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Next DVD In The Mailbox

Paramount Vantage follows Searchlight’s early lead (The Namesake, Once, Waitress) with A Mighty Heart, which started landing on Friday.
Next Up… La Vie En Rose? Ratatouille? Hairspray? Resurrecting the Champ?

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25 Responses to “Next DVD In The Mailbox”

  1. Devin Faraci says:

    It’s an Academy screener? The movie hits DVD Tuesday – I got a review copy weeks ago.

  2. David Poland says:

    It’s a DVD AND an Academy screener… and a lunch meat… and a dessert topping…

  3. jeffmcm says:

    DP, why do you get Academy screeners? Or is that just what they send to everyone on their list?

  4. Dave is part of the BFCA (right?) whose sole reason for existence seems to be to see how accurate at predicting the Oscars they can be with their own awards show that nobody watches.
    j/k… sorta.

  5. doug r says:

    I just returned my “awards screener” copy of 28 Weeks Later to the video store. Great pre-credit sequence, BTW.

  6. Josh Massey says:

    Can we start a Hot Blog Commenters Association (HBCA sounds professional, right?). I want to get on some of those lists.

  7. IOIOIOI says:

    Screeners seem like such a sorted affair. Unless they are just advance copies of a DVD coming out on Tuesday of a movie that no one wanted or needed to see.

  8. Blackcloud says:

    For “sorted” read “sordid”?

  9. movieman says:

    I’m a BFCA member and I still haven’t received the Fox Searchlight triple pack…or “A Mighty Heart” for that matter.
    What’s up with that?

  10. scooterzz says:

    bfca here also and haven’t recieved the searchlight pack….dp, could you have been shipped from another list?

  11. bipedalist says:

    Jeez, is everyone in the BFCA or what?

  12. movieman says:

    I want to be on David’s list!
    He apparently gets top priority, LOL.
    The only “awards consideration” screener I’ve received so far this year was “Zodiac” back in July.

  13. Devin Faraci says:

    The worst part of moving to LA was giving up my New York Film Critics Online membership and thus my Academy screeners!

  14. RDP says:

    I haven’t received any screeners yet this year, but I didn’t get any screeners until October 20th of last year, so….

  15. IOIOIOI says:

    Nope. I meant to use ‘sorted.’ Excuse yourself for lacking a proper education in TV COP lingo from the late 70s!

  16. IOIOIOI says:

    Nope. I meant to use ‘sorted.’ Excuse yourself for lacking a proper education in TV COP lingo from the late 70s!

  17. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Don’t worry Devin, I’m sure if you have another hissy fit at a woman in a suit you’ll get some pwesentz sent to you.

  18. David Poland says:

    Please decode, JBD.
    (Asking JBD for clarity feels a bit like being Daffy Duck starting a conversation by saying, “Shoot him!”)

  19. Devin Faraci says:

    David, I was denied press seating at an all media screening of FANTASTIC FOUR 2 and the Fox rep said I had not RSVPed (which I had). This wouldn’t have been a big deal except for the fact that the civilian audience was the worst I have ever seen and another critic ended up seated next to an actual homeless person who had been scooped off the street. I was treated in a way I felt was rude, dismissive and unprofessional and I wrote about it, naming names. This, plus lies from the publicist to Cinematical, has earned me the reputation of a cry baby.
    The pwesentz shit is all Harry Knowles, though.

  20. IOIOIOI says:

    Hell… Knowles has passed by the “pwesentz”, and moved onto CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP! The brother was schilling for HD-DVD while on his honeymoon. I consider that dedidication… sponsored by BBC AMERICA: A Little Brit Different.

  21. David Poland says:

    I think you meant to address that to JBD… yes, Devin?
    In this biz, we do get a lot of free stuff, the vast majority of which I could live with out, and some of which is actually critical to me doing my job as well as possible.
    I don’t actually know anyone else who pimped themselves for birthday gifts on their well-known website… nor do I think Harry has for quite a long while. But I do know some who beg for ads in return for favors.
    And I am still in shock about how hard it is to get studios to send hi-def discs when they already send regular discs, particularly because this emerging technology needs all the help it can get to get traction.

  22. scooterzz says:

    df–no one with any legitimacy has ever (repeat: EVER) been turned away from a studio screening for not r.s.v.p-ing….it just doesn’t happen (and i’ve been doing this for a very long time)…it speaks volumes that this happened to you…..and, btw, no one with any pull at all goes to an all-media (it’s just not done)…..

  23. Devin Faraci says:

    Really? Because when I was in New York I was at all medias with every single local print and broadcast critic at one time or another.

  24. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Devin. You know you’re an enigma to me. I sort of admire how you take jibes and criticisms very well.
    And then on the other hand even when you’re explaining your actions you come off like a complete dick. I’ve been to thousands of media screenings over 20+yrs. I’ve never yelled at people, never whined like a bitch that I have to sit with the (homeless) public – and I think at the core, you have an elitist attitude that could only come from someone whose young life was the target of others derision. And you now weild a tiny bit of clout and those insecurities and anger just under the skin rise to the sweaty surface now and then.

  25. David Poland says:

    All-medias are less in vogue these days up the food chain, but the dailies, including the LA Times, NY Times, WSJ, etc do attend them… sometimes I am actually suprised by how early some see a movie and how late the dailies do.
    I think we who have a little position from which to avoid them like to avoid them. They tend to feel a bit overcrowded with recruited people and too close to the release date to allow for thought… but it still happens often… all-media only screenings are an alternative to not screening at all for a bunch of films.

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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