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BYOB 42011

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15 Responses to “BYOB 42011”

  1. Steve says:

    Sad about Tim Hetherington. We take for granted the pictures and photos we get from war zones.

  2. chris says:

    Re the “Happy Days” headline: I believe “terps” are dancers, not actors.

  3. Krillian says:

    “Lindsay Lohan no longer in talks for Gotti movie.”

    Like watching the slowest train-wreck in the world.

  4. David Poland says:

    Think that was a typo, Chris. When we post headlines, the headline is repeated twice on the posting page. He had “perfs” and “terps.” Apparently, changed his mind and didn’t change the second reference. And so it goes…

  5. chris says:

    Heck, those Variety slanguage words are sometimes so obscure, it’s tough to keep ’em straight, anyway.

  6. chris says:

    On another topic, does anybody get the way “Water for Elephants” was treated, press screening-wise? A Wednesday morning screening for a Friday opening usually means the movie sucks hard. But “Water for Elephants” doesn’t.

  7. NickF says:

    The whole Lohan thing was shady at best. She’s at that odd announcement conference with V. Gotti, but she never signed any papers and was basically in talks only.

    She has no cred and is toxic.

  8. chris says:

    As much as I agree with that, NickF, I’d still bet she’s a better casting idea than Ella Blue is.

  9. LexG says:

    WITHOUT SPOILING “Water for Elephants,” can someone tell me if there is some kind of action or disaster movie element to it, which the trailers and TV spots are wholly concealing? The whole campaign is so vague, like “Good-looking misfit joins the circus and meets Reese.” Is that it? Seems like early on, people were mentioning it as being TITANIC-esque, which made me think there was some GIANT SPECTACLE OF DESTRUCTION in store in the second half… But from the trailers it looks like some light, small-budget period romance (which apparently runs 90 minutes and change…)

    I honestly can’t tell if this is some $4 million dollar small scale character indie, or some $200 million ACTION EPIC.

    If I can’t divine that, how’s the casual viewer gonna know it’s not just some glum all-talk, one-set drama?

  10. nikki whisperer says:

    SPOILER: There’s a BIG FIRE in the circus tent, but the elephant pees on it and puts it out (hence the title).

  11. Joe Leydon says:

    And in another scene: The elephant flies.

  12. leahnz says:

    very sad about hetherington, may he rest in peace. i thought ‘restrepo’ was a fascinating examination of human nature and soldiers in combat – the intense bursts of fight-or-flight adrenaline contrasted with bouts of tedium, the camaraderie contrasted with the loneliness and isolation of soldiers under fire, military discipline contrasted with the inevitable simmering emotions of war, the instinct to simply survive with your mates until you can get home, etc, a ‘right here right now’ POV we are rarely privy to, far more accustomed to fictionalised dramatisations and first-hand accounts filtered thru memory and nostalgia. i’m grateful to hetherington (and junger) for providing their perspective into that specific slice of danger-fraught life.

    (and whatever motivates people such as hetherington and the others horribly wounded in libya, i don’t see how one can deny their courage; i can’t even imagine the intestinal fortitude required to insert oneself into a clearly potentially deadly war zone in order to provide insight into what the people there on the ground are experiencing; i guess such losses are inevitable but for me it serves as a sad reminder of just how unbelievably brave hetherington and his ilk are in attempting to record the unvarnished truth so that people hopefully will never forget the living hell that is war)

  13. sanj says:

    watching pawn stars on history channel ..

    some dude named picasso made this art called
    pour roby ..

    this thing can be worth up to 1000 bucks .. but
    most go for 100 bucks

    looks like a simple drawing but somebody famous made it so it costs a lot.

    there’s way too much reality tv on history channel. not enough history.

    waiting for a DP/30 with piccasso … maybe he can paint
    the twilight cast and make millions off that art..

  14. chris says:

    A mild stampede in “Water for Elephants,” but no. No big action.

  15. sanj says:

    the office – i just don’t find it funny anymore – too many characters just not getting enough screentime to be funny ..

    i do like outsourced – i hated it at first but the stories are getting funnier and it has as many chracters as the office.

    favorite new shows – Happy Endings and Breaking In .. its the stories – they have them.

    hey DP – can you spend more time reviewing some tv shows .. a lot of new actors that need a DP/30

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