By MCN Editor

BRACE YOURSELF FOOLS – We Are About to Unveil the Truth About Chris Kringle

Dear Jews and Gentiles,

Stand tall and prepare to absorb the truth. O-Scope just bought the
newly unearthed actual Santa Clause, and he is a force to be reckoned

We also nabbed the North American distribution rights to Jalmari
Helander’s RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE hot off of it’s World
Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood
fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem destined for cult status.

On the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, an archeological dig
unearths Santa Claus. This particular Santa, however, isn’t the one
you want coming to town. When most of the town’s children go
hauntingly missing, Pietari and his father a local hunter named Rauno,
come into possession of the mythological being. Rauno’s clan of
hunters attempt to cash in on the opportunity by selling Santa back to
the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the
dig. What ensues is nothing short of a wildly humorous nightmare – a
fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality.

Yauch said: “This is really a unique film, the film making
exceptional, Jalmari’s sense of timing, perfect. I’m tempted to say
it’s like the Coen brothers meets “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”,
but RARE EXPORTS is so original in it’s feel and approach that i’ll
refrain from such comparisons, and simply say — gas up your
snowmobiles, load your shotguns and smoke ’em if you got ’em — ’cause
we intend to uncage this sucker in theaters for the holidays.”

O-Scope is looking at December release for this x-mas fable. The film
has it’s U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin this coming

As always this information is confidential,

Bruce Farnsworth

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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