BYOB Archive for July, 2008


If an earthquake hits Hollywood in late July, does anyone actually feel it?


BYOB – Manic Monday


If It's Friday, It Must Be BYOB

Here’s a little grist for the mill…



This one is only for sane, sober commenters, thanks.


BYOB – Thursday



Sloooooow Week

People are revved up about The Dark Knight, though interestingly, most of the box office hype is coming from Fandango and, which are hyping themselves and their services in the process. It feels more like a little like the noise over Sex & The City. Of course, that turned into a $57 million opening weekend… but people are hyping the upcoming one as being almost 2.5 times that big… and if you look at the old ticket pre-sale info, Dark Knight is not at running 2.5 times S&TX’s number. Still… anything can happen. The DK vibe is strong… but there is sure to be a lot of controversy around kids under 10 and women once they start seeing the film in droves.
I can’t stop singing “Mamma Mia,” but I still can’t reccomend the film.
There must be SOMETHING else to discuss, right?


Monday In The Park With Dave

The day suddenly got full… running, running…
The revelation of the weekend was the 2.0 update for the iPhone. It’s interesting playing with it after reading all the yawning reviews of the new iPhone 3G on Friday. The story is, as many did indicate, the new application store, which you can use from the phone itself, and not so much the new phone. Then the really real story is the transformation of the device via these apps and the potential that adding 3G to those apps creates.
I have never thought of dumping the Blackberry as “the mail phone” and the main phone until now… and I haven’t even bought a 3G yet. Between the truly revolutionary website for The New York Times – which isn’t just regurgitation, but actually allows you to browse news in a different way, led by photos, not words… and fascinatingly leads with Business and Op-Ed – the AOL Instant messaging services, photo and community site access from most of the big providers, working radio from dozens of internet radio providers, improved gps, video beyond YouTube, and all kinds of wonderful toys, this is an experience that steps as big and wide as the initial iPhone


BYOB Weekend…


BYOB '79


BYOB – A New Week (7-7-8)


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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