Holy Bad News: Adam West Dies At 88

Adam West

Adam West, right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio in an alternate filming of the Batman pilot episode or, co-pilot, as it is called in the biz. In the end focus groups found Burt Ward’s take on Robin more preferable. DiMaio played the character “too seriously” with a low gravely voice while in costume as The Boy Wonder.

Los Angeles—Actor Adam West, best known for playing “Batman” in the seminal, campy 1960s TV version as well as the big screen version that hit theaters during the show’s run, died Friday following a short battle with Leukemia. He was 88

On the big screen, West appeared in such films as “Voodoo Island,” “Zombie Nightmare,” “RECOiL” and “Monster Island.” 

Besides portraying the Caped Crusader on TV, he was also in shows like “Family Guy,” “Batgirl,” “Murder She Wrote” and “Tales from the Crypt.” 

He is survived by his third wife, Marcele, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, 

A Proposal To Make Columbus Day “Goonies Day”

Goonies DaySo I was watching “The Goonies” the other day with my 15 year-old daughter, (you know you’re doing at least one thing right as a parent when they enjoy “The Goonies” ) when she said to me, “They should have a ‘Goonies Day. Like they show ‘A Christmas Story’ annually on Christmas Eve.” And damned if that wasn’t a great idea. 

Thus this was born. Also, a hat tip to “The Big Bang Theory,” who had the gang, in an earlier episode, watch a marathon of Chris Columbus films on Columbus Day. But I mean, let’s be honest. The only movie of his that truly deserves its own day, a la “Star Wars” Day and 24 hours of “A Christmas Story” is “The Goonies.” Sorry, “Home Alone.” (Hashtag hot take.)

Now we just need to petition somebody, whoever is in charge of these things, to make Columbus Day into “Goonies Day.” And with all the negative publicity Columbus Day has gotten the past several years, this makes the holiday much less controversial. 

So let’s go to Twitter, as one does nowadays when they want to start a movement, to get this going. I know Sean Astin is on Twitter. And so is Chunk. I found what looks like a Kerri Green fan page on there, but I don’t think it’s really her. It didn’t have a blue check mark. And she’s earned one, hasn’t she? Did you see her in “Lucas?” Also, I don’t know about Brand, but I know he’s still got some clout.

Speaking of which, I watched him in the latest Cohen Brothers flick “Hail, Caesar” the other night. And, I have to say, it’s no “Raising Arizona.” 

But still, I bet he’d be up to supporting this. And it doesn’t look like Chris Columbus himself is on Twitter, so if any of our readers out there can get ahold of him, that would be great. Just pass along this piece to him, tell him to get ahold of us. We’re easy to reach.

And check back here in October, to see how this campaign has fared. 

You are now informed. Go and do likewise. 

“Let’s Just Say I Am Not The Biggest Kanye Fan:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Steve Stanulis

Steve Stanulis

Look for Steve Stanulis in Long Shot Louie on Amazon and The Fifth Bourough on Netflix.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actor Steve Stanulis. Steve spoke to us about his upcoming Netflix series “The Fifth Borough,” his unique beginning in movies and his admiration for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with actor Steve Stanulis: 
 
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
 
Steve Stanulis: When I worked with the NYPD I started working security with some A-list actors. One night I was at a party and was asked if I ever played football. When I told him I played in high school he told me he was shooting a film called “The Replacements” with Keanu Reaves and Gene Hackman. Two weeks later I was on set as Keanu’s back-up QB and the rest is history.
 
TDQ: Who was your favorite actor growing up?
 
SS: My favorite actor growing up was Al Pacino. I must have watched “Scarface” 100 times as a kid.
 
TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?
 
SS: I would say “Scarface” and “The Outsiders”
 
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
 
SS: If you want to make it in this business do not give up and make yourself indispensable. Do not be one of those actors to sit and wait for the phone to ring.
 
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
 
SS: I was at lunch with pretty well-known studio producer. I was so excited to meet him he said to me do yourself a favor and “do not get involved with this crazy business.” I remember leaving there so disappointed. Years later, he worked for me on one of my projects… so never give up.
 
Steve Stanulis

Steve Stanulis guarding the body of close personal friend Kanye West.

TDQ: Who are your influences?
 
SS: My influences are not what you might expect. I did not aspire to be in this business until later on in life and being a kid from Staten Island, movies were just not realistic. If I had to pick one I would say, coming from a bodybuilding background it would have had to have been Arnold Schwarzenegger. He came to this country, couldn’t speak English, became Mr. Olympia, to the biggest action star in Hollywood to Governor, then also married a Kennedy… how is that for the American dream?!  
 
TDQ: What can you tell us about your latest film “Long Shot Louie,” available on Amazon Prime?
 
SS: Long shot Louie is “Boogie Nights” meets “The Wrestler.” It is based upon my time as a Chippendale’s dancer. It is about a certain dancer I used to work with who had everything: great looking, great body, best performer etc., but as much as he made is as much as he would spend on drugs. He just had no value of money. But as time went on he got older and kind of got stuck in this world and became a mockery towards the end of his career with other dancers and all of the ladies.
 
TDQ: Tell us about your upcoming Netflix series “The Fifth Borough”…
 
SS: “The Fifth Borough” is a new series which I play the lead role of Nico. The cast is one of the most talented casts I have had the pleasure to work with: Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy from “The Sopranos”), Cathy Morality “Raging Bull,” legend Richard Grieco, Marc John Jefferies, Joseph Donofrio and Vincent Young. It is “The Sopranos” on Staten Island and the message is there is nothing you would not do for your family…definitely a great show and I’m looking forward to working on this one. 
 
TDQ: You used to be a bodyguard for Kim and Kanye. What did you learn from that experience that you can talk about and isn’t covered by a non-disclosure agreement?
 
SS: Ahh the Kim and Kanye saga. That story literally went global last year. Let’s just say I am not the biggest Kanye fan.
 
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
SS: Hopefully in Season 5 of “The Fifth Borough” on Netflix… I see myself continuing to work and hopefully continue to have to ability to pick and choose what I want to work on.
 
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“People’s True Crazy Lives Have Always Been A Source Of Fascination For Me:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Samantha Stewart

Samantha Stewart

Samantha Stewart looking vibrant. How vibrant you ask? So vibrant we had to turn down the vibrance in Photoshop.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with actress Samantha Stewart. Samantha discussed with us her eclectic tastes in movies, her latest movie, “Voodoo” and the sacrifices she makes for her art. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Samantha Stewart: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Samantha Stewart: I love the spotlight, and being the center of attention, so it was an easy choice for me! In high school I was voted “Most Talented” and “Least Likely to Work in a Cubicle”. There was just never a doubt in anyone’s mind that I was gonna leave TN asap and go be in show business. I was definitely THAT kid.

TDQ: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

SS: Reese Witherspoon was definitely someone I looked up to. She went to school right down the road from me, and I remember being obsessed with movies like “Cruel Intentions,” “Man in the Moon,” and “Freeway.” Then when “Walk the Line” came out, I basically worshipped her. I thought I would grow up and be her. But instead I turned out to be me, which is different, but no less awesome. :)

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

SS: “Newsies” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Haha! Two polar opposite movies, right? That’s definitely my taste, I love musicals and cute boys dancing, and then I love just really gritty dramas that make you wanna kill yourself :P I was a weird kid!

TDQ: Who are your influences?

SS: My Dad for sure. He is driven by a logical brain, a Type A personality, and a penchant for sticking your foot in your mouth. That’s me for sure, which is interesting ’cause most artists are that creative type, which has never really been me. I’m my own kind of artist. I’m also influenced by some of my favorite singers, like James Taylor and Barbra Streisand and George Michael. I love reading biographies on celebrities I look up to, and figure out how they did it. People’s true crazy lives have always been a source of fascination for me. Oh, and Oprah. She’s the best.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

SS: Ru Paul’s catch phrase “Don’t F— it Up.” I think that just about covers all the bases.

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

SS: To wait till I was married to have sex. Thank God I didn’t listen to that one :)

Samantha Stewart, VooDoo

Samantha Stewart cooking in the kitchen with a friend in VooDoo.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest movie, “VooDoo”

SS: I did “Voodoo” over 3 years ago, so it’s crazy it only recently came out! It’s this really effed up portrayal of how bad things can happen to you, even when it’s not your fault haha. My character spends half the movie getting the complete s— beaten out of her, and as an actress in the film, I had a very similar experience. I hope it comes across like a realistic portrayal, ’cause most of the time I wasn’t acting. I was genuinely tired, sick, cold, beaten up, and miserable. All in the name of THE CRAFT. And it was awesome. Gotta love this job!

TDQ: Besides films, you’ve also appeared in soap operas like “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” What’s the biggest difference between working on soaps and working on films?

SS: I talk about this in every interview, but I’ll keep saying it. Soaps are way tougher than anyone gives them credit for. You get one take to nail your lines. They are shooting so quickly, there’s no time to for second chances. And I love that about them. It really helped me learn how to give the best performance I could the first time. It’s an amazing help for auditions too. Films are different, cause you can just always ask for another take if you mess up, or want to try something different. Don’t get me wrong, that’s also equally great, and I’m very grateful when I get opportunities to play around and have fun with a role. That’s harder to do on a soap.

Samantha Stewart, VooDooTDQ: What project are you working on next?

SS: Not sure what will be next, that’s the great thing about the job, is that the opportunities come last minute, and you never know what might be in store for you. I could get an audition tomorrow, and be on a plane for South America next week. But definitely keep an eye out during the commercial breaks for me. I’ve been doing a ton of commercials, and should be all over your TV. :)

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

SS: Pregnant!!! No seriously, I want babies, like, now. I’m turning 30 this year, time to start cranking them out!! ;) My dream life is to have babies with a man I’m obsessed with, who never wants to stop having sex with me, own a bunch of property that keeps the money coming in, travel around the world, and get offers to star in dream projects that win me Oscars, but I still never get recognized on the street so I can continue to go to Chipotle with sweat pants and no make up….. *sigh* That’s the life…..

Follow Samantha on Twitter and check out her website

No More Mister Moore: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Roger Moore

Roger Moore, far right, first met RECOiL writer/actor/director Brian DiMaio, far left, on the set of The Sea Wolves. The film which has some scenes in Goa, India was to have a Bollywood style dance number that DiMaio was not up to. His part would be recast to Trevor Howard who could perform all the moves. The dance number was later cut for time.

Switzerland— Actor Sir Roger Moore, most famous for his role as Simon Templar in “The Saint,” died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.

In America, Moore appeared on television in “Maverick” playing Beau, the British cousin of the other Maverick boys. He also starred on ABC in “The Alaskans” and as Sherlock Holmes in a made-for-TV movie “Sherlock Holmes in New York.”

On the big screen, Moore was in “The Cannon Ball Run,” “Escape to Athena,” “RECOiL” and “Spice World.” 

In 2003, Moore was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina; two sons, Geoffrey and Christian and his daughter, Deborah.