If I had the opportunity to dine with Ebert and the man responsible for Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Cherry Harry & Raquel, and Supervixens, I know who’d be the more interesting person to talk with.
Ebert was the writer on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Up! and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens, but I guess Vidiot would mostly bitch about the color timing on VHS for these.
Post by My Avatar Is A Hot Babe on May 7, 2019 17:30:55 GMT
Let me comment that the show was produced by Gary Smith (who produced many hundreds of TV variety shows and specials throughout the 1960s well through the 2000s and won 7 Emmy awards), directed by Dwight Hemion (nominated for a whopping 47 Emmy awards and won 18), and was written by TV veteran Herb Sargent (who went on to head up the original Saturday Night Live show for NBC in the mid-1970s). Hemion was arguably the greatest music/comedy/variety TV director of that entire era; I think he was so important, I wrote his Wikipedia entry.
Post by My Avatar Is A Hot Babe on May 13, 2019 18:39:17 GMT
The "starring-as" credit...
We all know about the "and-as" credit, where the last major player in a title sequence is billed as the character he/she plays (like "And Joan Collins as Alexis," from O-R ABC Dynasty), but what about something I'll call the "starring-as" credit, where the first major player in a title sequence is billed not only by name, but also as his/her character?
One I know of is that of The A-Team from 1983-87 on NBC, where the late George Peppard was billed at the top as "Starring George Peppard as John 'Hannibal' Smith."
How many others do you know of that had such a credit?
That's a negotiated credit, usually positioned at the end of the credits. Basically, the actor's agent says, "OK, if I can't get top-of-show billing, then I want to be at the end with my character name, like "And Joe Schoe as The Doctor." And they also negotiate for size of credits, how many seconds it's on the screen, whether it's a solo credit card or if somebody else's name is on there, and so on.
Famously, Jonathan Harris held out and would not sign a contract for Lost in Space, so he was initially billed as "Special Guest Star" (at the end of the opening credits), but eventually he was so popular he got the lion's share of the money and some creative control of his own dialogue. And he retained that credit as well.
I always laughed when actors would argue whose name came on the screen first, and sometimes they had to live with one name lower but on the left, and the other name higher but on the right:
I think this started with Towering Inferno in 1974, where the two stars received "staggered but equal billing":
and then there are other actors who got their character's names:
Producers also squabble for credits. Famously, Lou Scheimer and Norm Prescott fought over who got their name first on Filmmation cartoons, and they had to settle for a rotating credit:
Everything is subject to negotiation. It's easier to get a credit change than it is more money or (god forbid) a percentage of the profits.