Author - Rob Levy

A Conversation With Roger Corman

Roger Corman

Roger Corman is one of the few people who can truly be called an icon of cinema without any debate, argument or hesitation.

In a town full of crazy, Corman is one of the smartest and shrewdest minds in the industry. His work as a director and producer is unparalled while his films are loved by millions of fans all over the world.

For over five decades he has mentored almost every American director that matters. That list of other directors he has mentored reads like a who’s who of Hollywood: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Irvin Kershner, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles and Penelope Spheeris. He also has worked with several film legends including Vincent Prince, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. He also gave huge career breaks to Robert DeNiro, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper and some guy named William Shatner.

Corman’s prolific career has been brought to life in rich detail in a new documentary, Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

Need Coffee’s Rob Levy spoke with Corman over the phone, ahead of his appearance at the Vincentennial in St. Louis later this month. Corman candidly discussed his working relationship with Vincent Price, what he looks for in a story and brings down the house with the tale of how he made a film version of The Fantastic Four on the cheap.

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The Curmudgeon: February 2011 Edition

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PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey, rock wraith

Welcome to 2011. It’s always great fun near the start of the year because a slew of really great new music comes out along with some big releases.

I am quite excited about London’s The Vaccines. Their debut, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? hits the shops in the UK this March.

Let England Shake is the volatile new release form PJ Harvey. It’s good to see her angry again. Her songwriting skills however have not diminished!

They had a pretty good run, but finally The White Stripes have split up. White recently made a lovely album with Wanda Jackson, The Party Ain’t Over.

Grizzly Bear has done a bang up job scoring the soundtrack for the feel good film of the winter, Blue Valentine.

British Sea Power is back with Valhalla Dancehall, a dense and loud record that picks up where Do You Like Rock Music? left off.

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