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The Beginning Of The End?

“Now others might be joining a movement. Well, I’m joining you on the night shift, and on the day shift.”
Hillary Clinton, slapping at the candidate that is beginning to run away with the race.
Yeah… Hillary is working that night shift… and that day shift. Blue Collar Clinton? Is she kidding?
A big part of her base has been older conservative Democrats, slow to move away from the familiar. But the idea of Hillary Clinton as “one of them” can be seen as nothing less than laughable, even to her most ardent supporters.
(Smartly, she is slowing the anti-rhetoric rhetoric. Her preaching against preaching will never work.)
And now… The Teamsters are going for Obama, all 1.4 million members.
Almost more profoundly, Jimmy Hoffa II is endorsing a black man for the American presidency.
People ask why I have an interest in the Oscar race. It’s because it is interesting political theater. But THIS is real political theater and some of the best in my adult lifetime. Whatever side of it you are on, it is really, really exciting.

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4 Responses to “The Beginning Of The End?”

  1. The Carpetmuncher says:

    Ding Dong
    The Witch is Dead

  2. movielocke says:

    agreed how exciting it is. It’s the best sport on television since the college football season wrapped up.

  3. westpilton says:

    I agree. I hate it when politicians try to paint themselves as blue collar joes in that condescending way. Though I’d point out she’s got a bit more of a blue-collar background than Obama, so I don’t want to hear it from him either.
    It’s looking like 08 will be Obama/Edwards vs. McCain/Guliani.

  4. L.B. says:

    Oh, surely McCain is smart enough not to tie that cinder block around his campaign.

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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.

~ David Simon