The Hot Blog Archive for November, 2005

Just In Time

New Hollywood-Elsewhere Header Photo
Happy Thanksgiving!!!


The Monkey Mock

A terrific merry mocking from
I picked 4 to show here, but take a look at all of them.
Funny to see King Kong already being played with so archly.
And a slightly more realistic view of boarding school…


The New Maxim Is Here!

Guess which magazine quoted in the Rent TV ads published:
“What’s worse than sitting in a cafe listening to overeducated, ambitionless hipsters whine aout their personal problems? Having them jump on tables and sing about them. And with all the creativity director Chris Columbus (the man who gave us Home Alone) is likely to bring to the proceedings, they’d have been better off just mounting a camera on a tripod and pointing it at the stage.”


How Many Directors Does It Take To Monkey Around?

The DGA has a new challenging request on their arbitration docket right now.
Peter Jackson wants to give a


Help Write A Column…

What are your biggest awards wannabe flops?


OH MY!!!!

If you have the chance, check out NBC’s The Poseidon Adventure.
WB should have bought it for $20 million just so no one would ever see it.
It is like the worst episode of The Love Boat ever made.
“Embarrassingly shitty crap” would be such a gross understatement.


Sunday Estimates – 11/20

So yes


Cold Mountin'

What drew me onto the Brokeback bandwagon at this moment was that I don’t think Geisha will draw 80% of the “romantic saga” voters at the Academy. Moreover, in direct comparison, Geisha suffers from its limitations. Brokeback has the dryness and love of inaction that pushed me away from it


Early Friday Estimates by Klady

Talk about frontloading!
Klady is estimating Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire



“Effective January 1, 2006, DreamWorks Pictures will play the licensing fees for all amateur productions of the award-winning musical


Titanic Numbers

This is the time of year when people start speculating about “Titanic numbers.” But it is easy to forget just how singular the Titanic box office reality is.
A grand total of one movie other than Titanic has EVER broken the $1 billion mark worldwide. One!
And how big is the difference between that movie (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) and Titanic? Well, it’s more than the difference between this year’s box office and last year’s, a number that has caused hysteria in the film business.
$726 million.
Titanic‘s number is $726 million greater than any other movie in history. (Thank you for you rolling eyes, adjusted gross lovers… please make your notes below.)
There may be a movie someday that matches Titanic


It's Scientology Friday!

Anyone who saw the South Park episode on Comedy Central last night is wondering just how deep the hole in the desert that Parker & Stone will be buried in will be.
And now, there is the question about Chumscrubber, rolling out via Picturehouse. How does a “Psychiatry Kills” poster make it to a teen wall in the valley? What’s so wrong with a few anti-depressants? Is this a secret Scientology movie?
Not that there’s anything wrong with that…


Is Avian Flu Another Millenium Bug…

…. or should I be stocking oxygen and masks like people do water and canned goods?
(This is meant as much as a cultural question as a literal one… are fads like crack to the American society?)


Looking Desperately For Anything Worth Talking About

Any ideas?


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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