Note Pad Archive for October, 2005

You Go, LAT! is open. Enjoy the vanilla.

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58 Countries Vying for 2005 Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — A record fifty-eight countries from four continents, including new entrants Costa Rica, Fiji and Iraq, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today. The 2005 submissions are: Argentina, “El Aura,” Fabian Bielinsky, director; Bangladesh, “Shyamol Chaya,” Humayun Ahmed, director; Belgium, “The…

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Capote Image From New Yorker

Would you give an Oscar to these men? Clifton Collins, Jr. & Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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The Cinea thing

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Cinea finally landed one… Disney… for this year. So far, no one else. And apparently, Universal, Sony, and Paramount have passed on the technology. But here is where it gets interesting. With Cinea in place, Disney could be comfortable sending out all of their films (Chicken Little, Shopgirl) )almost…

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The Producers Trailer (America)

Not only is the trailer for The Producers a vast improvement over the one that leaked out from Europe a few months ago, but it is one of the best marketing examples in recent months. *They get in a good 4 or 5 big laughs in 2 minutes. *They address any question people might have…

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Image Of The Day

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The White Countess Gets Dated

Sony Classics sets for a limited run on 12/21

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19 Weeks To Go

20 Weeks To Oscar It’s a commercial movie… it’s an Oscar movie… it’s both a commercial movie and an Oscar movie. It’s been niche theme week at The Hot Button and the discussion extends here today, as the business of chasing Oscars has become a very distinct niche in recent years. The Lord of the…

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A Lovely Send Off

While James Ivory was in the midst of a difficult shoot of The White Countess in Shanghai, the director called Sony Classics chief Tom Bernard and Michael Barker and told them that they should start planning something big for the premiere of the film… he wanted something special. Little did he (or anyone else) know…

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The Family Stone Movies To Dec 16

The Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2005 IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS,THE FAMILY STONE IS MOVING TO DECEMBER! LOS ANGELES…Twentieth Century Fox is capitalizing on the feel-good playability of this holiday comedy and its amazing ensemble cast (Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson, Claire Danes, Dermot Mulroney, Craig…

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20 Weeks To Oscar – Week One

The Year Of The Actor This year, you have Phoenix & Witherspoon making the great love story of Johnny and June Carter Cash work… Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins are this year’s Hope & Crosby (though Hope was never nominated)… Capote is about Phil Hoffman… All The King’s Men relies on Sean Penn’s ability to…

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First Screenplay To Arrive In Voters’ Homes…

Broken Flowers

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GoldDerby Daringly Brings Oscar Contenders Into Focus

Now, in early October, Tom O’Neil manages to reduce his lists of contenders down to a shockingly skimpy 25 frontrunners, here

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The New Cinea Is Here! The New Cinea Is Here!

My SV300 Secure DVD Player arrived today, as I suspect it arrived for all BFCA members. Academy members got their’s last year. Cinea has told some folks that at least 3 studios have signed up for their program already, though according to the trades, none of the deals are official yet. I was kind of…

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Dates Moving

The Family Stone moves from Nov 4 to Nov 11 Pride & Prejudice moves from Nov 18 to Nov 11

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Very Clever

DreamWorks is pushing Match Point as “From Director Woody Allen,” as opposed to the traditional Woody Allen push. Here is the trailer.

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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