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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 suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook