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20 Responses to “It's Hot…”

  1. PandaBear says:

    Thats the Summer for ya. Dave’s in a slump! Call EW, the E Channel, the Times…

  2. Joe Leydon says:

    It’s a shame, really. But ever since he started mixing steroids with his malt liquor, his batting average has gone way, way down.

  3. PastePotPete says:

    Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal seemed to enjoy Brothers Grimm a great deal. I’m not really sympatico with Morgenstern’s tastes but when he likes something there’s usually something there. Going to give it a shot.

  4. joefitz84 says:

    If you’re someone who sees a lot of movies then you pretty much have to give Grimm a shot since there is nothing else of interest. Unless you’re into The Cave. I’ll wait another week or two for Grimm. See how the word of mouth is.

  5. David Poland says:

    Actually, I saw Morgenstern’s shocking positivity… then I saw, it isn’t Joe. It’s a fill in of some kind.

  6. Our local theatre has converted to a second run $2 theatre and we’re getting all movies about a month late, which is fine with me $2 movies and a $1 hot dog. Gotta love that. Just saw Wedding Crashers. Very funny, but I HATED THE GAY CHARACTER. Why do these macho movies always have to turn the gay character into such a pathetic minstrel for the straight boys to laugh at? I guess they figure their target audience needs the masculine validation.

  7. Angelus21 says:

    He put his name on someone elses review and passed it off as himself?

  8. Stella's Boy says:

    I have to bitch about two awful theater experiences in the last two nights. Maybe this is why some people have stopped going to the movies. Thursday night I saw a screening of The Exorcism of Emily Rose (which I liked). Two teenage girls on my right giggled and talked through the entire movie. I asked them at least three or four times to shut up, with varying degrees of politeness, and each time they looked at me like I was crazy and went right back to talking and giggling. Also, a group of teens in front of me sent and received text messages the whole time (the guy checking for cell phones at the door did a pretty bad job) and a middle-aged guy behind me kicked my seat repeatedly.
    Then, last night I went and saw The Aristocrats at a Landmark Theatre. It was nearly a full house. This guy sitting next to me brought a backpack into the movie, and inside was a 12-pack of Pabst. He drank nine beers during the movie and was drunk as hell by the time it was over. He belched more times than I could count and acted like a complete moron. I have never enountered that during a movie before.
    I’m not going to stop going to the movies because of those incidents, but they sure were a pain in the ass, and made the theater experience a little less enjoyable.

  9. PandaBear says:

    Stella’s Boy you are definately that guy in the theatre. That is really funny. But a little advice. The more you politely tell teenagers to be quiet. The ruder and more brzen they will be.
    You have to be loud, firm and authoratative. Right away. They need to be semi afraid or your experience will be ruined. A little advice from the heart to help ya.

  10. PandaBear says:

    I can’t get over the second by the way. On one level I respect that he came by himself and pounded 9 PBR’s. But on another I genuinely feel sorry for him in a way. You do that at a movie where there aren’t many people in the theatre. That is really sad.

  11. Stella's Boy says:

    You’re right Panda. Next time I’m putting my foot down immediately, rather than hope that some idiotic teenagers will respond to politeness.

  12. Joe Leydon says:

    Stella’s Boy: You might also try brandishing a weapon. That often works for me.

  13. PandaBear says:

    You have to be firm and scare the beejesus out of them. They think you are a push over if you don’t. A weapon wouldn’t hurt.

  14. Stella's Boy says:

    What do you guys recommend? A shiv of some sort? Something I can easily sneak in. Sounds like that’d be easier and more effective than asking them to shut up.

  15. THX5334 says:

    Stun Gun

  16. Joe Leydon says:

    A 32-caliber semiautomatic. Small enough to keep in your pocket. Potent enough to make your point.

  17. cullen says:

    where the hell are the box office estimates for Friday night?

  18. Joe Leydon says:

    Title/ Daily /Total
    40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, THE 4.7 37.2
    RED EYE 3.4 25.9
    FOUR BROTHERS 2.1 49.3
    DUKES OF HAZZARD, THE 2.0 73.1
    CAVE, THE 2.0 2.0
    WEDDING CRASHERS 1.8 182.8
    SKELETON KEY, THE 1.4 34.7
    VALIANT 1.0 9.1

  19. Sanchez says:

    If you use a weapon on an unruly audience member , please remember to get rid of the evidence. You don’t need a murder charge on you for seeing Emily Rose.

  20. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    If somebody’s drinking alcohol in the cinema the staff will remove him. It’s one of those times that actually getting the staff would help.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
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“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon