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By David Poland


A Reuters/Holywood Reporter headline says, “Oteri switching teams for ‘Southland Tales’.
With due respect to a talented woman, shouldn’t the headline be “Oteri works!” or “The Rock and Seann William Scott Reunite” or even “We Really Have Nothing Else To Write… Sorry.”

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18 Responses to “Uh….”

  1. joefitz84 says:

    She plays a lesbian bodybuilder. That’s funny.

  2. mutinyco says:

    I think it’s more interesting how Kelly is trying to create a built-in audience for the film — writing a series of graphic novels that will be published leading up to the film’s release, all tied into the website. Pretty ambitious for an indie.

  3. lindenen says:

    The more and more I hear about the casting of this film, the more and more I think SHIT. I hope I’m wrong.

  4. bicycle bob says:

    i’ll give a talented director the benefit of the doubt on casting until the movie opens. u never know what a diverse cast can do.

  5. Bruce says:

    This is a quasi sequel to The Rundown!

  6. cullen says:

    this movie is either going to be a masterpiece or a total piece of pretentious trash.

  7. BluStealer says:

    I’m a little worried with the cast being assembled for this. Anyone else?

  8. Wrecktum says:

    Is Charles Rocket in the movie? Don’t think it’ll be any good unless Charles Rocket’s in it.

  9. Josh says:

    He totally made Dumb and Dumber.

  10. White Label says:

    Reads like a press release from Oteri’s publicist/agent.

  11. MASON says:

    I don’t really get the Richard Kelly thing at all.

  12. Josh says:

    I thought Donnie Darko was a real good movie. Especially for a young first time director/writer. But heres the thing. The second movie always makes or breaks these guys.

  13. Terence D says:

    I keep waiting to hear that they signed Pauly Shore and Andy Dick for this one too.

  14. PandaBear says:

    Kelly seems to be really confident because not many directors would go into battle with this group.

  15. Wrecktum says:

    I hear Tim Kazurinsky’s been hired. Please confirm.

  16. Angelus21 says:

    Does that mean Bobcat Goldwait is in?

  17. knowitall says:

    Why is this even being discussed? I don’t get it… Is Dave drunk?

  18. Mark Ziegler says:

    It’s Labor Day Week and he’s had to sit thru a month of bad films. Cut him some slack.

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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.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“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