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Fireworks at Lake Michigan… When I was growing up in the Chicago suburbs, we always went “downtown” on July 3 to enjoy the pyro at Grant Park. The 3rd still always feels a little more special to me.
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I spent my winter/spring writing a script called “Lamb of God.” It’s about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her faith in everything. (Comedy gold!) Seriously though, it’s not the cynicism-fest implied by the log line. It’s a nice Christmas story.
Yesterday, I ran into Jason “Dave Grohl” Reitman, who has turned two of my scripts into movies that I love. (“Juno,” which you’ve probably seen if you have HBO, and “Young Adult,” which comes out later this year and is the cynicism-fest implied by the log line.) I told Jason about “Lamb” and how I planned to direct this time. Jason seemed very confident in my abilities, but he also predicted that the night shoots in Vegas will induce neon-sick delirium.
"The next time you write something for yourself to direct," Jason laughed, "every scene will take place indoors, during the day, in a neutral location. It’ll be like: Interior. Kitchen. Noon.”
It’s weird to have a brand new job after three films and three seasons of television. I wrote “Juno” in 2005. I’ve been a writer ever since; sometimes a writer-producer, but a writer all the same. And now I’m…something else. If I hear a certain type of music for a scene, I don’t have to shyly suggest it. I can use it. If I picture an actor in a role, I can offer them said role. Craaaazy. (Ben Fong-Torres voice.) I’m accustomed to riding shotgun. Look, I’ve worked with incredibly generous directors (love you Jason and Karyn, and Craig and Craig and pretty much everyone), but for the first time, I get to be the Captain and Tennille. Holy shit.
I know the new thing online is for everyone to be really mumbly and self-deprecating. If you don’t pretend like you hate yourself and your life, everyone thinks you’re a terrible asshole. But I’m going to take a risk right now and put this out there:
1. I am pleased with this new opportunity.
2. It feels good.
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I know people laugh at this stuff, but I have huge respect for it.
Can’t wait to read your book, Florence!
P.S. Marcia’s face at 2:13.
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I’ve been sharing an office with Dana Fox in deepest Hollywood. Today I brought along Minka, whom we adopted from the Westside German Shepherd Rescue a couple of months ago. She usually has a very sad, guilty expression, but something about the Walk of Fame brought out a radiant smile. Maybe she’s a Gilligan’s Island fan? I think I’ll be bringing her to the office more often.
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I know she’s off directing a major feature film and all, but I still miss Lorene and want her back.
This fairly old photo showcases our respective personalities pretty accurately. Lor has poise, as though she crouches in prop bathtubs at clubs all the time. Meanwhile, I’m like “RRRRRAAAAAAGGGGGGH RED BULL BRRRAAAA.”
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"I guess it’s been going on for quite some time with college kids and stuff. And it is a joke, but still, you know it gets people curious about the song, and it gets the song out there. You get ‘Rickrolled’ and maybe you think ‘Hey, that’s kinda catchy.’ And you go to iTunes and you buy the song and bam, that’s money in Rick’s pocket. So, you know, I wouldn’t complain about if I were him.” (Pause) “It’s a fun thing for Rick.”
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"Do you watch Saturday Night Live these days? I haven’t seen it in a long time. Anyway, I guess there are these kids on there that make these like, music videos. You know, funny videos, like music with comedy. And I guess they asked Michael Bolton to do one, like a pirate thing. It was on the show and everything. Can you believe that? I mean, I’m happy for Mike. I never thought of him as a comedian, but…anyway. Where do you want to get lunch?”
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-Richard Marx in 1992, realizing that “How Do You Talk to an Angel?” by The Heights pretty much rips off his song, “Endless Summer Nights.”*
(“Marx, Imagined” is going to be a new feature here. Next: Richard Marx responds to the news that Michael Bolton has been asked to appear in an SNL Digital Short.)
*Richard Marx didn’t actually say this, as far as I know. Hence, imagined.
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I’m obviously in an ’80s mood today. If I can make Sweet Valley High half this good, I’ll have done my job.
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