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  1. Doug R says:

    See the Deadpool 2 thread for my SPOILERIFIC BO joke.

  2. Bulldog68 says:

    I think this weekend has solidified BP’s victory over IW on the domestic race. With a Solo getting more eyeballs next weekend, I don’t think IW has $100m left in the tank. Maybe Memorial Day will help, but I think BP remained too strong for IW to cover that ground. Nice problem to have though, whether both your movies will make $700m.

  3. JS Partisan says:

    I’ll take that bet, BD. Memorial Day should help, and it’s getting number three all time.

  4. movieman says:

    Very disappointed in “Disobedience.”
    Like the “Chorus Line” song, I felt nothing.
    And I’ve enjoyed a lot of movies about insular Hassidic communities and lesbians.
    Weird how McAdams and Nivola’s British accents fade in and out from scene to scene. No continuity person(s) on set?
    A major letdown from Lelia, esp. after his Oscar-winning “Fantastic Woman.”

    But very much enjoyed “RBG” which I saw at a packed (!) house (w/ myriad demographics!) this afternoon.
    A fascinating true-life story that I didn’t know all that well, and a terrific appetizer for Mimi Leder’s upcoming Focus RBG biopic.

  5. Non-Revisionist says:

    Movieman, it’s RBG. And Natalie Portman isn’t playing her in the upcoming movie. Felicity Jones is.

  6. Arisp says:

    As a film going experience, A QUIET PLACE, which I just saw, is leaps and bounds more enjoyable than either of the current Marvel sausages. Wow what a fun film – with real stakes, unlike any of the comic book pablum.

  7. movieman says:

    Correction made, N-R.
    I guess I was typing faster than I was proof-reading.

    Felicity Jones? Oy.
    I guess the project has undergone some casting changes since first announced.
    (Btw, Portman would have been brilliant.)

    Is this Leder’s first theatrical release since 2000’s “Pay It Forward”?

  8. Sideshow Bill says:

    There is room in my heart for A Quiet Place, Infinity War and Phantom Thread. Or First Reformed which I am dying to see. Why do we have to separate everything?

  9. JS Partisan says:

    Bill, it totally came across as a whole, “I hate things that are popular,” post. It’s totally not getting how this all should work. The first movie was a train. A literal train. Seriously, being a snob about film is just weird.

  10. Hcat says:

    It’s not like A quiet place is anyway unpopular. That it continues to drop under 40 is remarkable.

  11. Hcat says:

    Arise, if you want real stakes you should check out the white knuckle ride that is Book Club, where every single character and 60% of the audience could die at any moment.

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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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