The latter album dealt with the political plight of black South Africans under Apartheid. He earned six Gold Records. Among his interview guests were Martin Luther King, Jr. Belafonte's recording activity slowed after leaving RCA in the s. From the mids to early s he spent the greater part of his time touring Japan, Europe, Cuba and elsewhere.
His involvement in USA for Africa during the mids resulted in renewed interest in his music, culminating in a record deal with EMI. He subsequently released his first album of original material in over a decade, Paradise in Gazankulu, in The album contains ten protest songs against the South African former Apartheid policy and as of was his last studio album.
A Kodak video crew filmed the concert, which was released as a minute concert video entitled "Global Carnival. Following a lengthy recording hiatus, An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends, a soundtrack and video of a televised concert were released in by Island Records.
He was also a guest star on a memorable episode of The Muppet Show inin which he performed his signature song "Day-O" on television for the first time. The episode is best known for Belafonte's rendition of the spiritual song, "Turn the World Around", which he performed with Muppets that resembled African tribal masks. It became one of the series' most famous performances. It was reportedly Jim Henson's favorite episode, and Belafonte reprised the song at Henson's memorial in Belafonte received the Kennedy Center Honors in He performed sold-out concerts globally through the s to the s.
Owing to illness, he was forced to cancel a reunion tour with Nana Mouskouri planned for the spring and summer of following a tour in Europe. His last concert was a benefit concert for the Atlanta Opera on October 25, In a interview he stated that he had Day-O - Harry Belafonte - Day-O (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Beetlejuice) (Vinyl) retired from performing. Belafonte has starred in several films. His first film role was in Bright Roadin which he appeared alongside Dorothy Dandridge.
The two subsequently starred in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones Ironically, Belafonte's singing in the film was dubbed by an opera singer, as Belafonte's own singing voice was seen as unsuitable for the role.
Using his star clout, Belafonte was subsequently able to realize several then-controversial film roles. In 's Island in the Sun, there are hints of an affair between Belafonte's character and the character played by Joan Fontaine. Inhe starred in and produced Robert Day-O - Harry Belafonte - Day-O (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Beetlejuice) (Vinyl) Odds Against Tomorrow, in which he plays a bank robber uncomfortably teamed with a racist partner Robert Ryan.
Belafonte was offered the role of Porgy in Preminger's Porgy and Bess, where he would have once again starred opposite Dandridge, but he refused the role because he objected to its racial stereotyping. Dissatisfied with the film roles available to him, he returned to music during the s. In the early s Belafonte appeared in more films among which are two with Poitier: Buck and the Preacher and Uptown Saturday Night In Belafonte produced and scored the musical film Beat Street, dealing with the rise of hip-hop culture.
Together with Arthur Baker, he produced the gold-certified soundtrack of the same name. In lateBelafonte appeared in the role of Nelson, a friend of an employee of the Ambassador Hotel played by Anthony Hopkins, in Bobby, Emilio Estevez's ensemble drama about the assassination of Robert F.
Belafonte and Marguerite Byrd were married from to They have two daughters: Adrienne and Shari. Shari Belafonte, married to Sam Behrens, is a photographer, model, singer and actress. Anir focuses on humanitarian work in southern Africa. They had two children, David and Gina Belafonte. David Belafonte a former model and actor is an Emmy-winning producer and the executive director of the family-held company Belafonte Enterprises Inc. A music producer, he has been involved in most of Belafonte's albums and tours.
Malena Belafonte founded Speyer Legacy School, an award-winning private elementary school for gifted and talented children. David and Malena's Day-O - Harry Belafonte - Day-O (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Beetlejuice) (Vinyl) Sarafina attended this school. Gina Belafonte is a TV and film actress and worked with her father as coach and producer on more than six films.
Gina helped found The Gathering For Justice, an intergenerational, intercultural, non-profit organization working to reintroduce nonviolence to stop child incarceration.
She is married to actor Scott McCray. In AprilBelafonte married photographer Pamela Frank. Belafonte's political beliefs were greatly inspired by the singer, actor and Communist activist Paul Robeson, who mentored him. Robeson opposed not only racial prejudice in the United States, but also western colonialism in Africa. Belafonte's success did not protect him from racial discrimination, particularly in the American South. He refused to perform there from until In he appeared in a campaign commercial for Democratic Presidential candidate John F.
Kennedy later named Belafonte cultural advisor to the Peace Corps. The Sundance Film Festival featured the documentary film Sing Your Song, a biographical film focusing on Belafonte's contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and his endeavours to promote social justice globally.
In Belafonte also presented his memoir My Song. Like many other civil rights activists, Belafonte was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He bailed King out of Birmingham City Jail and raised thousands of dollars to release other civil rights protesters. He financed the Freedom Rides, supported voter registration drives, and helped to organize the March on Washington in In the middle of a song, Clark smiled and briefly touched Belafonte's arm, which made the show's sponsor, Plymouth Motors, nervous.
Plymouth wanted to cut the segment, but Clark, who had ownership of the special, told NBC that the performance would be shown intact or she would not allow the special to be aired at all. Newspapers reported the controversy, and when the special aired, it attracted high ratings. CBS censors deleted the segment. Inhe helped organize the Grammy Award-winning song "We Are the World", a multi-artist effort to raise funds for Africa.
He performed in the Live Aid concert that same year. Following his appointment Belafonte traveled to Dakar, Senegal, where he served as chairman of the International Symposium of Artists and Intellectuals for African Children. He also helped to raise funds—alongside more than 20 other artists—in the largest concert ever held in sub-Saharan Africa.
In he went on a mission to Rwanda and launched a media campaign to raise awareness of the needs of Rwandan children. In Africare awarded him the Bishop John T. In Belafonte went to Kenya to stress the importance of educating children in the region. Belafonte has been involved in prostate cancer advocacy sincewhen he was diagnosed and successfully treated for the disease.
The small town's charm and the supernatural events inspire Charles to pitch his boss Maxie Dean on transforming the town into a tourist hot spot, but Maxie wants proof of the ghosts. Horrified, Lydia begrudgingly summons Betelgeuse for help; but he agrees to help her only on the condition that she marry him, enabling him to freely cause chaos in the mortal world.
Betelgeuse saves the Maitlands and disposes of Maxie, his wife, and Otho, then prepares a wedding before a ghastly minister. The Maitlands intervene before the ceremony is completed, with Barbara riding a sandworm through the house to devour Betelgeuse. Finally, the Deetzes and Maitlands agree to live in harmony within the house. Adam, Barbara and Lydia are seen in a remodeled part of the house dancing to Harry Belafonte 's " Jump in the Line " with Lydia floating in the air to celebrate Lydia getting an "A" on her math test.
Charles is in the den reading a book called The Living and the Dead by the authors of the Handbook for the Recently Deceaseda manual on how the living and the dead can co-exist.
Meanwhile, Betelgeuse is stuck in the afterlife waiting room; there, he attempts to cut in front of a witch doctorwho shrinks his head in retaliation.
However, being Betelgeuse, he remains upbeat: "This might be a good look for me". The financial success of Pee-wee's Big Adventure made Burton a " bankable " director, and he began working on a script for Batman with Sam Hamm. While Warner Bros. Wilson was brought on board to continue rewriting work with McDowell, though Burton replaced McDowell and Wilson with Skaaren due to creative differences.
Burton's original choice for Betelgeuse was Sammy Davis Jr. Burton was unfamiliar with Keaton's work, but was quickly convinced. O'Hara quickly signed on, while Burton claimed it took a lot of time to convince other cast members to sign, as "they didn't know what to think of the weird script. Considering the scale and scope of the effects, which included stop motionreplacement animation, prosthetic makeup, puppetry and blue screenit was always Burton's intention to make the style similar to the B movies he grew up with as a child.
The test screenings were met with positive feedback and prompted Burton to film an epilogue featuring Betelgeuse foolishly angering a witch doctor. As a joke, Burton suggested the name Scared Sheetless and was horrified when the studio actually considered using it. McDowell's original script is far less comedic and much darker; the Maitlands' car crash is depicted graphically, with Barbara's arm being crushed and the couple screaming for help as they slowly drown in the river.
The character of Betelgeuse—envisioned by McDowell as a winged demon, who takes on the form Day-O - Harry Belafonte - Day-O (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Beetlejuice) (Vinyl) a short Middle Eastern man—is also intent on killing the Deetzes rather than scaring them, and wanted out-and-out sex from Lydia instead of wanting to marry her. In this version of the script, Betelgeuse only needs to be exhumed from his grave to be summoned, after which he is free to wreak havoc; he cannot be summoned or controlled by saying his name three times, and wanders the world freely, appearing to torment different characters in different manifestations.
McDowell's script also featured a second Deetz child, nine-year-old Cathy, the only person able to see the Maitlands and the subject of Betelgeuse's homicidal wrath in the film's climax, during which he mutilates her while in the form of a rabid squirrel before revealing his true form.
In another version of the script, the film was to have concluded with the Maitlands, Deetzes, and Otho conducting an exorcism ritual that destroys Betelgeuse, and the Maitlands transforming into miniature versions of themselves and moving into Adam's model of their home, which they refurbish to look like their house before the Deetzes moved in. Co-author and producer Larry Wilson has talked about the negative reaction to McDowell's original script at Universal where he was employed at the time:.
I won't name names here, but I worked at Universal Studios at the time. I was director of development for the director Walter Hill. I had a very good relationship with a very prominent executive at Universal. He liked me, and he liked what I was doing with Walter, and the material I was bringing in.
I gave him Beetlejuice to read, and I gave it to him on a Friday, and on Monday his assistant called me and said well, he wants to meet with you. My initial reaction was wow! He'd read it. He must have loved it or he wouldn't have wanted to see me so soon. But I went into his office, and he literally said "what are you doing with your career?
You're developing into a very good executive. You've got great taste in material. Why are you going to squander all that for this piece of shit", was basically what he was saying. It goes to show, right? Shortly after that, we sold it to the Geffen Company. Skaaren's rewrite drastically shifted the film's tone, eliminating the graphic nature of the Maitlands' deaths while depicting the afterlife as a complex bureaucracy.
Skaaren had Barbara and Adam encounter different limbos every time they leave their home, including the "clock world", and the Sandworm's world, identified as Saturn's moon Titan. Skaaren's first draft retained some of the more sinister characteristics of McDowell's Betelgeuse, but toned down the character to make him a troublesome pervert rather than blatantly murderous.
Betelgeuse's true form was that of the Middle Eastern man, and much of his dialogue was written in African American Vernacular English. This version concluded with the Deetzes returning to New York and leaving Lydia in the care of the Maitlands, who, with Lydia's help, transform the exterior of their home into a stereotypical haunted house while returning the interior to its previous state. It also would have featured deleted scenes such as the real-estate agent, Jane, trying to convince the Deetzes to allow her to sell the house for them having sold it to them in the first place—Charles and Delia declineand a revelation on how Beetlejuice had died centuries earlier that he had attempted to hang himself while drunk, only to mess it up and died slowly choking to death, rather than quickly by snapping his neck and wound-up working for Juno before striking it out on his own as a " free-lance Bio- Exorcist ".
Retrospectively, McDowell was impressed at how many people made the connection between the film's title and the star Betelgeuse. While the setting is the fictional village of Winter River, Connecticutall outdoor scenes were filmed in East Corinth, a village in the town of Corinth, Vermont. Principal photography began on March 11, The Beetlejuice soundtrack, first released in on LP, CD, and cassette tape, features most of the score written and arranged by Danny Elfman from the film.
Two other vintage Belafonte recordings that appeared in the film are absent from the soundtrack: "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" and "Sweetheart from Venezuela". The soundtrack entered the Billboard albums chart the week ending June 25,atpeaking two weeks later at and spending a total of six weeks on the chart. This was after the film had already fallen out of the top 10 and before the video release later in October. The complete score with the Belafonte tracks included was released in both the DVD and the Blu-ray as an isolated music track in the audio settings menu; this version of the audio track consists entirely of "clean" musical cues, uninterrupted by dialogue or sound effects.
Beetlejuice was met with a mostly positive response. The website's critical consensus reads, "Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton's most deliciously manic work - and creepy, funny fun for the whole family. Pauline Kael referred to the film as a "comedy classic",  while Jonathan Rosenbaum of Chicago Reader gave a highly positive review. Rosenbaum felt Beetlejuice carried originality and creativity that did not exist in other films.
Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the film a negative review, stating that the film "tries anything and everything for effect, and only occasionally manages something marginally funny" and "is about as funny as a shrunken head". For Keaton's character, Ebert called him "unrecognizable behind pounds of makeup" and stated that "his scenes don't seem to fit with the other action".
They soon discover that his company is building on the burial ground of an ancient Hawaiian Kahuna. The spirit comes back from the afterlife to cause trouble, and Beetlejuice becomes a hero by winning a surf contest with magic. Keaton and Ryder agreed to do the film, on the condition that Burton directed, but both he and Keaton became distracted with Batman Returns.
Burton was still interested in Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian in early Impressed with Daniel Waters ' work on HeathersBurton approached him for a rewrite. However, he eventually signed Waters to write the script for Batman Returns. Smith later joked that his response was "Didn't we say all we needed to say in the first Beetlejuice? Must we go tropical? You really couldn't do it now anyway.
Winona is too old for the role, and the only way they could make it would be to totally recast it. In SeptemberWarner Bros. Burton and Keaton have not officially signed on but will return if the script is good enough. It's a priority for Warner Bros. It's a priority for Tim. What's great is that for Beetlejuice [ sic ], time means nothing in the afterlife, but the world outside is a different story. In NovemberRyder hinted at a possible return for the sequel as well by saying, "I'm kind of sworn to secrecy but it sounds like it might be happening.
It's 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia Deetz so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later. There's only one Betelgeuse. We're working on a script and I think it's probably closer than ever and I'd love to work with him again. It's not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it's not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it's something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael's amazing as that character, so yeah we'll see.
But there's nothing concrete yet. Due to the film's financial success, a Beetlejuice animated television series was created for ABC. The series ran for four seasons the final season airing on Foxlasting from September 9, to December 6, Burton served as executive producer.
Inwork began on a Broadway stage musical adaptation of the film directed by Alex Timbersproduced by Warner Bros. The musical was debuted by readings starring Christopher Fitzgerald with the second featuring Kris Kukul as musical director and Connor Gallagher as choreographer.
From Wikipedia, Day-O - Harry Belafonte - Day-O (From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Beetlejuice) (Vinyl), the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For the star, see Betelgeuse.
For other uses, see Beetlejuice disambiguation. Theatrical release poster by Carl Ramsey. Michael McDowell Warren Skaaren. The Geffen Company. Danny Elfman and Harry Belafonte. Main article: Beetlejuice TV series. Main article: Beetlejuice musical. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 3, Retrieved October 6, Retrieved November 10,
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