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BYOB – Debate Nigh… Or Not

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22 Responses to “BYOB – Debate Nigh… Or Not”

  1. Nick Rogers says:

    Not on the subject of the debate, but tonight’s “South Park” had an outstanding, and unexpected, “Snatch” homage. Come to think of it, in some ways, it was the perfect episode for a debate night given the deflection of certain truths in which Cartman indulged.

  2. Joe Leydon says:

    Stick a fork in McCain. He’s done.

  3. EthanG says:

    Mccain had his best performance but he looked genuinely frightening on the split screen while Obama was talking.

  4. IOIOIOI says:

    McCain does come across as a man whose more afraid of Obama winning, then his losing. Which is rather freakin weird. I could have sworn you want to win the presidency more than wanting the other guy to lose. McCain is just strange.

  5. jeffmcm says:

    A lot of McCain’s remarks were along the lines of “I earned this, it’s mine!”
    It’s over, barring a last-minute Osama Bin Laden endorsement.

  6. scooterzz says:

    while i hate to sound like the old man in the room (although, i think i am) this is not the time for complacency or a time to believe polls (‘bradley effect’, anyone?)….
    i agree that mccain looked scary but it was the kind of scary that bunch likes…and i’m thinking this is going to be much closer than most of us hope…..

  7. T. Holly says:

    Since when did Down syndrome become autism?

  8. IOIOIOI says:

    Scoot: if it’s close, that’s pathetic. This country needs to send a resounding message among the lines of; “THIS WILL NOT STAND!” I am hoping the US will send a resounding message, that the world is desperate to receive.
    I am also of the opinion that independents are not buying what McCain is selling. He’s simply too much for them. So they are rejecting him for a guy who does not grit his teeth, laughs on attacks, and respond to these serious times with proposals that do not give the rich 4 years of time off.

  9. Aladdin Sane says:

    Intentional or not, there’s a nice little shot in tonight’s South Park (along with requisite line) from There Will Be Blood too. Great episode. Only Cartman could end that in delusion.

  10. Nick Rogers says:

    Aladdin: I also liked the TWBB reference, and it wasn’t the line most people reading your comment might think it was. And Cartman’s delusional rant at the end was vintage Eric.

  11. EthanG says:

    Max Pain..errr…”Max Payne” is sure getting ripped.
    What a great year for Marky Mark!

  12. christian says:

    Don’t tell Lex.

  13. LexG says:

    Top Three things that FUCKING OWN:
    1. METAL (trailer has a MANSON track)
    This movie oughta play with a MOSH PIT at the front of the theater. And it better be LOUD AS FUCK, EVERY SCENE scored to some crunching, distorted, PALM MUTED OPEN “E” STRING FUCKING METAL.

  14. jeffmcm says:

    1. Lame
    2. Sad (although I do like Kunis)
    3. Pathetic

  15. LexG says:

    Top Three ways to describe McM:
    1. Douche.
    2. Douche.
    3. Take a guess.

  16. jeffmcm says:

    I’m guessing the hangover prevented you from coming up with something better.

  17. LexG says:

    I want to make the important announcement that THE LEXMAN is officially registered to vote and is going to do so.
    In the words of Joseph Gordon Levitt: “I HAVE THE POWER! I HAVE THE POWER!”

  18. frankbooth says:

    This one is kinda funny…yah.

  19. frankbooth says:

    Welcome to adulthood, Lex. Well, sort of. Good for you.
    Somebody owes you a lap dance if you follow through. (If I were him, I’d accompany you to the polling place.)

  20. frankbooth says:

    Ha ha!
    Looking forward to your blog entry about the evening.
    At least you didn’t offer to buy his drinks for the night.

  21. LexG says:

    Wait, JAMES MARSDEN is in “Sex Drive”?
    Does this mark the first time in his career he ISN’T playing a Brylcream-lacquered pretty boy leading-man parody in a camp-skewing chick flick?
    Just odd to see the guy in a horndog sex comedy.

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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