May 9, 2004, 9:07 a.m. CST
If they do manage to televise the award show, they should do their best to get William Shatner back. I saw that first broadcast back in 1978 and have never quite gotten over the sight of Shatner, in a tuxedo and a toupee that looked like Brillo, sitting on a stool, smoking a cigarette, and "singing" "Rocket Man." It was truly memorable, and how I wish I could forget....
May 9, 2004, 10:35 a.m. CST
...lucky you're of age, or he might've repeatedly bumped you back.
May 9, 2004, 12:03 p.m. CST
by Some Dude
I'm glad Ross gave it a mention. That guy is funny. I want more Star Jones jokes.
May 9, 2004, 12:06 p.m. CST
Great report. I love hearing accounts of industry events from the inside, and your well-written article didn't disappoint. Well, it didn't disappoint me. The tidbits of info about "Battle Angel Alita" from Cameron were excellent to hear, and I almost can't believe it's going to happen. Can't fucking wait.
May 9, 2004, 12:10 p.m. CST
by Some Dude
I met the King of the World at the Roseland during the after-party for the NYFF premiere of "Strange Days." He put up with my drunken rambling while my kid brother grabbed Kathryn Bigelow's ass. A real class act.
May 9, 2004, 1:32 p.m. CST
hey, worth a shot man. No disrespect intended towards your skills as a writer, but man, you gotta take your opportunites where you can get 'em. I mean, think about it, we could have had EXCLUSIVE ACIN INTERVIEWS with James Cameron -- forever!
May 9, 2004, 2:39 p.m. CST
no more projects!!!
May 9, 2004, 2:43 p.m. CST
If James Cameron has really been working on Battle Angel Alita for the last six months, why doesn't he just come out and make an offical announcement? Why all the secrecy? The only reason I can think of is that he's wooried that plot points will get leaked out before shooting even starts. Sounds like Alita is going to be a completely computer generated character - 'more human than human' perhaps - which should really be worth seeing. There's also a nice symmetry in this film being released in 2006 - 20 years after his (so far) greates film, Aliens. But given that Alita is likely to be his ONLY film this DECADE it really has to deliver the goods - like all three LOTR movies rolled into one - or I'm going to be seriously disappointed.
May 9, 2004, 4:07 p.m. CST
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May 9, 2004, 6:46 p.m. CST
Calm down man...this ain
May 9, 2004, 8:26 p.m. CST
by Mr Brownstone
just curious, cause I think he's cool.
May 9, 2004, 8:51 p.m. CST
a great read, though you could have elaborated the latter part a bit more. yes it was long, but not long enough!
May 9, 2004, 8:59 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... was there to give Gale Anne Hurd her special award. He was his typical charming ol' cowboy self when he gave the speech about her, and he played along with all of Jeff Ross's jokes pretty well.
May 9, 2004, 9:55 p.m. CST
What's the big idea about meeting James Cameron? He hasn't made a good film since THE ABYSS in '89...
May 9, 2004, 10:13 p.m. CST
THE ABYSS was a cool flick until Cameron pulled an ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND with that utterly retarded ending that ruined the whole film for me. Of all his films the only one I really, really like is ALIENS. Both of his TERMINATOR films had really cool stuff in them but were ruined by Ah-nuld and his one-liners. And while I know it would've been impossible to finance I'd have liked to get a TERMINATOR film set entirely in the post-apocalyptic future instead of the present day. But that may just be me. Cameron has done some great work as a screenwriter and producer though. STRANGE DAYS and Soderbergh's SOLARIS are among the very few good sci-fi films that have come out of Hollywood in the past 10 years. I have high hopes for ALITA and pray it will live up to the expectations raised by the source material and Cameron's long-awaited return to science fiction. PS: No PG-13 ALITA, please!!!
May 9, 2004, 11:07 p.m. CST
by Jon E Cin
May 10, 2004, 12:23 a.m. CST
by ol' painless
Ah well, at least you didn't get fanboy-kinky, and ask him to yell abuse at you for about 6 mths straight, also known as Working On a Movie With Cameron. Have to say he is my favourite director in the world, and if he has to ride his crew like rented mules to make great movies, then that is fine by me
May 10, 2004, 9:23 p.m. CST
....when's the sequel to Pirahna 2: The Spawning coming out, dawg?
May 11, 2004, 3:24 a.m. CST
Hell, yes. Eli is a big fat cocksucker. I saw that guy at the FANGO convention in January. Does this guy love himself or what? Ego Roth, I mean Eli Roth, is completely full of himself. A megalomaniacal snake oil salesman who has everyone fooled into thinking he
May 11, 2004, 1:16 p.m. CST
the funniest man alive, in my estimation...although, if he is g-d, doesn't that mean, per his routine, he has to kill himself? he'll probably have to confer with st. mel about that...
May 11, 2004, 2:19 p.m. CST
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