Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GORILLA! goes for The Cheapest Thrill

A way cool band, The Cheapest Thrill, have agreed to work on some music for the "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!" soundtrack. Check 'em out!

Monday, April 25, 2011

If the GORILLA! shirt fits...

Please enjoy this early look at the fashion craze to be. It'll hit Paris, London, Milan- all the places where people wear clothes not to protect their bodies, but to gloat at how much cooler and wealthier they look than other people, soon (meaning long before it trickles down to us mere mortals)... the first official "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!" T-shirt, as modelled by GORILLA! Executive Producer Omar Carbunkle (AKA former world champion competitive waffle-maker/1987 archery-sensation, Rage Steroid AKA Mr. Stewart Grenzowski).

Seriously though, Stewart has been a tremendous help with the pre-production phase of GORILLA! by making things such as the T-shirt to your left and devoting tremendous energy and enthusiasm to the project. He has also been delving into intensive preparation for his role of a Criswell-like psychic (see any Ed Wood movie, or the 1994 Tim Burton movie Ed Wood). His first prediction? Someday, we will have "Television of color". You heard it here first, folks.

Secondly, our campaign to give Executive Producer credits to those who are kind enough to donate more than $20 to the production continues to bear bananas. Thank you, and welcome aboard Jessica Blitt, Dale Windle of Aventus Film, Neil Schaler, Matthew Sendel, Adam Nash, Derek North, Melanie Burns, Nadia Zwierzchowska and Marie Hogg. More to come in the weeks ahead as we approach May 15, our first day of shooting.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interview in 24 HRS.

There's a bigger piece in today's 24H, the commuter paper, which also includes a picture and a poster. Pretty cool!

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My GORILLA! interview in the Ottawa Sun!

See the "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!" article by Denis Armstrong on Page 37 of today's OTTAWA SUN- "Wanna Be a Film Producer?" As soon as it goes up online, links will follow!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

All Dressed Up and Ready to GORILLA!

It has been an excellent couple of days in "GORILLA!" world, starting with Paul Washer (left), who plays Office Landis in the film, joining our ever expanding ranks of Executive Producers. A few other cool events

Cast member and one of our Executive Producers, Stewart Grenzowski showed up today wearing a home made "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!" T-shirt. Let's take 'em to the street this summer.

The wonderful Peggy Laverty, who is one of the Wardrobers at Ottawa Little Theatre, was then kind enough to donate that most important of objects: A Gorilla suit, to the production. I don't think she knows that the movie's finale involves filling said suit with newspaper and animal gizzards and dropping it off a four story building but hey- not all actors are stuntmen.

Lastly, Denis Armstrong of the OTTAWA SUN newspaper interviewed me today about the production and our unusual way of attracting production funding by offering Executive Producer credits to anyone who pops in $20 or more. Denis first question to me: "Is this a joke?"

Fair enough Denis, fair enough. But, no.

Anyway, keep an eye on Denis' blog, as well as the pages of the Ottawa Sun. Don't worry...I promise to, self-aggrandizing sort that I am, let you all know where to find it.

Dave Shaw
Director, "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!"

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Cast Fit for a "GORILLA!"

"Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!" had its first primary cast read through this weekend. Luckily, everything went gangbusters. If you're making a comedy, the rule is always cast funny people. We've got that covered.
SARA DUPLANCIC, stars as Anna, a young woman with a bizarre connection to the Gorilla in question. Sara joins "GORILLA!" straight from her successful leading role in Ottawa Little Theatre's production of "Trying" (left).

FRANCIS FISK, puts his degree in philosophy to good use as Stephen, Anna's boyfriend whose quest for a logical solution to the "gorilla problem" is constantly thwarted.

PAUL WASHER is Officer Landis, the greying cop who remembers the first time a gorilla attacked the city. Problem is, he doesn't remember much of anything else! Paul's credits include "Shoot 'Em Up" and "16 Blocks".

 SHERRY THURIG is Mimsy, the only woman who can convince her Rat Pack era obsessed ex, now a drunk in a dinner jacket, to take down the evil beast as he once did before. Sherry has done a whole mess of theater and film, including  the Brett Kelly directed horror classic "The Bonesetter".

Dave Shaw, Director "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!"

The "GORILLA!" Executive Producer Handbook

"Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!" was lucky enough to land four more Executive Producers this past weekend, so please join me in welcoming the amazing and awesome Susan Brannigan Rampp, Steven Laflamme, Brenda MacFayden and "Mr.Alan Smithee" to our ranks. Join them now. $20 gets screen credit (Via Pay Pal: and a chance to be part of the, well, fun.

Lucky for them, and for all of us, our first Executive Producer Stewart Grenzowski has some advice for them:


Learn how to - project the look, maintain the image, live the lifestyle, handle fame, handle the press, handle your handlers, make the right connections, convincingly fake your past, insure the necessary drug connections, get the most out of rehab, get discounts on the best ‘As Seen on TV’ lawyers, pimp yourself and others for profit, fake upcoming projects, create false sympathy with the most up-to-date diseases and phobias, use religion to intimidate and instil guilt . Newly updated with Red Carpet Tips, casting couch no no’s, and much, much more.

First project guaranteed or (someone else’s) money back! I can personally attest that I’m fairly certain that at least one career has been launched by applying the principles outlined in this book. Read it, digest it – then get the #@*% out of here and live it , damn you!

Stewart Grenzowski
Executive Producer,
"Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!"

A Message from the Ghost of Frank Sinatra

SO. I hear some Kooky Canucks are making some gonzo flick about a killer gorilla or some nutso thing like that. Even worse, there are characters in this lump that seem to be obsessed with the golden days when my pallies and I ruled Vegas. Vegas bein' the whole stinkin' planet, baby.
What the hell makes you think you can get off talking about me like some kinda Clyde? Especially that broad. Yeah, I'm talkin to you, Mimsy. What happened to chicks with class? With charm? Who knew when to shut the ol' martini hole? Wha? Excuse me a second...

What's up Sammy? How's your bird? You need some water? Turned to wine? Naw, that's the other kid's gig. Y'know, the one who dresses in them flowing white robes and has a beard like some hippie freak...What's that?...Naw, Sam. Don't apologize. Don't cry your eye out, hah, hah. You were right to come to me first. But yeah, that's the kid. He'll do it. And Sam, don't forget to duke the kid, OK? ...Yeah, it doesn't hurt to be in with his Pop...By the way, where's Dag?...Again, huh?...Yeah, I fucking hate golf too.

Anyway batty chick, you think I'm gonna just sit still and let you kick me in the nest for a smile? No way is that goin' down around here, lady. No dice. Not even when I'm comin to ya from the Big Casino in the Sky. You want a movie? Here's one that'll get the attention of those bozos who hand out the gold guys. Here goes dynamite: The new "Ocean's 11"? That Clooney kid's allright. There you go chickie chick. Print that. And remember: Be a good little doll. It's Frank's Universe. He just lets you live in it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PROPS to the Gorilla!

As the Amazing, Super Tiki Bar- which is a large part of where "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!" takes place- starts to grow, one of our Executive Producers sent this excellent prop. Mr.Gorilla (and baby) statue, we promise you many cut-away shots.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mimsy Madness

An excellent day of auditions for the role of Mimsy Deardon. Some talented women came in, and not a dud in the bunch. Some are familiar local talents, some haven't acted in years, but the only fault was mine: I keep forgetting to ask for their best blood curdling screams! The good news is, they were all so good that the ones who don't play Mimsy would be GREAT in other parts- if they're interested.

Now, to pour over the video tapes...

And just a reminder to all those would be producers out there: We're always looking for donations to the production to keep cast and crew fed, and morale high. Any donation of over $20 gets an on screen executive producer credit. on Pay Pal.

Dave Shaw
Director, "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!"