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Among the Stars
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|Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the 1987 Oliver Stone film and of its Oscar winning star Michael Douglas. Oh, and I was in the business for fourteen years. I used to be Bud Fox, sort of. Anyway...|
This is another one of those novelizations that I always craved and never even knew existed. And what a treasure it was to find because this a true "novelization", not a retyping of the script in prose form. There is atmosphere, relevant and interesting backstory, and vivid characterizations. These really are the characters from the film, and author Kenneth Lipper fleshes them out in a literary kind of way.
Plus, these book feels authentic and that is because the author is from the business. He knows this world and it shows.
Bottom line: A top notch novelization in every way and a must read for fans of the film.
|If you were fifteen years-old in the fall of 1979 (as I was), then "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" was the greatest television show ever.|
Jam-packed with colorful (and often very revealing) costumes, disco-infused sets and music, super cool “Star Wars” style space battles—this sexy prime time space opera featured great villains, two strong leads in Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, enjoyable humor, and a slew of memorable guest stars including Jack Palance, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ann Lockart, Frank Gorshin, and many more. The series also had solid writing thanks to story editors Anne Collins and Alan Brennert.
This exquisitely detailed, beautifully presented behind the scenes book takes the reader right there into the production of the show, beginning with the development of the theatrically released 1979 feature film that was eventually edited into the series pilot episode.
This book by Patrick Jankiewicz (with a forward by Col. Deering herself, Erin Gray) is a fan’s dream come true—an absolute treasure drove of well-organized and insightful behind the scenes information including dozens of modern day interviews with cast members, guest stars, and the crew who made it all happen. Best of all, there is a fully fleshed out, detailed episode guide.
I always wondered what happened to Buck Rogers afte year one. Why, despite being fairly successful in the ratings, the show was completely revamped into an almost unrecognizable form.
After year one, show runner Bruce Lansbury and his talented writers Anne Collins and Alan Brennert left and the network brought in “Gunsmoke” producer John Mantley .
Mantley completely destroyed the Wilma Deering character by changing her from a strong, confident, bad ass leader and making her a meek stewardess (I kid you not). The sexy, witty, exciting show I loved was gone and in season two Buck Rogers became a dour, banal, dull, unimaginative version of “Gunsmoke” in space. This book does a great job of explaining how all of this went down.
Bottom line: One of the best behind the scenes TV “making of” books I have ever read. A must for fans of the show.
|Thoroughly enjoyable guilty pleasure novelization (based on a screenplay by David Simkins) of the 1987 comedy film that marked the directorial debut of Chris Columbus, the screenwriter of "Gremlins", "The Goonies", and "Young Sherlock Holmes" who would go on to direct many blockbusters including "Home Alone" and the first two "Harry Potter" films.|
The movie was a minor sleeper hit and featured a winning performance by Elizabeth Shue. The author Elizabeth Faucher does a good job of capturing the movie's charm and breezy humor and really nails the pop culture vibe and vernacular of the mid/late 1980's.