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"alex winter" Discussed on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
"I know you'll enjoy zappa. And speaking of zappa we're going to get right back into our conversation with writer director alex winter. Okay well so because we've gotta talk about spoilers for for a couple of minutes here if you have not yet seen zappa press pause go watch it. You could find it anywhere you could get. Vod the your usual places. This highly worth your time is a hell of an artistic accomplishment comeback and finish the rest of the interview. I don't know how we went this long for anybody. That doesn't know we're now into the spoilers. Frank zappa passed away. Nineteen ninety-five so it doesn't Ninety-three oh did i say sorry ninety. Three frank zappa passed away in nineteen ninety-three for anybody. That doesn't know you tell that in the beginning of the movie and what was so interesting was that he kept such great archives that you really were able to get a sense of who he was even though you couldn't interview them and so that's that's what really blew my mind about this. In addition to the great archival interviews that you searched up like. That's that's first and foremost something. That i gotta congratulate you on. Because i wasn't really expecting it because a lot of documentaries about especially deceased music stars. They're guarded generally in some of their interviews that they do on television. You don't get the inside. But even as frank is talking about his own mortality after he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer and they're doing those interviews at his house there. There's a sensibility and sensitivity. That he's he's offering up his fans in the world. That i was very surprised that you got out of it and so kudos kudos to you on that. Tell us how you adapted your structure though because documentaries like this would obviously have a cradle to grave. Feel the same way a bio-pic would you made yours non-linear in which you were going back and forth you're showing the early iterations of his career his frustrations as an artist then his awakening that he can't keep banging his head against the wall and he needs to continue growing it as an artist for the last part of his life which blew me away which was the composing which which had been doing all of his life. But that was something. That i totally didn't expect you to be able to get into this and you dove head into it so tell us how you found that structure. How many years of watching the footage it took you to find that structure. Well i've got to tell you that a lot of that structure was was written before we even started the vault work. That was kind of my thesis. I had a. I had a script that i'd written that took you through the narrative of his life. I act and do i act second midpoint crisis point all of that. It was written like a film script. Obviously it changed. How many pages was it. This is awesome sixty rave. Yeah a and that was for me. So that gave me something that that mike and i discussed that i could then work on my own and reorient then. There were theme points than there were stories. There were changes. There were some core things. I discovered when i was researching frank that i really believed. Were his touchstone life points. That hadn't really been focused on before that was that was actually reinforced by frank himself. And we found all that archival of him talking. And if it hadn't been able to change the structure i didn't care needed to be my story but i had a feeling that the prison experience for him in his youth had really impacted him in terms of how he viewed the outside world. And how and what committed to living the life that he did to hell with everything and and whatever whatever comes his way as a result he was ready to take that on. Which was a a huge Gambit because he faced a lot of consequences for that decision so there were things that changed and then there were things that stay the same but it was there was a lot of themes that we got out of the material that that caused us to. Ben where the other manhole third act being passed the spoilers on the whole third acting focused on his the denouement of his of his cancer diagnosis. I got that out of the vault. Once they realized there was all this intimate footage of him just just in dealing with his own mortality. I was like we gotta spend many many many minutes. Just on that i i mean it was. It was such a great third act. I really did not expect it to go there and it it really. It really took me One of the one of the things that i was curious about. Just what was something that you found in the archive. That was a part of your original design that you just couldn't fit but that you loved that would be fascinating for people hear about 'cause it's you had such a wealth of material. I mean i have seen. You're doing more on valley girl. Of course number one hit. I was glad you didn't dive too. Deep because you you went into better directions. But what's the thing that like. You would put on a dvd extra or you. Would you would add another thirty or forty minutes. To honestly i really. I'm such a stickler for getting out while the getting's good. There's no part of me that wants a longer version of this. There's lots of good. Yeah there's lots of great stuff. I mean there's like fuck were making we have. Dvd extras that. Mike and i have cut. There's funnily enough a lot of interview footage of the present interviews. That i really love. There's great stories that we didn't get to put in. They didn't really drive the narrative ford. They didn't really speak to really important aspects of interior life. But they're just great great moments from these people who i really cared about those are going on. Dvd extras those. We're gonna show people some of the really more whimsical vault. Fines are going on as extras. Okay that's awesome because the two hundred motels stuff that you put the behind the scenes shooting his film. Two hundred motels like yeah. That was crazy. I didn't expect to see that that was that was actually really fun. You know who threw off the stage and y. You mentioned that incident and i didn't realize that it knocked him out for year. Which again was a reset point for him did did was there ever a reason. Just a fan. No no we know. It's actually it's out there in the in the web. Oh sphere but It was a disgruntled boyfriend. A jealous boyfriend of a girl who may or may not have added a momentary dalliance with frank. Okay so it was. It was it was revenge. You know a lot of people think that he was just crazy and that there was no dalliance that we don't know it's a little complicated but but we do know why we do. I was i was just curious on that. You know the thing that. I was so grateful that you did was that. You had an interview with bickford about his amazing stop motion animations that are featured in the film. You know people once they see your film..
"alex winter" Discussed on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
"During the holiday season as we get ready to put out an issue and then go straight into another issue would be incredible so thanks for considering but now without any further ado. let's jump right into our conversation with writer director. Alex winter to chat about his latest film zappa. Okay alex to see you. How's it going man. It's going really well. It's good to be here. Awesome great to have. You will see you know we're gonna we're going to give our listeners and viewers on on youtube and it's spotify i tune just kind of like a snapshot of you is an artist before we get into zappa which we will get into because absolutely loved it ground and accomplishment. It's just a great film so much to talk about. But you know you. A lot of people don't know or some people know that you you went to nyu you studied. You studied film film school experience. That kind of has helped guide you. Well i mean like a lot of people who like to noodle with film. I started really young as a kid. I was acting as a kid professionally And i ended up putting myself film school with the money. I made acting on broadway but my interrupt. What were you in on broadway. I was in a king. And i with your brenner and i was in peter. Pan was sandy. Duncan i was on broadway for years. It was too long running. Shows back to back so that made up most of my middle and high school years. Where eight shows a week while Which was great and fun and also paid for college which was which was nice. Oh but i had a pretty specific agenda going into nyu i. I was very interested in in studying writing directing. I did a lot of editorial study as well. Did a lot of editing there in the way. Nyu was structured similarly. Even though everything's digital i of course in the dinosaur age of analog as you did everything so you would work on other. People's films is different in different crew areas. But i had a strong focus on screenwriting. Because i knew that that story is where everything lived and so it's funny because now that i'm out of film school and because there's such a focus i think on on auto didacticism in this kind of sometimes it kind of cultural disparagement of film school. I actually got an enormous amount out of that. I went for writing and i focused on screenwriting and i did nothing but make films all day every day in all these different areas. So when i got out i was really to work and i moved to. La film school. While i was acting. I was directing music videos and commercials and short films and pretty much started out of the gate out of school. Your first films that. I saw that you were acting on was death. Wish three. what was your favorite memory from that That was a really fun. Shoot was very crazy. Though michael winner was really a trip to work with bronson was actually very genteel. Very nice and very Respectful of everyone. On of course we had huge admiration for bronson winner was was a maniac and it was sort of like a crazy eighty set with a crazy director and he was always trying to kill everybody and it got really strange. And i don't know if you've ever seen that movie stunt man but yeah yeah excellent. Peter o'toole is basically playing michael. In fact i'm pretty sure he is playing michael winner. But that's what it was like on steroids so it was very disorienting and de-stabilizing. But i was young so i found it amusing and entertaining. Experience was great. There was a lot of actually really high end crew on that film shooting. And it's a crazy film. I mean it's it's it's it is all over the place but like in a good way like it's really out there you also in loss boys And i'm just curious. What like a favorite memory from las boys was because you know. Were you there for the oil up saxophonist. i was in fact. I only was there but i i knew tim before the lost boys tim cappello who. Who's in that scene Had a punk band in new york called the ken dolls where they were all dressed like ken dolls. Nice to see them play. Cbgb's so it blew his mind that actually knew his career Pre oiled up sacked player. Who would go on to play for tina turner and all this other stuff but joel schumacher was absolutely amazing I was really grateful to be ended. I was cast by marian. Darty was a legend. I it was a really. You know. I got to sort of do king and i on broadway at the tail. End of of a certain era on broadway. I did peter pan as well but it was really working with. You'll as like my first really big job. Was we'd have richard rodgers backstage and lucille ball. And you and. I was a big film fan so and theater fan so i really appreciated that and lost. Boys was a similar experience because it was kind of like coming in at the tail. End of a certain era of hollywood. And i would never experience it again because it was kind of over by the early nineties but working with joel and richard donald on this big grand. Find silly crazy movie. It was a really special experience. What was your worst auditioned as an actor in the one that haunts you to this day because it can be tough to go out on decisions. And i'm just curious if you had one that was like kind of haywire. I never really look. You know when you start acting as a kid you get so conditioned to just doing auditions and not worrying about it and so i ended up becoming play for me like you. Just show up. It would be a chance to act. You would just show up an act and not worry if you got. I mean honestly bill and was like that you know. We saw those videos recently. That went online account laughing about it of our bill auditions. And we don't remember coming into the audition with that much of the character's already in our heads but clearly i was just having a good time and didn't really care. I probably had four editions that day. So i wasn't like stressing about whether i got the part or not assuming i probably wouldn't get it and i was just going for it. I think one of the funniest auditions i ever had was for oliver stone on. I think it was born on the fourth of july and that was a pretty well known actor by then and he literally i think was the only time a decision for dishing for the director. It's not even for the cast director right like it's really you know. Yeah usually like almost more of a conversation. Then i'm going to now read and he didn't he literally did not get off the phone or look up at me from his desk. The entire i mean it was like like something out of a christopher guest movie. It's terrible. I think i might have just walked out in the mid. Like just like this is really not like a complete waste of my time that they're usually pretty fun and relatively painless bill. And ted's obviously we have to talk about it. I swear we're still going to get the zappa but but it was a life changing role. What would you say was the biggest lesson of really being thrown into the lead of your first movie like that you handle the grade at solomon screenplay was fantastic and you know tell tell me what your biggest lesson walking away from that was i think that I mean honestly. I i'd been doing co starring roles on broadway and so i had gotten over the kind of i'm lead jitters small movie. It was an independent movie. Everyone was really young. The riders were young steve herrick the director was really young producers. Got crew for all of us. Were green like not green so much as naive and just going for it right. We didn't have a big studio looking over our shoulder. We didn't have a lot of money. So i didn't honestly feel a lot of pressure and i think that's what helped the movie work that too and i just kind of had fun and just took it seriously and played the characters straight and didn't try to make them arch on the writers of the director. Everybody was just kind of going for it..
"alex winter" Discussed on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
"If you're a fan of watching an artist pursue excellence in their craft and a singularity in their vision you are in for a treat with today's film. Howdy i'm jeff goldsmith and this is the qna. My agenda is simple. each week. I plan to bring you in depth insights into the creative process of storytelling and folks. Wow do we have a heck of a film view today. The documentary zappa Which is written directed by alex winter. It really blew me away. There's no there's no other way to say it. And you'll see my enthusiasm for during the interview and i almost wish we had more time because there is so much to go over but we gotta lot in for the time that we had the most important thing to stress and i hope you hear me on this. You do not need to be a long-term fan of frank zappa's work to watch enjoy and understand this film. You just need to be a fan of artistry the creative process music and even filmmaking. Because that's what you get in this documentary and satisfying the goal of a documentary which is to inform its audience while entertaining them. Alex winters succeeded on every single level with his team to bring this extraordinary work to life. there's a million ways. It could have gone wrong. But i think what's key here is that they had a really deep archive to draw from with that in mind. They were still able to paint a portrait not only zappa but also his creative theories the art that was important to him and his life how he handled failures how he wouldn't give up. That's all there so don't don't set. Don't set this one on the side just because you say to yourself. I've never heard of all frank zappa's music. I'm gonna miss the references or you. Maybe you've never heard any of it. Doesn't it doesn't really matter because i was familiar with frank zappa before seeing this movie but there were there were directions that takes in the third act that it it actually teases all along of some of his artistic interests that i never knew about that are so impressive and so cool to just see unfold in this film that it's just it's an excellent documentary like you you you couldn't i couldn't be happier with it and you know we talk about it a little in the documentary. They had such a wealth of footage and knew what to do with it. Right sometimes documentaries do not know what to do with it. They knew what to do with it. That i could only like in some of the editing style. Sometimes to like the great editing of oliver stone's jfk because they were interspersing so many different media forms into one film from the wealth of what they had to deal with. Zappa's work and the joke is as great as this. Documentary is at two hours and seven minutes as i say this later you could argue that. It's short and there's like more material that you would love to see. And i actually hope and expect the zappa family in the future to release more Of his of his work Via maybe documentaries like this may be a series or maybe just some of these lost broadcasts that you see for the first time in some cases here because it's just it's really fascinating to watch so i highly highly recommend you check out zappa. I was. I was very happy to have alex winter with us to talk about his creative process. He had such a thoughtful approach to this. It is no surprise that he was able to win over the zappa family to become the director of this film when so many before him had tried and failed so And he was great about speaking about his creative process as well. So i know you'll dig this episode and speaking of things to dig. You know i publish backstory magazine. We're having a blast during the pandemic with no movies in theaters really to speak of here in america and you know the schedule is just been crazy. And it's been crazy to follow as a journalist. And i'm proud to say that our team came together and we really cool issue. Forty two coming together for you and then we're going to go right into issue forty three and we're gonna keep putting new articles into the currently published issue forty two once we publish it as new movies. Come out and tv shows even though they might be intended for forty-three because it seems like the release slate although it was stagnant over the summer has really come back. So there's gonna be a lot to read and backstory magazine. It's it's it's the place that you could read screenplays in their entirety along with interviews with filmmakers plus just regular interviews with writers novelists graphic novel writers Musicians producers editors actors..
In 'Sound Of Metal,' Sudden Hearing Loss Sends A Drummer Reeling
"Santa metal stars. I'm ed as a rock drummer to lose his hearing. It is the feature debut for director darius that means it might be worthy of golden brick consideration atom. i know you've seen now Would that be accurate. Well i i do want to note that i also saw zappa and i think it's really good certainly a little bit rousing and undoubtedly competently made by alex winter so recommendation there but i also definitely got my music fix in sound of metal. Even though the music part of it isn't really what the story is about and i think we will probably or at least i will talk more as we get into the end of year award season about the performances. Here on med. But someone i had never seen on screen before. Maybe a couple credits to his name. An actor named paul racy who plays i guess kind of his his counselor and his caretaker. After a meds character. Reuben does go death and has to find a place really to be taught how to exist in a world as a deaf man and that performance by paul racy was one that i think is among my favorite of the year josh in a supporting role and sound metals. Definitely golden brick material. What i will say is it takes a really bold approach in terms of its overall artistic design and certainly in terms of its sound design which is from the very beginning it orients itself around the perspective of ahmet. There are instances of it that orient you as a viewer from sort of objective. Point of view. This is what an outsider might be experiencing or seeing play out for the most part in a way that i think for some viewers could be jarring. It was even jarring or difficult at times for me. For the most part you are always experiencing the world as resides character. Ruben experiences the world and so if you're someone who's behind a drum set and you're pounding away. While his girlfriend and collaborator as a musician is at the front of the stage. she's performing we really only hear her kind of wailing and the sound of her instrument the way he would hear it behind the drum set and similarly then as he starts to lose his hearing and then he loses it completely. There are many scenes the play out completely without sound where we only do experience it as viewers as he is in that moment and i do think it really pays off here so probably more say and there will be more to come on sound of metal here in the next month or so but for now i definitely want to recommend it. I think it's absolutely a golden brick nominee or should be on the shortlist. I know that we did that. Special here. just over thanksgiving and had a bunch of titles already we were throwing into. The mix of metal definitely belongs there. I'm curious what you and listeners. Think gets playing exclusively on amazon
"alex winter" Discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
"Playing guitar had entire chunks of dialogue from both movies recited to me verbatim. Of had little kids just mangle the lines and get them horribly wrong. Incredibly. Cute. You name it the the thing I will say it's it's you know having been saddle with US amongst the rest of one's life. It's a pretty joyful character and so the fans tend to be pretty sweet. and. That's a really nice thing and you know you can be known for playing villains and they're not as nice to you so. I was walking down the street with Alan. Rickman Watson and someone up to to him this is probably pre Harry. Potter because they were busing them for die hard and and they kinda Sneered at him and like and gave me a hug. You know stick. It was like he was like look you saw my fans hate me. Should have thought it through. Exactly. Alexander. Thank you so much for being on. Bullseye. Thank you, Alex Winter interviewed by our friend Carrie Poppy Bill and Ted face the music is available to rent or buy right now on a bunch of different platforms, his documentary show Biz kids. Now, on HBO as well if you want to check that out our thanks to carry poppy for conducting that interview Carey Co hosts the podcast Ono Rawson Kerry where she and her co host Ross blocher investigate spiritual paranormal and religious ideas often getting a lot more than they bargained for like for a while they joined scientology they became members and took classes and everything I I love Rosen carrying. Carry. And Rosser are it to light That's the end of another episode. Eye Bulls eye is produced from the homes of me and the Sheriff of Maximum Fund in and around Greater Los, Angeles? California where are Co worker Kierra just installed fund disco lights in her bedroom, and now all of her videoconferences. Totally. Show is produced by speaking into microphones. Our producer is Kevin Ferguson, Soussan, Ambrosio, and Jordan. Cowling art associate producers we get help from Casey. O'Brien are interstitial music is by Dan Wally known if w our theme song is by the go team. THANKS TO THEM IN THEIR LABEL MEMPHIS industries letting us, use it. You can keep up with the show on facebook twitter and youtube just search for Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. I'm on twitter at Jesse foreign I think that's about it just remember radio hosts have a signature sign. Bullseye with Jesse, thorn is a production of maximum fun dot org and is distributed by NPR..
"alex winter" Discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
"Film is a documentary called show Biz. Kids Showbiz kids features interviews with some of Hollywood's most recognizable former child stars and examines the upsides and downsides of young fame in this clip actor and former child star Evan Rachel wood talks about how as a child she felt immense pressure from the adults around her to continue acting even when she was unsure about her own desire to act. There was a part of me. That just really wanted to play and it was really apparent early on that. You would get in trouble if you want to play, it would be very disappointing people if I didn't want to do this because I was talented I just had a very young age. I guess connected to something and was able to communicate through this medium in a way that. If I didn't want to pursue it. The Bible was what what a waste, what a waste I can't believe. You won't. You won't do this. You won't pursue this. You're so good at it. And so I didn't feel like I. Could Stop because it was. So I just did it. Feels like one of the themes of this movie is that. There really is no such thing as wasted potential, whatever we want to be. Is, good enough. Is that kind of what you wanted to relate with. There are a lot of ideas that I wanted to to try to convey certainly no central theme. But other than and I didn't really want ran the Sony anyone's throats but other than the humanity of these people and the frailty of childhood, which obviously is not specific to child actors and I was really interested in the universality of these experiences beyond just child actors into the world of of every child especially in Western culture given the pressures that are put on everybody Western culture, but especially kids because of their their frailty. So yeah, I think that that. The that that idea sort of as you stated, it the way I had thought of it was that you end up. Really. There's a lot of there's a kind of an aggressive of a feeling that you have to aggressively keep moving all the time and you have to aggressively keep improving all the time and you have to. I mean the one thing that Evan said right around the spot that really hit me between the eyes when I was doing the interview. was she said, you know she 'cause I haven't was on those people who I thought actually had. You don't really don't know when you walk into these things I thought I was GonNa give me that great i. just I just shoulder my way through this whole thing and came out great info. and. and. She had that one statement about coming up and just and just how you know she had great parents and great management and great representation in great people around her but no one it ever asked her if she was. Okay. And that was one hundred percent, my story and I. It's one of those things more Wilson I talked about it like you. It's such an issue leading experience that you really think no one else has experienced what you experienced and is very liberating when you discovered that everyone has experienced with your experience and So yes, I feel like you know kids in this world. Aren't allowed even by accident oftentimes to. In a very subtle nuanced way develop as who they are, whatever that's going to be. And I don't think it's done intentionally a lot of the times I don't think it's it's a completely fatal I mean to your actualization out to you as in your life. People can make it through those periods and get well and have fantastic careers and fantastic lives is not always a disaster. But I do believe that you don't come out of it unscathed I don't believe you or your family come out of it unscathed. Yeah. It seemed like he made a deliberate decision to make sure there were people in this who could speak to the good parts of being a child actor. So it wasn't just this one note or you know this this Downer representation of child acting that there were people who clearly just had mostly a great time. Did you that out intentionally or did that just happen? It just kind of happened. The was an I kind of always look for interviews like this, and in all my dachshunds very specific reason why not on a generally tend towards finding people who are going to be. First and foremost willing to speak and speak honestly. People who feel they have a story to tell which is on them in a sense to to you know in terms of when they respond to to my request to to talk to them, and then people who have some. Grip some rational and articulate grip on their circumstances or their narrative. Even if I don't agree with it, which you know this isn't a case, this document, a case in point, but there have been. Several. Times. was sitting across from someone thinking they're either lying or I really fundamentally don't agree with their worldview but it's a great interview and it and it's purposeful for the narrative. and. In this case, I was really looking for people who I felt. Not Resort were okay but it had really processed what they've been through would be able to speak to it emotionally honestly and that was what I sought. Yeah. I. Think that this home and also your film deep web have an element of of arguing for nuance that there isn't all good or all bad to anything that we. Anything in life really you know whether it's the deep internet or child actors who we often talk about as if their experiences are entirely fabricated and negative that no, there are there are upsides to all these things. There are also life is hard for everyone and I, and you know I felt really grateful for the life that I was able to build despite some really intense early challenges and that to me is a is a primarily an incredibly positive story for myself. So I did walk into these interviews regardless of whether I agreed with everyone or their story was identical to mine and I had an enormous amount of of empathy. For, these people and also I wanted to convey. their humanity to people that you know. It's it's these aren't freaks and and they are. Human beings who were just little kids just like any other little kid and they had to deal with this world in this way. Before. We let you go Alex. I've got to ask to be ever figure out what the ASS is for in. Bills Name. I think. Ed. told me it was Stanley but they may have been messing with me so I don't even know but I believe when I asked him on bill and Ted one Ed's answer was Stanley. Okay. What do you think when you're living inside his head see? I'm saying you're the only one who knows, yeah. I I have a different name for that Then then Stanley which he did not seem like something that bills family would have. Would have done. What is it It's actually my my my real life brothers named Stephen. Okay Bill Stephen. Moore it's more grounded. Bill Stephen. Williams. Stephen. One. And when you're walking down the street, what do people shout at you it seems like there are so many different lines people could shout from the bill and Ted what you hear the most I mean I get I absolutely get them all. To me on their knees.
Alex Winter on how he and Keanu Reeves brought George Carlin's touching cameo to 'Bill & Ted Face the Music' (spoilers!)
"Jesse Thorn. Our guest is Alex Winter you probably know him best as bill from bill and Ted along with Keanu reeves he starred in bill and Ted's excellent adventure bill and Ted's bogus journey and the brand new movie bill and Ted face the music. Alex is also a director who's made several documentaries. His latest just came out a couple of months ago it's called show biscuits. It features interviews with former child stars about how their time working in the entertainment industry affected them. Let's get back to the conversation. There's a lot in this in this movie also about parenthood and the ties that bind to their and in particular how children kind of actualize the dreams of their parents in some ways for good and bad. I saw that theme also and show Biz kids. Your documentary that made me wonder if you saw parallel there to do you find that particularly compelling. I was raised by two artists. My parents were modern dancers. My mom had company in London, which is where I was born in my dad ultimately had a company in the Midwest. which is still going on when we moved to the states house quite young. I started out as a child actor professionally by like nine or ten I was working professionally by twelve thirteen I was in two long running probably shows back-back. Took me all the way into college so. My relationship to. My parents and to my family and the complexity of that and this idea of I wouldn't call destiny. That's the sort of of the movies that. But you know this idea of expectation and what is your life supposed to be, and of course, it's never going to be that and it shouldn't be that and and and how do the children affects the parents? How do the parents affect the children and of course now I'm a dad and so how'd now it's a triple layer cake right And Those are all those drams or fusing together and crazy ways and I had really wanted to make a film that allowed people who had experienced this firsthand meaning people that come up as child actors. I wanted them to be able to express the very nuanced layers of of that experience. Intimately I just had not seen that done and I had. you know obviously had done it myself in private, but I'd never kind of attacked at. So you that was very satisfying to be able to make and it was really odd to try to make show Biz because for the first time about ten years ago I couldn't find financing and it was exactly the concept. So it was very very strange to. Lovely. But strange to start making the film, shoot a bunch of interviews go away, make bill and Ted be dealing with you know Ted's problems with his dad our issues with our daughters live and our destiny that didn't end up the way it was supposed to in how did that impact everybody and you know, and then of course, like acting for the first time gangs I left act the acting business in after doing Dylan Ted to really Very consciously, and so acting again and I'm making a movie about child actors about parents and their children and it was it was like Oh did this all really need to happen at once was that necessary? I my Gosh. Every aspect of my entire life right now. So Yeah it was lovely and heavy Frankly yeah. Tell me about that decision to kind of I. Think you said, disappear for a minute and then come back and be doing more behind the scenes work than acting. Well. We talk about it in in show Biz kids and it's really not uncommon. It's. It's you know I had started acting I had a very, very public life from around ten years old to about twenty five on nonstop even through college. I was still acting on TV and doing commercials and TV shows. Nonstop and after bill and Tattoo amid and other film called freaked I was just psychologically. I was just worn out and I knew. That I was not I had some friends around me that were crashing hard at a couple that actually died. It was a pretty heavy scene. For Lot of us that had come up because we're all around the same age. So a lot of us were trying to transition from from you know sort of youth in the business too young adult business. We're not having the best time of it and and at the same time I gone to film school and was very very committed to my work as a writer director But it you know for me, I needed to make a conscious decision to get out of the public eye and just go live some normal life and I didn't feel like I'd really gotten to do that through pretty. Formative Adolescence and postal license and. Evan Rachel Wood speaks about this really well in the in the movie sodas will we? All everyone had the same experience I was sitting across from Diana Kerry, the hundred year old woman who was baby peggy, and she literally laid out my entire life story was completely jaw dropping. And that's what had happened to her when she had to really figure life out and she had to get away from the business and. And just be in the world and that's what I did I left. I left my acting representation and I moved and started a production company in London and I just shot commercials and wrote scripts and had a kid and live like regular Joe and. Got My head together and did some growing up and when I felt comfortable again, I started training again to act that was a while ago I just wanted to act for myself I didn't WanNA act. NAFTA, worry about it for paycheck I trained for a long time and it was just coincidentally had started kind of rumble back into life. But it was really lovely. It was a great way to come back can't owner. He's like, what am I, very, very dearest and closest friends in the world and. Everyone on that sat was family and if they weren't, they were really gracious and very happy to be there. So it was extremely sweet environment to step back into but Yeah, it was fun. But I I guess I needed the twenty five year break I I took it.
"alex winter" Discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
"Movies from the late nineteen eighty s and early nineteen ninety S. I mean. If you're listening to this and you are within the right age cohort, they are intimately familiar to you these two dudes bill and Ted travel back in time to meet historical figures like Abraham, Lincoln Billy the kid and socrates for their high school history presentation. Then in the sequel, they go to Heaven and hell then of course, give death a Wedgie in an elaborate Ingmar Bergman parody. Obviously, these are silly movies. What makes them work though is the chemistry and the palpable friendship between bill and Ted these are two dudes who could not be more thrilled to be best friends with each other and with the way that Alex can reeves portray them you really believe it. Out of the success of the bill and Ted Movies get reeves went on to be you know Keanu Reeves but Alex winter stepped away from acting in transition into work behind the scenes he's directed documentaries about the deep web about the music industry. He did a biography of Frank Zappa. Film is show Biz kits. The movie features interviews with some of Hollywood's most recognizable former child stars. It's a complex and nuanced piece of work that looks at the human cost for child actors, featuring interviews with former child stars like Mara, Wilson, Wil Wheaton and Evan. Rachel. Wood. It's also a very personal film for Alex, who was child star himself. Anyway you probably heard this, but Alex is back as bill he and Keanu teamed up to star in Bill and Ted face the music which is available to rent or buy on a bunch of different platforms in their latest adventure bill and Ted are given a task write and record a song in seventy eight minutes. The song must save all life on earth and the entire galaxy. Time travel and shredding into naturally. Let's clip from new film. Now, in middle aged life bill in Ted are visited by a mysterious woman in a time traveling pot named Kelly in this clip Kelly played by our pal. Kristen. Schaal has come to convince bill and Ted to travel to the future with her. Readings excellent friends, three know you. I'm Kelly. Your rupe daughter I am I've been wanting to meet you my whole life. Must be very disappointing. Off. We have a problem. In a very furious. About the music. The music they just WanNa. Talk to you. Dude I go to very bad feeling about this. It'd be fine. Ted. Totally, love us in the future dude. Alex Winter Welcome to Bullseye. Thank you. Thanks so much. It's. It's exciting fees talking to you. I've been watching these movies since I was a kid the first one came out when I was six. This one is is such a fun film and it's loyal to the first two without sort of retreading old ground too much and I wondered what you see as different in the message of this movie versus the first two. I think. There was a lot of effort put into digging into who these guys would be in adulthood and well into adulthood as fathers to pretty well grown daughters and. Very close with their wives and very Happy with their personal lives but kind of at odds with where they fit in the world and what their fate was supposed to be and what is actually transpired, and so I think the the message is a little different in that it's it's a little bit more connected to to wear bill and Ted are in their lives and it's got a more. Grounded set of obstacles that that then collide with incredibly non grounded. In typical. Fashion, that's what kind of sets up all the movies. Kind of regular dies in these ridiculous circumstances, right? Yeah. Were there any tropes sequel tropes that you're on the lookout for when you were making this? We wanted to avoid the film feeling like a rehash. We wanted it to avoid feeling like a reboot we wanted to live in a world between the previous movies and something that would stand entirely on its own. And we were also very cautious about not wanting it to feel like a handoff movie that this is just you know we were just showing up to turn the whole adventure over to the next generation down and we felt that way thematically, not just a structurally we just felt that. This film for all of us and especially Chris Matheson that Solomon the writers who created this idea and brought it to counter myself I. Think they felt very strongly that that really be about multi generations coming together and sort of community and family branching out to a wider community not a movie about like we're old now. So you take the reins. Right right I'm glad you brought up those to the screenwriters because they invented these characters when they were kids, right? To some degree yes. That'd be they were in college They met at an college out out here in Los Angeles and they were in film school and they were. Workshop ing these two guys mostly is like a standup routine. They would take it out to coffee shops and do it at friends houses and it became something that Danny volved into a first draft. I. Think it was Chris Matheson's father was the esteemed writer. Richard Matheson who suggested to them that they actually. Take this thing and make a movie out of it and they were young and we were all very young. We all embarked on a journey together all of us quite young and not quite knowing what we were doing, which was part of the fun I think. Yeah definitely was so I'm kind of curious as someone who's not a professional actor who does the character belong to? Then once it's on the page you haven't acted yet. Is there sort of a? Like a push poll about who this? Who has the final say on who this character is. Not generally and I deal with this a lot from directing standpoint and I kind of have a whole thing about terms of the altar theory and who makes these things anyway and I came out of theater I started quite young and I worked on Broadway for many many years and that's a very collaborative world. You know because you're you're doing these these shows every single night eight shows a week in real time. So everyone has to have everyone else's back and I can't who had come up doing theater too and we're pretty collaborative by nature and while we were trained we. Neither of US really acting in a vacuum and we were very open to the directors ideas and the writers ideas, and they were very open to our ideas. So the films have been very collaborative all the way through and that that worked the same with the third one, which had a lot of the same people had come back. Scott crew who produced the previous two in Edinburgh and Dean Parasol, the director was on for several years before it got made. So we all had a lot of time to talk stuff through and we started shooting. We were all working on the script I mean all of us. There was a huge difference too Christine, ed and Ed. was there the whole shoot very very involved but he I don I would work together.
'Bill & Ted Face the Music' isn't excellent, but it's still kind of fun
"Ted faced the music. It's not significant nor extremely funny, but it's certainly fun. And it's so amiable that I'd be kind of a meanie to say anything too critical of it. In case you're thoroughly pop culture challenged. This is the third movie and a trilogy of Dumb Guy, Buddy Cos. That began 30 Count them 30 years ago with the time traveling Stoner Movie Bill and Ted's excellent adventure that was 1989. There was a sequel Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey and 91. These guys are best friends, suburban goofballs in one of the rock star's billing tender in high school in the original film, they're gonna fail history. Oh, and by the way, they're played by then and played by now. Alex Winter and the Evergreen Piano. Reeves. I mean piano Reeves. His career is Blowing back up. There's a big resurgence with John Wick films and The Matrix franchise is continuing, but he loves this character, and he's got a great relationship and report with Alice Winter. Eso. They've come back for this third film and You know. Initially they're visited by this hipster from the future named Rufus, who shows up in some kind of phone booth that can traverse time in space. Like like doctor who's police box, and by the way, Rufus was played by the late great comedian George Carlin, and he takes them on a trip through time to help them pass his history tests and tells them that they are going to write and record a song that will bring the world together in peace and harmony. Will, apparently by this third film. Three decades later, they still haven't written a song to sign the song. I've always felt that the world is just one song away from peace and harmony to to bad. Hey, Michael, do you exactly that I have to want hilarious.
Bill & Ted Face the Music Review
"One, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, nine, we met bill s Preston and Ted Theodore Logan in the movie bill and Ted's excellent adventure they returned in bill and Ted's bogus journey in one, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety one, and now almost thirty years later they're back in bill and Ted's face the music Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves return as well. Bill and Ted respectively, and this time they'll need not just their triumphant man to save the world but also their daughters I'm Stephen Thompson and I'm Linda Holmes we're talking about bill and Ted face the music on this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour from NPR here with me and Steven from his home studio is plan Weldon of NPR's arts desk. Linda and also with us from his home in Washington DC, we have JC Howard who is a producer of NPR's Ted Radio Hour and how I built this I. J. C.. Good to have you back good to have you back. So if you are all not familiar, there's not a lot setup that you need or these films except to say that Bill and Ted were introduced to us as teenage bro Friends who had a band and just wanted to have a triumphant band when they were older and eventually they got sucked into time travel and picking up different historical figures, and later we're going to try to save the world and there was. A whole story where they were going to ultimately right a great and triumphant song it's it is a surprisingly complex canonical story of which you need to know practically nothing in order to enjoy I think these films Stephen now that I have thoroughly set the table kind of what is your attachment to bill and Ted these movies. If you have one, well, I've seen bill and Ted's excellent adventure. A BUNCH OF TIMES I've seen bill and Ted's bogus journey a couple times. These are movies that have kind of existed on the wind for the last thirty years. I re watched these movies within the last five years I. Think I talked about the. What's making me happy on this show but still kind of needed to go back to be reminded of what happens in them going into this movie I mean this movie is coasting on goodwill. There is a certain amount of fan service going on here. I mean I'm not sure how many people were clamoring to revisit these characters almost thirty years later but at the same time. Something really really smart happens in this movie and you can tell before you even start watching it, and that is that it is ninety three minutes long all three of these movies are about ninety minutes long and I think they understand that that is the perfect lengthier. There is a certain amount of sequel bloat here. The first two movies are incredibly Chintzy. The stakes in the first one are no greater than maybe Ted we'll get sent to military school and you're there's like the entire fabric of space time can be ripped apart. This is a very shaggy movie. I. Think there are stretches where it sags but. I do appreciate the number of updates. You don't have the gay panic stuff that really dragged down the earlier movies are no gay slurs in this movie. This movie bothers to give its female characters a little bit more agency the women who become their wives barely have any part to play in the other movies, and here you get more of that you get their daughters who are given kind of their own subplot. So I appreciate that it's not just rattling around with these two dudes who are now middle aged, but they're taking an interest in people outside of just bill. Yeah and you do get their daughters. The structure of this one is kind of that they go on one journey through time and their daughters meanwhile who are played by Samara weaving and bridget lending pain go off and tried to get a band together for their DADS to play with on this epoch song that's supposed to save the world. So you kind of have the one journey going on the other journey going on then naturally in the third act it all comes together and I did like those two performances from the daughter's there are also some kind of new faces in this one kristen Schall plays Kelly who is The daughter of Rufus who was the George Carlin character in the original JC it feels to me like you are too young to have a moustache attachment to these movies but I have been assured that that is not the case because television. Yeah. That's exactly right. I was actually super excited to hear this movie was happening and I'm going to show my age a little bit and say that I was born pretty close to the release of the First Bill and Ted Movie of Bill and Ted's excellent adventure. So my first encounter with these guys was as as they say a most impressionable youth. And I was one of what I can only assume are millions of kids who watch bill and Ted's excellent adventure every time it ran on cable TV. The thing about the first movie is the problem that they needed to solve was very simple. Billon Tade just needed a good grade right granted the solution to that problem was a little larger than life and included doctor who like time travel home box and all but the problem itself was simple. The second movie bogus journey was certainly a little nuttier. It had killer robots and aliens and the grim reaper. Didn't feel like it hit quite the right notes for me. No Pun intended. So win a third film was confirmed. The main question I had was like, what are they going to do? Are they going to try to recreate the success of the original and go back to simple run of the mill time travel Orlean into the bizarre and crazy and from just the trailer? It was clear that they weren't going to just lean into the bizarre, but they were diving in head first. But I think what separated this one from the nineteen ninety one sequel is that it has a lot more heart. The original movie was really about the friendship of bill and Ted and saving that they didn't seem to care as much about saving the future as much as they wanted to just make sure that bill and Ted could still just be friends. So it had this kind of surprisingly earnest quality and I think that was what was missing in the second film in this third one for all of its bizarreness in all of its doubling down on death in heaven and hell, and all these kinds of weird things. It really reignites the idea that there are friendships and. Relationships here that are worth saving. Yeah I think you're absolutely right that they go back to the relationship between those two guys being the center of the story and I. Think it's really funny. One of the things that I think is featured in some of the the trailer stuff but they are both married they both have you know lovely wives that you have met before since they got them from the past and they have relationships with their wives that are completely enmeshed with their relationship with each other. So they can't conceive of having individual marriages that aren't some. Like a four person marriage I thought that stuff was sort of funny because I think one of the things that carries over like if you're going to take these guys in age them thirty years you have to either assume that at some point they became more normal, which is a weird thing to assume about bill and Ted. Or you have to assume that they are still very bill and Ted, which would mean that they are still kind of very fixated on this idea that they are a duo and they are always together and they are each other's right hand Glenn you had indicated on twitter that. You perhaps did not have the same nostalgia for these characters that perhaps I have and others may have what is your take care? All right. The ticker about to hear from me Linda Holmes is going to be a subjective it's rigorous. It's clear eyed it is on demand by the gauzy scream nostalgia because unlike all y'all I never saw these movies until this week just to prepare for the show and I didn't see him for very simple reason I didn't have to I. Mean I was a junior in college nineteen, eighty, nine I was studying marine biology. I was dating a string of profoundly unfulfilled women and. Being. On a college campus and eighty nine and not here boobs heinous strange things are afoot at the circle k just over and over and over. So I felt like I got it. And think about the time late eighties early nineties mainstream. American. Comedy was kind of stuck in this catchphrase based mode and I was like, okay. I don't need to see this while I've seen them all now and I'm here to tell you. Sure I guess that's your thing. I like the Guy Listeners of the leads I. think that's the appeal here but left only once an excellent adventure. It's a visual gag that gets tossed off. It's a Freud at a mall holding a corn dog and it's like, okay, fine. You got me I mean it's low hanging fruit, but you got. And in face the music this new film shore on Paper Samara, Weaving Kristen Schaal Holland freaking Taylor they are gunning for me they are coming. But ultimately didn't stick. It's not supposed to. That's not what it's for. It just evaporates on contact with the eyeballs and maybe that's exactly what the world needs. Right now is dumb sweep dumb but I
"alex winter" Discussed on The Big Picture
"And all those are all things are identifiable recognizable things right. But collect them into one film and who let me. Let me play Devon Behr advocate though. We're having the same conversation about gardens. The galaxy aren't the story of a lot of huge commercial at least successes over the last few years where somebody like that will never work the suicide squad you serious about Dan. The counter that is if James, Gunn does it it prob- probably work but suicide squad didn't right. I mean a ton of money. Well, the thing is is. That disqualified. I. Guess. There's no way to understand whether or not. This is actually going to work or not work right because we're in the middle of a pandemic, and so there's GonNa be a reluctance to go to theaters, and also there's not going to be a new mutants to. The these characters are going to get absorbed into the Disneyworld but Not, to try to I'm looking at the document you sent us and it's really good shot really impressed anything not not to steer back onto that. In twenty twenty if josh, Boone who is just finishing up his multi part adaptation of Stephen King's the stand for for CBS I'll access if he pitched Fox Disney on a young x men stranger things. That could be greenland. Plus show that makes more sense as a TV show than saying I'm going to start new franchise with people you don't know. You know John where you're not prepared for. Do you think that? Because of things like this, that movies are at a turning point or is it mostly just that this has been a ten year story Andy Cynicism about this idea which he is. It's very well. But his cynicism, what he just said is. They shouldn't make a movie about this like they shouldn't do a two hour horror teen comedy. About new mutants which like if I was running a studio, I would say that sounds like a really good idea for a movie most horror movies have a comic element or have like a kind of setup where you're supposed to get invested in the characters and all the better if their teens and they're going through stuff and all you were going to set it in one setting and have it be a horror movie. Fantastic. We'll get we'll get out our moves or cheap to make carb movies make a lot of money added X. men on top of it that seems like you're printing money. But what Andy said is not. That, you shouldn't make it a movie. He said they should make it a TV show instead, which is like kind of the difference in a thing that we wind up talking about a lot and that you guys come to as well, which is like and I do feel like it's often we use it a bit as a crutch when something isn't quite working we're just like well, maybe if it had been the other medium, then it would've worked right but but but I do think that there is a distinction there the what we're talking the other thing that is at the root of this is Investment in just economics in general right because what makes something Comic Book Story? The thing that made the Marvel Universe beloved in groundbreaking was that it was told like a comic book meeting was told over twenty movies and everything since then has been begun with the intention for it to go three to twenty films in the future right so the movie itself is not really telling one story setting you up for all the other stories, which is kind of cost prohibitive increasingly..
'Showbiz Kids' Gives Child Actors The Chance To Tell Their Own Stories
"Show Big showbiz kids on HBO. Yes, Showbiz kids playing now on HBO, basic, HBO, not HBO, Max that HBO to the extreme. But if you have the HBO, you get all the streaming platforms. This is really interesting. Rohit's a documentary about Actors who started off as a child stars and we've seen a lot of stories about this before. But what I like about this documentary is it really provides a lot of context and inside. It's actually directed by Alex Winter, who's in the bill and Ted movies with K and a Reeves but also has become a quite accomplished documentary director over the years. And he got everybody from Henry Thomas, who played Elliott in E T. To Evan Rachel Wood, Mila Jovovich, Todd Bridges to talk about their experiences and
"alex winter" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"It almost overpowers the movie and I mean in a good way. It's his movie. It belongs to him and it's impossible to watch it without just constantly thinking about what would this guy's career have been like am I? Do you feel that way to watching it? Yeah? I think that there are when you think about like great performances or memorable performances by child actors. There they usually one of two categories. There's kids who are great at being kids like. MacAulay, Culkin and home, alone or Haley Joel Asthma and the six cents right I would say he's the second category where he's like incredibly precocious. It almost seems like an adult in a kid's body. Like the way his the way he reads dialogue the way he seems to be interpreting the world. River Phoenix and stand by me is just like a full three dimensional human being. It feels like there's no filter between. Actor and performance like you what you get on the screen is like absolutely uncut and I think that was a hallmark of his performances that that he did leave behind whether it's like my own private Idaho or You know something like running on empty which I really love you know these these movies. The left behind no matter what ag was. He had like an incredible raw humidity that was always on display like the stuff he's doing in stand by me is absolutely ridiculous. It's like off the charts. How present and He is but also like weirdly cool, like even though he's just a twelve year old kid, and it's just you can feel the entire movie. Jump up into another stratosphere when he's Onscreen, which is obviously a lot, and now handsome is to a. he's just so yeah, everything about him. It's the complete package and my wife and daughter watching it last night. In both them like God. He was so good looking. You know it's it's he just had every single quality. You would want if you were like all right. We WanNA lead actor for the next thirty years. Where what would this person look like? It'd be him and woods. Crazy about it is Leo basically shows up. I don't know he goes on growing pains late eighties, and then eventually he's in Gilbert grape, and then he's in this boy's life, and he starts to have a real career probably in the ninety-one ninety-two range. And it was really hard to watch. Leo, as his career took off finally, culminating titanic without thinking like this is kind of what should happen for River Phoenix and I think he had issues. Pretty much within two years of this movies I think fifteen when he makes us move. Fourteen or fifteen makes us movie by the time he's making my my own private. Idaho, he's He's having issues. And he's battling am basically for the rest of his life he ends up dying at the Viper Club of an overdose and I think it was a big. Reckoning for the movie industry, and the young actors is the same way that the len bias. Thing was big. Reckoning in sports where it's like. Hey, cocaine! This just took len bias. Let's be careful. What are we doing? I think with river. It was the same thing for a whole generation. Guys Yeah Hugely impactful death, especially on that generation of actors May. I think you heard went on a rider. Talk about it. You know obviously a huge impact on his brother's life I. One thing that. Kind of connects to that. Is that when you watch him when you think about like these really great great actors that we've had over the years whether it's. day-lewis or Leonardo DiCaprio or Even to some extent walking Phoenix. I always think of those those guys on an island like you don't think of them as part of a crew or a gang or like they they don't. Like River Phoenix, a really good friend. And you see in the movie. His facility with will Eaton's character and the other guys, and even like he seemed like a social bowl person in a real world, not like I am a actor meet at a Petri dish who is just going to go off and learn this part and then learn how to like be Abraham. Lincoln or be Jack in titanic or figure out the blood diamond, not not not to knock Leo. But do you know what I mean? We're sometimes great. Actors seem almost unknowable river. Phoenix seemed like incredibly noble in that way. Yeah and he has. You know he has that monologue about the The milk still in the milk money. And then the teacher basically lying about him, so she had to keep the money for himself. And it's like a four-minute scene, and it's about as good as anybody under eighteen is going to do this scene and I think Leo had a couple of moments that, too, over the course of the first part of his career. It's so hard to find. Somebody especially an actor. Who could just Kinda show off all the tools eat out a bar. The basketball analogy, would I? It's almost like when you go back and you read this stuff about Lebron. His sophomore junior in high school and and and the sports illustrated piece comes out and there like this is the total package. This is everything you would want a basketball player. This guy has and I think river and Leo are the only two guys in the last. Last thirty five years under eighteen that you could have said that about where it's like all right, let's check all the boxes of who can how somebody can become an a plus Lewis movie star. They were the only people that were gifted with the car wash package, and it was something that I. Remember wrote about my basketball book they it's it happens so rarely in the NBA and in football and baseball and an acting and in music. Where somebody gets the car wash package where it's like you go to the car wash and it's like which. Which section do you want to get for your car? And there's that one where it's like all right for thirty nine ninety nine. We'll do everything..
"alex winter" Discussed on Reality Life with Kate Casey
"Oh, I'm so grateful. Thank you so much for the kindness. I really appreciate that it was a wonderful group of women and I I'm proud of everyone and. Really appreciate and enjoy reminiscing, so thank you. Show Biz kids is on HBO and it's fantastic I got a sneak peek at it. No, you guys are going to love it, because it gives an unvarnished look at high risk, high reward business of working as a child actor in the entertainment industry, it is written and directed by former child actor Alex Winter. You guys have known who he is from Bill and Ted's excellent adventure, the Panama papers and And countless other projects. This film chronicles the shared experiences of prominent former child stars in the personal and professional price of fame and failure on a child. You are going to recognize a ton of the kids Henry Thomas from et Mara Wilson. WHO IS MRS? Doubtfire at the age of six todd bridges, of course, who was on TV's different strokes beginning at age thirteen, the late, Cameron Boyce Star of TV's. Disney TV's Jesse at age twelve. Miller Jovanovich Evan. Rachel Wood and Jada. Pinkett Smith will win and more I am pleased to tell you I've got Alex today. Welcome to the show. Thank you so much. It's great to be here. I really love this. Obviously, this is a passion project of yours you have. Given, US this extrordinary look into. What it's like to be a child actor. This is obviously a window into a world that many of us could never even imagine. Tell me about your life is a child actor and how this project came to be. sure we'll I started. Doing TV commercials in some theater when I was about nine or ten professionally and. kind of fell ways into my parents were modern dancers and tug dance at a university, and I would sort of throw me on stage whenever they needed a kid and. Finally that I enjoyed it so I asked to keep going and I kept going, and then I moved to New, York City when I was twelve and ended up on Broadway and. We came in with your Brenner Lewis and and then on subsequently Peter Pan was Dunkin extent. several years on Broadway and use those to run shows back to back and then. Moved on into commercials and eventually into films, so you know. I've been wanting to tell a really long time I saw. There hasn't really been any examination of dot com of life from the inside some perspective of people who experienced it. and that's what I was hoping to do. How likely is it than? A child becomes a successful working actor so early on into the process. It just seems very unlikely. Yeah I think it's a very competitive business for adults as well as kids and There are very few kids that that make it. And of those kids, there are very few that sustain. a life in the entertainment industry, and of course many of them. Leave intentionally because they get older and decide that being a business in something they wanna do they kind of figure out their identities and. Being a performer is no longer what they view themselves as being, and they go to college and go find other lives, but there's a lot of people who. Come out with and spend a lot of money and a lot of time working to get into the business who who don't make it and Is say a an interesting phenomenon. You could make documentary just on that I think. It's great because you also follow the journey of these young aspiring actors, and they're hopeful parents as they. Unpacked their own complicated experiences. I can't imagine the sacrifice that these families make to help their young child pursue this dream. Is there a certain archetype for a working child actor successful child actor? Not really there are different types of kids should do it. Are Obviously depending on their motive, the motive of their parents there are some kids who are absolutely born. To be performers, and it's just really evident from early on they're. They just take to a stage or to a camera. like a duck to water and they have kind of nate. A sense of the craft as well as a desire Kinda burning passion to actually do the work. To perfect that crashed so. That's one type of I would say that by far the most rare. And then there are kids who. Just how kind of a vague angling what it needs to be in the industry, but but a real sense of tenacity and push themselves, and then you've got the kids really solve their parents. Shove into this thing and. kind of moved along by parents until. The either get somewhere or come out the other side. Does it help or hinder. Someone who began working like h six or Does the child the role that they have as a child sort of? Keep stuck in in view of the viewing audience like I remember them from goonies, so I can't possibly imagine them as this role because people still see them as that person. I think you see that happening? Sometimes this this notion of pigeonholing, probably depending upon. How successful that character is that? They play and how much into the cultural. landscape it permeates, and then whether that person makes a concerted effort to to keep working into find other roles or not. There's a that of it that Henry Thomas. Speaks to the film that's that's almost more psychological where. Where you know a child who just forming forming their identity at at that point in their life? during their own identity could become very, you know. embedded in the identity of the character and the perception of the public that character that could get complicated. I'm wondering for you. How often you're.
"alex winter" Discussed on Reality Life with Kate Casey
"Alex winter so here we go. Welcome to the show. Hi! How are you? How in the world did you end up on this show? You know I think that's part of the the best part of the story. Is I? Went to California one of my childhood. Best friend was living there, and she was moving back to Kansas City. Needed help packing and road trip back so as soon as I got off the plane we went and had launched in Santa Monica and. Two women were Kinda just observing us, and finally approached the table, and asked if I was single or the show where it was headed, and the mentioned they were scouting for new ABC show, and to be honest. I thought. This doesn't sound like an ABC program. Bakley, my friend, who's my sister-in-law had an agent and they. Looked into it and sure enough and I went in for interviews and. was asked to come back and be a part of the cast so so when they're pitching their this show. How are they kind of getting you interested? Are they saying we have found? This guy with extraordinary hair. Who actually a real job? What we want you to do is to live in a house. have access to bunk beds. Go on a couple of trips. possibly. Stay in a suite with this guy. You barely know all with the hope that he can give you a ring that he's been given by a jewelry company. In hopes that you would say yes, and you could appear on Good Morning America. It's pretty easy before they even have to get into any detail. I had literally just quit. My job moved into my brother's House with his family to anything to get away kind of sounded golden. and yeah, they pretty much just said. It's a new dating concept twenty five women. Eligible, bachelor had a great background I didn't even get much information about I. Mean they offered to show photos and give you kind of his bio and I said now I, really want to go into this surprise and make it as real as possible. So you show up and you meet him. Are you immediately impressed with him? I mean unlike a lot of the. Bachelors that they've had in the last couple years I mean he had. Actually like a compelling background, he had a great pedigree. He probably had a retirement account. I mean there was something there. Did you get the sense like if I'm with this guy? You know we might actually have normal life or As the film me went on, did you get the sense like this guy just might want to be a TV host. YEA, it did waiver back and forth I went into it thinking it would just be fun skeptical that I would be interested. but the moment I saw him I didn't think he was extremely attractive. You know he has a great physique. He was a swimmer and then to know his background Harvard and Stanford graduate and extremely Witty I he. Caught a bit of holly over the years, but he was extremely funny, and we just clicked and I did. I I did like him. we did date and Madelyn things kind of unraveled I was not. As excited to be around all of the entertainment Opportunities and he went full force for it. He dropped his business career and tried acting, and and that's fine good for him, but. That's not where I was headed and so ultimately. The distance and different interests kind of. We grew apart by. We did date for a year after the show when you get to the finals and you have to spend all that time with the other women. That was the first episode I. Mean We've all kind of accepted these weird dynamics as the shows gone on as like that's that's how the show is structured, but you were. The first group of women experience that I remember watching it. And Shannon spoke up, and said something about how uncomfortable she was with the overnights fantasy suite concept. I'm assuming that all of you were a little bit unnerved. By what was it like to be living within the confines of this stroke show structure and kind of navigate these really weird circumstances. It? Really you know awkward. Thought fought to me when they said you're going to be living with twenty four other women. I didn't enjoy a sorority in college ended up quitting I have three older brothers so I've never been like a girly girl. Oh. This is going to be the worst part. But you know everyone was so lovely and I'm so thankful. It was the first season because. Of what we were getting into that, we were all on our bust behavior your We didn't really understand it as this competition or game, and we were supportive of each other I. Mean we would pick out each other's outfits for each other's dates. We do each other's hair. Wait to hear how it went excited if someone kissed him, I mean that is definitely not probably happening. Recent, episode. But you know the numbers went down. I guess it was the final four. They separated us to hotel that we were isolated. and we had what you would call. A handler about would pick us up and take us and make sure we were fat and all of that and entertained. On, a date, and so then. It felt really weird. 'cause. You're completely alone unless. You're on a date with him In navigating kind of the back and forth and just. Kind of staying in it, I mean the only thing you have in common is really that's man. You. Don't have.
"alex winter" Discussed on Reality Life with Kate Casey
"And have their hair pulled back and makeup on, and he would kind of have this one of those long microphones like the cigarette style. And he would walk around the stage like. Kneel down and talk to kids. I mean it I. Mean Go back. It's creepy, but there was one girl from my town. Who would appear on it regularly? I can't remember the name because we always preferred to her. As Broadway baby, because I felt like she brought it up and conversation all the time. We'll you know. I was on Albert showcase, so my friends and I coined her Broadway baby and I used to like she would walk out of room and I go broadway baby. And I'm assuming that she probably never made a career in the entertainment industry, but Then, he moved to California and it's like everybody has worked as a bottle or an actor. It's bizarre like. I moved to. Orange! County and I made this mom and she has a daughter. That's an actor and has kind of asking about it like and so she's like drives to auditions all the time. Because you factor orange, county is not an easy drive to La with traffic and she's like. Oh, she's been this and this and this and she's like rattling off all these shows that are adult shows really like shoes five and she was in law and order. Oh. Yeah, she was in this one murder scene like Oh my God. Like I even have kids yet. I'm like your five year old. You drove to La and she was in a murder scene like. That going to work out for her. Anyway. I'll have a neighbor who I I swear to God. I said when I first met her. I don't I just feel like you look familiar and she ju-, she goes. Oh! I was on Santa Barbara that soap opera. Santa Barbara and I'm like no I mean like I probably. Sit next you in a nail salon. It's just everybody here has been in something, so it's hysterical, but anyway I know that you're gonNA. Love Show Biz kids because you know. Some of these kids are GonNA recognize like Thomas from et. Todd bridges from different strokes I. Mean I used to watch reruns of different stresses. A Kid I'm sure you guys did to todd bridges like what a mess! On remembered Dana Plato from different strokes, and what a mass she became. God I could go on forever and ever about this anyway. This is a great episode such. TV Nostalgia weren't call this the TV nostalgia episode. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did so we're going to begin with marsh and they go and Alex winter so here we go. Welcome to the show. Hi! How are you?.
"alex winter" Discussed on Reality Life with Kate Casey
"The women found out about the bachelor auditions on the radio, so some of them said they found out about the show while listening to a radio ad, which is totally different from now because I feel like there are lots of girls that are like graduate from college, and they're like. What do I want to do with my life? Well I out of the gate. I want to get on the bachelor I mean that's like a goal of people like that way. I can jump. Start my career in entertainment. All right Alex told Trista that he was going to pick her, and then didn't apparently so among the things that you forgot happened during season one the moment that should be filed under one of the most awkward moments is when Trista asked Alex who he would pick to receive the final rose and get that beautiful ring from Harry Winston. He didn't actually propose to her. He proposed to Amanda Instead, so she was led to believe that she was the one. This also happened with Deanna Staglieno. Who almost got engaged to Brad Womack? She told me in another episode of mine that he had said her. Listen. Just see you know. This is all going to play out well for you, so she gets her sequin gown. She gets on the Limo. She walks up. She's got the pretty. Pretty Yellow Dress on, and he's like and I'm not going to get engaged to anybody else so I think this happens actually a lot. You know these guys like listen. Let's just make out we go to third base. We could go all the way you need to know that you're in it for the long run. I'm in to win it with you and the next day. They're like and I'm going in a limo back to the airport. All Right Alex did not appear on the women. Tell all special, so unlike most pastors of seasons past he wasn't subjected to the scrutiny and tough questions from his very recent ex girlfriends on the show, so in that case Chris was just like hey, guys. What did you think about being on the show? How's your life changed? And they all giggled and talked about Alex. he didn't have to come out. Sit there and have girls ask them. You know. Why did you touch my boobs? When you had no interest in number going back to meet my family, so that was kind of different. All right also his own bachelor pad that he used for dates and elimination ceremonies. They were going on these crazy trips to like. Wherever, it was a modest modest set and I think there are only six episodes, so the female contestants stayed in the big home but it also searches a location for row, ceremonies and special one on one date, so the whole system of like. You know they're in this mansion. Then he comes up and all of that is totally different than it was in the first season. Aweso, this one was great Alex awkwardly asked tryst if she was ready to get into a compromising position so. On their final day before the last row ceremony Alex told Trista he was going chooser. Of course that was not true. Alex also ask Trista ready to get into a compromising position. Which is funny to me because. You know the shows change so basically they take out this like greeting card with the producers, the most beautiful penmanship that writes some nonsense about like ready to take this to next level and then they act like they've never heard this before. Like. Wow, this is so weird. This envelope just appeared I nowhere and what they're asking us. If whether or not, we would like to stay over in some Yankee Hotel Room, and another thing that. That they've changed over the last couple of seizes. I've heard from contestants that they provide a basket in that fantasy sweet with lots of extracurricular activity, inducing items which I don't think that happened the first season in fact I. Think Trista told me that her first season of the Bachelorette. She pretended she was asleep when she was with Charlie, who was the runner-up and somehow that was able to happen, probably because they didn't have like. And condoms like. You know spread out throughout the floor around the bed. So. I Dunno, another funny thing is. They didn't seem to argue like these girls all got along. Obviously, that's changed over the course of the last several seasons. Some of these girls have realized the more I fight. The more camera time I get and my agent which have already secured has said you're real will look more interesting. You'll get more offers. The longer you're on the show, so if you could just like expand, some of those scenes go back to some of the character studies that you learned in high theatre class and just stay on the show as long as you can. So now it's all these years later and Manda lives in Kansas, and it was really fun to catch up with her and to hear how our life has changed so If you love the bachelor, even if you don't have the bastard just kind of funny to hear. What it must have been like me the first winner on that show. And then I was able to to Alex Winter. He is director of a great new HBO documentary called Show Business Kit's now you remember him from bill and Ted's excellent adventure. You're GONNA see his picture go. Oh, my God of course Alex Winter has been a ton a ton a ton of movies, and like I said it's this great documentary, which is kind of like a window into what it must be like to be a child actor. You're GONNA recognize a bunch of the people in it. including the late actor Cameron Boyce which is so sad. especially because you get to hear him open up about what is life was really like I wish hard work. My God these kids. They worked so hard. As to say, it's so weird living here in California, because so many of the kids that live here work in the entertainment business and I grew up in suburban Philadelphia that never happened. I never met anybody who was a child actor was like so above my pay grade like add no idea. The closest we had was Joey Lawrence. He lent outside of Philadelphia somewhere, and all we knew is like he was a star, and he got to move on to L. A. and B. on star search, so it was like the closest we got other than that. There was this weird show that aired on. Sundays called Al.. Showcase in Philadelphia and it was this creepy old guy, and all the kids would be dressed up for like Sunday best. And teenagers would wear kind of like a like a you know a cool outfit. Neon or something, but all the girls would wear these like creepy. Jon Benet dresses..
"alex winter" Discussed on MyTalk 107.1
"Found at my talk with a similar one dot com keyword pride Hey are you guys big because bill and Ted people yeah I mean no I don't think I've ever seen one of the really it's trending right now because the new trailer just came out and this is the third one what I mean are they just the owner gadis or they go back in time it's almost like a yeah on the phone booth yeah they get in a phone booth sounds great well this one is called bill and Ted face the music it's got Keanu Reeves and Alex winter still trying to craft the song that unites the world and they travel to the future and me like us in prison versions of themselves all great angle yesterday was bill and Ted day because June ninth A. K. A. what's wrong don't just reading it and I don't know if it's safe or you don't always I mean yeah I know there are some innuendo they say yeah this fellow here is the trailer for Billington twenty five years ago in front of the one month ago you played in Barstow California for forty people most of them were there for two dollar taco night bill and Ted one of you got to say for yourselves D. backs to each other the party ought to suppose tonight yes we know we spent our whole life trying to write the song number unite the world why can't we go over the future when we have written what is the best stealing for stealing it from ourselves how do you like our song so on the dark side but you know school dot is cracking up.
"alex winter" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Twenty is down to seven twenty seven keno Reeves and Alex winter reprising their roles of bill and Ted for the first time in twenty nine years first official trailer for bill and Ted face the music that's the name of the movie bill and Ted face the music it's been released shows the two not having save the world as they had planned to do so twenty nine years ago in this film bill and Ted are looking to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe that says I am for the journey the going to be joined by their own daughters to believe it or not being cast in different roles other stars that you're gonna see in this flick include include Kristen Schaal Julian bell and Beck Bennett the movie is scheduled to be released in theaters if we get back into theaters on August the twenty first so twenty nine years between bill and Ted's excellent adventure and they save the world but the new one coming out this bill and Ted face the music what's the distance between top with the two top gun movies via Tom Cruise has got to be twenty five years to her because that's that that was sent to me in theaters already but of course with cook covert nineteen everything's been pushed back including the final James Bond that will star Daniel Craig seven twenty eight now while crossfit CEO was blasted for inappropriate tweet about the George Floyd tragedy it was a zoom meeting that was a bigger issue apparently during the covert nineteen situation crossfit has been conducting the remote meetings with gym owners and staff and on Saturday hours before his tweet Greg Glassman spoke to the zoom attendees during a seventy five minute session let's just say the up you should have read the you should read the room okay one attendee gave the zoom meeting recording to buzzfeed news some of Glassman's comments can you tell me why I should mourn for him meaning Floyd other than that it's the white thing to do other than that give me another reason also recorded as saying I doubt very much that they're mourning for Floyd I don't think that there's a general morning for Floyd in any community and lastly he said moved by the action question mark burning the city down is that the action destruction of black and minority owned businesses is that the action so crossfit said hasta la Vista to with the with this guy Greg Glassman listen there's always a Mike as a microphone everywhere all right I mean everybody's packing the smartphone they can record anything at any moment but then if that's the way that guy actually feels get rid of him it's seven thirty let's hit the roadways into the traffic center with Jon Hamm with this report from positive coaching alliance as for your protection that he had worked on getting through the S. curves in the road working a little company and when ninety five eastbound this morning.
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter party on in the first 'Bill & Ted Face the Music' trailer
"Seven keno Reeves and Alex winter reprising their roles of bill and Ted for the first time in twenty nine years first official trailer for bill and Ted face the music that's the name of the movie bill and Ted face the music it's been released shows the two not having save the world as they had planned to do so twenty nine years ago in this film bill and Ted are looking to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe that says I am for the journey the going to be joined by their own daughters to believe it or not being cast in different roles other stars that you're gonna see in this flick include include Kristen Schaal Julian bell and Beck Bennett the movie is scheduled to be released in theaters if we get back into theaters on August the twenty first so twenty nine years between bill and Ted's excellent adventure and they save the world but the new one coming out this bill and Ted face the
Washington governor urges state health board to ban some vaping products
"An executive order from the governor takes Washington state a step closer to a ban on flavored and vaping products come was Ryan Harris tells us what vape shop owners say about governor Jay Inslee sorter directs the state board of health to create an emergency ban on those flavored products including T. H. C.. van products with chemicals found to cause long illnesses as soon as they are identified and to create a warning sign that big products sellers would have to post look when you addicted twelve year old kid to nicotine you're just wrong there is no excuse. no excuse in this state I want you to object a twelve year old child to nicotine and we're so we're gonna stop that today Alex winter manager of a pub in P. Wallace's they ID everyone who comes into their shop and they'll keep doing it when the twenty one and up law starts in January
Bill and Ted's next excellent adventure: A 2020 sequel
"All right. You wanna you want great eighties movie Bill and Ted's excellent adventure? Classic Keanu Reeves Alex winter. And by the way. The third Bill and Ted movie is being made right now it's going into production right now as we speak. And that's some of the finest cinematic news in the history of anything. Yeah. Bill and Ted's excellent adventure was kind of a movie that came out of nowhere. You know? It was a low budget movie, and nobody expected it to to to do the business. It did not only did it do great business. But it's become a classic. And I think Bill and Ted's excellent adventure is one of those quintessential great surprise movies from the eighties that you just didn't expect and it turned out to be really really terrific. I prefer the sequel. Which is not an eighties movie that came out in ninety one. I prefer the sequel, I think Bill and Ted's bogus journey is funnier. And I think almost all of that has to do with William Sadler who plays death every scene in bogus journey, featuring the character of death is hilarious. Is hilarious. So but Bill and Ted. Excellent adventure. Classic.
"alex winter" Discussed on The Adam Carolla Show
"Are wise wasting his skills now shouldn't he be hanging around with the on? Mas. And I want to tunnel through these antimony amount. All all we can get you a San Francisco and forty five minutes. Revolutionize trap. Improve. Calls. All business. Ball. Thank you, drew, by the way, people always say to me. Remember that super funny one you did on love line that bit used to doing Superfund event. I go now. I don't remember they go. Oh, it was so funny. We're in our car when my buddy Levin is how come you? Don't remember your super funny bit the reason, I don't remember because I was in a room alone of the verse was going. Aw. Oh. Oh, hey, drew got some you know, how black folk they know how to play dominos and white vote. We stack them up knock them over together. And what if why don't they teach us how to play dominos if we saw black folk this lineup chest, measles and knocking them over? We would help them. Would we owe stakes calls? Thank god. You learned your lesson. Disassociate yourself with that guys. All more. Anymore? I'd say. I won't say improve this game. But he's more tired. He's less bad is less. He has less the energy to go law. Okay. So I came up with cancer sniffing dogs twenty something years ago. How old were you max a Pat of twenty one and a half years ago ninety seven twelve twelve. So when you were twelve came up with cancer sniffing dogs now, here's me point. I don't know that I invented this. I didn't hear it anywhere concocted it myself. And I think we're now in a place where we've now assume that there are cancer sniffing dogs. All right, but droop blown away. Delighted how would we color him? All missive. All right. Thank you contempt Attempt too. to. Okay. Love line was drew in the studio going all producer and on the other side of going move the calls get to the next call stop talking so much. And then my program director, Ken, whether they would you roll Mark, please stop talking. Stuff to carry on in the face of that kind of adversity and then Dawson Dawson, and there's an Anderson just everything. Pretty Dawson Dawson was Anderson. All right. We will bring in Alex winter and Jeff Clark, and they got some docs, and there's so much talk about Bill and Ted doing a reunion. That's coming up. Right. We're talking about it. Right. Where we feel like it was in the news longtime big photo shoot for it this. This was the beginning of the year. It was in your news. Yeah. I got a dozen. I got it. Thanks. Yeah. Alright. Pre tell us the story max. I I just. All. I'm not really news. All. Oh, it's. What if I came up with a dumb idea what we do hit me the folding chair? That's what he did with brilliant ideas. What if I came dumber harebrained idea? Take a Mike stand upside my head with it. That was the noise you made when the good ideas came out. You never presented anything dumb. Think about all the fives. Sixes today quiet land. Jesus Christ envy. MTA? That's all right. I believe in myself. That's why I wear my MVM TY founded on the belief that style shouldn't break the Bank. They've sold over one point five million watches in over one hundred sixty countries. I got a kind of cobalt blue one. I don't know why with cobalt blue at the natural leather ban looks awesome. And if you see me up on stage, you'll see me wearing that watch. Because I got to keep track of the time. And I gotta keep track appealing being stylish..
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter sign on for third Bill and Ted film
"So you guys remember that well today this happened the third installment of the bill and ted franchise will be titled bill and ted face the music according to the film's cast and creative team feeling ted three has a title a director and a most excellent photo appeared first on digital trends winter and reeves reunited with screenwriters chris matheson and ed solomon who penned the first two films according to winter the film has even more for fans to we went out and found a director revealed winter gene perez who we love heated galaxy quest which is a masterpiece yeah way bro no way no yeah i don't know what it's going to be about man it's going to be in the future obviously wild stallion was their band you think there may be superstars and if you're wondering is rufus played by carleen.
"alex winter" Discussed on /Film Daily
"That makes it sound like it's not as cut and dry as we all thought it was not that it was cut and dry to begin with but it just seems like they're constantly working behind the scenes to finalize everything so do we have any timetable on when we might know something concrete here well the the the time warner at and t ruling is coming next month so in jude so once that ruling comes going to know for sure if comcast is moving ahead or not so probably by next month will know at least if if the whole comcast thing is happening okay sounds good let's move onto our next item and that is keanu reeves and alex winter are officially reuniting the band for bill and ted three hd tells what's happening route stallions is coming back together everyone so billons head three is a fifty confirmed to be in development which is going to be titled bill and ted face the music and this along work sequel that will essentially be leased almost thirty years after the last film which was bill tag it's bogus journey in nineteen ninetyone and canneries reeves and alex winter are both confirmed to return and reprised their roles as the titular bill and ted or ted theodore logan and bill s preston esquire respectively so this'll take place as they are sort of grappling with middle age yearning to recapture the days of their youth and kanner reeves has recently teased to that not only will they be attempting to save the future and save the world they might be trying to save the universe at this point and maybe.
"alex winter" Discussed on The Empire Film Podcast
"We can only hope we can only hope we should talk about bill and ted's three which everyone seems to be very very excited about this will be called they've announced a more details because canneries alex winter were reunited by a magazine i'm not sure we mention them but they cover entertainment on a weekly basis it is entertainment weekly they reunited alex winter and county reeves this week as part of their re re union can ever said reunion issue which led dawson's creek in the front cover of course but inside bill and ted faced the music which is apt because that is going to be the tight limited three which has been trailed for years and years and years but looks like it may actually happen it's gonna be called bill and ted face a music and going to be going through their old lives and bill saunders coming back as death and dean parasol who drifted galaxy quest is going to direct steven soderbergh's gonna produce which means it'll probably be sean three three days on an iphone so i'm very very you know i'm cautiously optimistic about this i don't love bill tied the way lot of people do but i really really like bogus journey not so much excellent adventure agree i'm not sure there's necessarily a huge younger audience for this but let's see news for you oh plenty hill revenge the is terrible news news news coming for me my reward of the prequel trilogy is now complete as is the circle and i've turned to the dark side and frankly christ i mean ben you were trying to tell me this last week so you'll gloating here i would say now attack of the clones without doubt the worst of the three.