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Dog the Swag: Save our Seals

saveourseals_325.jpgYes, that is Tom Arnold. From PR about “television celebrities” who posed for pics kissing baby seals on behalf of the Humane Society. “Teri Hatcher hit up Sundance 2007 for a week full of outrageous swagging, but she also stopped to show some love. This time, it wasn’t her hunky BF Stephen Kay (whom she was all over the whole week), but the Humane Society’s Baby Seals. Hatcher and a host of other celebrities visited The Green House in Deer Valley for Après Ski Swagging with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as one of the sponsors… Other celebs were also THRILLED to sign a pledge asking the Canadian government to stop the seal hunt.” [Continued at the jump.]

Celebs who signed were:
Sienna Miller
Molly Shannon
Kelly Cole
Denise Vasi
Patricia Kara
Tom Arnold
Donovan Leitch
Kerr Smith
Matthew Lillard
Timothy Hutton
Isabelle Fuhrman
Brian Tee
Sienna Miller put and also agreed to let the Humane Society use her name in a full-page ad to the Canadian government. Even musicians Steve Kerr of the Sex Pistols and William Tell showed their support for the humane Society. The HSUS chose to migrate their cause from the ice floes of Eastern Canada to the mountains of Park City, UT to rally celebrity support to stop the annual seal hunt which begins in March.

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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