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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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DEADLINE: How does a visualist feel about people watching your films on a phone or VOD?
REFN: It depends on what kind of movie you make. We had great success with Only God Forgives on multiple platforms in the U.S. Young people will decide how they see it, when they want to see it. Don’t try to fight it. Embrace it. That’s a wonderful opportunity. We’re at the most exciting time since the invention of the wheel, in terms of creativity because distribution and accessibility have changed everything. A camera is still a camera whether it’s digital or not; there’s still sound; an actor is an actor. Ninety-nine percent of what you do is going to be seen on a smart phone – I know this is the greatest thing ever made because it allows people to choose, watching what you do on this format or go into a theater and see it on a screen. That means more people than ever will see what I do, which is personally satisfying in terms of vanity. But you have to be able to adapt, to accept things in different order and length than we’re used to. We are in a very, very exciting time.
~ Nic Refn to Jen Yamato

DEADLINE: You mention Tarantino, who with Christopher Nolan and a few other giants, saved film stock from extinction. To him, showing a digital film in a theater is the equivalent of watching TV in public. Make an argument for why digital is a good film making canvas.
REFN: Costwise, it’s a very effective way for young people to start making movies. You can make your movie on an iPhone. It’s wonderful seeing how my own children use technology to enhance creativity. For me it’s a wonderful canvas. Sure, I love grain in film. I love celluloid. But I also like creativity. I like crayons, I like pencils, I like paint. It’s all relative. Technology is more inclusive. A hundred years ago when film was invented, it was an elitist club. Very few people got to make it, very few people controlled it and very few people owned it. A hundred years later, storytelling through images is everyone’s domain. It’s ultimate capitalism. There are no rules, and no barriers and no Hays Code. Where does this go in another hundred years? I don’t know but I would love to see it.
~ Nic Refn To Jen Yamato