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18 Responses to “BYOB – J4”

  1. Aladdin Sane says:

    it’s 1:23 AM PST. i can’t fall asleep. normally this wouldn’t be a problem, except for the fact that i work at 5 AM.
    seven years after the fact, i watched ‘You Can Count On Me’. loved it. laura linney and mark ruffalo are great. truly they are two actors that i can watch anytime, anywhere.

  2. I’m not that big on Ruffalo, actually. But then I haven’t seen You Can Count on Me.

  3. frank delsa says:

    Ruffalo sort of sucks at comedy, but yeah, he’s great at drama. In a perfect world he would dedicate himself fully to the You Can Count on Me, Zodiac and Collateral of the world, while skipping the Rumour Has It and the A View from the Top.

  4. Rob says:

    He’s funny in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, though.
    He just doesn’t do well in the Generic Sensitive Guy in the Romantic Comedy roles (see also Just Like Heaven and 13 Going on 30), but then who does?

  5. Geoff says:

    Mark Ruffalo is a true chamelion and it’s actually pretty impressive that he has been paired up with actresses within a wide range of ages, from early ’20’s to mid ’40’s. No, he’s not the strongest in the romantic comedies, but it’s really how the roles are written – I think he does his best. He WAS fun in Eternal Sunshine.
    In box office news, looks like a big weekend with four films grossing over $15 million – I am Legend is chugging to $250 million, National Treasure is going to clear $200 million soon, SHOCKER – the Chipmunks will probably break $200 million, Juno is heading towards $100 million, and I think that Charlie Wilson’s War actually has a shot at $100 million.
    Any one know why they delayed 27 Dresses one week – do you think it was to give it a bit more breathing room from Juno?

  6. Earl Hofert says:

    They clearly thought they would have an easier time going up against “Cloverfield” than in a head-to-head battle with the majesty that is “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale”

  7. movieman says:

    I think Fox just wants more buzz to percolate (re: “27 Dresses”) after their very successful December sneaks. In fact, they’re sneaking it again next weekend…on a Sunday.
    Another reason might be the unexpected strength of some of the bigger holiday films (“NT,” “Alvin,” “Legend”) still hogging multiple ‘plex screens. It also makes smart counter-programming sense opening against a fanboy-centric flick like “Cloverfield.”
    “Mad Money” is sure to get k.o.-ed in the process, but I don’t think anyone seriously expected much from that one anyway. The trailer is positively dreadful.

  8. movieman says:

    Two “In the Name of the King” questions since Earl brought it up:
    Is it true that “King” actually runs two-and-a-half frigging hours???
    And isn’t this the same Uwe Boll flick trailered with “Bloodrayne” two Januarys ago?

  9. LYT says:

    He just doesn’t do well in the Generic Sensitive Guy in the Romantic Comedy roles (see also Just Like Heaven and 13 Going on 30), but then who does?
    John Cusack. Can’t think of anyone else.

  10. Aris P says:

    FYI to those who live in LA, the Virgin megastore on Sunset is closing down. Everything on sale. So I’m there and Leo Dicaprio walks right by me with his dad (“pops”, as he calls him). I guess even multi millionaires appreciate a blow out sale now and then.

  11. IOIOIOI says:

    Who doesnt love a bargain? Also… Ruffalo… should have been Iron-Man. He would have brought a lot more pathos to the character the Downey, but Downey will most likely give Stark one hell of a swagger. So it’s a trade-off. Nevertheless; the more movies starring Ruffalo. The better.

  12. I absolutely pillaged the Tower records in my area when they shut down. Stuff was like 75% off. I loved getting deals from all the arrogant register jockey’s with their frigging piercings and shit attitudes towards customers. I hope they all work at Subway now.

  13. Didn’t I read that the pushback for 27 Dresses has something to do with taking advantage of a holiday? I dunno if you guys have a public holiday over there soon, but apparently we’re still getting the film on the 10th of Jan.

  14. Aris P says:

    Well, Petula, this was a very sudden thing (landlord raised rent, and virgin didnt want to pay – who can blame them? that entire building is a dump). The 2 register guys i spoke with were older, and have been there for years. I didnt pillage with glee, and there werent that many people there.

  15. jeffmcm says:

    KCamel, we have Martin Luther King Day here on Jan. 21.

  16. C’mon Aris…when you find a DVD collection you’ve always wanted for like, $10 instead of $80, there’s gotta be some glee. Plus I finally had an excuse to buy those silent screamer MacFarland toys I always wanted but my wife said I couldn’t have.
    I just watched Buscemi’s INTERVIEW… flick. Sienna Miller really can act! And she’s hot.

  17. Cadavra says:

    I think they’re doing it to have a second sneak of 27 DRESSES on the 12th.

  18. christian says:

    “But then I haven’t seen You Can Count on Me.”
    Then you have not seen Mark Ruffalo. Who by the way is hilarious in the film. And it’s one of my favorite exampls of screenwriting from the past decade. Still waiting for MARGARET, a pretty good script but boy, what a long post-production!

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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