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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.
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:
You can check out the full update for a description of what's going on there.
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.
[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.
The Facebook and Twitter accounts will be used to post updates if I accidentally break something.
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.
Thanks to Julie, Garrison and Cristian!
Narayan Prasad used an iPad app called "Adobe Ideas", to create this fantastic portrait of Charlie.
Nice, eh?! Narayan posted this on our Facebook page.
...and he's failing.
Over six years ago, the idea formed in his head, and when it existed in the laboratory that sits between his ears, the concept was so simple, so clean, so utterly perfect in the way a circle drawn by some theoretical supercomputer is perfect. A) There is New York. B) There are people in New York. So, C) There could exist a total, whole and complete document of Every Person in New York.
It’s almost as if Polan has come to terms with what lies at the core of one of art’s great intrinsic dilemmas: The whole thing is, by its very nature, a sisyphean task. That is, in the context of all our constructions surrounding stuff like truth and representation, art is always an attempt at something impossible. It always fails. It’s never perfect because in order to exist, it must exist in the imperfect place we call “here.” (Source)
You can view some of his work at http://everypersoninnewyork.blogspot.ca/
Thanks to Jean-Philippe!
A progress update was posted on Anomalisa's Kickstarter page yesterday, bringing news that 85% of the animation work is complete, and post-production is in sight:
We’re really getting down to the production wire here and want to give you some updates.
You’ve all been amazing supporters and we hope that you will hang in there with us until we get to the finish line!
We have 85% of the animation on Anomalisa complete! Our plan is to be done with animation in November and complete post production over the holidays.
Our animators and production team are working 12-hour days, often through the weekends and holidays, to keep us on schedule.
The weeklies are beautiful. We know the finished product will make you all very proud. (Source)
There will never be another guy quite like Robin Williams.
Via the Calgary Herald:
In 2008, low-budget filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman received a lifetime achievement award at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival in Spain, which specializes in horror and fantasy films.
As he went up to accept the award, a tribute reel played in the background that was supposed to highlight his contributions to cinema as head of Troma Entertainment, from The Toxic Avenger to Poultrygeist: Night of the Living Chicken. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a mix-up. The films featured were all from critics’ darling Charlie Kaufman, the oddball auteur behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich.
“That was a great moment,” says Kaufman. (Source)
It'd be even funnier if this happened the other way around.
And just to confuse things more, Lloyd has a brother named Charles, who's also a film-maker.