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    that’s my blog, “The American Dream is Dead,” feel free to drop by 🙂

  2. frankbooth says:

    I’m not quite sure why you posted this, Mutiny, but I Against I is greatness — and anyone who can’t appreciate this DOES NOT OWN.

  3. frankbooth says:

    The Jam one is pretty cool, too. When is that haircut coming back?

  4. scooterzz says:

    i like punk rock girl (even though the beachboys didn’t do california dreamin’)……

  5. Armin Tamzarian says:

    thread peaked with the first post.

  6. mutinyco says:

    First post was a non sequitur. But as nobody else posted anything for the next three hours, three more went up. Plus another later.

  7. scooterzz says:

    it’s kind of like mutiny made us a mix tape….(does this mean we’re going steady?)…..

  8. leahnz says:

    i finally caught ‘pineapple express’ after it just opened here a mere 11 years after everywhere else in the world for some screwy reason, and while seth was good as seth (he seems to play the exact same guy in every one of his flicks, funny and charming but sort of dull), it was franco as saul who really stole the show and leapfrogged to the top of my list of ‘cinema’s all-time foxiest stoners’:
    1. franco in ‘pineapple’
    2. speedman & bentley in ‘weirdsville’ (‘retardo montalban’, lol)
    3. pitt in ‘true romance (i don’t actually fancy brad but he’s technically good-lookin, so…)
    (wow, short list, could that be all the shaggable pot-heads? surely not)
    …but more importantly, franco has slipped into my ‘all-time greatest stoner performances’ list with his brilliant, quirky, hilarious, even endearing turn:
    1. jb as ‘the dude’ in ‘tbl’, obviously. best of the best
    2. penn as spiccoli in ‘fast times’
    3. franco as saul in ‘pineapple’
    4. murray as zissou in ‘life aquatic’ (i think i’m the only person on the planet who finds that movie hilarious)
    5. diane keaton as annie in ‘annie hall’ (i’m not sure she technically qualifies as a true stoner but i love her performance so much i had to include her on my list)
    i’m really looking forward to seeing franco in ‘milk’. wouldn’t it be funny if james turned out to be the very talented, handsome character actor where brad fell short of his early promise.

  9. LexG says:

    I’m going to say something awesome now and I should get a percentage when this actually happens and you’re probably going to rebel against it for irrational reasons, but if you’re honest with yourself you’ll see it’s PERFECT and THE BEST IDEA EVER:
    PARIS HILTON would and should be the best casting ever for a Bond Girl.
    Someone at Danjaq and EON, recognize this.

  10. jeffmcm says:

    It’s a good idea because, as history has shown us, Bond girls’ careers tend to wither and die within a few years (Halle Berry excluded).

  11. leahnz says:

    eww, i just re-read my franco rant above and that first part in particular is a bit creepy! more lecherous-sounding than i intended, i’m not sure what came over me…(saul, i guess!) i posted pretty much the same comment on another movie-oriented blog with mostly girls and it fit in so much better there somehow! i guess i lost my head
    and now for something completely different.
    i meant to post this before but i forgot. i get these emails of the nasa image of the day, and i had to share this one, it’s so surreal. i don’t know if anyone else digs this sort of stuff but it’s an actual photograph taken by hubble with an ultraviolet camera. beautiful or what? (space stuff makes me want to blubber like a baby for some reason, i don’t know why. weird) if you don’t like planets and shit, don’t bother

  12. LexG says:

    The two best thingz about Pineapple Express were Rogen’s awesome girlfriend and when everybody gets OWNED at the end. The whole movie should’ve been that crazy violent.
    Oh and when they played LOST AT BIRTH BY PUBLIC ENEMY, that was fucking MEEEEGA OWNAGE!

  13. leahnz says:

    thingz? are my zeds contagious?
    actually, i thought danny mcbride was pretty damn hilarious. but franco was sublime. he was that guy. and in real life, franco seems so NOT that guy, so kudos to him

  14. jeffmcm says:

    McBride was terrific in that movie.
    The end sequence, though, was where it all went south for me. Seth Rogen flying through the air on wires to take down a master-criminal drug lord? In what universe? Not in the one of the first 2/3 of the movie.

  15. LexG says:

    HOLY SHIT, Franco and Rogen were OWNING that shit up, and to MUCH better effect, like EIGHT YEARS AGO. Where does the time go?
    These guys are like a decade younger than me and they’ve been in TV and movies since the late 90s. FUCKING DEPRESSING I’VE BEEN IN L.A. SINCE ’95 BUT ALL I’VE GOT TO SHOW FOR IT IS A BITCH-ASS DAY JOB AND A SUBLIME KNOWLEDGE OF VIDEO LEVELS.
    Anyway, that aside, check out Rogen in DONNIE DARKO, all tailing around with that awesome bully with the totally legit 1988 slash-beard. (Who IS that guy? Is that the Phantom Planet dude?)

  16. LexG says:

    SNL = SASHA FIERCE ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Sasha Fierce is a dog of an album, fwiw.

  18. LexG says:

    BONER-ONCE. (This would be more effective if I had the slightest idea of how to render an ACCENT AGUUUUUUUUUUUU on the COLD BLOG.)

  19. LexG says:

    I don’t have a friend in the world and my life is bullshit.

  20. LexG says:

    Does anyone trust those escort ads in the back of the LA Weekly?
    I am lonely and desperate and horny as fuck.
    Anyone ever done the deed? THIS MIGHT OWN.

  21. LexG says:

    Hey, film geeks:
    Cooler way to go out?
    B) John Savage (attempt failed) in INSIDE MOVES
    What’s more AWESOME?

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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