MCN Blogs
David Poland

By David Poland

BYOB for a Wednesday…

Be Sociable, Share!

65 Responses to “BYOB for a Wednesday…”

  1. The Big Perm says:


  2. Hopscotch says:

    Farily late to the table on this one. But I watched Hancock last night. I was curious because of DP and others who have defended the movie, sighting it as a more interesting example of the super hero genre.
    It’s not. It’s really bad. I just found the movie flatly not alive and was bored to tears by the end of it. The action didn’t do much for me. The bringing back of Eddie Marsan’s character didn’t make much sense.

  3. Blackcloud says:

    It’s a character-driven drama with superhero elements. That’s my take. I didn’t think it was a superhero flick proper when I saw it, and still don’t.
    It’s also an allegory about America’s place in the world, but that’s another thing entirely.

  4. jeffmcm says:

    It’s trying to be a lot of different, interesting, smart things, and (for me) pretty much failing at all of them.
    Good concept, poor execution. Maybe if they had split it into two movies it would have worked better, really finesse and have fun with the first-half stuff, which I enjoyed a lot more, before it started convoluting itself into bizarre plot twists.

  5. LexG says:

    Hancock was fucking awesome. Leydon agrees.
    GREAT visual style, Smith’s best performance, Charlize looking HOT AS FUCK and proving that OLDER WOMEN can still give me a boner.

  6. LexG says:

    Has anybody noticed I’m getting a little more awesome lately? It’s kind of a subtle shift, but I feel I’m really upping my game lately and bringing some gems.
    For all the fans: Last night I had an awesome dream. Usually I only dream about falling off mountains or being stuck in some hick town or missing a whole year of one particular class.
    But last night I dreamed I had a better job, in some admin capacity at a hospital. Of course I was only there to hit on nurses and ogle the hot squack in billing. But some AWESOME brunette who looked kinda like SELMA BLAIR crossed with the punky BRUNETTE VAMPIRE SISTER in “Twilight” actually LIKED ME and came around my office to chat. And nobody else there liked her either, just like they hated me, so we enjoyed a fun laugh and ate lunch together in my office. So I asked her out and she said yes and I had morning wood… and then the fucking GARDENERS outside woke me up and now I have to go to work.

  7. Blackcloud says:

    Lex, how do you know the dream isn’t your real life, and what you think is your real life isn’t a dream?

  8. LexG says:

    So my dreams are dubbing and QCing educational videos in a chick-free office for 11 hours six days a week then going home to eat fast food with a 12-pack of Pabst and a half-bottle of vodka?

  9. movieman says:

    I’ve got a hunch that this is going to be a minority opinion, but I really enjoyed “Land of the Lost.” It’s one of the smartest, funniest crappy-old-TV-show re-dos since Betty Thomas’ original “Brady Bunch Movie.” Loved the deliberately lo-tech-ish f/x, enjoyed the Ferrell/McBride comic riffs and appreciated the fact that a summer tentpole style movie was so darn relaxed and carried its size so nonchalantly.
    That said, I’m anticipating a world of “Speed Racer”-like trouble at the box-office due to mismarketing. Did Universal make a huge blunder by primarily selling this as a kid’s movie? I can just imagine all of the pissed off soccer moms getting their
    panties in an uproar because of the (unapologetically) PG-13 humor that wouldn’t have been out of place in an “Anchorman” or “Talladega Nights.” Kind of surprised that Universal let them get away with so much borderline R material (particularly the drug jokes).
    I’m guessing that the most appreciative audience–besides 11-year-old boys who will love the dinosaurs and all of the poop and boob jokes–is Farrell’s “Anchor”/”Talladega”/”Old School” fanbase.
    But is it just me, or has the ad campaign virtually ignored that demographic by trying to sell it as a kiddie-friendly, theme park ride of a movie?
    I’m guessing that “Hangover” will exceeed even the most generous b.o. expectations this weekend, and that “Lost” will flounder. At best, this’ll be lucky to reach “Evan Almighty” numbers. Worst case scenario? It’s “Speed Racer” Redux.
    “My Life in Ruins”? A complete non-starter, and a rare Searchlight disaster.
    Has anyone heard rumblings about a nat’l sneak of “The Proposal” on June 13th? If so, it would be the first s/preview since “Bolt” last November, and that was only in major-ish markets.

  10. SJRubinstein says:

    I’m pretty late to the table with this, but did anyone else catch that HBO Sports doc – “Thrilla in Manilla” – a few weeks back? I just caught it on my Tivo, thinking it would be another “Ali is God”-type doc, but holy shit, that thing was fascinating – showing just how bad it got between Ali and Frazier leading up to the fight. I hate to say it, but all I ever knew about the third Ali-Frazier fight was that Frazier lost. Watching this doc really made me see Ali in a completely different light. Fascinating stuff if any of you guys are sports fans, particularly with “Facing Ali” coming up soon from Lionsgate.

  11. Wrecktum says:

    Well, I think the smarmiest thing about Land of the Lost is that they made a borderline R-rated film based on a TV show made for 5 year olds. Seriously, the Kroffts gave this their blessing?
    I can’t wait for the HARD R remake of The Wiggles 20 years from now.

  12. christian says:

    Marty Kroft must be privately embarassed. Hopefully he was paid well.

  13. chris says:

    Did I just see “smart” and “Land of the Lost” in the same sentence?

  14. christian says:

    Whenever I hear this line about how “awful and cheap” the original was, I know somebody has never really watched it. The show had great sc-fi writers and for the Hanna Barbera ghetto, cool stop-motion animation. The network even had to censor scripts by David Gerrold because he had characters talking about praying. This wasn’t GILLIGAN’S PLANET. Just sayin’. The LOTL film looks like THE CAT IN THE HAT.

  15. christian says:

    “and for the Hanna Barbera ghetto, cool stop-motion animation.” – meaning outside the HB ghetto.

  16. LexG says:

    Two things from directly above:
    1) Marty Krofft. I always hear this reference as some stoner punchline, usually in Kevin Smith movies. I have NO FUCKING IDEA what ANYONE is talking about when they make some ‘SID AND MARTY KROFFT’ reference. I don’t really care, but I’m guessing it’s some early 70s animated/puppet shit that stoners like to watch?
    This leads to my next point: Stoners are usually assholes. Like, how do you guys TRUST the weed you’re smoking? Since it’s illegal and thus illegally grown, cured and maintained, how do you know you’re not smoking the underside of hippie’s nutsack and that it hasn’t been laced with all manner of shit?
    Point B:
    ALI: I don’t get this dude at all. I’m 36 years old, and in my earliest memories, yeah, he was a big deal, but probably pretty far along in his career. I get that he was a real character and a great athlete, but what’s this “legend” bullshit where people seriously think he was like literally THE GREATEST MAN ON THIS PLANET EVER? Much as I love Michael Mann, I have to say he didn’t make a particularly persuasive case with MALCOLM X 1.5, where Ali seems like an almost tangential figure in everything then just ran through Africa a lot.
    Was this dude like Mother Teresa or Abe Lincoln or did he stop Hitler or something? Near as I can tell, he was a dude who could fight well and had a lot of affairs. Why this mythology around him like he should be on Mt. Rushmore and is basically God come to Earth? Just seemed like a good-natured bragging athlete.

  17. hcat says:

    Lex- Finding a good pot dealer would be like finding a good mechanic, plumber or barber. Once you get a hold of one you trust them completely and hope to hell they don’t move or retire. (though I grew out of that type of behavior in my early twenties)
    Ali is incredibly beloved, saw him come out of a clothing store one time in DC and everyone on the street immediately flocked to him like he had a gravitational pull. Who knows why we put athletes or actors on pedestals like that. But does it surprise you that people would feel the same way about Ali that you feel about Tom Cruise?

  18. lazarus says:

    Not to question your age, Lex, but I’m amazed someone who’s 36 doesn’t know who Sid & Marty Kroft are. I know H.R. Pufnstuff ended in ’72, but I’m 37 and I distinctly watching Land of the Lost when I was a kid, even if it was in reruns.
    As for Ali, bottom line is that most professional athletes are all about the money and their reputations, and would never jeopardize their careers by taking a strong political stance. Hell, Michael Jordan refused to endorse Jesse Helms’ African-American opponent by saying “Republicans buy shoes too”. Ali spoke out against the Vietnam War, attempting to claim conscientious objector status, and was banned from boxing for several YEARS, during peak years of physical condition. He was the world champ at the time, and gave up his title for his beliefs.
    No, he wasn’t Martin Luther King, but considering how many young people look up to sports figures, and how popular he was around the world, he set an example that sadly isn’t followed often enough, by athletes, actors, whoever.

  19. chris says:

    Watch “When We Were King,” Lex. Two hours will make you love Ali.
    The “Cat in a Hat” reference to the “Lost” movie works. It reminded me of “Wild Wild West.”

  20. Wrecktum says:

    Yeah, I watched HR Pufnstuff, Lidsville, Buggaloos and Land of the Lost all the time when I was a kid, and I’m the exact same age as Lex. Plus, I later watched Krofft puppets in shows like Pryor’s Place (yes, I watched all episodes of Pryor’s Place) and, later still, DC Follies.
    Pretty much a given that if you’re in your mid/late thirties and you had a TV growing up, you know the Kroffts. Unless all you were watching were shows with SNIZZ and SQUACK.

  21. Blackcloud says:

    I was aware of “Land of the Lost,” but I never watched it. I’m the same age as Lex. But unlike him, I do get Ali.

  22. jeffmcm says:

    All yhis talk about Snizz and Squack, combined with the Krofft talk, gives me the mental image of Lex lusting after some kind of large, mucousy puppet bird.

  23. LexG says:

    I saw BUSTIN’ LOOSE 345 times in a month thanks to HBO in 1982. Does that count?
    I can sing you the theme song if you want. Shit, that should be my next YouTube video.

  24. Aris P says:

    Strange liquids falling from the sky. Very odd.

  25. christian says:

    Isn’t it?

  26. anghus says:

    anyone hear projections for Hangover and Land of the Lost.
    I’m ever so curious.

  27. David Poland says:

    Ed Douglas –
    1. Up (Disney/Pixar Animation) – $39.5 million -42%
    2. Land of the Lost (Universal) – $29.7 million N/A
    3. The Hangover (Warner Bros.) – $25.6 million N/A
    Steve Mason –

  28. The Big Perm says:

    I saw a few Land of the Lost episodes on that Sci-Fi marathon or whoever was running it last week. I expected to only watch ten minutes for nostalgic reasons and then after I saw a few dinosaurs, I’d turn it off…but that show was better than I remember, in terms of the plots. They actually had quantum physics in a kid’s show. I liked how seriously they played it too.
    Before I didn’t care at all that they made the movie a comedy, but now I sort of wish they did a serious version. Could have been good.

  29. anghus says:

    hmmmmm. I think the Hangover tops 30.

  30. Hallick says:

    “Not to question your age, Lex, but I’m amazed someone who’s 36 doesn’t know who Sid & Marty Kroft are. I know H.R. Pufnstuff ended in ’72, but I’m 37 and I distinctly watching Land of the Lost when I was a kid, even if it was in reruns.”
    I’m 36 and a childhood Land of the Lost watcher too; but the reruns stopped before I ever took note of who Sid & Marty Kroft were. I have a vague memory of there logo in the credits and that’s it.
    H.R. Pufnstuff never even aired in my area of Northern California, so that name’s been a cricket-chirping reference to me for years now.

  31. LexG says:

    But way to KILL MY BONER, DAVE. Cuz who’s up next? That tool Zack Galafawhatthefuck.
    Get this Steve Zahn-Rupert from Survivor hack off my TV.

  32. LexG says:

    Dead as hell here tonight, but an ACTUAL MOVIE QUESTION if anyone’s around and game to answer:
    The other day in one of the threads, a poster who shall remain nameless hinted that something screened this week which will be unanimously derided as the WORST of the summer (at least so far.) I have to know what this could… That Eddie Murphy thing? Land of the Lost? Year One? Pelham? That schmaltzy Diaz-Breslin movie? The Reynolds-Bullock thing?
    I know you guys are mostly under embargo but can I get a hint here? Surely it’s not Pelham 123, is it? But on that note, where’s the buzz or early reviews? Is it kinda quiet on the Western front on that one?
    Look, I realize “serious” film people generally don’t care for Tony Scott, and I’m not going to change their mind and they’re not going to change mine, but the ads and trailers at least look like Scott in fairly straightforward, old-school adult-thriller Crimson Tide/Deja Vu/Enemy of the State mode, which even his harshest dectractors usually deem to be watchable in their mainstream pulp way.
    Basically, someone just tell me it’s not Pelham that screened to such derision this week. (My money’s on Land, although Year One absolutely looks like the worst thing ever made. Doesn’t Jack Black wanna do cop and crime dramas?)

  33. LexG says:

    What the hell? Is there an ASEXUAL DOUCHEBAG convention in Los Angeles? A GIMME GLAMOUR, I LOVE ME SOME GWYNIE! convention in New Zealand/Australia? A HIPPIE CONVENTION in Portland for Mr. Devine? A date-keg party in D.C. for Bitch Perm? An late-night PTA conference for Bitcharus? Early lockdown for T. Holly?
    I’m drunk and bored as fuck.

  34. Stella's Boy says:

    Lex, Pelham is awfully quiet. I kind of can’t believe it opens in a week. It looks more like good Tony Scott than bad, and the cast is cool (Guzman, Turturro, Gandolfini). But I’ve seen very few TV spots, haven’t read a single review and nobody seems to be talking about it. Maybe June is the wrong time for this.

  35. LYT says:

    Pelham’s big screening in LA is on Monday. Land of the Lost is the only major thing I know of that screened this week, though there may have been junket-stuff I didn’t get invites to.

  36. bulldog68 says:

    David Carradine found dead of apparent suicide in Bankok. What the fuck? The guy was 72 years old, had a career that many can only have wet dreams about, was probably one of the most iconic figures on the small and big screen, and the guy offs himself. What the fuck?

  37. Cadavra says:

    Lex, 36, considers Charlize Theron, 33, an “older woman.” Words fail me.

  38. The Big Perm says:

    I would think Lex would worship Zack Galifinicas or however you spell his name…check the stats.
    Chunky, bearded comedian who did short films online made it big. Similarities?
    Although if Lex were on some show and someone called him pudgy or unfunny or something he’d probably have a meltdown so maybe it’s for the best. I guess Zach would think calling someone “Bitch Perm” was wildly unfunny, like all other people or animals.
    I’d say where I was last night but it’s a lock everyone would think I was lying so I will never say. So I’ll say I was praying and then reading alone. Which I really was doing.

  39. Triple Option says:

    HR Puff re-runs were on really early like 6:30 AM. It even preceded Romper Room, which I hardly ever watched because I thought it was for babies. The real action didn’t start until 8 with The New Zoo Review, which I think were already in re-runs, then I had to switch channels for The Noel & Andy Show and then back for Blinky’s Fun Club. I could be slightly off on the times/order. Sesame Street & Mr Rodgers were mixed in there as well. This was prior to the advent of the VCR obviously but what’s amazing I don’t remember ever feeling conflicted about watching say cartoons on one channel and missing something like Big Blue Marble on another. What compassionate and conscientious programming!
    Pelham looks like a predictable snooze. The first trailers I saw for Year One made the film look horrendous but I

  40. chris says:

    “Pelham” is fine, Lex — not great (and Scott’s imprint is all over it), but, perhaps wisely, it’s very very different from the original.

  41. JckNapier2 says:

    LexG –
    I won’t be attending, but I do know that Imagine That (the Eddie Murphy film) is screening Saturday morning at the Arclight. As for The Proposal, I think someone around here mentioned a national sneak next Saturday so I don’t think that’s it. Other than that, I can can only guess if Year One is anywhere near as bad as its trailer, then it’s the top contender for the ‘secret movie’ in question.

  42. LexG says:

    IMAGINE THAT has *wacky credit font.* YAY! So, like, you know it’s a comedy. Does THE PROPOSAL also have wacky credit font in its ads? I know IMAGINE THAT has the diminutive roundish blue font… whereas last year MEET DAVE had the BIG ROUND RED “funny” font. Does Chucky in Jersey have a conspiracy about this?
    Cadavra: Charlize Theron is one of my favorite actresses acting- and looks-wise, so it wasn’t a sexist thing and I only meant her hotness (and the fact that she still looks basically the same, ie like herself) at 33 is increasingly rare and sexy when too many actresses are CLEARLY injecting Botulism into their faces as early as 21.
    I’ve said it before, but there are least five major under-30 actresses who looks radically different than they did in 2004 or 2005. Unless something’s changed since I last saw her onscreen or doing junkets, Theron still looks like a sexy 33-year-old woman, not a crescent-faced Joker or Robin Antin.
    Ladies, Botox makes your face look ENORMOUS. Buncha hot chicks willingly making themselves look like JOHNNY HANDSOME.
    So, yeah, considering 25 is now the BRICK WALL OF BOTOX in town, any woman who’s in her mid to late 30s and still looks anything close to how she did in 1997 is worthy of praise.

  43. Wrecktum says:

    The Proposal screened at ShoWest, has had a bunch of screenings (including for agency assistants, wtf) and will sneak next week. So I suspect that Disney is pretty high on it.

  44. LYT says:

    All I know about The Proposal is that Sandra Bullock gets naked in it, and I’m pretty sure Disney wants me to know that.
    Interesting way to sell a romantic comedy…it’s not like Swordfish, where Halle Berry was the lure for an action movie.

  45. Joe Leydon says:

    Does anyone out there use a netbook? Do you also use Boingo wifi? Are you happy with it? Is it reliable?

  46. chris says:

    Trust me, when you see what Disney and Bullock are calling “naked,” you’ll be disappointed. Artfully arranged towels. Nothing showing. In fact, more of Reynolds showing than of Bullock.

  47. I’m going in for surgery today. I hope I don’t die. :/
    That is all.

  48. Joe Leydon says:

    Kam: Damn. Wish you would have posted this news earlier in the week. I could have lit a candle at my neighborhood church for you. (Hey, it worked for Roger Ebert.) So you’ll just have to settle for my praying to St. Jude tonight for you. Good luck.

  49. Blackcloud says:

    Yeah, Kam, get well soon. Heck, Oz is so far ahead, you might already be getting well. Hope so!

  50. leahnz says:

    hey, you’ll be fine, kam, tho i share your dread of surgery (what kind of surgery, can you share? if you’re so inclined you can tell us when you’re safe and sound recovering at home with copious amounts of ice cream – in my experience ice cream makes everything bearable!)

  51. I’m getting something removed from the back of my neck. It’s not pretty, but it’s not anything major (or so I’ve been told).
    Thanks for the well wishes.

  52. jeffmcm says:

    Finally losing the dewlap, eh?
    (seriously, good luck and get well soon.)

  53. LexG says:

    Kamikaze, let us know that it goes (went?) well. I also have a “something” (harmless) I want to have removed just cause it annoys the hell out me just by being there, but it’s on my scalp and would require either a Fraker-from-Death Wish 3 reverse mohawk shave (or a full Telly Savalas so I don’t look like an idiot) just to have this tiny thing taken off.
    I’m sure it’ll go okay for you though.
    Anyone else just see Jessica Biel demonstrating her workout regime to Jimmy Fallon, complete with gymnastics and sweaty push-ups? And tonight is one of my “nights off” where I’m totally sober but now I’m regretting that.
    Really, no one else gets super-depressed with envy seeing good-looking people being successful and worshipped? Back in ’95-99 when I was doing extra work in earnest (Lex hanging with Brandon Walsh, GOOD IDEA… Lex rollin’ with Van Damme, GOOD IDEA… Lex getting turned down for SCREAM 2, BAD IDEA), doing standup, sending out headshots and taking classes on the regular, I would’ve been pretty certain I’d be the one interviewing the hot actresses a decade later. But, hey, maybe in a week or two I’ll get to QC the shimmering and mosquito noise for the Easy Virtue PPV feed version credit font, so it’s ALMOST the same thing. YAY SOBRIETY.

  54. LYT says:

    Surgery is usually fine. It’s the puking afterwards that kinda sucks, but at least you know you made it.
    Here’s hoping your health care is better than ours. It’ll be fine.

  55. leahnz says:

    ‘I’m getting something removed from the back of my neck. It’s not pretty, but it’s not anything major (or so I’ve been told).’
    oh kam, i hope it’s not one of those little wee vestigial heads, such as occurs in those rare cases when one twin absorbs the other twin in utero and all that remains of the doomed twin is like a teeny, tiny little set of teeth and a bit of a nose and one wee googly eye somewhere on the body of the surviving twin like a growth…like on the back of the neck, perhaps?…
    ;-D hahahahaha, nah, just my twisted way of trying to cheer you up. i saw a show on the discovery channel about those little vestigial heads
    (wasn’t that ‘absorbed twin’ scenario part of the plot for ‘the dark half’? or am i misremembering)

  56. hcat says:

    You should be fine Kam, I had something that sounds similair removed a few years ago, when they cut it out and showed it to me it looked like a jumbo shrimp.
    Of course mine was cut with lazers, not sure what the procedure is in your neck of the woods, hopefully they’re not using a whiskey soaked Bowie knife while you’re chomping down on a large stick.

  57. hcat says:

    Leah – The absorbed twin was a part of the Dark Half and its best scare was when they were performing brain surgery and they found that eye winking out at them. Creeped the hell out of me.
    But overall the best late period Romero has got to be Monkeyshines.

  58. Chucky in Jersey says:

    “The Proposal” does have a national sneak preview on 6/13 with the official release 6/19. Display and poster have been up since winter but Disney (given its “family values” M.O.) is not promoting nudity.
    At least the tagline is appropriate, especially when you look at all the crooked politicians in Taxachusetts and Chitown.
    Here comes the bribe …

  59. jeffmcm says:

    COMPLETE non sequitur, Chucky. You might as well say the tagline is referencing Nigeria or Greece.

  60. christian says:

    MONKEYSHINES is one of Romero’s best.
    Shock the monkey!

  61. LexG says:

    Movie world SHOCKER of the year so far, from the MCN front page… Hold on to your seats, kids:
    The new Eastwood flick is coming out in mid-December in the midst of the Oscar season!
    Trust me, Clint is pretty much my all-time idol, one of my top two movie stars, and one of my favorite directors ever… And I like this recent stage of his career as much as anyone and it’s great he’s doing important, vital work and finding new shades in his directorial arsenal…
    But at this point, would anyone else be a little more enthused for the unpretentious likes of a PINK CADILLAC 2, FIREFOX 2 or ONLY WHICH WAY TO GO dropping in mid-July instead of the now-annual Oscar hopeful?

  62. hcat says:

    If nothing else it would give Geoffrey Lewis some work.
    Can’t make another Clyde movie though, I heard the trainer beat him to death for stealing a donut off the craft cart.

  63. leahnz says:

    ‘Leah – The absorbed twin was a part of the Dark Half and its best scare was when they were performing brain surgery and they found that eye winking out at them. Creeped the hell out of me.’
    yes! thanks hcat, awesome
    (‘monkeyshines’ is also one of my fave romeros)
    rant ensues:
    re: clint’s world cup rugby flick, as a kiwi i wonder how clint is going to handle the game itself between the all-blacks (us) and the springboks (them). conveniently for the springboks, most of the all-blacks mysteriously came down with ‘food poisoning’ (wink, wink) the night before the big game and several players actually puked their guts out all through the game for all the world to see before the AB’s narrowly lost (blood tests showed the players had been poisoned and a particular woman of interest who worked in the kitchen was looked at but never charged, funny that).
    do you think clint will a) include graphic close-up shots of the all-blacks puking their guts out, nice chunks in the grass and all, and b) include the fact that the boks had to poison the blacks in order to win? $100 bucks says…no, the yappies with be portrayed as gracious gladiatorial-type winners, and pienaar (damon) a saint (where as in real life pienaar is a well-known afrikaans racist here, one of many afrikaans players known to have refused to play with black players on the springbok team)

  64. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Everyone knows with Clint you get what you pay for. It makes sense for WB to give him an Oscar Bait run in NYC/LA and go national in the New Year.
    @jeffmcm: I have one word for you — Blago.

  65. jeffmcm says:

    1) That’s not a word.
    2) What does Blagojevich have to do with The Proposal in any way, shape, or form?

Quote Unquotesee all »

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