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BYOB – Humpday 31109

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  1. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Banner ads on announce “Coraline — Back in 3D theatres this Friday”.

  2. Blackcloud says:

    Yeah, I checked Fandango yesterday and the theater where I saw it had showtimes for it starting Friday.

  3. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    New Jersey State Police Bullentin: “Man has problems with Oscar name-whoring, and is visibly violent. Prone to throw things, declare himself a ‘MAN GOD’, and forces unwitting accomplices to watch Howard the Duck with him. Use of exaggerated force is authorized.”
    Hey Lex: what kind of music are you listening to lately? That goes for the rest of you blokes and gals. If you are interested.

  4. can anybody please email me a PDF screenplay of Terminator Salvation if possible? Thanks in advance.

  5. Blackcloud says:

    Curtis, I was thinking of asking the very same question. It’s like you’re reading my mind or something. Cut it out!
    To answer your question: my latest acquisition is the new U2 CD, which I’ve listened to a couple of times so far. Other stuff I’ve gotten recently and been listening to is “Merriweather Post Pavilion” by Animal Collective, Lykke Li’s “Youth Novels,” Vampire Weekend (self-titled), “Trust” and “Blood and Chocolate” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions, “Dear Science” by TV on the Radio, “The Sound of The Smiths,” “Graceland” by Paul Simon, The Shins’ “Wincing the Night Away,” “Works” from Echo and the Bunnymen, and the new Franz Ferdinand. Also some classical stuff: Takacs Quartet, “Schubert: Death and the Maiden,” Martha Argerich, “The Collection 1,” and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, “Hommage a Messiaen.”

  6. Direwolf says:

    Watched Gone Baby Gone over the weekend. I liked it. Casey Affleck is someone I usually like and it was good to see him in a lead role. I like “figure it out” movies and while I knew something was up with the cops the whole time it took to just before the climatic scene with Morgan Freeman to finally put all the pieces together. Interesting moral dilemma as well. Amy Ryan was great as usual. I especially liked he in the the very last scene.

  7. christian says:

    Ah, “Graceland” – greatest record of the 80’s.

  8. hcat says:

    Sadly I only get to listen to music these days on my ipod at the gym so I am currently on a steady diet of Pump-era Aerosmith, Early ACDC and Van Halen through the ages.

  9. Joe Leydon says:

    I was very pleasantly surprised by Race to Witch Mountain. I suspect it will be big — very big — this weekend.

  10. lazarus says:

    IO, in answer to your music question:
    U2, No Line on the Horizon (not the masterpiece I was hoping for, but their best of the decade and better than anyone should expect from a 30 year-old band)
    Cut Copy, In Ghost Colors (Aussie dance pop/rock, mellow, reminiscent of New Order at times)
    Los Campesinos!, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (their second album released in 2008, one of the most charismatic and cult-creating bands in recent memory)
    Johnny Foreigner, Waited Up ’til It Was Light (kind of a punkier, less snotty-sounding but not-as-clever Los Campesinos!)
    Ruby Suns, Sea Lion (psychedelic rock, Kiwi-style)
    Bruce Springsteen, Workin’ on a Dream (the poppiest thing he’s done since Born in the USA, aside from the epic opener. solid)

  11. leahnz says:

    ‘sea lion’ – cool, lazarus, who knew anyone outside the shaky isles listened to ryan and the suns?
    well, that reminds me – i’ve had the cars: ‘the cars’ cd playing in my car stereo for about 5 months straight now, one of my all-time fave albums but it’s gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, i must remember to swap it out because the repetition is slowly driving me mad

  12. jesse says:

    LOVE Los Campesinos! Lazarus, did you come to Johnny Foreigner from their Facebook ad? I only ask because I remember specifically targeting Los Campesinos fans with that promotion and it made me curious about them.
    Sort-of movie connection: Justin Rice, a part-time mumblecore actor and star of Mutual Appreciation, is actually in a band (their music was used for his character’s music in Mutual Appreciation), Bishop Allen. Their new record GRR came out today. It’s probably the weakest of their three, but that’s mainly because the first two are so, so damn good. Their previous record, The Broken String, is one of the best of the decade — just a wonderful front-to-back pop-rock record. The new one has some terrific songs, too.
    I’ve been listening to the new Neko Case and liking it, though not quite as much as Fox Confessor.
    I only recently got into Springsteen, and wound up with ten of his albums in an extremely short period of time. So I have the new one but I’ve only heard it a few times. I actually have a pretty big backlog, with that plus new ones from Franz Ferdinand, M. Ward, and Animal Collective only getting a handful of listens.
    And I’ve been listening to the Hold Steady constantly, but that’s been the case for the past three years or so. Still not sick of ’em.

  13. Noah says:

    Was anyone else kind of blown away by the new Terminator: Salvation trailer? I don’t know if it was the NIN music or what, but for me the film went from, “I don’t really care if I see that,” to “Oh man, I really want to see that.” The part where Bale asks, “you think you’re human, don’t you?” And then the dude looks down and sees his robot insides, wow, I gotta say that was kind of brilliant.
    Maybe I’m just a sucker for a well-cut trailer, but I have to admit that I’m kind of stoked for T4 now.

  14. Joe Leydon says:

    I’ve been listening to a lot of Donna the Buffalo lately.

  15. leahnz says:

    hey noah, i mentioned just recently that i’m as wary as a cat of that new ‘t:salvation’ trailer, because i totally agree, the film looks mighty intriguing! (and i just CAN’T imagine mcg actually creating something brilliantly mad and visceral and badass and moving and engaging and gnarly…i hope mcg totally proves me wrong and blows me away with ‘t:sal’!
    (tho that trailer also uses the tag-line ‘the end begins’ so it loses points right there for sheer idiocy)

  16. Hallick says:

    “Hey Lex: what kind of music are you listening to lately? That goes for the rest of you blokes and gals. If you are interested.”
    I’m addicted to the Danish art-rock genius of “And The Glass Handed Kites” from Mew.
    Also Ugly Casanova, Nick Cave (can’t stop watching a low key performance for Japanese television of “The Mercy Seat” on YouTube), Felix Da Housecat, Daft Punk’s live disc…”Put It In My Mouth” from Akinyele which is the nastiest, most beautiful song ever…Atmosphere’s “If Life Gives You Lemons…”…Bat For Lashes…nothing all that recent. I need to restock some.

  17. That new Springsteen is GOD AWFUL…and this coming from a guy who lobbied hard to get his daughters middle name to be “Springsteen.” Sad that The Boss is happy.
    Other CD’s I DO like right now are:
    Ike Reilly: We Belong the the Staggering Evening (2 years old)
    The Gourds: Haymaker
    Ray LaMontagne: Gossip in the Grain
    new 3-disc Buddy Holly thingy
    Hayes Carll: Trouble in Mind
    Teddy Thompson: A Piece of What You Need

  18. LexG says:

    I only listen to GOOD SHIT.
    The lexPod:
    Katy Perry, Rihanna, LIMP BIZKIT (greatest band in the world now or ever), Avril Lavigne, Skye Sweetnam, VANESSA HUDGENS SNEAKERNIGHT, DAUGHRY, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, old-school trash like Megadeth, Pantera, Exodus and Slayer, Britney Spears, Staind, CREED (WHAT’S THIS LIFE FOR), System of a Down, Katherine McPhee, Mack 10, Cypress Hill, vintage HOUSE OF PAIN, Chronic-era Snoop and Dre, Cube, Lamb of God, Crowbar, Helloween, Danzig, DMZ, John Cena, Insane Clown Posse and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES.
    Basically anything that either KICKS ASS or HAS A HOT CHICK.

  19. mutinyco says:

    I’ve been listening to my own bullshit…

  20. I was just checking my iPhone apps and noticed Variety has a free application. I didn’t DL it but found that rather “on top of it” for them.

  21. scooterzz says:

    my ‘pod has over 7000 tunes…i just hit shuffle…..(although i’ve been listening to a lot of nilsson and rundgren lately)….

  22. LYT says:

    Here I thought I was the only regular who owns John Cena’s rap album.
    Assuming Lex means what he says.
    I’ve been enjoying The Lonely Island (SNL Digital Short/Hot Rod guys), and was pleased to find out recently that my favorite discontinued CD is back in print in a new expanded edition — Red Box’s “The Circle and the Square” (it’s UK synth-pop crossed with world music; sort of like if Paul Simon produced an Erasure disc). I own it on vinyl, but it’ll be nice to finally have the disc.

  23. Laz, good call on Cut Copy (it was one of my top ten albums of 2008, which reminds me I need to get around to posting that thing. eep), but while I wouldn’t go as far as Don in regards to the Bruce Springsteen record, I do think it’s his weakest in a very very long time. I consider The Rising his second greatest record so I’m not someone who is adverse to his new modern material, but it just felt like a lesser version of Magic. I haven’t really listened to it since I first bought it apart from the occasional track popping up while the iPod is on shuffle.
    In regards to what I’m listening to… the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album is simply stunning (but, then again, what else is new?) I particularly want to shout out to “Heads Will Roll”, “Zero”, “Hysteric” and “Skeletons”. All perfect.
    I’m also still in love with Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me It’s You, a brit pop masterpiece (seriously). “Everyone’s At It” is just waiting to be released as a single so I can hail it as “The Best Single of 2009!” like I was set to do in 2008 before she changed her plan. “I Could Say”, “Fuck You” (aka the notorious “Guess Who Batman” leak), “The Fear”, “Chinese” and “Never Gonna Happen” are about as excellent as pop music gets. I’m also liking half of Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s album 1000 Stars.
    Alas, one of the music releases of the year is mere days away: The release of Yes by the Pet Shop Boys. Gah! I need it now.
    Other than that I’m investigating the back catelogue of artists like The Beatles, David Bowie and Tom Waits.

  24. LYT, you mind find it amusing to know that “Jizz in My Pants” is actually a top ten hit in Australia. TOP TEN!

  25. LexG says:

    FOR LOU Y. CADDYSHACK, a MUST watch (which he’s surely seen, but is PURE AWESOMENESS.)

  26. LexG says:

    Might get lost in the shuffle if this is now a de facto music-themed BYOB, but maybe someone will bite:
    Is DUPLICITY going to make ANY money? Is there ANY Julia Roberts fanbase/audience left?
    We’ve all pretty much come to the same conclusion that despite his inherent awesomeness, Clive Owen is now on his way to being absolute, concentrated box-office poison (or is maybe just the least famous famous person in America.)
    But what was the last Julia Roberts film to open… er, or to exist? Maybe just anecdotal evidence here, but seems like a lot of people soured on her sometime in the last five-six years…. those Soder-smarmy “INTRODUCING JULIA ROBERTS” tags in Ocean’s 12, like she’s the Queen of England, probably didn’t really endear her to the fanbase. But can’t think of her having been in much for a few years, and at least to my observation has a pretty big time “diva” sense of entitlement going for some time, sort of subliminally acting like she’s doing the world a favor by showing up somewhere. Isn’t the “America’s Sweetheart” title and B.O. guarantee about a decade past its sell-by date? Combined with a male lead who American audiences have shown complete disinterest in… think Clive and Julia are set to get OWNED by Nic Cage in that cable movie he’s in that drops the same day?

  27. There was Charlie Wilson’s War, but even Hanks, Roberts and Oscar-nommed Hoffman couldn’t get that very far. Or did they? I don’t remember what its box office ended at.

  28. LexG says:

    J-ROB was on TMZ earlier… I’m not saying her old ass is ‘TOXIN’, for all I know she’s as untouched as the mountain snow…
    But her face looked like FUCKING ROCKY DENNIS.
    Everyone bags on Kidman of all people, but to my eyes Kidman isn’t even CLOSE to the weirdest FROZEN CRESCENT FACE CHICK in movies these days.
    Why does every fucking Hollywood chick over 25 suddenly look like JOHNNY FUCKING HANDSOME?

  29. lazarus says:

    Jesse: I actually heard about JoFo from a big Los Camp fan, but I’m glad to hear you’re helping to spread the word.
    KamCamel: I agree with you, The Rising is one of Bruce’s best, but it still could stand to lose a few tracks. I think the new album is good because it’s not trying too hard to be relevant, yet it also shows a bit of growth for the artist in terms of pop sophistication.
    Also, I urge you all: I know U2 doesn’t have any indie cred left, but believe me when I tell you this new album is VERY impressive. When the Rolling Stones were 30 years on they were turning in fucking Voodoo Lounge, Y’all need to respect the longevity and the Brian Eno-induced BRILLIANCE, even if the whole album has a few stumbling blocks.

  30. LexG says:

    LIMP BIZKIT >>>>> OVER U2.
    BONO IS A DOUCHE. And he looks like ROBIN WILLIAMS.
    I’d have more respect for Bono if he just name-dropped all the supermodels he’s probably FUCKED. At least that’s honest.
    RULE #1: If you have millions and you fuck MODELS, you DO NOT GET to lecture ANYONE ELSE on how to live.
    U2 SUCKS. Even HENRY FUCKING ROLLINS bagged on them. What kind of ROCKING BAND has a dude named LARRY?
    Also, the Boss < DURST.

  31. leahnz says:

    re: ‘duplicity’, i’ll go see it just for the fact it’s written and directed by tony gilroy. i’ve been following his career ever since he came to my attention as the writer of the terrific screen adaptation of ‘dolores claiborne’, a down-beat little gem of a film and perhaps the only adapted stephen king story i consider superior to the source material (i totally forgot to bring up ‘claiborne’ during the recent discussion of successful stephen king book-to-screen adaptations, but it deserves it; imho ‘dolores claiborne’ is as skilled an adaptation as ‘the shining’ or ‘the dead zone’, the main diff being i’m pretty sure only 6 people actually saw that dark, quiet yet riveting little drama). anywho, i think gilroy is a versatile, intelligent writer who doesn’t always pander to the lowest common denominator, which is refreshing.
    plus, i was fairly impressed by gilroy’s first-time directorial effort on ‘michael clayton’; he showed a deft hand creating a smart, tightly woven drama – and he knew enough to allow his crack cast to carry the well-penned story on their capable shoulders with outstanding perfs, while keeping the proceedings from becoming heavy-handed and overwrought, quite well done.
    (as a side note, why do so many movies these days lack the basic tension necessary to grip the viewer and keep me engaged? am i going senile? otherwise well-conceived films have all the tension of an untied shoelace. i know the reasons are myriad and complex (i tend to blame the acting and editing), but i have a theory that if even a cheap-as, somewhat shit film can achieve a degree of tension to grip the viewer, that film will be admired and remembered long after a slick, well-shot flattie has been forgotten)

  32. LexG says:

    If you had ANY PULL to expedite the LEXMAN getting ON A NATIONAL TV REALITY SHOW, you would be a FUCKING SAVIOR.
    COME ON, POLAND, you’re big time; Help a motherfucker GET ON BIG BROTHER THIS SUMMER.
    If I can get on a REALITY SHOW this summer my entire existence WILL BE REDEEMED.

  33. LexG says:

    ALSO, anyone know any chicks who have low-self-esteem, preferrably CUTTERS between age 19 and 24?

  34. LexG says:

    THE FRESHMEN by THE VERVE just came up on SHUFFLE on my lexPod; HOLY ASSFUCK, can you believe that song was *12 YEARS AGO*, and once used to blast on KROQ when you’d drive around the 101 and the 405 and the 10 thinking you were gonna OWN THIS TOWN, and now it’s 12 years on and the only thing you OWN is the 12er of Pabst you bought on the Ralph’s card and the SI swimsuit issue you were embarrassed to buy at the Studio City 7-11?
    I’ve given up on it all, WHY HAVEN’T YOU? I’m SMARTER THAN YOU. I’m BETTER THAN YOU. Why are you still POSING AND PRETENDING? You ain’t gonna make it just like I COULDN’T MAKE IT.
    FUCK IT.

  35. LexG says:

    I’m smarter than that OLD FUCK.
    Hey, when’s the LA Times gonna finally lay off that old fat bearded gravy fuck KEN TURAN?
    HALLE-FUCKING-LUJAH when they can that FAT OLD BITCH.

  36. Kambei says:

    Camel: The new Yeah Yeah Yeahs (It’s Blitz!) is their best by far. It is very excellent. I can’t wait to buy it legally.
    The new Camera Obscura is quite excellent, but I’m mostly excited about the new Doves album, Kingdom of Rust. Coming soon!

  37. ployp says:

    I’m planning to see Duplicity. I like Clive Owen.

  38. jesse says:

    Oh, Lazarus, I didn’t have anything to do with that Johnny Foreigner ad — just saw it on FB constantly for awhile.
    RE: Duplicity/money, I’m guessing it will perform sort of like The Interpreter — respectable opening, respectable hold, decent “adult date” type money ($75 million or so), and possibly unfairly labeled a financial disappointment, just like that one was. That seems to be about where Roberts is these days, like her Charlie Wilson co-star Hanks: mostly on a big break from easy big-money projects (the Dan Brown franchise for Hanks excepted), and not really trying to keep the streak of $100 million grossers alive. But they can both get people interested more often than not. Charlie Wilson’s War may not have been a huge hit, but I doubt it could’ve gotten to $60 mil and change without Hanks and to a lesser extent Roberts.
    Not that I care much about Roberts. I’ve always found her fairly off-putting.
    I trust Gilroy mainly because of the dialogue in Michael Clayton, which I really liked — not super-showy, but very tight and crisp.

  39. christian says:

    Lex has become like that guy on the subway that screams out random stupid shit while everybody quietly ignores him. Limp Bizkit. Yes, of course. Oh yes. 1998 called Lex: it wants its crappy music back.
    Most of today’s pop is over-produced, over-sung, under-talented, crafted to solely be used in ads. And serves no esthethic or soulfull function.
    With that said, I am eagerly awaiting the Pet Shop Boys new disc. Marxism + Broadway = PSB.

  40. jeffmcm says:

    Christian, you and Andrew Sullivan.

  41. christian says:

    I know, guilty as charged.

  42. hcat says:

    I can’t believe I’m the only one looking forward to Duplicity. Gilroy has delivered before so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. While Robert’s luster has faded over the last few years once you hit the rarefied air she used to hang out in comebacks and resurgances are never that far out of reach. It’s box office will depend on word of mouth but I see it opening to $25 and doing $115 if it delivers on its trailer.
    And I am glad to see Universal moving away from the big budget blockbuster model for its hits, especially given that the third Bourne movie was the only decent film they have ever made with a 100 mil plus budget. Duplicity, Funny People and other projects with mid-range budgets with some star power are what they need to concentrate on.

  43. bulldog68 says:

    I just found this interesting. Can you consider this like begging to save your movie now. Taken from
    “With several box-office analysts predicting that Watchmen will experience a steep revenue plunge at the box office this weekend, David Hayter, who adapted the original graphic novel for the screen, has issued a call to Watchmen fans to return to theaters. “You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week,” said Hayter in a letter posted on the “If you’re thinking of seeing it again anyway, please go back this weekend, Friday or Saturday night.” He implored fans to demonstrate their power, “because it’ll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we’d like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again.”

  44. christian says:

    I might go check it out again in IMAX. Just to see Rorshach do his thing.

  45. leahnz says:

    ‘I can’t believe I’m the only one looking forward to Duplicity. Gilroy has delivered before so I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.’
    uh, did you actually read the comments before yours, hcat? i babbled at length about my tony gilroy love, ployp and jesse also mentioned wanting to see ‘duplicity’/trusting gilroy…
    …does anyone actually read the comments here or do people just skim ahead in order to post? (that’s not aimed specifically at you hcat, just a general observation) it makes for frustrating ‘conversation’ at times, like no-one is listening to anyone else

  46. bulldog, I’ve seen that from a few fans. sad.

  47. hcat says:

    Leahz: No I missed your earlier post (I skipped some of the middle ones thinking I read everything yesterday and restarted after the drunken cries for help were done).

  48. leahnz says:

    fair enough, hcat, i hear that, i didn’t mean to tear a strip off you or anything. it just brought to mind what would appear to be a tendency to ‘skim read’ posts so that comments get misinterpreted or missed altogether, or the same ideas get repeated ad nauseam because people don’t bother to properly read what came before

  49. lazarus says:

    Once again, after a temporary banning and cooling-off period, Lex pisses all over the site again, and trash talks a couple film writers.
    David Poland, will you please get rid of this douchebag once and for all? Clearly he’s not taking your warnings seriously.

  50. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Hey man! I’m no douchebag! What? He’s not referring to me? Nevermind.

  51. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Outside of Lex having another one of his “NOT MASTURBATING NEARLY ENOUGH” episodes. I must commend you all on your musical taste. Good diverse group all around, but Don Lewis needs an attitude adjustment? Why? Hating on Woking on a Dream is down right shameful.

  52. IHeartThatCurtis! says:

    Scooterbosswoman: you just hit shuffle? Oops. I fell.
    Oh yeah in case anyone wants to know what I am enjoying:
    YYY It’s Blitz is pretty fucking awesome.
    Edith Piaf always gets me in a good mood. I think Ratatouille and Edith Piaf have become synched in my head. So I always think of Remy. When I hear some quality French singing.
    Justice and Daft Punk to keep the whole FRENCH CONNECTION thing going.
    The new Franz Ferdinand record is awesome.
    So is the new WAR CHILD comp. It’s worth it for TV on the Radio for doing a HEROES cover that puts Jacob Dylan to shame.
    Nevertheless; you can never go wrong with a Madeleine Peyloux, Gang Gang Dance, Nat King Cole, and Slayer.

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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