The Hollywood Day Of Reckoning

July 31, 2007

Hollywood stockpiles projects for possible strikes

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Hollywood executives are feverishly preparing for possible strikes by writers, directors and actors.

Stockpiling of projects shaped a 21% jump in Los Angeles-area production days in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago, according to data issued Monday by an industry trade group.

Film L.A., which helps producers navigate film-permitting processes and neighborhood issues, said its figures show a clear link between preparations for a possible strike in Hollywood and a ramp-up in film and TV activity.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA), currently in negotiations with studios, has a contract expiring October 31, and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) both have film and TV pacts set to expire June 30.

All of the talks are expected to cover difficult issues — like what to do about Internet residuals — and many see the prospect of an eventual work stoppage. So even before the Film L.A. report quantified things, studios appeared to be girding for the battle.

Oh look at that good news! Not just the writers have a strike deadline looming, so do the faces and those camera-framers who think they Create movies (they’d be doing family portraits at fucking Sears if there weren’t writers!).

I really don’t give a shit for the overpaid meat puppets. And the directors I’d like to see squished beneath a Writers Guild of America contract that ensures writers get their damned well overdue credit and payment.

But overall it makes my creaking heart somewhat merry to see Hollywood facing this possible triple shitstorm.

MPAA, your day is over!

Previously in this blog:
Coming Soon: The iStrike
Dear Mayor Billionaire Bloomberg And City Council Millionaires: Kiss My Ass, You Corporate Tool Motherfuckers!
Corporate TV: So Dead
YouTube Vs. P2P: YouTube Wins?
The Creative Bankruptcy Of Hollywood
Writers Guild Of America: Strike! Strike! Strike!

Tutorial/motivational links for WGA members:

Listen to Paddy Chayefsky, goddamit.

It’s Mourning In America — you want this to be your future?
Keeping TV Unreal — they chip away at what Writer means!
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead. Which Old Witch? The Wicked Witch! Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch Is Dead. — he made more money than any WGA member. What did he ever create?
Photo Album: More Bootleg DVDs For Sale In NYC — do people buy these because of the producing? The directing? It’s the STORY!
Morons Full Stop — they’ll even fuck a writer after she’s dead!
Hoist That Skull And Crossbones! — the Suits protect their asses, not yours!
The Bastard In Full Bloom — and he’s coming for your impoverished ass!
We Know What We’re Doing. We Wear Suits.fuck them back good!
Viacom Shows The World It’s A Company Of Assholes — you think WGA members will see any settlement money?
The Secret: Law Of (Mal-)Attraction — don’t line up to eat your own shit any longer!
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON! — consider this.
And This Is … Legal! — get what’s rightfully yours, dammit!
Writers Guild Of America: Stop Being Pussies! STRIKE! — stand up!
It Leaves An Odor The Suits Can Smell — goddammit, make them feel fear!
Hey, You Brain-Dead Suits! Here’s A Clue! Want To Also Buy A Vowel? — it’s the words, dammit; your words!
A (P)odcast Will Be Worth More Than This — the future will be — can be! — yours.
Help Out Someone Being Crushed By MammothMedia! — Stand. The. Fuck. Up!


The Future Has Come Back To Haunt Us

July 30, 2007

Soylent Green (1973)

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People living out of cars.

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Stepping over the sleeping homeless.

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Soylent05
Soylent06
Soylent07
“How did we come to this?”

I saw this a year or two after its release, on TV. I instantly recognized the real future in it. And what it dramatized has come to pass.

And will continue to…

Soylent Green trailer (YouTube)
Soylent Green review (scifi.com)
Soylent Green review (stomp tokyo)
Soylent Green Biscuit Company


Photo Album: Writer Jasper Fforde

July 26, 2007

Writer Jasper Fforde at Partners & Crime bookstore in NYC on June 23, 2007. Prior post of that event.

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Partners does its usual fine window display for a visiting author.

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Fforde being introduced by one of the Partners.

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Fforde starts out with instructions on how to handle a book…

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… with assistance from the lovely Mavis (I mean Mary!).

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Fforde explained that he’d rather not have his books turned into movies or TV series because they are books as books, with things that only book lovers can appreciate and understand. The money factor is second.

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Answering questions from the audience. One young girl asked about twenty-seven billion questions, upsetting one curmudgeon (believe it or not, I was not that crank!).

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Answering questions.

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“Didn’t Barry Eisler sit in that chair?” (No, he didn’t really say that. Sorry, Barry!)

I got there about ten minutes before the start of the signing. The place was packed. I think over 100 people were squeeeeezed in there, gasping for air, and sweating. My photos are particularly awful this time because I was all the way in the back. Once Fforde was through with the talk and Q&A, I left. I figured that with the crowd, it’d take me an hour to get to the front to get a signing picture. Sorry, Jasper, but I needed outside air!

If Fforde ever appears in your area:

1) Drop everything to see him
2) Get there earlier than humanly possible
3) Bring a tank of oxygen


Writer Jasper Fforde In NYC 7PM Tomorrow, Monday, July 23, 2007

July 22, 2007

Got in email:

Thursday Next is back — and back — and back !!! (you have to read the book)

Please join us Monday, July 23 at 7:00 pm to welcome Jasper Fforde as he launches his US tour for Thursday Next: First Among Sequels. The newest addition the Nextian Universe canon is fabulous and hilarious and incisive and just all-round wonderful:

First Among Sequels, the 5th Thursday Next caper, starts with a discussion of the National Stupidity Surplus, brought about by the government “discharging their duties with a reckless degree of responsibility that bordered on inspired sagacity.”

And in the Nextian universe, “Only a blunder of staggering proportions would remove the surplus, and the nature of this mind-numbing act of idiocy was a matter of considerable media speculation.”

Sound familiar? Hmmm…

So we thought we’d have a Contest, which many of you have seen on our website. In brief, submit a government policy of idiocy or brilliance and an act of inspired wisdom or reckless stupidity to generally balance it out. Let’s see, what comes to mind? Ban on heterosexual marriage? Immigration from the Jurassic Period?? Congestion incentive payments for Manhattan motorists, with block-the-box triple points?

Email your entry by noon on Sunday(*) to partners@crimepays.com (do NOT reply to this email) and Jasper will select the winners, who will receive a SIGNED first edition of First Among Sequels, along with a Making the World Safe For Fiction button and bumper sticker!

More info at www.crimepays.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

Partners & Crime is located at 44 Greenwich Avenue between 6th and 7th Avenues just south of 11th Street and 7th Avenue; also just north of 10th Street and 6th Ave, corner of Charles. Remember, Greenwich Street may tempt you or your sherpa but there is no Partners & Crime there – Greenwich Avenue only.

Subway directions:
Take the F,V,A,C or E to the West 4th Street station.
Take 1, 2, 3, to 14th Street station.

July 23, 7:00 pm
Event is FREE
Partners & Crime phone: 212-243-0440
web: www.crimepays.com

(*) Bah! I didn’t get to the email until today. Too late for the contest!

When I first saw Fforde at a previous signing (and at this great bookstore too), I loved his sense of independence. The Suits just couldn’t understand that he had absolutely no desire to lease/ rent/ sell the rights to his books for TV/movies.

I don’t know if I can get to this. I’ve missed him the past 2 or 3 times he’s been there. And yes, I’m waaaay behind in my reading. Everything past his first book is in my Infinite Book Queue.

See what the bookstore looks like at the bottom of this prior post.

Update: Dammit, I should get there. I’ll have image storage again soon. I can post photos!


Movie: Dumb Hard

July 17, 2007

The official title is Live Free or Die Hard, but mine is truthful.

It’s never a good sign when a movie opens up with people sitting, typing away at keyboards and looking at screens. I should have realized it would all be downhill from there.

And it was.

It was just So Freakin Stupid!

The only saving grace was McClane’s defiant daughter and the fact that Bruce Willis must have ad-libbed his own dialog (because all of the remaining dialog would have made even Stan Lee throw up!).

Look, movie makers, stop making movies with people sitting at keyboards and screens. Just stop it right now! None of that is exciting. I don’t care if you think you’re reflecting what you think is Real Life — why do I want to watch a movie where people are doing what I just did before entering the theater?!!? It’s not only boring, it’s irritating as hell because none of you seem to have ever touched a computer in your damned lives and your mistakes on-screen are legion and are more than simply annoying!

And what alternate universe do you people live in where letters or graphics appearing on a screen generates a skrinchy dee-dee-dee-dee-dee sound?! If my PC did that, I — along with most of the world’s population — would be descending on both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to eviscerate them for the non-stop noise!

I’m not even going to go into the plot, which was just such bloody nonsense. What I will point out is the utter contempt of the alleged “writers” of this atrocity for the audience. Do you really think we’re all so stupid that no one would realize what you were doing with that natural gas bullshit? I can see you potheads sitting around on your overfed and untalented asses coming up with that brainstorm: “Hey, let’s try to kill McClane with the biggest fart ever put in a movie!!! Wouldn’t that be kewl? Hyuk-hyuk.” Who the hell wrote this crap — Beavis and Butt-Head?! (No: by comparison, B&B look like intellects!)

The first Die Hard was an original, brilliant, and exciting-as-hell movie. One man finds himself trapped in a situation he has to fight his way out of. How semiotic is that?! That movie probably sent shockwaves through the philosophic intelligentsia in France and spawned millions of college campus discussions that led to thousands of dissertations.

Ever since that first one? Pfft! Crap! Dreck! Desperation! Hackdom!

This one was the worst of the bunch because it cloaked itself in such pretensions.

Man, that geek Willis had to drag around with him — was that the guy who plays the Mac in the TV ads? It sure looked like him. I’m too lazy to look it up — and I really don’t want to know. The character is repugnant in a TV ad — and you had to give him a movie?!

I rarely go to see movies in theaters because of the de-civilized audiences (oh, please please please give me free reign to kill the talkers and the cellphone addicts! please please please!). Now I have another reason to avoid seeing movies: the movies themselves have gotten dumber than the audience!

If you haven’t seen this one yet, skip it. Save your time and brain cells.


Who Would Play Heather Johnston? Who?!!?

July 12, 2007

Barbie Bandits – This Will Be A Movie

Playing the two girls:

Ashley Miller – Lindsay Lohan
Heather Johnston – Hopefully not Paris Hilton!
Michael Chastang (Miller’s Boyfriend) – Haley Joel Osment. A bit of a departure, but he’s about the right age and can shake off the goody goody image he has from his child movies.

It’s got it all. Except a black man. Go to be politically correct haven’t we! Perhaps Lawrence Fishburn could play the arresting officer?

I let him know he’s too late with that idea.

Previously in this blog:
Barbie bandits category
Heather Johnston category


Sad Anniversary: Rod Steiger Died July 9, 2002

July 9, 2007

There are two items of note on YouTube by which to remember — and re-experience — the greatness of the man:

Amityville Horror – Merv Griffin Show, 1979 – 1 of 5
Amityville Horror – Merv Griffin Show, 1979 – 2 of 5
Amityville Horror – Merv Griffin Show, 1979 – 3 of 5
Amityville Horror – Merv Griffin Show, 1979 – 4 of 5
Amityville Horror – Merv Griffin Show, 1979 – 5 of 5

Actor Rod Steiger talks about his life and his role in the original film The Amityville Horror in segment 1 of this 1979 episode of the Merv Griffin Show. Segments 1-3 include Rod and Merv; segments 4-5 include George & Kathy Lutz. Discuss the Amityville Horror case at http://www.amityvillefaq.com/truthboard/

This is taken from a VHS home recording someone made. As such, I don’t think this should ever qualify as a DMCA violation (lawyers will disagree).

And:

Rod Steiger on Scene by Scene (BBC) 1/6
Rod Steiger on Scene by Scene (BBC) 2/6
Rod Steiger on Scene by Scene (BBC) 3/6
Rod Steiger on Scene by Scene (BBC) 4/6
Rod Steiger on Scene by Scene (BBC) 5/6
Rod Steiger on Scene by Scene (BBC) 6/6

In this interview with Mark Cousins, Rod Steiger talks candidly about his life and films. Part one looks at On the Waterfront, and Marlon Brando.

Here’s a bit of trivia about the classic Marty:

Says Rod, ‘I was lucky. I came along with some sort of talent when television was born and unknown people got a chance to be hired. Big business didn’t move into television until about 1955. Before then, nobody was paying too much attention. There were no rules. The sponsors didn’t have the grip on the material they have today.’

When his moment came, he was ready for it. ‘There are many, many young actors who don’t prepare themselves beyond the glossy photo, don’t study hard enough or well enough, don’t do their homework, and when their good luck arrives, which does not happen that often in the theatrical world, their talent may be ready for it but their technique is not,’ says Rod.

He was ready on 24 May 1953, when he played the lead in a play for the Goodyear Television Playhouse which became the most talked-about production in the history of those anthology series. This showed that it was television, more than the theatre or the cinema, that was mirroring its times, providing gritty, realistic drama that, for all its artful contrivance, its audience recognized as real.

The play was Marty, a drama about a fat little Bronx butcher who picks up a skinny schoolteacher that his friends regard as ‘a dog’. It was the masterpiece of [Paddy] Chayefsky, who strove to reproduce the speech patterns of the ordinary people — ‘dialogue as if it had been wire-tapped’, as he put it. The great Italian director, Federico Fellini, once told me that his movie about losers and layabouts, I Vitteloni, had been inspired by Marty and its understanding of the way men gang together in their unknowing need.

One particular exchange in Marty was to become almost a catchphrase, when his friend Angie asks Marty, ‘Well, what do you feel like doing tonight?’ and Marty replies, ‘I don’t know, Angie. What do you feel like doing?’

The role of Marty had been intended for [Elia] Kazan’s former assistant, Martin Ritt, who later was to become a successful director, notably of Hud, starring Paul Newman and Patricia Neal. But in the Cold War atmosphere that then chilled Hollywood and television his career came to a sudden halt when he was blacklisted because of his earlier involvement with the Communist Party. (This was a time an actress could find herself out of work for having sent a congratulatory message to the Moscow Arts Theatre on its fiftieth anniversary; when a top sitcom could lose its sponsors because one of its actors had been named as a communist in the scurrilous pamphlet Red Channels; and when the TV networks employed security chiefs to ensure that the political views of writers, actors and directors would not upset the conservative companies who sponsored their shows.) [Fred] Coe [NBC's manager of program development] recommended Rod for the role, playing opposite Nancy Marchand as the teacher. Delbert Mann directed.

There was only one problem moment during the broadcast, and Rod’s training and his belief in improvisation carried him through it triumphantly. It came when Marty goes to phone the teacher to ask her out. As he put his dime in, Rod allowed himself the luxury of a moment’s relaxation to think, It’s going well. But as she answered, he realized he’d forgotten his next line. Quickly, he improvised.

‘Do you know I called you and I don’t know what I called you about,’ he said. Nancy Marchand did not panic either. ‘Yes?’ she said. Rod continued. ‘Isn’t that funny? Life’s funny. I know what I called you about. I’m a silly fool. Like to go to the movies?’ He remembers, ‘What it looked like on screen was beautiful. But if you improvise in front of forty million people, you’ve got to have a lot of guts.’

When the show was over, Rod knew that it had been something special. ‘You felt it in your bones, you felt it in your blood, in the songs that you were singing in your heart to yourself.’

The next day, he got up and went to get a corn muffin and a cup of coffee at the corner coffee shop. As he walked down West 81st Street, a garbage truck went by and the driver yelled out the window, ‘Hey, Marty — how’re ya doing?’ Two women passed him in the street. ‘Marty, how are you?’ they asked.

In the coffee shop, as Rod went to the counter, the guy behind it immediately picked up on Angie’s dialogue. ‘What’re you going to have for breakfast today, Marty, what do you feel like doing?’ he asked.

‘I don’t know, Angie,’ said Rod. ‘What’ve you got for breakfast today ? ‘

The public impact was enormous. Time and Newsweek both wrote about it, and producers and writers attempted to reproduce Marty’s success with similarly realistic plays featuring ordinary people. As Chayefsky put it, ‘There is far more exciting drama in the reasons why a man gets married than in why he murders someone.’

It was a breakthrough year for Rod. The final accolade came in 1953, when he won the Sylvaner Award for the five best performances of the year: as Vishinsky and Rudolph Hess in two episodes of You Are There, the gangster Dutch Schultz in a thriller, a radar operator in My Brother’s Keeper, and, his greatest television triumph, as Marty in Paddy Chayefsky’s play. He was so convincing in My Brother’s Keeper, giving a panic-stricken pilot instructions on making a blind landing, that viewers called to ask whether he was an actor or a real-life radar-man. His only regret was that, later, he lost out on the film of Marty, which was to win four Oscars and bring its star, Ernest Borgnine, an Acadenly award as best actor of 1955.

I once asked Steiger just how disappointed he was at being passed over. ‘Hurtful,’ was the reply. ‘Actors, like writers, are paranoid: I thought it was something I’d done wrong. But, Ernie Borgnine was very good indeed. It was a totally different reading to my own. Oh, yes, he deserved his Oscar. But, then, [chuckle] so did I!’ [Rod Steiger: Memoirs of a Friendship by Tom Hutchinson; pgs. 72-75; Copyright © Tom Hutchinson 1998]

Additional:
A Tribute to Rod Steiger
A Conversation with Rod Steiger
BBC Radio 4: Desert Island Discs, Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger gavesite
Rod Steiger wikipedia entry
Marty (movie) wikipedia entry
Paddy Chayefsky wikipedia entry


June 2007 Contents

June 30, 2007

June 2007 Contents

From first post to last –

June 2007 subhead: Why Give Up? Why Give In?

May 2007 Contents

Ach, I Screwed Myself By Being Late!
LifeDrive Notes: No Joy With Flash Player
Cupid: Marvelous Dialogue
LifeDrive Notes: Hand Me That Machete, Watson
Quote Of The Day
Hilarious Sitcom Line (From India!)
LifeDrive Notes: Should Palm’s Software Engineers Be Beaten With A Spiked Bat Or Tied Up Together And Dumped In The Ocean From 30,000 Feet?
On This Date In Tech History: 2004, CLIE Gets Axed
Oh. My. God. It’s June!!!
No Blog Weekend
LifeDrive Notes: Utter Madness
YouTube: Holmes, XL5, Night Gallery, More
Get Off My Tits!
LifeDrive Notes: Memos Progress!
Oh. Pity The Poor Smutmeisters!
LifeDrive Notes: The Changing Of The Guard
No More Blogging Til Monday
YouTube: GI Joe 100-Episode Epic!
Yeah, Well, I Had To Send Some Emails…
LifeDrive Notes: Unfun
Prediction: Palm To Drop All Handhelds
Oh Look At This! My Apple-YouTube Prediction Will Come True!
New York City: The iPhone Queue Club?
Another Prediction Comes True: Mac Widgets To iPhone
Oh My God! What Did We Buy?!!?
Reference: Mozilla Plugin Support on MacOS X
YouTube: Sherlock Holmes
YouTube: Come, Let It Eat Your Brain Too!
YouTube: The Final Option
LifeDrive Notes: Video Flood!
Wired: You Bastards!
What Do You Women Want?!!? What?! What?!!?
Scalzi Seems To Be A Bit Upset, He Do
If FSJ Says It, Then It Is So!
Wired: Not Bastards (Yet)
What Foleo 2.0 Needs
HTC’s TouchFLO Interface: Paging Apple Legal!
Microsoft Soapbox: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
No Bail? For Passing Out A Flyer? What The Fuck Is This?
China: Will That Country Wind Up Killing Us All?
YouTube: God Hates Fags Documentary
YouTube: A Variety Of TV Things
A Sad Tomorrow
There’s No Target Around Me Yet (Store, That Is)
Dykon? Wasn’t That In An Episode Of Doctor Who?
Real Life Leaves Me Speechless
YouTube: A Forest In Winter
Right. I’m Calling The Cops On You Now.
Google Video: Two Gerry Anderson
Damn You, Warren Ellis!!!
Blogroll Addition: twittervision
Calendar Added To Blog
FSJ Provides Today’s Two Laughs
What Will It Look Like During A Crisis?
Barbie Bandits: The Merchandise
Hey You Old Bastards, Get In Line Behind Me!
Beemageddon: All Quiet On The Extinction Of Humankind Front
Abuse Of Power Still Lives In New York City
FCC: Fucking Corporate Collaborators
So This Is Why I Hate Most Post-CD Music!
China Does The Right Thing
In Space No One Can Smell Your Shit
China Wants To Join The Rest Of The World
The Fall Of London Design
It’s A Broken Swastika!
The Brits Can’t Do Logos Nor Can They Even Keep Their Nation!
YouTube: Young Anthony Hopkins
YouTube: Diana Rigg’s First TV Gig
Someone Tap Victor Gischler On His Noggin
Quote Of The Day
But The Original Search Term Was Chicks With Dicks
They Fuck Up A Logo, Give Their Country To Muslims, And Now Drive Redheads Mad!
CopyNazi Evasion Tactics
This Month’s Subhead
Going Offline
Sad Anniversary: The Death Of Dennis Potter, June 7, 1994
Three Weeks To iPhone Intro!
Playstation 2 Does Gerry Anderson
YouTube: Star Wars By Ed Wood Jr (If Only!)
YouTube: Home? I Have No Home. Hunted! Despised! Living Like An Animal! The Jungle Is My Home. But I Will Show The World That I Can Be Its Master! I Will Perfect My Own Race Of People. A Race Of Atomic Supermen Which Will Conquer The World!!!
Earth To YouTube: Increase Your Capacity, Dammit!
Bukowski’s Leftovers
When YouTube Fucks Up, It Fucks The Entire Internet!
Quote Of The Day
YouTube: Perversion For Profit
YouTube: Boy With The Incredible Brain Documentary
Blogroll Addition: International Noir Fiction
Derek Raymond: He Makes All Others Look Like Shit
Victor Gischler Has A New Internet Berth
I Gotta Have My Fucking Aneurysm Removed. Maybe My Whole Fucking Brain!
Who Do I Have To Beg To Get A Ticket?!!?
Scalzi Gives Me Another Reason Never To Want To Play Videogames
Now I Know Why Warren Ellis Is Mesmerized By Twittervision
Hitler Also Gives Me A Reason Not To Want To Play Videogames
The Only Thing Those Hacks At Filmation Did Right
YouTube: Project U.F.O.
YouTube: Fantastic Voyage
YouTube: Strike Force
YouTube: Diver Dan
Offline Now
YouTube: What The #$*! Do We Know!? Movie
Google Video: Free Documentaries
YouTube: Stephen Fry’s Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive
Quote Of The Day
Because I’m A Mean Bastard: Help Send Scalzi’s God-Ignorin’ Heathen Ass To The Creation Museum!!
Speaking Of…
Hire Me! I Make Great Decisions!
Quote Of The Day
P2P: You’re So Dead!
YouTube: Star Cops SPFX
Apple Safari Browser For Win XP: Super Fast And Super Sick
That Last Post: Back To Firefox For Me!
Download Helper Just Updated
Scalzi Faces The True Horror Of Having Fans
Channel 101: Your Magic Touched Me Nights Series
iPhone Apps: The Beginning Of The Beginning
Earth To Palm: Change The Foleo’s Browser To Safari
Code Terrorists To Apple: Thanks For The Safari, D00ds!
Jobs Gets YouTube On iPhone — But Without Flash!
Quote Of The Day
Last Night I Saw The Secret On DVD
Tonight: Tuesday June 12 2007: Girls Don’t Cry @ The Bitter End, NYC 10:30PM
Girls Don’t Cry: Notes
China: Lost In Translation
Well Fuck You, You Snooty Bastard!
“Lockdown, USA,” A Documentary To Reform NY State Drug Law
Record Blog Traffic: Apple iPhone Vs. Palm Foleo
Video Monitor: Asleep On The Job
YouTube: Unreleased Barry Gray Music From Gerry Anderson Movie
iPhone: Add Your Comments To frog design Blog!
FSJ Gives Today’s Outrageously Funny Bellylaugh!
Quote Of The Day: John Scalzi, Undead-American
A Microsoft Photo That Encapsulates The Entire Frikkin World From Its Dim Past To Its Armageddon Future
Bless The Maker And His Water. Bless His Coming And Going.
Now I Just Might Boycott The iPhone
Apple Safari Browser For Win XP: Super Fast But Still Super Sick
YouTube Underwent A Facelift!
Hey Japanese CopyNazis: Up Yours And In Your Face!
YouTube: Sara Brightman Requiem
Corporate TV: So Dead
P2P: BitTorrent Tutorial
Otaku Makes BanzaiPod!
YouTube: Cool Renault Car Commercial
Another Sign Of Impending Armageddon
Sing It, Wil Wheaton, Sing It Loud!
Official: Next Depression Via The Twilight Zone
YouTube Provides Today’s Bellylaugh
LifeDrive Notes: It’s Not All That. Yet(?).
Open For Comments: Should We Boycott The iPhone?
Treo-Skimming. A Post-iPhone Craze?
Weep For John Scalzi! Weep, I Say!
Live Stupid, Die Stupid
iPhone: No WiFi Without Data Contract?
Kenneth Che-Tew Eng: They Can’t Tell How Sick He Is
Two Weeks To iPhone
Get Up On Your Hind Legs, American! (Part One)
I Knew This Would Happen In The Future
Marty Krofft Q&A
It Should Be A Landfill. And Nothing But!
Sue Me. I’m A Man Who Likes Women.
This Is One Part Of The Secret — The Real Secret
More Police Abuse Of Power
Blogroll Addition: Bible Resources
The Secret: Don’t Be A Sucker
Another Note About The Secret: Victor Hugo
Quote Of The Day
Thank You Again, Ken Bruen!
YouTube: Utopia, Latest Doctor Who Is Up
The Secret: Another Bit Of The Real Secret
YouTube: Coronet Blue Theme Back Up!
Win, Plaintiffs, Win!
Oh My God This Is So Incredibly Surprising And Totally Unexpected: Sony To Close Connect Music And Video Services!!
VIA Touts Nanobook By Citing The Beat Gen Writers
YouTube: Gerry Anderson’s Stingray
Scalzi Is An Expensive Tart!
The Trauma Of My Childhood (One In An Infinite Series)
Apple Boosts iPhone Battery In Effort To Kill Me
4/19/06
YouTube: Gerry Anderson’s Very Rare Torchy
4/19/06: The Music Video
Today’s Cruel Vile Nasty But Still Damned Funny Laugh!
Ah, Now I’ll Never Have To Try Red Bullshit!
My Phony iPhone
YouTube: Goodfellas
LifeDrive Notes: iPhoney, Web Browsers
Wired: They’re Officially Bastards Now
Offline For Today
But Before I Go… A Mash Note
Barbie Bandits: Someone Email Me!
Red Alert: Mouth Rebellion
Where Is The New York State Attorney General And State/City Consumer Advocates To Kick Time Warner’s Ass?
The Secret: OMG! NYPL Has It For Me!
YouTube: What Happens When International Rescue Isn’t Called!
What I Demand To Know: WHICH Internet?!!?
LifeDrive Notes: More WiFi Unfun
FSJ Has Guts Like RSJ
Writer Barry Eisler: Rain’s Man
Ken Bruen To Get First David Goodis Award!
Author Christopher Fowler Torments Me With An Email
Sample Warren Ellis’s Upcoming Novel For Free
Having Any Cardiac Surgery? A Heart Bypass? Better Know This!
Is It Me Or Is It YahooMail?
You Mark These Words: YouTube Traffic Will Surpass P2P Traffic
So There It Is: The Mysterious Missing Twelfth iPhone App. It’s YouTube!
Who Will Die For An iPhone?
Quote Of The Day
YouTube: The Thin Man
I Have Readers Who Are Crueler Than Me
Whoa! That Was Fast!
Learn To Love The Subtitle. I Did.
Reference: Breitbart Now Does Video
The Advice I Was Given Last Night At An AT&T Store
Girls Don’t Cry At The Vintage Lounge, Levittown, NY Friday June 22, 2007 @ 10PM
The Visitors Are Coming!
Someone Got To Fondle An iPhone!
One Week To iPhone!
Diet Pepsi Max
Why Move Somewhere Else And Take Along Your Cultural Shit?
Shouldn’t There Be A Zombie Computer List?
Today’s Bellylaugh: Emo Student
Bah! Eejit Calls For A Fake iPhone Boycott!
YouTube: Seeing Things
YouTube: A Variety Of Goodies
Open For Comments: What Have You Found On YouTube?
Short Blogging Day
Girls Don’t Cry 10PM Tonight June 22 2007 At Vintage Lounge, Levittown, LI
Girls Don’t Cry Tomorrow Saturday June 23, 2007 7PM At The Knitting Factory In New York City
LifeDrive Notes: Palm Keyboard Vs. Human Brain
LifeDrive Notes: Final WiFi Unfun
Girls Don’t Cry: Unravelling The Knitting Factory
YouTube: Latest Doctor Who Is Gone, The Sound Of Drums
YouTube: T.H.E. CAT Intro
Blog Notes: YouTube Link Checking
YouTube: Original SF, Synk-RoNyzed
Hmmm… iPhone Line Waiters Wanted? I’m Up!
Our Government Regulators Are Fucking Sell-Out Corporate Tools
Everyone Involved In Tech Will Hang One Day
Warren Ellis Is Shocked, Shocked!
The Secret: I Can’t Finish Reading It!
We Should Have Been Dropping Fiber Into American Homes Instead Of Dropping Bombs In Iraq
YouTube: Brats Of The Lost Nebula WB Promo
YouTube: Some 1960s TV Greatness
That iPhone Demo Movie’s Sleight Of Facts
YouTube: Le Jazz Hot, Baby!
You Know What I Feel Like After Offering To Wait For Cash Money In The iPhone Line?
Oh, Look At The Pathetic Stalkers!
YouTube: The Horse’s Mouth
Failure Has A New Name
Some Ickhead Never Read This Blog Before
Praise The Lord And Pass The Insanity
YouTube: World Trade Center
GRR
Redundant Search Terms
Being Unmanly Is The New Manly
iPhone Owners: Please Do A Real Video
Girls Don’t Cry: Women’s Rights 2 Rock Festival
Two Days Before iDay, Has My Heart Been Stolen Away From The iPhone?
The Horror Of Allowing Comments
You See? It’s Not Just My Samsung Q1U Fondle!
iPhone In The Wild Pics
Richard Perez Sends Word Of His New Novel
Will Apple Steal The eBook Limelight From Sony And Create Another Mass Market?
AT&T Says: You Can Buy Just One iPhone From Us!
OK, Here It Is. The iPhone Bellylaugh.
You Must Hire Me To Stand In The iPhone Line For You. You Are In Grave Danger!
The Cable Modem Died
Jaysus! Less Than 24 Hours To iDay!!
Mucho Namaste To FSJ!
WP On iPhone?
OMG!! It’s iDay!!
Harlan Ellison Vs. Fantagraphics: Ended
The NYPL Should Just Take My SoulWill Apple’s Jealous Competitors Stop At Nothing To Ruin iDay?
iQuote Of The iDay
Saturday Will Be My iPhone Day!
Ooh. Neuros Brings YouTube To Your TV.
YouTube: Episode 1 of Gerry Anderson’s Joe 90
WTF? I Call For An iPhone Boycott And It’s Ignored, Yet…
Hey, You Suits: $18 CD = No Sale. Got That?
Just In Case: Eat Shit & Die, Wired!
Dear Mayor Billionaire Bloomberg And City Council Millionaires: Kiss My Ass, You Corporate Tool Motherfuckers!
Blog Notes: Closed Til I Get My Mitts On An iPhone!
I’ve Fondled The iPhone!!
3G Euro iPhone Announcement Monday? No Bloody Way!
New Social Bookmarking Site: Stirrdup
iPhone Top 10 Apps. Aw, Come On!
YouTube: iPhone Speed Typing
YouTube: iPhone Fondle Video
YouTube: Doctor Who, The Sound Of Drums, Is Back Up
iQuote Of The Post-iDay
iPhone Vs. LifeDrive Size


Richard Perez Sends Word Of His New Novel

June 27, 2007

Author Richard Perez — he did the excellent novel The Loser’s Club — sent this out in a MySpace Bulletin and I begged permission to run it here too:

My New Novel is almost there …. Almost…

She’s a big girl at 133,734 words.

I’ve been re-writing incessantly, usually during the nighttime hours. At this point, certain parts are more polished than others. I was smart in using the Bukowski technique of short, short chapters, which makes rewriting much easier.

How many drafts at this point? Hard to say. ‘Cause I started writing on index cards (’cause index cards are less daunting to fill than long sheets of actual paper, right?).

At first, I just meant to write an outline, but suddenly the voice of the main character (female, Latina: her name “Dolores”) just started talking, and I began to take dictation. The “confessional” took all sorts of wild twists and turns (some wrong turns too, which I’ve had to toss out, and roll back on, ’cause I wasn’t really “listening”) — 759 index cards later (front and back), I reached the conclusion.

This is definitely the best, boldest thing I’ve ever done (thank you, Dolores). For those who might be curious, it’s kind of a Thelma and Louise story set in the East Village, a story of two down-and-out “artist” gals who set out to make a “dirty movie” with disastrous results.

It’s absolutely filthy! Dolores talks like a female Charles Bukowski. And she tells the story straight up.

But it’s also about friendship, in a way. Female friendship, which has long fascinated me. For that, a reference point was “Heavenly Creatures,” the Peter Jackson film. I love the claustrophobic world that these two girls create; in fact, it’s so claustrophobic and unique, it’s psychotic (removed from “reality”). They literally create a tiny universe for themselves, an amoral universe, where even murder is fine if that means protecting the “real world” of their friendship. Add to that the fact that both girls are so young and inexperienced…. I love it.

Another influence on my novel is my newfound love of Trash Americana (tabloid culture) and exploitation cinema. I wanted wildness this time. Lunacy and a certain level of PC incorrectness. Those anti-hero ’70s flicks and movies like Faster Pussycat! Kill!… Kill!… and Coffy are certainly an inspiration. Women are allowed to do wild-ass things in exploitation movies, just check out “Big Bad Mama” and “I Spit On Your Corpse” and “Coffy” and “Faster Pussycat!”

Anyway, back to work now, back to my dungeon; I’m still not “done” …. I’d say I’m about 2 months away from polishing the book to completion. It seemed like the impossible project, in the beginning, and the whole time I was doing it, I was anxious and afraid. But I fought all through that (blocked out the negative voices), and it’s here now. I have it.

That’s the good news.

I am rubbing my hands in glee at the prospect of this book!! It sounds like another great novel! That will be two in a row for him!


YouTube: A Variety Of Goodies

June 22, 2007

My Cousin Vinny (1992) – Imagine You’re A Deer

Boy George – The Crying Game (North American Version)

The music video of Boy George’s cover of the Dave Berry song “The Crying Game”, also the title track from the movie of the same name. This is different from the Euro version, basically because it has a few more clips from the movie and has some sort of humanity message incorporated into it. Anyway, enjoy!

BBC1 Closedown from the day Princess Diana died

From Planet625 Video. The closedown from the day Princess Diana died. The closedown features a solemn version of God Save The Queen and a caption with a picture of the princess.

The Last Boy Scout HighLights

Just some of my favorite moments from The Last Boy Scout. Great 90’s action flick from when buddy action movies were still cool.

Patriot Games

Patriot Games Tribute

A tribute to the great movie that is patriot games

Patriot Games SAS

The sequence where Jack Ryan watches the SAS’s desert strike on the IRA’s training camp

Wyatt Earp Trailer

Beautiful Trailer to an Epic Motion Picture

My favorite scenes from Tombstone of Doc Holliday

My favorite scenes of Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) in the movie Tombstone. Enjoy Huckleberry

“He was the most skillful gambler, and the nerviest, fastest, deadliest man with a six-gun I ever saw.”
-Wyatt Earp speaking about Doc Holliday

Wyatt Earp – So Cold

Clips from the movie “Wyatt Earp” concerning the fight at the O.K. Corral. The music is “So Cold” by Breaking Benjamin.

Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday in TOMBSTONE

Val gives an awesome performance as Doc Holiday. It is absolutely one of Val’s best roles.

Tombstone Tribute

The song is “Aenima” the movie is Tombstone.

My Friend Doc Holliday

Threw it together in about a half an hour.

Doc Holliday (Tombstone-Val Kilmer)

I loved this movie. Moreover, I loved Val’s performance in it. There is no character in history that can compare to Doc Holliday. Here’s to Holliday, and Here’s to Mr. Val Kilmer. Set to Good Times Gone by Nickelback. Enjoy.

Doc Holliday vs. Johnny Ringo

Duel from “Tombstone”

Tombstone

Doc Holliday “I’m your Huckleberry”

iTv presents SPACE ANGEL

1960s kid’s show SPACE ANGEL as seen on the hit, underground, Staten Island cable series industrial TELEVISION. This is the industrial TELEVISION version that is stupid and moronic because that is the whole point of the show.


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