Monday, June 19, 2017

Episode 16 Guest Star: Dan O'Herlihy



Daniel Peter "Dan" O'Herlihy (May 1, 1919 – February 17, 2005) was an Irish-born film actor, known for such roles as Brigadier General Warren A. "Blackie" Black in Fail Safe, Conal Cochran in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, "The Old Man" in RoboCop, and Andrew Packard in Twin Peaks. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1954 film Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. His first acting role came in 1944, when he played the lead in the play Red Roses For Me directed by Sean O'Casey. O'Herlihy first appeared in films in Hungry Hill and Carol Reed's Odd Man Out in 1947. His first American film role was as Macduff in Orson Welles' version of Macbeth (1948). O'Herlihy had a fairly extensive career in television. (...) He appeared too on NBC's The Americans and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the episodes "The Fiddlesticks Affair" and "The Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Affair." In 1998, O'Herlihy acted in his last film, The Rat Pack, playing Joseph P. Kennedy. O'Herlihy died of natural causes in Malibu, California, in 2005, aged 85. His personal papers are held in the University College Dublin Archives.




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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Uproxx: "Hammer updates us about the saga of the The Man From U.N.C.L.E sequel"


A few weeks ago I spoke to Guy Ritchie and mentioned the story about you and Lionel Wigram discussing a sequel to The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He didn’t know much about that and seemed shocked that movie has had a resurgence…
Wait, when did you talk to him? How long ago was this?
Around six weeks ago…
Was this before King Arthur premiere or after the King Arthur premiere?
Before.
Okay, because he came into town for the premiere and we all had dinner: Guy, Lionel, myself, and Lynn Harris, who was one of the executives on the movie. And we all had dinner together and that’s when I told them. I was like, “So, guys.” So, yes, it is completely conceivable that he didn’t know. After you interviewed him, probably about a week after that, sat down and was like, “So here’s the deal. We’re doing this.”
He seemed very happy people were discovering it.
Yeah, people bring it up quite a bit and it just makes me really happy for Guy and it makes me really happy for Lionel and for Henry and for myself. You know, we put a lot of work into it and we really enjoyed making it, so the fact that people enjoyed watching it is a lot of fun. And if people enjoyed watching enough to sort of warrant making another one, I would be there. You know, I loved working with those guys. I loved working on that project. I’d love to do another one.
I know he brought it up in other interviews after, asking their opinions on U.N.C.L.E.
Yeah. Well, I’m glad that you reinforced that, because for all of his skills and how he can make a great movie, he probably had no idea that people really liked The Man from U.N.C.L.E. So that’s great.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Episode 16: The Fiddlesticks Affair


The Man From UNCLE
Episode 16
The Fiddlesticks Affair
Writers: Aben Kandel & Peter Allan Fields
Director: Thodore Flicker
Guests: Ken Murray (Anton Korbel), Marlyn Mason (Susan Callaway), Dan O'Herlihy (Marcel Rudolph)
Filmed: 18-25 November 1964
Premiere: 18 January 1965
Place: Esmeralda Island (Caribe)
Acts Titles:
1 - "Into the Valley of Death"
2 - "Now Here's Our Plan"
3 - "The Frigtening Series of Hazards"
4 - "Fifty Five Million Dollars"


The affair:

In New York, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin trains for a real mission. The aim is Anton Korbel, who owns a casino in the Caribbean island of Emerald. Under the casino is the secret vault with 55 million dollars destined for THRUSH operations throughout the Western world. In the Casino of the Emerald Isle, Illya pretends to be drunk and coarsely crush the unknown Susan Callaway. He is interrupted by Napoleon, who "expel" Kuryakin from the table. Thankfull, Susan invites Solo to sit and says she's an American from Minneapolis looking for an adventure.


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

MNG: "Armie Hammer Reveals How He Convinced Writers To Write The Man From U.N.C.L.E Sequel"



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The Man from U.N.C.L.E might not have been a really big hit but it has its fair share of fans. The spy-action comedy featured Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as American and Russian spies respectively.
TV3 reported that fans cheered as soon as news of a sequel being written surfaced online. But there is actually a story as to how this sequel came to be. The Man from U.N.C.L.E star Hammer revealed that it was because of his accidental revelation that the writers started work on the sequel’s script. It all began when Hammer was at a press conference for another movie. After he accidentally revealed that there would be a sequel to the movie at a press conference, he hit an email to director Guy Ritchie and co-writer Lionel Wigram. In the email, he mentioned about his goof up and asked till when can they get a script ready. As expected, the two were surprised at what Hammer had revealed. But when the news of the sequel started spreading quickly and fans got excited with each passing day, Wigram finally responded to Hammer. According to the actor, the co-writer mentioned that he would have a script ready by the end of the year.
The studio had actually scrapped all hopes of making a sequel to it because of a disappointing performance at the box office.It was further noted that the movie received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $109.8 million against a budget of $85 million. Despite the not so good performance, if a script is being written, the studio might be willing to take a chance by making a sequel.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Xposé: "Armie Hammer announced The Man From U.N.C.L.E. sequel prematurely"

Armie Hammer announced The Man From U.N.C.L.E. sequel prematurely

6th Jun 17 | Entertainment News
Actor Armie Hammer had to convince Guy Ritchie and his collaborator Lionel Wigram to write a sequel to 2015's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after prematurely announcing a follow-up was in development. The Social Network star had been promoting another film at a press event earlier this year (17) when one reporter expressed their admiration for Hammer's work in the action spy comedy, in which he featured alongside Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander.

Hammer was so flattered by the praise, he claimed another installment would soon be in the works - even though there had been no official news from either director Ritchie or co-screenwriter Wigram. 
"It (the sequel rumour) started because I was doing a press conference and someone was like, 'Oh, we loved The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'," he told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "and I was like, 'Well, you know we're doing another one!' and everyone was like, 'Woah!'."So then I left the press conference and I emailed Guy... and Lionel... and was like, 'Er, just a heads up guys. I just told a room full of international reporters that you're working on another The Man From U.N.C.L.E., so when are you getting the script ready?' And the response was, '...Are you serious?'"

Hammer's remarks caught both of his pals by surprise, but Lionel eventually agreed to begin coming up with ideas for a sequel. He added, "The news (of a sequel) started to come out and Lionel wrote back and was like, 'Alright, I'll have the script by the end of the year.'"



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Episode # 23: Del Floria's big secret

Somewhere in Manhattan. Napoleon Solo enter the Del Floria's Tailor Shop - Cleaning & Pressing. Recognizing agent Solo, Mist...