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Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: imawombat on August 01, 2004, 08:53:13 AM
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/07/28/MNR.TMP

Hey guys-

Saw this article online that mentions PTA's upcoming project...Is this accurate?  Anyone know anything about this?

Senate honcho Burton feeling the pull of Hollywood

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
  Wednesday, July 28, 2004

 

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With the budget battle behind him and term limits on the horizon, state Senate President John Burton appears to be entertaining a new role in life -- Hollywood actor.

No kidding, Arnold.

Word is that the San Francisco Democrat, who will see the curtain drop on his long public service career at year's end, has been offered a role that's still being written for him in a film by Paul Thomas Anderson, the director-producer whose credits include "Hard Eight," "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "Punch-Drunk Love."

"He plays a grouchy, loudmouth politician, so it won't be much of a stretch,'' said Burton's L.A. attorney pal Paul Gough, who also happens to be Anderson's uncle.

Gough says that when Burton and Anderson ran into each other Thursday night at the high-profile Kate Mantillini eatery on Wilshire Boulevard, the producer warned the senator that just because he was comfortable talking to a TV camera doesn't mean he's ready for film.

"Sometimes, politicians will freeze up in front of the movie camera,'' Anderson said.

"Yeah,'' shot back Burton. "You mean the way actors freeze up when testifying before the Senate.''

By the way, the acting bug seems to be spreading. No sooner did actor Arnold Schwarzenegger land the part of governor than ex-Gov. Gray Davis started showing up in TV commercials for Yahoo. He's even hired a Hollywood agent.

The Dianne factor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein will make tonight's big nominating speech for John Kerry -- and in keeping with our Hollywood theme, here's the back story.

Feinstein and Kerry hit it off from the day they were introduced, and the two struck up a conversation about an issue near and dear to both of them -- Vietnam POWs.

"They bonded early,'' says a Feinstein confidante.

Ever since, the two have been staunch allies in the Senate. When Kerry's presidential campaign was sputtering badly last year, Feinstein stood steadfast.

"She stayed with him when he was roadkill,'' the source says.

And speaking of Feinstein, quite a crowd of delegates, fat cats and political loyalists turned out at the big luncheon the senator hosted Monday at Boston's Westin Copley -- an event co-sponsored by Southern California Edison and Disney.

"Not an empty seat in the house,'' says our source.

The biggest crowd pleaser: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who drew a standing ovation.

The lunch low point: A SoCal Edison exec trying to explain the important role his company played in helping California weather the state's energy crisis.

It also didn't go unnoticed that embattled Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who has been a major Democratic contributor, did not attend. The company sent Disney chairman and ex-Sen. George Mitchell in his place.

Then again, as our source put it, "Eisner's stock is not real high around here,'' especially after he refused to distribute "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Mixed reviews: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got his budget, but his "girlie-man" outburst may have cost him points with his fans.

Soundings in swing districts across the state show a 10-point drop in the stratospheric approval ratings the actor-turned-politician enjoyed just a few months ago.

"He's gone from a high of 68 to 70 percent in March to the high 50s -- which is still good, but the luster is gone,'' said Democratic pollster Jim Moore, who has been testing voters in swing districts in preparation for the November election.

It's not that Arnold's disapproval numbers are getting any bigger -- it's just that Democrats who had been supportive of the Republican strongman's "nonpartisan" stands on workers' compensation reform and the earlier budget bailout are having second thoughts.

"Now they're back to the 'undecided' column,'' Moore said. "His 'girlie-man' remarks have some worried that we may have another Jesse Ventura on our hands -- which is something people were afraid of when he first got elected.''

A top Schwarzenegger adviser, who asked not to be named, said Moore had a point.

"Look at the mood of the country these days," he said. "It doesn't take much to get people polarized, and there were a few appearances where the governor was uncharacteristically partisan. But that's over now.''

Cattle call: While all TV eyes are on the main podium, there's been a casting call over at Boston's Westin Copley, as a stream of California Democratic officeholders try out their potential gubernatorial chops at the state delegation's breakfast meetings.

Reviews so far from attendees we spoke with: Attorney General Bill Lockyer -- smart, funny but a bit dull.

State Controller Steve Westly -- seems to have had some coaching, but has yet to find his voice.

Treasurer Phil Angelides -- true believer, clear on views, but yet to inspire.

"It's like one big audition -- only what they really need is a hook,'' quipped former San Francisco mayor-turned-pundit Willie Brown.

"Hey, no one sounds good at that hour of the morning,'' counters Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Atherton.

Nevertheless, everyone seems to be making it onto TV at some time of the day.

"And with good reason -- have you seen the ratio between delegates and the press? It's something like 3 to 1,'' Brown said.

"You want to know what the luminary level is at? People are asking Gray Davis for his autograph!''

Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross appear Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. They can also be heard on KGO Radio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Phil Matier can be seen regularly on KRON 4 News, and also on Sunday night at 9:30 on his own show, "4 the Record." Got a tip? Call them at (415) 777-8815 or drop them an e-mail at matierandross@sfchronicle.com.



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Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: coffeebeetle on August 01, 2004, 08:55:27 AM
If this is true...veeeeery interesting.  I can see this guy playing a loud-mouthed, grumpy politician.  

(http://www.dillwood.org/actions/070901capital/070901pb.jpg)
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Just Withnail on August 01, 2004, 10:09:43 AM
If true, then:

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(http://www.earlylight.com/cards/postcards/yes.jpg)

(http://www.simplifiedsigns.org/yes.jpg)

We have a confirmation!
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: meatball on August 01, 2004, 02:52:54 PM
imawombat, how is your avatar like it is?
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: mogwai on August 01, 2004, 03:32:53 PM
and i thought pta stopped making movies.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: imawombat on August 01, 2004, 09:04:54 PM
Quote from: meatball
imawombat, how is your avatar like it is?


 :?: hey meatball...

i'm new here (hence the low post count), but my avatar looks normal to me...what's up with it?

by the way, i dig your psh avatar :-D
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Finn on August 01, 2004, 10:28:57 PM
Nice avatar, I had never seen that pic of PTA until now.

As far as the thread goes...Yippie! :-D
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on August 06, 2004, 03:06:32 PM
I've been waiting for a debut from this director for a while.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: meatball on August 07, 2004, 04:33:01 PM
Quote from: imawombat
Quote from: meatball
imawombat, how is your avatar like it is?


 :?: hey meatball...

i'm new here (hence the low post count), but my avatar looks normal to me...what's up with it?

by the way, i dig your psh avatar :-D


PTA's head and hands are so big, he has child proportions!
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Stefen on August 08, 2004, 08:57:28 PM
Yeah for real, whats up with his handles? Maybe thats why him and apple aernt together anymore, she was so tiny. He probably just wanted to hang out with Sandler fulltime.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Pubrick on August 09, 2004, 09:58:38 AM
Quote from: Stefen
Yeah for real, whats up with his handles? Maybe thats why him and apple aernt together anymore, she was so tiny. He probably just wanted to hang out with Sandler fulltime.

what handles? those are shirt creases.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Stefen on August 09, 2004, 11:41:12 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: Stefen
Yeah for real, whats up with his handles? Maybe thats why him and apple aernt together anymore, she was so tiny. He probably just wanted to hang out with Sandler fulltime.

what handles? those are shirt creases.


What are you talking about? I'm talking about his grippers, they are huge. Whats the matter with you?/.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Pubrick on August 11, 2004, 05:48:10 AM
Quote from: Stefen
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: Stefen
Yeah for real, whats up with his handles? Maybe thats why him and apple aernt together anymore, she was so tiny. He probably just wanted to hang out with Sandler fulltime.

what handles? those are shirt creases.


What are you talking about? I'm talking about his grippers, they are huge. Whats the matter with you?/.

oh right. i thought u meant love-handles.

his grapplers are indeed freakishly huge in that pic.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: ABKman18 on September 01, 2004, 02:24:14 AM
I found this on imdb and I was just wondering if anybody else has seen it.
Its a post on the PTA messageboard there, from this guy who knows someone who is working with pre-production on PTA's next film, from what he says.
here is the post:

"I have information I got from someone who is involved in the pre-production of Paul Thomas Anderson's next film. I wasn't allowed to give out the title but Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh have been cast and shooting starts in January. As far as that Senator goes, I have no clue. Its being released by Columbia Pictures/ Revolution Studios. Produced by Daniel Lupi and Joanne Seller, and music by Jon Brion and Michael Penn."

It seems in line with what we've been hearing...
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on September 01, 2004, 06:10:46 AM
Somehow, this sounds like B. S. to me. However, I'm wishing it isn't  :wink:
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: coffeebeetle on September 01, 2004, 11:58:31 AM
I know Panda.  I'm hesitant to believe this too.  More concrete evidence please...I've never trusted rumors.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: cine on September 01, 2004, 12:51:49 PM
Quote from: coffeebeetle
I know Panda.  I'm hesitant to believe this too.  More concrete evidence please...I've never trusted rumors.

When was it implying this was only a rumour?
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: imawombat on September 01, 2004, 01:21:22 PM
hmmm...

well, the michael penn/jon brion part sounds like its pretty plausable.

if its slated to begin shooting in january, it would have to be in the trades pretty soon...
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on September 01, 2004, 01:38:35 PM
With the "grumpy politician" thing, it does seem unlikely that he would have found his actor so close to shooting.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: coffeebeetle on September 01, 2004, 02:18:24 PM
Quote from: imawombat
hmmm...if its slated to begin shooting in january, it would have to be in the trades pretty soon...


Until I see it there, it's a rumor to me.  I'd rather not take seriously info that comes from "a friend of a friend" type of source.  That's all.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: modage on September 01, 2004, 02:45:57 PM
Quote from: imawombat
well, the michael penn/jon brion part sounds like its pretty plausable.

actually i thought that was the givaway.  why would he bring michael penn back after 2 films?  plus the jjl just seems too obvious...
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: mogwai on September 01, 2004, 03:12:09 PM
he's going to shoot the movie in january to february. and he'll work on it for a year or so and release it in fall of 2006. don't count cannes out! does all this sound very familiar? anyone?
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: ono on September 01, 2004, 06:48:41 PM
Or maybe it's because He needs me he needs me He needs me he needs me He needs me he needs me
Dah de da da da da da da da da da Dah de da da da da da da da da dah
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: coffeebeetle on September 02, 2004, 12:03:29 AM
The excitment is certainly palpable in this thread... :)
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: ABKman18 on September 02, 2004, 01:26:58 AM
Quote from: themodernage02
Quote from: imawombat
well, the michael penn/jon brion part sounds like its pretty plausable.

actually i thought that was the givaway.  why would he bring michael penn back after 2 films?  plus the jjl just seems too obvious...


I'm not saying its not a giveaway, but why not bring back michael penn?
They're good friends, and maybe he wants to do another project with him.
I mean it makes total sense for him to be involved in any or all of his projects.  It seems he likes to use the same people -- production or actors -- and keep it within the same family.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: ABKman18 on September 02, 2004, 01:30:43 AM
Quote from: coffeebeetle
The excitment is certainly palpable in this thread... :)


yeah, we really really really badly want another PTA film.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Fernando on September 02, 2004, 09:24:44 AM
Quote from: mogwai
he's going to shoot the movie in january to february. and he'll work on it for a year or so and release it in fall of 2006. don't count cannes out! does all this sound very familiar? anyone?


Haha, actually I think you nailed it, if I were the most optimistic PTA fan out there, I'd say that if he has the script done and some preproduction, the earliest we could look forward is a december/2005 limited release with a wide release in january, BUT, that's being too optimistic, so I think mog got it right.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: imawombat on September 02, 2004, 02:10:11 PM
Quote from: ABKman18
Quote from: themodernage02
Quote from: imawombat
well, the michael penn/jon brion part sounds like its pretty plausable.

actually i thought that was the givaway.  why would he bring michael penn back after 2 films?  plus the jjl just seems too obvious...


I'm not saying its not a giveaway, but why not bring back michael penn?
They're good friends, and maybe he wants to do another project with him.
I mean it makes total sense for him to be involved in any or all of his projects.  It seems he likes to use the same people -- production or actors -- and keep it within the same family.


that's what i'm saying.  exactly.  and he does seem to use a lot of the same people, especially when they're good.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: modage on September 02, 2004, 04:27:52 PM
he hasnt used michael penn in 2 films.  why would he go back to him now?  jon brion has obviously been doing the job by himself.  i'm just saying, that to me made it sound like bullshit.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: bonanzataz on September 02, 2004, 04:30:38 PM
alls i'm saying is i'll believe it when there are quotes from paul in an actual publication. until then, i really don't give a hoot. or a holler.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Derek on September 02, 2004, 04:58:05 PM
I've tried to be patient, but it looks like its going to be 4! years between films.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: meatball on September 04, 2004, 04:27:42 PM
Quote from: coffeebeetle
I know Panda.  I'm hesitant to believe this too.  More concrete evidence please...I've never trusted rumors.


I'd like to be called Ball from now on. Thank you. That is all.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: AntiDumbFrogQuestion on September 04, 2004, 05:59:14 PM
I know that I hate to bug people if I always work with them after awhile. Maybe PTA thinks Jon Brion should have a little musical company on his side. I know, they probably aren't even collaborating and this is just a li'l PTA-phile fantasy right now.

I can't believe they're only going to take one month to film Chase!  :roll: :lol:
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Fernando on September 13, 2004, 11:58:40 AM
From ptanderson.com (http://www.ptanderson.com/latestnews/main.htm)

Quote from: PTA
work is progressing slowly. no real news at all. we're hoping to start getting things going just before the end of the year/start of next. there's no real rush at the moment as things pan out in their own way....will keep you posted. it's been a very nice break and we're all excited about going back to work when the time is right and everyone's schedule works out.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: meatball on September 24, 2004, 06:39:42 PM
Quote
Frogs start falling from the sky.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Just Withnail on September 24, 2004, 09:02:00 PM
I swear to God, if you just spoiled the ending of PTA's next...
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: Pubrick on September 24, 2004, 10:44:50 PM
i'm locking this and every other forum where meatball thinks he can post-whore. jesus, so ur shitty rehasing of the fincher joke died, now u want to start a new one.. cine tried to be nice about it, so maybe u missed the message:

give -  it -  a -  rest.
Title: ...its blu blu blu blu blu fresh buttered toast.
Post by: Sally O'Malley on September 25, 2004, 06:33:38 PM
i dont think ive ever seen Sean & Michael within the same vicinity.. or even mention eachother.. did they even grow up together? do they even chill? both seem to be spawned from very distant chromosomes. maybe they can spend some quality time at the premiere.

btw.
im currently setting in my own joyjuice over this somewhat ambiguous non-bombshell which has left me delectably unsafisfied.
and i do care only for what we hear from pta himself. nothing else.

[ps.]
i, for one, am quite greatful for his cock-teasery, it's rare these days.. it's for the greater good.
m.night dont got shit on pta in that dept.

..................................................................................piece owt.
Title: Fact...or fiction?
Post by: meatball on September 25, 2004, 08:29:47 PM
Quote from: Pubrick
give -  it -  a -  rest.


I apologize.