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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A strangers just a friend you haven't met... Streetcar!

So, in the vein of people not knowing the world has shattered around them, I present this article from entertainment industry site the Wrap. Not to insult someone who might be a very hard-working person who cares deeply about her industry but... opening a new production company in LA premised on the fact that there are always directors and actors willing to work for free seems both exploitative and unoriginal. There's also something startlingly naive about the way that she thinks people always wanting to see movies also equals people always paying to see movies, even though she thinks it's the way of life for the actual artists to go un-remunerated!

However, key lines:

"As Blanche Dubois said, 'I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.' Or in my case, a kind film executive or friend willing to pick up the tab for lunch."

Um... Blanche is saying this as she's being led to the insane asylum after being raped by her sister's husband. Using that as a mantra for optimists is like AA using John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Shot, One Beer" to kick off meetings. And that's before the bone-headed second sentence, which totally ignores that her quote comes from someone utterly failed by her actual friends.