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I’m sorry but I was really struck by some of the bits of this article I read about the 2012 Ben Stiller box office dud The Secret Life of Walter Mitty while trying to avoid writing something and/or living productively:
Nick Stevens, Stiller’s longtime agent, resembles his client in being slight, intense, and possessed of a puzzle-solving mind. After working for years to help make Stiller who he is, he is now trying to help launch Stiller, the sequel: an actor whose characters shape their own destinies; a director whose films don’t so much satirize a familiar world as create a new one. […] Stevens said, “ ‘Mitty’ is the win.”
“Mitty is the win.”
The movie business cannot only make comic books and sequels,” [Fox Chairman Tom] Rothman told me, “because at a certain point there would be no ‘Avatar 2’ or ‘Avatar 3,’ because there had been no ‘Avatar.’ At a certain point, probably now, you run out. So what you need is originality.”
Walter Mitty was a remake of a Danny Kaye adaptation of a James Thurber short story that was famous in the 1930’s. i.e. “Originality.”
Then the director [of the previous Stiller dud The Watch, Akiva Schaffer] said, “Can we do one where you’re grossed out by the blood? Not grossed out in a pussy way, but where you have fun with it?” Stiller nodded, but didn’t. Stevens explained, “He’s trying to find a greater sense of cool in this role, not just be a suburban lap-bitch.”
“Suburban lap-bitch" plus "Stiller nodded, but didn’t.”
Stiller is loyal to those in his inner circle; “He’s a 3 A.M. guy if you need him,” the screenwriter Jerry Stahl says. But he can also beckon you close with one hand even as the other halts you at the border. So co-workers often consult with one of his intimates—the “Ben whisperers,” as they are known—before knocking on Stiller’s door. If he’s being asked to do something embarrassing, he needs to feel loved and supported.
“It’s always interesting trying to direct somebody who is ultimately your boss,” Schaffer, who previously directed hip-hop spoof videos at “Saturday Night Live,” said. “When Ben would say, ‘Do you want to do a cool shot of me over there?,’ I’d say, ‘Yeah!,’ where with another actor it would be ‘What the fuck are you talking about?’”
“What the fuck are you talking about?”
Stiller is convinced that the [poor box-office of his dud Tower Heist] was constrained by its marketing: “But, no matter how much I made my position known, I would never have gotten the studio around to doing something that was so inventive that they’d say, ‘Wow! Ben really told me how to do my job better! Thanks!’ ”
In February, Robert Downey told me, “I got an e-mail this morning from my agents saying that the success of ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ made it a billion-dollar franchise. They said, ‘That gives you two billion-dollar franchises’ ”—along with “Iron Man”—“ ‘and only five people have done that.’ Such e-mails remind you that this business, from the studios’ point of view, is about whore stewardship.”
“Zoolander” is now seen as a touchstone comedy, but it was a troubled project. At one point, Paramount brought in another writer to replace Stiller, and wanted Brendan Fraser to play the male-model role that Stiller had dreamed up for himself.
Brendan Fraser’s Zoolander.
At the end of [screenwriter Steve] Conrad’s first draft, Walter [Mitty] became an inadvertent symbol of class protest at a meeting of the G8, and wound up onstage singing with Rage Against the Machine.
Years later, on “The Royal Tenenbaums,” Stiller worked up the nerve to tell Gene Hackman how much his work in “The Poseidon Adventure” had affected him. Stiller recalls, “He smiled, after a beat, and said, ‘Money job.’ ”
Stiller’s casting process for “Mitty” was typically meticulous: in the course of fourteen audition sessions, in Manhattan and Los Angeles, he read with up to fifty aspirants for each of thirty-four parts. The actors evidently believed that to have any kind of chance they’d have to signal that they already belonged in his world. So their greetings, on both coasts, lunged toward intimacy: “Steve Conrad is my Obi Wan”; “We met many years ago, at Laura Linney’s first wedding”; “I just worked with Noah Baumbach—synchronicity!” One man threw himself on the mercy of the court, murmuring only, “I have a really nice-shaped head.”
"When I go on Twitter and say, ‘Hey, check out this article by Paul Farmer’ ”—a doctor heavily involved in health care in Haiti, where Stiller’s foundation has built schools—“people respond, ‘You have the worst tweets! Be funny!’”
The actor also became known for being unusually particular about who got to fly with him on the studio’s plane. When I brought this up, Stiller grimaced and joked, “I’ve got to get new plane people.”
Debbie Liebling discussed the thirteen TV pilots she was developing for a deal that Red Hour had with ABC, a number of which seemed to leave Stiller unmoved. Of one about “two dudes teaching immigrants at an English-language school,” Stiller said that it “sounds sitcom-y.” “These are sitcoms,” Liebling replied.
[On the first read-through of the film] Only Steve Conrad felt a pang about the film’s evolution, murmuring, “Near the end, I keep expecting we’re going to go to the G8.”
Friends say that Stiller regrets not being asked to star in films such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Punch-Drunk Love” or Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.” When her husband gets downhearted, Taylor says, “I tell him to remember when Tom Cruise sent two hundred cupcakes when ‘Night at the Museum’ became a hit.”
can’t let the people’s elbow get dirty
The funny thing about this photo, more than anything, to me is The Rock wearing a turtleneck. I don’t know why— I’d put that over everything. There’s another photo of him with a fanny pack, though, if you’re more into that…
A parenthetical about the Lawrence Tierney knife-stealing story from today’s article about the Lost Episode of Seinfeld. In the middle of an interview about a completely different episode, Cherones— who is 75 years old— stops and mentions that Lawrence Tierney stole a knife and scared everyone on set!!! This is great. I don’t know what it is about this story, but I just really love hearing about it— it really speaks to me…
It’s in the episode wikipedia page, which I didn’t check before, but of course it is:
Various cast members remember Seinfeld encountering Tierney and stating “Hey Lawrence, what do you got there in your jacket?”. Tierney, realizing he had been caught, tried to make a joke about how he thought taking the knife would be funny, by reenacting a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), holding the knife above his head and making threatening motions towards Seinfeld. Tom Cherones, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus saw this happen, and, as Alexander recalled, it “scared the living crap out of all of us.” Cherones stated that, afterwards, Larry David would jokingly threaten to have Tierney back on the show if Cherones did his work badly.
This is how The Sopranos ended, too.
Last night I went to watch the Eels play for probably my tenth time. Every time I go see them I always say ‘that was the best show I’ve ever seen them do’ and last night was no exception. So many highlights. Steve Perry coming out for the band’s 2nd encore to sing ‘It’s a Mother Fucker’ and then a few Journey songs was probably the highest of the highlights.
In close second was Puddles Pity Party. Puddles, who’s toured and opened for the Eels in the past was amazing. He walks around in the audience before the show, making people really uncomfortable, then he walks on stage, never talks, and eventually starts singing — and his voice is fucking INCREDIBLE!
After the show my friend Mackenzie and I went backstage and ran into my friend Jon Schroeder who was there with this other guy named Jon that I know. Puddles came out and Jon took this photo of other Jon with Puddles. He used the shittiest, old flip phone I’ve ever seen and got one of the greatest photos ever!
The Internet Is Leaking of the day: There are countless t-shirts with the face of human meme Nic Cage on them, but now we have confirmation that the man himself owns one. We also now know he wears it with a cowboy hat, beaded necklaces, frilled chaps, a cane, and sunglasses indoors at a Guns N’ Roses gig. The world is a remarkably strange place.
Is no one going to mention that Nicolas Cage is hanging out with Andrew Dice Clay?
Nicolas Cage and Andrew Dice Clay are in a room together, and of the two of them Dice is the one who looks more like he has his life together.
Macaulay Culkin is in a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band.
(Source: The A.V. Club)
Eddie Murphy eating steak off a model.
Lee Marvin on the set if Pocket Money, 1972 by TERRY O’NEILL. I like the glove.
I don’t like Greer, BUT I ADORE THIS PICTURE OF JOHN NOLAN!!! (from twitter)
Hello. Welcome to my Person of Interest fan-blog. I am a grown adult man!
I’d never done a google image search for Jerry Hardin before.
Sammy Davis Jr. with members of the Church of Satan, with which he was briefly affiliated (?). I always liked Sammy Davis— the Satan part got by me before.