BYOB Archive for September, 2010

BYOB 102910


BYOB Weekend

The weekend’s here and it’s going to hot in the City of Angels. Woo hoo.

You’re up…


BYOB for a New Week

Since landing in LA, not much posting, not much Tweeting.

This will soon change. But for now…


BYOB – Return To LA

… and to the blog.

I’ll start vomiting up the rest of the view from the last 10 days as the weekend progresses.


BYOB 9/13/10

Yeah… neglected the blog… so goes TIFF…

The good part is that you get Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas, Alex Gibney, Shia LeBouff, Christine Vachon, Paul Giamatti, Thandie Newton, Hayden Christensen, Rosamund Pike, Vera Farmiga, Keanu Reeves, and Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff and James F-ing Caan… amongst others. The bad part is that I have been quiet.

Here is some room to play.


BYOB – Traveling To Toronto

Two days of silence on the blog… hopefully there will be some video to keep you company this morning before I get on the plane.

In the meanwhile, have a most excellent Wednesday… and get ready to read alot about Scott Rudin, who becomes the de facto front man for The Social Network with a notoriously press-shy David Fincher in the director’s chair. Scott’s enthusiasm is at a full boil and it should fill the next couple of days of movie media before the festival ramps up.

See you on the other side of Buffalo…be nice to each other.


BYOB Friday 9-3-10

Been crazy… 5 films in the last 30 hours or so. But it will lead to an explosion of content in the weeks to come… some in a few hours even…

Be nice to each other.


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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