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BYOP: Happy Pope Day

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9 Responses to “BYOP: Happy Pope Day”

  1. berg says:

    so how wide is Spring Breakers opening because this film has art house written all over it … Korine is in Malick mode just repeating visual motifs over and over with very little dialogue … simulated fellatio with a gun … at the sxsw seminar for the film SG said her mother gave her the script and recommended it for her

  2. SamLowry says:

    Considering the two quotes about “Girls” on the front page, it’s interesting that in the real-life Steubenville gang-rape case, which just started today, the defense is arguing that football players having sex with an underage girl not just drunk but drunk to the point of slurred speech was consensual because “She didn’t affirmatively say no.”

    All the hand-wringing over “Girls” seems unbelievably petty by comparison.

  3. sanj says:

    actor Amitabh Bachchan interviews Steven Spielberg for 15 minutes. there’s some new stories here …

    Big B interviews Steven Spielberg

  4. sanj says:

    hey DP – stop watching ZDT for the 50th time and join in and write something about Veronica Mars movie being made –
    which got money by fans …which makes no real sense since
    the tv studios with millions have the money .. find out
    how they are going to get this on tv with all the crazy credits or will it actually hit theatres and find out what
    sort of digital deal they have / itunes … and international tv deals – unless its really not important to you DP since its a silly teen show with an actress that never did a dp30.

  5. anghus says:

    The Veronica Mars movie thing is awesome. Not for any of the conventional reasons. Fuck Veronica Mars and the movie that roughly 100,000 people would want to see.

    I’m putting the over/under on six days. That would be six days until they cancel the kickstarter and try and use this publicity push to get the film made. Warner Brothers will have to make it out of spite.

    I can see NBC using Kickstarter to fund their 2013 – 2014 fall season. Pledge a hundred dollars and Matt Lauer will record your voicemail message.


  6. sanj says:

    the future of crowd funded projects lies at comic con . the geeks have the money to make every scifi thing a reality ..
    there’s a huge audience for existing stuff like star trek – xfiles but probably too much legal trouble … but with worldwide fan base = 10 million per picture .

    do we need a new twilight movie ? probably not but do we want K-Stew to be all over the internet being awkward asking fans for money .. K-Stew hanging out with hundreds of people who gave 10,000 or more … i can see LexG rolling out 1000 dollar bills right now.

  7. Mike says:

    Sepinwall made some good points about how only a few Kickstarter projects could work (limited stars, limited budget, pent-up fan demand, good timing) like this. But if all this leads to a Terriers movie, I’d be pretty damn happy. Saddly, there will never be a Deadwood movie.

  8. sanj says:

    that old show from the 90’s – boy meets world …
    Danielle “Topanga” Fishel is now in maxim

    there’s no real reason to have her on the cover …
    Maxim is running out of real talent and is selling people of memories of their favorite old shows .. but these pictures aren’t great.

    i’m a maxim fan but they are losing it – they need better photographers .. gq / esquire have better pictures .

    maxim hot 100 list is coming in a few months – Jennifer Lawrence should be #1 but i’m guessing they’ll go for Mila Kunis … last year #1 was Bar Refaeli .. who’s a model already … Lindsay Lohan was #1 in 2007 and look how well that turned out .

    does being #1 matter ? sure .. probably gets more acting
    and more stuff they can sell .. commercial deals .

    maxim list has gone downhill – instead of actual talent like Chastain / Adams / Gerwig …they have tons of reality tv stars .. reality stars are kinda useless after
    the show ends and real actors stick around .

    this could be the last year of the maxim hot girls list .. i don’t know how the magazine can survive till next year…

    Danielle “Topanga” Fishel – Maxim Pictures

  9. Jermsguy says:

    The director of Safety Not Guaranteed will next direct Jurassic Park 4. Talk about a softball down the middle for a Lex rant.

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