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BYOB – Friday The Pre-Oscarteenth

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78 Responses to “BYOB – Friday The Pre-Oscarteenth”

  1. Rob says:

    Roger Ebert has delivered another one of his classic pans, this time to Fired Up:

  2. leahnz says:

    i didn’t quite get the reference to ‘dead man’ – if there was anything to get past the obvious – but that reminded me how much i adore that movie, perhaps the strangest, most unique western ever made and probably my fave dep flick, definitely my fave jarmusch (but don’t watch it if you don’t care for twangy neil young guitar music because you will die half-way through having been twanged into oblivion)

  3. leahnz says:

    ‘depp’, duh

  4. T. Holly says:

    @JoeLeydon, what the hell time did you attend that “well-attended preview screening” of soulopera Madea? And who was there that early?

  5. LexG says:

    Fired Up looks funny as hell.
    Hey is that the hot chick that LaDouche liked in Disturbia as the leading lady?
    Chick fucking rules. Also I have NO idea what her name is.
    Beer Chug.

  6. Roman says:

    Speaking of Ebert, did you guys see the shoutout he gave to David (
    I appologize if this has been posted before.

  7. LYT says:

    Now that the Oscar telecast is allowed to have movie commercials, any word on what they are yet? Presumably all or most will be debuts.

  8. Cadavra says:

    Ebert pans, Lex can’t wait. And another hundred people just got offa the train…

  9. LexG says:

    You know what OWNS in movies?
    When they have some like shaky, ground level action scene with GIANT CRUMBLING BUILDINGS and everything’s shot from a low level.
    They should do that shit in more movies, but I’m talking about like Children of Men, Bloody Sunday, Black Hawk Down and Full Metal Jacket.
    Why don’t they just make every single movie like that?
    Is HURT LOCKER like that? Because the trailer for HURT LOCKER looks like the most FUCKING OWNAGE you could possibly pack into a single movie. I hope the whole thing is low-level handheld burned-out buildings far-off quiet gunfire noise fucking mania.
    And if it’s not, I’m going to rewrite the surreal last third of TOTAL OWNAGE to be less of a CRANK-like movie to be more like Children of Men only with hot chicks and 10,000 times more violence.

  10. Chucky in Jersey says:

    You don’t have to wait for Oscar Night. Somebody somewhere got hold of the winners list and it shows it is fixed as always.

  11. mysteryperfecta says:

    Anyone read EW’s 50 ‘Greatest Active Directors’ feature? Holy Moley.

  12. BrandonS says:

    Chucky – Do you promise to own up to the stupidity of your comment once that list turns out to be wrong? Amy Adams for Doubt? In Bruges for Best Original Screenplay? Not knocking either one in terms of quality, but that’s not even a good fake list.
    mystery – I try not to bite when EW puts out a list. They know we’re all just suckers for something unmeasurable to argue about. Biggest snub for me is Zhang Yimou. Dammit, I just bit, didn’t I?

  13. Joe Leydon says:

    T. Holly: Midnight here in Houston. The fans came out. You have to remember: Perry toured extensively with his plays long before he kicked off the movie franchise with Diary of a Mad Black Woman. He has a major base of support thoughout Flyover Country.

  14. yancyskancy says:

    I did see some guy making a case for an Amy Adams upset win. I don’t recall all of his reasoning, but I think it involved her being youngish, cute, popular and having a large role.
    But yeah, that “winners” list has lots of highly unlikely picks (Defiance for Best Score, The Reader for Adapted Script over Slumdog, etc., etc.). I’ll be flabbergasted if it’s on the level. If it is, expect office Oscar pools across the country to be won by folks who just checked random boxes.

  15. Joe Leydon says:

    OK, there’s no way to ask this without pissing off David, but… Is it my imagination, but are there fewer people posting here, less frequently, than there were a year or two ago? (David, I am not doubting that you have a lot of readers. But posters?) And are the postings kinda-sorta less… well, shall we say, in many cases, less grown-up, than they were a year or two ago?

  16. Blackcloud says:

    I dunno, Joe. It seems to me there’s a core group of posters who’ve been here since the beginning (not all of whom post regularly), while others come and go. I’m pretty sure LexG and IO weren’t here at the start. Back then that Bicycle Bob fellow seemed to be the guy who got everyone’s goat. And there are definitely lulls in posting, too. Some weeks there are topics which get lots of comments, and others where you’ll see maybe several in a row with a handful at most. Dave’s video entries seem not to attract the same volume of comments, probably because they require more time. But the expansion of Dave’s enterprise is surely a good thing. I’m sure the adage that applies in talk radio–callers represent maybe 5% of listeners–applies here. As for the maturity level of the blog not being what it was once, whatever do you mean? 😉

  17. LYT says:

    Just read via a link on LA Observed that Daily News film critic Bob Strauss, one of the best in the business, is apparently being reassigned to the news department as the paper is eliminating film and TV reviews.
    Bob is one of those guys who should be given his own TV show, not forced into a new niche. This sucks.

  18. IOIOIOI says:

    Cloudy: I was here from the very beginning. The name has evolved over time, but I have the emails to Jeff that prove it. This is why I might change the name again. This time it might be a reference to ISpy…ISPYO!
    Also; there is a core group of us. It’s been about the same 10 or so people posting here for four years. We had someone new the other day, and she was ran off. So it’s hard for people to post.
    Heck; I know someone who reads this blog, but would never post. He thinks we are crazy. So this seems to be the point: WE CRAZY Y’ALL!

  19. scooterzz says:

    i am really sorry to hear the news about bob strauss (i’ve been reading and enjoying his stuff since moving back from the desert to the city)…
    that said, anyone who knows bob strauss knows why that voice could not be a regular radio or tv presence…..

  20. That’s… not hard to believe.
    And while I agree with Joe, it could also just be that right now there are the same sort of entries. Oscar, So-and-So-is-Wrong and anything remotely interesting taken over by Lex/IO. So that probably doesn’t help reply numbers.
    While that “leaked” Oscar winners list is not real (Sid Ganis doesn’t even know the winners, right?) I wouldn’t altogether mind if Hare beat Beaufoy in Adapted Screenplay and In Bruges is hardly a bad Original Screenplay choice.
    Typical that Lex wants to see Fired Up. Just typical.

  21. IOIOIOI says:

    Lex and I have not taken over a thing lately. I resent it sir! I resent it!
    I also believe you can go back to the previous Oscar years, and the run up week is always really slow. It will pick up Oscar night, and go strong into next week. This is how it is, but do not throw me under the bus with your evil Australian vendettas. Those of which I resent! I RESENT THEM, I STATE!

  22. jeffmcm says:

    Re: the quality of discourse on the blog, I think that there has been a gradual improvement in quality – things were really bad in the Bicycle Bob days when things would quickly devolve into petty, stupid political arguments with no substance to them whatsoever. When he was, uh, shamed into going away, things got a lot better, and I think it’s proper to remember that things now are absolutely better than they had been at that point.
    Also, I’m pretty sure Lex has been around since the beginning or near to it, but that he didn’t become the “Lex” that we all know now until about a year ago, when some wire popped and his latent persona kicked in.

  23. LexG says:

    First Whipp, now Strauss?
    That sucks, as I always enjoyed reading both of those guys and always find (now found, I guess) the Daily News a pleasantly unpretentious but accessible and entertaining middle-ground alternative to the pompous and stuffy Times and the edgier-than-thou Weekly.
    Are they just gonna go with all syndicated reviews, I assume?
    Getting put on the Valley NEWS BEAT after years of interviewing famous chicks and great actors seems like a TOTAL BUMMER.
    Tell you what, if I was one of these esteemed film critics, I’d try my damndest to get some USC teaching gig going and just BASK in the HOTNESS. Just hanging out on campus all day surrounded by 19-year-old chicks.
    Fuck yeah. Maybe I should become a COLLEGE PROFESSOR.
    Nah, fuck it, you don’t get famous enough.

  24. bulldog68 says:

    Daily reader, very infrequent poster here. Just thought I’d send a beer to 1010101. Dark Knight just crossed One Billion at the worldwide box office.
    And for the record, it deserved to be nominated for Best Pic. Can anyone else think of a movie that received thunderous positive reviews across the board that wasn’t nominated? They couldn’t bring themselves to nominate a movie with the guy in the cape, plain and simple. Remove the cape and you have Untouchables meets Silence of the Lambs in my book.
    Is Dark Knight the best picture of the year? It beats Slumdog in my book, just on share drama alone. Dark Knight is just as good as No Country and The Departed in my book. If they could win, Dark Knight could at least make the top five.

  25. movieman says:

    Yowza indeed.
    “Madea” is on its way to a $40-million opening weekend (Perry’s biggest to date), and “Fired Up”–while no barnburner–could wind up only a million shy of “Friday the 13th”‘s 2nd weekend (and “FU” is playing on nearly 1,500 less screens).
    Sure doesn’t send much of a signal to the industry to start making better movies, does it?

  26. Blackcloud says:

    IO, fair point about changing your name. I had a different monicker when the blog started, then switched when Typepad was adopted to stop the spam problem, since I already had a Typepad account. Though I have no idea what for, since I stopped posting at whatever site that was ages ago.

  27. Cry me a river, IO. Play the “Who? ME?!” card as often as you like because it will only continue to embarrass you. Just like Lex and his redundant quest for fame and tits.
    I remember Bicycle Bob, but remember nothing that he did. I don’t think I was quite as frequent a commenter at that time nor did I pay much attention. I remember some guy pretending to like The Island though!

  28. The Fired Up review is funny, except when he seems to spend two sentences praising Bring It On (…”Bring It On!” (2000), the “Citizen Kane” of cheerleader movies. That movie involved genuinely talented cheerleaders…). Maybe he’s being tongue and cheek, but he brutally panned that film as well.

  29. movieman says:

    …has anyone else seen the “Funny People” trailer?
    Major Apatow fan here, but the trailer makes me a little nervous.
    The cast might be too top-heavy with conflicting comedic stylings (Sandler, Rogen, Schwartzman, Mann, uh, Bana) for its own good. And the “dying-man-takes-account-of-his-life” theme could tip the whole thing over into “Reign Over Me”-ish bathos. (A little of the underrated “Spanglish”‘s emotional complexity would be a good thing, though.)
    That said, Rogen looks remarkably fit and trim here (has he already started getting into superhero shape?)

  30. The Big Perm says:

    That’s cute that IO thinks someone got run off…no one here chased after anyone with shotguns, that person was free to stay and post all he/she wanted.
    Because sorry…you don’t come onto a blog dedicated to movies and call out one of the leading filmmakers ever without anything resembling a coherent argument or any examples, without expecting to get a bunch of shit.

  31. yancyskancy says:

    I dunno, I’m rather heartened by the Funny People trailer. I’m guessing (hoping?) the sentimental aspects won’t get too goopy. Apatow has generally been good at balancing that stuff with the comedy. This one does seem to take it further (confronting mortality will do that to a story), but I’m eager to see how (and if) Apatow pulls it off. It looks like he may have found a good comic use of Bana, who got his start as a comedian, if I’m not mistaken.

  32. IOIOIOI says:

    Perm and Camel: Chill out. It’s called being facetious. If you — Kamel — really have such a blood vendetta against me. Well, really, get over it. It’s a blog. Let’s start treating it like a blog, and stop taking shots at one another. Seriously: it’s a blog. We should all try to get along (If you do not believe I have always felt this way. There is plenty of post of mine that prove it. So… again… chill and how does anything on a blog embarrass me? Really? Come on Kamel. You are smarter than this silliness.)
    Movie: I have no idea how your fear senses work, but the Funny People trailer to me was one of the better “GIVE AWAY THE WHOLE MOVIE” trailers ever. It ranks right up there with the Wrestler for this honour, and it made me geniunely excited as a fan of Apatow.

  33. IOIOIOI says:

    Damn it Johnny. It’s over. Did you not hear what I just said? “Yeah. I had to vent. Sorry.”

  34. movieman says:

    Yancy- Yeah, I seem to remember reading that Bana began his career as a comic…which seems pretty odd considering the fact that, in most of his film roles to date, he’s evinced less humor than even Clive Owen.
    Really like Apatow, though, and I hope that he can pull this off. Just feeling a tad nervous in a “‘Punchline’ Meets Disease-of-the-Week Movie” sort of way right now. James Brooks (and maybe the pre-“Vanilla Sky”/”Elizabethtown” Cameron Crowe) both seem like surer bets with this sort of (potentially) dicey material.

  35. leahnz says:

    ‘I’m rather heartened by the Funny People trailer. I’m guessing (hoping?) the sentimental aspects won’t get too goopy. Apatow has generally been good at balancing that stuff with the comedy. This one does seem to take it further (confronting mortality will do that to a story), but I’m eager to see how (and if) Apatow pulls it off. It looks like he may have found a good comic use of Bana, who got his start as a comedian, if I’m not mistaken.’
    i agree, yancy. it’s hard to tell with trailers, of course, but it looks like apatow has found a nice tone for sandler, who is often too much for me but has proven he’s capable of a more subtle turn (‘punch drunk love’) so i’m heartened, and rogen looks to be in fine form, as usual. i didn’t like ‘knocked up’ that much so i’m not a raving apatow lunatic, but this looks more ‘virgin’ in its sensibilities, i’m looking forward to it (plus any film that takes the mickey out of our neighbours across the ditch gets a little gold star in its favour right off the bat :-P)

  36. Joe Leydon says:

    Quite a steep drop for Friday the 13th. I certainly expected SOME decline, but over 80 percent? Yikes. So much for all that loose talk about a possible $100 million gross. Speaking of which: Looks like Taken will enter the Hundred Million Club by the middle of next week. I am genuinely impressed.

  37. IOIOIOI says:

    Joe; did you think F13 was killed by bad word of mouth, or did everyone who wanted to see it see it last weekend? I would think it could be a mix of both, but this flick should have had some staying power. Who knew that Jason was so damn flaccid?

  38. Joe Leydon says:

    I suspect the latter — the folks who wanted to see it went out and saw it, and now there’s not many people left who are interested. On the other hand: Years ago, I was told by an African-American filmmaker that he in turn was told by his studio that black folks comprimse an enormously disproportionate percentage of the audience for any horror movie. (Which is why, the filmmaker said, his studio — which had just enjoyed gerat success with a horror movie franchise, opted to green light his movie — not a horor flick, mind you, but an “urban audience” comedy. Go figure.) If that’s true, well, maybe a hunk of the potential 13th audience is flocking instead to Madea this weekend? I’m just floating that as a possibility.

  39. movieman says:

    I’m as impressed–although “shocked” is probably a better word for my reaction–as you are about “Taken” hitting the magic $100-million mark. Really. Who saw THAT coming? Certainly not Fox who sat on it for an inordinate amount of time, even toying with the idea (a not unreasonable one I might add) of making it a direct-to-video release in the U.S. after its 2008 Euro openings.
    And I’m delighted to see “Friday the 13th” plunge like the worthless piece of dreck it is. Still keeping my fingers crossed that “Fired Up” somehow manages to beat “13th” this weekend…in more than just the per-screen department (which it will most assuredly do).
    The monster opening for “Madea” is mildly surprising considering how (relatively) lukewarm the grosses for the last couple of Tyler Perry joints have been. Could this be the first Perry movie to cross the magical $65-million threshold; or will its second weekend drop be even more precipitous than “13th”‘s?
    Next weekend doesn’t exactly offer a plethora of choices (the Jonas Brothers 3-D concert flick for tweeners, and “Street Fighter” for…well, I guess somebody must be interested in seeing it), so “Madea” could have sturdier legs than the Perry norm.
    As much as I love the idea of a home-grown African-American auteur thumbing his nose at The Man, I truly wish that Perry made a better product. And since Perry’s scripts are arguably the worst thing about his films, when is he going to relinguish the screenwriting chores to someone who doesn’t think entirely in terms of cliche and/or stereotype?
    My jaw literally dripped at Derek Luke’s, er, emotionalism in the scene you mentioned in your Variety review, Joe. Not because Luke or–heaven forbid–Viola Davis’ acting was bad, but because the scene was so atrociously written I couldn’t figure out how either was able to do anything but laugh at their abysmal, tone-deaf dialogue.

  40. movieman says:

    ….and the all-grown-up-Rudy-Huxtable is pretty good in “Madea,” too. It’s too bad that her schizophrenic role makes absolutely no sense. “Atrociously written” indeed.

  41. The reason for Friday the 13th‘s drop is because it’s no longer Friday the 13th/Valentine’s Day. Duh. It’ll still gross the most of any Ft13 film apart from, maybe, Freddy vs Jason.
    They should re-release it on March 13 just for fun.
    “The cast might be too top-heavy with conflicting comedic stylings (Sandler, Rogen, Schwartzman, Mann, uh, Bana)”
    Bana is actually a very funny comedian so I’m glad we’ll finally be able to see him do something that’s not so archly serious. Yancy, you are right. He used to be a stand up comedian and was then the star of Full Frontal, a tv comedy skit program. He even got his own skit program called Eric at one point, but by that stage skit programs had run their course on Australian TV and it failed. He was funny in The Castle, too. “Kickboxing. 24 hours a day” always gets me.
    IO, you can say “We should all try to get along” as much as you want, but I’m not the one who goes around calling people cunts, sex offenders, fat pigs and other ugly things simply because someone disagrees with me.

  42. I’m sorry, you didn’t call Big Perm a “sex offender” you called him the “the sexual assaulting type”. Big difference I suppose…

  43. IOIOIOI says:

    Kamel: I was responding in kind to a poster. Who stated it. I hate to use the Artie Lange defense, but this is what happened. He stated something worse about me in a post that was dead. I found it, I read it, and I responded in kind.
    If you still want to hold a blood vendetta against me. I once again state: give over it. It’s just a blog. I hold no ill will towards any of you even Perm.
    If you cannot get over it. It’s your problem. It’s no longer mine.
    Oh yeah: you have also insulted me in hideous and mean ways. If you think they are ugly things. What’s your excuse in your responses to me? If I can let it go. What’s your deal?

  44. IOIOIOI says:

    Started not stated. I also do not get the need to vendetta on a blog. Where close to EVERY REGULAR POSTER has been to shitty to another poster, is rigoddamndiculous. Get over it. I am not Satan, Lex is not Hitler, and Jeff is not the evil robotic clone of Charlie Kaufman.

  45. Hallick says:

    IOIOIOI, your Rodney King stance rings hollow. Several times in past few weeks you’ve more than revelled in the insults and attacks on other posters, whether they were justified or not. It was pretty much the basis of your chest-thumping “I’m the straw, LexG is the drink, and you’re all ice cubes!” post, which from what I remember was the first post in that BYOB, and therefore responding to nobody at all.
    If you really want to help redirect this blog away from the professional wrestling school of communication, self-discipline is going to have to be a focus for you.

  46. scooterzz says:

    two out of three…not bad, io

  47. jeffmcm says:

    IOI, when it’s your birthday let us know so we can all chip in and buy you a mirror, because obviously you have no idea how you appear to the outside world.
    “shocked” is more more appropriate for Taken, as Movieman said.
    I saw Friday the 13th today – the matinee screening was almost empty. And it really made me wish I was watching Jason X, which was more entertaining.

  48. scooterzz says:

    mcmahon — just a hunch but i’m pretty sure there would be no reflection…

  49. jeffmcm says:

    that inspired a chuckle, Scoot.

  50. Trust me, IO, i would never waste any of my own blood in matters relating to you. You’re simply not worth it. So you can just carry on acting all hurt.

  51. LYT says:

    Turns out Bob Strauss isn’t hung out to dry — he’ll still be writing entertainment stuff, just not reviewing.
    Thankfully, his employers still realize he’s worth a lot to them.
    But no reviews in the Daily News is still a sad sign of the times.

  52. scooterzz says:

    well, ‘isn’t hung out to dry’ is kinda playing the glad game since reviewing is what he does best….
    still…a paycheck for print work is a good thing…

  53. IOIOIOI says:

    Hal: read what Kamel and Jeff wrote, then read what I wrote. Who seems like he’s being silly, and who seems like they are being serious? This is the point I keep stressing to the members of this blog: you folks are actually mean. While Lex and I are being silly.
    If you think I need to change Hal. What about everyone else? Why not Jeff? Why not Laz who wished death on a guy because he posted IMPROPERLY on a blog? What of all the mean shit Kamel has posted, scoot has posted, Perm has posted, Leydon has posted, Poland has posted, JBD has posted, and so on and so forth.
    If the lot of you really think I or Lex are the problem, then you really should read your own post. I am not mean, Lex is not mean, but it cannot be stated for the rest of you.
    Also Hal; Lex and I get more people to post to threads then anyone else. If you did not get that was the point of that post. You — like everyone else on this blog — have a great way of taking things the wrong way. When they are intended a completely different way.
    Jeff: I hope you are being facetious because if you are not. You really should think about what type of man post such ridiculous statements on a BLOG! People can curse and scream and what not in life, but you seem to be this kind of mean and vindictive soul in here and out. If that’s how you decide to be in this world, then may the universe treat you kindly. I will simply treat you like a person that I would not want to know in any capacity.
    Time for a new name. This one has been worn too long. I’m a bit tired of it.

  54. IOIOIOI says:

    Oh yeah Camel: hurt? Really? It has nothing to do with being hurt. It has to do with the fact that posters like you refuse to chill out. Have you read anything that I have posted to you today? All I read in response to me being honest with you, are you being a mean jerk like MacMahon. Who seems to reveal in being a bully. Why? Who knows? Maybe he’s getting back at someone.
    Whateverthecase; you can be all pissy to me, but that’s all you. I have stated this point several times with cursing. I’m simply trying to state it again without the cursing. If you do not believe me. Have a good soak in a tub or something, and have a good day down under.

  55. yancyskancy says:

    I keep expecting IO to start ranting about Sucker MCs or something.
    It’s time for an Indie Spirit Award thread, no? I only caught the last 20 minutes or so. Interesting how the Best Feature of the year didn’t rate nominations for director or screenplay. And of course neither Rourke nor Aronofsky mentioned writer Robert Siegel in their acceptance speeches.

  56. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Yancy: who wants to rant about sucker mcs? I am just curious as to what makes me SO SO BAD, and people who respond in worse ways SO SO GOOD.
    Hal believing this is a RODNEY KING DEFENSE is sort of funny. It’s not like I have not posted this several times on this blog, and I never ever get any response as to why everyone is so mean.
    If you think people calling other people cunts is mean. Blame the Brits. If you think me referring to someone’s body in ridiculous ways is mean. Read what that poster stated, and realize that I am only posting in kind. If you think that cursing at someone is mean. Well, sorry, we have different cultural backgrounds. The place were I live and grew up, features people calling one another names in a rather off-hand way, that’s never intended to be taken as a direct insult. If you do not get that, then congrats to growing up in a more gentile area.
    Oh yeah jeff: what I look like to the world because of a blog? Are we living in a vacuum Jeff? Really Jeff? Really?

  57. scooterzz says:

    you honestly think changing your screen name will make you sound sane? really?…

  58. jeffmcm says:

    ‘being silly’ and screaming at people and calling them ‘fucking douchebag asshole cunts’ (that’s not an exact quote, but it’s close enough) on multiple and frequent occasions, are VERY FAR from the same thing. IOI/Curtis/Jason, you are the meanest person on this blog.
    If you really mean what you seem to be saying today, the appropriate next step would be to apologize to everybody who you’ve insulted here – quite a few people.

  59. IO, While I cannot say for certain, I think most people here that are not you or Lex would agree that I am perfectly pleasant and nice and cordial towards them. There are many hear who I admire greatly (Leah, Scott, Joe amongst others). I may not always have the most astute or conversation provoking things to say, but I don’t deliberately go out of my way to act like a dickhead.
    BTW, you’re not in England.

  60. scooterzz says:

    io– you keep tethering yourself to lex….you ARE NOT EVEN IN THE SAME OWNAGE…(ouch)…but you get that, right?

  61. Random Cannes Thought: Keep an eye on Samson and Delilah.

  62. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Keep another eye on … the Razzies.
    As their website was infected I had to google for the winners list.

  63. Joe Leydon says:

    Kami: We’re nice to you because we fear you. Obviously, IO hasn’t heard all those stories about how you went out and killed a pack of wild dingoes with your bare hands after seeing A Cry in the Drak.

  64. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Scoot: it’s the other way around, but please keep on insulting me. If it gets you through the day. Go ahead, but someone has wished death on Lex because of posting how he post in this blog. You fail to connect that he and I are unjustly singled-out. When the rest of you have posted such heinous and disgusting words to other posters. It shocks me that you fail to see yourselves the way that you come off. Again; if it gets you through the day. Good for you.
    You also need to realize that you still post in such a way, that resembles that of a person missing some important fingers. I changed my name because I wanted to change my name. If you think posting the way you do makes you look like anything else then a bored 15 year old. Well, again, good for you. You are so much better than me in every way. I am shocked. Absolutely shocked by your awesomeness. If we had emoticons. You would see one with the eyes rolling towards you right now.
    Kamel: You have always gone out of the way to be a dick to me. If you do not believe. Go read the post. If I just respond with a comment to something you state. You pretty much get all pissy on me. So I am glad you get along with so many people, but you have always treated me like shit. You go out of your way to treat me like shit.
    It is good to know, that you would not help anyone who needed a blood transfusion. When you think of people who could give blood. Never think of Kamel. He’s AB+, and it’s too damn good for you! THE MORE YOU KNOW!
    Jeff wrote; “‘being silly’ and screaming at people and calling them ‘fucking douchebag asshole cunts’ (that’s not an exact quote, but it’s close enough) on multiple and frequent occasions, are VERY FAR from the same thing. IOI/Curtis/(that’s not may name Jeff), you are the meanest person on this blog.
    If you really mean what you seem to be saying today, the appropriate next step would be to apologize to everybody who you’ve insulted here – quite a few people.”
    DID YOU JUST READ WHAT SCOOT POSTED? Did you ever want JBD to apologize to me after he posted heinous things about my mom? Did you ever want Big Perm to apologize to me for insulting both of my parents? One of which is dead? Did you ever think to apologize to me. After you have posted absolutely HEINOUS things about me? Not only did you suggest that I have a chip put in my brain. You have also wrote several times that I am mentally unstable, and need to go to a mental hospital. Are you going to apologize for that?
    If anything… you Jeff Macmahon… are the meanest poster on this blog. There has never been anyone who post more vile and hateful things than you.
    If you think cursing someone out online is MEAN. I’m sorry. I cannot understand what you are stating, when you are INSULTING MY MENTAL STATE!
    If anyone deserves an apology. It’s me. I get nothing but attacked from you folks, and you think I am the bad guy? Really? You’ve got to be kidding me.
    You also need to realize Captain Obvious, that I did apologize before. After that apology, everyone went and attacked me so more. So you get no apologies from me until you apologize. All of you.

  65. leahnz says:

    kam, right back atcha, i think you’re lovely.
    io, or iheartthatcurtis! – whateverthehellthatmeans – it’s very easy to be misunderstood on a blog because written words can be easily misconstrued (god know i’ve lost count of the times i wish i could tweak a comment because i realise after the fact i sound like a cow and didn’t even manage to properly say what i set out to), so perhaps you sound offensive and insulting when you don’t mean it that way and you think you’re being silly, but you don’t come off that way and you must accept the fact that the bulk of the bloggers here think you are a shit-stirrer with a hair-trigger temper and no amount of your persecution complex objections will ever change that. we ALL act like wankers from time to time – i don’t think anyone would dispute that – but the issue is one of consistency. perhaps if you’re at least aware that your ‘silliness’ is being interpreted as insulting and rude and a bit psycho, and then by virtue of that awareness you might not get so bent out of shape and defensive, others might not get so bent out of shape and defensive, and there might be more peace and tranquility. or not.
    ‘And of course neither Rourke nor Aronofsky mentioned writer Robert Siegel in their acceptance speeches.’
    bad form, man

  66. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Leah: you make good points, but if this is about consistency. Where’s the consistency on the other side? I have never stated anything about anyone’s mental state, but you just did in your response. While Scoot and Jeff seem to reveille in referring to people as psychos. So, really, I get your point, but you fail to get mine. The rest of you come across as some of the meanest and vile people on the net, but I am a scumbag? Really? Really blog? Really?

  67. JB Moore says:

    IO – Since you’re retiring your moniker, could you at least tell us what it refers to?

  68. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Apparently we all think we are mean and suck. So why don’t we try to see if we can act towards one another without the whole backstory. If we could, that would be interesting. I am at least sincere.
    JB: IOIOIOI was just a silly interpretation of binary code. While this moniker is a very silly take on something the Spoony one said; “I HEARD THAT CURTIS!” Visit the and check out the magnificent LET’S PLAY PHANTASMAGORIA 2 videos.

  69. jeffmcm says:

    IOI, I would love it if you could convince me that you were being sincere, and won’t just revert back to the same-old tomorrow (or later tonight, depending on what happens Oscar-wise). I’m sorry if your feelings have gotten hurt over the months and years, but you’ve kind of been asking for it. You are not a good communicator and your tone, no matter what you may have been intending, is usually angry, snide, blustering, closed-off, and insulting. You get singled out for perfectly justifiable reasons – because you don’t listen or understand how other people feel or think when they’re talking to you.

  70. Joe, I actually am the dingo. I’m a shape-shifter and all.
    “It is good to know, that you would not help anyone who needed a blood transfusion. When you think of people who could give blood. Never think of Kamel. He’s AB+, and it’s too damn good for you! THE MORE YOU KNOW!”
    Here’s a story for you Curtis. As you may or may not be aware my home state is currently facing a very devastating time. Over 300 people dead from fires, 1000s of people homeless and injured. Like anyone with a heart I wanted to help. I thought I’d donate blood to the Red Cross because, unfortunately, I’m not in a financial position to donate money (although I since have as well as two suits so that people can attend funerals while looking nice). Alas, I am actually not allowed to donate blood simply because I am gay and the same goes for many countries around the world. No matter that I’m in a long term monogomous relationship and neither my partner or I have HIV. No, we’re not allowed to donate. But any slut who sleeps around is as long as they’re heterosexual. So if you ever anybody here needed my rare blood type they would not be able to receive it. So, really, my blood is actually not good enough.
    Nevertheless, I just don’t like the way you speak to people whose opinions differ from you. I distinctly remember trying to have a conversation with you about The Dark Knight, but it was pointless because your opinion was right and I was just delusional.

  71. Hallick says:

    The blood drives here in the US are just as hilarious, Kam. The questionnaires are set up to rule out homosexuals, needle users, people who travelled to Africa, etc. But you never get anything along the lines of, “Have you gotten drunk in the last 3 months and banged the town slut without using protection?”; or the more apt, “Have you screwed a GIRL in the butt in the last three months?”
    But then again, in spite of my own rare blood type, I’m turned away half the time thanks to my yo-yo blood pressure. Maybe the platelets get friction burns or something.

  72. leahnz says:

    ‘simply because I am gay and the same goes for many countries around the world’
    that is just diabolically, inexplicably fucked up, kam

  73. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Unleash the power of… McWEENEY!
    Captain Obvious wrote; “IOI, I would love it if you could convince me that you were being sincere, and won’t just revert back to the same-old tomorrow (or later tonight, depending on what happens Oscar-wise).”
    I do not have to prove anything to you, and never will have to prove anything to you. The only proof you need that I am sincere comes from the simple fact that I have STATED THIS SAME POINT BEFORE JEFF! LIKE THREE TIMES NOW! Seriously man; if you need proof. There’s your proof Captain.
    “I’m sorry if your feelings have gotten hurt over the months and years, but you’ve kind of been asking for it.”
    So you are asking for it right? The way you act means that you are asking for it. Seriously; no one is asking for it more than you Jeff. The fact that you think I deserve harsh treatment and you do not. Makes me laugh.
    “You are not a good communicator”
    This coming from a man who has never dared to type more than one paragraph at a time. Really? I can talk or type you under the table any day. You simply, for the lack of a better term, are too white. You simply do not get anyone who does not fit in a little box, and acts the way that you do. I am sure this makes for a great work place in jingleland.
    “and your tone, no matter what you may have been intending, is usually angry, snide, blustering, closed-off, and insulting.”
    Angry? Maybe. Snide? Sorry; I am not snide. Blustering? Uh this is typing. How can I be blustering while typing? Closed-off? Uh a big fat no. I am one of more opened minded people you will ever come across Jeff. I simply do not stand for bullshit. Insulting? Insulting? You get insulted if someone curses. I simply do not feel that way about cursing. Never have. Never will.
    “You get singled out for perfectly justifiable reasons – because you don’t listen or understand how other people feel or think when they’re talking to you.”
    Uh no. I get singled out by a bunch of folks, that are taking out their past injustices out on me in a rather poor fashion. There is simply no reason to try and bully someone. If you believe that there is a reason for singling out people. You are more of a scoundrel than I originally thought you were.
    Again; I have always been sincere about this, but you are so scared of my sincerity. You still have to respond to me like a callous jerk. No offense: but get over it. I got over it. So should you.
    Kam: no biggie, but I do not stand for bullshit. I never have, and I never will. If I responded to you rudely. It’s most likely because I assumed you were being a jerk to me.
    You also need to understand that I have had horrible arguments with Martin S, but he seems to get where I am coming from more than you ever have. It’s not about me disagreeing with you. It’s about what you are stating, that I am not jiving with as a person. If I do not like it. I respond harshly to it. If that does not work for you. Sorry. I am what I am, and I will take a stand. When I have to take a stand.

  74. leahnz says:

    give it a rest, ioiheart! this is why people think you’re a bit over the top. a simple ‘piss off’ and hurt silence would do

  75. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Leah: there’s a better way, but Jeff explained how many of you act like bullies. So I am cool as long as you all are cool. If not; we have issues.

  76. LexG says:

    If you’re not FAMOUS, you are A PIECE OF FUCKING SHIT and you wish you were with every fiber of your being but you’re A LYING COCKSUCKING BITCH.
    I don’t care.
    In the word of RP MCMURPHY:
    BUT INSTEAD YOU STOOD IDLY BY like the BITCH than ALL of you are.
    (IE, see ya in the mornin’ when I sober up!)

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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.”
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“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.

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