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  1. THX5334 says:

    if you want to check out something new and cutting edge in media and Entertainment, go check out the PAX 2007 Expo in downtown Seattle that’s going on this weekend.
    It’s essentially a Game/Videogame Expo started by two web comic guys to benefit hospitalized and terminally ill children.
    There are 30,000 there attendees right now.
    Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are all there showing their latest content. Along with all the major publishers and developers in the industry.
    They have interesting panels like how story and narrative fit in videogames:
    It’s going on all weekend. If you want an idea of how interactive and passive entertainment are merging in content, I would advise checking this out.
    This is now the biggest event in the videogame industry since the cancellation of E3, and it is only in Seattle and it is this weekend.
    Oh, and don’t forget, it was started by two guys that wrote a webcomic about games. Now they have their own online store, this convention and now their own videogame coming out themselves developed with some of the top talents in the industry.
    I love these guys and what they’ve done with their passions, the web, and how they’ve not only turned it into major prosperity for themselves, but also managed to generate some real good in this world.
    I wish I was there this weekend to catch it.
    All proceeds go to benefit terminally ill children

  2. doug r says:

    Nice to see you’re enjoying yourself around The Center of the Universe

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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