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Frank Capra

It goes without saying that Capra is one of the greatest and most beloved directors of all time, especially renowned for his madcap romantic comedies. He is one of the few directors who ever managed to balance whimsy with meaningfulness without loosing the ability to entertain.

Only Frank Capra, with his light hand and good sense of allowing the actors to be their roles, could carry off this tale of a naive average American used by an unscrupulous politician through a nationwide goodwill drive. No one was ever better at having strong yet vulnerable women not only aid, but often come to the rescue, of the leading man.

Frank Capra's final film is a hilarious translation of a Damon Runyon tale set in 1930s New York, as gangster Glenn Ford repays street peddler Bette Davis for her "good luck" apples by passing her off as a well-to-do society lady for her visiting daughter (Ann-Margret in her film debut). This excellent and thoroughly enjoyable remake of his own 1933 "Lady for a Day" is a beautiful swan song to a master storyteller. Widescreen!

In this black comedy about two sweet old ladies whose basement holds a murderously funny secret, Capra utilizes star Cary Grant to his zany, patented “double take” best. Capra’s brilliance in comic casting is demonstrated with such reliable character actors as Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre and Jack Carson who manage to play their parts to the hilt without chewing up the scenery.

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More Details Come to Light on Wrestler Goldberg’s Christmas-Themed Horror Film

By ChrisFaile

December 21st, 2003

The year of 2003 may not have been kind to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the box office, but WWE champion Bill Goldberg is hoping to find box office success with his upcoming independent feature, “Santa’s Slay,” which will begin filming February in Edmonton. Originally announced as happening a month ago, has learned that producers for the film (which include Brett Ratner) are now looking to cast two leads and a key supporting part for the film.

Two things differ from what was previously announced on the project: The project’s name is not “Santa’s Sleigh,” and a January start, both which were initially reported by wrestling-focused news outlets.

The film is described in casting notes as such: “Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus has come to town. However, he’s no longer spreading yuletide cheer…just holiday fear! “Santa’s Slay” is a fast paced action-horror film with tongue in cheek comedy, which casts everybody’s favorite holiday figure in a different and sinister light. Our hero, Nicholas, learns the terrifying truth about ol’ St. Nick from his eccentric grandfather.”

Those roles currently being cast: Nicholas, described as being between 18 and 22 years old, is described as “charismatic and quirky, but not a geek.” A small town guy, he lives with his grandfather, a supporting role. “Grandpa” is described as being in his 50 or 60s and “a loving person who’s overly protective and overly practical for a good reason.” He is further described as a creative inventor at heart in the casting documents has obtained. Also being cast is Mac, the requisite love interest for Nicholas. A spunky, mature and outgoing gal, she is described as “attractive but a little tomboyish,” as well as one who speaks her mind.

The film is written and to be directed by David Steiman. No distributor has yet been secured for the film.

The Scorecard
Executive Producers: JoAnn Perritano and Andrew Pfeffer
Producers: Brett Ratner and Matt Leonetti Jr.
Writer/Director: David Steiman
Start Date: February 2004
Casting Director: Kim Coleman
Location: Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)