I LOVE THE WIZARD! I really really do, and I always have! So nothing would keep me from this evening at the New Beverly to again watch this film and enjoy it with a crowd. The theater really packed up with WIZARD fans and Phil even brought out his very own POWERGLOVE!
Now, I will say it again, I LOVE THE WIZARD! I remember the buzz it had coming out, though the movie did sort of fizzle. But I was a gamer and a Nintendo fangirl, I had the NES (Zanac is still a favorite) loved my SUPER NES and played all the Super Mario Bros. games ultimately mastering all of SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 too. THE WIZARD featured SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 and being the age I was when the film came out I'll admit to being a Fred Savage fan.
But I digress...THE WIZARD at the New Beverly. For his introduction Phil came down with his POWERGLOVE on his hand. The director Todd Holland and THE WIZARD himself LUKE EDWARDS were there to watch too and helped with the intro. Both were excited to watch the film again and thanking Phil for playing it.
THE WIZARD, little Luke plays Jimmy Woods and Jimmy wants to go to "California". Jimmy's half brother Corey (Fred Savage) wants to help him get there. On their way Corey discovers Jimmy's natural gamer talent. With the help of Haley (Jenny Lewis) the trucker smart girl they all make the trek to the VIDEO GAME CHAMPIONSHIP out in California at Universal Studios. The rest of their family which includes Christian Slater and Beau Bridges are following to get them back home...what a family unit.
The Bev crowd was totally into the movie, there was clappin going on as the kids rode with the bikers to the song SEND ME AN ANGEL, and there were constant cheers for the games like TMNT, and during the competition itself. Oh it was a blast was, everyone was filled with power up energy!!
After the film Luke and Todd returned to the stage along with editor Tom Finan to tell their stories.
Luke said the game play footage was someone else playing, he liked where he would walk away from the games and they'd keep going. Todd said he didn't know much about the video games when he made the film and that the Power Glove seemed cool but actually wasn't cool at all. During filming the POWERGLOVE was brought in under lock and key by Nintendo. (Todd did get a GameBoy for free though.)
Tom Finan really enjoyed watching it with the crowd and was glad how the gameplay all came together in the film. One of the difficult edits was synching up the Powerglove with the gameplay, they had to run that scene by Nintendo too. (By the Way, Tom was an editor on THE LION KING!)
Luke says he was promised a copy of SUPER MARIO BROS. 3 and never ever got it! He really hated his wardrobe, the tight clothes, ("I fuckin' hated it!"). He needed baggy clothes and Todd called him morbidly unhappy until they made the change.
Phil mentioned that Fred Savage wanted to be at the screening but was out of town and Jenny Lewis was on tour or would have been there too.
Luke said he really liked working with Jenny, they were best buds on the set and got along great. He then called Fred awesome and cool but you could tell there wasn't a whole lot of love. Todd did say Fred had quite an entourage and girls would be screaming for him when he came into the Arizona town where they filmed. Later on Luke said he was very excited himself to be kissed by and kisssing back Jenny. Oh, and the scene with the cows in the truck really freaked Luke out.
Todd talked about a longer cut of the film, a whole hours worth, that filled in more about the family and there were scenes with Fred's best friends in the town. Todd felt so bad about the boys who were cut out that he sent them each letters of apology. Luke says he really appreciated that Todd did such a thing because he was cut out of AMERICAN PIE and no one had told him, he was at the premiere, with a date and watched the film where he didn't show up at all.
It was rather amusing to hear that Todd caused some controversy and ruined his relationship with Universal due to his sense of humor. In THE WIZARD he made a joke about the Universal Studios Park. During the end on the tram there was a little girl who says "Mom, I like Disneyland better" and it was in the final mix of the film and when Universal caught it they had to re-mix the whole thing to take it out and Todd was totally busted.
Those of us at the Bev were lucky enough to hear Luke to say the line "CALIFORNIA", which Todd says he wouldn't even do at their screening in Austin. In fact when it came to the "CALIFORNIA" plot point Todd had a big fight to keep it in as in the original ending Jimmy was just going to toss his lunchbox with his sister's photos out of the car window into a river. Todd's dinosaur ending tested real well and they couldn't take it out.
As soon as the Q&A ended I dashed over to Luke Edwards to talk to him. I turned on the fangirl mode because he was in my favorite little sitcom, which no one else seems to remember, DAVIS RULES. I told Luke how my sister and I watched every episode, then I got my super duper Polaroid pic! Yea!
JOYSTICKS was the next film. Phil played it back in '08 and I missed out. Now I know what I missed, a crazy sex romp at an arcade where there's "TOTALLY AWESOME VIDEO GAMES". There's some pretty cool actors like Jon Gries and Joe Don Baker, then the guy from GREASE 2, Leif Green who played Eugene Groebe. But it is all pretty ridiculous and just silly and I know that's the point. My mind is still focused on THE WIZARD!
TRAILERS: Milk Duds Commerical (MADE WITH REAL MILK), THE DUNGEONMASTER, Cracker Jack Commerical (It's all about Sharing!) and WEIRD SCIENCE. Then there was THE LAST STARFIGHTER, Chips Ahoy Commercial (16 chips in each cookie), SUPER MARIO BROS. (I saw it in theaters!), and OREO Cookie Commercial.