Posts Tagged ‘film’

SF Board of Supervisors President London Breed Gets Second Billing in a Banksy Documentary?

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Here we go, from the LA Weekly:

Director: Colin M. Day
Cast: Banksy, London Breed, Michael Cuffe, Ben Eine
Writer: Éva Boros
Distributor: Parade Deck Films

And here’s a screen grab:

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Now one problem with these credits, is that BANKSY ISN’T IN THIS DOC AT ALL. I mean that’s the whole thing, we’re not supposed to know what he looks like.

And London doesn’t get a lot of screen time either. I’m thinking less than a minute.

Now there is an idea called PROTOCOL ORDER, which has to do with who gets top billing* at some meet-up and what to do if there’s a tie, so yeah, the film is about Banksy so he’s listed #1, and then London Breed is the highest ranking elected official, so this might kind of make sense to somebody. But not to me.

And it looks like London doesn’t even make the FULL CAST list on IMDB, but she does have her own inchoate IMDB entry so go figure.

In other news, the Haight Street Rat is back, in a way. I don’t know how involved the property owner was with that, and I also don’t know if SFGov views the new rat as art, graffiti, or something in betwixt.

*Ginger’s agent told her that Gilligan’s Island was going to be about a castaway movie star plus six nobodies, basically Snow White and the Six Dwarves. She got steamed after she realized it’d be pretty much an ensemble cast with Big G the main star.

Transformers 6 Now Filming in Peacock Gap, San Rafael – We’re Paying $22 Million for “Bumblebee” – Code Name: “Brighton Falls”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

So some people are calling this joint “Transformers 6,” but it’s more of an offshoot, a part of the Transformers Universe, hence the name Transformers Universe: Bumblebee.

Our North Bay MSM is on the case. See?

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Who knows where they will film next in the bay area. Could be Frisco, why not? (Well, why not if you don’t factor in our $14 an hour minimum wage, which the Hollywood set still can’t wrap its head around.)

Hey, speaking of money, we’re paying $22 million for this production? Ouch. But here’s the pitch:

“Canada provides large tax credits to production companies for shooting up there, which has resulted in an enormous loss of productions to Canada from California, taking with them all their salaries and taxes. By California providing credits it creates balance and ensure that productions, which inject huge sums of money into the local economy through equipment, hotel and home rentals, wages, sales taxes and more, stay in California. Productions also provide large numbers of jobs for PAs, ADs, DPs etc… Since the average cost of filming often exceeds $1 million a day, you can see how much having these productions shot in Marin, or California, feeds back into our economy. It’s one of the best investments we can make, as Hollywood is an enormous part of our state economy.”

I’m sorry, what a load of horse shit that was. Now here’s the reality, from the House Organ of Hollywood:

Film Tax Incentives Are a Giant Waste of Money, New Study Finds

Yep yep.

Now lately, Transformers movies have mostly been made for China. I’m srsly. (We can talk about this, if you want.) So why not have the People’s Republic of China pay for this movie instead of the tax and fee payers of California, one wonders.

And better yet, why not just film the whole deal over in China as well? Just asking.

However, this film will be Michael Bay-free, so who knows, it might end up being perfectly cromulent. It’s a live-action Iron Giant with a female lead, right?

Filming is supposed to wrap by November 15th, 2017. Hopefully, if you aspire to be an extra, you and your friends can hop on the gravy train and somehow make some cash from this production.

And what of the future? There are currently 13 other Transformers films in development. I’m srsly.

Play us out, Bobby Bolivia. Play us out, Bumblebee:

Something New: Checkpoint Charlie Atop Twin Peaks – SFPD “Community Policing” of a Sort

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I’ve been up to Twin Peaks seven days out of the past eight – this is the first I’ve seen anything like this:

There was an SFPD presence up here even before the killing of last week, but it has stepped up quite a bit now.

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VIDEO: San Francisco police step up patrols on Twin Peaks after 71-year-old man murdered by thieves

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Just as the HAIGHT STREET RAT Coincided with EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, The New Copy Coincided with SAVING BANKSY

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

You know, more or less.

So, The Rat of 2010 appeared in conjunction with Exit Through the Gift Shop as The Rat of 2017 appeared with Saving Banksy.

Look for an appearance from … San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed(!) in the newer movie.

I guess the new crew didn’t have red paint:

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And where Banksy said “I,” the new crew says, “WE,” right?

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There’s your Rodent Marketing Update for 2017

Al Gore Returns to Frisco July 24th – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at the Castro – 37th Annual Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

“FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE TO ATTEND SCREENING OF “AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER” AT THE 37TH SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2017 – The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is pleased to announce that former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore will be in attendance for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s (SFJFF) screening of Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER, the highly anticipated sequel to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.

The screening will take place Monday, July 24 at the Castro Theatre at 7:30 pm as the final film as part of the festivals’ fourth annual Take Action Day, a full day dedicated to community action. The film will also serve as the Local Spotlight film in celebration of Bay Area based filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.

All the deets:

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China’s THE GREAT WALL Film is 60% White Dudes, Apparently – Don’t Miss MATT DAMON

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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American Beauty-Style “Dancing Bag” Appears at 3rd and Market – It was Roundly Ignored by Passersby, Oh Well

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Somebody(ies) was horsing around with a plastic bag yesterday, but nobody noticed AFAICS.

You know, like in American Beauty

First it was all like this:

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And then it was all like this:

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Next time I see this, I’ll have video for you, Gentle Reader.

Sadly it was NOT the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed…

Giants Fan Carl Fredricksen Double Corona

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The biggest cigar that you can get:

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Hollywood is Back, Now Filming in Golden Gate Park – But Double Parked Mercedes-Benzes Block Area Cyclists – A Yuuuge Production

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, it was for Herbalife?]

I’ll tell you, Hollywood just doesn’t get our local parking rules:

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Anyway, this is a large production, with many people and vehicles on site today near our Rose Garden

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Of course, RPD has Rangers on site, but they’re sitting around far away near Stow Lake. And really, the requirement to have them is more of a jobs program than anything else. (So as long as Hollywood pays RPD’s high fees I don’t think a Park Ranger cares what they do – nobody’s likely to try to enforce rules on our paying guests.)

So the “creatives” from Los Angeles County feel put upon because they have to pay big bucks to work in a very expensive place* and then our locals resent the Angelenoses’ general cluelessness.

And it’s like, “We’d be better off in Vancouver,” and I’m like yes! Maybe you all would be…

*NBC’s Trauma was like this. Filming on location was an attempt to make it special but that meant that it couldn’t survive with anything less than yuge ratings

YADUD: Yet Another Distracted Uber Driver

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Bro’s holding a phone while another one mounted to the center part of the dash dash is playing a movie or something?

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