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John Landis

John Landis at The Blues Brothers 25th Anniversary
Born John David Landis
August 3, 1950 (1950-08-03) (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Deborah Nadoolman Landis

John David Landis (born August 3, 1950) is an American movie actor, director, writer, and producer. Although he is mostly known for his influential comedies and his music videos with Michael Jackson, Landis has also done many horror related projects. Image File history File links John_landis. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Deborah Nadoolman Landis (born 1952) is an American film costume designer responsible for costumes in many notable flims, including Animal House, The Three Amigos, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... In the entertainment industry, a producer is generally in charge of, or helps to coordinate, the financial, legal, administrative, technological, and artistic aspects of a production. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ...

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Biography

Early life

Landis was born in Chicago, the son of Shirley Levine (née Magaziner) and Marshall David Landis, an interior decorator.[1][2] He moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of four months. His stepfather was Walter Levine. For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Née redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Early career

His career began as a teenager, working as a mailboy at 20th Century Fox. He starred in Schlock! (1976), which he also wrote and directed, and also directed The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) and National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). In 1980, Landis directed The Blues Brothers (which he co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd) and then An American Werewolf in London, which he also wrote, in 1981. American Werewolf was perhaps Landis's most personal project, a film which he had been planning to make since 1969. Landis also directed the opening teaser and first segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). A horrible accident involving a helicopter during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie killed actor Vic Morrow and two child actors. Landis was brought up on manslaughter charges because of the accident but was acquitted. That same year saw another Landis-directed film, the Prince and the Pauper style comedy Trading Places, which starred Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Schlock is a 1972 film, loosely based on a King Kong storyline about a gigantic ape. ... US movie poster The Kentucky Fried Movie is an American comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis. ... National Lampoons Animal House is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of fraternity boys take on the system at their college. ... The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a Saturday Night Live musical sketch. ... Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... An American Werewolf in London is a comedy/horror film released in 1981, written and directed by John Landis. ... Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 movie produced by Steven Spielberg as a theatrical version of The Twilight Zone, a long-running early TV series. ... Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 movie produced by Steven Spielberg as a theatrical version of The Twilight Zone, a long-running early TV series. ... Victor Vic Morrow (February 14, 1929 - July 23, 1982) born Bronx, New York was a Jewish-American actor. ... The Prince and the Pauper was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the united states. ... This article is about the 1983 movie. ...


Landis also directed the classic Michael Jackson music videos "Thriller" and "Black or White". Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Michael Jacksons Thriller is a 14-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis. ... Black or White was the first single taken from Michael Jacksons album Dangerous, released in November 1991. ...


Trademarks

One of Landis' trademarks is to insert references to a fictional film called See You Next Wednesday in movies he directs. The line is from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as the final goodbye from Frank Poole's parents on the video from them he is watching. See You Next Wednesday is a fictional film that is the trademark of film director John Landis. ... Kubrick redirects here. ... Frank Poole vs. ...


For the films he directed for Universal Pictures (Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London), there is the famous "Ask for Babs" promo (referring to the character, Babs, in Animal House) for Universal Studios Hollywood, shown at the end of the credits (while patrons who "asked for Babs," were once given a certain degree of reward, any promo has long since been discontinued, save a simple smile or acknowledgment from a park staffer). In one DVD release of Animal House there was a "Where Are They Now" mockumentary which featured, among others, Martha Smith (who played Babs) indeed working the rounds as a tour guide at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... National Lampoons Animal House is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of fraternity boys take on the system at their college. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An American Werewolf in London is a comedy/horror film released in 1981, written and directed by John Landis. ... The current official logo for Universal Studios Theme Parks Universal Studios, the film division of NBC Universal, operates a number of theme parks based around the movies it has produced. ... National Lampoons Animal House is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of fraternity boys take on the system at their college. ...


Music is a running theme in all of Landis' films. The films' soundtracks have been used for ironic purposes in American Werewolf and the prologue of Twilight Zone. Recurring artists include Sam Cooke and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The instrumental piece "The Girl from Ipanema" also shows up in a number of Landis' films, including The Blues Brothers, Amazon Women on the Moon, and Into the Night. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Creedence Clearwater Revival (commonly referred to by its initials CCR or simply as Creedence) was an American rock band, which consisted of John Fogerty (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano), Tom Fogerty (guitar, vocals, piano), Stu Cook (bass guitar, vocals), and Doug Clifford (drums, percussion, vocals). ... The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) is a well known bossa nova song, and was a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s. ... Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 film written by comedy duo Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland. ...


Many of his films feature references to the Oldsmobile. Landis casts famous film directors in cameo appearances in almost all of his movies (Spies Like Us has several in one memorable scene). Oldsmobile is a brand of automobile produced for most of its existence by General Motors. ... Spies Like Us is the name of a 1985 comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Donna Dixon. ...


Several of Landis' films break the fourth wall. In Animal House, Bluto turns to the camera while peeking through the girls' window. In Trading Places, Billy Ray Valentine shares a glance with the audience while being patronized by the Duke brothers' explanation of commodities markets. In An American Werewolf in London, David stares for a moment into the camera during his first transformation. In Coming to America, Prince Akeem raises his eyes to look at the camera after seeing his new bride make animal sounds at his request. Later in that same movie, Daryl looks up at the camera in surprise as Patrice starts to unzip him after he comes in from the rain. Specifically in a proscenium theater, the term fourth wall applies to the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a theater through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ... This article is about the 1983 movie. ...


The end of Landis' films often feature a credit montage featuring footage of the actors with their names at the bottom. These most often are either outtakes or clips from the film.


Landis' favorite book is Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which he has wanted to adapt into a film for several years.[3] Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910),[1] better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humanist,[2] humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. ... A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. ...


Controversy

During the filming of Twilight Zone, actor Vic Morrow and child extras Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen were killed in an accident involving an out of control helicopter. Landis and several crew members were subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. The prosecutors attempted to show that Landis was reckless and had violated laws relating to child actors by not telling parents and others of the children's proximity to explosives and helicopters and of limitations on their working hours. Numerous members of the film crew testified that the director was warned, but ignored these dangers. After an extended jury trial, Landis, represented by famed Nashville attorney James F. Neal, and the other crew members on trial were acquitted of the charges. [4] Victor Vic Morrow (February 14, 1929 - July 23, 1982) born Bronx, New York was a Jewish-American actor. ... In drama, an extra is a performer in a film, television show, or stage production who has no role or purpose other than to appear in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene). ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... Murder is both a legal and a moral term, that are not always coincident. ... Child abuse is physical or psychological mistreatment of a child by its parents, guardians, or other adults. ... The prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution in countries adopting the common law adversarial system or the civil law inquisitorial system. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ...


Landis was later reprimanded for circumventing the State of California's child labor laws in hiring the two children killed in the accident. This tragedy resulted in stricter safety measures and enforcement of child labor laws, in the State of California.[5] Categories: Stub | United States law | U.S. history of labor relations ...


The parents of the children sued, and would later settle out of court for $2 million per family. Vic Morrow's daughters, Carrie Morrow and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, similarly pursued a lawsuit that settled for an undisclosed amount purportedly in the $800,000 range. For other uses of settlement, including legal uses, see Settlement. ... Jennifer Jason Leigh (born February 5, 1962) is an American actress who has appeared in numerous films. ... Civil action redirects here. ...


Films and television episodes directed by Landis

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Oscar is a 1991 comedy movie directed by John Landis The film is a remake of Oscar from 1967. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For the reality television series starring Victoria Beckham, see Victoria Beckham: Coming to America. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 film written by comedy duo Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... ¡Three Amigos! is a 1986 comedy western film, produced by George Folsey, Jr. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Spies Like Us is the name of a 1985 comedy film directed by John Landis, starring Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, and Donna Dixon. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... Michael Jacksons Thriller is a 14-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Twilight Zone: The Movie was a 1983 movie produced by Steven Spielberg as a theatrical version of The Twilight Zone, a long-running early TV series. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the 1983 movie. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... An American Werewolf in London is a comedy/horror film released in 1981, written and directed by John Landis. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a Saturday Night Live musical sketch. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... National Lampoons Animal House is a 1978 comedy film in which a misfit group of fraternity boys take on the system at their college. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... US movie poster The Kentucky Fried Movie is an American comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Schlock is a 1972 film, loosely based on a King Kong storyline about a gigantic ape. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

David Naughton (born 13 February 1951, in West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.) is an American actor and singer, best known for starring in the 1981 horror film An American Werewolf in London as David Kessler. ... Thomas Griffin Dunne (born June 8, 1955 in New York, New York) is an American actor and film director. ... An American Werewolf in London is a comedy/horror film released in 1981, written and directed by John Landis. ...

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NAME Landis, John
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Director, writer, actor
DATE OF BIRTH August 3, 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH Chicago, Illinois, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...

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