Here's the second trailer for Spike's upcoming film, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson's voice.:
According to Variety, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has ruled that Johansson's work in the film isn't eligible for a Golden Globe, presumably because voice-only stuff doesn't count in Supporting Actor/Actress categories.
Here's an unofficial music video for "Little Person," with some really gorgeous images. Matt Bauer is the director. A couple of months ago, Matt contacted me, to ask if I had any idea how he might get in touch with the song's publisher or whoever retains the rights for festival screenings. I mentioned Kraft-Engel Management (Jon Brion's reps), Charlie's agent at WME, and Lakeshore Records (they released Synecdoche's soundtrack), but Matt had no luck. If you have any leads, maybe leave a comment on YouTube, or on here?
In news that will shock anyone who's spoken to him lately, Charlie Kaufman has been pronounced dead at 35 in 1984. The announcement came in the middle of an article about Andy Kaufman being possibly not dead.
"This is meta enough for both Kaufmans," said Mick Spadaro, webmaster of Being Charlie Kaufman.com. He continued, "And now I have no idea what my website is about or what I've been doing for the last 12 years."
Eternal is Daniel Fish's new installation at the Incubator Arts Project in New York. It consists of two actors performing Eternal Sunshine's final scene, on a loop, for two hours. (The scene in the original film goes for around 4 minutes.) From the Incubator's website:
In August, Fish assembled a film crew to shoot [Thomas Jay] Ryan and [Christina] Rouner performing the final scene of the 2004 film ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND in a continuous loop for two hours — the only constraint: that they must keep going, no matter what happens. The unedited two channel video of their performance will be projected on adjacent screens. (Source)
Says the New York Times' Claudia La Rocco:
Each performer occupies an individual screen in this elegantly spare two-channel video. As the two repeat and repeat and repeat (a total of 23 times), they remain faithful to the lines but shift everything else. Pacing, tone, body language, timing — it’s all up for grabs; one of the many cumulative pleasures of “Eternal” lies in seeing two actors improvise within the strict confines of Mr. Fish’s structure. They follow his rules while playing off each other (in one delightful go, they dissolve into hard laughter), finding freedom at unpredictable junctures. (Source)
You can find links and info and stuff here. Neat bit of trivia: Thomas Jay Ryan appeared in Eternal Sunshine, as Frank. Here's a trailer for Fish's Eternal:
Omni Reboot's Claire L. Evans has written a really cool article, in which she examines Seinfeld's "Parking Garage" episode as a "Ballardian nightmare: the pornography of infinity, somehow contained within a New Jersey mall." Which brings to mind that giant warehouse with Schenectady inside it, eh?
Indeed, the more I reflect on The Parking Garage, the more it evokes a specifically Ballardian nightmare: this so-called pornography of infinity, contained within a New Jersey mall. Like the Unidentified Space Station [in this short story], which conceals, from the outside, its magnificent vastness, The Parking Garage becomes its own world, a replacement—literally, since they broke the apartment set down to build the mirror-garage—for the comfortable parameters of Jerry Seinfeld’s ordinary world. It seems to have its own mores; Elaine, desperately seeking a stranger to drive them around the lot and help find the car, only comes into contact with indifference and aggression. No one will help, because on some level no one here is real. (Source)
If you would like to buy Chuck Barris' Gong Show Movie script for $495, have I got the website for you! Head yourself over to Bloody Rare Books. (I heard about this via BoingBoing.net, and they say it's $300, even though I'm seeing $495. Maybe the price went up overnight?)
It was co-written with Robert Downey, Sr. in 1979, and became an actual movie that people could pay to watch with their own eyes, but not many people did, for reasons that remain unfathomable.
Says Bloody Rare Books:
First edition. Revised Draft screenplay. Original Movie Script. Item #5987
The script is bound with metal pins in black leatherette covers with the film's title stamped in red foil to front cover. The title page is dated June 14, 1979 and includes Chuck Barris production company info. Pages numbered 1-137 are a rainbow of colors, including white along with revision pages colored blue (and dated 5/23/79), yellow (6/8/79), green (6/11/79) and peach (6/19/79). All pages are clean and the screenplay exhibits only minor wear from light handling and use. (Source)
Here's a scan of what you can expect :
More scans are on Bloody Rare. And here's the trailer for the film. It looks amazing.
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have painted the smallest-ever image of Mona Lisa. The painting was created using an atomic force microscope and a process called ThermoChemical NanoLithography (TCNL) and is painted on a substrate that is 30 microns in width or about one-third the width of a human hair. (Source)
(Pic above is not actual size. Click on it for an enlargement of the... tiny micro version. Or something.)
Dust mites are gathering around it, going "Ooohhh" and "Aaahhh."
Via Deadline, some news on The Knife of Never Letting Go, the YA novel Charlie is adapting for the big screen:
Robert Zemeckis is in the process of negotiations to direct the Charlie Kaufman-penned YA adaptation Chaos Walking for Lionsgate. No deal has been officially made for what would mark Zemeckis’ next live-action pic following last year’s Flight. Patrick Ness authored the original YA lit trilogy about an infection that renders all thought audible in a dystopian future where humans have colonized an alien planet. Doug Davison will produce for Quadrant Pictures with Allison Shearmur. (Source)
Just to clear up any confusion, The Knife of... is the first novel in a trilogy called Chaos Walking. As far as I know, Charlie is adapting the first book, not necessarily the entire series. The book's official description goes like this:
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.
But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.
Or are there?
Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.
Have you seen the trailer for Spike's upcoming film, Her? Charlie isn't involved; Spike's writing and directing. It's due for release on December 18, and the trailer hit the web a couple of weeks back.
In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all. (Source)
On BCK's Facebook page, Vanisha-Arleen Gould asks:
hypothetical question. if someone wanted to dress up as caden cotard for halloween, where/how would that person be able to get that mask? does that mask exist? (Source)
That would be super cool! I have looked around and come up empty. I suppose any Phil Hoffman mask might do the trick? But where would one find Phil in mask form?
Any help? Anyone?
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