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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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“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
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