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  1. movieman says:

    Kind of suspected it, but was still surprised to read that Regal, Cinemark, et al won’t be playing “Paranormal Activity” or “Scout’s Guide” this month due to the shortened window between theatrical and VOD.
    I wonder if they’re already regretting that decision, especially w/ “Paranormal” since the franchise has been such a cash cow for the studio.

  2. movieman says:

    There’s going to be yet ANOTHER “Fantastic 4” movie in 2020?!
    If at first–or three times, but who’s counting anymore?–you fail, try, try again.
    On top of yesterday’s news about “Die Hard 6” (really? why?) and a new Godzilla vs. King Kong movie, I think Hollywood has officially run out of fresh ideas.
    Or any ideas period.

  3. Doug R says:

    I heard that Fox was swapping FF rights for X men TV rights, so FF would be done by Marvel.

  4. movieman says:

    Yeah, Doug. Marvel is doing the fourth attempt at “F4.”
    Doesn’t make the prospect of yet another go-round w/ those characters any less punitive-sounding to me. Of course, I’m not one of those people who genuflect at the name of “Marvel,” lol.

  5. cadavra says:

    “I think Hollywood has officially run out of fresh ideas.”

    This idea itself was fresh in the ’90s.

  6. movieman says:

    You’re right, Cad. It just seems even more pronounced today than ever before.

  7. cadavra says:

    On another topic, there’s a rumor floating about–boosted by a notation on IMDb–that there will be 15/70 IMAX film prints of FORCE AWAKENS. Can anyone confirm or deny?

  8. Nick Rogers says:

    ^^ They’re getting one at the Indiana State Museum IMAX in Indianapolis.

  9. leahnz says:

    it’s true…all of it

  10. cadavra says:

    Good news, thanks. Alas, there’s only one IMAX left in L.A. that kept the film projectors–the one at Universal City–and parking last time I was there (three years ago) was $15. Oh, well, some things a man can’t ride around.

  11. Hcat says:

    So I have massive reservations about Disney and Abrams, but damnit this latest SW trailer got me on board. The music and sound effects just hit my sweet spot. Has any filmmaker used sound as effectively as Lucas did? I swear the only reason I revisited Crystal Skull was to hear the punches and the sound of the whip. I had decided to skip Return of the Sith until I heard a Wookie in the trailer. His and William’s aural trappings are so buried in my psyche I can’t help but be drawn whenever I hear them.

  12. Triple Option says:

    @cadavra, I thought the IMAX at Howard Hughes Pkwy fka The Bridge had a film projector. They said that’s why they didn’t show Gravity because there were film prints of it.

  13. Mike says:

    Hcat, I felt exactly the same way about the trailer. Nothing in it really interests me all that much, but the music… damn.

  14. Hcat says:

    I will admit I might be over cynical, but does anyone have an example of when Disney has ever delivered the goods in live action? Even if you count touchstone they only have one action treasure (open range), they can make a Nate and Hayes but they have never made a Raiders of the lost Ark, or even a Temple of Doom.

  15. cadavra says:

    Triple: That IMAX is long gone–they dismantled it after ELYSIUM. It’s now an XD, which is Cinemark’s PLF brand.

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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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