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  1. etguild2 says:

    So, looking at the critics’ Top Tens this year , what are the biggest surprises in terms of rankings this awards season?

    For me, most overrated:

    #17-The Turin Horse. Excruciating
    #14-Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. It’s okay at first, but 45 minutes of thoughtful musings on what secularism has come to mean in Turkey while digging for a corpse is more than enough.
    #16-The Deep Blue Sea. Bored to tears.


    The Kid With a Bike (maybe overlapped voting?)
    End of Watch
    The Impossible

    Pleasantly suprised they’re so high:

    #7 Holy Motors
    #13 This is Not a Film
    #21 The Grey
    #22 Cabin in the Woods
    #23 Oslo, August 31
    #24 Perks
    #25 Cloud Atlas

    Anyone else?

  2. bulldog68 says:

    Reposted from another thread:
    Apparently JJ Abrams will be at the helm of the new Star Wars.

    There has always been an undercurrent of geek warfare between Trekkies and Star Wars fans. It actually feels like some kind of ripple in the universe happened today with the announcement that the same guy will be directing both.

  3. leahnz says:

    there’s gonna be a new star wars? christ. (oh not more Abrams, give somebody fresh and shiny with a strong style a go)

  4. Rashad says:

    Killing Them Softly is definitely the most underrated of the year.

    And Star Wars doesn’t need someone with a “strong style.” Do people not know this franchise? Abrams is perfect in tone, action, and humor.

  5. Hallick says:

    I’ve never been in “The Godfather” camp of endless reverence but I still envy the hell out of that group because those fans only had to suffer one great thud of a sequel versus the Star Wars franchise which has made a practice of disappointing its followers since Episode VI. I don’t know which second coming is going to end up more long-awaited, Jesus or the next great Star Wars movie.

  6. leahnz says:

    yeah, no Rashad, I don’t know the star wars franchise AT ALL – more generic, pedestrian film-making is exactly what we need, my bad

  7. lazarus says:

    Lucas’ style may be classicist, but his filmmaking certainly isn’t pedestrian. The guy could stage an action scene with the best of them.

  8. Lex says:

    George Lucas has never directed an “action” scene. Neither has Spielberg. Always MYSTIFIED when someone touts either as some MASTER OF ACTION. They make gee-whiz ADVENTURE and sci-fi, but neither has ever really directed some URBAN INNER-CITY shootout or car chase, which is the definition of an “action” scene.

  9. leahnz says:

    uh ftr i meant abrams was kind of generic, hence my suggestion for someone shiny and new.

  10. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Lex – have you not watched any of the Indy movies? Car chases galore (and truck chases, and boat chases, and motorcycle chases). Screw this “URBAN INNER-CITY” shit.

  11. Lex says:

    Period action doesn’t count.

  12. The Pope says:

    Sorry Lex, I think you’re slightly wide of the mark. The URBAN INNER-CITY shootout or car chase is what the action picture has become. When Lucas and Spielberg were young men with dark hair, what they put together was certainly considered ‘action.’ Look again at Raiders and compare it to what was being churned out at the time and maybe you’ll reconsider the dismissal. Sort of like dismissing The Adventures of Robin Hood because… well, Michael Curtiz’s framing and cutting rate is nothing compared to Ridley Scott’s.

    For a long time, Spielberg was dismissed not so much as a director of B-movies, but as a second-unit director who could do action but not dialogue.

  13. The Pope says:

    And you’re ‘period action doesn’t count’ is an absolute cop-out. You’re dismissing everything from Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan to Lord of the Rings and Pearl Harbor.

  14. Lex says:

    Sorry, I never found RAIDERS all that exciting, even if it’s a great movie. I saw it when I was 9 and thought it was TALKY, brown, DUSTY, deserty and kinda dorky; Over time I’ve come to love it, but I hardly think of it as “exciting” other than maybe the truck part. Even then, at age 10, “action” was like Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson, or Stallone in “Nighthawks,” or the car chases in the “Bullitt” and the like. Some ARCHAEOLOGIST in BROWN CLOTHES and a WHIP wasn’t exciting to me like CITIES, NEON, SKYSCRAPERS, SHARKY’S MACHINE, cops, tits, hookers…. The Spielberg/Lucas stuff was too genial and nothing “street” about it.

    Honestly “Death Wish II” was a bigger deal to me for most of my formative years than the gee-whiz stuff.

  15. The Pope says:

    Jesus, am I’m sorry I got involved with this thread.

  16. movieman says:

    Loved the–I’m guessing–international trailer for the new Coen Bros. movie.
    Does it have a U.S. release date (or distributer) yet?

  17. leahnz says:

    anyway, the problem with the prequels is that yes, lucas can arguably stage action, but so what – he can’t seem to tell a clear, gripping story anymore (or write dialogue) so there’s a lot more to a good Star Wars movie than just being able to do action to a non-pedestrian standard; it was always the characters and the chemistry and the unique pathos and endearing melodrama that made the originals so much fun, as always it should be all about the characters with action to serve the story (and not the other way around like it seems 90% of the time now.) Abrams is probably a better option than more lucas, but still just so safe and boring.

    ETA oh I want to see that trailer!

  18. Popcorn Slayer says:

    There’s also DUEL, and THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS at least straddles the action category.

  19. GexL says:

    Pope, after you saw the first post from him you know it was going to go this way.

  20. The Pope says:

    I know. I should have cut and run.

  21. hcat says:

    Abrams is certainly the wrong way to go, his camera is always all over the place and he throws in all the lens flare and movement, Lucas always had things centered well with a clear definition of what was going on. You could tell he loved the set designs and all the little things going on by how he allowed the camera to hold steady on these things. Abrams always seems to have his rushing over them.

    And speaking of Star Wars I just read about the Jaba Palace Lego set that some Muslims are upset about, and am wondering what everyone thinks about it. It does seem to me that they have a reasonable complaint, Lucas perhaps stuck too closely to the spirit of the serials in his homage and included their japy and dark middle eastern menace sterotypes.

  22. sanj says:

    not too many people talking about the new movies out of sundance .. i checked out slashfilm and they have tons of reviews but i also checked hollywood reporter and they have more quick video interviews ..

    variety and hollywood reporter have way more access to actors and directors but they only have like quick 5 minute videos….since they won’t do more indepth interviews DP has the advantage of doing 30 minutes ..but DP never puts the interviews up fast enough.

    shouldn’t variety and hollywood reporter fight each other to get DP to do the video interviews for them ..

    sundance seems to be about the people and it seems this year like 70% have already done a dp/30 before – so i’m looking out for new people …toronto seems to be about
    the movies and everybody being super serious cause they really want an oscar …

    so if DP gets 6 new actors for dp/30 i’m okay with that.

    but if your movie at sundance is really good – why not hold on for it till tiff and then do press ? usually
    1-2 movies from sundance makes it to oscars .

    so sundance has a monopoly on fun movies that won’t win awards with actors who like goofying around …tiff has all the oscar winners where everybody has to wear a suit and tie be all serious.

    i’ve never been to these festivals . probably will never go … i’m not super rich and famous to hang out with anybody.

    also i’m skipping Lincoln ..too long and seems boring. everything i need to know about that dude was in Abraham Lincoln vampire hunter – that should win the oscar … there’s a better chance of vampire hunter hitting the history channel than the other one .

    if they had social media back in the 1800’s – history wouldn’t be so boring. …like 100 years from now is anybody going to remember facebook ? at least they made a movie about it and didn’t make it boring cause
    that Justin Timberlake isn’t boring.

  23. storymark says:

    “Period action doesn’t count.”

    Dumbest thing you’ve written in a while, Lex.

  24. christian says:

    Collect ’em all! DUEL – a 90 minute pure cinema car chase: yeah, no action there. Plus its a 70s period piece. And that lame truck chase in RAIDERS or the whole mine sequence in TEMPLE OF DOOM. Lame. And dont get me started on JAWS….”Liking Things Vol X” by lex coming soon…

  25. Geoff says:

    Hey Lex – does period action count if it took place in a movie that’s about 30 years old?

  26. tbunny says:

    If the JJ Abrams/Star Wars thing is true, he’ll probably make an entertaining movie. The problem I have is that the movie will probably be exactly what you expect it to be. He feels like a very safe choice. I thought Fincher would have been very interesting.

  27. palmtree says:

    More importantly…is John Williams in or out?

  28. Triple Option says:

    I was on the edge of my sit all the way through the original Indy. Whatever the last Indy that came out, it was all I could do to not walk out. I could also compare the action of the first 40 mins of Saving Private Ryan to Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and I wonder the guy’s been off and on meds his entire career. There’s no accounting for the sweeping level of quality.

    The Raid: Redemption and Wanted have been the two best action films I’ve seen in the past five years. If they gave either that Timur guy or Evans the helm for Star Wars, then yeah, I’d be excited about seeing that film. But, I realize they want that franchise to fit a mold like Bond films. Maybe fans have an unreasonable expectation that each star wars film should re-create the magic of the first. Maybe. But otoh, after seeing Episode I, I was done giving them my money and I could see why there’s been the virtual vitrol flung on the prequels.

    We’ll see how many star wars films disney tries to put out. Maybe at some point they’ll get stale and then they’ll bring in someone who’ll re-imagine things but I’m guessing they’ll be happy to churn them out like Pirates movies.

  29. Lex says:

    One last time for the cheap seats:

    “Action” is like The French Connection, or Dirty Harry, or Die Hard, or Lethal Weapon, or Walter Hill. To qualify as an ACTION MOVIE, it means there are COPS, CARS, and GUNFIRE. It means COPS. Other than arguably SUGARLAND EXPRESS, and maybe Duel, do any of Spielberg’s movies qualify as that. (No cops in DUEL.)

    That doesn’t mean they’re not great movies or he didn’t direct them well. It means none of them have COPS CHASING KILLERS WITH GUNS, which is the definition of an “action movie.”

  30. christian says:

    So ENTER THE DRAGON is a mystery thriller. And clearly Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS is an urban drama…

  31. Lex says:

    The Warriors has an URBAN SETTING where people are RUNNING in an INNER CITY at NIGHT with NEON and GIANT BUILDINGS AND FERRIS WHEELS, that qualifies as ACTION. Plus dudes getting beat with BASEBALL BATS in a bathroom. ACTION.

    ENTER THE DRAGON is action because it’s all fighting, though in general martial-arts movies are too dorky to care. But that one is good.

    But Spielberg has NEVER directed an ACTUAL CAR CHASE or SHOOTOUT.

  32. The Pope says:

    A shoot out like the ones in Saving Private Ryan?

  33. leahnz says:

    nothing like humouring the resident toddler but isn’t there a shootout in ‘Munich’? and isn’t there a car chase in ‘minority report’?

  34. Lex says:

    Munich RULES ALL. That also has BIG ’70S CARS and is the most perfect movie ever.

    It comes close, in the sense that FRENCH CONNECTION II and BLACK SUNDAY are “action,” so, yeah, maybe Munich.

    Also Bana’s hair qualifies because it gave me a boner.

  35. sanj says:

    Brit Marling is back with the east movie – i liked the trailer – then i read a review on badassdigest about how much it sucks.

    now it’ll be interesting to see if DP gets a dp/30 for this movie ….how can DP talk about a movie that sucks and not get the actors mad .

    also in every dp/30 people always drink water in a fancy glass …but shouldn’t DP have like a pack of marlboros and some jack daniels …actors should get the best.
    i wanna see Chloe Moretz – drinking and smoking while talking about working with Tim Burton and
    Martin Scorsese… DP should get on that.

    the east rrailer

  36. Geoff says:

    Sorry Lex but EACH of the first two Indy movies features a pretty bad-ass shootout in a bar in the first act.

  37. anghus says:

    I don’t know how anyone can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and have witnessed the convoy chase scene and claim Spielberg doesn’t know action.

    And Lex does that sad thing that internet people do where they say something stupid and rather than just admit defeat they defend their stupid position into infinity.

    Online, volume is more important than accuracy.

  38. Krillian says:

    Brad Bird would have been a better choice for directing Star Wars but he said no.

    As long as the light-sabres don’t give off lens flares…

    JJ Abrams means we should have better characterization than in the prequels. And Damon Lindenof is not involved, so that means it’s less likely we’ll have nothing explained. If we’d asked before the announcement, “Would you rather have Star Wars Episode 7 directed by George Lucas or JJ Abrams?” I think Abrams would have won any poll, safe as he may seem.

    Caught the end of Attack of the Clones on TV the other day. That end battle is such a CG-heavy mess.

  39. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Abrams is all setup and no follow-through though. I have yet to see anything by Abrams that had me riveted for the final act.

    Shit, I can’t even tell you how they beat Nero in the new Star Trek – compared to the first two confrontations with the opener and the Enterprise arriving late, it’s like night and day.

  40. pat says:

    I don’t want to defend AOTC, but CGI is just a tool. Would you call Jason and the Argonauts a “stop motion heavy mess”?

  41. leahnz says:

    that’s a good point foamy I agree, Abrams does kind of have a third act sag – the first two acts of Star Trek babies were stronger than the third, which didn’t have a good crescendo for me, and the same could be said of ‘Super 8’ really (I can’t seem to remember anything about MI3 so I don’t know if it fits the theory)

    “And Damon Lindenof is not involved, so that means it’s less likely we’ll have nothing explained” haha, what is that guy’s problem, and why do people want him writing on their movies, i don’t get it.

    it would have been great to get a director with a real zing for doing gripping sci-fi, I don’t think Abrams has true gnarly sci-fi bone in his body somehow.

  42. sanj says:

    this week g4’s attack of the show died with pretty much
    the entire network . right now the entire network is going to be full of reruns of old tv shows 24 hours a day this is cable. this is what some people are paying for .

    i was the only one on here to post video links when they had actors on ..

    a lot of people on the show had a bigger impact on me than
    most people on real network tv shows .. like Hardwick who made nerdist – which has hundreds of hours of audio podcasts with tons of new people.

    DP was actually on the show a few times and hasn’t said anything about g4 at all .

    so check out the videos before the site shuts down – over 1000 videos – you will find something you like .

  43. sanj says:

    Comedy Bang Bang – now has video .

    this episode they go to sundance to promote movies –

    Paul Scheer does a entire character called Scott Jeffries
    who makes things up about things he’s done – usually i like Paul but this did not work and went on for way too long – this wasn’t scriped –

    Casey Wilson, Lake Bell & Michaela Watkins are also there to promote their movies – this was just okay – Watkins seems interesting enough that she should get a dp30

    this was kinda hard to watch for 1 hour …mostly cause
    the comedy part didn’t work for me ..

    some people might like Paul’s character the first 10 minutes .

    comedy bang bang video

  44. bulldog68 says:

    I thought all movies were action movies. Isn’t that what the Director yells before every scene?
    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  45. bulldog68 says:

    It begins. What I believe is the first youtube video inspired by the news that JJ Abrams is to direct the next Star Wars.

  46. YancySkancy says:

    Haven’t clicked the link yet, bulldog, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that it’s footage from existing STAR WARS films, with lens flares added.

    EDIT: I’ve watched it now. My advice to whoever made it would be whenever you’ve got such an obvious, one-joke concept, keep it short. You may THINK two minutes is short, but it’s an eternity when the entire joke is already in your title.

  47. sanj says:

    watched – P/30: Red Flag, writer/director/star Alex Karpofsky

    stange – how DP spent no real time trying to figure out
    what the plot of the movie was … no mention of the costars.

    there’s like 3 movie reviews for this movie on RT ..

    i haven’t seen any of the movies he’s done – why doesn’t he just stick them up on youtube –

    i guess the strangest thing was this dp/30 was shot in june 2012 and finally got around 6 months later and putting it up.

    i can’t find any review for this movie up on youtube and i’m pretty sure DP didn’t review this film.

    there’s so many other actors that could have gotten a dp30 but DP choose this guy and his movie that many will
    not see…

    this is one of the most extreme cases for a dp30 i’ve seen .. box office wasn’t going to be huge but then it got no real critical support ..

    hey DP – can you put up the sundance dp/30’s up faster…if you got all these interviews – hype them up now.

    red flag trailer

  48. sanj says:

    watched – DP/30: Beasts of th Southern Wild, co-writer Lucy Alibar

    alright but the last 10 minutes DP seemed to ask the same question over and over again – you made a great movie – why aren’t you more famous and doing big movies like twilight …

    this dp/30 – DP/30 @ TIFF: Antiviral – still has a huge impact … different than most and that Caleb guy might be nuts. DP you need to push this interview on the front page and promote it ..even if the movie totally sucks.

    also DP – can you get Lucy from Peanuts and find out why
    she always took the ball from Charlie … and why was pigpen so dirty all the time …get on that DP .

  49. bulldog68 says:

    Agreed Yancy. The sad but true thing however is that after watching the youtube, a couple hours later Star Trek was showing on cable and even though this lens flare thing has been a running joke for some time now, watching Star Trek after viewing the youtube made me actually laugh out loud.

  50. sanj says:

    in a totally new dp/30 – DP mentioned that Sam Jackson spent 20 minutes reviewing movies with DP … arg. DP didn’t catch this on tape ? double arg.

    also – handy dvd’s if your going to Hong Kong –

  51. sanj says:

    i watched the entire season of American Horror Story: Asylum – this show has so many characters – so many crazy plots – only super critics can understand it all and somehow say its brilliant but there’s so much on a basic logic level that just doesn’t make much sense.
    Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are the acting standouts.

    there must have been 8 different cameras cause they kept switching back and forth sometimes every 10 seconds.

    anybody watch this crazy mess of a tv series ?

  52. sanj says:

    watched – DP/30 @ Sundance ’13: Pussy Riot

    – so much talking and not by DP …

    – it was alright …

    – this feels like a tiff interview than sundance ..

    – usually i would have more stuff to say but i don’t …

  53. sanj says:

    500 + comments – everybody turns into LexG ..

    Tobey Maguire checking out Natalie Portman

  54. sanj says:

    watched – DP/30 @ Sundance ’13: In A World,

    – standard dp30 interview

    – hated the sunlight on Lake’s face

    – liked her more in Black Rock dp/30

    – no confusing questions / answers from DP

  55. sanj says:

    hey DP – did you just delete the dp/30 in a world ?
    seems to be missing now.

    the DP/30: Red Flag – most of this dp/30 was about
    the process but hardly anything about the movie plot.
    i don’t know how you do that DP – sometimes you forget to
    ask basic questions about movies.

    aren’t there like a dozen movies from tiff 2012 that still need a dp/30 …lots of movies get in but then takes months and months to get into theatres.
    shouldn’t like 50 movies from tiff automatically get oscar nominations. its the most important film festival in the world and stuff.

  56. tbunny says:

    It’s unclear to me if Stallone is now making movies or HGH infomercials.

  57. sanj says:

    watched – c.o.g dp/30

    director dude talked fast.

    Denis O’Hare was the best … lots of movie talk

    Troian Bellisario – was wasted.. she got like 2 minutes
    – pretty sure that she won’t be back for another dp/30 this year cause DP will totally forget about her…she could have been awesome like Emma Stone or something.

    overall – i’ve seen too many dp/30 with 5 people and 1 of them gets no speaking time for some crazy reason.
    DP should balance things out…..

  58. sanj says:

    watched – DP/30 @ Sundance ’13: Stories We Tell, storyteller Sarah Polley

    – Sarah seemed to turned into Heather Graham

    – talked about the funding about movies – didn’t talk about real numbers –

    – DP didn’t bring enough movie titles she done – there was enough time.

    – the most interesting part was her favorite directors aren’t any of the ones nominated for oscars in the last maybe 10 years.

    – no confusing questions / answers from DP

    – the lack of basic details about movie titles that DP doesn’t bring up now starts to annoy me – DP you should have a printout of the imdb page of everybody.

    – Sarah interview style isn’t like Jen Lawrence its more like Michelle Williams.

    – Sarah brought up Atom Egoyan – dude had a dp/30 back in 2009 . DP did you forget about him or what.

    – really want to see Sarah in a cable tv show – look
    at Claire Danes/ Homeland – one hit show and millions will find out who she is.

    – i give it 2 years before she comes back for another dp/30 .

    nobody is reading this…oh well.

  59. sanj says:

    Lindsay Lohan still getting press – it seems every week shes in some sort of legal trouble.

    her real life is way more interesting than any of her acting right now and she should be making millions off it.

    the movie critics don’t care for acting and the news media just wants to see her in jail …

    i’d really like to see a documentary if she ends up going to jail …like for 3 months or longer….then that’ll get made – get into sundance and then DP will finally get around to talking about Lohan. seems like everybody is trying to fix her. DP can’t fix her with just 1 dp/30 …that
    dr.phil guy can’t fix her. maybe LexG should fix her.

    i’ve got this figured out .

    also it be great if she punk’d the entire media .

  60. Don R. Lewis says:

    Just wanted to jump in and brag so Jeffrey Boams Dr. has something to get pissy about…..the feature I produced back in April in an official selection of this years SXSW!!!! Check out HOLY GHOST PEOPLE if you’re coming out for the fest!!!

  61. StellaPD says:

    Congrats Don. That’s really cool.

  62. Don R. Lewis says:

    Thanks man…..crazy journey. We thought we were in at Sundance but didn’t make the cut. Then while at Sundance my grandfather passed away and he was a huge, huge inspiration in my life and supporter of my crazy dreams. Then the day after he died, I found out we got into SXSW which honestly, is my favorite festival and place to be so yeah, crazy few months! Hope to see some Hot Bloggers in Austin!

  63. sanj says:

    wasn’t expecting this . dude makes millions from kicking soccer ball around. also he’s too famous for a dp/30 –

    David Beckham joins Paris St-Germain and will play for free

    remember bend it like Beckham ? soccer movie that
    made Keira super famous then she got even more famous with all those pirate movies then she did some

    Bend it Like Beckham Trailer

  64. StellaPD says:

    Wish I could be there and introduce myself while experiencing SXSW. Maybe someday. Have a great fest and good luck with the movie.

  65. sanj says:

    nerdist did a 1 + hour podcast with Dave Grohl for
    documentary called Sound City .

    i figured this was going to be boring about old music people but it was fun…that Dave Grohl is fun guy – easy to talk to…

    so yeah – once more nerdist does it again and does high quality interview that DP should have gotten.

    sound city trailer

  66. sanj says:

    hey DP – anybody coming for a good day to die hard ? Bruce is too famous for dp/30 but there’s a bunch of evil bad guys who haven’t had a dp/30 yet.

    also coud you add all the sundance dp/30 2013 interviews on the weekend.

    also – DP you should buy some 30 second tv ads for dp/30’s to run during the oscars . you got lots of great 30 second clips. you’ll get millions of subscribers…

  67. SamLowry says:

    Yay, now that Fox has announced that IP theft is not only perfectly legal but you can sell what you’ve stolen, it looks like I’ll be spending the weekend on torrent sites, downloading Futurama and Brisco County Jr. and, uh, The X-Files and…maybe those are the only good Fox shows I can think of.

    Oh, and then movies are next. They did make a few winners, right?

    And if I ever get caught (snicker), I’ll reply that Fox said it was okay.

  68. sanj says:

    the superbowl commercials are now online – so i spent like 10 minutes watching them .

    Kia “Space Babies” – best use of computer graphics

    Taco Bell “Viva Young” – best use of people

    Samsung “El Plato Supreme” (starring Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd) – best use of Paul Rudd

    Kate Upton – car ad – can’t remember the car.

    tons of car commercials – overall nothing too amazing.

    you know whats amazing – dozens of actors get to be in front of millions of people and none of them seem to have
    a dp/30. DP should have gotten on this month ago.
    1 ad in the superbowl might change these actors lives and
    they didn’t have to do some small indie movie or theatre.

    when billion dollar corporations find new actors before DP does – thats not good.

    do you guys have any favorite superbowl ads ? does it matter ?

  69. chris says:

    “The Factory.” Now, John Cusack not only stars in direct-to-DVD movies but he stars in direct-to-DVD movies that no one hears of until they show up on DVD?

  70. sanj says:

    watched – DP/30: The Avengers fx

    – standard dp30

    – no confusing questions from DP

    – i listened to most of this in the background – no problems – would make a good podcast

    – i remember asking for this dp/30 like 7 months ago when the movie actually came out .

    … still waitinf for the dp/30 factory to put up the sundance 2013 dp/30 ..the interviews i care about more
    than the others. DP add them faster or i’ll get Tony Stark to come by and that won’t be fun.

  71. SamLowry says:

    Considering the Glee incident(s): Is there any other studio that would engage in such blatant piracy? Is Fox proof that you can do anything you want as long as you own enough lawyers to sue God into penury?

    (And O.J. isn’t the only example of this–Finke’s boss should’ve been put on the sex-offender registry just like everyone else who urinates in public…and on someone who didn’t want to be urinated on.)

    Maybe the more Hollywood-relevant question is whether Fox has inspired among the lowly creative types a fear of being blacklisted that keeps anyone from speaking up even when they’ve clearly been robbed. After all, this is a town where a record producer will suffer no consequences whatsoever for threatening to throw a musician off a fifteen-story balcony if he doesn’t sign over the rights to his most popular song.

  72. SamLowry says:

    (Trying hard not to assume that a lack of responses is proof that Fox has Hollywood in a state of fear.)

  73. sanj says:

    i want to give a shout out to Vin Disel for not doing any dp/30’s ….super silly action stunt movies aren’t DP he’ll have to settle for another 100 million dollar movie with the same actors in pretty much all the same movies from the other fast and furious movies.

    the riddick movies confuse me – the pacifier was one of the worst movies – xXx was his bnnd film – find me guilty is the one where he actually acts.

    the most interesting thing about him is that he has 38 million friends on facebook.

    the fast and furious films gave him freedom from not dealing with super serious movie people .

    i’ll be sure to see Vin on the late night shows and other outlets other than dp/30 land.

    also will Mel Gibson the filmmaker get his dp30 ever ?
    he kinda won some important movie awards which is good for a dp30 .

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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