Awards Archive for October, 2006

Interesting Screener Thing

I just threw Little Miss Sunshine into the DVD player for the first time, mostly to make sure the disc was working, and I have had a bit of a baby revelation .
This movie plays a lot better on DVD than on a big screen.
People talk about the number of DVDs and the delivery dates a lot. But a small scale movie with strong performances, a lot of close-ups, and of course, status as a comedy, does seem to have a real advantage on DVD. And in this case, it is a movie with a lot of pastels, which really jump in a different way on the TV screen. The color is dense in a way you rarely see on TV.
I was already feeling like LMS had moved into a likely BP slot. But watching it on TV, even more so. I think that a lot of people who were so-so-on it will see it over the holidays with their families who want to watch it and find themselves surprised by being more engaged.


I'll Show You The Life Of The Penquin!!!

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Taking Sides?

Interesting that (who knows if it will be in print?) decided to run a Jeff Ressner piece mocking Paramount


Cha CHING!!!

Fox Searchlight got Little Miss Sunshine to Academy members first, but Tony Angellotti and Universal Studios gets the prize for the first massive, lavish effort to overspend its way back into the Oscar race with the United 93, which did $31.5 million domestically and $42.5 million, but got excellent reviews when it arrived back in April.
Three full olive green pages in a local newspaper today recreated a promotional piece that was sent out with the DVD, arriving on doorsteps of guild members over the last few days. (Added Note: Academy members, of course, do not get the insert, as The Academy continues to maintain the illusion that their members are not being solicited, ut only received gently marked DVDs for their convenience.)
(The inside and close-up of pull quotes after the jump.)
The big question is whether U has shot the majority of its U93 budget here and now. Could the studio really spend the millions and millions it dropped on buying Seabiscuit a Best Picture nomination in the face of hundreds of layoffs, primarily on the TV side of the company? Will they really spend more in the chase than they donated to the family charities and building funs of the victims of United 93?


Seriously Dumb

Who allows this to happen?
The L.A.Times, which owns Gold Derby and is desperately trying to sell more advertising by printing a weekly Envelope pullout (Yes, now you can read all that weak content you ignored on the web in print! Wahoo!!!) lost its mind last week and & allowed Tom O’Neill to sell the idea that Diana Ross, who made 3 films in her entire career, the last one 28 years ago, is a potential danger to the awards hopes of Dreamgirls.
There are a lot of arguments that can be made against any film’s award hopes. Some are smart. Some are stupid.
But some, especially when stretched to four pages, make you wonder just how far we are willing to go to court non-existent controversy in journalism. This, of course, comes on the heels of O


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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