Do you realize that every time you read a book without pictures you become a production designer, casting director, and costume designer? Hell, you can be a director if you want to. Whether you know it or not, when you read a book without pictures, your brain fills in the blank spots. You can see the people, how they are dressed, which way they are moving, and what it looks like around them. Neat, huh?... (read more: click \'Introduction\' on menu above)

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Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy

Posted by admin On November - 20 - 2009

The Mysteries of Italy’s Ancient Torries are Revealed in “Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy”

nuovo_2webThis film is the story of the thousands of torries built along the coast of Italy, each one in view of the other, to protect the villages from invasion of armies and marauding pirates roaming the Mediterranean Sea.

These watchtowers are situated in some of the most beautiful and spectacular places on the planet, and have survived attacks by man and nature for thousands of years.

The film takes the viewer over centuries of time through the eyes of the Vigili of the towers and the ferocious line of “Saracen Pirates.”

Re-enactments of the life of the Vigili in the Torres and pirate attacks are based on historical accounts.

Many of the locations with the most dramatic and beautiful surroundings and the most interesting Torre history are featured.

Until now, the fascinating and exciting story of the Torres had never been told and was unknown to the world!

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“Barbarossa and the Towers of Italy”
Screening in the Levante International Film Festival
Friday November 13, 2009
Bari – Apulia, Italy

For More Information Contact:
Steve Thompson
Thompson Communications
580 Haddon Avenue; Collingswood, NJ 08108

Katharine Hepburn Climbs a Fence

Posted by admin On September - 6 - 2009

Video clip: A short story about the first time I met Miss Katharine Hepburn, and the wild ride around Culver City…

Olly Olly Oxen Free

Posted by admin On August - 25 - 2009


I am often asked, with all the pictures I’ve done what my favorite is. It has to be this one. Look at my record; Nuclear destruction of the world, an insane western, another insane piece set in an insane asylum. (There’s a poetic fit for you.), a river boat – whore house, black exploitation pictures, and God only knows how many murders I have helped create.

Now my dear friend, Richard Colla comes to me with a script. “Here,” he says, “this is a lovely little fairy tale starring two little boys, a dog, a hot air balloon, and, oh yes, Katharine Hepburn. Of course I’m directing, and we’re a team. If there is ever going to be a memory buster in your life, this will be it.”

The script was super. The actors were super. The feeling on the set was super. It was a picture about love and respect. It was a picture about trust and wisdom. It was a picture that had me at “fade in”.

The world just isn’t ready for “G” rated picture. . .

You’ll have to rent it, though I suppose it’s still on late night someplace.


Posted by admin On August - 24 - 2009

Just knowing Anne Bancroft was such a thrill for me. But to work with her was icing on the cake. I have been in love with her, seems like all my life. Still am, even though she’s no longer with us. She and Mel were the perfect couple; an Italian Catholic and a Jew. A match made in heaven.

And who knew Dom Deluise was such a good actor?

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Original Trailer for Fatso:

Under the Rainbow

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009


The little people did leave me with many memories. To put it mildly, I ain’t a big guy, but they made me feel like one. One morning we were preparing to shoot. It was very foggy, and the little people had on their Munchkin costumes. All those bright colors and ruffles, and those high voices made them seem like a garden of human flowers. There I was, standing in the middle of them. They were moving about and talking, and I was towering over them. I really did feel like John Wayne in a garden.

The Day After

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009


Late one sunny Kansas morning I was standing in a field of wildflowers in an area down by the Kansas River the runs through Lawrence. A great arched bridge was in the top of my frame, and I was sketching a set I was planning to put there. It was listed in the script as a tent city, but my sketch was turning into much more. Before my eyes a field of wildflowers was becoming a smoke-and-debris-choked gathering place for a number of victims who were unlucky enough not to have been blown to bits in the blasts. Dying people with haunted eyes were burying the dead with vacant eyes in a common grave. A mother sat under a tin roofed lean-to holding her dead baby. In that field of wildflowers there was no green, the dirt was black, and every natural or man-made thing on the dirt was black. I finished the sketch and walked off the field. I was afraid to turn around for fear the wildflowers would be gone….

…That set got built just as my sketch showed. The day we began shooting the scene, I walked up onto the bridge to get a bird’s-eye view. There was an ancient Asian lady standing there quietly. As I walked up to the rail next to her I noticed that she was crying. She felt my gaze and looked over to me. All she said was, “I was there.” It was a strange compliment, but I will always think of it that way.

Blazing Saddles

Posted by admin On July - 28 - 2009

You know, it’s a strange thing about Blazing Saddles: It is so brilliantly written that hardly a day goes by that I don’t use at least one line from it. “Somebody go back and get a shit-load of dimes.” “Are you out of your mind, can’t you see that this man is a…?” “Never mind that shit, here comes Mongo.” “Hi, I’m parked over by the commissary.” “Do do that voodoo that you do so well.” “Shit, Bart they said you was hung….” “And they was right.” “This friggin thing is warped.” “Oh what a nice guy.” And the best musical line ever written, “They quote you Byron and Shelly and jump on your belly and bust your balloon. “ Well, you get the message. Rent the damn thing. Look at it and try to get through the next day without using at least one line. “More beans, Mr. Taggert?”