Friday, October 07, 2016


In case you haven't already heard, there's some big doings coming up fast where THE MAN WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES is concerned. This coming Wednesday, October 12, Joe Dante will be directing a live table reading of this as-yet-unproduced screenplay - which I co-authored with Charlie Largent and additional input from Michael Almereyda and James Robison - at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, as part of Cinefamily and SpectreVision's "The Greatest Films Never Made" program at SpectreFest.

All I know about the table reading is that Bill Hader will be reading the part of Roger Corman (great casting!) and Jason Ritter will be reading the role of Peter Fonda (also great); beyond that, all I know is that "surprise guests" are promised. My mind frankly boggles at who might turn up to read the parts of Jack Nicholson, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper and Charles B. Griffith! Well, there is one more thing I know... Roger Corman himself will also be there (presumably with his wife and partner Julie Corman), not only to attend but to place his handprints in cement outside the theater as part of this Tribute to his legendary career!

For those who don't know, THE MAN WITH KALEIDOSCOPE EYES is a comic (but, for the most part, historically accurate) dramatization of the events leading up to, and following, Corman's filming of Jack Nicholson's original screenplay THE TRIP back in the second half of 1966. It documents how (in a very Preston Sturges kind of way) "the squarest guy in a very hip crowd" had the responsibility of becoming one of the leading 1960s drug movement spokespersons thrust upon him, and - on a more serious level - the challenges that artists must sometimes meet to gain the next rung on their creative ladder.

This is going to be great - and since there is still no confirmation of Joe's proposed film going into production, it's your only chance on the horizon to experience this remarkable story being brought to life by name actors! And in the actual presence of the story's real life protagonist!

Tickets are going for $20 and $45 for VIP admission. VIP admission includes preferential seating and a free copy of the poster designed for the event by graphic novel icon Jaime Hernandez (pictured).

Get your tickets here!  

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