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BYOB Friday – 61110

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10 Responses to “BYOB Friday – 61110”

  1. hcat says:

    Saw the preview for Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Whenever I see or hear of Jesse Eisenberg or Jay Baruchel getting a choice role, I can’t help but think of Austin Pendelton, alone and reeking of Pimms and Ginger Ale, cursing the fact that he was born into an era of Hollywood that was not yet ready to see his leading man status.

  2. leahnz says:

    just to say i have a soft spot for jay baruchel as a result of the first role i noticed him in, his lovely little turn as danger barch in ‘M$B’. the subplot with him and freeman’s scrap is one of the most endearing aspects of the film, and when he comes back at the end after getting beaten to a pulp and says, ‘anyone can lose one fight’, that brought a wee tear to my eye and i’m not usually a big sook at the movies.
    (also, jay is turning into a bit of a handsome dork devil and he’s very tall, which tends to set him apart from the other nerdy dudes of the eisenbeg/cera curly-haired goobers ilk, but i might be deluding myself on that one because of my little jay crush)

  3. Stella's Boy says:

    Huge fan of Undeclared and hoped that cast would go on to bigger things after it was quickly canceled. Nice to see Baruchel getting his chance.

  4. IOv2 says:

    Never forget that we got Jax Teller thanks to Undeclared. I really think that’s not brought up enough for my liking.

  5. Dr Wally says:

    I think that USA will go down to England today. My guess is 2 or 3-0 to England.

  6. IOv2 says:

    This is England. They are the international football equivalent of the Cleveland Indians. This means they will probably lose and the US will once again give the fine folks of Great Britain ageda.

  7. CaptainZahn says:

    I know there are some Leelee Sobieski fans in the vicinity, so here’s the trailer for her latest movie:

  8. Chucky in Jersey says:

    England 1-1 USA. Good result to start — great defending kept USA in it.

  9. Foamy Squirrel says:

    I did a double take in a couple of the shots in that trailer – Leelee Sobieski looks so much like Helen Hunt it’s scary.

  10. IOv2 says:

    Leelee is still one good looking woman.

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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