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CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981 – 2010)

August 24, 2009

Clash of the Titans was released on July 12, 1981 (the same day as Raiders of the Lost Ark). As many have observed, the film gave Greek and Roman mythology the Star Wars treatment with a classy cast of international stars including Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Claire Bloom as Hera, and Ursula Andress as Aphrodite. The legendary Ray Harryhausen worked his stop-motion special effects magic to create the fantastic pantheon of analogue demigods and monsters. The film was made on a budget of $16 million, and it went on to gross $41 million.

Harryhausen was also co-producer of the film, and retired from filmmaking shortly after the movie was released making this his last main feature film.

Okay, so you probably already know that Warner Bros. is remaking Clash of the Titans. Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) is directing. The film stars Sam Worthington (upcoming Terminator Salvation and Avatar) and Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films, The English Patient) and Alexa Davalos, Gemma Arterton, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Visual effects supervisor is Nick Davis of Entrapment (Troy and The Dark Knight most recently). Filming is underway; release is scheduled for March 2010.

Not to be confused with the Canadian animated teen TV series with the clever title variation: Class of the Titans.

[info courtesy wikipedia and imdb.com]

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ELTON DOES HERCULES

August 10, 2009

Elton John closed his 1972 Honky Chateau album with “Hercules.” The song was a full-blown rocker on stage with the classic EJ line-up: Dee Murray on bass, Nigel Olsson on drums, Davey Johnstone on guitars. There’s misinformation on the web about whose song this is – some confusing it with Allen Toussaint’s song of the same name. But this Hercules was indeed written by EJ and Bernie Taupin.

HERCULES

Ooh I got a busted wing and a hornet sting
Like an out of tune guitar
Ooh she got Hercules on her side
And Diana in her eyes

Some men like the Chinese life
Some men kneel and pray
Ooh well I like women and I like wine
And I’ve always liked it that way
Always liked it that way

I can’t dig it, the way she tease
That old tough man routine up her sleeve
Living and loving, kissing and hugging
Living and loving with a cat named Hercules
A cat named Hercules

Oh and it hurts like hell to see my gal
Messing with a muscle boy
No superman gonna ruin my plans
Playing with my toys

Rich man sweating in a sauna bath
Poor boy scrubbing in a tub
Me, I stay gritty up to my ears
Washing in a bucket of mud
Washing in a bucket of mud

[Dick James Music]

ps. Did you know that Sir Elton legally changed his name to Elton Hercules John in 1974?

OUR HERCULES POSTER- Doesn’t it make you want to watch??

August 10, 2009
Tonight 10PM ET/PT on HISTORY

Tonight 10PM ET/PT on HISTORY

DISNEY DOES HERCULES

August 6, 2009

From the Disney movie “Hercules” (1997) comes the song “Long Ago” by Alan Menken (music) and David Zippel (lyrics). “Go the Distance” was the big song from the movie though–it won both the Oscar (R) and Golden Globe (R) for Best Original Song that year.

LONG AGO

[Narrator:]
Long ago, in the far away land of ancient Greece
there was a golden age of powerful gods extraordinary heroes
and greatest and strongest of all these Heroes was the mighty
Hercules.
But what is the measure of a true hero? Now, that is what our
story …

[Muses:]
Will you listen to him?
He’s making the story sound like some Greek tragedy.
Lighten up, dude.
We’ll take it from here, darling.

[Narrator:]
You go, girls …

[Muses:] We are the muses.
Goddesses of the arts
and proclaimers of heroes.
Heroes like Hercules.
Honey, you mean Hunkules!
I’d like to make some sweet music of it
Our story actually begins long before Hercules
Many Aeons ago …

[Hal Leonard/Walt Disney Music Publishing]

CLASH OF THE GODS: Experience with Lightning preferred

July 28, 2009

On Monday August 3, KPI’s new series for HISTORY launches at 10PM ET/PT.
CLASH OF THE GODS tackles myths–big gutsy unwieldy myths filled with sex, snakes, sirens, flying dragons and monsters eating people.

Zeus Typhon

First episode is ZEUS–the greatest of the Greek Gods. So how do you cast a god? That was the question we kept asking ourselves. Zeus. All-powerful. Larger than life. Experience with lightning preferred.

We were filming in Ouarzazate – a remote studio town in the Moroccan desert where films such as Kingdom of Heaven, Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia filmed many of their scenes. You’d think you could find godlike superheros in a setting like that. You’d be wrong.

For days we scoured the town – home to about 80,000 people with droves of tourists passing through. We held casting calls at our hotel, scoured street corners, checked out the only gym in town, which looked more like janitor’s supply closet than a Bally’s. No one had the ZEUS “look”.

We extended our search across the country. Casting photos poured in from Casablanca, Marrakesh, Tangier. Where had all the superheros gone?

In the end, we settled for a mere mortal. We cast Joseph Beddelem, an experienced Moroccan stuntman with credits including The Bourne Identity, The Hills Have Eyes and Alexander as our Zeus.

Moroccan stuntman Joseph Beddelem

Moroccan stuntman Joseph Beddelem

Joseph is one strong and rugged dude. He had an air of authority about him and his screen experience suggested he’d be able to carry the role more convincingly than the janitor down the street (who usually has a steady side job thanks to small, poor productions like ours.)

We had our man.

Next…the task of turning him into a god.
(to be continued in our next blog post–)

–Chris Cassel,
Clash of the Gods, Series Director & Writer