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I’ve never seen an embargo sign at a screening check-in desk before. And the funny part is, the film, Red, is, I think, ill-served by silencing writers. But it’s not my call.

Really great outdoor. Not there to convince new people to see the latest in the series, really. But an iconic image gone psycho. Perfect and beautiful.

I love that Veronica Hamel still looks so great! And to have her and Magnum and Johnny Drama in one show…

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    I will keep reading this site very often, as well.

    Jackass 1 and 2 were some of the best times I’ve had at the movies. I truly have never laughed harder for a more sustained amount of time. Time to see 3 and see how old I really am.

  3. Was at last night’s Red screening as well. Had I known about the longterm hold, I would have gone to Thursday’s more convenient (for me) Arclight showing instead. Agreed on the foolishness of hiding it. Warts and all, it delivers on what it promises in trailer (and the audience reacted in all the right ways in all the right spots).

  4. berg says:

    let him have it .. let the right one in … let me in … never let me go

  5. David Poland says:

    Pretty sure that Juarez Fernando Insua is spam. But it’s kinda funny spam, no?

  6. the cookie monster says:

    There are reviews of “Red” already on-line…

  7. I noticed that this morning… Oh well, pretty much everyone is saying the same thing about the movie, so it’s not like I missed out on a chance to influence the narrative or anything that melodramatic. Hey, Dave, if you went to last night’s Fair Game screening (if I go, I’ll wait for the more convenient Oct 19th screening), did Summit have the same ‘wait for opening day’ sign there too?

  8. chris says:

    Beg to differ on “Red.” After seeing it two months before release, I was trying to figure out why they were eager to get the word out.

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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.”
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“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.

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