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Dead Darlings: Paul Weitz edition

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Interviewed Paul Weitz for Being Flynn over at The Playlist. Like any talk, a lot of stuff is brought up and cut in editing for space or because you’re the only diehard American Dreamz fan. Like this exchange:

To go completely off track: “American Dreamz” was awesome and underrated. But Bobcat Goldthwait has “God Bless America” coming out, not sure if you know anything about it.

No.

Guy has terminal cancer and decides to start killing people from reality shows and folks who generally destroy our culture.

[Laughs]

I was wondering, “American Dreamz” is under-appreciated, years go by and now we have the progression of “God Bless America” which is killing these people because it’s gotten so bad. Do you take a little pride in that?

Oh, he seems to dance to his own drum. I really think he does interesting work that I take no–I doubt he’s seen “American Dreamz,” most people haven’t. That sounds good. I think at some point there’s an interest at trying to take an X-Ray at what’s going on with the culture. Which usually means you’re going to make a marginal film. And using satire as a pick at things. But that sounds great.

I had a pretty funny experience with “American Dreamz.” I went out with Dennis Quaid on the weekend that it opens to see different people reacting to it. And we went to a theater where Sam Golzari, who plays the terrorist in it, all of his relatives had gone to this one theater and packed it. Cheering and screaming and stuff when Sam came on. Dennis was like, “Man this is going to be a massive hit, Paul! This is incredible!” However I had already gotten a call saying that basically in the middle of the country no one had gone to see it. So I knew it was a bomb. It was just a funny evening of hanging out with Dennis and bite my tongue.

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March 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

It Came From My Archives…The Saddest Paragraph We’ve Read Today: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version.

The saddest paragraph we’ve read comes from MTV Movies Blog today about the sequel to Alvin and the Chimpmunks. Take it away, MTVMB!

Ever since we broke the news (1) that the sequel to the smash flick “Alvin and the Chipmunks” would be introducing the Chipettes, we’ve been working to uncover (2) the top-secret identities of the girlfriend trio that will make sweet music alongside Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Recently, Justin Long revealed (3) to us that two of the gals will be voiced by Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Now, we finally know the identity of that mysterious third Chipette.

Why is the above so sad? Let us break it down for you.

  1. MTV considers a casting notice news.
  2. That someone was paid to be handed a PR notice at a red carpet event.
  3. Apparently, the difficulty of finding Justin Long to help you out with something is akin to flipping a light switch.

Even worse, not even Jason Lee is coming back for the Squeakquel. He had the grace to run away as fast as he could and rest comfortably in his My Name Is Earl DVD royalties. Still, we bet the horrible offense to our eyes that is this film won’t indulge us in a creepy anthropomorphic snake/chipmunk pedophilia like the original did.

But who is the brand new third female CGI chimpmunk? Who cares.

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October 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

It Came From My Archives…Small Film Production to Osoyoos: Droop Dead, Eh.

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I’m re-collecting most of my old blog posts here. It’s an attempt to gather most of what I like in one space. This merely amused me.From the Current_Movies Blog.

There are times in every newspaper’s existence that failure simply happens. No matter how valiantly you struggle, hard you push the subject or attempt to get the scoop; you will inevitably fail.

Or if you’re a small-town paper where an uninteresting/Canadian film is shooting and you’re denied access on set, you let your readers know that you’ve failed them. In an editorial titled: DEAR READERS: WE’RE VERY, VERY SORRY

Because we’re only a small, community newspaper without as much clout as large daily newspapers run by big corporations or nightly entertainment shows, we weren’t able to bring you the full story on the movie shoot taking place west of town.
For that, we’re sorry.

It gets better.

…or that, when cameras began to roll last week, we were given a watered down media release and a photograph of Paul Gross while a provincial daily newspaper received access to the set, interviews with the director and producer and a chat with the film’s star.
Now, it’s wonderful this film is being produced on our doorstep.
Cast and crew members are giving a boost to our hospitality industry, local trades people are being employed for the production and Osoyoos is getting some well-deserved attention.
This was a good news story that the Osoyoos Times was ravenous about sharing with curious readers who now know about as much about the production as we do.
Some might say that this argument is coming across as whining in that we didn’t get the same treatment and attention from the production as other media sources.
But this is something happening in our backyard and we played by the rules to keep good relations with the people making this film.

So, this leads me to a very important question: how in the fuck do you pronounce Osoyoos?

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September 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

It Came From My Archives…Stupid Questions Asked By A Real Person: The Wolverine Edition

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. Again, I really hate stupid questions and junket fodder. From Current_Movies Blog.

Sometimes there are moments in the world that beg the question, “How could someone do that?”

These occur with frightening regularity in the world of film junkets and press days with directors, actors and other talent. These are routinely asked at press/online film junkets where talent is delivered into a room filled with all types of people, recorders at the ready, waiting to ask the most mundane, ass-kissing-ist questions known to man.

Unless you’re doing a one-on-one. Those tend to be fine.

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September 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

It Came From My Archives…How To Correspond With Robert Rodriguez’ Publicist

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. I’m also a huge fan of attacking poorly designed interviews. From the Current_Movies Blog.

Hot on the word that Robert Rodriguez managed to turn an important press event into his important press event, the close-knit cats at Aint It Cool managed to get some neatly scripted PR responses from the Hard R director that funds his CGI-galas off goofy kids’ movies.

So let’s get into the tough questions! Maybe he’ll elaborate more on Rodgriguez’ next film, Nervewracker? Or maybe Rodriguez will explain why he’s doing The Jetsons? Or…

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September 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

It Came From My Archives…Director That Made A Vampire Film Attached to Successful Vampire Franchise

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. I still like this best for my “round-up.”  From the Current_Movies Blog.

You may have heard the news on Current.com/Movies, but a director has been attached to the third film in the Twilight franchise: David Slade. Best known for Hard Candy and adapting 30 Days of Night, Slade will tackle fangs once again with the third film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

[Side Note: wtf is up with that title?]

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September 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

It Came From My Archives…4 Favorite Earth Day Films

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. My first list attempt for the blog; it brings a tear to my eye. Also most of the videos I used have been pulled, so oh well. From Current_Movies Blog.

You may be aware that today is the opening of the 7th annual Tribeca Film Festival Earth Day. For all your environmental needs, keep track with Current_Green on Twitter and at Current.com/Green throughout the day. But more importantly, it made us think about our favorite “green” films. So without further ado, we present to you a list of films you should consider while celebrating the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival Earth Day.
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