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More on The Heartland Film Festival in the next couple of days. But first

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5 Responses to “Disneyana”

  1. Wrecktum says:

    Touchstone has had a minimal number of R rated movies for many years now, usually dumping them into the marketplace with little fanfare or promotion. An exception is last year’s Apocalypto.
    The studio has gotten a LOT more conservative with Cook, Aviv and Zoradi running the show.
    Miramax will continue to release R rated films, luckily for all of us.

  2. jeffmcm says:

    One family Christmas-revival movie should be enough for any filmmaker.

  3. Eddie says:

    Maybe Zemeckis can do a motion-capture remake of Song of The South next.

  4. brack says:

    Looking forward to Enchanted. Hopefully it brings what Stardust didn’t (yeah, I know they’re not really the same, but still fairytale stories nonetheless).

  5. Sean Means says:

    Do not discount the Hannah Montana phenomenon. There’s money to be made in Miley Cyrus’ pop singing.
    When tickets went on sale for her Salt Lake City concert (Oct. 27) a few months ago, they sold out Energy Solutions Arena, the 19,000-plus-seat home of the Utah Jazz formerly known as the Delta Center, in 40 minutes. When a Friday date was added at the last minute – the concert that will be shot for the 3D film you mentioned – tickets sold out in 30 minutes.
    Similar sell-outs occurred at all 54 dates on her tour, often aided by ticket brokers and their new software that thwarts TicketMaster’s security system. Go to the brokers’ web sites and you’ll find Hannah Montana tickets going for $1,000 and more – and you’ll also find parents of spoiled 9-year-olds willing to pay for them.

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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.

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