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BYOB 72011

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  1. sanj says:

    Jenna Marbles .. she does comedy on youtube . most stuff
    is under 5 minutes and she’s pretty honest about her topics…

    How to trick people into thinking you’re good looking

  2. storymark says:

    Okay, I feel somewhat foolish doing this, given how insanely cheap these were, but since some folks here showed some interest before, here is a trailer for the little series of Highlander short films I’m directing for the special features on their Blu Ray sets.

  3. berg says:

    the first Capt America comic book (taken from the auction book The Nicolas Cage Collection: All Star Comics)

  4. scooterzz says:

    and it’s no spoiler to mention that cover is paid homage to in the film…

  5. yancyskancy says:

    It was even paid homage to in one of the film’s posters.

  6. sanj says:

    low budget romantic comedy – the lawn boy

    2 minute trailer

  7. sanj says:

    watched – a perfect host – A criminal on the run cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host is anything but ordinary.

    David Hyde Pierce is really good – this dude was in frasier for 10 years and everybody forgot about him ..
    i want a dp/30

    check out the trailer

  8. Martin S says:

    All panels are about to be overshadowed at SDCC…!/CMPunk

    Just got to San Diego. Let’s party.

  9. JS Partisan says:

    CM Punk really took the ball and ran everyone else the fuck over with it. This is easily the best bit any wrestler has come up with in over a decade.

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

    Who is CM Punk?

  11. torpid bunny says:

    The shuttle really was a marvel of organized science and engineering. Costs were wasted, there were devastating set-backs; some argue the entire program did not return its capital investment, but compared to the massive war machine that related security state industries have produced, it seems like a sweetly benign artifact of a gentler time. I’m fine with it sitting in museums, but maybe we should think of larger problems that the same force of science allows us to address.

  12. Not David Bordwell says:

    I’ll add this to what torpid just said:

    For those of us of a certain age, who can remember when Star Wars had just come out, Battlestar Galactica was on TV, PBS was running Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and diagrams of SkyLab were on the back of our Life cereal boxes at the breakfast table, the Space Shuttle program seemed like the coolest thing ever — like space exploration and the colonization of distant planets was not merely the remotest of sci-fi possibilities, but actually likely in the not-too-distant future.

    For about five or six years as a kid, I couldn’t get enough of space. I bought models of the Space Shuttle and ate freeze-dried ice cream at the Air and Space Museum in DC, actually started reading Sagan’s book, checked out astronomy textbooks from the library, got into Asimov, watched 2001: A Space Odyssey every chance I got (I even knew a guy who showed it to me on laser disc back in the day). The Space Shuttle kept the idea of space cool even as we all hit the age when geeking out on Star Wars movies seemed a little immature.

    And before 9/11, there were only two “you’ll never forget where you were” moments in my lifetime: the day Reagan was shot and the day we all watched the Challenger explode on TVs at school.

  13. SamLowry says:

    The “We should fix Earth’s problems before we waste any time and money on space” argument has been around for how many decades? It assumes there is a point where all of Earth’s problems will eventually be fixed, although that might be five, ten, maybe twenty centuries from now.

    Or we could just say “Tough shit” and move into space anyway, and indirectly provide the benefits that will fix all of Earth’s problems.

  14. Eric says:

    If humans don’t colonize other planets we’re pretty much guaranteed to be extinct sometime in the next millennia or two. It’s just too easy for biological or nuclear weapons to take us all out if we don’t spread out.

  15. SamLowry says:

    Ditto NDB. The end of the Apollo program felt like a slap to my lil’ face, like we no longer cared about space after all that buildup. Revealing that it was just a race after all with no goal beyond winning was what probably turned me cynical at such a young age.

    Imagine if Columbus planted a flag in San Salvador, said “We won!”, sailed back home and no one from Europe ever returned. That’s what we’re doing right now, although it looks like the Chinese may be the ones who have the likeliest chance of returning. And building. And staying.

    Maybe that’ll scare the jingoists into rebuilding our space program.

  16. Not David Bordwell says:

    Ooh, I’m sensing a sci-fi thriller titled RED MOON. Somebody make that happen!

  17. SamLowry says:


    …dang, that’s already been taken. Darn steampunk.

  18. Popcorn slayer says:

    “And before 9/11, there were only two “you’ll never forget where you were” moments in my lifetime: the day Reagan was shot and the day we all watched the Challenger explode on TVs at school.”

    John Lennon getting killed was a big one too.

  19. JS Partisan says:

    Most of us really do live in a country where politics have basically killed space exploration. How fucked up is that people?

  20. SamLowry says:

    The first permanent residents in space will be chambermaids working at corporate space hotels. Think any historical dramas will be made about them?

  21. cadavra says:

    “David Hyde Pierce is really good – this dude was in frasier for 10 years and everybody forgot about him ..”

    Well, not really. He banked his “Frasier” money, moved back to New York and has been doing Broadway ever since, winning two Tonys in the process.

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

    There is no time to care about the space program when Americans have to worry about more serious problems like finding out when the new season of So You Think You Can Dance?/America’s Got Talent/The Voice/American Idol/The X Factor premieres and why Jenny From the Block is getting divorced.

  23. Not David Bordwell says:

    David Hyde Pierce is also hilarious as the Tony Randall in DOWN WITH LOVE.

  24. Mike says:

    Well, I guess we can’t have a space program because we’ve got two foreign wars (and now Libya), medical entitlements without the political will to somehow control costs, and anyone who even says one word about cutting defense contractor projects is labelled unAmerican. Think of all the money we could have borrowed from the Chinese to build an awesome space program if we didn’t have to worry about those things.

  25. sanj says:

    >Well, not really. He banked his “Frasier” money, moved back to New York and has been doing Broadway ever since, winning two Tonys in the process.

    the average tv viewer forgot about him .

    there must be hundreds of tv actors people forget about and they all need dp/30…

    that’s why DP needs to open his office hours 24 hours a day. huge lineups full of actors who need to tell stories about themselves.

  26. SamLowry says:

    The military-industrial complex wants to keep us in a constant state of war; perhaps we could convince them the jobs and contracts could continue even if we shift focus from armaments to aerospace.

    And I lost a lot of interest in Hellboy 2 because Pierce couldn’t provide the voice for Abe.

  27. hcat says:

    Pierce was never going to be a big movie star, and after ten years on a sitcom why go back to that kind of grind if you can afford not to? I am sure he is much happier and fulfilled doing Broadway and picking up the occasional voice-over work. Plus look at his co-stars, Grammer has been in something like 3 sitcoms that didn’t take since then, Mahoney went back to his supporting actor roots, and I don’t recall the women being in anything since.

    Given the nature of being an actor I would think Pierce would be very proud of his accomplishments and just fine with where he is now.

  28. Boris Spassky says:

    RE: David Hyde Pierce… “Wet Hot American Summer” people… this guy is having a blast… he has definitely had the most interesting career of all the Frasier cast

  29. Re – Frasier women – Jane Leaves stars in Hot In Cleveland and Peri Gilpin has a major supporting role on Make It Or Break It (both in their second seasons). It’s not starring in major Hollywood features, but it’s solid TV work for television actresses.

  30. sanj says:

    Re – Jane Leeves is 50 years old .

    here’s her Maxim pictures from 2000 ..

  31. film fanatic says:

    Where does Jeffrey Katzenberg, who presided over perhaps the worst slate of pictures quality-wise in motion picture history during his tenure overseeing live action at Touchstone/Hollywood get off saying this year’s movies are bad (even though he’s not entirely wrong). Pot, meet kettle. Oy.

  32. SideshowBill says:

    Jane Leeves will always be the virgin that got away from Seinfeld. And David Hyde Pierce voiced one of those fish things in the first Hellboy. In fact I most remember him as Cecil, Sideshow Bob’s brother.

    And I agree with IO Partisan. Politics killing the space program –directly or indirectly– sucks. I recall being riveted to the Mars rover several years ago. Not because I thought it’d come across the fucking Transformers or an alien, but because it was amazing to see that landscape first hand.

  33. sanj says:

    okay fine…. we spend billions getting to mars .. it takes 2-4 years to get there and then what ?

    we find some life … those small things .

    we find nothing but rocks….

    they gotta put up 100 cameras and lots of internet that works..

    then when technology gets cheaper ..we go again in 10 years.

    the moon seems useless.

  34. SamLowry says:

    Moon: oxygen, silicon, magnesium, iron, calcium, and aluminum. There are also trace elements like titanium, uranium, thorium, potassium and hydrogen. Close to Earth, good staging area for departure and return.

    Since the Earth’s richest 1 billion people use 80% of the Earth’s resources, the remaining five billion plus probably wonder how they will ever achieve a lifestyle like ours. Mining off-world is a better solution than global austerity, which would never work, anyway.

    If we’re willing to fight foreign wars over oil, imagine what 3 billion people will do over the next 20 years when they no longer have access to potable water. ( )

    From the same site: “If the standard of living of all humans were the same as an average American, we would need three planet Earths to meet everyone’s needs.”

    That sounds like a challenge, a dare to go into space and get what we need.

  35. sanj says:

    okay the moon has all those elements. how we gonna get them back to earth .. can’t be sending dump trucks for all that.

    we should figure out the oil problem within 50 years ..
    enough solar / wind power for every country out there

    water could gone in 100 years cause of the pollution .

    also there’s just gotta be world war 3 coming soon .
    some crazy country will do something and the US will need to fix that.

  36. SamLowry says:

    And why do you think some crazy country would start WWIII? Resource shortage? Living space?

    And the resources don’t need to come back to Earth–much easier to move people into space instead. I don’t think you’d have to look hard to find people who would rather spend the rest of their life on Mars, in a rotating colony or beneath the surface of the Moon than in some overcrowded city on Earth.

    Fossil fuels, however, will continue to be a problem as long as their industries fund politics. All this teabagging insanity began because the Koch brothers were looking to save their business some money, Enron held California hostage–imagine what would happen if the actual big boys like Exxon and BP think their entire business model will be scrapped?

  37. sanj says:

    world war 3 is going to happen cause crazy people with major weapons still exist.

    okay .. flying technology will allow people to go to mars / moon for 1000 bucks …but there’s an issue with food and water over there and housing.

    it will take a lot of smart people at least 25 years to figure that out….

    so what’s easier living on the moon or mars ..

    there’s a chance that at least 5 big incidents will screw up earth in the next 100 years . bigger than any war or terror attack …something like a 2012 movie event .

  38. Telemachos says:

    Bob Zuprin has some very interesting ideas about living on Mars. They’re similarly applicable to the Moon. You seed a colony area with some crude autonomous machines, designed to use simple chemistry to extract what’s needed for water and air and fuel. Then you send a couple of habitats — basically similar to living quarters on the space station. Once you’ve got those in place, you can start sending people, a few at a time, and those pioneers get to do the basics of starting a colony: use the local resources to make shelters, etc. It’s hardcore but nothing that different from how the New World was colonized.

  39. SamLowry says:

    Sanj, 5 big incidents, plague, meteor, whatever–all good arguments for spreading out from Earth so not all of our unfertilized eggs are stuck in one basket.

    The gravity on Mars is better, the atmosphere is thick enough to block radiation and burn up minor rocks so you could live on the surface (indoors), and there’s the possibility of terraforming sometime down the road. The Moon, though, is much closer to the Earth. That’s the only bonus–it’ll likely turn into one big mining camp, and the dust will require tedious decontamination every time you come in lest it drift inside and seep into everything.

  40. sanj says:

    Life on Mars: How to Survive the Red Planet (and the Tech to Help)

  41. I want a dp/30 with the moon. Let’s get its side of things.

  42. sanj says:

    who’s got the billions to travel to mars or moon ..
    James Cameron and Richard Branson + google guys and Bill Gates = hangover 3 mars edition.

    it’ll take until 2100 till maybe a dozen people get to live on
    mars or moon.

  43. Martin s says:

    I would just like to repeat what I said two months ago.

    Apes is the sleeper. Serkis should win something. I don’t know what category thus falls under, though. It will be the best mo-capped performance for sometime. The small expressions he”s able to relay are stunning.

    This is the SDCC clip. Not sure if i’s on the front page.

  44. sanj says:

    so i watched falling skies – it’s the same episode
    the people are boring . the aliens are boring.

    Noah Wyle has his beard acting for him … the kids are
    boring. there’s a few old guys who want the aliens off
    their lawns and the 2 women are also kinda boring.
    i’m gonna give would be a good time for one
    of those comic con geeks to convince me to stay with
    the series..

    the only new things i found out is Sarah Carter is
    also in a band SanguinDrake

    My Reflection

    so based on the songs alone i want a dp/30
    with Sarah Carter and not the acting part.

    DP – are you ever going to open a DP/30 suggestion box ?

  45. David Poland says:

    sanj… you don’t seem to need a suggestion box. you make suggestions all the time. and I do read them.

  46. hoopersx says:

    Here’s a couple more yarns about my time at Fox. Nothing in the bash Rupert camp. Just some potentially interesting stuff. Hope you enjoy it.

  47. sanj says:

    silly pet video

    dog in dress walks like people

  48. torpid bunny says:

    Not feeling apes. It’s a tough and interesting idea, but I don’t see the appeal of what has to be a fairly cerebral plot sold as Apemen uprising. I mean when the money shot is silverbacks rampaging over highways, it has to be either grandiose or it doesn’t work at all. This is something the plastic-toy soul of Michael Bay undoubtedly grasps.

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

    This is completely anecdotal, but the movie news sites I visit all seem to be high on Apes. I read a lot of stuff from writers and commentators basically stating “looks cool and better than I expected.” Opening against another movie going for younger males could hurt it though.

  50. sanj says:

    in time movie trailer – 4 minutes .

    a scifi film with new concept ….

  51. sanj says:

    fun interview with Shaun Hatton – he reviews video games on g4 tv ..

    people like Olivia Munn sure got attention on g4 but nobody really knows who this guy is . he does lots of interviews and reviews …

    i guess that’s the funny part – people on g4 don’ talk to other people on g4 .

    and nobody on g4 seems to talk to DP . otherwise they would have dp/30’s…they can easily give great 30 minutes interviews .

  52. sanj says: has the latest comic con videos – lots of movies / tv shows . lots of stars. most are under 10 minute interviews. so why isn’t DP there . easily could have had 25 new DP/30’s … the people over at EW are taking DP’s job away at getting exlusive interviews …
    i don’t get it.

  53. sanj says:

    Trespass movie .

    As they’re held for ransom, a husband and wife’s predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception.

    no hype but needs some dp/30’s

    Nicolas Cage – too famous for dp/30
    Nicole Kidman – maybe do a dp/30 but probably not
    Cam Gigandet – needs a dp/30
    Joel Schumacher – needs another dp/30

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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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