Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin

An elderly gent was invited to an old friends home for dinner one evening. He was impressed by the way his buddy preceded every request to his wife with endearing terms such as: Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc. The couple had been married almost 70 years and, clearly, they were still very much in love.


While the wife was in the kitchen, the man leaned over to his host, ‘I think it’s wonderful that, after all these years, you still call your wife those loving pet names’.


The old man hung his head. ‘I have to tell you the truth,’ he said, ‘Her name slipped my mind about 10 years ago, and I’m scared to death to ask the cranky old bitch what her name is.’

Number Four Plot Details

from Fused Film

Plot Details Surface on James Frey’s I Am Number Four

It was recently announced that Michael Bay would be producing and possibly directing an adaptation of the upcoming novel, I Am Number Four, and now we have some more details on that film. Our friends over at FilmDrunk has dug up a new synopsis for the film, which you can read below.

The protagonist is 15. The rival race of aliens are from the planet Mogadore. They destroyed Lorien in order to strip the planet of its natural resources because Mogadore was dying, and still is, and they followed the Loric to Earth to finish the job. The Loric develop their “Legacies” (special powers) around their fifteenth year. This first book is a kind of love story. At its core it’s a type of father/son alone in the world, always moving to stay alive story, a lá The Road.

[ click to read at FusedFilm.com ]

“Well my wife shot it first…”

from Gawker

The Time Alice Hoffman’s Review Drove Richard Ford into a Gun-Wielding Rage

In a comment thread from a post earlier tonight about Alice Hoffman, commenter PromQueen mentioned that Richard Ford once shot up one of Hoffman’s books after she “wrote nasty things” when she reviewed his work for the New York Times.

Turns out the story is true. Here’s what Ford, talking about his book The Sportswriter, told the Guardian in a 2003 interview:

“People had written me off. When the book came out it just took a while to make its way. It didn’t happen overnight. It got bad reviews — that’s the book that Alice Hoffman wrote nasty things about in the New York Times.”

Ford’s run-in with Hoffman, with whom he shared a publisher, has become legendary. In retaliation for her criticism, Ford shot a hole through her latest book and posted it to her. “Well my wife shot it first,” says Ford, rather proudly. “She took the book out into the back yard, and shot it. But people make such a big deal out of it – shooting a book – it’s not like I shot her.”

[ click to continue reading at Gawker.com ]

Wafers & Wine & Larceny

from the AP

Cops: Woman takes kneeling woman’s cash in church

WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Nassau County police said a congregant at a Long Island church disregarded at least one of its commandments: Thou shalt not steal. Police said the 46-year-old woman reached over a pew and took cash from a purse while its owner knelt Sunday at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Westbury. Police said an usher saw the theft, and officers stopped the woman as she left the church.

Police said they determined the same woman stole cash from another worshipper’s purse while that victim took communion May 10.

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Schnabel and Reed

from The NY Observer

Reed It and Weep: Legendary Lou, Velvet Underground Singer, Greets Groupies at Book Signing with Schnabel

By Joe Pompeo

Lou Reed, legendary frontman of the Velvet Underground, and Julian Schnabel, noted artist and filmmaker, were sitting at a rustic wooden table inside the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea on the evening of Thursday, June 25.

The two longtime friends were there for a book-signing and cocktail party celebrating the forthcoming release of Berlin, a new collection of photographs taken during Mr. Schnabel’s filming of a tour Mr. Reed did in 2007 to revive his classic 1973 album and rock opera of the same name.

One by one, enamored fans approached the duo with copies of the book and other memorabilia—vintage concert posters, black-and-white photographs, Velvet Underground LPs—that they wanted Mr. Reed, dressed in a saggy black sweater and black jeans, and Mr. Schnabel, wearing loose white pajamas, the top half of which were unbuttoned just enough to reveal a thick swath of chest hair, to autograph with shiny silver markers.

[ click to continue reading at The Observer ]

“The Editors” – Still Can’t Get Over It

from the New York Times

Media Decoder - Behind the Scenes, Between the Lines

From the Inbox: James Frey’s “I Am Number Four”

From John:

Hiding identity here may be the result of the fact that number four is more or less a copy of number three, except for the fact that only one has been thrown in to change the mix.

Clearly, the number three and even possibly two and one, are going to claim that substantial portions of four have been lifted from them (then embellished?) and they will press some sort of claim if four picks up a book contract and/or movie rights.

For that reason alone, given Mr. Frey’s previous issues, legal departments would most likely be on high alert if his name were to be associated with something called “I am Number Four.”

He ought to skip ahead to 10 to put a little distance between himself and those other numbers.

He needs to avoid seven, 14 and 21. I have already optioned them to a large publisher.

[ click to read at NYTimes.com ]

If Only Janet Could Have Choreographed

from KFI Los Angeles

Filipino prisoners pay tribute to Michael Jackson

Inmates in a Philippines prison honored the late pop icon Michael Jackson the way they’ve always celebrated his music, officials said, by dancing.
Sunday, June 28, 2009

(UPI) – Hundreds of inmates in a Philippines prison honored the late pop icon Michael Jackson the way they’ve always celebrated his music, officials said, by dancing.During the past two years, the more than 1,000 prisoners of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center have routinely danced in unison to Jackson’s “Thriller” album. The spectacle of the orange uniform-clad men’s synchronized dancing not only attracted hundreds of curiosity-seekers to the prison but a video of it became an Internet sensation. The 4-minute video clip attracted 23 million views after being posted in 2007.”He is like the God to them. It is Michael’s music that gives them international recognition,” Byron Garcia, a security consultant at the prison told Xinhua inside the sprawling jail.After Jackson died Thursday, the prisoners decided to perform to four Jackson songs in a row as a final tribute.

The 1,581 inmates, serving sentences up to 10 years for murder, rape and drug crimes, Saturday danced to an audience of about 500 visitors and journalists, the Chinese news service reported.

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I Am Number Four

from Variety





DreamWorks has acquired screen rights to “I Am Number Four,” the first of a six-book science fiction book series that has “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” director Michael Bay aboard to produce and possibly direct.

DreamWorks is working on a high six-figure deal, sources said.

The real surprise in the deal, though, is the identity of one of the two authors. Though WME began shopping the book Thursday under a pseudonym, sources said one of the writers is James Frey, best known for writing “A Million Little Pieces.” Neither the agency nor the studio would confirm.

The deal puts Bay right back in business with DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider. It is expected that Steven Spielberg will be as active in a behind the scenes capacity similar to the godfather role he has played in the “Transformers” franchise. The sale comes as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” takes a run at the record books this weekend, after setting records on its first two days in theaters.

The franchise is about a group of nine earthbound alien teens who escaped their planet just before it was destroyed by a hostile species. While the high school-aged kids assimilate, the title character discovers that he is being hunted by the enemy that blew up his planet.

Both the publishing rights and the screen rights were shopped simultaneously, with Bay taking it into DreamWorks/Disney, Columbia and Universal; J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot for Paramount; Bryan Singer for Fox, and BenderSpink for New Line and CBS.

Frey recently became a client of WME when his agent, Eric Simonoff, joined WMA from Janklow-Nesbit.

[ click to read at Variety.com ]

Frey On Ferguson

from Entertainment Weekly

James Frey to Craig Ferguson: ‘I’m happy to be notorious,’ plus what he said about Tom Cruise


Jun 27, 2009, 11:39 AM | by Ken Tucker

James Frey gave a rare and revealing interview to Craig Ferguson last night on the Late Late Show. The author, whose 2003 memoir A Million Little Pieces brought a hailstorm of criticism for charges of inaccuracy, most notably in a 2006 TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, has apparently come to terms with his reputation.

Due to his various addictions, “I didn’t remember [various details] so I just made it up,” was how Frey summarized his Pieces experience to Ferguson. “I’m perfectly happy to be notorious,” he said. He was put at ease by Ferguson, who has spoken openly about his own struggles with drugs and drink, and will himself publish an autobiography in September called American On Purpose.

Frey was promoting the paperback relase of his novel Bright Shiny Morning. At one point, Frey admitted that he “thought Tom Cruise” when he created the Morning character Amberton Parker, whom Frey described as “a gay movie star with children.” Strikingly, the studio audience laughed and clapped at this.

Frey made no reference to a deal announced this week, in which he will collaborate with another, unnamed writer on a six-book science-fiction series, the first of which, I Am Number Four, has been optioned by director Michael Bay.

[ click to read at ew.com ]


from The New York Times

Undercover, James Frey Pitches Again

James Frey, the author of “A Million Little Pieces” and “Bright Shiny Morning,” is working with another writer and anonymously shopping a young adult novel called “I Am Number Four.”

A source familiar with the project said that Mr. Frey, who was famously caught embellishing details in “A Million Little Pieces,” his memoir of drug addiction and recovery, came up with the idea of what is proposed as a six-book series and is working with another writer to write the actual text.

A manuscript of the first book in the series has been circulating among editors at several large New York publishing houses. The story is about a group of nine children from a planet called Lorien who have been attacked by a hostile race from another planet. The nine children and their guardians evacuate to Earth, where three are killed. The protagonist, a Lorien boy named John Smith, hides in Paradise, Ohio, as a human and tries to evade his predators.

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]


from The Los Angeles Times


Hal Ashby, turbulent genius of the ’70s


Classic Hollywood:


A special Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences salutes Oscar winning film editor and director Hal Ashby on Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Ashby’s 1971 bittersweet romance “Harold and Maude.”

The late director’s brief run, including ‘Harold and Maude,’ ‘The Last Detail’ and ‘Coming Home,’ put him in the upper strata of filmmakers.

June 24, 2009

Hal Ashby is the cinematic equivalent of a supernova. The director’s work burned startlingly bright for a brief period in the 1970s — before his demons, including drug abuse, got the better of him, extinguishing his star shortly before his death in 1988.

Now, the director of such seminal films as “The Last Detail,” “Shampoo,” “Coming Home” and “Being There” is being rediscovered in a confluence of upcoming events (not to mention the biography “Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel” by Nick Dawson, which published in March). On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pays tribute with a screening of his eccentric 1971 love story, “Harold and Maude.”

Jon Voight, who won an Oscar for 1978’s “Coming Home,” will join Judd Apatow, Cameron Crowe, Seth Rogen, Oscar-winning scribe Diablo Cody and Variety editor Peter Bart at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater for a panel discussion and Yusuf Islam will perform two songs from “Harold and Maude” that he recorded as Cat Stevens. The academy will then screen Ashby’s work at the Linwood Dunn Theater beginning with “The Landlord” and “Shampoo” on Friday and continuing with other films through Sunday.

[ click to continue reading at The LA Times ]