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The Hot Blog Archive for August, 2005

The Next "Next New Thing"

While you are done with your Sprinkles cupcake, take a walk around the corner (you need it) to HannSpree, the giant new near-empty storefront on Beverly Drive and get a whiff of the future.
These guys are a little off the mark, but very close to the next big thing in home computing and decorating… theme monitors. They still produce primarily regular televisions, which I don’t see catching on beyond the bedrooms of very wealthy children and kitchens. The TVs are rather small by today’s standards and I doubt that many people want a 52″ baseball TV in their living room.
But as they realize that the market for themed monitors is quite real and that a couple of hundred-dollar premium for a really cool monitor is very viable, their business should take off.
Take a look

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The Festival Blog Starts Its Life

First review… wish it was a better movie…

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Uh….

A Reuters/Holywood Reporter headline says, “Oteri switching teams for ‘Southland Tales’.
With due respect to a talented woman, shouldn’t the headline be “Oteri works!” or “The Rock and Seann William Scott Reunite” or even “We Really Have Nothing Else To Write… Sorry.”

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Okay, Creative Ones…

Looking for the best 25 word take on Paul Haggis’ version of James Bond?

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About Katie's Boys…

If you’re interested, my Hot Button today mentioned: “Four Brothers, I am amazed to say, is a good, old fashioned time at the movies. It is so clearly a The Sons of Katie Elder rip-off, coming out of the studio that owns Katie Elder, that it is surprising not to see any credit to the original, though the studio had it slated as a remake as late as last November. I don’t know what the issue is, but my guess is that it has something to do with the very, very difficult and demanding estate of John Wayne, which may well have remake rights that allow the Waynes to vet production choices. Regardless, John Singleton and the youthful credited writers – David Elliot and Paul Lovett – did a nice job of maintaining the spirit of the original while adapting the whole notion to the modern era.”
That lead to a reader e-mail that pointed out the writers claiming “they’d never seen Elder until after the movie was done” in a Creative Screenwriting podcast interview.
But meanwhile, ln a “New Paramount” story in Variety last November 7, this appeared: “The rest of 2005 includes remakes of “Bad News Bears,” “Last Holiday” and “The Sons of Katie Elder”; and TV-based projects “Aeon Flux” and “The Honeymooners.””
So…

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What Deadwood Is to Cursing

Rome is to graphic sex… endless, graphic nudity and sex.
Remember when Polly Walker was just sexy? Now we’ll all be expecting her and her 40something implants to have sex with a live animal by episode 3.
How can she not? Her first appearance in the show is fully front, mid-fornication, followed by a bad, followed by being covering in animal blood in a see through frock… oy yoy yoy yoy yoy…
I can’t decide if this show is actually good… but man, it is the raunchiest thing I’ve seen on TV for a while.

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Great V-sar's Ghost!

James Purefoy, the guy playing Marc Antony in HBO’s new show, Rome, is the guy who ended up being let go from the role of V, replaced by Hugo Weaving, in V for Vendetta.

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Sunday Box Office Analysis

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Early Box Office Analysis – 8/27

The Brothers Grimm, which dumped its pretense of being a Terry Gilliam movie (except for people who read newspapers

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Here's An Idea…

… inspired by Stella’s Boy…
What if there was a THX for theater service?
Remember, THX wasn’t a specific hardware package, but a standard bearer.
What if a theater offered PMS – Premium Movie Service… ushers that ushered and threw people out… a 2 minute guarantee at the concessions stand… info about the commercial schedule so you could see what you like or skip it if you like

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It's Hot…

Sorry to leave you guys to your own devices…

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The Rest Of The Story, 2005…

The lost portion of The Scarlett Johansson 911 Transcript follows:
“I’m Scarlett Johansson, an actor… no, The Island was not my fault… do you know how much press I got for fondling Benecio del Toro in an elevator and they couldn’t open that movie… yes… no, just fondling… he had a sore… exactly! if I’m not a big enough star to open The Island, why are these paparazzi following me to Disneyland… okay, but only if you send the police now… ‘What am I, Scarlett Johnasson, doing after personally shutting down Steven Spielberg’s studio? I’m going to Disneyland!’… thanks… are they on the way?… yeah, I got special passes from Jeffrey… yes, they’re real… are you still recording this?”

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Fear & Loathing In The Critics Chair

It’s funny (Not really.) When I saw that Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post was writing on

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My First Toronto List

Here

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Where Have You Gone, Jack Valenti?

If the endless droning about

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“The core fear is what can happen to you, personally. Your body. That’s what horror films deal with, precisely. We are a very thin skin wrapped around a pumping heart and guts. At any given moment it can come down to that, be it diseases, or somebody’s assault, or war, or a car wreck. You could be reduced to the simple laws of physics and your body’s vulnerability. The edged weapon is the penultimate weapon to disclose that reality to you.”
~ Wes Craven, 1996, promoting Scream

MAMET
Well, that, to me, is always the trick of dramaturgy; theoretically, perfectly, what one wants to do is put the protagonist and the audience in exactly the same position. The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always what does the protagonist want. That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants. What gives rise to the drama, what is the precipitating event, and how, at the end of the play, do we see that event culminated? Do we see the protagonist’s wishes fulfilled or absolutely frustrated? That’s the structure of drama. You break it down into three acts.

INTERVIEWER
Does this explain why your plays have so little exposition?

MAMET
Yes. People only speak to get something. If I say, Let me tell you a few things about myself, already your defenses go up; you go, Look, I wonder what he wants from me, because no one ever speaks except to obtain an objective. That’s the only reason anyone ever opens their mouth, onstage or offstage. They may use a language that seems revealing, but if so, it’s just coincidence, because what they’re trying to do is accomplish an objective… The question is where does the dramatist have to lead you? Answer: the place where he or she thinks the audience needs to be led. But what does the character think? Does the character need to convey that information? If the answer is no, then you’d better cut it out, because you aren’t putting the audience in the same position with the protagonist. You’re saying, in effect, Let’s stop the play. That’s what the narration is doing—stopping the play… It’s action, as Aristotle said. That’s all that it is—exactly what the person does. It’s not what they “think,” because we don’t know what they think. It’s not what they say. It’s what they do, what they’re physically trying to accomplish on the stage. Which is exactly the same way we understand a person’s character in life—not by what they say, but by what they do. Say someone came up to you and said, I’m glad to be your neighbor because I’m a very honest man. That’s my character. I’m honest, I like to do things, I’m forthright, I like to be clear about everything, I like to be concise. Well, you really don’t know anything about that guy’s character. Or the person is onstage, and the playwright has him or her make those same claims in several subtle or not-so-subtle ways, the audience will say, Oh yes, I understand their character now; now I understand that they are a character. But in fact you don’t understand anything. You just understand that they’re jabbering to try to convince you of something.
~ David Mamet

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