The Hot Blog Archive for November, 2006

The 10th Annual Things I'm Thankful For…

THANKS COME TO MIND NOW for every goddamned stupid moment of Borat and the way the memories of many moments in it still bring a stupid smirk to my face.
For days like Tuesday, where even in mourning, we can all agree to care about the loss of a giant.
For Andrea Berloff’s pleasure with it all.
For Michael Mann’s brilliant obsessions.
For the kindness of Bill Condon, who draws kind (and very talented) people to his side as a result.
For Joe Carnahan’s wild streak.
For Francis Coppola’s decision to get back to work.
For Robert Altman’s spirit, which always informed what was best in his work.
For the genius and beauty of the Actresses of 2006.

The rest…


Lunch With David – Thanksgiving Turkey

The clip


A Long Goodbye To One Of The 20 Most Important Directors Of All Time

37 films… 36 since 1968.
My Personal Top Ten, it seems to me, offers an idea of Altman as one of the rarest of things in Hollywood


Incredibly Bad Timing?

This promotional e-mail showed up this morning
Of course, they included a clip of a screaming lunatic Nazi
Hello David,
Hello _________,
“No soup for you!” “He stole my marble rye!” “Bosco!”


There Is No Joy In Hobbitton

I don


How Would You Write Them?

From today’s THB…
Ten other columns I will have to force myself to write before the end of the year – perhaps I can consolidate a few – that speak to where we are in 2006 and where we are heading are


Almost Beyond Belief

I find it almost impossible to discuss Sharon Waxman’s latest abusive attempt to maintain the illusion that she and The New York Times had the box office story of 2005 right.
The Times


Terribly Important Borat Videos

Yes, Borat fever isn’t quite dead yet.
First, Cindy Street shows just how enraged she really is… she her voice crack with anger and see Gloria Allred try to grab 15 more seconds of fame….

And then, for your viewing pleasure, the Love Theme from Borat, which threatens to knock the Dreamgirls, Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge, and Dolly Parton right out of the Best Song race


Questions For A Sunday Evening

Q: If Notes on a Scandal opens and closes with Dame Dench and Cate Blanchett is the object of her driving force in the film, why would Blanchett be considered a Lead by a voting group?
A: Because they only have 5 nominees in Supporting and 10 in Lead, so she can be assured a nomination.
Q: Is Volver a comedy or a drama?
A: Depends if you think you


Sunday Estimates by Klady – 11/19

Box Office Mojo, for the sake of reference, has Happy Feet wining the weekend by $1.7 million. I imagine we will get more of a sense of


Klady's Friday Estimates



Lunch With David – The Season Will Rock

How shitty can I look on camera?
Launch Lunch


Oscar Stat Of The Day

Someone else launched this idea somewhere, but following up


Release Borat

I took at look at Slate’s apparent copy of Page One of a Borat release form and pulled the following details that seem to suggest that this form was a lot more reasonable than any of the accusations suggest. And it’s not all the “you have no rights” stuff. It is the definitions that are quite specific or alternately, quite broad.
I point to the non-foreign company name (proves nothing, except for it not being deceptive)…
“a documentary-style film,” which Borat is, not “a documentary”…
three of the specific waivers that I think are particularly relevant…
… and “participant is not relying on any promises or statements,” etc, which speaks directly to claims that they were verbally mislead.
Of course, this form may not actually be representative of what some people signed. None of us has any way of knowing that. And if I was Fox, I’d still kick some money to the international location for the sake of good will. But if this is the agreement people signed – which is a lot more detailed than any agreement I have ever seen from a doc crew – these cases probably disappear in a hurry.


Anyone Know…

I have been runnning in and out all day today and somehow, my TV, which I turned on but didn’t have a moment to really watch, was on the G4 cable net.
but i have noticed that every time it’s been on there have been another set of hosts… the guy, geeky looking in his late 20s and the girl wearing a skin-tight top and, minimally, a D cup. There is one exception… a long-heaired brunette with a B-cup… and her shirt open to a button below the bottom of her bra.
Is this really what runs 24 hours a day? Geek boy, hot & overripe girl, with video game clips and bad jokes?
Just trying to catch up…


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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