BYOB Archive for May, 2008

BYOB – No Sex, Please

Have I mentioned… I Love New York.
No crane fell on me this morning, but I have been having a lovely day seeing some of my favorite people and places… making up for the painfully unambitious revival of A Chorus Line that we saw last night. (It did make me think that a thoughtful revival of that show and/or Hair could really be great right now. And bring on the John Osborne plays… angry young man is “in.”)
More to come, including a radio spot, another studio meal, and Passing Strange.
The sun is out, the city is alive, and any conversation not involving four women trying to live an era that happily concluded years ago is exciting.
How about you?



Not much to discuss.
The Sex & The City coverage is interesting. The idea of the film opening to more than $30 million seems to be freaking some people out… particularly the people at WB who just fired the people who picked up the title after the larger studio took a pass on the ol’ TV show.
There is no real history for a film like this, though the question of whether women could open was probably similar – fewer dart-throwing monkeys in the chorus – for Charlie’s Angels… a movie that should have been a cash cow for Sony, but cost way too much. If reports that S&TC cost $65 million are true, that’s kinda crazy as well.
Obviously, the woman niche is, in hard numbers, much bigger than The Geek 8 niche. And they will have to come out in force, though it is probably a mistake to underestimate gay men attending the film in pretty significant numbers (though many gay men would be offended by the very idea… just like straight men).
The ticket sales companies are all in a flutter because shows are selling out in surprising numbers… but I would argue that this is more about the market for the movie, older women, who plan weekend choices more carefully and have the cash to pay the service charge without thinking about it. S&TC could be Tyler Perry for women.


BYOB – Heading East

AFTRA continues to be the piss in SAG’s coffee, driven by the avarice of wanting a bigger piece of the media landscape. Still… like DGA’s not- evil deal during the WGA work stoppage, this is likely checkmate for SAG and will quash any real chance of a strike.
And with that, off I fly…


BYOB Weekend

Thinking is easy… posting is hard.
If there is more to discuss, let the players play!


BYOB Thursday

Headng to Seattle for SIFF… talk amongst yourselves..
Please play nice… anyone who types in caps shouldn’t find such easy marks in those who do not.
(And by the way… anyone who had trouble with the Joel Silver interview link, it seems to be working now.)


If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Boring… BYOB

Oy… did the soft fall off the Indy waterfall ever leave us all floating in the water, waiting for a wave.
Even the cover of Movie City News is stuck linking to retreads of stories, from Patrick Goldstein’s lightweight review of woman in the film business that Manohla Dargis did weeks ago and that I am many others responded to in some depth, to the NY Times still giving the brilliant Errol Morris space to sell his not-quite-as brilliant movie Standard Operating Procedure with what seems to be his fourth op-ed piece the subject, to both the coastal Timeses doing “real people” stories meant to reflect the state of the industry (funding/acting), to Gillian Anderson talking X-Files and Joan Collins talking Bond (I thought it more likely she’d be offered a role in the new Mummy movie).
Maybe there is a good reason to go to Cannes… because it’s boooring around these parts.


BYOB Monday

Everyone seems worn out on Indy chat… what else?


BYOB – Friday

Can we please keep the personal blog politics to a dull roar? It’s more than a little boring.
How will Caspian open? Who is interested in seeing it?
Anyone still revving their Cannes engines?


BYOB – It's Thursday!!!


BYOB Monday

Congrats to editorial cartoonist RJ Matson on the birth of his new son, Milo.
Anything else going on out there?


BYOB Friday

Have you lost your bearings?
Welcome to the first idiotic campaign scam of McCain v Obama.
Does anyone really think that in the first interview of Obama’s presumed run in the general election, he tried to craft a backdoor way of saying, “McCain is old?” Or was it just a reasonable response to a guy saying that he was going to be above the fray inferring that Obama was soft on Hamas?
Funny… the Obama camapign didn’t come out complaining that McCain was secretly trying to tie him to Osama and other scary A-rabs.
Meanwhile, the Hillary story becomes clear, as Slate explains that she has only until the Dem Convention to pay herself back her campaign loans… and that the Obama campaign really can’t directy give her campaign more than a quarter million dollars to that end or any other. So the game is clear… as long as she can raise more than she is spending in the campaign, she will stay in. If her support dries up so that the million dollar a week machine starts building debt again, she will likely get out.
Okay… a quiet, non-political weekend to come.


BYOB – Thursday

What ya got?


BYOB – May The 6th Be With You


BYO Non-Iron Man Thread

Yes, Virginia, there are other discussions to be had… have ’em…


BYOB – Iron Man Spoiler Thread

Here you go…
If you enter the comments section, you cannot be protected from spoilers.
Good luck.


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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh