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In an ongoing effort to traumatise mice and then erase their bad memories, scientists have gone towards the light. I don't know what I'm saying. Here's Lisa Winter at IFLScience with a better explanation:
For sufferers of PTSD, bad memories can severely interrupt day-to-day life; episodic memories of specific places, people, or events can trigger insurmountable fear. Scientists though have found a way to target specific memories in mice and erase them using light, making it conceivable that conditions like PTSD might be thing of the past one day. Additionally, they proved a 40-year-old theory about how episodic memories are stored and retrieved in the brain.
While it's not likely that this will be used to create an Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-like memory eraser, verifying how memories are stored and retrieved could open up possibilities for treatments for those experiencing memory loss or PTSD at some point down the road. (Source)
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New thing that might happen: a Kaufman-scripted adaptation of Arthur Herzog's 1978 science fiction novel I.Q. 83. But take this news with a pinch of salt, because the project has been bouncing around Hollywood for nearly 20 years. Deadline reports:
Charlie Kaufman has been signed to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s classic 1978 science fiction novel that Paramount is now developing as a star vehicle for Steve Carell. [...] The plan is for Carell to play Dr. James Healey, who led a group of scientists that conducted DNA experiments that unleashed an airborne virus that ravages the population. The affliction isn’t fatal but pretty bad; it progressively lowers the IQ of the afflicted, more effectively than a marathon of the Kardashians’ reality show. It becomes a race against time as the scientist struggles for a cure, even as he feels himself growing dumber. He watches crowds regressing into animal packs and sees the president of the United States try to comfort the masses, only to babble and drool on television.
[...] Herzog wrote it as serious science fiction, but the aim of this new version is to do a scathing satire, on the order of Doctor Strangelove. (Source)
Andrew Lazar is producing. He worked with Charlie on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and with Carell on Get Smart. Lazar brought the project to DreamWorks, back in the day, and now Paramount own it. As with every other project Charlie's been linked to in the past few years, read this one with a cocked eyebrow and crossed fingers. More info at the link above.
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Article on Medium:
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I spent a bit too long deciding which part to excerpt--not even kidding. I think the author raises some good points.
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A.V. Club have a feature called "Random Roles," in which they "talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers." Today they're talking to Elijah Wood, and one of the films they ask about is Eternal Sunshine.
The opportunity to work with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman was an absolute dream. It’s literally a movie that I would’ve wanted to do anything to be a part of any aspect of it. [Laughs.] I’ve always loved Kaufman’s writing, and I’ve been a major fan of Michel’s work in music videos as well as the movie he first collaborated with Charlie on, Human Nature.
I can remember specifically that there’s a sequence in the movie where Jim [Carrey] is moving from memory to memory, and he leaves a house, walks down a hall, walks into a doctor’s office, sees himself talking to the doctor, and then runs out of the office. Well, that was all one shot, and we did it—I think we did maybe 16 takes, which is actually not bad considering how complicated that was. And it was one of those moments that was a real uniter of the crew and everyone, this sense of, “We can literally watch a playback and see it all happen in camera,” and it was so extraordinary. I remember the sort of celebratory feel of everybody at having accomplished that, and also, I think, a realization of the kind of movie we were making and a really obvious realization of Michel’s vision. It was really special. It was awesome. (Source)
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Rolling Stone has a great article today, about how and why some of the most promising TV series haven't made it to our screens, including How and Why.
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In the past year alone, networks have passed on series by Deadwood auteur David Milch, Being John Malkovich screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and comedy gods Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels and Paul Feig. Why do so many shows never make it to your TV? What have we been missing?
In the half-hour single-cam pilot that Charlie Kaufman (screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) shot for FX, the brilliant John Hawkes plays a TV host who loses his gig and has to move to a smaller market, where he works for a younger guy (Michael Cera) and with a new crew. Sally Hawkins played his wife, and Catherine Keener was set to guest-star. Trade website Deadline Hollywood reported that FX didn't appreciate its unusual tone and felt it "would not mesh well with the rest of the lineup." Kaufman is rumored to be shopping the show to other networks. (Source)
Anomalisa's most recent Kickstarter update came with two new behind-the-scenes pics:
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This is month-old news. I've been slacking. Charlie's no longer attached to The Knife of Never Letting Go, an adaptation of the first book in Patrick Ness' YA scifi series Chaos Walking. Variety says Jamie Linden is now on board.
So now the only things on Charlie's plate are:
- A novel for Grand Central Publishing, about which we don't know anything else.
- How and Why, the sitcom FX passed on. Maybe someone else will pick it up?
- Frank or Francis, the film that had a cast lined up but couldn't get enough funding and is now floating in development hell. Maybe it'll happen one day.
- The "world leaders" project that Spike occasionally mentions. I don't know if it's been written--I doubt it--but Spike has said it may happen one day.
- Anomalisa, the animated adaptation of Charlie's "sound play." That one's definitely coming and it will be awesome.
- Probably one or two other things I have forgotten.Add a comment
[Update: The major part of the upgrade has now been completed, and I managed not to break anything as far as I can tell.]
I'll be upgrading some stuff on the site over the next day or two (or three, or six, depending on how smoothly it goes), so expect BCK to disappear briefly before returning to look pretty much exactly the same as it does now.
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Photographer Sandro Miller wanted to pay tribute to photography greats, so he called in John Malkovich to help recreate famous snaps, for a series called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”
Which is exactly what you probably think it's going to be.
Look at this.
There's more here, if you dare.
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