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    The Thief of Bagdad: Re-imagined by Shadoe Stevens with the Music of ELO

    THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)
    Re-imagined by Shadoe Stevens with the Music of E.L.O.

    With Introduction by Shadoe Stevens! Showing 7:30 Saturday 4/28/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    This is one of the coolest things we’ve stumbled upon in recent memory. The Thief of Bagdad with a soundtrack by E.L.O.  Tons of magic carpets set to “Mr. Blue Sky”.  YES.

    We found out about this after watching an 80s movie called TRAXX.  We got curious about its star, Shadoe StevensOur research led us to his website, where we read about his legendary radio career, hilarious and inventive commercials he produced, stints on TV shows…. so much stuff (you can read all about it here).  Let’s just say he’s a man of many talents, and mondo enthusiasm. 

    Here’s Shadoe’s tale of how his take on The Thief of Bagdad came to be (read entire interview here):

    “In the 1970s, we watched movies at my house. There was no video or DVDs, of course. I’d show 16 mm movies. Someone had the idea to run silent movies. This was great. Most of us hadn’t seen many silent movies.

    I created soundtracks for the silent movies, on cassette. I recorded suitable music and coordinated the cassette, with the film. Instantly, there was a silent movie, with a modern soundtrack.

    After seeing Thief of Bagdad, I couldn’t get enough of the movie. It is 2.5 hours long. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars as the thief; he also bankrolled the 1924 movie, for two million dollars. Raoul Walsh is the director. The special effects are outstanding, to this day. I started creating a soundtrack for Thief. Every time I watched Thief, I devised a new and better version of the soundtrack. I tried classical music, improvisational jazz and radical eclectic music, rock; anything with possibilities.

    I kept tinkering, with the soundtrack, for 20 years. My son, Bradley, liked a 1982 version best, but thought there were good ideas in a 1989 version, too. In 1996, Bradley talked me into doing the consummate Thief soundtrack, using the best ideas from both the 1982 and 1989 versions.

    I borrowed a studio and an engineer. I discovered music by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), was the perfect complement to the magic of the Thief. I worked on it for weeks. Every time I saw the movie with the ELO soundtrack, it moved me, deeply.

    I contacted Jeff Lynne, the creative genius behind ELO and the Travelling Willburys, among others. He came to my house and we watched The Thief of Bagdad. He was shaking his head, smiling throughout the movie. He says, ‘It’s almost as if the music was written for the film.'”

    There you have it: Jeff Lynne approved.

    Here’s a trailer and a clip!

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: TRAXX

    TRAXX

    TRAXX (1988)
    Special night!  With Introduction by Shadoe Stevens! Showing Saturday 4/28/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    UPDATE – Since Shadoe Stevens will be in town on 4/28 to present his THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD: RE-IMAGINED project at the Hollywood, we thought it’d be cool if after THIEF we showed TRAXX (in which he stars) as a special late-night Bingo session.  And, he’s sticking around to introduce the movie!  Ok, on to TRAXX:

    There are two things Traxx loves–baking cookies… and killing bad guys.  His dream is to have his own cookie business, but the problem is he’s only good at one of those things (and it’s not the cookies).  This is where the light-hearted cookie-baker-with-a-dream plot turns kind of dark.

    Blonde-maned beefcake Shadoe Stevens is Traxx, an ex-cop, former mercenary who wants to settle down and live the cookie life.  Needing cash to make his cookie dreams a reality, he offers a small, crime-infested town a deal they can’t refuse: hire him to be their “Town Tamer” and he’ll take out their trash… forever (garbage you dump, trash you kill).  His motto is “Be good, be gone, or be dead.”  After teaming up with a rookie and killing about 300 low-lifes, Traxx gets the attention of local crime boss Aldo Palucci (played by Robert Davi, one of the Fratellis who put Chunk’s hand in the blender in The Goonies).  There’s a great scene where he tries one of Traxx’s awful cookies, with explosive results.  He puts out a hit on Traxx, bringing in the Uzi-toting, limo-driving Guzik Brothers, who have been in self-imposed exile in Mexico.  They kidnap the little league baseball team, trying to draw out Traxx, who by this time was living in the woods and wearing a Traxx t-shirt that his partner made for him.  The final showdown ends the only way it could: in an explosion that segues to fireworks and dancing in the streets, under the neon glow of a sign that says “Snaxx by Traxx”.  Directed by Jerome Gary.

    Some Traxx Snaxx

     

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    Jean-Claude Van Damme Doing the Splits

    Here’s some photos of Jean-Claude Van Damme displaying his greatest skill, doing the splits.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    You should not drink and bake.

    160 Greatest Arnold Schwarzenegger Quotes.  This is pretty entertaining.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: HARD TARGET

    HARD TARGETHARD TARGET (1993)
    Showing Tuesday 4/3/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In HARD TARGET, Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Chance Boudreaux, an out-of-work sailor with a greasy, disgusting mullet.  How he keeps it that wet we never find out.  It’s definitely not from being “out to sea”.  But what we do find out is this: his first name is Chance because “his mama took a chance.”  Also, Wilford Brimley is his unintelligible moonshine-guzzling Cajun uncle.  The movie starts out with a rough-looking dude being hunted through the streets of New Orleans.  A gravelly-voiced sportsman named Emil Fouchon (Lance Henriksen) has been hiring guys out of the local homeless population as moving targets for wealthy men of refined taste.  It turns out the bum has a daughter, who eventually comes looking for him.  She traces him to the seedier parts of town where she meets Chance Boudreaux, and enlists the sweaty, gross-looking Muscles From Brussels to help her out.  The elegant connoisseur of the hunt Emil quickly finds out he’s met his match in the field, and makes the hunter the hunted, and then he becomes the hunted by the hunted he failed to hunt.  Then he is eaten by a hell beast. 

    Be sure to be on the look out for JCVD chewing the rattler off a rattle snake, and a great action sequence that epitomizes the “Blown Away From Explosion” bingo square.  Another curious thing to watch for are all the exploding bullets.  No matter what gets shot, it explodes… traffic cones, lights on police cars, trees, grass… Wilford Brimley.  Directed by John Woo.

    This is one of our favorite JCVD movies.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zAyZff2FuQ