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Penelope Spheeris (born December 2, 1945) is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. Jump to: navigation, search December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Jump to: navigation, search A film producer oversees the making of movies. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies are made. ...


Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, she majored in film at UCLA in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, California. Jump to: navigation, search New Orleans (local pronunciations: , , or ) (French: La Nouvelle-Orléans, pronounced in standard French accent) is a major U.S. port city and the largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Pelican State Other U.S. States Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Senators Mary Landrieu (D) David Vitter (R) Official languages None; English and French de facto Area 134,382 km² (31st)  - Land 112,927 km²  - Water 21,455... Jump to: navigation, search Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Jump to: navigation, search The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... Jump to: navigation, search High-rise buildings line Wilshire Boulevard through the Westwood area Another view of the Westwood skyline Westwood is a district in western Los Angeles, California. ... Jump to: navigation, search The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish; Los Ángeles, ) also known simply as L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Senators Dianne Feinstein (D) Barbara Boxer (D) Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ...


Spheeris launched her career by producing short subjects for satirist Albert Brooks, many of them being highlights in the first season of the TV series Saturday Night Live. Her first auteur feature film was The Decline of Western Civilization (1981), a punk rock documentary that she wrote, produced, and directed. Jump to: navigation, search Albert Brooks Albert Brooks (born July 22, 1947) is a Jewish-American actor, comedian, and director. ... Jump to: navigation, search Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. ... Jump to: navigation, search Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show from NBC which has been broadcast virtually every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ... Jump to: navigation, search The term auteur (French for author) is used to describe film directors who are considered to be artists with their own unique vision. ... Jump to: navigation, search Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... The Decline of Western Civilization is a rockumentary film directed by Penelope Spheeris about the Los Angeles punk rock scene in 1979 and 1980. ... See also: 1980 in film 1981 1982 in film 1980s in film years in film film Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Jump to: navigation, search Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the intent to remain factual or non-fictional. ...


She was also a writer for the TV series Roseanne (1988-1997). Jump to: navigation, search Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. ... Jump to: navigation, search Roseanne was an American sitcom which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997, starring the stand-up comedian Roseanne Barr. ... See also: 1987 in television, other events of 1988, 1989 in television and the list of years in television. For the United States network television schedule, please see 1988-89 United States network television schedule. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ...


In the 90's, Spheeris directed "Wayne's World", a comedy based on Mike Myers' skits from Saturday Night Live. The movie grossed an impressive $121 million, and became a popular hit. Spheeris didn't direct the sequel, "Wayne's World 2", because she couldn't tolerate Mike Myers any longer.


Even though she was (and probably still) famous for making "Wayne's World", many thought that the movie started the downfall of Spheeris' film career, directing more mainstream comedies than her usual punk rock films. She directed the TV-show-based comedies "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Little Rascals" (in which she co-wrote the screenplay), along with the Chris Farley comedy "Black Sheep" and the Marlon Wayans comedy "Senseless". The comedies did do good box-office business, but they were widely panned by critics. Critics thought the movies wre unfunny, and that Spheeris doesn't have enough skills to film comedy.


Despite the insults, Penelope Spheeris is still a director today. She has finished directing the comedy "The Kid and I", written by Tom Arnold. Spheeris will return to rock drama: she is at work directing and writing a drama based on Janis Joplin's life.


Filmography

See also: 1967 in film 1968 1969 in film 1960s in film years in film film Events October 30 - The film The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn, debuts. ... See also: 1971 in film 1972 1973 in film 1970s in film years in film film Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring... The Decline of Western Civilization is a rockumentary film directed by Penelope Spheeris about the Los Angeles punk rock scene in 1979 and 1980. ... See also: 1980 in film 1981 1982 in film 1980s in film years in film film Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Suburbia is a movie written and directed by Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilization) about suburban punks who run away from home. ... See also: 1983 in film 1984 1985 in film 1980s in film years in film film Events Tri-Star Pictures, a joint venture of Columbia Pictures, HBO, and CBS, releases its first film. ... See also: 1985 in film, other events of 1986, 1987 in film, list of years in film. // Events April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... The Boys Next Door is a movie: The Boys Next Door (movie) or a post-punk band, which became The Birthday Party, featuring Nick Cave. ... See also: 1985 in film, other events of 1986, 1987 in film, list of years in film. // Events April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... See also: 1986 in film, other events of 1987, 1988 in film, list of years in film. // Events May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years is a rockumentary film directed by Penelope Spheeris about the Los Angeles Heavy_Metal_Music scene of 1988 Original Movie poster and Tape Cassette cover Featuring footage and interviews of legendary metal bands bands such as Ozzy Osbourne , Aerosmith... See also: 1987 in film, other events of 1988, 1989 in film, list of years in film. Events Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Top grossing films Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit Coming to America Big, starring Tom Hanks Crocodile Dundee II... This is a list of film-related events in 1990. ... Waynes World is a 1992 comedy film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as Wayne and Garth, hosts of a cable access television show from Aurora, Illinois. ... Jump to: navigation, search This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... The Beverly Hillbillies is a 1993 20th Century Fox comedy motion picture starring Jim Varney (of the Ernest movies), Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Cloris Leachman, Lily Tomlin, Dabney Coleman, and Penny Fuller. ... Jump to: navigation, search This is a list of film-related events in 1993. ... The DVD cover for the 1994 feature film version of The Little Rascals. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1994. ... Black Sheep is the last film featuring the comedy duo Chris Farley and David Spade. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... The Decline of Western Civilizaton III was a 1998 documentary directed by Penelope Spheeris. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1998. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1998. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1998. ... See also: 1998 in film, other events of 1999, 2000 in film, list of years in film. Events April 7 - Star Wars fans begin lining up at movie theaters in Westwood and Hollywood to buy tickets for Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace May 3 - A Durham, North Carolina... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... Posers are individuals who are perceived as pretending to sympathize and identify with a particular subculture in order to gain social status within it. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... Jump to: navigation, search This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ...

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Penelope Spheeris - Interesting Motherfuckers - Acid Logic ezine (2108 words)
When this new form of music and culture started germinating** on the streets of Los Angeles, Spheeris, who at the time was making some of the early rock videos for her company, Rock and Reel, knew she had to do something, so she grabbed a camera and filmed the explosion.
So Spheeris decided to tackle the same subject matter in a narrative format and the result was “Suburbia” (1983.) “Suburbia” was basically a fictionalized version of “Decline…” featuring a number of young actors who were essentially playing themselves.
However, in recent times, Spheeris has bounced back with a third “Decline…” film (haven’t seen it) and the Ozzfest rockmentary, “We Sold Our Souls to Rock and Roll,” (also haven’t seen it.) Both films indicate a Penelope Spheeris returning to her early fascination with rock music’s subcultures which is where she does her best work.
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