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Film Stories with Simon Brew

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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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By Ftopel - Mar 09 2019
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Simon does great research and cuts right to the point. I wish all podcasts were this focused. Love his choices of both mainstream and more obscure films, well liked and maligned ones.

The film podcast you’ve been waiting for

By NeilNevins - Jan 15 2019
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I’ve been a fan of Simon’s work since his old Den of Geek days dating back to nearly a decade and this guy consistently knows his stuff while keeping his topics fascinating. It’s always so refreshing to listen to someone who has a passion for the trivia and long histories behind films that often go underlooked or forgotten. Fascinating, funny, surprising, and often touching; Film Stories is truly a film lover’s companion to that long commute!

iTunes Ratings

8 Ratings
Average Ratings
8
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0

Perfect podcast

By Ftopel - Mar 09 2019
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Simon does great research and cuts right to the point. I wish all podcasts were this focused. Love his choices of both mainstream and more obscure films, well liked and maligned ones.

The film podcast you’ve been waiting for

By NeilNevins - Jan 15 2019
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I’ve been a fan of Simon’s work since his old Den of Geek days dating back to nearly a decade and this guy consistently knows his stuff while keeping his topics fascinating. It’s always so refreshing to listen to someone who has a passion for the trivia and long histories behind films that often go underlooked or forgotten. Fascinating, funny, surprising, and often touching; Film Stories is truly a film lover’s companion to that long commute!

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Film Stories with Simon Brew

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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

Rank #1: Hudson Hawk (1991) and Romy & Michele's High School Reunion (1997)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon examines two very different 1990s projects.

Hudson Hawk is, to date, the only film that Bruce Willis has a screenwriting credit on. And a year before, as Die Hard 2 premiered, its producer boasted that Hudson Hawk would be even bigger. But things soon went off track.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Wayne's World, Disney backed Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, but soon had second thoughts...

Stories of both are discussed in this episode...

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

Aug 28 2018

36mins

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Rank #2: Superman III (1983) and Arachnophobia (1990)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, how a superhero sequel changed direction, and a well-liked scary spider movie struggled to hit as big as expected.

Superman III is notorious for abandoning the story of the first two movies in favour of becoming a Richard Pryor vehicle. And it presented a whole host of further challenges. 

As for Arachnophobia? How a horror script was softened to help find a commercial audience, and a brand new word was invented by Disney's marketing department to help get people interested.

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.

Apr 01 2019

38mins

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Rank #3: Sneakers (1992) and Journeyman (2017)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at two films that each took around a decade to made it to the screen.

1992's Sneakers is a delightful caper, headlined by Robert Redford, whose foundations oddly enough lie in 1983's WarGames. Plus, Redford directed a film himself either side of shooting the movie.

For Paddy Considine, he came up with Journeyman two years before his directorial debut, Tyrannosaur. Yet it took another project's struggles for it to come to the screen.

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 30 2018

31mins

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Rank #4: Terminator 3 (2003) and Crocodile Dundee (1986)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at two films with independent backgrounds!

Terminator 3 led to a delay in Arnold Schwarzenegger's political ambitions, and just getting the film made involved rights problems, and getting James Cameron's blessing.

Paul Hogan, meanwhile, was already a millionaire when he penned Crocodile Dundee - but he still needed over 1000 more investors. Plus, the US cut would end up nearly ten minutes shorter!

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

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Feb 24 2019

34mins

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Rank #5: Dick Tracy (1990) and Jerry Maguire (1996)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a comic book movie and an Oscar-winning romantic drama with an unexpected link between them.

Disney transformed the marketing of Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy (1990) in the aftermath of the previous year's Batman. The studio's approach changed dramatically afterwards.

1996's Jerry Maguire was originally set to star Tom Hanks, and the film's casting would be one of its many 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.

May 27 2019

38mins

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Rank #6: Galaxy Quest (1999) and Role Models (2008)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of comedies take centre stage.

The much-loved 1999 film Galaxy Quest was originally a much darker, foul-mouthed film. And Harold Ramis was attached to direct. But things changed quite a bit...

Role Models changed director too, and found itself in a race against time to its release, with a lot of improvisation, and some Jason Bourne-esque fighting.

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.

Aug 12 2019

38mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: Waterworld (1995) and Wonder (2017)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at one of the 1990s' most infamous blockbusters, and a winning adaptation of a recent bestseller.

With a new extended cut now on Blu-ray, it's slightly clearly how 1995's Waterworld could have gone. But its producer realised the sheer scale of the project when it took three people to lift the model of the set into his office!

Wonder (2017) had a less testing journey, but still went through a few writers and directors before it became a hit.

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 28 2019

35mins

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Rank #9: Good Morning Vietnam (1987) and The Martian (2015)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at the long gestation of Good Morning Vietnam, and the plans for Spider-Man films that brought The Martian to Ridley Scott.

Good Morning Vietnam came at a point in Robin Williams' career where there were serious doubts over whether he could headline a movie. Plus, how it became one of the first Touchstone Pictures movies.

The Martian's journey to the screen was quicker and smoother - but not before Sony's plans for a Spider-Man spin-off universe of films got in the way.

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 26 2018

33mins

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Rank #10: Judge Dredd (1995) and Carry On Camping (1969)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon at two very different British institutions on the big screen.

2000AD's legendary lawgiver Judge Dredd had struggled to get to the big screen for some time - and then Sylvester Stallone took an interest. But problems weren't far behind.

For 1969's Carry On Camping, though, the most popular in the British series of comedies faced numerous challenges - not least making a summer holiday film in the midst of a British autumn.

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.

Feb 11 2019

33mins

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Rank #11: Cool Runnings (1993) and Henry V (1989)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon heads to the Winter Olympics, and back to Kenneth Branagh's first movie as director.

1993's Cool Runnings started life at Columbia Pictures. But it took a change of management, a trio of departing directors and a script overhaul to get it into shape.

As for Kenneth Branagh's Henry V? Well, he'd never directed a film. He'd only acted in two. Oh, and he had a nine month theatre tour to complete days before filming was due to begin. At least Brian Blessed was on hand to help...

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 02 2018

32mins

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Rank #12: Film Stories: Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves (1991) and Spectre (2015)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon finally addresses his beloved Costner, and tackles James Bond.

The British shoot of Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991) had to do battle with weather, pregnancy, editing issues and a regretful head of the BBFC.

The 24th James Bond film meanwhile, Spectre, was in a race against the clock from day one.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode!

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

Jul 23 2018

30mins

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Rank #13: Cliffhanger (1993) and Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that marked a career revival for Sylvester Stallone, and a British movie that took some piecing together.

1993's Cliffhanger was a late replacement for an abandoned blockbuster called Gale Force - and it came with huge financial problems for the company behind it.

Bend It Like Beckham, meanwhile, was nearly named after a different footballer, and found itself an unlikely beneficiary of a foot injury.

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 02 2019

38mins

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Rank #14: Flight Of The Navigator (1986) and more, with director Randal Kleiser

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In a special episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon is joined by director Randal Kleiser, to talk about 1986's Flight Of The Navigator, and its new Blu-ray reissue. 

The chat also covers Grease, the Muppets film that Kleiser never got to make, studio executives, his current projects, White Fang, his Honey I Shrunk The Kids sequel, and a whole lot more...

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

You can find the Film Stories website here.

Aug 30 2019

31mins

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Rank #15: Speed (1994) and X-Men: First Class (2011)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hit blockbuster movies. One helped make Keanu Reeves a (bigger) star. The other made against a deadline and a half.

1994's Speed was nearly postponed when 20th Century Fox executives saw Keanu Reeves's haircut. Plus, the studio didn't want to cast Sandra Bullock.

X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, hired Matthew Vaughn to co-write and direct the movie. And the schedule was so tight, its finale was filmed just weeks before the movie was in cinemas.

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 17 2019

39mins

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Rank #16: Ghostbusters 2 (1989) and RoboCop 3 (1993)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at a pair of sequels that were both heavily needed by their respective studios.

Columbia was in trouble when it finally have the greenlight for 1989's Ghostbusters 2, a film that arrived later than wanted, but needed a major change of personnel to unclog it.

As for RoboCop 3 (1993), Orion Pictures was banking on it to save the company - and thus it gambled on a PG-13, toned down Robo. What could possibly go wrong?

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 15 2018

32mins

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Rank #17: The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008) and The Net (1995)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the lengthy delays that hit a second X-Files movie, and the techno-thriller without much of its parent company's tech in it.

The X-Files: I Want To Believe arrived years later than originally planned, held up by ongoing legal battles behind the scenes - and that changed the approach the movie took.

As for 1995's The Net, the Sandra Bullock-headlined thriller originally had Bill Gates in mind to play one of its foes. And where isn't there much Sony technology in 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.

Jul 08 2019

38mins

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Rank #18: 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 #19: Contact (1997) and Captain Underpants: The FIrst Epic Movie (2017)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at an ambitious studio sci-fi movie, and an animated feature that came to life in very difficult circumstances.

1997's Contact is a standout 90s blockbuster, but one that began life in the late 1970s, and nearly ended up directed by Mad Max's George Miller. Oh, and it annoyed the White House.

As for Captain Underpants (2017), it was a film that got through the DreamWorks Animation system at a stage when projects around it were being shut down, and the studio was being sold. How, then, did it survive?

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 14 2019

34mins

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Rank #20: The Running Man (1987) and The Bourne Identity (2002)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, Simon looks at director stories behind two very different films.

One week into filming of 1987's The Running Man, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the director was replaced. The further problem? It'd be the fifth known director already to be attached to the project.

As for 2002's The Bourne Identity, rarely had a director and studio had such diverse styles, leading to four lots of reshoots, a delayed release, bad buzz, and a studio convinced that its film was going to fail.

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 29 2018

30mins

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