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Film Stories with Simon Brew

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Rank #94 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 May 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Rocketman (2019) with producer Matthew Vaughn

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In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by producer Matthew Vaughn to talk about bringing new Elton John biopic Rocketman to the screen.

Matthew also shares his views on the future of the film industry and his plans for a further film musical. Plus, he touches on his upcoming Kingsman prequel movie, that's arriving in 2020.

This episode contains strong language.

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

You can find the Film Stories website here.

May 22 2019

29mins

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Rank #2: Eraser (1996) and World War Z (2013)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a pair of blockbusters that both hit troubles.

Eraser (1996) felt like an unexpected turning point in Arnold Schwarzenegger's career, and reportedly had a rather chaotic and bloated production.

World War Z (2013), meanwhile, had a whole new ending shot, after an expensive battle in Russia to end the movie had already been filmed. 

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.

Oct 08 2018

33mins

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Rank #3: 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 #4: Ransom (1996) and Traffic (2000)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a thriller that hit a mid-production problem, and an ambitious drama that got caught in an unusual studio battle.

Ransom (1996) was a hit thriller for director Ron Howard and star Mel Gibson. But it actually in its own way dated back to a 1950s TV episode.

Director Steven Soderbergh found himself with movie star problems on 2000's Traffic - not least a case of more than one company wanting to pay the bill.

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 19 2020

46mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Brotherhood (2016)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two films from the 2010s that were faced with very different challenges.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had to carry the baggage of seeding several other films, whilst juggling high studio expectations. Plus, a very taxing New York shoot.

With Brotherhood, in spite of its two predecessors being profitable hits, it was still a struggle to get funding. But a low key trailer release proved a turning point.

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.

Nov 10 2019

46mins

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Rank #8: 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 #9: Game Night (2018) and Disney's Hercules (1997)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a film that came together after a very brief pitch, and a movie whose price rocketed due to external factors.

Jason Bateman was at one time in line to direct the comedy/thriller Game Night  - but a change in writers meant a change in plan. Disney's Hercules, meanwhile, came very close to casting Jack Nicholson - until a Batman problem surfaced.

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.

Feb 09 2020

47mins

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Rank #10: Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom (1984) and Chicken Run (2000)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at the darkness of Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, and the cross-Atlantic uneasy marriage that led to Chicken Run.

Temple Of Doom came at a tough time for George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and those around them. Plus, Harrison Ford is in it less than you may think.

As for Chicken Run? The Wallace & Gromit short that was a run-up to Aardman's first feature, and how the project involved finding a movie studio to partner with. It was a bit of a tale...

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.

Nov 19 2018

32mins

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Rank #11: 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

50mins

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Rank #12: 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 #13: JFK (1991) and 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 90s movies, both of which came together surprisingly quickly.

When Oliver Stone decided to press ahead with JFK, Mel Gibson was on the wishlist to star. The film proved a race against time, too, which in turn led to its innovative, acclaimed editing.

10 Things I Hate About You was conceived in part to take advantage of the late 90s teen movie boom. Yet it had a major late location change, and there's the small matter of its lost 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.

Nov 04 2019

45mins

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Rank #14: The Frighteners (1996) and The Green Mile (1999)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two 90s movies, that faced very different challenges.

The Frighteners wasn't originally envisaged as a film. Wasn't envisaged as a summer movie. And wasn't envisaged as a film that followed an Oscar-nominated breakthrough movie. Yet, in each case, it was.

The Green Mile, meanwhile, was a film that hit a sizeable casting roadblock - until Bruce Willis picked up the phone.

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.

Nov 24 2019

47mins

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Rank #15: Jurassic Park III (2001) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two sequels, one with a far more complete script than the other!

2001's Jurassic Park III arrived a year after originally planned, thanks to a very late decision to abandon the script - after $18m had already been spent on the film.

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) meanwhile faced huge logistical problems, courtesy of a decision to make the film in London. That, and its late name change caused a problem too.

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.

Jul 22 2019

43mins

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Rank #16: Skyfall (2012) and Darkman (1990)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a James Bond battle against the odds behind the scenes, and how The Shadow and Batman sort of led to a different big screen hero.

Skyfall (2012) was caught up in the financial meltdown of MGM, and became a hostage of circumstances. But it proved to 007's benefit.

It was only when director Sam Raimi couldn't get the rights to Batman or The Shadow that he pressed ahead with what became Darkman (1990) instead.

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 12 2020

48mins

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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: Hulk (2003) and Die Hard 2 (1990)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon zeroes in on a comic book movie, and a sequel.

Director Ang Lee would later admit he regretted the serious approach he took with 2003's Hulk. But the film has its fans, and faced significant battles to get it to the screen in the first place.

As did Die Hard 2, a sequel that followed the surprise hit original by just two years. It did so with a director coming straight off another project, Bruce Willis getting serious, and snow is very short supply.

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 10 2018

34mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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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