Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
The Whole Movie
So, here is the entire movie, HAROLD BUTTLEMAN, DAREDEVIL STUNTMAN.
John Hawkes of Deadwood fame plays wannabe stuntman Harold. I play his cameraman and best friend Doug. Oscar nominee and crazy person Karen Black plays Harold's mom. Homer Simpson plays some dude later in the movie. The mom from that silly sitcom The War At Home plays Harold's girlfriend. Etc. Etc. Oh, and Pamie's in it! She plays the small but pivotal role of "Party Goer #4/Pretty Girl."
Also, you can go to spout.com/francisstokes and sign up at what is actually a pretty cool movie-lovers site, and Frank gets a dollar towards recouping the budget of the movie. It takes two seconds and you never have to go there again. Or you can spend all your time there. It's up to you! You control your life. Not me. Although, you really should change your shirt. That one makes you look like a ragamuffin. And did you eat today? Honey, you have to eat something. How about some nice apple slices?
Anyway. Like Beck says, "Please enjoy."
(By the way, we're going down to ComicCon on behalf of God, Inc. We'll be at the SCI-FI NETWORK / ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY party on Saturday night. Come say hi if you're there. Especially if you're dressed like a Wookie or Darth Something.)
"Wow, Stee. That was suspiciously like another movie about to come out starring one of the SNL dudes, and which also features one of the main players from Deadwood." Really? Hm. That's odd.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Harold Buttleman, Daredevil Stuntman
There is a long story behind this, but in short, my buddy, director Francis Stokes, wrote and shot a feature-length movie with me and John Hawkes and the voice of Homer Simpson and Karen Black and others a few years ago about a small town dude who thinks he's the next Evil Knievel. It played the festival circuit and has been sporadically available on DVD. Anyway, in light of a certain movie studio making a certain movie that is almost, well, the exact same movie, Frank has decided to release to movie in its entirety on YouTube in 3 days (and later, on DVD for internet sales and downloads). In anticipation, he's been posting clips. Unfortunately, in this one, my ass makes an appearance.
In other related news, Frank was finally able to announce that we sold God, Inc to the Sci-Fi Network. Frank and I will be teaming on writing a half-hour pilot for the network based on Frank's online web series. Once we're done with the pilot script, they'll decide whether or not to pay us to shoot it. (I'm doing the same thing on my own with USA; script first, pilot only if they choose.) So for now we have no idea if all or any of the original cast would get to be in it. But this is the first step and it's very exciting. Here's the announcement on that. Thankfully my ass doesn't make an appearance.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
A Bustle In His Hedgerow
I'm reading Chuck Klosterman's essay collection, "Chuck Klosterman IV (A Decade Of Curious People And Dangerous Ideas)." I like Chuck Klosterman, but I'm also deeply aware of the tide of bad feelings people have towards Chuck Klosterman. I get this mostly from reading Gawker. I came across this essay that I won't link to from the NY Press or something by some angry writer who seems to live in Russia and who spent about ten thousand words on why he hates Chuck Klosterman so much. I'm not sure why I read things talking shit about things I enjoy. I guess it's to see both sides of the arguement. Because there is something gratifying in seeing and at least partially understanding the beef, and then continuing to love said thing anyway. It's easy to love something everyone loves. Like ice cream or The Godfather or ladybugs. But there is a more satisfying, richer love in being deeply into Joe Vs. The Volcano and spiders. (Which I am not, however. I am deeply afraid of spiders.)
That's the other thing about reading Chuck Klosterman. You start writing like him.
Anyway, none of that matters. I just wanted to share that I thought this was very funny:
"Led Zeppelin's fourth studio album--1971's unnamed Zoso (so called for the enigmatic symbols on its cover)--is the most famous hard-rock album ever recorded, not to mention a watershed moment for every grizzled old man who's ever carried a bundle of sticks on his back."
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
If Edgar From "Electric Dreams" Made A Video...
This guy apparently made an unofficial video for Grandaddy's "Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)". Not only was he not sued, the band saw it and made it their "official" video for the song.
As the creator states, it was "Programmed in Applesoft II on a 1979 Apple ][+ with 48K of RAM. Seriously."
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Ted Kennedy Drives The Mary Jo Kopechne Of My Trust Into Chappaquiddick
Somehow I'm on Ted Kennedy's mailing list, and his missives are usually the expected variety of Things I Sorta Care About, all topped with his little red faced photo. I read and delete. No big deal. It's our little unspoken pact. I do the same for John Kerry, and Al Gore. (I'd do the same for you if you were a liberal politician who understood the power of the internet but has so far failed to live up to your political promise.)
And so when I saw his name pop up in my inbox today, I assumed I was going to get a bit of good ol' Irish Massachusetts fury about the Scooter Libby pardon, because I know today I'm feeling pretty fucking pissed off about it.
But instead he was writing about something a little less, how do you say, politician-y? Important? Within the realms of sanity?:
I'm writing today to ask for your vote -- and this time it's to bring the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" to Springfield, Massachusetts! The famous TV series is set in a city called Springfield, and celebrated its 400th episode this year.
The creators of "The Simpsons" are releasing a major movie version on July 27th, and they're holding a nationwide vote on the USA Today website to see which of our nation's Springfields will win the honor of hosting the premiere. Voting begins today and runs through July 9th, and the winner will be announced soon after that.
I know the answer -- it's undoubtedly Springfield, MA! We'd love to welcome Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Abe and all the residents of TV's Springfield to our great city.
As part of the campaign, each Springfield has prepared its own video. I'm part of our Springfield's video, and I can tell you it's fun and a real home run!
You can see it on the USA Today website, and cast your vote there at the same time:
Our entire community is involved, and it's a wonderful campaign. I hope you'll join us today by voting for our Springfield, and by asking as many of your friends and family as possible to help us too.
As you so well know, every vote counts, and we're in it to win. We'd greatly appreciate your support! With your help, as the great Ralph Wiggum would say, it's "unpossible" for us to lose.
Thanks for your support and happy Fourth of July!
My email and website have been down for the past four days. It was horrible -- I had to use gmail! But now I'm back. Man, not having something around really makes you appreciate it. Like when you're out of toilet paper. Or coffee. I mean, eventualy you get used to paper towels and tea, respectively, but then once you finally make it to the store, you appreciate that first square, or that first sip, like manna from heaven. So I hereby pledge to treat this blog a little more respectfully. A few more entries here and there. Maybe they'll even, like, be about something!
Like this: Good new for justice today -- Paris Hilton serves more jail time than Scooter Libby!
But until then, here's one about nothing. It's a new Film Pigs vlog of "Live Free Or Die Hard":
With Skelton stuck doing a job that makes him the envy of shut-ins and 12 year-old boys everywhere, Stee and Todd brave the Grove on opening day to go see the fast-typing-filled Live Free Or Die Hard. Olyphanty!