“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
By David Poland email@example.com
Oscar Minus Banksy = Epic Fail
If Steve Pond’s report is correct and The Academy has pretty much banned Banksy from appearing at The Oscars in disguise, one can only hang one’s head in wonder at how STUPID the leadership of The Academy is.
You know what they should be doing? They should be inviting Banksy to deface the walls next to red carpet (while pretending not to)… ask him to turn up with 4 or 5 others in monkey masks – including Jaime D’Cruz and Mr Brainwash – so no one knows who he is… and generally make a spectacle of himself. Why? Because he is one of the world’s greatest marketers to exactly the demographic that The Academy is desperately pandering to at every bloody turn… anyone under 40!
How tone deaf are they?
What is STILL one of the most talked about moments in Oscar history? The Streaker.
What other moments are talked about? Snow White & Rob Lowe, “You like me, you really like me,” Sacheen Littlefeather, Michael Moore being booed, Adrien Brody sexually harassing Halle Berry, etc, etc, etc.
We ACHE for someone to be lifelike and spirited and exciting during the show. I think Franco & Hathaway will have fun on stage, but the promos so far look like they are trying sooooo hard to be spontaneous. And The Academy is pissing away the Banksy opportunity?
No one will remember the 20,000th self-promotional event by The Black Eyed Sell Outs from the Super Bowl this year. Janet Jackson put the phrase “wardrobe malfunction” into the dictionary. Get it? You can’t create a great surprising controversial moment. But you can allow someone who actually has a lot of experience pulling one off to have his head.
What would be the most memorable image of Oscar in history? Banksy’s slash up of the award and/or ceremony. Give him a giant Oscar to work with. Give him an entire wall of the Hollywood and Highland complex. Step up, Academy! Come Monday morning, the stick comes out of your collective buttocks, removed along with the tux or ball gown, and all you will have are the memories. Allow something memorable to happen!