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Film Stories with Simon Brew

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Rank #83 in Film History category

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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

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Film Stories with Simon Brew is a podcast that looks to dig into the stories behind popular movies.From troubled productions, to rights issues, to difficulties with release to films nearly falling apart, the podcast will be looking at the stories that don't always seem apparent when watching a movie!The podcast is hosted by Simon Brew, the founder of Den Of Geek. You can find Simon at www.twitter.com/simonbrew

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The love is infectious

By Sahaan0315 - Dec 10 2019
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I’m not sure how anyone could listen to this and not feel like Simon’s love of films is not infectious. Yes, his accent (and at times his delivery) is troublesome, but then so is everybody’s until you get to know them. He cares so much about films; how could you not? This is a beautiful podcast prepared and cultivated by someone who loves what he is talking about!

Must listen for movie fans

By Danny Schluck - Nov 24 2019
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Stumbled upon this by accident, but quickly binged the entire catalogue. His fact filled journeys through movie history are detailed and digestible. I find myself always coming away with something I didn’t know and Simon even makes some movies I could care less about interesting. Only bad bad is, now that I binged all of them, I have to wait for my next fix to be more naturally doled out. Keep up the good work.

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The love is infectious

By Sahaan0315 - Dec 10 2019
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I’m not sure how anyone could listen to this and not feel like Simon’s love of films is not infectious. Yes, his accent (and at times his delivery) is troublesome, but then so is everybody’s until you get to know them. He cares so much about films; how could you not? This is a beautiful podcast prepared and cultivated by someone who loves what he is talking about!

Must listen for movie fans

By Danny Schluck - Nov 24 2019
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Stumbled upon this by accident, but quickly binged the entire catalogue. His fact filled journeys through movie history are detailed and digestible. I find myself always coming away with something I didn’t know and Simon even makes some movies I could care less about interesting. Only bad bad is, now that I binged all of them, I have to wait for my next fix to be more naturally doled out. Keep up the good work.
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Film Stories with Simon Brew

Latest release on Jul 02, 2020

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Rank #1: Starship Troopers (1997) and Enchanted (2007)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with a very slight overlap.

Starship Troopers went into production as the leadership at its studio changed several times - and was made by a team who weren't that keen on the book it's based on.

Enchanted, meanwhile, at one stage was imagined as an R-rated edgy comedy. It took several directors before the project ultimately found its legs.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 06 2020

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Rank #2: Mars Attacks! (1996) and Legally Blonde (2001)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that struggled against stiff competition, and a genuine surprise hit.

Tim Burton's Mars Attacks was wrong-footed when the Independence Day trailer landed. But the film's roots went back a very long way.

With Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon had been looking for a more commercial film. It took a producer picking up an unsolicited manuscript to put that into motion.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Oct 20 2019

45mins

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Rank #3: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and The Naked Gun (1988)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that proved surprise hits for different reasons.

Bram Stoker's Dracula was testing very badly, and had been recut over 30 times. Columbia Pictures thus chose what proved to be a hugely successful promotional strategy.

Had its creators been able to crack the third act sooner, The Naked Gun would have arrived in the early 80s. And when it did arrive, they found themselves up against a lot of comedies at the box office.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Oct 27 2019

45mins

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Rank #4: The Adventures Of Tintin (2011) and A Perfect World (1993)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, one film that took an awful lot longer to bring to the screen than the other!

2011's The Adventures Of Tintin was a film whose journey began back in 1983, and four Indiana Jones films interspersed with its story.

Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood came together for 1993's A Perfect World, meanwhile. What happens, though, when two Oscar-winning directors come together on the same film?

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Jun 10 2019

40mins

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Rank #5: Clear And Present Danger (1994) and Instant Family (2018)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a testing sequel, and a surprising comedy.

Clear And Present Danger (1994) was expected to be a smoother production after the difficulties of forerunner Patriot Games. Spoiler: it wasn't.

As for Instant Family? Had it not been for the two Daddy's Home movies, the terrific comedy-drama might not have happened at all.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Jan 05 2020

43mins

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Rank #6: Scrooged (1988) and Le Mans 66 (2019)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that marked Bill Murray's return to the screen after four years away, and a movie that once had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt set to star.

1988's Scrooged is now a popular Christmas favourite. But the making of it was fraught with difficulties. As for 2019's Le Mans 66 - well, even the title continues to cause trouble!

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Dec 08 2019

45mins

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Rank #7: Batman Forever (1995) and Pride (2014)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a comic book movie drastic course change and a small budget hit with an awful lot of characters.

1995's Batman Forever was set to still star Michael Keaton up until a year before release. Yet Warner Bros wanted - and got - a very different film to 1992's Batman Returns.

As for 2014's Pride, this terrific British movie had a big cast and a small budget - and that was a combination that presented a fair few problems. 

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Sep 09 2019

39mins

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Rank #8: Panic Room (2002) and Toy Soldiers (1991)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, what happened when director David Fincher sought a more contained movie to make, and the film that was supposed to be Die Hard crossed with Dead Poets Society.

Panic Room started filming with Nicole Kidman in the lead. But a problem held over from making Moulin Rouge! left the movie with a major headache.

1991's Toy Soldiers, meanwhile, starred Sean Astin. But the director wasn't keen on casting him in the lead role.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

May 06 2019

37mins

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Rank #9: Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) with director Jon Watts

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In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by director Jon Watts to chat about Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

There's an Avengers: Endgame spoiler in there (no spoilers for the Far From Home), but other than that, they talk about comedy timing, expectations, fake IMDB credits and taking a character away from its roots.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Jul 02 2019

24mins

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Rank #10: Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Music & Lyrics (2007)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 2000s movies that each deserve a little more love.

Steven Spielberg came to Catch Me If You Can immediately after filming  Minority Report - but several directors nearly helmed the project before him.

As for Music & Lyrics, it was a romcom with a bit of a bumpy shoot - and a lot of singing lessons for its lead male!

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Apr 12 2020

50mins

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Rank #11: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Final Destination (2000)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a huge animated challenge, and a film that started off planned as an X-Files episode

The Nightmare Before Christmas required a new facility, and a director too when Tim Burton's commitment to Batman Returns got in the way. 

As for Final Destination? The hit franchise-starter's journey began with a teenager's idea for an Elm Street sequel.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Dec 01 2019

45mins

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Rank #12: Howard The Duck (1986) and Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at the first cinematically-released Marvel movie, and the long gestation of the Freddie Mercury biopic.

The financial fallout from 1986's Howard The Duck would be damaging to George Lucas, but in some way lead to the creation of Toy Story

Meanwhile, it took eight years from the moment a Queen biopic was announced to Bohemian Rhapsody actually appearing in cinemas. And heck, was it a journey to get there.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode...

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website Film Stories.

Nov 10 2018

33mins

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Rank #13: Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) and Arthur Christmas (2011)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two festive films that each faced particular challenges to bring to the screen.

Home Alone 2 (1992) proved to be a tricky shoot, and the movie would have a direct knock-on for another film as well. 

Meanwhile, 2011's Arthur Christmas saw Aardman design the entire film in Bristol, before it was animated in America. And it'd have a touch of Paul Greengrass about it.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Dec 16 2019

47mins

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Rank #14: A League Of Their Own (1992) and Sense & Sensibility (1995)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a pair of 90s movies that each faced its own battle.

The late Penny Marshall's A League Of Their Own changed director, and found itself looking for a new lead at the last minute.

In the case of Sense & Sensibility, it took a decade to bring the Emma Thompson-headlined and adapted version of the film to the screen. And there were significant early cultural challenges.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Mar 04 2019

37mins

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Rank #15: Wayne's World 2 (1993) and WarGames (1983)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon tells the stories of two films that faced very particular challenges.

The original script to Wayne's World 2 had to be thrown out at the last minute, and the movie wouldn't start shooting until six months before release. Even then, legal threats were required.

As for WarGames (1983), the man who cast Matthew Broderick, and who directed sequences you see in the final movie, isn't credited. And there's a reason for that.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Mar 25 2019

34mins

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Rank #16: Alien Vs Predator (2004) and Parenthood (1989)

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In the new episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films that came together at very different speeds.

Alien Vs Predator was sparked by a spec script, but it'd be Paul W S Anderson who got the job - and he spent his own cash on something rather special for his pitch.

Parenthood, meanwhile, was the idea of director Ron Howard - but bringing together its incredible cast was not without challenges.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 23 2020

52mins

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Rank #17: TRON: Legacy (2010) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films with long gestation periods.

Disney was unsure of making TRON: Legacy for a long time. It took a trailer for a film that hadn't been greenlit yet to ultimately make it decide.

Steve Coogan, meanwhile, was reluctant to finally press ahead with an Alan Partridge movie. And when he did, it proved to have a very difficult first week of filming.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Support our work at www.patreon.com/simonbrew.

Mar 15 2020

46mins

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Rank #18: Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Eddie The Eagle (2016)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a troubled blockbuster, and a delightful biopic that took a long time to realise.

Work started on 2007's Spider-Man 3 immediately after the release of 2004's Spider-Man 2. Yet it'd be a turning point in the webslinger's big screen adventures, caught on the front line battle between art and commerce.

For Eddie The Eagle (2016), though, a project that originally was set to star Steve Coogan was dragged out of development hell at double-quick speed, when a producer watched a not-dissimilar film with his family.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode...

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Jan 07 2019

32mins

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Rank #19: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and Rocky IV (1985)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon's got a pair of Christmas classics to talk about!

Following the death of Muppet-creator Jim Henson in 1990, the people he left behind decided to keep going. But the path to The Muppet Christmas Carol would not be without problems.

As for Rocky IV? An already tough shoot was made even more taxing by the fact that two stars, Carl Weathers and Dolph Lundgren, didn't really get on. Oh, and by Sylvester Stallone having to go into intensive care.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode...

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Dec 17 2018

31mins

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