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Noah Forrest

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Vassup, Bruno

Note: this column treads into spoilery territory.  So if you want to stay pure forBruno, then avert your eyes! When Da Ali G Show premiered on HBO, I remember where I was and who I was with. It was a seminal comedic moment in my life, changing the verynature of what I thought humor could do. …

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Tired Acts in Year One

How did Harold Ramis, Jack Black and Michael Cera — otherwise intelligent, talented people — end up involved in a mediocre, muddled project llikeYear One? I’d like to say this film is a perfectly acceptable comedy, the kind of movie that gives you a couple smiles here and there, and can be forgiven for being the kind of…

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Transformers in My Mailbox

At the end of last week’s column, which was about unnecessary sequels being released this summer, I implored readers to send me e-mails if they were actually fans of the first Transformers movie and let me know why. I had stated that I didn’t know anybody who actually enjoyed that film, which was true.  But now I’ve…

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Sequels Nobody Asked For

Box office receipts can be deceiving.  Most studios will look at the box office results of the latest tent-pole blockbuster and based on those results, decide whether or not the film merits a sequel.  Besides the fact that that is clearly not an artistic decision in any way, it’s also incredibly short-sighted.  Just because a…

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The Hurt Locker: A War Story for Our Time

The last time I was so floored by a “war” film was David O. Russell’s brilliant Three Kings. The reason I put “war” in quotation is because both films use a particular war as a background for moral and ethical dilemmas. In Three Kings, it was about whether or not one should risk potential wealth when faced with…

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The Frenzy in Hawaii

I’m right in the middle of a two-week trip to Maui. Anytime I go on a trip, I always bring classic books I never got around to – this trip I broughtTender is the Night and Master and Margarita– and I also bring along a few DVDs to watch on the plane and in my down…

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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