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Just For Variety

I just want to comment on the rumors that Movie City News is in talks to purchase Variety from Reed Elsevier…
But I have been told not to do so.
All I can say for now is that we have an unshakeable faith in Charlie Koones and appreciate that his exit from the publishing chair of the trade made sense when it became apparent that they were about to hold a fire sale rather than investing in a more aggressive future.

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13 Responses to “Just For Variety”

  1. Kristopher Tapley says:

    Purchase Variety? RIGHT.

  2. Joe Leydon says:

    Damn. Well, OK: Mr. Poland, do you want regular or decaf?

  3. The Pope says:

    Get a sense of humor. It’s cheaper and more useful than a lobotomy.

  4. Kristopher Tapley says:

    It’s all n good fun, Pope.

  5. Zimmergirl says:

    Oh, that was a joke?! Wow.

  6. Crow T Robot says:

    “There is a man. A certain man
    And for the poor you may be sure
    That he’ll do all he can!
    Who is this one?
    This hired gun?
    Just by his action
    Has the old media on the run?”

  7. MarkVH says:

    LOL, nice one Crow.
    “I think it might be fun to run a trade rag.”

  8. Zimmergirl says:

    “You always used money to—”
    “Buy things.”

  9. Joe Leydon says:

    And Mr. Poland: Do you want you car waxed after I finish washing it?

  10. David Poland says:

    You make an excellent point, Kris. Investing is the strongest player in a dying media segment isn’t the best use of investment dollars, unless you want to retire on the ego of it. The Hollywood Reporter would be cheaper to buy and easier to rebuild into an agressive competitor for the future, even if they are flailing right now.
    Thanks for the advice.

  11. EOTW says:

    Zimmergirl, you missed the best part of that scene, after Wells’ two words, he does that “Hmmm.” I always liked that part.

  12. Joe Leydon says:

    Mr. Poland: I picked up your dry cleaning.

  13. I’m so confused right now.

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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