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Shooting Starts Monday!

Making Cherry

"It is terrible for an actor not to have a nose. For all normal purposes, my nose is pleasant. For dramatic purposes, I detest it."
--Orson Welles

Locations:
Production Office: Administration

Various: Wardrobe

Curch: Camera test

Grip Electric prelight muffin shop

Muffin Shop: Set dressing, prerig

Principals:
Everybody

You've Got Questions? Cherry Has Answers

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Holy Trademark Infringement, Batman

Maybe it's time for Bizarro Superman

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Gingerbread head

On Thursday afternoon the crack team of producers and legal advisors decided that the characters of Batman, Superman, Gumby and Bozo had to be written out of the script. The problem is the spectre of a trademark infringement suit.

Not that the lawyers don't think the filmmakers could use the characters, fairly, and win any lawsuit thrown at them. The problem, of course, is that a lawsuit would tie up the picture, and defending it would cost them time and money.

Which means Batman, Superman, Gumby and Bozo are out of the picture. And lines like Menu Man’s, "What about you, Superman? I don’t know how to price your meal," have to be rewritten. With new jokes, since the old ones played off the incongruities of the known characters.

The line, "What about you, Chickenhead? I don’t know how to price your meal," just doesn’t play the same.

Which means that Jon is going to spend the weekend rewriting all the scenes in which Gary the Clown (whose name, by the way, is also going to change -- to Eddie) appears, in order to incorporate the new costumes.

Fitting Joe in his Hercules suit
Maryann helps Joseph become Spartacus

Strapping Joe in
A bit too flashy, perhaps...

Which means that new costumes must be found, costumes that suggest new jokes to replace the old jokes. From what I saw Friday morning at Abracadabra, a huge, sprawling magic and costume shop in New York’s Flatiron district, which I visited with  Maryann and Joseph, that isn't going to be a problem.

It’s too soon to know which way they’re going to go, but we all agree that Joseph as Mr. Bumble Bee is pretty sad. Of course, Donovan could be a whole 'nother story.

Joe's a King Bee, baby
Joseph gets a buzz

The Gingerman Can
"Hey, you -- gingersnap!"

So, the final question is: Will we miss those overmarketed symbols of the abuse of intellectual property and sequel rights? My guess is not particularly. You may think the Nixon mask love scene in The Ice Storm was a riot, but it's easy to imagine the scene being just as funny (and bittersweet, too) if Ms. Ricci had been wearing a football helmet (even one without a NFL or NCAA logo).

 Peter Kreutzer  

 

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