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Bubblegum for the internet: candy conglom skeetches on dump-Uwe Boll initiative

uwebwanadevil.jpgPR of the day: one of the products from the Cadbury Adams confectionary conglomerate piles on the unstoppable Uwe Boll, joining in the campaign for the online petition to stem his career. As received: “It’s a scientific fact that Uwe Boll makes the worst movies on planet earth. The only person that disagrees is Uwe Boll . The man himself said he’ll cease making movies if 1 Million people signed the petition at StopUweBoll.Org. To sweeten the incentive to sign, Stride Gum announced today that it will give out a million packs of gum IF the petition number reaches 1 million. It’s too late to stop Postal…, but with your help, we can reclaim our theaters…
The Makers of Stride, The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum®, Offer
A Total of One Million Packs of Gum to Signers of the Anti-Uwe Boll Petition*
May 7, 2008, Parsippany, NJ – In an effort to protect the childhood dreams of millions of video gamers everywhere, the makers of Stride gum announced cadbury-5678.jpgtoday that they are launching a special campaign supporting the efforts of in their attempt to convince famed film director Uwe Boll to stop making video game-based films.
For years, Uwe Boll has piqued the ire of the gaming community by adapting many of their favorite games into universally panned films. On April 4, 2008, Uwe Boll remarked to legendary horror site FearNet that he’d consider acquiescing to his critics and abandoning making films in this genre if an online petition reached one million signatures. As of press time, the petition is just about 234,000 names, which is why Stride has decided to jump in.
“Since gamers are one of our most supportive groups, we’ve been looking for ways to return the favor,” said Gary Osifchin, Stride North American Marketing Director. “And what better way is there to get gamers’ backs than by helping them rescue their cherished videogames from the clutches of Uwe Boll ?”
In an effort to help boost signings, the makers of Stride have put out a special bounty. If the petition reaches the required 1 million signatures by May 14 at 5pm EDT, each signer will receive a digital coupon* for a pack of gum, downloadable on May 23, 2008, a day that could really use some long-lasting refreshment, particularly as it will see the debut of his latest videogame-based film.
“Look, it’s nothing personal against the guy. Maybe his non videogame-based films are unbelievable! But we’ve seen such intense passion for this cause that we couldn’t help but get involved,” said Osifchin. “Let the signing continue.” [The release continues below.]

* Stride will provide a downloadable coupon (good for one pack of gum) to each petition signer that will be downloadable on May 23, 2008, if the target of one million signatures is reached between May 7 and 14, 2008. Additional details will be forthcoming.
About Stride®
Stride® The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum® was launched in 2006 to give gum chewers a fun, unique and long-lasting chewing experience. Stride, a Cadbury Adams, USA brand comes in seven flavors – Winterblue, Spearmint, Sweet Peppermint, Forever Fruit®, Sweet Berry, Sweet Cinnamon, and new Always Mandarin™. To find out more about Stride, our friends and what the brand is up to visit STRIDEGUM.COM.
About Cadbury Adams
Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Cadbury Adams USA LLC, is the U.S. confectionery business unit of Cadbury Schweppes plc – the world’s top confectionery company (and the only confectionery company with market leading positions around the world in chewing gum, candy and chocolate categories).
The brand portfolio of Cadbury Adams USA LLC includes some of the best-loved confections in the US, including Trident®, Dentyne®, Halls®, Bubblicious®, Sour Patch®, Swedish Fish®, Chiclets®, Certs® and Stride™, The Ridiculously Long Lasting Gum™ and Green & Black’s® organic chocolate. Cadbury Adams USA “firsts” include the first vanilla pellet gum (Dentyne Ice® Vanilla Chill™), sugar free pellets with two contrasting flavors in every pack (Trident Strawberry fusion flavor), easy close envelope packaging, and the first center-filled pellet gum in the US (Trident Splash®). Trident ®Tropical Twist® was one of the first fruit flavored gums to lead the gum category. Green & Black’s organic chocolate is one of the best selling chocolates in the natural food channel. Our people create brands people love with passion, dedication and drive. For more information visit

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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