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BYOB – Catching Up…

The days after the Oscar season end feel a bit like the first days getting back to school after months of summer vacation… waking up on a different schedule… new people, many familiar, but different… work to do but somehow, not as quick to get out the pen… even the feeding schedule (and the food itself) is different.
It’s a hangover, but not unpleasant that same way. Just an “Oh yeah… there is something else other than the Oscars and Watchmen going on….”
Then there is the real downside

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12 Responses to “BYOB – Catching Up…”

  1. christian says:

    Hey, how about that President Obama last night?
    The GOP is officially dead.

  2. Blackcloud says:

    Just like the Democrats were November 3, 2004, right?

  3. Triple Option says:

    Any thoughts on Chernin leaving Newscorp? Good for Fox? Bad for Fox? Will things be better from the creative end? More accommodating to artists’ visions? Will things continue as before?
    I heard the guy has a G-4. Is that his or a company jet? Think he’ll rent it out for small jaunts down to Ensenada?

  4. christian says:

    Who said the Democrats were dead on 11.3.2004? Bush barely won re-election. That led to the Republican ouster in 2006, followed by 2009. ALIVE!
    THIS parrot is bleedin’ dead, Jim.

  5. LYT says:

    Seems the embargo on Watchmen reviews has been lifted, probably because Harry Knowles made a big fuss about it.
    So far, sounds pretty good.

  6. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Or Devin made a big fuss. I do love how it could not give a film a 10 out of 10. THINK IT OVER FARCI! GIVE IT A 10! DON’T LET IT GO DOWN THERE WITHOUT A 10!

  7. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Speaking of News Corp., Liz Smith is gone from the NY Post for budget reasons.
    No great loss — she had long been a media whore for Michael Jackson and Harvey Weinstein. Maybe she can become Harvey’s in-house PR flack so she can explain away why he buys awards yet can’t run a moneymaking business.

  8. LexG says:

    That speech last night was boring, just like all his boring, no-charisma speeches. Duller than Carter.
    Will any of this “stimulus” shit result in me getting a $600 check like THE GREATEST PRESIDENT EVER sent out?
    Basically I’m just pissed that that bore-fest pre-empted American Idol.

  9. Hallick says:

    “Will any of this ‘stimulus’ shit result in me getting a $600 check like THE GREATEST PRESIDENT EVER sent out?
    Basically I’m just pissed that that bore-fest pre-empted American Idol.”
    Wow! Thanks for pretty much summing up every attitude that put the country in the crapper in the first place! Greatest LexG post EVER!

  10. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Lex G: HE’S A REPUBLICAN AND PROUD OF IT! Poor dumb bastard.

  11. christian says:

    When Bush sent out 600 dollars, it wasn’t socialism, right? More like a bribe for Lex…

  12. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Christian: it helped Lex buy his own sibian. Sure; it’s sitting in a corner covered in dust, but K-Stew may ride it one day! AS GOD AS LEXARD’S WITNESS… K-STEW WILL RIDE HIS SIBIAN, AND SHE WILL LIKE IT! GLORY BE TO THE ALL HOLY ALBA!

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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