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  1. Krillian says:

    James Franco is not the first host/nominee, if any are wondering. Michael Caine, Walter Matthau and David Niven have done it.

    Will The King’s Speech be hurt by the swelling stories about how Bertie was actually initially for Germany appeasement in the 1930’s? Or is that similar to asking if Social Network would be hurt because Zuckerburg isn’t THAT big of a jerk, or The Fighter being hurt by the fact that Micky’s hand was not broken by a cop’s nightstick?

  2. sanj says:

    in 1 day DP posts another 4 DP/30’s …

    lots of new actors … favorites are Elizabeth Olsen and Juno Temple …

    Silver Tongues DP/30 …the story at the end is
    very funny

    Devil’s Double – pretty good for 15 minutes

    POM Wonderful presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold – another great DP/30

    Buck DP/30 – guy in cowboy hat scares me

    Homework DP/30 – needs teen reporter

  3. IOv3 says:

    Krill, a lot of people were for German appeasement, but it’s the follow-through that matters in this case. He’s the one who stayed while his brother literally did go to Germany! So, yeah, it doesn’t really matter. I just wished… WE LIVED IN A WORLD… where we could have a sequel to The Fighter because what happened with Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward should be a movie all unto itself.

    ETA: Sanj, I love that you treat those DP/30s as if they were apart of channel awesome or something,.

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

    IO have you watched Lights Out?

  5. IOv3 says:

    Yes I have and it’s tremendous. Any show that uses Bill Irwin as a gangster, is an instant classic in my book. Yes, I keep a book. No, I really don’t but it would be cool if I did.

    Oh yeah, the Sucker Punch banners have FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WATCHMEN AND 300! Apparently the WB is trying to sell the movie to me and the other 15 people who love Watchmen! I might be one of the few who actually love the Watchmen and also own a hoodie. It only cost 10 bucks at Hot Topic… DON’T JUDGE ME :P!

  6. a_loco says:

    OK guys, so I’m going to New York for the first time ever in a couple weeks. I’m planning on going to at least one MoMA screening.

    Are there any other movie-related places that I absolutely have to visit while I’m there?

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

    Yeah it’s a very good show. Really enjoying it so far.

  8. Don R. Lewis says:

    Headed home from Sundance today, GREAT FESTIVAL this year. Solid schedule, lots of buys, tons of heated debate. Best Sundance in like, 15 years I think.

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

    Reading about it from afar (sadly), it does seem like there’s a lot of quality product at Sundance this year. What were your faves Don?

  10. Don R. Lewis says:

    No way dude, a TON of great stuff. My faves in order are:

    THE WOMAN (You’ll love THE WOMAN, Paul)

    I didn’t much care for THE TROLL HUNTER and I MELT WITH YOU in reallllly weird/bad. Shame too as I love Pellington.

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

    Thanks Don. I’ve heard of all those save for CATACHISM CATACLYSM. The Woman sounds very good, and as a huge Tom McCarthy fan I’m psyched for Win Win. Glad to hear that’s lots of good Sundance flicks to look forward to.

  12. cadavra says:

    A_Loco: Get a ticket to see DRIVING MISS DAISY. James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines together onstage is the stuff of legend.

    With regard to the host/nominee thing: I remember once in the late 60s the Emmys were hosted by Dick Cavett and Bill Cosby, both of whom were also nominees. In his opening monologue, Cavett said, “I’m sure I speak for Bill when I say that if I don’t win tonight, somebody else can finish this show.” And as the evening wore on, Cosby would go, “0 for 3,” “0 for 4,” etc. The audience ate it up.

  13. sanj says:

    very cool cgi … movie called Robot from India

    10 minute clip

  14. yancyskancy says:

    Paul MD, there’s a DP/30 with Catechism Cataclysm stars Steve Little and Robert Longstreet a few threads back here on the Hot Blog.

  15. Gus says:

    For new York – head to IFC, film forum, or cinema village for the indie and art fare. Anthology film archives for the avant garde, Walter reade for foreign. Great IMAX at Lincoln center too. Good call on moma too.

  16. Popcorn slayer says:

    good suggestions for a_loco, all I have to add is DO NOT GO to the Anjelika theatre unless you’re hankering to hear the subways rumbling throughout the movie.

  17. Un-RetiredLexG says:

    Someone remade BLUE CRUSH with AnnaSophia Robb?



    Still in L.A., some DIVINE INTERVENTION kept PA off the plan for the near future.


    eta: Never mind, she only has one arm in the movie, and Helen Hunt’s in it. Total buzzkill.

    How *come* no one here is STOKED for THE ROOMMATE?

    Minka, Meester and Michalka? THE movie of 2011.


  18. yancyskancy says:

    I gotta admit Meester totally does it for me. I almost attacked THE ROOMMATE standee at the theater Tuesday night.

    Would love to hear about that divine intervention, Lex (and maybe a line on how to get some of it).

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

    How are you Lex? Glad you’re back. Not the same here without you. Hope all is well in Pennsylvania.

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

    Thank you yancy. Just noticed that post now.

  21. sanj says:

    box office numbers for Endhiran / The Robot

    looks like a cool cgi movie – have any of the gurus of gold seen it ? why couldn’t they spend some money and bring it to Comic Con ? the movie is like 3 hours long and has subtitles so that doesn’t help … plus it has
    bollywood dance numbers..

    the trailer for Robot – not in english

  22. Don R. Lewis says:

    2 weeks ON THE NOSE after Lex announced he was leaving, and he’s back…just as I predicted.

    Welcome back dude.

  23. Krillian says:

    Other than the cast, what’s the difference between The Roommate and Single White Female?

    Any wide releases in the next month that might be good? Sanctum has promise, but after catching up on all these Oscar movies, 2011 looks like a road of junk.

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

    “Other than the cast, what’s the difference between The Roommate and Single White Female?”

    The rating.

  25. yancyskancy says:

    Krillian: Glenn Kenny just gave a positive review to THE MECHANIC, which must be awesome because it’s got Jason Statham.

  26. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Lex (G)ilbert in the house! Welcome back. And there I thought you were going to slyly come back as a legit film writer, testing the waters on Mendelson’s blog in Dec.

  27. leahnz says:


  28. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    I bet you blow your kids candles out too Leah.

  29. IOv3 says:

    If I can get more films like I AM LOVE, that would be swell.

  30. Al says:

    Lex is back!


  31. sanj says:

    February 2011 is great for horror fans DVD’s are coming out .. – Let Me In – I Spit on Your Grave – Hatchett 2 – Monsters – Paranormal 2 – My Soul to Take

    none of these will get oscars – cause u know… the gurus of gold only want adult dramas to win these things ..
    but it would be great to see the actors present some of
    the awards …let Jigsaw – the puppet dude with the smiley face present an award .

  32. yancyskancy says:

    sanj: Right on. Jigsaw should present Best Editing.

  33. There really is next-to-nothing to see over the next two months, give or take Drive Angry. I remember a similar situation in Spring 2002, which was so bereft of genre fare that I was genuinely waiting with bated breath for The Time Machine at the beginning of March. Things got better pretty quickly (Ice Age, Changing Lanes, Blade II, Panic Room, etc), but those first two months were pretty painful, even as someone who enjoyed Collateral Damage. I have to wonder if I Am Number Four, which otherwise would resemble a CW pilot (which may or may not be named Roswell) is going to explode simply due to there being nothing else to see. If so, to paraphrase The American President, it will be a clear case of moviegoers so desperate for water that they’ll drink the sand. In a related note, I’m genuinely psyched to see The Mechanic tomorrow. Although (SPOILER REVEALED IN TRAILERS)… I miss the days when Donald Sutherland would avtually survive past the first reel.(SPOILER END).

  34. sanj says:

    hey Scott – the gurus of gold critics have a super secret password that allows them to change movie dates i’m sure DP can change the date to Drive Angry to next week but he’s waiting for something really good.
    its good to be a part of a secret society of film critics that can change hollywood whenever they want .
    thats the reason why all oscar nomindated films end up in the last 4 months of the year ….

  35. Krillian says:

    I’ve enjoyed Glenn Kenny for years, one of the reasons I kept my subscription to Premiere up to the bitter end, but after he thumbed up Little Fockers…

    (BTW, rarely felt more screwed than when Premiere went down and instead refunding my money, they sent me 4 issues of US Weekly instead. Horrible, horrible magazine.)

    Actually, Mechanic looks kinda fun. I’m just wary of Jason Statham. Sure he gave us Bank Job, but this looks more like the Crank films. Wow, Snatch was ten years ago.

    Man, whatever happened to Guy Ritchie? Oh yeah. Sherlock Holmes. Hope the second one’s better. Mad Men’s Jared Harris is Moriarty.

    Saw an article recently where AMC still hasn’t officially renewed Mad Men for season 5. I wonder why the hold-up.

  36. yancyskancy says:

    Krillian: Bite your tongue. Statham is always awesome, regardless of the film (though I have yet to see CRANK 2 or that Uwe Boll thing). He is flat-out great in CRANK. I propose that any role Emma Stone is not right for be filled by Jason Statham. We don’t need any other actors.

  37. IOv3 says:

    Scott, I AM NUMBER FOUR looks like a fun movie and it has Timothy Olyphant playing a dad. That just cracks me up.

    Kril, watch yourself around that Sherlock Holmes movie. Just watch it. [points to eyes then to the screen]

  38. Don R. Lewis says:

    Gotta say, as tired as I’ve been on Lex’s schtick, his comments on Kevin Smith and the RED STATE/Sundance stuff over at H-Wood Elsewhere feel like they were pulled from my own head. Spot-fucking-on and 100000% correct.

    Welcome back for sure.

  39. IOv3 says:

    Really Don? Really/

  40. Don R. Lewis says:


    If you’re so angry at Kevin Smith and what he’s doing with RED STATE that you’re like Miley Cyrus on salvia about it….you have serious, serious issues. Ego wise, self confidence wise, self importance wise, your place in life wise. If you haven’t seen the movie and you’re wigging out, multiply that by 4.

    Also- DADDY LONGLEGS, one of my favorite movies of the year is on Sundance right now and repeats at like, 4 am. DVR that shit….terrific movie!

  41. IOv3 says:

    Don, just the way he did it pissed me off. It was just tacky and he should be above being that god damn tacky at this point.

  42. Don R. Lewis says:

    Yeah, since you were there, I can see that. Or since he made his little $4 million movie the biggest, most talked about movie at Sundance in 10+ years could be irritating. Or if you read how he raped this bloggers in the ass by creating a Comic-Con like environment at Sundance. Yeah, that would anger me.

    IO- detach from the hysteria and ask what’s really going on.

    This is what Kevin Smith DOES. Like it or hate it, dude is a self-promo MACHINE. Tell me David wouldn’t fall over backwards for a DP/30 featuring Kevin Smith?! If these other journos did their fucking homework, they might be less butthurt. No one should be surprised or annoyed yet no one said early on, “oh, that’s just the usual KS controversy to sell his film.” Here, I googled this article to clear it up:

    That being said, the dude stepped ahead of the crowd and is putting his movie out there himself. No set visits. No press screenings (until tomorrow or now/Friday when selected press sees it which is likely going to be softballing, fluffy BS). He NEVER SAID he was auctioning off the rights, he said he was going to “pick a distributer in the room, auction style.”

    Granted, he could have been clearer when people read that as “THERE’S GONNA BE A RIGHTS UCTION!!!” But, I guarantee he met with people beforehand and talked P@A and none of it made sense. People read into that “pick a distributer” thing and looked askance yet STILL bent over backwards to get to that screening. If what he did sucks/is lame/ doesn’t matter…IGNORE HIM!! Don’t go. No one at those screenings got a bowl of Wheaties that Kevin shit on personally.

    Many writers are doing the usual “get behind the orphans” BS and saying he’s fucking his fan base by charging them extra to see the movie. OK, here’s my top 2 comments on that;

    1. Are the FANS bitching or are the bloggers? Dude has his die-hard fans who make him get $2-$4mill every film. He has 2 podcasts in the top 5 iTunes podcasts…why would he NOT appeal direct? Why does that bother some?? Don’t go! Don’t pay it! Still gonna sell out first run. Just like Lex said elsewhere, it’s a full-on Plainview move.

    His diehard fans love him. Diehard Joss Whedon fans will see whatever Joss does no matter if it’s within a studio system that has constantly punches him in the balls. Why call out the “Smodcult?” Why are these people wrong to love, idolize and admire a guy who makes shit they dig?

    Furthermore, RED STATE comes out in October for EVERYONE. Don’t wanna pay $50+, cool. Don’t.

    2. It’s a typical KS speaking engagement with a movie tacked on. My most favorite part of covering fests is seeing a movie and then hearing a Q&A with the filmmakers. Sundance easily just cost me $500. Is $50 exorbitant then?? Further, bloggers are saying he already presold those dates and wasn’t saying they were RED STATE dates. This makes him “a liar” for saying what he did was unfair and shady. Not only is that blind speculation, it DOESN’T MATTER! How does that affect the movie being shown?? Don’t like Smith? DON’T. FUCKING. GO. Ignore it in October. But, it doesn’t matter because dudes already won.

    The only thing he’s doing that bugs me affects me personally because due to petulant blogger babies, I couldn’t see the movie at Sundance. Tix go on sale tomorrow for the RED STATE road show. I don’t know how much they are but all these parroting jackasses are saying $80. I bet it’s not. I also bet none of them recant their statements about the price.

    This whole thing has shone a light on the film writer community and the results are ugly.

  43. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Kevin Smith’s somewhat right that “tightening your belt” is the indie way… but…

    (a) “Getting people to do shit for free” is not a new business model. If I could get a Superbowl ad for free, I could make pretty much any venture successful – ditto for if I could get numerous internationally recognizable names to do a tour with me for free. That’s not Indie 2.0, that’s The Simple Life – people with money to burn pretending to slum it up for a couple of weeks.

    (b) You know all that P&A money that you think the studios were crazy to spend? THAT’S what allows you to have a moderately successful SModcast business. Every dollar that the studios spent saying “This is a new Kevin Smith Movie, go see it!” was a dollar spent saying “Kevin Smith is a guy you should do business with”. You think you could charge $35+ for “An Evening With Kevin Smith” if Clerks had grossed $50k with $0 for P&A and turned a profit? You’ve been reaping the benefit of studio P&A for years, and NOW you decide it’s a bad thing? Fuck off.

  44. Foamy Squirrel says:

    I’ll append with reference to Don’s post – I have no problem with Kevin Smith deciding to tour his movie and try something different. I have no problem with him deciding not to subject himself to the song-and-dance of auctioning.

    I do have a problem with him saying that this is a new business model that aspiring filmmakers could (and should, if his Wayne Gretzky story is any indication) follow. I do have a problem with him giving the impression that the success of his ancillary businesses had nothing to do with the millions of dollars the studios invested in him.

    Making a spectacle to drum up interest in a tour is fine. Deliberately or naively claiming that this is a template for others to follow is not fine. I wish him all the best, and look forward to not hearing a single word of the dozens of no-name filmmakers who disappear without a peep trying to follow his footsteps.

  45. Krillian says:

    Uwe Boll’s In the Name of the King is the perfect double feature with Dungeons & Dragons to gather with your friends and have an MST3K yell at the screen the whole time fest.

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

    Wow Don. You really like Kevin Smith.

  47. Don R. Lewis says:

    Just want to add now that I’ve calmed down, tix are on sale and are tiered in price from around $45-$125. So I guess the $80 price tag being touted as the one is sort-of right, but not really.

    And Krillian- why does it bother you if Smith thinks it’s a new business model when it’s not? That’s like saying someones point is invalid because they misspelled something in a blog post. If I gdet a 2001 honda it’s new to me. This model is new to him. I also do see your point about him kiiiiinda biting the hand that feeds him in terms of turning away from the system that built him up. But look, for instance, at Wilco who just formed their own label. Sure, major label success coupled with critical success put them where they are, but I think ANY and EVERY artist should control how they get their shit out there if they can.

    I also normally would write an article on Film Threat about this sort of thing but Mark, our owner, plays in Kevin Smith’s hockey league so we don’t cover KS stuff over there as it’s a conflict of interest.

  48. christian says:

    What “spectacle”? I watched his presentation. Some spectacle. And as I’ll point out again, IT’S A FILM FESTIVAL. Hopefully the photographers and journalists had something to do while Smith distracted everybody.

  49. Krillian says:

    I… believe you meant that for Foamy, Don.

    Based on what I’ve heard, I’ll wait for Red State on DVD.

  50. JKill says:

    Apparently, Tom McLaughlin released BILLY JACK in a similar self release style in the 70s.

    I think it will probably work fine for Smith, but I don’t see how it applies to new filmmakers, even with his endorsement and muscle behind them.

  51. sanj says:

    watched Dogtooth – my review – what the hell was that ?

    how can this possibly be up for an oscar ?

    here’s the trailer

  52. Ray Pride says:

    Not every film is for every person. DOGTOOTH is amazing.

  53. anghus says:

    i have no problem with smith’s release strategy, but let’s be real.

    1. this is not new, nor revolutionary
    2. you can’t claim that your movie makes “X” amount of dollars if you’re doing your shtick on stage. the q&a is what people will be paying 50 bucks for. yes, they want to see the movie, but would anyone go to Red State and pay fifty bucks if Smith wasn’t there to talk about the movie and spend an uncomfortable hour talking about how messed up the industry is.

  54. IOv3 says:

    Sanj, the people who made dogtooth loved the Village. Seriously, that’s the best I can give you.

  55. sanj says:

    some bad stuff is happening over in Egypt..riots and stuff – so when is the documentary coming out ?

  56. yancyskancy says:

    sanj: More importantly, when is the DP/30 with Hosni Mubarak?

  57. JKill says:

    DOGTOOTH is honestly an incredible movie. I just got done watching it (it’s on Netflix Instant), and it’s really an experience. I’m still digesting it, but it’s stunning and perplexing and sad and funny and original. Wow.

  58. FakeLex says:

    Sanj is funnier when it’s just the one guy who loves the DP-30s and thinks Poland runs Hollywood…. pretty sure someone’s having a laugh posting as a fake Sanj in about 40% of the “sanj” posts lately. Though who knows… real Sanj never acknowledges the (obvious but amusing) fake posts all over the board.

  59. IOv3 says:

    Fakes? Fakes?

  60. FakeIOIOIOI says:


  61. IOv3 says:

    [jumps back] SHIT!

  62. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Don – it bothers me because I deeply care about the business side of the industry. There’s a lot of really stupid shit that’s done because of a combination of egos, politics, and “that’s how you do it” mentality which makes the industry far more risky and far less open to genuinely creative endeavours than it should be. And that’s a damn shame for some really talented filmmakers who will never make it because some asshole goes all Spartacus-“THIS is indie 2.0 (and so is my wife)” when it’s bullshit.

    It wastes time, effort, and resources that could be used for genuine indie innovators like Gareth Edwards, The Blender Foundation, Project London and The Guild. Those people are “going where the hockey puck will be”, not Kevin Smith.

  63. scooterzz says:

    i want with all my cold little heart to believe that sanj is a new lexg incarnation…

  64. Foamy Squirrel says:


  65. Samuel Deter says:

    I know no one here knows me but I have been reading this blog since 2002 and to see how relationships, friendships and enemies have developed is nothing short of fascinating.

    I just wanted to say that.

    Eveyone, keep up the good work.

    Also, the DP 30’s are the work of a lifetime. David is hitting the jackpot with them.

    This has become one of the best industry blogs out there. If only because of how personal it feels.

  66. sanj says:

    real Sanj vs fake Sanj ..well its all me.

    Dogtooth – i’d want to see reactions from hollywood actors on this movie – do they think it’s brilliant ?
    overall i got bored of this world after 30 minutes .. DP did you like this movie ? where’s the DP/30 ?

    here’s a review

  67. IOv3 says:

    Sam, you showed up to the blog three years before it opened? Wow, that’s impressive.

  68. Foamy Squirrel says:

    That’s nothing, I was here in 1491 before Columbus even discovered a new route to Cathay.

  69. sanj says:

    okay i watched all the sundance dp/30’s i get a prize ?
    like free movie passes ..

  70. Martin S says:

    answer by deduction.

    Sanj = Chucky In Jersey’s alter-ego.

  71. sanj says:

    idea for DP ..

    give out a prize for watching DP/30’s .. give out a question that you’ll only know if you watch a DP/30..

    you got 72 hours to reply and DP picks out a winner and mails something to the winner … movie studios must give DP a lot of stuff that DP really doesn’t need ..

    my guess is only 100 people or less will enter so the chanced are 1 in 100

  72. Jackie says:

    Sanj = funniest/weirdest commenter ever

  73. Joe Leydon says:

    “Sam, you showed up to the blog three years before it opened? Wow, that’s impressive.”

    Actually, IO, that was back in the day when David faxed the blog. As I recall, he got slightly more postings per day than he does now.

  74. christian says:

    Don Lewis FTW. The odd thing is that until this, I fairly never listened to a smodcast nor watched his stand-up stuff.Now I have, and I’m digging on it — the Michael Parks interview is a piece of work. TOO FAT FOR 40 was great and his story about directing Bruce Willis is the kind of honest insight into the machinery that one rarely sees, and explains much about his recent decisions. It’s amazing (but not unusual given the emotionally stunted blogosphere) that almost every journalist or blogger thinks that Smith was dissing all of them. How? In other words, why so angry? I’ve yet to hear a well-thought response.

  75. sanj says:

    some actors need to cash in in being typecast as a good guy / bad guy / crazy guy

    Jason Statham is always the action guy
    Denzel Washington is always the screaming guy
    Drew Barrymore is always the happy girl
    Kirsten Stewart is always the sad girl
    Ellen Page is always the smart girl
    Anthony Hopkins is always the old guy

    here’s an idea have Denzel Washington and Jason Statham yell at Kirsten Stewart while she cries for like 1 hour and a half …. that’s an oscar winner .

  76. leahnz says:

    re: smith, just as well PT barnum wasn’t around to do his thing in the days of the internet blogger. imagine the indignant cyber-farting in his general direction

    (and maybe it’s the bit of a hangover talking but sanj, your dingleberry barrage is getting a bit tiresome)

  77. Don R. Lewis says:

    His Hollywood-Babble-on podcasts are really funny, Ralph Garman is great. I also like Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. His actual SMODcast bores me. It’s Smith helllllllla stoned talking about jacking off way too much.

  78. zemblan says:


    you are relentlessly callous and arrogant in almost all of your responses.


  79. leahnz says:

    hey dipshit zemblan (or whoever you are in disguise), enzed is not australia. i suggest you find thee a globe and head back to world geography class.

    (how’s that for relentlessly callous and arrogant, peabrain? happy to oblige)

    sanj can post all the increasingly tiresome tigerbeat nonsense he/she wishes, and i’m allowed to comment on it getting on my nerves. such is life on the blog.

  80. cadavra says:

    “here’s an idea have Denzel Washington and Jason Statham yell at Kirsten Stewart while she cries for like 1 hour and a half”

    No, just Denzel yells while Statham beats the crap out of her for being such an enervating, no-note actress.

  81. cadavra says:

    This just in: Hooper wins DGA. Wouldn’t want to be around Wells when he finds out.

  82. leahnz says:

    hooper: will you just please go to the end of the pulpit!

    fincher: what for?

    hooper: I need to have something in the foreground to give it some scale.

    fincher: foreground, my ass!

    [a brief struggle, hooper pushes fincher off the ever-narrowing pulpit into the drink]

    hooper: foreground my ass, indeed.

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