If it’s not a killer shark movie, why even show up to set?
5 Movies That Made Huge Stars Quit Acting Forever
#5. Richard Dreyfuss — Silver City, then Poseidon
Dreyfuss wanted to do something worthwhile [after Silver City], so he went back to theater and scored a role in the musical version of The Producers. Finally, he felt alive again! No more of that Hollywood bullshit! What’s that? You had no idea the guy from Close Encounters of the Third Kind could sing and dance? He can’t, so he got fired. He says he “trolled for work” during this time (mostly on the IMDb message board for Mel Brooks, I’m guessing), but at least he still had his dignity. Then Wolfgang Petersen came along and asked him to drown that dignity in a big studio water tank, and Dreyfuss said sure.
I love the Lego Movie so much, and I connected with Unikitty’s thinly-veiled anger issues on a spiritual level, so I figured I’d make an animation out of the (clearly) most important character.
Writer/director Mike Judge spoke to Fresh Air’s Dave Davies about his new HBO series Silicon Valley and his 1999 cult classic, Office Space. In the interview he tells us about where the boss character’s tagline of “… yeah,” came from:
It wasn’t [based on] any specific person. It kind of came a few different ways. I worked at Whataburger which is a Texas-New Mexico chain, a burger place, and I worked at Jack-in-the-Box, this is when I was young. … The worst thing ever at both of those jobs is to change the fryers and the way that someone will say, “Yeah, um, Mike, why don’t you go ahead and change the fryers?” To say “go ahead” it’s like you were just chomping at the bit to go do it and I’m just gonna go cut you loose and go ahead — now it’s so common place. …
I think in the ’50s a boss would say “Hey Milton, move your desk. Thanks.” I don’t know if it’s the baby boom generation where everyone has to be cool, in the ’70s and ’80s it turned into, “Yeah … if I could get you just go ahead and move your desk,” And it’s this kind of “I’m casual, I’m cool. I’m not your ’50s boss.”
I would just prefer someone coming up and telling you what to do. I would respect that more. … Even over the years just noticing the “yeah” that means “no.” Like if you say, “Can I have Friday off?”
"Hmm … Yeah …"
(Source: jtotheizzoe, via wilwheaton)
Masha Gessen on the Release of Pussy Riot Members -
Journalist Masha Gessen looks at Pussy Riot’s arrest and the recent release of two members of the band. She also discusses Vladimir Putin as a leader, gay rights in Russia, and the lead up to the Olympics in Sochi. She’s the author of Words will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.