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20 Weeks… 4 Days To Go…

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8 Responses to “20 Weeks… 4 Days To Go…”

  1. LexG says:

    That JAI HO! shit is the single most annoying piece of music since the “rapping” parts of Luscious Jackson’s “Naked Eye Eyesore.”

  2. adorian says:

    Am I reading your column correctly?—that There Will Be Blood had two acting nominations? It had only one.

  3. David Poland says:

    Oy… late night counting of Paul Dano… thanks… fixing…

  4. Hopscotch says:

    I think if Sean Penn wins it’ll be an upset on Mikcey Rourke’s upset.
    I’d say the charts on the mark. I expect one dark horse to win in there somewhere, possibly in the best original screenplay category, but place your bets everyone.

  5. IOIOIOI says:

    This has been my sense for a while now, and I am going to stick with it: this Oscars broadcast will be screwy, and feature a few surprises. There is no spoon.

  6. yancyskancy says:

    “But every major wanted its piece of the action and by 1936 (Year 6), there were a dozen Best Picture nominees (and the film won Best Actor and Actress).”
    I believe you mean 1934 (Year 7, awarded in 1935).

  7. movielocke says:

    yeah, it was 1934 that had twelve nominees, iirc partially because that was the 18month season, when they shifted from the dual year, awarding in the summer schedule to the awarding in the spring, cover the previous year’s twelve months schedule.
    they scaled it back and by 36 were to the standard ten nominees, which they kept until they scaled it down to five due to the war related downturn in movie volume (crazily they scaled back just as things were about to ramp up and the movies would experience their biggest five year period as all the greatest generation men returned from the war but had not yet all settled down and made families (the five year process of them doing so was VERY good for the movies).

  8. jeffmcm says:

    Movielocke, which 5-year span are you talking about?

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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