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BYOB Sunday Night

27 Responses to “BYOB Sunday Night”

  1. mysteryperfecta says:

    Don’t know how many of you caught this “news” item from The Onion:
    Michael Bay Signs $50M Deal To Fuck Up ‘ThunderCats’

  2. mutinyco says:

    “Breach my levee at your peril!”

  3. Hallick says:

    That is one surprisingly weak article from The Onion, with a headline and opening sentence that scream “written by an 11 year old who just learned how to spell the F word!”. Big letdown.

  4. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Hey ONION meet EASY TARGET.
    Is THE ONION even relevant in this day and age? It was a lot of fun years ago and even some of the recent video content is innovative but the rehashing of similar articles by replacing the object, person or activity is really beginning to show signs of lethargy from all involved. This BAY piece is really the nadir, with the strongest writersleaving to take decent pay elsewhere, we’re now getting college kids who think rehashing populist flame material is cutting edge humor.
    I do like the AV Club a lot though.

  5. Bay is making a “small” movie that’s a “cross between Fargo and Pulp Fiction” if you can believe it. It’s about bodybuilders too. Blegh.

  6. christian says:

    Is the joke that THUNDERCATS has no beloved fan base?

  7. CaptainZahn says:

    Anyone have any thoughts on the growing controversy over The Last Airbender casting?
    http://www.margaretcho.com/blog/2009/04/14/the-last-airbender-is-the-last-straw/

  8. It won’t be a controversy, I’m sure. Asian non-casting rarely rates a mention. There was a brief hubbub over 21, but that quickly dissipated and there was that issue about Zhang Ziyi being cast in Memoirs of a Geisha, but by the time the final product came about nobody gave a damn because it was so crap.
    I hope they keep it up (and I love Margaret Cho so here’s hoping she gets out there and tries to raise awareness), but I imagine people just won’t care. It’s directed by Shyamalan, “isn’t that enough?” or whatever. :/

  9. Martin S says:

    SWEET GOD – is this Kiera Knightley?
    http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB124018425311033183-lMyQjAxMDI5NDEwOTExODk0Wj.html
    http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/MK-AV622_FOREIG_DV_20090419212622.jpg
    I honestly thought one of the producer’s in the article was a trans. Then I re-read the caption.

  10. Wrecktum says:

    Seems to me people would be trying to FLEE a Shyamalan project, not lobbying to be in one.

  11. LexG says:

    KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is GOD.
    BOW Martin. BOW.

  12. Hallick says:

    “I honestly thought one of the producer’s in the article was a trans. Then I re-read the caption.”
    Kind of Doug Henning meets Vidal Sassoon.
    “BOW Martin. BOW.”
    BOW WOW Lex. BOW WOW. (in this pic at least. They can’t all be winners I guess…)

  13. LexG says:

    WHOA “The Imposters” comes out this weekend????
    And “Fighting,” “Soloist,” “Obsessed” and “TYSON”????
    Man, is this clearinghouse weekend or what?
    And yet I’m more excited about three of those than 90% of the summer movies you guys are all stoked for.
    UNRELATED TOPIC: I am watching Carson Daly, and Dr. Drew Pinsky is on. IS there a bigger, more self-serving TOOL in all of showbiz than this exploiting, TV-hungry quack, with his bogus advice and easy answers?

  14. LYT says:

    Lex — no. I’m pals with Drew’s former “best friend” the Poorman, and the shit he has to say about Drew makes me loathe the dude.

  15. LYT says:

    Been at the Fangoria convention all weekend; might as well promote my newest movie here too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3o30FcuXbs

  16. christian says:

    Lex is right (thunder rolls) – -Dr. Drew is a total tool, and always has been. I actually saw this egomaniac exploiter on the Glenn Beck show last month talking without irony about our cultural narcissism. With Beck. And Dr. Drew. Irony!

  17. yancyskancy says:

    I always thought Dr. Drew seemed okay, until he became so ubiquitous. The Celebrity Rehab thing is really a bit much. And didn’t he play the Olsen twins’ dad in some movie? Sheesh.
    Remember “Late Date with Sari,” that sex advice show from around 1995? The host, Sari Locker, was kind of a cute little minx. Wonder what she’s up to these days? I’d rather look at her than Drew any day.

  18. christian says:

    Dr. Drew “jumped the shark” with that re-hab show, human exploitation of the lowest order. I wish Dr. Phil would analyze Dr. Drew and they would both explode.

  19. CaptainZahn says:

    I want to hear the dirt, LYT.

  20. yancyskancy says:

    I’m guessing that being pals with the Poorman just increased LYT’s OWNAGE quotient with Lex by at least 20%.

  21. LexG says:

    Yeah, that’s a cool namedrop, but it’d be more awesome if LYT was friends with Colin or Dino from COLIN’S SLEAZY FRIENDS.
    Dr. Douche was indeed slinging that “cultural narcisissm” bullshit on Carson. And offering these grim predictions and diagnoses for certain “troubled” (ie, AWESOME) celebrities, which seemed to be downright irresponsible. And of course offering his all-too-easy stock psychobabble 101 and support-system lecturing.
    He also fails to recognize that drinking is AWESOME.

  22. LYT says:

    Poorman — who created Loveline — introduced Drew to his now-wife. They were best friends, and Drew promised he’d stand by the Poorman no matter what. But when Poorman got into a prank war with Kevin and Bean, and KROQ fired him, Drew did nothing to stand by him.
    Also, let’s just say Drew is not as clean-cut as he seems, or at least, has not always been.

  23. Josh Massey says:

    Terminator: Salvation has officially been rated PG-13.

  24. ployp says:

    I didn’t realize Terminator 3 was rated R.
    Up is rated PG (???) for ‘Some Peril and Action’. Interesting…
    http://pixarblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/up-rated-pg-by-mpaa.html

  25. LYT says:

    That means Moon Bloodgood’s breasts got cut.
    And almost certainly an Unrated DVD “director’s cut”

  26. ployp says:

    I didn’t realize Terminator 3 was rated R.
    Up is rated PG (???) for ‘Some Peril and Action’. Interesting…
    http://pixarblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/up-rated-pg-by-mpaa.html

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch