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Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. He is best known for directing St. Elmo's Fire, The Lost Boys, The Client, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill, and Batman & Robin. is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... St. ... ‹ The template below (article) is being considered for deletion. ... The Client movie poster The Client (1994) is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham, set in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... A Time to Kill is the name of a 1996 feature film adaptation of the 1989 legal thriller A Time to Kill by John Grisham, author of such novels as The Rain Maker, The King of Tourts and his major work of art, The Street Lawyer. The movie was a... For the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ...

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Career

Early life and career

Schumacher was born in New York City. His Jewish mother Marian was Swedish and his father Frank was a Baptist from Knoxville, Tennessee, who died when Joel was four years old. He studied at Parsons The New School for Design and The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York [1]. After first working in the fashion industry, he realized his true love was in filmmaking. He moved out to Los Angeles, where he began his media work as a costume designer in films such as Sleeper and developed his skills with television work while earning a MFA from UCLA. He wrote the screenplay for the 1976 low-budget hit movie Car Wash and a number of other minor successes. He also wrote 1978's The Wiz, an adaptation of the stage play of the same name. His film directorial debut was The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1981, which starred Lily Tomlin, and he quickly made more successful films, including three "brat pack" works. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ... Parsons The New School for Design (abbreviated Parsons), is a design school affiliated since 1970 with The New School, formerly known as New School University. ... Sleeper (1973) is a futuristic science fiction comedy film, written by, directed by, and starring Woody Allen. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... // Events March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas Star Wars science fiction film. ... For other uses, see Car wash (disambiguation). ... // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... This article is about the stage musical. ... The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film, starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and Elizabeth Wilson, and directed by Joel Schumacher. ... // January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Lily Tomlin (born Mary Jean Tomlin on September 1, 1939), is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedian. ... The Brat Pack is a group of young actors and actresses who frequently appeared together in teen-oriented films in the 1980s and as well as socializing together off the set. ...


The Brat Pack

St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, considered to be archetypal movies of the 1980s, were two of Schumacher's biggest hits. Their style impressed audiences and their financial success allowed studios to trust him with ever larger projects. St. ... ‹ The template below (article) is being considered for deletion. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


John Grisham

Schumacher has also directed two adaptations of the books of John Grisham, The Client (1994) and A Time to Kill (1996), the latter as the personal choice of Grisham. John Ray Grisham Jr. ... The Client movie poster The Client (1994) is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham, set in Memphis, Tennessee. ... A Time to Kill is the name of a 1996 feature film adaptation of the 1989 legal thriller A Time to Kill by John Grisham, author of such novels as The Rain Maker, The King of Tourts and his major work of art, The Street Lawyer. The movie was a...


Batman

Schumacher would later replace Tim Burton as the director of the Batman film franchise. He directed Batman Forever in 1995, which was a major summer success despite receiving mixed reviews. He later directed Batman & Robin, which was a critical disaster, and did poorly at the box office. The film prompted Warner Bros. to place the series of movies on hiatus, canceling the next Batman movie Batman: Triumphant. (After seven years, the much darker Batman Begins was released, in a comprehensive reboot of the franchise). Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... For the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ... “WB” redirects here. ... For the novel based on the film, see Batman Begins (novelization). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Batman & Robin had a detrimental effect on Schumacher's reputation, forcing him to take on less ambitious projects. On the DVD commentary, Schumacher has admitted that his movie disappointed fans of darker Batman adaptations, saying that the film was made intentionally marketable and kid-friendly. Schumacher, however, is a devoted Batman fan himself and actually would have personally preferred an adaptation of the comic, Batman: Year One.[2] Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ...


Many fans have complained about what Schumacher did with the Batman franchise[citation needed]. One of the more persistent complaints was Schumacher's stylistic approach in putting nipples on the Batsuit. He dismissed these issues in the 2005 special edition DVD of Batman Forever, saying that these people should "get out more." Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ...


He served as the director for the music videos, "Kiss from a Rose", by Seal, and "The End Is the Beginning Is the End", by The Smashing Pumpkins (co-directed with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris). These songs appeared in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, respectively. 1995 re-release Kiss from a Rose is a song from Seals second eponymous album Seal, subsequently featured on the Batman Forever (1995) film soundtrack. ... Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born February 19, 1963 in Paddington, London, England) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning British soul vocalist and songwriter. ... The End Is the Beginning Is the End (or TEITBITE among fans) is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Smashing Pumpkins (circa 1995) left to right: James Iha, DArcy, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin. ... Dayton and Faris during the making of Little Miss Sunshine Jonathan Dayton (born 7 July 1957 in Alameda County, California) and Valerie Faris (born 20 October 1958 in Los Angeles County, California) are an award-winning team of music video directors who have also moved into directing theatrical films. ...


Since 1998, Schumacher has said he is interested in re-editing Forever to make it closer to as it was originally conceived.[citation needed]


Post-Batman career

Following Batman & Robin, Schumacher went on to direct lower budget films (stepping down from $100 million budget films) like 8MM with Nicolas Cage, and Flawless with Robert De Niro. Neither were big hits, and reviews were mostly negative. In 1999, Schumacher also directed the music video for "Letting the Cables Sleep" by English rock band, Bush. In 2000, Schumacher changed gears radically and garnered the best reviews of his career[citation needed] with the Vietnam-era boot camp drama Tigerland, which introduced Hollywood to young Colin Farrell. Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter praised the film as such: "Tigerland lands squarely in the top tier of best movies about America's Vietnam experience." “USD” redirects here. ... 8mm is a 1999 mystery/thriller film, directed by Joel Schumacher, about a private investigator Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) who is hired to research the authenticity of an alleged snuff movie found in the vault of a recently deceased billionaire, which takes him to some sleazy environments. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Flawless is an American film that stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. ... Robert De Niro in 1988 Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American film actor, director, and producer. ... The Science of Things is an album made by the post-grunge band Bush in the year 1999 (see 1999 in music), released by Trauma Records. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... Boot Camp is a software assistant made available by Apple Inc. ... This article is about the film. ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, in Castleknock, Dublin to Rita and Eamon Farrell. ... The Hollywood Reporter is one of two major trade papers of the film industry in the United States, the other being Variety. ...


He lowered the budget and scale once again with the controversial Phone Booth, which reteamed Schumacher with Colin Farrell. The film, already shelved for almost two years, was delayed months further due to the Beltway sniper attacks. Upon release, the film performed well due to the recent popularity of Colin Farrell (who at the time of filming in 2000 was still relatively unknown). Schumacher returned to big-budget Hollywood in 2002 with Bad Company starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. Phone Booth, although produced before Bad Company, was released afterwards. Phone Booth is a 2003 morality thriller about a man who is trapped in a telephone booth by a sniper. ... Locations of the 15 sniper attacks numbered chronologically. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Bad Company is a 2002 Touchstone Pictures film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... Christopher Julius Rock III[1] (born February 7, 1966)[2] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. ...


Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera was seen as Joel's comeback in 2004. While the film earned mixed reviews, gaining harsh criticism from fans of the stage musical for casting and directorial choices, it turned out to a success and was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and three Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. However, the film did not win any of them. The Phantom of the Opera is the 2004 Joel Schumacher directed film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Harts internationally successful 1986 stage musical, which is in turn based on the novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. ...


The director has since filmed The Number 23, which received poor box office success and worse reviews. 23 (number) For another movie by a similar name, see 23 (film) The Number 23 is a suspense film starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, and Danny Huston, directed by Joel Schumacher. ...


His next project is vampire thriller Town Creek, began shooting in March 2007. Town Creek is a 2008 horror/thriller film about a man and his brother on a mission of revenge become trapped in a harrowing occult experiment dating back to the Third Reich. ...


Sexuality

Schumacher has been openly gay through most of his career.[3] In Liz Smith's memoir, Natural Blonde, she states that "He called himself 'A Sexual Outlaw'" and discusses their love affair and subsequent friendship. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Liz Smith (born February 2, 1923 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a popular gossip columnist. ...


He is subtly criticized by Vito Russo in his book The Celluloid Closet for contributing to the negative Hollywood image of gay people. Vito Russo (1946 New York, NY - 7 November 1990 Los Angeles CA) was a gay activist and author who wrote the 1981 book The Celluloid Closet. ... The Celluloid Closet is the title of a 1995 documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. ...


Parodies

  • In "Legends of the Dark Knight", an episode of The New Batman Adventures, three teenagers discuss their ideas about what Batman is really like. They briefly meet an effeminate youth called Joel (in front of a shoemaker's shop, no less) whose idea of Batman consists mainly of a fascination with the tight rubber suits and a Batmobile that can drive up walls (as seen in Batman Forever). The other three kids treat Joel's ideas with utter disdain. The piece received mixed reviews from Bat-fans; some love what was done, while others consider it a "low blow" from the producers of the animated series. Schumacher has since reaffirmed that he wanted to produce an adaptation of Batman: Year One. The animated series' creator Bruce Timm stated in the DVD commentary for the episode that Batman Forever is one of his favorite Batman films, however this is said as a joke, as he has stated elsewhere that he dislikes the film.
  • In an episode of Robot Chicken, a riot breaks out at a comic/sci fi convention, where Joel Schumacher is trying to flee the scene, only to get lynched by a rampaging mob of Batman fans and one in particular dressed as Robin who says, "Joel Schumacher is history's greatest monster!"
  • In another episode of Robot Chicken, Joel Schumacher pitches his idea for a Batman Begins parody, Heimlich Begins (based on the Heimlich maneuver) in which Heimlich battles a villain called "The Choker" (a parody of Batman villain Joker), who attacks with animated sausage links. At the end, the entire sketch is revealed to have been described by Joel Schumacher. The skit ends with a reference to Schumacher's sexuality: "It's always sausage with you, isn't it?"
  • In Episode 4 of Clerks: The Animated Series, Randal demands his money back from Joel Schumacher after seeing Batman and Robin, saying, "Man, Batman and Robin was so gay!", with Schumacher wearing the nipple batsuit.
  • In Hitman & Lobo, Tommy calls Section 8 while Lobo is tearing apart a group of gangsters. When Sixpack asks about the screaming in the background, Tommy replies that he is in a cinema and the audience is watching a Joel Schumacher retrospective.

Legends of the Dark Knight Legends of the Dark Knight is the title of an episode from The New Batman Adventures. ... The New Batman Adventures was the successor to the highly acclaimed American animated television series Batman: The Animated Series. ... It has been suggested that Batmissile, Bat-Humvee, Batmobile (Batman Forever) and Batmobile (Batman Begins) be merged into this article or section. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Bruce Walter Timm (born on February 8, 1961) is an American character designer, animator and producer. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Ahmadi Joins NAMBLA is episode 406 (#53) of South Park. ... Cartman redirects here. ... Robot Chicken is an Emmy Award-Winning American stop motion animated television series produced by Stoopid Monkey, ShadowMachine Films, Williams Street, and Sony Pictures Digital, currently airing in the US as a part of Cartoon Networks Adult Swim line-up, in Britain as part of Bravos Adult Swim... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... “The Joker” redirects here. ... Section 8 or Section Eight may refer to: Section 8 (military), a kind of discharge from the United States military due to mental illness and/or problems. ...

Filmography

The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film, starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and Elizabeth Wilson, and directed by Joel Schumacher. ... D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. ... D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy film, starring Mr. ... St. ... ‹ The template below (article) is being considered for deletion. ... Cousins DVD cover Cousins is a 1989 remake of a French film, with Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, Sean Young, William Petersen, Lloyd Bridges, and Keith Coogan. ... Flatliners is a 1990 film starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as medical students experimenting with near-death experiences. ... Dying Young is a 1991 film, directed by Joel Schumacher. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... The Client movie poster The Client (1994) is a legal thriller written by American author John Grisham, set in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... A Time to Kill is the name of a 1996 feature film adaptation of the 1989 legal thriller A Time to Kill by John Grisham, author of such novels as The Rain Maker, The King of Tourts and his major work of art, The Street Lawyer. The movie was a... For the 1949 serial Batman and Robin, see Batman and Robin (serial). ... 8mm is a 1999 mystery/thriller film, directed by Joel Schumacher, about a private investigator Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage) who is hired to research the authenticity of an alleged snuff movie found in the vault of a recently deceased billionaire, which takes him to some sleazy environments. ... Flawless is an American film that stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. ... This article is about the film. ... Bad Company is a 2002 Touchstone Pictures film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ... Phone Booth is a 2003 morality thriller about a man who is trapped in a telephone booth by a sniper. ... Veronica Guerin is a 2003 film directed by Joel Schumacher. ... The Phantom of the Opera is the 2004 Joel Schumacher directed film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Harts internationally successful 1986 stage musical, which is in turn based on the novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. ... 23 (number) For another movie by a similar name, see 23 (film) The Number 23 is a suspense film starring Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, and Danny Huston, directed by Joel Schumacher. ...

References

  1. ^ Joel Schumacher Biography at Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ "Long ago, when this whole thing started, Batman: Year One... was always my favorite, and I was always hoping that I would do that one. There was no desire to do that the first time around, and there was definitely no desire to do that the second time around." -- Joel Schumacher, Shadows of the Bat Part 5: Reinventing a Hero, Batman Forever Special Edition DVD
  3. ^ Gay directors bring home the bacon. The Advocate (2003-05-13). Retrieved on 2007-07-08.

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Schumacher started in filmmaking as an art director for television commercials, and eventually a friend of a friend who knew Dominique Dunne suggested Schumacher as costume designer for a low-budget film Dunne was producing, Play It As It Lays.
Schumacher's masterpiece of costume design was Sleeper, the absurdist sci-fi comedy remembered as the high point of Woody Allen's "funny period".
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Schumacher was born in New York City and studied at Parsons The New School for Design.
Schumacher has openly admitted and acknowledged that the Batman film franchise went south under his watch and, in his audio commentary for the fourth film, he flat out apologizes for the film.
Schumacher has been openly gay through most of his career, and was subtly criticized by Vito Russo in his book The Celluloid Closet for contributing to the negative Hollywood image of gay people.
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