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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Feb. 23, 2009 | 9:35 PM





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My Trip to the Academy Awards

I have a very good friend who works at the Academy and each year she gets to attend the Academy Awards with a guest.  She has been rotating the honor amongst her friends and this year she invited me!!!  It was a once in a lifetime chance that I couldn’t pass up.  The first major thing I obsessed about was what I was going to wear.  I collect vintage gowns from the 1920s - 50s, so I decided to focus on trying to look like a Hollywood star in the 1930s.  Myrna Loy was my key fashion inspiration. 

I have to give credit where credit is due.  Charlotte Del Rose is a fantastic vintage clothing expert, designer and stylist who selected my dress and helped to put the look together.  Then the amazing vintage hairstylist Reina Salas did my hair and helped with the make up!  If you want to work with either of these brilliant ladies, I will gladly give out their information.

Myrna Loy

I wore a dark blue velvet bias cut dress that was made in the 1930s that I purchased at Playclothes.  It has a gold deco belt buckle with faux diamonds and saphires.  I also wore gold t-strap 1930s style high heels and carried a gold beaded clutch purse on loan from a friend.  I found a fantastic hair dresser who made my long hair look much shorter, as that was the fashion at the time.  The hair and make up took close to 3 hours, but here is the result…..

We drove in my friend’s car and believe me, the process of getting there took a long time!  There were a bunch of protesters standing at the corner of Highland and Sunset holding up really hateful, cruel, homophobic signs.  One of the signs even read, “Heath in Hell.”  That was horribly mean, insensitive and entirely out of line.  Those people were just complete fools.  We pulled up to the valet area and they had bomb sniffing dogs and numerous security people open up our car.  They even had mirrors on sticks that they ran under the car and they opened the trunk and went through everything.  After we checked the car in, we had to get our tickets and IDs out and check in for the show.  Then the fun part….we got to walk the red carpet.  I used to work for a publicity executive at a studio and have been on red carpets before, but it was always as an employee.  This was my first time to be there as an actual guest.  It was a nice change of pace.  The red carpet was very very crowded.  They tell everyone to keep moving all the time, but no one really does.  Everyone was just walking around very slowly to watch what was going on.  The stars of course were constantly stopping for photographs and interviews on the carpet.  Somehow, I ended up walking in right behind Robert Downey Jr. and his wife and someone told me I was even visible on the E! Channel.

On the red carpet at the Academy Awards

When we got inside, someone from the Academy took all of our pictures in front of one of the giant Oscar statues.  We went upstairs and attempted to get some hors d’?uvres, but that proved to be very difficult.  The waiters kept zipping by so fast and by the time I would grab them, the tray would be empty.  My friend and I literally hung out by the kitchen so we could pounce on the waiters immediately when they came out with the food.  While some people there were intent on gazing at Brad Pitt, I was more focused on eating crab cakes. 

Being that my friend and I are not famous, our seats were pretty much in the attic of the theatre.  We were waaaaaaaaaaaaay up high at the back of the highest balcony.  It was steep, dark and there was not much railing…and I am clumsy by nature and was wearing heels.  I was afraid I was going to fall and tumble off the balcony and plummet to my death.  During the commercial breaks, tons of people in the balcony kept getting up to get drinks and hang out at the bar on the floor level where the stars all congregate.  We decided not to do this.  Seeing stars is ok and all, but we just preferred to stay put and enjoy the show. 

I’ve read on the internet that most of the critics hated it.  Personally, I really enjoyed it!!  I think the problem is that people just expect too much!!!  It is an awards show and not a work of masterpiece theatre or something.  Besides, the critics have hated Chris Rock, Ellen, Jon Stewart and pretty much everyone who has ever hosted in recent memory except Billy Crystal.  There is just no pleasing the critics.  I thought the show had a great energy, it moved along quickly and I loved having 5 past winners from different eras present the acting awards.  I thought that was an excellent new addition to the show.  I also loved Hugh Jackman.  He was fantastic.  I liked how the production designer of the show re-imagined the stage, which was set up to look like a 1930s style cabaret.
I have some friends who watched the show on TV at home and most of them didn’t like it at all.  Perhaps it was something that was much better live than on TV.

As for the winners themselves, there were few surprises.  The only big upset for me was that WALTZ WITH BASHIR was totally robbed of the Foreign Language Film Award.  That really shocked me.  Otherwise, everything else was pretty much predictable.  I was thrilled that SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE won.  I was also thrilled for Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter for MILK.  Those awards were well deserved and their speeches were very moving.  I just wish there weren’t so many other award shows leading up to the Oscars, as it makes everything so anti-climatic!

From where I was sitting the stars looked about like the size of ants, so I often had to rely on watching the monitors that were up near the balcony.  I was really hoping to see at least one old movie star up close and as I was leaving the show, I got my wish.  Jane Russell was standing outside the Kodak theatre all by herself.  I’ve seen many of her movies, so I walked up to her and said, “Hello Ms. Russell, I’m so glad to see you here this evening!”  She gave me the nastiest “go to hell” look I have ever been on the receiving end of in my entire life.  She didn’t say a word.  I smiled, shrugged and walked away. 

All in all, I had a really great time with my friend and I was grateful to have experienced this 81 year old Hollywood tradition live!!


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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Feb. 10, 2009 | 3:49 PM





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Director Oliver Stone live at Vidiots this Friday!!!!

Meet Writer / Director Oliver Stone for the DVD release of W. at Vidiots on Friday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Oliver Stone is known for taking on controversial political and cultural subjects.  His work has won him three Academy Awards.  Vidiots will screen scenes from the film W. followed by a Q & A. session.

DVD copies of W. will be available for purchase and signing as well as other Stone films including, SALVADOR, PLATOON, BORN ON THE 4th OF JULY, THE DOORS, WALL STREET., JFK and TALK RADIO.

Vidiots is located at 302 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, California.  Admission if FREE. For further info call (310) 392-8508

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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Jan. 22, 2009 | 11:34 PM





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Thoughts about the Academy Award nominations

Since the Academy Award nominations come out today, here is my $.02 cents on them:

BEST PICTURE: I’m surprised that The Reader made the cut, as I didn’t expect that to happen.  I have no problems with the other nominees, but I hope that Slumdog Millionaire will win.  That is hands down my favorite and I think the momentum is with it.


BEST ACTRESS:  I was thrilled out of my mind that Melissa Leo was nominated!!!! Frozen River was one of my most favorite films of 2008 and she was simply outstanding in it.  I was disappointed that Sally Hawkins was left out for Happy Go Lucky, but at least she won the Golden Globe.  I was also sorry to see Kristen Scott Thomas not included for I’ve Loved You So Long, but then again there are always people who get left off the list each year.  All in all, I hope Kate Winslet wins.  She is really great in The Reader and since this is her 6th nomination, she is long overdue.


BEST ACTOR: This is a really tough race.  I was so happy that Richard Jenkins got a nod for The Visitor!!!!  I always tend to root for the underdog and films like The Visitor don’t tend to have the marketing muscle and huge budgets of something like Benjamin Button.  I really hope that his nomination means that more people will see this film.  I think that ultimately the race will boil down to a match between Sean Penn in Milk and Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: This is also a great roster of performances.  I was glad that Marisa Tomei was nominated.  People still joke about her winning the award a long time ago for My Cousin Vinny, but with performances in In the Bedroom and The Wrestler she has more than proven herself worthy.  Ultimately, I think that Pen?lope Cruz will take the prize.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: I was super happy that Michael Shannon got a nomination.  He is riveting in Revolutionary Road and his nomination is very well deserved.  I was also glad to see Josh Brolin included as well.  He has been doing a fantastic string of films and is really one of the best actors working right now.  I think Heath Ledger is really a lock for this award though.


BEST DIRECTOR: I really hope that Danny Boyle takes this. 


With regards to the other categories, I really have to catch up on all of the foreign films, shorts and documentaries before I can issue any sensible predictions.

I enjoy the Academy Awards, but I always have mixed feelings about them.  Giving awards for art always feels very strange to me since it is so subjective.  There are always so many talented and deserving people who don’t win and often times lesser talents who do.  There is also a great deal of hype, marketing/campaign money and glad handling that goes into the whole thing.  I saw Meryl Streep in an interview a while back talking about how she hated the “campaign” aspect of the Oscar race.  She said that it wasn’t like this in the 70s and 80s and now she feels as though she is running for office or something.  Then again Mary Pickford had Academy members to tea at Pickfair and Hearst launched an unsuccessful campaign to win an Oscar for Marion Davies in 1935 for Peg of My Heart.  The political aspect is nothing new, it just feels a lot more intense and magnified now than it used to.

Regardless, I will be watching the awards on February 22nd and will have a good time watching it all unfold.



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Jan. 5, 2009 | 11:41 PM





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Must see French cinema coming to the big screen

For those of you who love French cinema, keep reading!  There are 2 limited runs coming soon to the Nuart that you won’t want to miss:


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Friday, January 9th -  Thursday, January 15th

THE WILD CHILD directed by Francois Truffaut

The year is 1798, and farmers in the south of France, on the hunt for a predator, instead find a naked young boy, presumably grown up in the wild without human contact. As the latest sensation, he’s paraded before fee-paying gawkers at the institute for the deaf and dumb, while Dr. Itard (played by director Truffaut himself) debates with a colleague: is the boy a purely natural human, a tabula rasa, or simply an idiot? Itard takes the boy into his own home in an attempt to educate and civilize him.

Based on an actual case, and with its voiceover narration (an adaptation of Itard’s two reports into diary form), this is Truffaut’s nearest approach to documentary, with Nestor Almendros’ striking b&w photography evoking the earliest days of the cinema, and a much-imitated all-Vivaldi score. As l’enfant sauvage, Jean-Pierre Cargol, a French Roma boy picked from over 2,500 hopefuls, is alternately ferocious and docile, while as Dr. Itard, Truffaut is superb. (Alfred Hitchcock wrote Truffaut asking for “the autograph of the actor who plays the doctor, he is so wonderful,” while Steven Spielberg was so impressed by the director’s compassionate performance that he cast Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.) Cast partly because he realized he’d be directing the boy within the film, Truffaut imposed on himself a “no smiling” rule - he lapses briefly once - to attain a kind of gravity, but then this only reinforces his ruthlessly unsentimental treatment of potentially treacly material, even as the inevitable question (“Was it worth it?”) arises.


“Unlike any other film Truffaut has ever made, yet only Truffaut could have made it. It is a lovely, pure film. A CLASSIC!”
-Vincent Canby, New York Times

“Truffaut’s most thoughtful statement on his favorite subject: The way young people grow up, explore themselves, and attempt to function creatively in the world. Truffaut places his personal touch on every frame of the film. So often movies keep our attention by flashy tricks and cheap melodrama; it is an intellectually cleansing experience to watch this intelligent and hopeful film.”
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times



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Friday, January 16th - Thursday, January 22nd

MADE IN U.S.A.

Writer/director Jean-Luc Godard’s mod film noir from 1966, first intended as a reworking of Raymond Chandler’s classic The Big Sleep, but essentially based on novel The Jugger by Donald Westlake (under his pseudonym “Richard Stark”), is a Pop Art mixture of loving homage to the films of Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller and the realism favored by Godard. It is one of the filmmaker’s pivotal features, and the last he made with his wife/star Anna Karina (Alphaville, Band of Outsiders, Pierrot le fou), who plays a young woman caught up in a mysterious, convoluted Cold War conspiracy. Due to legal difficulties, Made in U.S.A. never received an ‘official’ U.S release, but can now be seen in a new 35mm widescreen print (from the original camera negative) with a new translation and new subtitles. Co-starring Jean-Pierre L?aud, L?szl? Szab? and Marianne Faithfull as herself, singing “As Tears Go By.” Cinematography by the legendary Raoul Coutard.


“BEAUTIFUL, GOOFY, AND EXPLOSIVE! Anna Karina was never lovelier in dazzling color and scope and Godard’s ultimate statement about his love/hate for the aesthetics/politics of American movies/life is an event to be savored and celebrated…HAS ALL THE ELECTRIC THRILL OF A RAUSCHENBERG PAINTING IN MOTION!”
-Jonathan Rosenbaum

“Godard’s hymn to vulgar modernism.”

-J. Hoberman.

“The many shots of Anna Karina, with their wide variety of mood—each a different pose, angle, expression—serve as a catalogue of remembrances. The close-ups are the most expressive ones in color that Godard has made to date.”
-Richard Brody.



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Karie (site owner) Written by Karie (site owner)
Jan. 3, 2009 | 11:57 AM





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Undying respect for Hugh Hefner

For as long as I can remember, Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine have been ever present in popular culture.  When I first flipped through an issue for myself, I felt that the magazine was promoting an image of the female body that 99% of us can’t possibly live up to.  I felt annoyed, but not much more than that.  However, the more I have learned about Hugh Hefner, the more I have come to really admire him and his passion for movies.  When I went to my first “Festival of Film Preservation” at UCLA a few years back, I was stunned to see that Hugh Hefner had paid for a considerable amount of these projects.  I know that Hefner has also funded several documentaries produced by Timeline films on Clara Bow, Louise Brooks and Marion Davies. I’ve also admired his dedication to the LA Conservancy.  Every year, he sponsors the silent film night at the Last Remaining Seats series.  He even attends each year with an entourage of playmates and security guards.  Then I read a story about him today in the LA Times, which made me love him all the more.  I can totally relate to Hefner’s lonely childhood and to his escape into a darkened theatre to see the movies.  His bookshelves are full of Hollywood history books???? Mine too!  After reading this article, I seriously wish I knew this man.  I wish I could throw on a pair of pajamas and go over to his mansion to watch an old movie with him.  I have far more in common with Mr. Hefner than I ever could have imagined. 

 


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Oct. 23, 2008 | 2:23 PM





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Best election piece I’ve ever seen

This is seriously funny and worth checking out.

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

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Oct. 17, 2008 | 11:40 PM





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DEAR ZACHARY-a new must see documentary!

First off, I apologize for my long blogging absence.  I vow that I will make up for lost time as best I can.


Recently I was sent an synopsis for a new documentary called DEAR ZACHARY that looks fascinating….


On November 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in
western Pennsylvania; the prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley
Turner, promptly fled the United States for St. Johns, Canada, where she
announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child.  She named the
little boy Zachary.


Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew’s oldest friend, began making a film for
little Zachary as a way for him to get to know the father he’d never
meet. But when Shirley Turner was released on bail in Canada and was
given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to the U.S., the
film’s focus shifted to Zachary’s grandparents, David and Kathleen
Bagby, and their desperate efforts to win custody of the boy from the
woman they knew had murdered their son.  No one could have foreseen what
happened next…



I always enjoy true crime stories and I find that documentaries are usually more riveting than fiction.  DEAR ZACHARY opens Oct. 31st in New York and on Nov. 7th in Los Angeles (at the Laemmle Sunset 5). 


Be sure to watch the trailer on the Variety website.


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Aug. 6, 2008 | 9:34 PM





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FilmRadar Field Trip “Silents Under the Stars” w/Louise Brooks & Historic Tour

Greetings!

For those of you who are new to the site….welcome! In addition to the website and weekly e-newsletter, I also have a little thing called “FilmRadar Field Trips.” The concept is simple. I choose a film and invite everyone to attend as a group. We meet up, watch the movie and then go out for drinks or food afterward. Everyone is welcome. It’s a great way to socialize and meet fellow film lovers!



WHAT: “Silents Under the Stars”

LOVE ‘EM AND LEAVE ‘EM (1926) starring Evelyn Brent, Louise Brooks and Lawrence Gray.

Directed by Frank Tuttle. Mame Walsh (Evelyn Brent) returns from vacation to find her younger sister, Janie (Louise Brooks) has stolen the affections of her boyfriend and decides to make him jealous by adopting Janie’s “love ‘em and leave ‘em” philosophy.



WHEN: Sunday, August 17th
Film at 7:30pm (Historic tour at 5:30pm)

WHERE:

PARAMOUNT RANCH IN AGOURA
Take the Ventura Freeway (101 north) to KANAN ROAD offramp. At light make a left turn onto Kanan Road going south. Cross the freeway to Agoura Road. Cross Agoura Road and shortly make a left turn onto CORNELL ROAD. (watch carefully, it is a small sign and small road) Follow Cornell Road about a couple of miles to the PARAMOUNT RANCH driveway, marked with large signs. Make a right turn into the driveway and down into the ranch. Look for signs as to where to park. The signs will say “Silents Under the Stars- Parking.”


Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for members of Hollywood Heritage. Children under twelve are $3.00, under three free.

Picnic dinners are encouraged. You can bring wine, cheese, sandwiches or whatever you like! There are clean restrooms available and free parking. Please bring a flashlight as the parking area is dark.


***PLUS: There will be a FREE Historic Walking Tour of the Paramount Ranch for FilmRadar Members. Historian Marc Wanamaker will tell you all about its 76 year history and about the various films and TV shows that have been shot there over the years.***

The historical walking tour begins at 5:30pm and the film begins at 7:30pm.

If you’ve never met me in person, just ask the information table at the back of the picnic area and they will point me out. I will be wearing overalls and a straw hat.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP to me via e- mail (karie at filmradar {dot} com)

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Karie Bible
FilmRadar.com


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Aug. 6, 2008 | 1:46 AM





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Trailer for THE BROTHERS BLOOM

I was surfing on the internet and came across the trailer for THE BROTHERS BLOOM.  I am really excited about seeing this film.  If you missed Johnson’s debut film BRICK in theatres, by all means get it on DVD!  He really has a distinct and highly original voice.  THE BROTHERS BLOOM is set to open in October and hopefully we’ll know the exact release date soon.


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Jul. 23, 2008 | 12:48 AM





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Replacements for “At the Movies”

When I was a kid and budding film geek, I started watching “At the Movies” with Siskel and Ebert every time I had the chance.  I didn’t always agree with them, but I enjoyed watching them bicker with each other.  They had great chemistry and both really seemed passionate about movies.  I miss the good old days of their show.  I haven’t really taken to watching Roeper that much.  I’m not surprised to hear in Variety that ABC/Disney is now replacing them with Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons.  I guess they are trying to capture the “youth audience” and revamp the show.  I met Ben Mankiewicz when I appeared in the “Hollywood Hideaways” segment for TCM.  He was very nice to me, but on camera he had this really snarky sort of style that I couldn’t quite relate to.  I guess I’m far too earnest to be snarky myself.  It is just not in my nature.  I hear that Lyons knows nothing about film history, so I guess Mankiewicz will be the only one with any real perspective.

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This may seem pretty “out there” as a suggestion, but I have an idea of how to revamp “At the Movies”...get 2 unconventional female film critics!  Just my pipe dream, but I think Kim Morgan and I would make awesome hosts of a film talk show.  I’ve always wanted to work with her in some capacity.  Our paths crossed briefly when we were on separate episodes of AMC’s “The Movie Club”, but I never really got the chance to talk to her very much.  There aren’t very many women out there who are super hardcore film devotees and Kim is one of the few that I am aware of.  She also shares my immense passion for film noir and has a macho edge that I lack.  She collects vintage cars and even writes for Jesse James’ hot rod magazine!  On the other hand, I am super girly and collect vintage evening gowns and vintage cookbooks.  We are both unique creatures.  While we are opposites in many ways, I think we would make awesome co-hosts.  Kim is very accomplished and like 10,000 times cooler than I will ever be, but that’s ok.  She really kicks ass and I highly suggest taking a look at her blog Sunset Gun if you have the chance. 


Who would you rather watch…..

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Jul. 9, 2008 | 12:07 PM





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An interview with Scott Prendergast, writer, director and star of KABLUEY

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In the new indie film KABLUEY, inept Salman (Scott Pendergast) comes to help his sister-in-law (Lisa Kudrow) tend to her homicidal toddlers while Salman’s brother is off fighting in Iraq.  Salman must take a humiliating job as a giant blue corporate mascot to help make ends meet and hold the family together. 


KABLUEY has been garnering excellent reviews and the Hollywood Reporter raved, “This charming, pointed comedy is a genuine discovery.”  The film opens on July 11th in Los Angeles.  Writer, director and star Scott Pendergast graciously took the time to chat with me and discuss the film.


How did you get interested in film?

I always wanted to make movies.  Always….was always obsessed with movies.  As a kid I was basically addicted to the Muppets.  And then the Muppet movie came out and for me - it was like crack.  I think I saw it 7 times in the theater.  I was pretty young and I would take the bus to Washington Square in Portland Oregon BY MYSELF and see it again - in a fevered panic state - in a heightened arousal state.  Like it was Armageddon unfolding before me and I was the only witness.  I would go home all sweaty.  And then I wrote my own sequel.  And that’s probably where an interest in making movies began.  Then for a long time I was doing improvisational comedy.  From middle school through college - and then for about 8 years professionally after college.  So when I was about to turn 30 I thought to myself “OK, you’ve always wanted to make movies.  Now is the time.  Get on the stick.  Time is running out.  DO IT.”  I think before that time I had been too nervous to admit that I wanted to make movies.  Like somehow low self-esteem was preventing me from actually admitting this desire.  I didn’t know if I believed I could do it - that it would ever happen.  But I saved up my money and I bought a Canon XL1 camera and a MAC computer and Final Cut Pro and I taught myself to make short films in my apartment.  And then I just continued on from there - slowly gaining confidence - slowly convincing myself that I could do this.  Because in the back of my mind there was always a little voice saying “WHAT IF YOU CAN’T DO THIS?  WHAT IF YOU ARE THE LEGLESS 3000 POUND PERSON CONVINCING THEM SELF THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE A DANCER?  WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT A FILMMAKER - BUT AN IDIOT?”  But things seemed to be going OK - so I kept trying.


What films or filmmakers inspire you?

Well, The Muppet Movie.  And of course, The Wizard of Oz.  Then I was obsessed with Hitchcock for a long time.  And then obsessed with David Lynch.  (Crazily, self-destructively obsessed with David Lynch).  And then Pedro Almodovar.  I think Rear Window is the best movie ever made (because of 1. The perfectly realized plot and 2. The color scheme and production design).  And recently I have decided (for myself) that Alfonso Cuaron is the greatest living director.  This decision is pretty much based on the 3rd Harry Potter movie - which is ASTONISHING.  And also Children of Men.  When I was young I was very, very, extremely fond of Snoopy Come Home - because, let’s admit it - it’s really fucking joyous in the end when Snoopy does, in fact, come home.  I’m serious.  I own that movie and I watch it every now and then and I cry like a little girl.  Same with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  (I am AGAINST the remake - AGAINST AGAINST AGAINST).  When I was 10 I loved the movie Xanadu.  And I see now that this decision was made by the mind of a very impressionable, sad 10 year old boy.  But still today, I do enjoy it.  I especially enjoy the montage of different getups in the end right before Kira disappears.  One of my favorite movies is a bizarre little independent film called In The Spirit.  But every time I get people to watch it - they do not enjoy it, which is a major problem in my life.  I was very inspired by Miranda July and her movie Me And You And Everyone We Know.  I thought she was spectacular in that movie.  And it convinced me that maybe I could make a feature too - and that I could be in it.


Did you go to film school?

No.  Although, if I had gone to film school I would probably know a lot more about cameras and the technical side of filmmaking.  And I probably could have found a really great, competent Director of Photography that I loved a long time ago.  I regret not going to film school for these reasons.  But, when I graduated from college I was ready to be done with school FOREVER.  And still, at that time, I didn’t have the confidence to admit that I wanted to make movies - so I don’t think I would have gone or gotten into film school.

What inspired KABLUEY?

This sounds bogus, but I was on an airplane and the idea just popped into my head.  I opened my laptop and wrote “Man in big blue mascot costume.  This is your first feature.”  I really like costumes.  And the idea of a man leading his life on the inside of a costume seemed really cool to me.  Then while I was writing down ideas for the movie I gradually realized that I should add elements of my own life at that time into the plot.  My brother was in Iraq with the Oregon Army National Guard and I was living with my sister-in-law helping to take care of my nephews.  And it seemed like that story would counterbalance well with a silly slapstick story about a mascot costume.


Is this your first feature film?

Yes.  I made 5 short films first.  All of them made for very little money, with a digital camera.  They are all viewable on my website.


How long did the shoot take?

I think originally we had 22 days (in Austin, Texas).  Which became 24 days due to weather delays.  And then we had 2 “skeleton crew” days where it was just a few people and the camera.  And then we had 1 day back in Los Angeles to shoot the interior of the mascot costume head.  So 27 in all.

How did you go about casting?

We had brilliant casting directors.  Annie McCarthy and Jay Scully.  And their whole game plan was “We are not casting anyone in this movie until we cast the sister-in-law.”  Because the size of the star in that role would determine who we could get in the other parts.  And we were INCREDIBLY, UNBELIEVABLY, JAW-DROPPINGLY lucky to get Lisa Kudrow in that part.  And after that it was much easier to convince other big name actors to be in this small, little film.  She was like the seal of approval.  But I should also say that it was kind of a group effort.  Everybody we got had some connection to the production, or to a producer, and we pulled the group together in a big joint effort, but Lisa was the key.

What is the toughest thing about promoting a film (short or feature) on the festival circuit?

Well, you have to have a good marketing campaign to guarantee an audience.  You have to make sure the theater is always filled.  We were lucky with KABLUEY in that respect.  But I had a short film play to an empty house every now and then at some festivals in the past - and that’s painful.  You have to have someone put up posters and hand out flyers.  You have to go out and meet people and talk the movie up.


What is your next project?

I’m making another movie about my family - about me and my mom.  It’s another dark-ish comedy.  It should be shooting this fall.  After I finished making KABLUEY I would go on meetings and people would ask me “So where’s your next script?”  And I would think “WHERE’S MY NEXT SCRIPT? ARE YOU JOKING? I HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK MAKING THIS MOVIE FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS!  HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSE TO HAVE HAD TIME TO WRITE ANOTHER SCRIPT?”  So I just started writing three screenplays at once - which is probably a ridiculous and bad idea.  But I want to be ready next time!  Perhaps a live action Snoopy Come Home movie.  I love that movie sooo much.  At the end?  When Charlie and the gang are sitting on the bench - totally fucking depressed because Snoopy had to go and live with the little girl who is dying of rickets or scurvy or whatever - and then SUDDENLY - they hear Woodstock whistling?  And then one by one the kids look up and they realize snoopy is COMING HOME!  (but not coming home like Jon Voight Coming Home - paralyzed and everything - just coming home as Snoopy with his little red bowl on his head).  It is perhaps the happiest moment in any movie ever.  How can you deny it’s power?  I honestly believe that I want to make movies because at some point I would like to create a moment that is as happy and joyous and fulfilling as that moment - when snoopy comes home.  Life is bad and terrible things happen and people are mean and get horrible tumors filled with teeth and hair - but every now and then - a dog returns to his boy.  I want to make a movie that has one little moment that is as happy as that.  AND - I want to make a movie about teenage girls who get makeovers and then get devoured by crazed, rampaging robotic dinosaurs.  Then I can retire.  I’m serious.



KABLUEY opens July 11th in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5.  Q & A with filmmaker on Friday 7/11 & Saturday 7/12 after the 7:30pm show.



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FilmRadar Field Trip July 5th to see GONZO

Greetings!
For those of you who are new to the site….welcome! In addition to the website and weekly e-newsletter, We also have a little thing called “FilmRadar Field Trips.” The concept is simple. We choose a film and invite everyone to attend as a group. We meet up, watch the movie and then go out for drinks or food afterward. Everyone is welcome. It’s a great way to socialize and meet fellow film lovers!


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WHAT:
GONZO: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and producer Graydon Carter (Surfwise, The Kid Stays in the Picture) comes a probing look into the uncanny life of national treasure and gonzo journalism inventor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. A fast moving, wildly entertaining documentary with an iconic soundtrack, the film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson’s life-his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell’s Angels, his near-successful bid for the office of sheriff in Aspen in 1970, the notorious story behind the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, and much more. Narrated by Johnny Depp.

Watch the trailer!


WHEN:
Saturday, July 5th at 4:50pm


WHERE:

The Landmark
10850 West Pico at Westwood Blvd.
Directly next door to Barnes & Noble - Enter on Westwood Blvd. or Pico
Parking is free in the garage.


Tickets are $12.00
I would suggest buying your tickets in advance online or at the box office.


After the film we will vote on a location for dinner and discussion.


RSVP to me (karie {at} filmradar {dot} com) if you’d like to attend. I’ll be in the lobby about 20 minutes before the 4:50pm start time holding a FilmRadar card so that you can find me.


Spread the word and tell a friend about FilmRadar.com!

Karie Bible
FilmRadar.com


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