Tuesday, February 22, 2005
- Exorcist fans: BloodyNews.com is holding a contest - The Prospect Prize - where you can win a brick from the Georgetown locale where the film was staged. Details available here:
Q: Have I heard right? You guys are giving away BRICKS?Not to toot my own horn or anything (*cough cough*), but in the summer of 2002 I went to Georgetown to photograph shots of the area for one of my websites, The Exorcist Revisited. It's sad to see the historic locale is being dug up; but alas, progress calls. Fortunately I did take a "souvenir" or two; but no, they're not for sale...though I did give one to my friend Matt, who is probably the only other human alive who's seen Exorcist II: The Heretic as many times as I have.
A: Not just any old bricks, buddy. These bricks are directly from the drive of the house on Prospect Street, Georgetown where Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) stood for that infamous shot in The Exorcist! These bricks were in place during production and remained until late last year. William Peter Blatty stood on them. William Friedkin probably yelled at someone while scuffing his feet on them. Linda Blair would have walked across them. The entire production team involved in The Exorcist would have stood on this ground. This ground has now been up-rooted and we have the remaining pieces. Needless to say - they are priceless.
Q: How the hell did you get a damn BRICK from the drive?
A: The current owners of the Prospect property are renovating. With total disregard for film memorabilia, they were just tearing the pavers up and throwing them away. EKM, Chief Editor here at BloodyNews.com, was frequenting the property as an Exorcist fan, taking photos and such. When he saw the landscaping being done out front of the house one day, he was devastated and quickly asked the local construction workers if he could take a brick or two. They scoffed and exclaimed they could care less... So EKM took em. Little did those workers realize the sentiment these bricks would hold to an Exorcist fan. [via Captain Howdy.com]
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- Ever wonder what happened to late T.Rex frontman Marc Bolan's son, Rolan Bolan? True to his musical roots, he's gigging these days in the U.K. and U.S.; and "Born to Boogie," a long-lost 1972 film starring his father Marc, Elton John, and Ringo Starr [on Apple Films] is scheduled to be released on DVD in May:
BOLAN: "The film was made purely as a piece of rock and roll entertainment. I feel it documents the phenomenon that has been T.REX through the past year – and that was the purpose of the film initially. But as Ringo and I became more involved in the making of "Born to Boogie" we decided to add several more scenes, bringing in "accidental" humour and to shoot actually "live" without dubbing. By doing so we were endeavouring to get a spontaneity which does not come naturally from some films.
In some of the scenes outside of the concert we let our imaginations take their courses and, with the aid of props and a dwarf, let which ever happened, happen. And it did. We made the film strictly for a teenage audience who demand youthful excitement of the cinema – as well as on television and in the theatre. I think the film does that – no more, no less."...
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