Friday, June 30, 2000

June 30, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

William H. Macy hosted the Atlantic Theater Company’s 15th Anniversary gala on Monday, May 22 at Chelsea Piers’ The Lighthouse. Guests on hand included company founders David Mamet & William H. Macy, as well as Rebecca Pidgeon, Kristen Johnston, Paul Reubens, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Felicity Hoffman, director Paul Thomas Anderson & Fiona Apple. (Thanks Anne!) Click here to see a photo of Paul & Fiona from that evening.  

Friday, June 23, 2000

June 23, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

In celebration of today's Flashback Friday, I recently obtained the Boogie Nights Oneline Schedule (Shooting Schedule) dated May 23, 1996. It confirms many rumored scenes that were filmed, but have never seen the light of day. I will list the day it was shot, scene location & the description that is given.
Day #2
: Little Bill's Station Wagon - Moving: 
Little Bill tells his wife not to embarrass him - she hits him
Day #5: 
Hot Traxx Nightclub
: Maurice seals envelope addressed to his family in Puerto Rico
Maurice sends videotape and letter to his brothers in Puerto Rico.
Day #11: 
Bakersfield Denny's: 
Becky waits for Dirk, and is befriended by old Mr. Brown.
Mr. Brown offers to help Becky.
Day #12
: Jack's House/Living Room: 
Dirks listens to Jack tell his "fin" story, and eventually has sex with Rollergirl.
Day #13
: Jack's Driveway
: Little Bill berates wife as they leave - Limo Driver consoles Young Stud - Colonel leaves.
Day #15
: Jack's Driveway: 
Little Bill and his wife arrives, Rollergirl snaps photo and asks what's wrong.
Day #27: 
Jack's Office: 
Jack pitches story to Colonel and tells him he's going to cast Dirk.
Day #34 - #35
: Dirk's New House
: Reed tells Dirk that Johnny Doe's dead - the phone rings and it's Becky.
Dirk hurries to save Beck, but first stops to get some coke to take with him.
Dirk hops in his corvette and takes off.
Dirk shows Reed the busted car and lets the phone ring.
Day #43
: Dirk's Parent's House: 
Dirk pushes car to cul-de-sac - he's at his parent's house, Sheryl Lynn lives there now.
Dirk learns his parents are dead, he is upset and Sheryl Lynn asks him inside.
Sheryl Lynn makes Dirk breakfast, Dirk calls Reed, Husband watches, Baby cries.
Day #44
: Ventura Blvd: Rollergirl and Dirk meet up and walk (roll) to Jack's house.
Dirk tells Rollergirl that he wants a Corvette as they walk to Jack's house.
Rollergirl tells Dirk she quit school as they walk to Jack's house.
Day #45
: Vince's Gym
: Dirk and Reed work out.
Buck teaches Dirk and Reed karate.
Jack's new offices, shipping tapes, editing, the works - two Police men arrive.
Day #46 - #47
: Dirk's Corvette - Moving: 
Dirk drives to save Becky, smashes his Corvette, then drives off.
The accident involving Johnny Doe and Dirk's parents, in which everybody dies.
Day #48: 
Party Boys Strip Club: 
Dirk and Todd prepare for show - Reed says crowd is "a little light".
Dirk and Todd dance; Drunk Guys mock Dirk.
Six Months Later (Sept 1983): Establish strip club - marquee with Dirk Diggler's name.
Day #49
: Bakersfield House: 
Becky begs Dirk to save her - they make plans to meet - Jerome beats her more.
Becky hits Jerome with frying pan from behind, repeatedly.
Jerome beats and berates Becky about being in porn.
Becky runs from her house and off down the street.
Establish Becky and Jerome's ideal home - hear violence over shot.
Day #50
: Bakersfield Retirement Home: 
Becky is a nurse now - she feeds Mr. Brown soup and smiles.
Mr. Brown tries to sneak Becky into the home - a Nurse sees her.
Mr. Brown sets Becky up for bed, and she sleeps.
Mr. Brown and Becky walk to retirement home.
Day #52: 
El Puelbo Motel: 
Establish crappy motel and Dirk's corvette and U-Haul.
Day #55 - #56
: Rahad Jackson's House
: Rahad is a maniac - he sees police lights and fires at them - they return fire and Rahad is killed.
Day #60
: Puerto Rico Street: 
Maurice's 2 brothers open letter and see picture of Maurice and Rollergirl.
Maurice brothers watch video tape and comment on his small cock.
So as you can see, there was a lot of extraneous material that was cut from the film. Hopefully all of the Becky/Jerome/Dirk footage will be included on the DVD.  I don't know about you, but I would love the see the footage of Dirk & Cheryl Lynn at Dirk's old house & Mark Wahlberg/Thomas Jane dancing at the Party Boys Strip Club!

Wednesday, June 21, 2000

June 21, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

I had a chance to ask PTA about some Frequently Asked Questions that I receive on email. His comments were brief & not what you want to hear, but it's nice to know where things currently stand.
Hard Eight/Boogie Nights Score: 
Many of you would love a compilation of the Michael Penn scores, but there are no plans to release one at this time. 
Hard Eight Script
: There are currently no plans to release the script in similar fashion to the Boogie Nights & Magnolia script/companion books. 
DTS Track on Magnolia DVD: 
This will not be included on the upcoming release, although there's a possibility that a DTS version could be released in the future. For those that are unaware, DTS is a competing digital audio system to Dolby Digital which many feel sounds superior.
As I said, these things may revisited in the future, so don't give up hope. If anything changes, you will hear it here first.
There's an interesting documentary currently showing on E! this month. John Holmes and the Wonderland Murders: The E! True Hollywood Story spans 2 hours & primarily focuses on John's involvement with the Wonderland Murders. It airs again tomorrow, June 22nd at 9:00 p.m. & Friday, June 23rd at 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. For a program description go here.

Sunday, June 18, 2000

June 18, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

Here's a still from a scene that you won't see on the new Magnolia DVD. It's the scene with Stanley, Dixon & the Worm in the diner. It appears that the deleted scenes on the Magnolia DVD will focus on Frank "TJ" Mackey. I would love to see the extended Jason Robards monologue & the Worm subplot, but it's not meant to be.......
Here's the picture that Vanity Fair did on PTA in the Special Hollywood Issue this past April.

Saturday, June 17, 2000

June 17, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

It looks like Boogie Nights is coming to television in July on FX! I will be very interested to see all the edits & dubs that will be "required" to make it suitable for family viewing. I will try to find out if PTA had any involvement with the editing process  (I seriously doubt it, but you never know...). It's scheduled to air on FX on July 9th! (Thanks to Lauren Phillips for the heads up!)
Today's edition of Flashback Friday focuses on an interview excerpt that Paul did with fellow director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) for the book Projections 10. A reader of the site is working on the full interview version which should be up shortly. In the meantime, this should wet your appetite.
I'll return this weekend with some new graphics for the Magnolia & PTA Photo Galleries (courtesy of CJ Wallis) & a list of scenes that were shot for Boogie Nights that will not be included on the upcoming DVD!

Wednesday, June 14, 2000

June 14, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

Well it looks like "Paper Bag", the new PTA directed Fiona Apple music video finally debuted Monday on VH1! PTA's latest is another wonderful & whimsical film that looks nothing like the videos currently playing on VH1 or MTV. Once you see it, you will agree that it's only a matter of time before we see a musical from Paul. 

Friday, June 09, 2000

June 9, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

It's assumed that the name of this site is a reference to PTA's short film Cigarettes & Coffee. Naturally, I can see why people came to this logical conclusion, but that's not actually why. When I decided to establish this site, I wanted a name that would be memorable & that embodied PTA & his films. After pouring over many interviews with Paul, I knew that cigarettes & coffee was the only choice. 
PTA has stated numerous times that his writing process begins early the morning with music, coffee & lots of cigarettes. He also says that usually by the early afternoon, he is so "wired" from this, that he can't write anymore. I thought this was perfect. The essence of PTA for me is his unbelievable writing talent. It's the reason he is where he's at today. I couldn't think of a better way to represent my site than with this title. 
Now wait, before I start getting emails, I'm not endorsing or recommending that you run out & start smoking & drinking coffee to improve your writing skills. This works for PTA & who knows maybe he will quit (he threatens to on a regular basis), but this "system" has contributed to his screenplays by allowing him to feel comfortable when writing. So until PTA gives it up, that's the reason for the name of the site (when he quits, I'll just tell everyone, I named it after his short film....).
In a related note, PTA speaks about this very topic, near the end of the newest addition to the Articles & Interview section. I have finished transcribing the well done piece from Moviemaker Magazine which touches on many aspects of PTA's writing & directing process.

Wednesday, June 07, 2000

June 7, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

Well it appears there's more to the Phil Hoffman: Inside the Actor's Studio airing on Sunday. Parts of the country (as well as Canada) were able to see this new episode, while a Sean Penn rerun aired in other areas. As soon as they announce a rerun of the Phil Hoffman, I will post the date & times on the site.
I wanted to thank all of you for the wonderful emails & congratulations I received for being named Entertainment Weekly's Site of the Week. I really appreciate it. I just hope the attention to the site will bring more attention to PTA & his films.

Monday, June 05, 2000

June 5, 2000

Archived update from Cigarettes & Coffee, run by Greg Mariotti & CJ Wallis from 1999-2005

According to the excellent DVD File site, the new Boogie Nights DVD will also include the edited John C. Holmes documentary Exhausted which was on the old Criterion LaserDisc. This is the wonderful 30 minute documentary (minus most of the nudity), that "inspired" many of the "artistic" choices for the Brock Landers scenes in Boogie Nights. PTA gives a hilarious commentary on the documentary as well. DVD File is also reporting that there will be a total of 13 deleted scenes included. The previous 9 scenes plus 4 new ones. 
The licensing of Criterion supplements is typically a "no win proposition" but DVD file learned from PTA's publicist that PTA produced & owns the commentary track & artwork so this allowed for easy inclusion on this release.