John Badham
Film director
John Badham
John MacDonald Badham is an English-born American film director, best known for Saturday Night Fever (1977) and WarGames (1983).
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John Badham on moving a film in a good direction
LATimes - over 3 years
The director of 'WarGames,' who'll be present at a Westwood screening of that blockbuster, reflects on his experiences, including working with and listening to writers and actors. In a directing career that has spanned four decades, John Badham has had more than his share of hits, including 1977's "Saturday Night Fever," for which John Travolta earned his first Oscar nomination, as well as 1983's "Blue Thunder," 1986's "Short Circuit" and 1987's "Stakeout."
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Alex Simon: John Badham on Yelling 'Action!' and Other Tales From the Trenches
Huffington Post - over 3 years
John Badham cut his directorial teeth on '70s-era television shows like The Bold Ones, The Streets of San Francisco and Kung-Fu in the early '70s, before attaining A-list status with his second feature, Saturday Night Fever, in 1977. Films as diverse as WarGames, Blue Thunder, Nick of Time and Bird on a Wire kept John Badham one of the busiest directors in the biz, having literally not stopped working since 1971. His 2006 book I'll Be in My Trailer (co-written with Craig Moderno) has become required reading for virtually every neophyte film director in the business. 2013 finds Badham releasing a follow-up volume, John Badham on Directing: Notes From the Set of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More. The book offers an engaging look at the psychological, technical, and managerial elements that go into helming a film or TV show. A veteran of over 30 films and 45 TV episodes, Badham supports his insights with true stories from his own directing career as well as wisdom and ...
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'WarGames' At Tribeca: 9 Things I Learned At The Festival Screening And Panel Discussion
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
Earlier today, the Tribeca Film Festival hosted a screening of the 1983 Matthew Broderick classic (and a personal favorite), "WarGames." In front of a, sadly, less than packed house (or, happily, a more than empty house) the film was screened in its entirety, followed by a slightly disappointing panel discussion (I'll get to that) that included director John Badham and co-star Ally Sheedy. While in attendance, I learned a few things about "WarGames." Here are those 9 things that I learned. 1. The first scene is still frightening I haven't seen "WarGames" from start to finish in quite some time. So long, in fact, that I forgot about the somewhat frightening opening scene featuring John Spencer as an Air Force officer who can't turn the key that will result in the launch of a nuclear warhead. The scene was a test (he didn't know that), but his failure to launch inspires the government to put the launch decision in the hands of a computer. (His failure to launch did not result in the i ...
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'Catching Fire': Can changing directors work?
LATimes - almost 5 years
The decision by Gary Ross and Lionsgate to part ways on "Catching Fire" has caused a stir on the Internet, as fans worry how the new "Hunger Games" film will fare without the original helmer. But for all the rapid breathing, Rossgate actually is just the latest example in a long tradition of studios switching horses on a sequel. How have previous franchises turned out? Some well; many others, not so well. Here are six instructive comparisons. "Twilight." Perhaps the most famous of all modern cases, and the one to which "Catching Fire" is now most often being compared. In late 2008, after studio Summit and "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke haggled over issues large and small, Summit hit the reset button and hired Chris Weitz to direct the second film. The new movie was fabulously successful at the box office, though the reviews were tepid. Adding to the similarities: Lionsgate is now run by the same executives who ran Summit at the time. "Aliens." Maybe the archetype for how to ...
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‘Short Circuit’ director: War makes this remake relevant
LATimes - almost 5 years
From “American Reunion” to “Fright Night,” remakes of 1980s and 1990s films have taken their lumps on the big screen lately. But the director behind the new iteration of “Short Circuit” is taking a rigorous approach that he hopes will help his movie avoid the reboot trap. Tim Hill,  the “Hop” helmer who has been hired to direct the film, says that his take on Johnny No. 5 -- of course, the weapon-turned-cuddly-companion from the 1986 hit -- will resonate in this era of drone warfare. “The thing that makes it so relevant is that we live in this age of robots, particularly when it comes to war,” Hill, also a longtime writer on the television series "SpongeBob SquarePants,” told 24 Frames. “We have drones that do our fighting for us, do all these jobs men and women don’t want to do. And that’s what makes this so interesting -- things like this moment in the story when Johnny realizes he’s going to be disassembled and contemplates death, and whether it’s right to terminate someone else ...
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Google News - over 5 years
Movie director John Badham is 72. Filmmaker Marshall Brickman is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Walter Williams (The O'Jays) is 69. Actor Anthony Heald is 67. Rock musician Danny Smythe is 63. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 62. Actor John Savage is 62
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People: Craig Ferguson receives white powder, threat, in mail - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
Game show host Monty Hall (90), actor Sean Connery (81), talk show host Regis Philbin (80), actor Tom Skerritt (78), jazz musician Wayne Shorter (78), movie director Hugh Hudson (75), movie director John Badham (72), R&B singer Walter Williams of the
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Noah Oppenheim to Pen War Games Remake Script - ReelzChannel.com
Google News - over 5 years
Back in June, MGM hired Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) to develop and direct a new movie based on director John Badham's 1983 thriller, War Games, which starred Matthew Broderick as a computer prodigy who almost starts World War III when he hacks into a ... - -
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Top Ten 'Worst Remakes' Ever - Starpulse.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
John Badham?! Oh right, the man behind the likes of "Short Circuit" and "Bird on a Wire" is a natural fit for a dark story of a troubled girl who is turned into a refined assassin. (Didn't Rosie O'Donnell touch on this in her multi-faceted role in
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From the director of The Smurfs… Short Circuit; Aw Hell No! - Moviehole
Google News - over 5 years
Look, I know John Badham's not a master of the art or anything but he definitely knew his way around a fun movie – “Stakeout”, “Saturday Night Fever”, “War Games”; all exceedingly fun flicks – and I can't say that for Tim Hill
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Open Water And The 5 Best Concept Movies - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
Six years before Jack Bauer found himself in a similar predicament, racing against a persistently ticking clock, John Badham utilised the real-time concept to give his film an economical efficiency, that elevated it above the standard conspiracy
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Dario Argento al «Dracula 3D» sacrifica il collo della figlia Asia - Il Giornale di Vicenza
Google News - over 5 years
Il conte transilvano, nato dalla penna del romanziere irlandese Bran Stoker, vive in più di 300 incarnazioni cinematografiche: dall'orrido mostro Nosferatu di Murnau, ai playboy diretti da John Badham e Francis Ford Coppola. Ora i suoi canini,
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Wargames: Interview with Remake Director Seth Gordon - Plus Quick History of ... - Comic Book Movie
Google News - over 5 years
Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon discusses his next project: a remake of John Badham's 1983 film, Wargames - which in itself is a part of a long history of man vs. machines stories, including the Terminator and The Avengers' Ultron 5
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Saturn Night Fever - Vogue.it
Google News - over 5 years
... più venduto di tutti i tempi) che balzò subito in testa alle classifiche subito dopo l'uscita dell'omonimo film, diretto da John Badham (1977), con John Travolta, che fu girato in un vero club di New York, l'Odissey 2001, tra luglio e agosto 1977
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MGM up for more 'War Games' - Monsters and Critics.com
Google News - over 5 years
The 1983 original was written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The cast included Matthew Broderick (in the role that launched his career), Ally Sheedy, Dabney Coleman,
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King of Kong regisseur maakt remake WarGames - DigitalLife.nl
Google News - over 5 years
De originele WarGames verscheen in 1983 en werd geregisseerd door John Badham. Inderdaad, de man die na deze alom gelouterde productie het tenenkrommende Short Circuit (1986) naar de bioscoop wist te brengen en sindsdien vrijwel alleen nog actief is
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Badham
    THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 37
    Badham worked in television for years, before his breakthrough in 1977 with Saturday Night Fever, a massive worldwide hit starring John Travolta.
    More Details Hide Details WarGames (1983), starring Matthew Broderick, is his other signature film, renowned for its take on popular Cold War fears of nuclear terror, and holocaust, as well as being one of the first films to deal with the subculture of amateur hacking. In addition to his numerous film credits, Badham has also directed and produced for TV, including credits for Rod Serling's Night Gallery, and the A&E television series The Beast. He has also contributed commentary to the web series Trailers from Hell. Badham's sister, Mary Badham, was nominated for an Oscar for her role as "Scout" Finch in the film To Kill a Mockingbird. They worked together on one project, William Castle's Let's Kill Uncle. Badham was Castle's casting director, and Mary played one of the leads. Badham's former wife is veteran model Jan Speck of The New Treasure Hunt fame. She has had assorted cameo roles in many of his projects, starting in the 1980s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on August 25, 1939.
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