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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Screening Gotham–Craigslist Edition: March 31-April 2, 2006

A few of this weekend’s worthwhile cinematic happenings around New York, as discovered on a random bump around Craigslist (and heavy on the sic):
Join other Cinephiles for a great film and a discussion!

Thank You For Smoking and a Discussion

Friday, March 31, 2006 at 7:00PM

Short notice, but worth it!

This film has great buzz, one the new ‘major’ indies, that has been released in the larger theaters-

We will be seeing the 7:40pm show.

Hope to see you there,


See the full event details, including location, at


Dead Director Comes to Life at Big Apple Convention

Tickets are available at the door for $15 per day or $40 for a 3 day pass. Advance tickets are available at www.bigapplecon.com and through Ticketmaster.

Legendary horror film director/producer George A. Romero will be hosting a rare live Q&A session and signing autographs at the upcoming Big Apple Comic Book, Toy, Horror & Sci-Fi Expo. …

Over 30 celebrity guests will be appearing all weekend, including Elvira Mistress of the Dark; Ken Foree (The Devil’s Rejects, Dawn of the Dead); Gary Howard Klar, Gaylen Ross and David Emge (Dawn of the Dead); Eugene Clark (Land of the Dead) Corin Nemec: (Parker Louis, Stargate SG-1); Jerri Manthey: (Survivor : the Australian Outback); Margot Kidder (Superman the Movie); Brande Roderick (Baywatch); Bill Daily (I Dream of Jeanie); Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday Night Fever) Charlene Tilton (Dallas); Jane Weidlin (Guitarist of the Go-Go’s , The Surreal Life); Paul Orndorff WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler “Mr. Wonderful”; Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca, Star Wars), Chanel Ryan (FHM Model); Jasmine St. Claire ECW Wrestling and starring in the upcoming Lion’s Gate Film “Dorm Daze 2“.

For Comic Book Fans, critically acclaimed creator Frank Miller (Sin City, Batman, Robocop) will be interviewing famed artist Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men). …

Blackkat.org, T.Beale and Complacent Nation invite you to:

Spaghetti Western

Friday, March 31st. – 9pm ’till sunup

Details: http://www.wildwildbrooklyn.com

Starting with a big screening of The Good The Bad The Ugly with remixed Ennio Morricone soundtrack by Jimmy Jackson and Nine90. Our favorite outlaw flic is re-awakened with new original music mixed with the full dialogue of the film. We will also be serving spaghetti (free!), drinks and other intoxicants along with the film. Starting at 9pm sharp.

Followed by music to move you in our two rooms of sound featuring:

+ Matty Dreadless [Bedlam Sound, UK/France] spinning jungle/ragga for her first gig in the US

+ Shortbus [Switchcraft Recordings, Oakland CA] spinning techstep and drum and bass

+ Criterion [Broklynbeats/Pure Fire] spinning broken/splatterbeat …

Explore our dark corners and cozies nooks featuring new climbable sculpture by Thomas Beale, the Frontier Porch and Love Shack built by Danyell [Nine90] and Bunny, live screen printing by Antimart, new murals by CaiRobot and RenegadeVirus, chill in the TeePee lounge for a smoke and spaghetti western films including Once Upon a Time in the West, a First Full of Dollars and a Eight and a Half (close enough).

You must RSVP to get the location information and directions. RSVP at: http://www.wildwildbrooklyn.com

Only $5 buckaroos before 11:15pm $10 after

Free drinks for dandy buccaneers and randy cowgirls.

Come one come all to the free screening from the Award Winning Producer of Trading Places and The Rose, Aaron Russo’s America: From Freedom to Fascim.

A FREE PUBLIC EVENT AND ADVANCED SCREENING About Liberty and The “Capstone” First Amendment Right To Petition. Hosted by The We the People Foundation for Constitutional Education.

The highly anticipated documentary About the Fight for

Freedom INSIDE America!

The Battle for Liberty & our Constitution THEY don’t want You To Know About.

PREVIEW AT WWW.GiveMeLiberty.org


Long Island Expressway Exit 52, North side of LIE entrance on Commack Road Phone: (631) 462-6952 for exact address

I have personaly seen this movie at the screening in Portland, OR and give it five stars you won’t want to miss this one. A TRUE WAKE-UP CALL!

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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