Narayan Prasad used an iPad app called "Adobe Ideas", to create this fantastic portrait of Charlie.

ck-ipad-artCharlie Kaufman, by Narayan Prasad

 Nice, eh?! Narayan posted this on our Facebook page.

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There will never be another guy quite like Robin Williams.


Robin Williams "Mork" t-shirt

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Via the Calgary Herald:

In 2008, low-budget filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman received a lifetime achievement award at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival in Spain, which specializes in horror and fantasy films.

As he went up to accept the award, a tribute reel played in the background that was supposed to highlight his contributions to cinema as head of Troma Entertainment, from The Toxic Avenger to Poultrygeist: Night of the Living Chicken. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a mix-up. The films featured were all from critics’ darling Charlie Kaufman, the oddball auteur behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich.

“That was a great moment,” says Kaufman. (Source)

It'd be even funnier if this happened the other way around.

And just to confuse things more, Lloyd has a brother named Charles, who's also a film-maker.

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Totally unrelated to Charlie, and a bit sneaky of me, but screw it: I have a short story in the current issue of Aurealis -- Australia's longest-serving scifi/fantasy magazine -- and you can grab an e-copy for the super low sum of $2.99, if you're interested in what I get up to when I'm not stalking Charlie. (No print edition, alas. Just .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, .rtf and .txt -- all included in the three bucks.)

(For newcomers to BCK, I should repeat that I'm not Charlie Kaufman, I'm just the guy who runs this site. Charlie does not have a short story in Aurealis.)

Aurealis #69 includes a story by BCK's webmasterAurealis #69 includes story by BCK's webmaster

"It Came From A Party Supplies Store" is a comedy about a man who tries to prank his grandkid's friends, by dressing up as an alien and scaring them on a creepy forested road at night... but the man gets stuck inside the alien costume, and hijinks ensue. It's about 1500 words and not Kaufmanesque in any major way. ("One of those rarities—an SF story that aims to be funny, and actually is funny," says the editor.)

It would both amuse and please me greatly if this became their biggest selling issue of all time and critics vomited over it with joy and I won a Nobel and became rich and had to take out restraining orders on most of the female population.

So, you know. Link is there and also here if you're interested and feel like supportin' the arts.

The rtf file has my title written in reverse on the contents page. I'm scared to read the actual story, in case of proofreading boo boos.

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Here's Symmetry, a Kaufman-like/Gondry-esque 7-and-a-half minute film. Says the Vimeo description:

Graduation project.

This film has been written symmetrically:

the second half is strictly like the first, but played backwards and mirrored.

The second part doesn't act like a simple rewinding, but as the following of the first.

It explores all sorts of symmetry: compositions, shapes, sounds and music, scenario, colors, actions, time... (Source)

Yann Pineill is the writer, director and editor. Really well done.






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On indieWIRE there's a longish Her-centric interview with Spike Jonze, and Rodrigo Perez gets in a question or two about Charlie. That "world leaders" movie? Still, sort of, a maybe-thing:

At one point it was said that you and Charlie Kaufman were going to reteam again in a Dr. Strangelove-esque movie about world leaders. Is that still happening?
It wasn't exactly that, but we do have an idea and I don't know when we're going to do it. I talk to Charlie all the time, we talk about ideas all the time and I tell him what I'm working on and he gives me great ideas and tells me what he's working on. He’s the kind of guy that has so many ideas that are amazing and the next week you’ll be like, “What are you doing with that [idea]?” And he's like, “Oh, I'm over that.” The amount of incredible ideas that either are sitting in his drawer that he's never going to do anything with or that he's forgotten about already; there's so many ideas, he'll forget about and you’ll have to remind him! But anyways, at some point I'm sure we’ll do something together again. He's my favorite writer. (Source)

So that's pretty vague and no cause for people to go all "THE WORLD LEADERS MOVIE THING IS GONNA HAPPEN." But, you know, maybe it will. Some day.

Back in 2011 that project was described as a "satire about how world leaders gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the worlds [sic?], from oil prices to wars that will be waged." Given some of the things Charlie said in his awesome BAFTA  screenwriting lecture, I imagine the satire is probably very biting and angry -- good stuff.

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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.

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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 He continued, "And now I have no idea what my website is about or what I've been doing for the last 12 years."


Charlie dead, Andy not broke the news today.

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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.

Which is impossible.

Prentisstown has been lying to him.

And now he's going to have to run... (Source)

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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)


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Slate's Peter Suderman writes about Save The Cat!, the screenwriting book that he feels is largely responsible for why so many films these days seem so damned formulaic:

Summer movies are often described as formulaic. But what few people know is that there is actually a formula—one that lays out, on a page-by-page basis, exactly what should happen when in a screenplay. It’s as if a mad scientist has discovered a secret process for making a perfect, or at least perfectly conventional, summer blockbuster.

The formula didn’t come from a mad scientist. Instead it came from a screenplay guidebook, Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. In the book, author Blake Snyder, a successful spec screenwriter  who became an influential screenplay guru, preaches a variant on the basic three-act structure that has dominated blockbuster filmmaking since the late 1970s.

When Snyder published his book in 2005, it was as if an explosion ripped through Hollywood. The book offered something previous screenplay guru tomes didn’t. Instead of a broad overview of how a screen story fits together, his book broke down the three-act structure into a detailed “beat sheet”: 15 key story “beats”—pivotal events that have to happen—and then gave each of those beats a name and a screenplay page number. Given that each page of a screenplay is expected to equal a minute of film, this makes Snyder’s guide essentially a minute-to-minute movie formula. (Source)


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Speaking with the UK's Daily Telegraph, Guillermo del Toro implies that his Charlie-scripted adaptation of Slaughterhouse Five (previously mentioned here in November) might still be on the cards, depending on Charlie and Universal:

Not much has been heard about this one recently, but del Toro has lined up a helluva writer to take it on. "Charlie [Kaufman] and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book," he told the Daily Telegraph. "I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of 'Slaughterhouse-Five'] -- to be 'unstuck in time,' where everything is happening at the same time. And that's what I want to do. It's just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it''s my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there's a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer!"

"I"ll work it out," he added. (Source)


There are so many rumoured projects around Charlie right now, I am losing track. I keep meaning to put a sidebar on the site, listing the upcoming/rumoured projects. But I'm lazy. There are a lot of things I keep meaning to do. The woe, the woe.

Thanks to Coren for the tip!


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Nathan writes:

I was a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2005 and Mr. Kaufman gave our commencement address.  In this season of graduations, I have been thinking back on my own and wishing I had a copy of it.  Any ideas how to find it?  I've tried Google to no great result

I had no idea CK gave a commencement speech -- I wish we had a copy of it, too. This would've been the year after Eternal Sunshine came out. I've tried a few search engines and my small network of People Who Sometimes Have Inside Info, to no avail. If we can get more details about this, that would be really cool. I wonder what Charlie told these guys? I wonder if it was anything like his BAFTA/BFI speech?

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Via Deadline:

FX Networks has greenlighted How And Why, a half-hour comedy pilot from Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman. It tells the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life.  Kaufman will write and direct the pilot and serve as executive producer. FX Prods will produce. (Source)

indieWIRE points out that this doesn't sound like the series Charlie was developing for HBO, which would star Catherine Keener. So that one's probably dead. Or maybe there are two T.V. series' in the works.

Big thanks to Sarah and Tim! And John! And Metkidd!

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"Star Wars: Sequel Debacle" is a completely silly but clever (but mostly silly) Flash game that, as WIRED puts it, "lets you choose the parameters that you think could/would/should underlie the announced Star Wars: Episode VII and see how the public and critics would receive the film thus produced." You can choose a writer (INCLUDING CHARLIE!), director (INCLUDING CHARLIE!), star and title for the film, then hit "Launch" and see what kind of review the film receives. WIRED again: "Obviously, it’s all in fun, and in fact the parameters clearly only somewhat affect the outcome, as hitting the “Launch” button repeatedly with the same entries often produces wildly different results."

Recommended if you enjoy silly pointless things and/or procrastination.

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You can play it here. Thanks to Ezra!


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