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BYOB – 2/7/8

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22 Responses to “BYOB – 2/7/8”

  1. Aris P says:

    Upset at the death of Inside The NFL. What a bunch of fuckheads. “Changing of mainstream media” my ass.

  2. MarkVH says:

    Caught the last half hour of Miami Vice again this morning on one of the HBOs.
    Sorry, but you’ll never be able to convince me that this is something other than a first-rate piece of work. I will follow Michael Mann into hell (please save the “you already did” jokes re: Vice). Can’t freaking wait for Public Enemies.

  3. jeffmcm says:

    Three words that prove Miami Vice is not first-rate:
    Colin Farrell’s hair.

  4. JBM... says:

    Miami Vice‘s visual brilliance transcends Colin Farrell’s hair.
    The draft they’re moving ahead with for Public Enemies was written a day before the strike went into effect. It is not rushed or clipped; so awesome in so many ways. Plus Spinotti’s supposed to shoot it. Fucking fantastic.

  5. Aris P says:

    Couldn’t hear a thing in that movie.

  6. Mr. Gittes says:

    The opening shot of the Directors Cut of Miami Vice is brilliant, amazing, one of the best opening shots in a movie — the works, baby. Why didn’t Mann keep it in the theatrical release?
    Public Enemies is going to be great. Looking forward to Spinotti’s shots of the Mid-West landscape. Anyone else excited to see Depp finally playing a character that isn’t, uh, quirky?
    BTW, Domenick Lombardozzi for Baby Face Nelson.

  7. IOIOIOI says:

    Miami Vice has grown on me over the last couple of years. It still does not hold a candle to the freakin. Nor does it make a lick of sense. Yet it holds up for whatever the hell it is, and that has to count for something?

  8. PastePotPete says:

    I love Miami Vice, it’s grown on me as well through continued showings on HBO and Cinemax.

  9. Anyone else been watching BREAKING BAD on AMC? Man, they had me on the fence towards being roped in until the last five mins of episode 2 (I had it Tivo’d). I think the show’s pretty damn good.

  10. Aris P says:

    And here I was looking forward to a nice brisk one hour Oscar telecast.
    Canwest News Service
    Published: 1 hour ago
    A deal has been reached to end the Hollywood writers’ strike, according to a U.S. media report.
    “It’s over,” former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner told CNBC. “They made the deal, they shook hands on the deal. ”
    The major media companies and the Writers Guild of America reached an agreement last Friday, Eisner said live on CNBC’s Fast Money.

  11. scooterzz says:

    so the strike is over, a deal has been made and announced and the writers don’t even know what deal they’ve agreed to?….smells kinda stinky to me……

  12. jeffmcm says:

    Why? That’s how it always works. The negotiating committee makes a deal that they feel comfortable in presenting to their members, who then have a chance to review it and ratify it.

  13. scooterzz says:

    mcmahon– my point is that the announcements are going out before any members have ratified anything…. the decision has been made without the vote…..

  14. Mr Gittes, what was the opening shot? The opening scene of that movie was fantastic as it was.

  15. Has anybody heard about the passing of John Alvin? If you don’t know who he is click my name or head over to IMP.

  16. jeffmcm says:

    Scooter, I know. And that’s the way it typically works. The assumption is that the negotiating committee agreed to a contract that they believe the membership will agree to. Otherwise they’re not really doing their job and wasting everybody’s time.

  17. Tofu says:

    I’d pay $25 a ticket for a Micheal Mann film.
    You hear that exhibitors? Do your worst!

  18. waterbucket says:

    Gong Li is easily the best thing about Miami Vice.

  19. Wrecktum says:

    Edward James Olmos is the best thing about Miami Vice.

  20. Cadavra says:

    Edward James Olmos is generally the best thing about anything.
    From the director of LETHAL WEAPON 3

  21. Mr. Gittes says:

    KamikazeCamelV2.0: Opening shot has the camera underwater — flirting with the surface — until finally the surface is torn by a huge catamaran( go-fast boat or whatever).
    The theatrical release had us suddenly in a night club. Kinda lame compared to the original.

  22. hendhogan says:

    that’s hysterical. thanks for the laugh.
    as to the strike questions, the negotiating committee agrees in principle to a deal. then the lawyers put it in contract form. there’s haggling done to make sure the written form fits the verbal agreement. in theory, the AMPTP is going to present a written agreement to WGA today. That agreement will be circulated amongst the membership so that they can discuss it at tomorrow’s meetings in NY & LA. on sunday, if the board feels the contract will pass muster, it has the constitutional ability to end the strike. of course, if contract doesn’t pass, they have to go back on strike.

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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