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BYOB Monday 82310

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43 Responses to “BYOB Monday 82310”

  1. storymark says:

    So, a short film I directed set in the Highlander film/TV universe was included as a bonus feature on a new Blu Ray release of the TV series. Which I realize will likely matter to no one here, but it’s my first distributed work, so I’m diggin’ it. I also appear as a trench coat-wearin’, sword-wieldin’ Immortal in a second featurette on the collection.

  2. Hopscotch says:

    The website I run just posted a podcast on Comic Con. Pretty short (13 minutes) and if any of you reading this has attended, I think you’ll enjoy.

  3. IOv2 says:

    Story, not everyone who post here is a hater-tool or Haterool as I will refer to them from this moment onward, if I remember, if not, yeah. Nevertheless, congrats on having your first distributed work, that’s pretty f’n cool.

  4. hcat says:

    Do you know which disc it’s on so I can put it in the netflix queue?

  5. The Pope says:

    Well done on your short film. The first time for anything like this is always nice. Serves as a landmark. Sort of like being an opening act for a big band. Next thing you know, you’ll be headlining!

  6. SJRubinstein says:

    Agreed with all of the above in congrats on the short! As a fan of the TV series, there’s a really good chance I will be watching said short in the near-future, so I’ll keep an eye out, too.
    (hell, even when it was a rerun, I’d watch the opening credits just to hear Queen’s “Princes of the Universe” blare through my parents’s house)

  7. Congrats, storymark! That’s a great feeling to do work about something you love and have it appreciated and then distributed. I did a short film based on a song by Todd Snider and he put it on one of his DVDs. Neat feeling. Way to go!

  8. mysteryperfecta says:

    I dug that series too. Congrats, storymark.

  9. mutinyco says:

    I can’t believe I’m watching this shit…

  10. Neil says:

    so, what should one make of the fact that a sequel to Piranha 3D was announced today? its only at 10 million–will drop hard this weekend–it only cost 24 million but still seems way way too early to be confident enough to plan another one

  11. IOv2 says:

    Neil, I am thinking they are banking on selling a lot of DVDs in either two months or four months. What would keep them from not rushing this out in October? Nevertheless, yeah, that sequel should not happen but watch it happen.

  12. Sorry, aside from the Christopher Lloyd cameo and a five-minute sequence at the hour mark, Piranha 3D was a pretty run-of-the-mill horror comedy. And, while I’m sure I’m being oversensitive, I couldn’t help noticing how the film reveled in the various hot chicks showing off t&a, then condemned the Girls Gone Wild producer-guy without irony, and then found the need to leer as those same hot chicks were torn to pieces by fish, as if they were being punished for attempting to titillate us (the deaths of most of the male Spring Breakers were quick and fleeting while the girls suffered and took few moments to die). Oversensitivity aside, I still had far more dumb fun with Mega Piranha.

  13. Stella's Boy says:

    Moral consistency from Piranha 3D? Unlikely. Why a sequel? It must be going DTV right? Mirrors got a sequel. 30 Days of Night got a sequel. Wrong Turn got a sequel. None exactly lit up the box office. The sequel will probably cost a fifth to make. These movies must do well on DVD and cable.

  14. IOv2 says:

    There is apparently a new Social Network trailer and how do I know this? They just showed it during the bottom half of the seven o’clock hour and this spot has a lot of Timberlake in it. Seriously, I had no idea Timberlake is in this thing. It also has a lot of Garfield in and even a shot of the Rooney Mara for two seconds, but this trailer should be called “Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake are in this movie, come and check it out.”
    Good trailer though but I have no idea who in the hell goes and sees this movie. Seriously, there are a bunch of Luddites out there who think of facebook as lame or unnecessary, and those people are numerous and probably won’t check this film out. That leaves us with people who use facebook and those folks might not want to see this film either. So, again, we play the guy; “WHO WANTS TO SEE THIS MOVIE?”

  15. IOv2 says:

    Two things: 1) They played the trailer during the Today Show and 2) THE GAME not the GUY but I guess it’s too much to hope for that the hot blog gets a 2.0. Oh edit function… how I miss you so.

  16. Stella's Boy says:

    I am extremely excited about The Social Network and I’m not a Facebook user. Let me list the reasons: Fincher, Sorkin, and Eisenberg; a great trailer; I read the book it’s based on; and it’s an interesting story reflecting the times we live in.
    NY Times story about Facebook and The Social Network from yesterday’s paper.

  17. IOv2 says:

    SB, come on, use the facebook and the twitter. It’s good for keeping up on the haps. That aside, I do want to see this film, you want to see this film, but this is the hot blog. We have all come to the realization we are not the norm movie-goer, so I remain curious as to what the Social Network will do with the rest of the public and their god awful taste :0P! Yes, that’s a clown sticking his tongue out.

  18. Stella's Boy says:

    I am curious as well. It’ll get plenty of media hype. Whether that translates to box office success is another story.
    Less than no desire to use Facebook. World is small enough as it is.

  19. storymark says:

    hcat – Disk 5, but it’s Blu Ray exclusive, and it’s only available online for now (presumably going to retail later, they followed a similar pattern with the DVDs), and it doesn’t look like Netflix is carrying it yet.
    And thanks to everyone else for the kind words.

  20. storymark says:

    And I just found out, the producers are interested in follow-up episodes for further season releases!

  21. hcat says:

    Just finished Repo Men and was quite impressed. Certainly deserved better at the Box Office. This is going to be tragic if Green Zone, Repo, and Pilgram fail and Fockers cleans up later this year. Universal mighy never take another risk again.

  22. leahnz says:

    way to go, storymark

  23. Anghus Houvouras says:

    congrats storymark.

  24. Triple Option says:

    Big ups, storymark!
    I’m pretty sure I’ll go see it but doesn’t Social Network seem to have the same would be story are as a VH-1 Behind the Music special? Humble beginnings, unlikely collection of individuals w/a burning passion wanting to escape their environment, rocket rise to the top, abuse of money/power/success, hard crash and shot at redemption. I mean, Facebook is obviously doing well but everything I’ve read about it seems like they could sub in 80’s stock market, or 90 internet new venture or any other bubble industry and a couple of people who “couldn’t handle it all.”

  25. storymark says:

    A valid point, but really, isn’t that the basic arc of 90% of bio-pics anyway?
    I’m still gonna see it. Fincher’s got a lifetime pass with me.

  26. Cadavra says:

    Question of the Day!
    Finally caught up with INCEPTION today (in real IMAX), and it triggered a suggestion in my own mind that I’d like to offer up for anyone who wishes to chime in:
    If SCOTT PILGRIM had starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt instead of Michael Cera, does anyone think the outcome would have been different?

  27. leahnz says:

    cadavra, even tho i still haven’t managed to see pilgrim i’ll say a qualified YES because every single one of my girlfriends and their sisters and dogs think JGL is the bees-knees and will see any movie he’s in, so that’s gotta mean something, doesn’t it? or maybe not.
    (speaking of JG-L, i happened to catch ‘killshot’ the other night and g-levitt’s fred ward impersonation is about the most hilarious thing i’ve seen in a while. JG-L better be careful or he might actually turn in to fred ward as he ages, but certainly if they ever do the fred ward story, JG-L is your man)

  28. Hallick says:

    “If SCOTT PILGRIM had starred Joseph Gordon-Levitt instead of Michael Cera, does anyone think the outcome would have been different?”
    I think it would be miscasting. I probably would not buy Gordon-Levitt as a twenty-something who hasn’t even touched his 17 year old girlfriend (and the physical awkwardness of a taller, older Scott with the younger, shorter Knives would also be lost). The odd couple pairing with Culkin’s character wouldn’t have worked as well as it did with Cera. Cera pretty much embodies everything unmatured and unformed in Scott, while Goron-Levitt, kid-looking as he is, still doesn’t have that vibe inside of him.
    No knock against Joseph because I love his work in stuff like “Brick” and “Manic” and “Mysterious Skin”, but I just can’t see him as Scott Pilgrim.
    That aside, would Michael Cera’s not being in the movie and his being in the movie instead have made the picture a success financially? Nope. Maybe a nudge upward because of the Cera haters, but no more than a nudge.

  29. LexG says:

    KILLSHOT is pretty awesome, despite having been clearly hacked down from a longer length.
    Also never forget GORDON-LEVITT (AKA GOD) in Lee Daniels’s SHADOWBOXER, not the best movie, but JGL is AWESOME IN IT. See also HAVOC, see also anything he does because he RUUUUUUUUUUUULES.

  30. LexG says:

    LEXG should replace FARACI at CHUD.
    I am ABSOLUTELY SERIOUS about this.
    POLAND, make this happen.
    Christ, Wells almost banned me last week on HE, and I got like 300-plus posts talking up what a fucking great writer I am. I submit that as my resume.
    PAY REQUIREMENT: 75K plus HOOKERS on a weekly basis.

  31. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Over 75,000 hookers per week? Where will you find the time to write?

  32. Stella's Boy says:

    Great suggestion about replacing Feraci Lex. I’d support that and read CHUD again.
    JGL is a great actor but I found him to be grating in Killshot. Little much. Rourke is great in it though and the movie has its moments, but was obviously butchered somewhere along the way and is a mess, which is too bad.

  33. LexG says:

    Come on, that bit with the lasagna where JGL is getting on Rourke’s nerves was great and somehow melancholy and sad… Also ALL SHALL BOW to JGL in THE LOOKOUT.
    “I’ve got the money, I’ve got the power!” Movie absolutely rules.
    On an unrelated note, but related to hookers, since I haven’t had a “first date” in over a decade, I think it would be a GOOD IDEA to hire a pro for a GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE so I can practice getting back in the game. As it is, I have no idea how to talk to women beyond yelling at them out the window of my car as I zoom by hot female joggers. Always AWESOME to do that.

  34. jeffmcm says:

    You’ve been longing for a hooker for two or three years. If it was ever going to happen, it already would have by now.
    (shorter version: Shut up already.)

  35. Stella's Boy says:

    I’ll grant you that Lex. That scene is pretty great. I also like The Lookout. Good little movie. And speaking of Girlfriend Experience, are you watching Sasha Grey on Entourage? She should stick to porn.

  36. LexG says:

    Stella: Of course I’m watching SG on THE GREATEST SHOW EVER, the current season being the BEST TV IN THE HISTORY OF THE MEDIUM. CAAN POWER.
    What I don’t get is why Sasha is fully PLAYING HERSELF, in a depiction that is so unflattering it’s genuinely avant garde. She’s not playing a ficitional actress/porn star, she’s playing SASHA GREY… as a hard-partying, coke-using, vapid bad influence who’s all but personally sending Vince into a freefall. Really strange stuff– and pretty AWESOME. If I were an established star and someone asked me to play myself but as a loathesome drunk, I’d think FUCK YEAH, but most performers would seriously balk at that. Not sure if she’s in on the angle or was just happy to get a sizable part on a big show.
    Jeff: I have OCD. Therefore I think of hookers every second of my life, but am terrified about the disease and germ factor. YEP YEP.

  37. Stella's Boy says:

    Yeah I noticed that as well Lex. She’s not portrayed in a very flattering light. Strange stuff indeed. It’s definitely one of the show’s better seasons though. Piven and Dillon are as good as ever and Caan and Fichtner have fun supporting roles.

  38. LexG says:

    Look. At. Her.

  39. LexG says:

    Hey Zahn I love that song and Taylor of course, but what’s with Paul wacking it up with that fucking pipe organ?

  40. Pornstars always play pornstars or hookers (or pornstar hookers) in “mainstream roles” which is why it’s not true that these gals cross-over, especially these days. That is until Mr. John Wildman finally gets STRIPPED financed…then the world meets Belladonna…

  41. Triple Option says:

    LexG wrote: and someone asked me to play myself but as a loathesome drunk, I’d think FUCK YEAH”
    Wait, wait, wait. What do you mean, “but”?

  42. leahnz says:

    ha, that’s funny

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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