Posted tagged ‘Hercules’

CLASH OF THE GODS….thunders on

August 26, 2009

clash-of-the-gods-yetkin1
Here’s the upcoming schedule for Clash of the Gods on HISTORY, Mondays at 10PM/9c

Most weeks, HISTORY follows the new episode with a repeat of the previous week’s.

Also, HISTORY posts previous episodes for free viewing on their website www.history.com/video

8/17 HADES
8/24 THE LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR (watch now)
8/31 MEDUSA(watch now)
9/7 (pre-empted by Charles Manson special)
9/14 ODYSSEUS: CURSE OF THE SEA
9/21 ODYSSEUS: WARRIOR’S REVENGE
9/28 BEOWULF
10/5 THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS
10/12 THOR

Advertisements

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

HERCULES – The Tale of the Bull

August 7, 2009

cow

About that bull.

King Minos’ bull was a creature sent from God, a snow white beauty that stopped all in their tracks. In fact it was so beautiful that King Minos’ wife fell in love with it… and… well, the result was the birth of the Minotaur, half man, half beast. But that’s another story…

The bull was also a symbol of Minos’ power–and he was a tyrant. Hercules, the great hero and civilizer of the ancient world was sent on a mission to wrestle and take down this huge and stunning bull. It was one of Hercules’ 12 impossible labors.

All this is great, until you need to find a snow-white and suitably godly bull to play the part. And you’re in Morocco, and it’s January (not that the month had much to do with it, but cold weather always makes everything worse).

Morocco is sheep country. In fact there is one sheep in Morocco for every 2 people. (thank you Wikipedia) And in the Atlas Mountains, where we were filming the Clash of the Gods, the sheep have to compete with the goats. There are no lush pastures, no green grasses; instead, freezing tumbleweed and wooden film sets precariously teetering and creaking in the desert wind.

Mohammed, one of our local crew, said he knew a guy who knew a guy who might have a bull. And the bull turned out to be white, amazing!…. OK, it also had some brown patches. But no problem! Let’s paint the cow!

Great idea, right?

5AM–the day of the shoot: Our team arrives on set bleary-eyed, and still wishing we were tucked safely into bed. Today is a big day. Hercules will wrestle one of the finest specimens of nature, the huge godly-white bull of Crete.

And there in the grey morning light is Mohammed–standing next to our bull and grinning with a bucket of white paint in his hand.

So we get to work. We all feel sorry for the bull, except for Tim who is, as a true DP, filming the majestic
creature with his digital camera and tittering to himself.

Jess & Jess from scrapbook

An hour later we check in on our bull. The paint has dried in large clumps on its fur. The brown patches are still visible. The bull is looking nonplused.

OK this is not working…Lets wash the bull down, get some spray paint, start this thing afresh. But the paint doesn’t come off easily. And the owner, oddly, picks this as the place to draw the line. He won’t let us spray paint his bull.

Plan Z: We shoot Hercules pretending to wrestle the bull supertight. And our actor, all the while, has to cover the bull’s very brown ears with his arms…

What’s that they say about working with animals?

–Jess Lyne de Ver
Clash of the Gods, Associate Producer

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]

HERCULES’ WALL OF SONGS

August 5, 2009

CLASH OF THE GODS episode #2 is HERCULES–airs this Monday August 10 at 10PM ET/PT on HISTORY.

HERCULES–Strongest Man on Earth–Facing a Frightening Destiny–Adulated countless times in Song.

Here is Allen Toussaint’s great R&B hit (covered by Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, Paul Weller)

HercMurder

HERCULES

All you fear, is fear itself
Check out your own back yard before you check out someone else
Railroad track, in my neighborhood
Ain’t no trains around that part just ain’t no good

Wanna know, what’s going down,
When the pimp on the corner looks like the sharpest cat in town
Jungle rule, can’t be no fool
Might get caught by the hook of a crook no time for cool
Look out jay, what you say, what you carrying brother
I hope you’re clean cause the man is mean, don’t come another further

We all know the answer, will come out in time
I might even carry some of your load, right along with mine

Thank you ma’am, mister please
‘Cause I must be Hercules
I must be Hercules

Like a bird, on the wing
I just wanna be free enough to do my thing
I can feel the pressure, from every side
If you not gonna help, don’t hurt, just pass me by

Oh, no
Hercules
I must be Hercules

Jungle rule, can’t be no fool
Devil is on the loose, no cool
Got your feet, in the sand
Got to be down with the cats that around and still got the face the man

Talk about me if you please
I must be Hercules

Duckin’ rocks, catchin’ stones
Movin’ how can I survive what’s going on
Beg, steal and borrow
Somehow I’ve got to make it to tomorrow
Can’t depend, on no-one else
Comin’ up the hard way I’ve got to save myself

Talk about me if you please
I must be Hercules

[Screen Gems – EMI Music, Inc.; Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp.]

GOT OTHER HERCULES SONGS? COMMENT/CONTRIBUTE TO THIS WALL. R+B, BLUES, GOSPEL, FOLK, ROCK, POP…ANY SONG FROM ANYWHERE, WE WANT TO SEE IT!

Our Cool Movie Poster

July 29, 2009

clash-of-the-gods-yetkin1