's involvement, many of SPR's crew members will be working on "Band of Brothers", including the production designer. Also, don't count out a possible cameo (or even starring) role for Hanks in one of the episodes, ala "From Earth To The Moon" which he also produced for HBO. And here's to hoping Spielberg jumps behind the cameras quickly to shoot an episode himself. Anyway, I'll be waiting in anticipation for this one.
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