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BYOB Tuesday – Welcome to December

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75 Responses to “BYOB Tuesday – Welcome to December”

  1. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    Anyone else read this about The Nutcracker 3D? $90 million ?! Sounds bananas.

  2. LexG says:


  3. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    The cast is pretty good. I had never even heard of it until I read the yahoo piece. I think it’s going to lose money.

  4. Hopscotch says:

    Welles didn’t like True Grit much. First negative reaction thus far (granted there are only five reactions thus far).

  5. Keil Shults says:

    Who is Welles and why should we care?

  6. hcat says:

    There was a tracking story in the Hollywood Reporter today and it seems like Disney might have backed the wrong horse this Christmas. Dawn Treader is tracking better than Tron. Now Tron is still looking at $35 million opening which is nothing to sneeze at (especially since December kids movies have stronger legs than their summer counterparts). But with Narnia traditionally stronger overseas and Walden splitting the costs Disney may have let this franchise slip away from them.

  7. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    I would expect Dawn Treader to perform better than Tron. Dawn Treader follows 2 popular (to varying degrees) entries in a series based on well-known and still popular books. Tron is a very different scenario. It’s got to be a much tougher sell to younger viewers and families.

  8. Krillian says:

    My 12-year’s excited for Dawn Treader. My 16-year-old’s excited for Tron. They’ll probably both be fine. But yeah, I expect a larger worldwide profit margin for Dawn Treader.

  9. IOv3 says:

    I do really like the Narnia films but TL should kill it here and abroad. Folks want a real 3D movie and TL should provide them with real 3D and not Narnia post-conversion 3D. Sure that might not make any sense to you folks but I did market research damn it :D!

  10. Chris says:

    Tron premiered in Japan yesterday. Anyone have any idea on the reaction?

    I think a lot of parents would rather bring their kids to Tron vs Narnia(especially dads) because there is some nostalgia there and it’s a movie they’d probably considering seeing without their kids.

    My guess is a 50M opening. How Do you Know looks terrible so I think guys will convince their girlfriends to see Tron.

    Tron is going really strong on Twitter:

  11. LexG says:

    You know who’s THE hottest chick on the scene sometimes is TAYLOR MOMSEN. MMMM!

    Since even before I moved to THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD, I was obsessed with THE SUNSET STRIP because I listened to GNR and hair metal and always thought I’d be rolling up and down the Strip at the Rainbow and Roxy and Whisky then head up to the Chateau Marmomnt with some cute blonde chick.

    I wish I could roll with MOMSEN POWER in her little heavy metal outfits and BIG SUNGLASSES and she could just LOUNGE around my pad like in the ESTRANGED video while I’m all drunk and watching projector reels and she’d keep the BIG SUNGLASSES on but since she’s technically 17 we couldn’t really do much of anything.

    YEP YEP I think of things like this all day, every day.

    Anybody know a blonde skinny 17 year old?

  12. LexG says:

    ALSO because you totally care: How come scrappy movie type dudes who WRITE SCREENPLAYS and want to be DIRECTORS and work in shitty postproduction jobs: How come by and large GUYS LIKE YOU never want to go to CLUBS?

    It’s always DIVE BARS. Fuck a BAR. CLUB POWER. I want to go to the fucking club like the one from BLACK SWAN or the one from BABEL with the flashing strobe lights and playing like DARUDE SANDSTORM and it’s CHICKS IN HEELS AND LITTLE DRESSES, not some fucking BLUE COLLAR urine-floored Burbank shithole.

    I totally hang with the wrong class of people. Usually I hang by myself. If MADD would just FUCK OFF and I could drive drunk, I could GO OUT once I’m nice and wasted.

    I have the worst life ever.

    Hey CHRISTIAN let’s go do some coke and try to fuck models in the bathroom stall like Nick Curran.

  13. York Durden says:

    Lex wrote: “Usually I hang by myself.”

    What a shocking revelation, this.

  14. sanj says:

    DP – why not get some teenager who knows movies to do comic-con dp/30’s … a dozen big studio movies and a dozen smaller indie movies.

    there are so many DP/30 that the mainstream media never shows ..the entertainment shows – ET / acesss hollwood / e! news and yet they spend hours on people in the tabloids. If you asked questions that were more stupid would they show the dp/30’s ?

  15. Keil Shults says:

    LexG is dumb.

  16. IOv3 says:

    Nah, he’s just a dude in need of a hug. A really big hug.

  17. LexG says:

    Good post, Kev.

  18. IOv3 says:

    I know, it’s tremendous.

  19. leahnz says:

    hey sanj, are you by any chance related to chester the hyper terrier? (i can’t help but picture this every time you fire off some weird new random enthusiastic query DP’s way)

  20. Joe Leydon says:

    Kevin: Is that your Harpo Marx imitation?

  21. sanj says:

    leahnz – just want to see the dp/30 get some credit…

  22. christian says:

    “Hey CHRISTIAN let’s go do some coke and try to fuck models in the bathroom stall like Nick Curran.”

    Aw, you get tired of that.

  23. leahnz says:

    i know, sanj, i’m feelin’ your love for the DP/30 in a big way

  24. leahnz says:

    also, NEVER start this unless you’ve got time on your side, the crack cocaine of quizzies. those fucking assholes

  25. LexG says:

    I am so alone and so desperate and so horny and I just wanted to be famous and have groupies and have sex with WHITE WOMEN WITH BLONDE HAIR… Fucking Los Angeles….

    SO DEPRESSED. No one here will CARE nor should they, but I am so alone and lonely and miserable and alone and alone and alone and miserable and pathetic and ugly and such a total failure, I can’t do anything right, my life is a waking nightmare, I just wanted to hang out on the STRIP and roll with groupies and BLONDES and CAUCASIAN WOMEN (which DO NOT EXIST IN LOS ANGELES)… I am a fucking workaday office drone who loves movies more than anyone in the world but my OCD is so bad I can’t do ANYTHING in life, just saddled with neuroses and I literally turn people down on cool offers because I have a disabling phobia of answering a phone, I can barely leave my apartment, can barely go in public, CANNOT TALK TO WOMEN…. I want to be a god but I have so many OCD tics and SO MUCH SOCIAL ANXIETY I can’t communicate with people and can’t do anything, and my ADHD is so bad I cannot FOLLOW THROUGH on ANYTHING, EVER….

    People have offered me some pretty cool opportunities just from my rants and writing, and I always GO OUT OF MY WAY to fuck them over or turn them down, because I get SO NERVOUS about TALKING TO PEOPLE, I literally shake and HIDE and turn off my phone if I think someone is going to call me. Is this what AGORAPHOBIA is? I can go to movies by myself, but I CANNOT CANNOT CANNOT talk to people…. Some chick tried talking to me at the LIQUOR STORE tonight and I was SO UNCOMFORTABLE I started shaking and shaking and nervous and uncomfortable, then I came home and got drunk and depressed and wanted to punch myself.

    I know this ISN’T THE VENUE, but does anyone know what this kind of OCD or neuroses is? It gets worse every day, just TERRIFIED OF PEOPLE and HUMAN CONTACT and so alone and LONELY and feelings of self destruction.

    I just can’t be CASUAL about anything.

  26. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    I am not a medical professional but it sounds like social anxiety disorder Lex. I don’t know too much about it, but I know there’s medication for it. I have close family members and friends who suffer from depression and medication (plus in some cases therapy) has really been an enormous help to them.

  27. LexG says:

    Fun fact: This past summer I threatened to commit suicide and then made a half-assed attempt, and some concerned types put me in therapy. It was the WORST THING EVER, and actually made me even more depressed. The QUACK they sent me to recommended some meds, but since I adhere to CRUISEAN thinking, I refused to have my MIND ALTERED and have myself turned into a ZOMBIE. I will NEVER take that shit. It is a CROCK OF SHIT and it NUMBS PEOPLE into complacency.

    But, yes, I literally HIDE when my phone rings. When people offer me help, I don’t answer the email or I blow them off or do ANYTHING to avoid social contact. Most days I seriously can’t stand to look at myself. I know most people here hate me, but I occasionally DO get a cool offer from people who like my shtick and wanna meet for a beer or offer me advice on where to find escorts… I blow it ALL off because the thought of HUMAN INTERACTION outside my comfort zone is TERRIFYING to me. Like shut-down, shaking, CONVULSIONS terrifying. I cannot meet new people. If a woman tries talking to ME, I CANNOT WAIT to get out of the conversation; Last time I went to a strip club, I was so uncomfortable I couldn’t wait to get the chick the hell off my lap so I could run home and drink by myself.

  28. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    I understand that position on meds and therapy Lex. I’m sure they aren’t effective or appropriate for everyone. I don’t know how you treat social anxiety disorder without professional guidance of some kind. Wish I could be more help.

  29. LexG says:

    The main type of therapy I need is to get the fuck out of BURBANK, literally the most depressing cow-fucker hellhole in California; Not exactly living the HOLLYWOOD DREAM by living in 78% Filipino and 22% scabby white trash horse fuckers Burbank/NoHo.

    Hey, anyone know if they have APARTMENTS in Brentwood or Beverly Hills or Century City? SO SICK of living in the low-class part of L.A.

  30. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    Sounds like a relocation would be a wise idea. Probably make a big difference.

  31. IOv3 says:

    Yeah Lex, you’ve got to get the fuck out of Burbank. Go somewhere with white women. I have no idea how white women do not make you nervous but apparently they don’t, so move! You have skills that can be used in all 50 states in the union. Use them, find a nice white lady who will be your human equivalent, and have a nice relaxing life.

  32. sanj says:

    Lucy Liu from Kill Bill movie is now doing lifetime tv movie called Marry Me

  33. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    And Chad Michael Murray from House of Wax movie is now doing ABC Family TV movie called Christmas Cupid. People have to eat.

  34. Don R. Lewis says:

    It’s these lonely, drunken rants that cause alot of your anxiety, Lex. Even though you feel good writing them and reaching out and venting, I guarantee you that the next day you wake up with a crippling case of “what the fuuuuuck did I write last night?!?!” and it sets you into a tail-spin. If you went out alot and got as drunk as you did at home, you’d wake up with the same feelings only luckily, you’d never see the people you embarrassed yourself to again. Trust me, I speak from experience on both ends.

    I’ve offered you opportunities, DP has, Murphy has….get out of your own head dude. Quit being such a little bitch and do the work and stuff will happen for you.

  35. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    And let us not forget that some of us would love to receive some of the offers you’ve been presented with Lex. I think Don’s advice is wise.

  36. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    The sorcerer waves his chubby little fingers and all the puppets dance.

  37. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    Yeah so what?

  38. christian says:

    Lex, said it before, say it final time: if you think getting treatment that will likely make a substantial positive difference in your life and outlook is more of a burden than suicidal sociopathic rants while you avoid doing the things that brought you to LA, then deal. And the folks that cheer on your worst behavior ain’t your pals.

  39. storymark says:

    “I will NEVER take that shit.”

    Sounds like your plan is working like gangbusters, so far….

  40. LexG says:

    “…I’ve offered you opportunities…”

    I LOVE when Don “Bum Fights Give Me Some Money” Lewis claims he’s “offered me opportunities.” I’ll have to dig out those emails.

    Does he mean when he’s OFFERED me to loan him money for his movies no one cares about? Or when he OFFERED me to hang out with him, who I do not know at all and I DO NOT meet new people, and when I had better things to do he called me a “faggot” repeatedly for not going to Hooters (!) with him.

    Oh, no, no… He means when he OFFERED to do a DOCUMENTARY of me. Yeah, that’d really fill the seats, DRL. And you totally know that idea was born of him thinking he’d hit some low-rent CINEMANIA type pay dirty where he’d let it get all quiet and do a push-in on me being some retarded weirdo. Seriously, Don, fuck off. No one cares about your movies or your DIRECTING. Go pick another fight with McWeeny and get a REAL JOB to provide for your kids. It’s over.

    And JBD is usually funny and sometimes on team Lex, so it’s always a weird gut-punch when he gets in some dig. Whatever… You’d think since he’s recently been hinting at his easily-findable real-life identity as a producer– one who looks like BOB SAGET?– he’d cool it on the old insult material, since he always used to be terrified of anyone finding out who he is.

  41. Joe Leydon says:

    What’s this? David hasn’t yet posted his customary snark sandwich about the National Board of Review winners? I’m shocked.

  42. IOv3 says:

    David is apparently busy doing other things. Seriously, he’s dropped the ball this award season. I am thoroughly disappointed in him.

  43. LexG says:

    Dropped the ball????? He’s done like 5000 interviews with AWESOME PEOPLE, which to me is a lot cooler than EVERYBODY ELSE’S 100000 posts a day about the horse race: “Wait is it SOCIAL NETWORK or BLACK SWAN? It’s SOCIAL NETWORK right? Oh, no, WAIT, THE FIGHTER is good? So you’re telling me it’s THE FIGHTER? What if it’s KING’S SPEECH? Is it KING’S SPEECH? No, it’s SOCIAL NETWORK. What about TRUE GRIT? Here’s another 100,000 words on BLACK SWAN…”

    Seriously, WHO GIVES A FUCK? So tiresome, so sick of hearing about ALL THESE goddamn movies… I read Wells, Tapley, Stone, etc… and at some point it’s like, hey, guys, how about just talking about WARRIOR’S WAY or FOCKERS or fucking ANYTHING but these same eight or none movies that have been covered from every angle?

    And, really, the Oscars are seriously the LAMEST thing of all time anyway. THE FASHIONS! “WHO ARE YOU WEEEEARING?” THAT’S what everyone spends six months jacking to?

    Fuck it, bring on the JANUARY MOVIES.

  44. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    He also has a very young child at home. And he’s done a ton of DP/30’s, which are awesome.

  45. LexG says:

    Also SOCIAL NETWORK is the most generic, boring movie ever to win anything. Wow, a PG-13 pussy-free movie about getting pussy. With DUBBED F-words and a BOAT RACE that looks like BAD TARSEM.

    Fincher’s DULLEST MOVIE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVER. The OH FATHER video or the JANIE’S GOT A GUN video are better movies any day of the week than THE BORING NETWORK.

  46. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Lex. I am on your team. You know my stance about your infuriating suicide blatherings. That was no gut punch sir, if I was meaning to get a dig in, I would have Houdini’d you. It was actually directed at some of those who continually feed your annoying habits.

    Is Saget really that hideous?

    When’s your next youtube anyway. May I suggest a year in review piece?

  47. leahnz says:

    but hasn’t it been well established that JBD is NOT a man but has been pretending to be a man so she can be ‘accepted’ by the boys club and yet she continues the charade of posing as a man because she’s…mental?

    edited to add because i spaced it before: my distinct impression from previous threads was that JBD is a film distributor of some sort; whilst in the midst of her bizarre charade of pretending to be a man and quite the weenie-wipe at that, she trotted out going to see the manager of the paramount cinema here in a hilariously misguided attempt at one-upsmanship, which would appear to support the distributor-esque theory

  48. berg says:

    and a BOAT RACE that looks like BAD TARSEM ….

    actually Tarsem shot second unit on Benjamin Button …. the forced perspective during the boat race in SN was awesome

  49. LexG says:

    JANIE’S GOT A GUN is a better Fincher movie than Social Network. Seriously, pull up the Aerosmith video if it’s been a while. That thing feels EVIL. It’s beautiful and terrifying and creepy and disturbing.

    Social Network is like Pakula in ROLLOVER mode, directing a junior-league cast of cheeseballs in a PG-13 movie where the stakes seem a lot lower than EVERY BLOGGER IN THE WORLD seems to feel. Probably because Social Network is ABOUT David Poland, about film critics, about bloggers. To everyone else, it’s just about a bunch of dorky kids who bang middling Asian girls.

  50. Samuel Deter says:

    HOW ON EARTH !!! can someone look at that race sequence in The Social Network and like it is beyond me.

    Fincher turned what must’ve been an eighth of a page in the script into a two minute advert with over-the-top music and visuals that break away from everything else on the film.

    I have not seen a more unnecessary, and just plain bad, sequence all year.

    Why did he do it? Did he feel the need to spice things up? Why didn’t he spice up all the legal procedures? The most exciting thing that happens in them is that Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield dramatically turn to the windows.

    Fincher is probably going to win best director and I hate it because with No Country, Slumdog and Hurt locker they academy had kinda redeemed themselves for the awfulness that was the rest of the decade.

    Oh, well.

  51. Samuel Deter says:

    I guess Sorkin’s one-note screenplay is going to win too.

  52. leahnz says:

    unless the members of the writers’ branch prefer the coen’s adaptation of portis’ rather beloved american novel, which sounds well executed

    oh no, crap, i forgot the entire academy gets to vote for the winners nominated by the branches, my bad. so make that, “unless the members of the academy prefer the coen’s adaptation of portis’ rather beloved american novel…”

  53. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    The only person masquerading as a woman on THB is you Leah and from what we’ve seen, you do one lousy job of it. I love how you don’t even know what sex I am but still feel compelled to offer some blind & cretinous analysing of my psyche. Now hurry and go feast off the fiscal carbuncles of Jackson & co, I’m sure they’re very happy with all the work you do at THB on their dime.

  54. christian says:

    “The only person masquerading as a woman on THB is you Leah and from what we’ve seen, you do one lousy job of it. ”

    Nah, leah is hawt and smart.

  55. IOv3 says:

    Giving Boyle anything besides an egg macmuffin is rather horrible as is his Oscar. How dare you not give dap to the AUTEUR OF OUR TIMES… CHRISTOPHER NOLAN! SHAME ON YOU SIR OR MADAM! SHAME!

    Again, Nolan should win Best director. I am not sure if he will but he should because Inception is a stunning achievement, and he should at least get one reward from it.

    Finally, Lex, I just love Poland slamming critic awards and the NBR awards. His out and out cattiness towards these list, on occasion, really trip me the fuck out.

  56. leahnz says:

    well thanx C, back atcha

    aw JBD, you are totally a woman, it all makes sense now. i always felt there was something off with you and now it’s clear as crystal (the other day when io called you out on being a she and you ‘took the 5th’ was a dead giveaway btw). and may i say you’re quite the embarrassment to your gender, you little lapdog. why are you pretending to be a man? i’ve never psychoanalysed you, silly, i simply speculated about why a woman would feel it necessary to go to such lengths to pose as a bloke here, and the answer is simple: you’re a HUGE cowardly jackass with issues. the fact that you’re female is beside the point.

    (now off you go, wannabe, and distribute your films and leave the movie-making to us real women, i’ll say hello for you)

  57. mutinyco says:

    Lex, you should Netflix “I Think We’re Alone Now.” Believe me, your troubles aren’t that bad.

  58. The No-Longer-Silent Majority says:

    I’d rather read multiple articles about The Social Network (great movie) than endless slabs of psychobabble from a slovenly troll who thinks subscribing to People magazine makes him somebody special. If you’re eager to relocate, I’d suggest heading to the shower first. It’s that tiled cubicle in your office, where you squat on your throne and plan world domination as you turn Hustler pages with your toe and write love letters to Elle Fanning on scraps of toilet paper with your free hand. Your train-wreck schtick, fabricated or not, was fascinating for literally two minutes. Sober up, forget about Hollywood, and concentrate on improving your hygiene and getting your GED. This is the first day of the rest of your life. Wipe the sleep and tears from your eyes and throw your computer out the window.

  59. Don R. Lewis says:

    Lex is like the black swan of the internet, his lack of pussy has turned him into one. I look forward to another crying email where you demand I cease and desist saying stuff about you. Or another where you do a ramble job on how you’re scared of certain people on the hot blog. Grow a pair….do something with your life other than whine and cry all day.

  60. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Make movies? LOL. You’re one of hundreds of proles in Wellywood. You make movies like a caterer makes movies. Your oft revealed arrogance on here about your position in the film world, echoes many of the Jim Jones followers on large productions. It’s been amusing yanking your crank but unlike you (nzdating and waiting to suck on the PJ teat) I’m actually busy with work most days, so I won’t always be available to play out these boring to all others blog skirmishes. Your only visible strength appears to be you are always compelled to have the last word in blog arguments. So I’ll leave the gate open for you ..

  61. Samuel Deter says:

    haha this blog is like a dysfunctional family.

  62. leahnz says:

    oooh, the lady-man left an open gate! that’ll do, pig

    (hey lady-man, we’re in pre-production silly billy, what is it you think i’m waiting for? i have zero arrogance about my ‘position’ in the film world because unlike you i actually know what it’s like to work in the film world for the better part of 2 decades now, where most aspects are a massive collaboration of [in my case] artists working together to create something, reach one goal, then it’s on to the next creation, an ongoing and often very tiring process. what is it you do again now? i think you know next to diddly-squat what it’s like to work in the film world and that annoys the grumpy ol’ lady-man no end!)

    what is nzdating?

  63. Joe Leydon says:

    IO: Drop what you’re doing and go see “The Warrior’s Way.” It’s a genuine hoot.

  64. Joe Leydon says:

    Leah: BTW, “Warrior’s Way” was shot in New Zealand.

  65. leahnz says:

    yes! it was shot ages ago, i was wondering if it was ever going to see the light of day, i guess so. the auckland studios are giving us a run for our money, doing very well for themselves, lots of asian productions coming thru. did you like the music? a very close friend of mine as part of ‘plan 9’ did quite a bit of music for it.

    christ i just got sunburnt after being outside for like 10 minutes, our sun is ridiculous and summer’s only begun

    also, i didn’t really have time to flesh out the thought earlier but i find it fascinating that JBD thinks the contribution artists who collaborate to make films is comparable to caterers, i hope not everybody thinks this way, it’s depressing (unless JBD mistakenly thinks she knows who i am and what i do with an internet search or something, which is very possible with the cryptic nzdating reference that i have no idea what it means. clearly she has no idea)

  66. sanj says:

    Pirates of the Caribbean’ 5 & 6 is coming …looks like
    Johnny Depp is cashing in big time . Since Shia Lebeouf isn’t doing a new Indiana Jones movie – he can be in Pirates 7 and cash in .

    also – i can’t figure out the plot of Pirates 3 .

  67. IOv3 says:

    Pirates 3 is pretty much about the lengths to which people do things for and against LOVE. It’s very muddled and hidden in a bunch of nonsense but it’s there, and every major character ends up doing what they do out of loving someone or something.

  68. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Man, I have to spend four days sitting on planes and I miss all the fun.

    Also, Pirates 3 has no plot. It just has people doing shit because.

  69. sanj says:

    I predict somebody will make a documentary or film on Julian Assange that dude behind wikileaks – and if its
    done right it will win some sort of movie award

  70. IOv3 says:

    FS, seeing as your probably didn’t see the film, it does have a plot, and I am throwing that plot on your head. ON… YOUR… HEAD!

  71. christian says:

    “this blog is like a dysfunctional family.”

    More like the entire web.

  72. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Aw… I knew I could rely on IO for ad hominem attacks. I don’t feel quite so left out now. 😉

  73. sanj says:

    since sales of dvds are down – shouldn’t every movie at the oscars show the dvd cover on the screen for every movie instead of the generic movie title they always use ?

    they have 1 shot at a global audience so they should make some money by doing deals to put an amazon or walmart logo with the dvd cover

    they could easily show 50-100 dvd covers on screen which should boost sales quite a bit

    or each oscar winner can show the dvd of their movie while giving the speech – those speeches get shown a lot on tv and sales would be up the entire week

  74. hcat says:

    and instead of tuxedos they could wear Nascar like jackets with logos of the upcoming summer films.

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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.

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