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"I Wish I Knew How To Quiet You…"


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12 Responses to “"I Wish I Knew How To Quiet You…"”

  1. jasctt says:

    Ok…The whole BBM/culture joke thing has hit its jumping point. Where’s the Fonze when you need him???

  2. Yodas Left Nut Sac says:

    Those jokes are becoming as cool ans hip as acid wash jeans, members only jackets and Pokemon.

  3. grandcosmo says:

    God that is lame.

  4. Spacesheik says:

    BBM has turned into pop culture parody

  5. Charly Baltimore says:

    It is the front runner for an Oscar win. Those usually have some pop culture comedy to them.

  6. Wrecktum says:

    I like it. Funny stuff.
    As for where the Fonz is, he’s here:

  7. Josh says:

    Henry Winkler was great on “Arrested Development”.

  8. Cadavra says:

    And he’s great on “Out of Practice,” a smart, very funny sitcom that critics have inexplicably dumped on.

  9. Angelus21 says:

    Critics won’t accept a sitcom nowadays. They have bad connotations.

  10. jeffmcm says:

    Critics liked Arrested Development, though.

  11. Aladdin Sane says:

    Yeah, critics love ‘Arrested Development’. They can rant and rave all they want, but Fux is what it is. Genius at spotting shows and genius at not supporting them (see Undeclared, Titus). EW goes and gives the final 4 episodes of AD an A+, and still Fox keeps it in limbo…I would love to see it continue on…like on Showtime. Brilliant…Fox, just cancel it and let others excel where you couldn’t – ie marketing!

  12. Terence D says:

    No sitcom nowadays gets supported enough to stay on the air and find an audience. Fox’s problem with “Arrested Development” also had to do with not finding a home for it. They had no lead in for it to help it. Moving it around the schedule doesn’t help a show find an audience. And audiences really don’t listen to critics.
    Look at all the networks. Look at the top 25 on the ratings. You can barely find any sitcoms.

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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