Friday, October 24, 2008

Johnny 316

aka "The Lost Flic" - I know most have already seen the trailer but as it's been quiet recently and as I like it a lot, I decided to post the link to it here for your viewing pleasure:

Friday, October 17, 2008


So, rumours have it that - well, read yourself:

The Red, White and Blue Bunny? Vincent Gallo to hoist flag for Marvel/Paramount’s ‘Captain America’

Following this morning’s surprising revelation that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to tackle their adaptation of Marvel Comic’s THOR, Marvel chief Kevin Feige announced that the studio is in final negotiations with Vincent Gallo (The Brown Bunny) to write and direct 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

Pic will be a more intimate, character-based drama (described as the “calm before the storm” by Faige) serving as launchpad for the hero before he headlines the studio’s mega-budget The Avengers later that summer. Marvel is currently sewing up a multi-picture pact with helmer
John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) for that franchise.

Gallo cites CBS’s series of Captain America telefilms in the late 1970’s (featuring the character as a cross-country driving motorcycle enthusiast) as major inspiration on his later works, including ‘Bunny’. Helmer plans to incorporate a modernized version of that storyline into his tale. Pic will not shy away from political commentary, as Gallo feels Cap could serve as “antidote” to the overabundance of “Neo-Marxist liberal thought” infecting most mainstream Hollywood productions.

Director has not ruled out Feige’s suggestion that he step in front of the camera as the star-spangled Avenger, but plans to actively explore other casting options.

While the studios have certainly not shied away from unorthodox hires for their super hero tentpoles (Christopher Nolan, Bryan Singer and Gavin Hood all cut their teeth on low-budget indies) the hiring of Gallo is surprising given the mixed reception to his earlier directorial efforts. 2003’s The Brown Bunny was savaged at that year’s Cannes Film Festival for it’s pretentious nature and raw presentation of human sexuality. In what would lead to a war of words with the director, film critic Roger Ebert labelled Bunny “the worst film in the history of Cannes”. IMDB reviewer shannygoat1 added “if you’ve ever seen, given or received head, you’ve seen it before.” Ebert and Gallo later reconciled after the critic gave a “thumbs up” to the director’s 2004 cut of the film.

Marvel will self-finance the film via its $500 million credit facility through Merrill Lynch with distribution handled by Paramount worldwide. Pic is part of an aggressive slate that includes two sequels to 2008’s Iron Man, Branagh’s Thor and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.

Gallo recently completed filming the title role in Francis Ford Coppolas’s Tetro and called Molly Friedman a “slut” to New York magazine.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tiny new sighting from - eww - Gawker

But for a general lack of news...

"Saw Vincent Gallo on the corner of Prince and Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon (8/29/04), chatting with some attractive well-wishers/blow-job wannabes who appeared to be heaping on the praise. (How could I tell? He was smiling.) Yes, ladies, let's try to make that ego EVEN bigger, if that's possible. Anyhow, this was especially appropriate since Gallo was a mere block away from Houston Street, which has been liberally redecorated with now-famous Brown Bunny posters of a blurred-out Chloe Sevigny slurping his sausage."

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Black Book

Abel Ferrara talks Vincent Gallo in the new issue of The BlackBook. Go figure.

How was it working with Vincent Gallo, who was also a neighborhood guy? I don’t like Vincent Gallo.

A lot of people say that. No, but I know him. You know? ‘Cause I introduced him to [my girlfriend, Shannon], and he asked her to marry him after a day. But she didn’t bother telling me.

So he’s disrespectful?

You know, he’s a punk, man. He’s just a punk. What’d he do? Hit this reporter the other day? I heard he like slammed this chick, right?

He does it a lot.

This kid’s not right. Right? Right? Because he said that she didn’t like his leather jacket. Smashed some chick in the face! [Editor’s Note: Vincent Gallo did not actually, physically attack anyone.] You know what I’m saying? But I mean, you know, what can I say about the kid? I don’t wanna talk about him. .

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Vincent Gallo Comes to SOhO

Vincent Gallo Comes to SOhO
Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
By Lisa Engelbrektson

“Improvisational” would be the closest word to describe the current musical work of Vincent Gallo, creator and front man of RRIICCEE, and even that can’t possibly prepare listeners for the show they’ll see on Sunday, October 5, at SOhO. Intentionally unarranged (but not unprepared), RRIICCEE is an effort of three musically inclined artists who perform live music that has never been written or rehearsed.

And though it’s far from typical, this avant-garde style—usually reserved for innovative jazz musicians—is very familiar to Gallo. “When it worked in the past,” Gallo recalled, “it was such a high vibe, and really beautiful. Listening back, listening back as an experiment, some of the things we played were the best things I’ve been a part of. There’s no sense of continuity. We go on stage fearless, open, and also focused.”

When trying to understand exactly what RRIICCEE aims to do, it might be easy to assume they get together and “jam.” Wrong. “Anyone can go into a room and jam, but when composing—and not thinking in the language of arrangements and compositions—sometimes you can create musical vocabulary you’ve never heard or experienced before,” Gallo explained. “Listening back to tapes of what I thought were some of our worst shows, I found they were actually some of our best. It’s nice not to be involved in musical cabaret or cliché. The goal of the show is more exciting. It’s what we do best. It’s not a pale version of prepared and overly rehearsed writings, which aren’t nearly as effective.”

Gallo, who’s on the frontier of something rock ‘n’ roll music doesn’t typically embrace, is offering exactly that: an experience that unfolds on stage before the crowd, a moment so sincere and intimate it can never be recreated. But it’s not as though he’s against recorded music; “I like records and believe music and theatre have a remarkable effect. I’m more excited to go home and listen to a record than go out to a show—and I do record for personal pleasure—but for RRIICCEE, recording would be separate, and meant only to be listened to in that way.”

A few things ticket holders can count on this Sunday are a guitar, bass, melodica, and melathron. “We use a vibraphone and chamberlain. I’m not looking to play a saw or electric motor,” Gallo deadpanned. “The concept puts focus on instruments rather than musical vocabulary. It’s hard to invent musical form; I’m really classical in that way. I’m into instruments which have survived—melathron and things like that. I grew up and experienced more with tape loops and speed changes, and I like electric guitars very much. It’s an instrument which hasn’t been around long, but it’s rock and roll.” Even with his passion for classical instruments, Gallo recalled a recent film set he’d been on, in which an orchestra was employed. “They were beautiful and played beautifully, but they seemed stuck,” he explained, “and it just wasn’t compelling.”

Despite his cult celebrity status, Vincent Gallo is anything but the type. He self-made his way in the world starting at the age of seven years old and has always been something of an entrepreneur with a raw eye. “My first job,” Gallo mentioned, “was when I bought cinnamon oil at a drugstore and dipped toothpicks in it. I sold them for one penny each in school after I’d seen someone on television do it. They were really strong,” he noted. “Then I started making candles and sold them door-to-door. But when I was 11, I got my first job. It was at a gas station, dog kennel, and restaurant. Then, when I was 14, I worked in a janitorial business, cleaning blinds and waxing and stripping floors. When I left Buffalo I was 16. I worked in a high-fi guitar shop and also as a dishwasher before I had my first art show in 1984. And I didn’t do art to be a celebrity, it wasn’t to make a living,” Gallo said. “I was a proud dishwasher. I didn’t tell people I was an actor. Kids now are so connected to ego that they aren’t playing music to play music—they want something from it.”

Gallo continued on this thought, juxtaposing current young musicians to those of the 1970s punk rock scene. “Now the art world is bigger and more prolific than ever, but it’s not affecting the way people think and act. People now look at the punk and noise scenes and have no idea how remote the possibility of them passing a record deal was. It was so remote … Playing was this celebration of sharing, an exchange, and [it] was personal and occasionally an intimate exchange with the audience. Charisma, honesty was gigantic for the Ramones, for example—and Johnny Ramone was my best friend. They played to get by.”