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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mikey Filmmaker Turns 23

Yes, today is my birthday. I'm 23. Damn, I'm starting to get old. I actually pulled out a piece of gray hair out of my head this morning and my bad hurts. It sucks.

Seriously, I'm going to try to post some stuff this weekend since I feel like I've let down some of my hardcore fans. I do have a little treat for you all. This is something I wrote a couple months ago. It's a haiku I wrote one night while I was very stoned. Don't ask, but I have a thing for writing haikus while high. Though, I wouldn't try it at home. I'm a professional ston... I mean haiku writer.
The Legend of Mikey Filmmaker
He will save us all
Women love and adore him
Blogs like no other

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

R.I.P. Sydney Pollack 1934-2008

As I'm sure the rest of the filmmaking world knows, Sydney Pollack died yesterday. I wouldn't consider myself a huge fan of Pollack's, but I did enjoy some of his movies including Tootsie, which would have to be my favorite. Others I know about and need to make the time in my life to view them such as Three Days of the Condor and Out of Africa.

The great thing about Pollack that I always admired was the fact that he was not only a director, but also a producer. Hell, he even acted in some of his films. My favorite was in Tootsie when he played Dustin Hoffman's agent. That argument they get in about Hoffman getting in character to play a tomato is classic.

As mentioned above, Sydney became a producer on a number of well known films. He actually started a production company I believe with Anthony Minghella, who also unfortunately passed away earlier this year. Most recently, Pollack produced Michael Clayton and the HBO film, Recount (which I will write about in the near future).

Though, Sydney Pollack will probably be forever linked to Out of Africa, which gave him the coveted Oscar. I've never seen the film, but it won eight Oscars and was nominated for a total of eleven. Believe me, it doesn't happen every year. That is one hell of accomplishment.

Sydney has been ill for a while.  I remember back at Oscar time hearing about his declining health and it possibly playing a role in Michael Clayton's Oscar chances. Sadly, it was his swan song.  And let me tell you, that's one hell of a swan song.

Sydney Pollack will be missed.

He was 73.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Belated Blog Anniversary

I just realized yesterday that the this blog turned one year old on May 18, 2008. I like to think it's been quite an interesting year. It's been filled with plenty of positives and I look forward to year two.

I actually got to write about a couple things, but I need to sit down and want to write them. I don't know why, but I really need a back massage right now. I think if I can get one, then I will be back in shape and ready to blog. I think because I'm sitting down in a chair for almost twelve hours a day, my back needs to get rubbed or something. It's weird, but true.

I'll have more later, the Celtics are now and I'm going to watch the game.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cannes Newsflash!

I want to clarify something quickly before I head to bed. Right now, the Cannes Film Festival is going on. It's arguably the biggest festival of the year. It's also the most mispronounced festival in the world. So, I ask the simple question, why do people insist that Cannes is pronounced like "khan"?

Sorry to report, but it's pronounced like "can".

Working in the film industry I haven't heard one person pronounce it as "khan", but rather "can" every time. Yet, I have had endless arguments with my friends during the last couple years about the proper pronunciation. I was told I was wrong.

Well, I'm happy to report I was right and that's that. I'm going to bed. The endless argument has ended.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Extremely Difficult Question

I can't decide. Would love to see what people think.

What the Hell Happened?

I have no idea, but I'm still alive and well. I've actually been moving and am finally settled in. And, not going to lie, that's a good feeling. Although, it's a little odd since I'm living by myself for the first time ever. I've got no roommates or family living with me. I get home after a long day of work and I got no one to ask how my day was.

As for myself, I do plan to start posting more frequently and I mean it this time. If I don't, then I have no excuses, so feel free to let me hear it.

As I've stated before, the job is priority number one for obvious reasons. And, that is always going to be an obstacle regardless of where I'm living. It's been an adventure. I've been there for a little over a month and it has its moments. I'm not trying to brag, but here is a list of a few people I've encountered during the last month.

* denotes if I met in person

Justin Chambers
Anne Dudek
Joe Gordon-Levitt
*Will Forte
*Corey Haim
*Anne Heche
Allison Mack
Amy Madigan
Jessica Walter
*Dean Winters