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New addition to the How and Why cast! Deadline reports:
Marcella Plunkett (Dark Touch) has been booked as a recurring on FX‘s How And Why, from Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman[...]
We hear Plunkett is playing two roles, Cynthia, a photographer at Goodman’s new TV station in Murfreesboro, and Magda, Mendelson’s (Michael Cera) secretary, whose day is spent in a cramped, tiny room, not much bigger than her desk. (Source)
A bit 7-and-a-half-floory, yeah? And warehouse-within-a-warehousey, yeah? I like it.Add a comment
Totally unrelated to Charlie, and a bit sneaky of me, but screw it: I have a short story in the current issue of Aurealis -- Australia's longest-serving scifi/fantasy magazine -- and you can grab an e-copy for the super low sum of $2.99, if you're interested in what I get up to when I'm not stalking Charlie. (No print edition, alas. Just .mobi, .epub, .pdf, .lrf, .pdb, .rtf and .txt -- all included in the three bucks.)
(For newcomers to BCK, I should repeat that I'm not Charlie Kaufman, I'm just the guy who runs this site. Charlie does not have a short story in Aurealis.)
"It Came From A Party Supplies Store" is a comedy about a man who tries to prank his grandkid's friends, by dressing up as an alien and scaring them on a creepy forested road at night... but the man gets stuck inside the alien costume, and hijinks ensue. It's about 1500 words and not Kaufmanesque in any major way. ("One of those rarities—an SF story that aims to be funny, and actually is funny," says the editor.)
It would both amuse and please me greatly if this became their biggest selling issue of all time and critics vomited over it with joy and I won a Nobel and became rich and had to take out restraining orders on most of the female population.
So, you know. Link is there and also here if you're interested and feel like supportin' the arts.
The rtf file has my title written in reverse on the contents page. I'm scared to read the actual story, in case of proofreading boo boos.
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Video: Interpreting "Synecdoche, New York"--passage of time, loneliness, relationships... all that fun stuff.
BCK's logs tell me that a lot of people come here looking for interpretations of Synecdoche, New York. These two videos are for you--David Chen from Slashfilm and Amy Nicholson from L.A. Weekly take a look at the film and what it all might mean. Each video goes for around 13 minutes; the first one's here, the second one's behind the cut.
It's more than a little poignant, given the loss of Hoffman.
Thanks to Thomas for the heads up!
We disappeared for a while.
There was a flaw with BCK's security, and it needed to be addressed. The best solution was to take the whole site down for a bit, give it a long overdue facelift and update all of the stuff that's under the hood.
And now that's done, and we're back online. New colour scheme! Spiffy, no? Hopefully BCK's disappearance didn't inconvenience you in a big way--you can find us on FB and Twitter, too, you know--but I apologise if it did.
As far as I can tell, the site's working as it should, but a glitch or two might show up somewhere--glitches usually do, right after a big re-design. If anything explodes in your face, please let me know and I'll try to fix it.
I've replaced the old commenting system with Disqus. Disqus is easier to administrate than the system we'd been using, and since BCK doesn't get a lot of comments, I prefer a commenting system that's fairly low maintenance.
One other thing: once upon a time, you could create your own user account here, and use it for commenting and whatnot, but it was getting cloggy with spam accounts, and it didn't seem like a super useful feature anyway, so I've turned that off for now. Hopefully this is no big deal for any of you.
If you haven't checked out the Facebook or Twitter pages, there are a couple of news updates you might've missed: Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener have joined How and Why, and here are a bunch of cool Eternal Sunshine one sheets to celebrate the film's 10th(!!) anniversary.
And now I'm gonna have a nap.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is TEN YEARS OLD. Before we erase that realisation from our minds and curl up into an aging ball of dismay, let's take a wander over to Row 3, where their Friday One Sheet column in March was dedicated to Eternal Sunshine and a bunch of cool, inspired posters. Such as this one:
You can find more here!
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Sally Hawkins and Catherine Keener have jumped on the How and Why train! Says Hollywood Reporter:
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Should the pilot earn a series order, Hawkins -- following lengthy negotiations -- would be a series regular and play Yvonne Hesselman, Goodman's wife and the mother of their triplets. The demise of her husband's show has put a strain on their marriage, and the couple is pretending that everything is fine. Keener will guest-star as Alice, though further details about her character are being kept under wraps.
[...] Production on How and Why begins in the spring in North Carolina. (Source)
Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found in a Greenwich Village apartment, dead of a drug overdose at forty-six. Says the New York Times:
The death, apparently from a drug overdose, was confirmed by the police. Mr. Hoffman was found in the apartment by a friend, David Bar Katz, who became concerned after being unable to reach him.
Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin, a law-enforcement official said. (Source)
His family has released this statement:
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers." (Source)
Terribly, terribly sad.
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A.V. Club reports Michael Cera and John Hawkes have been recruited to star in the How & Why pilot for FX. They also give us plot details!
Hawkes is set to play the lead role of Goodman Hesselman, host of the How & Why educational show-within-the-show, who loses his passion for explaining how complicated things work, yields his show-within-the-show to a younger host, then moves to a smaller town, where he tries to create a similar, yet significantly less popular, parallel-show-to-the-show-within-the-show.
According to Deadline, Hawkes’ character then also “encounters the supernatural world,” which is, indeed, its own show-surrounding-the-parallel-show-to-the-show-within-the-show. Cera will play Hawkes’ boss at his new studio. (Source)
Strange but true. Can't wait!
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If you visited the site in the last few days, you might have noticed that it stopped existing. There was a bit of a glitch renewing BCK's domain name.
And by "glitch" I mean "I could've sworn I renewed it, but apparently no. I forgot. I am dumb."
It has now been renewed. Regular programming will resume shortly.
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Here's Symmetry, a Kaufman-like/Gondry-esque 7-and-a-half minute film. Says the Vimeo description:
This film has been written symmetrically:
the second half is strictly like the first, but played backwards and mirrored.
The second part doesn't act like a simple rewinding, but as the following of the first.
It explores all sorts of symmetry: compositions, shapes, sounds and music, scenario, colors, actions, time... (Source)
Yann Pineill is the writer, director and editor. Really well done.
On an unrelated note, you might've noticed we're doing our annual donation drive thingy, to help cover BCK's running costs. If you feel like helping out, you might want to kick in a couple of bucks via the link in the right-hand sidebar. Every bit's appreciated. :)