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Posts Tagged ‘John Singleton’

Film Independent Event Commingles John Singleton, Hackers

Long before John Singleton hit it big as a writer-director, he was an intern working on the Columbia Pictures lot in Culver City. As he recalled over the weekend at the 2012 Film Independent Forum, he could find no parties of interest for his script Boyz in the Hood until he finally connected with producer Stephanie Allain.

What’s cool about this particular keynote address is that among those in the audience listening to Singleton was – you guessed it – Allain:

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Wim Wenders Explains Why He Had to Leave LA

Over the weekend, Zócalo Public Square sponsored a series of “Pacific Standard Time” panel discussions about the ephemeral nature of LA. To the website’s credit, that is also where you will find the very best summary of what went down, complete with extensive photos and archived video.

During one of the discussions, moderated by KCRW’s Warren Olney, Wim Wenders voiced the perspective of a European transplant. He said he made a beeline for Mulholland Drive after first touching down in the city in 1972, but eventually decided that LA could no longer be his lady:

LA became a dream place that “lost all reality when I left.” Wenders felt he couldn’t even talk about his life here because no one would believe it. “The movies that I make [in LA] are about that conflict between the fiction and the reality,” he said…

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Bloggers Won’t Have Any ‘Beer in Hell’ Script

A film blogging site launched earlier this year at the end of the writers’ strike is now up against it with the studios, the guilds and even the bloggers. To wit:

“Hollywood Script Editors Film blog erupts a storm of controversy over
Tucker Max‘s new movie ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell’ staring Jesse
Bradford
.
The anonymous script reader, whose blog is hosted with blog community
FilmIndustryBloggers.com, was handed the script for the $6M movie
outside of her role as a professional script reader. The blog has hit
a sore spot for Tucker lovers, Tucker haters and some of the crew who
have chimed in on what is really going on during the shooting of this
movie (with over 100 comments since it was published a few days ago).
Here is what started the heated debate over the state of Hollywood and
the movies it produces:
“A friend at an agency slipped me a copy of the script for the
currently-in-production Tucker Max movie, ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in
Hell’, written by Tucker Max and some dude named Nils Parker. I am
very excited to talk about this script, especially since I didn’t read
it for my job so I feel I can get into a bit more detail than usual.
My primary goal won’t be to expose how sexist or otherwise offensive
the script is because that’s obvious and easy and not the most
interesting thing to talk about here. Here’s what is: Holy crap, it’s
terrible. I’m talking God-awful. Even with the offensive factor set
aside, it’s in my top 10 worst comedy scripts ever read (out of
probably over a thousand).

From: Richard Janes
Date: Sun, Aug 3, 2008 at 10:58 PM
Subject: Script Editors blog erupts a storm of controversy over Tucker
Max’s new movie…
To: Richard@filmindustrybloggers.com

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