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BYOB Iron Friday

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14 Responses to “BYOB Iron Friday”

  1. LYT says:

    My movie trailer is up. Super SUPER low budget, but a lead is a lead.
    It’s all about an overweight, unemployed sad-sack driven crazy by hot chicks. Somehow I imagine that might be relatable to blog readers.

  2. Nice, LYT! Can we expect a cameo by Lex or did you just pay for the rights to the story of his psyche?

  3. LYT says:

    We didn’t pay for anything whatsoever, I don’t think.
    Besides, Lex has a job. So it’s TOTALLY different!

  4. storymark says:

    That looks like a kick, LYT. When might we expect to be able to see it?

  5. leahnz says:

    alright lyt

  6. LYT says:

    No distribution deal as yet. But the director’s in negotiations for some bigger stuff, and hopes to piggyback his smaller movies (like this) onto whatever more visible project he finally gets.
    Needless to say, I will not hold back details when they’re available.

  7. Coolface says:

    LYT, that short flim sounds like what would (will) happen if Christian Weston Chandler just couldn’t take it anymore.

  8. Coolface says:

    LYT, that short flim sounds like what would (will) happen if Christian Weston Chandler just couldn’t take it anymore.

  9. LYT says:

    It’s not a short.

  10. LexG says:


  11. LexG says:

    If I don’t have sex today, which I won’t…
    Well, I’m going to complain about it a lot.
    IF ONLY THEY HAD PROSTITUTES IN LOS ANGELES who you could be 100000% sure didn’t have herpes.

  12. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Don’t say no one cares about you Lex
    Here you go

  13. LexG says:

    Who else has seen the new MILEY video?
    So is she entering a clamgrinder phase now? She’s all rubbing on a lotta chicks in this one. Love how a vaguely jailbaitish major celeb (who looks and acts 37) can do tame lesbianism in a major-label music video endorsed by her family and handlers….
    Yet if I as the spectator opine that it’s “hot,” some asexual closet queen like Jeff McDouche will act like I’M some giant pervert for acknowledging this.

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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