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BYOB: Super Bowl 50…

A selection of ads that are coming… don’t watch if you don’t want them spoiled. Use the space to discuss whatever…

Meet Kadar Prince…

Conceived on acid…

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6 Responses to “BYOB: Super Bowl 50…”

  1. leahnz says:

    probably more ads should be conceived on acid

  2. Hallick says:

    I’d rather they were conceived without knowing they’ll be shown during the Super Bowl. So much crap misfires trying to be Super Bowl Level Worthy.

  3. YancySkancy says:

    I don’t care one little thing about football, but I think I’d rather watch the Super Bowl than this nonsense. People actually look forward to stuff like this every year?

  4. brack says:

    I’m convinced most ads are conceived on acid in general. But puppymonkeybaby takes the cake. The ads just aren’t that great, and the Internet/morning news shows have tended to spoil a lot of the ads over the last several years. Gone are the days when no one had any idea what ads were going to pop up, which was half the fun.

  5. Hallick says:

    Super Bowl ads in their own weird way are like the Oscar bait of commercials. I have more real fondness for ads I’ve seen any other time of the year than during this game. Does the World Cup have this issue too?

  6. leahnz says:

    i had no idea there were other comments in this thread, the side bar with recent comments hardly ever shows the comments until way later if at all (for me anyway). an experiment to see if this comment pops up in the sidebar while i’m sweltering and so lethargic i can hardly move except to eat my melon
    had to look up puppymonkeybaby, wtf

    nope. maybe next week it’ll show up, probably my useless POS tablet

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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