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BYOB – 092509

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10 Responses to “BYOB – 092509”

  1. IOIOIOI says:

    Eagle Eye people! EAGLE EYE! Also; go check out the lovely and awesome Kelly MacDonald in Choke. Sam Rockwell is in it as well, but he’s not on Kelly MacDonald’s level of awesome. Most of his awesome was revoked in large part to that dancing scene in Charlie’s Angels. Easily one of the creepier moments ever on screen.

  2. Stella's Boy says:

    Will anyone here be participating in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” this weekend?

  3. Joe Leydon says:

    You mean someone is going around liberating pulpits from churches?

  4. Stella's Boy says:

    You’d think so. Apparently though the pastors feel they are liberating themselves and their flock from the darned IRS.

  5. scooterzz says:

    saw both ‘eagle eye’ and ‘choke’…neither very good…
    last night saw ‘body of lies’….some great scenes but overall disappointment….although it might be the first ‘sand’ movie to make some money…..

  6. hcat says:

    Had no hopes for Eagle Eye but bad news about Choke and Body of Lies, I was looking forward to those.
    Good thing Searchlight picked up Wrestler and Slumdog because so far this year has been a big disappointment (Choke marks their 100th release, to bad it wasn’t a more notable milestone).

  7. hcat says:

    The UK Sun has posted a review of Quantum of Solace. Confirming the 105 minute run time.

  8. LexG says:

    Still wondering if that 104 minute time is WITH or WITHOUT end credits, which possibly haven’t been cut yet and would inch it up to around 115.
    If it’s 104 WITH credits, and you factor in the prolonged opening title sequence, that’s like 90 minutes of Bond. I appreciate “lean and mean,” but if Shia LaBeouf warrants 118 minutes, Bond really shouldn’t weigh in with a running time appropriate to a minor 1987 Woody Allen flick.
    Can I assume TOWELHEAD is not catching on, at all? It hasn’t expanded in L.A., and has already been bumped from the Arclight to the smaller arthouse Sunset 5.
    This year’s Reservation Road?

  9. Saw The Visitor yesterday and it was really lovely. I’d love Tom McCarthy for his screenplay and Jenkins for his lead performance get some awards traction. I particularly liked the scene where Jenkins’ character played the drums in the park. If you don’t smile during that scene then you have no soul or heart or eyes or ears or anything within that is able to discern shit from gold.

  10. ployp says:

    Paul Newman died from cancer today. He was 83.

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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