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BYOB – Uncle Sam-a-thon

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24 Responses to “BYOB – Uncle Sam-a-thon”

  1. Been a while since I whored myself so without further ado….
    My first documentary short “Stringers” is now for sale on Create Space which is an offshoot of Amazon. Pretty cool way to sell your stuff, but they take a HUGE percentage if you buy off of Amazon. It’s a rock and a hard place because iTunes hasn’t made it really possible to self-publish DVD’s so I had no choice.
    So, please buy a copy! If you do, I’ll personally come by your house and thank you. Just kidding, but I will buy a beer with the money.

  2. doug r says:

    Saw the flag kits at Fred Meyer were made in China, but the flags were MADE IN USA.

  3. Joe Leydon says:

    PJ Harvey looks cute singing barefoot on the Letterman show right now.

  4. IOIOIOI says:

    PJ Harvey is damn good stuff.

  5. Does anybody here know anyone who had swine flu? Cause I do. ME. Lovely. Gone now though.
    Watched Bogdanovich’s Mask last night. Great movie that one. Cher was such a fantastic actress back then and now she’s playing second fiddle to Christina Aguilera in a movie about burleque. :/

  6. jeffmcm says:

    Glad you made it through, Kami. How bad was it? According to some statistic I heard on the radio, 100,000 people a day in Britain are going to get it by August (which yes, sounds crazy).

  7. Joe Leydon says:

    Kami: Glad to hear you’re well, sport. As for Cher: She’s one of those people I would put in the category of singers/personalities who might have had prolific acting careers — might have played even more challenging parts, might have given interesting performances — if they had been really interested in doing so. Willie Nelson, I’d also place in that category. Mick Jagger? Maybe, based on his work in Ned Kelly. Any other nominees?

  8. The Big Perm says:

    Do you think Michael Bay reads this blog? If so, Michael, I would like to address this:
    You see Michael, giving an actor a leg up by putting them in a hugely successful movies doesn’t mean you’re making a movie that concerns itself with actors. You know those scenes where actors sit in rooms and say stuff to each other, and you actually care about the emotions and meaning of what is being said? That’s acting. Screaming and running from robots is not really.
    Jeez Michael, you seem like a fairly stupid person. That’s probably why you think the five hours of comedy scenes in Tranformers are funny. THEY AREN’T!

  9. martin says:

    You really think this guy is busy worrying about posts on The Hot Blog?

  10. The Big Perm says:

    You can’t make bad movies and bang whores 24 hours a day…maybe he has ten minutes to read David Poland?

  11. Joe Leydon says:

    Drinking Cabernet… eating Cheetos… waving Gov. Palin good-bye. Life is good.

  12. anghus says:

    Molly Sugden (Mrs. Slocumb from Are You Being Served) passed away.
    The show was ridiculously silly, but i still liked it. A simpler time when broad physical comedy was more commonplace.

  13. don lewis (was PetalumaFilms) says:

    Anyone else kinda secretly hope and pray Don Murphy was the one bringing the “Asteroids” video game to the big-screen?? I was bummed it was Lorenzo DiBonaventura or whatever. He’s got some balls following up the already doomed “G.I. Joe” with frigging….Asteroids.

  14. LexG says:

    Anyone else get that trailer for that Couples Retreat thing with Favreau/Vaughn?
    Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman = They should have just called the movie BONER.

  15. Aladdin Sane says:

    Lex, that made my night.

  16. LexG says:

    (A movie so arcane even Joe Leydon won’t have heard of it, but…)
    Hey, *Encore Westerns*, I’m pretty this 1969, British, ultra-Mod swingin’ 60s movie about couples-swapping in London called “Two Gentlemen Sharing” does NOT qualify as a Western.

  17. Joe, Ned Kelly is an abomination. The Heath Ledger version is better, but even that wasn’t all that good.

  18. yancyskancy says:

    Lex: I was surfing through all the Encore channels when I came upon that “Two Gentlemen Sharing.” I read the description, thought “Hmmm, never heard of that one,” then kept clicking. At some point, I realized I hadn’t surfed past Encore Westerns. I started clicking back, this time paying attention. And sure enough, that’s where the Brit flick was. I scrolled up through the schedule, thinking maybe they had moved some channels around, but everything else was status quo. I’d love to know what happened there. Very weird.
    And coincidentally enough, Ned Kelly was airing right after (don’t know if it was the Jagger or the Ledger though).

  19. LexG says:

    Yancy: HA! Thanks for the validation!
    NO idea; it’s been on twice today actually (and actually features some pretty smoking ’60s chicks AND is directed by Ted Kotcheff.) I saw one of the women in horse-riding wear in DOWNTOWN 1969 LONDON at one point, so maybe the mere presence of a lone horse earns it the Dennis Weaver seal of approval.
    It’s the Jagger Ned Kelly, if my cable info is to be believed.

  20. Joe Leydon says:

    Yeah, LexG: I saw Two Gentlemen Sharing in the TV listings and thought: WTF? On Encore WESTERNS? Jeez, next we’ll see Lynn Redgrave and Rita Tushingham in Smashing Time?

  21. yancyskancy says:

    Maybe Encore Westerns can schedule International Velvet. Or The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh! I’d love to see that again.

  22. messiahcomplexio says:

    just saw the Hurt locker again today.
    Damn, that movie is 18 kinds of awesome!

  23. jeffmcm says:

    Happy 4th to all, even the Canadians/Aussies/New Zealanders.

  24. leahnz says:

    back atcha, jeff. happy birthday USA, for all your beauty and bold, beguiling brilliance, i raise my glass to you in admiration

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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