August 14, 2008

Spy Shots 203: White Van, Green Screen

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I've spent over a year on the set of Californication. A year in which I've witnessed many a poignant scene.  From Mia telling Becca how deeply she misses her dead mother.  To Karen helping Hank overcome the pain of his father's death.   And so on...

This scene -- with the white van and the green screen -- not one of those scenes.  In fact, so delightfully debased was this scene -- that our 1st A.D. Anthony had to shout out "Vital personnel only!" prior to the cameras rolling.  That's a set euphemism for "If you're not a producer or some s***, get the f*** off the set, bitch, because some dirty s*** is about to go down."

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July 24, 2008

Pimp My Office: A Season Two Photo Essay

Your show just got picked up for a second season.  Which means…


You get a little more cake to gussy up your workplace.  To spend on things like…

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July 14, 2008

Q&A with Pamela Adlon

L1110383 MP:  There’s never been a funny, smart, sexy, foul-mouthed, S&M friendly, weed-smoking agent’s wife on TV before.  How much of yourself do you see in Marcy?

PA:  Well, I am definitely sexy. And foul-mouthed. I'm street smart! Yes, funny.... to my kid's friends, and valet parkers...and cops. My own personal husband is not an agent. And...I have inhaled. And I have been spanked. And had some guy do a weird thing to my t*** once, which, obviously I let happen, but later regretted when the bruising got all technicolor-y.

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July 07, 2008

Mailbag: Great Books

One of my favorite aspects of CALIFORNICATION are the literary allusions and jokes throughout -- "piece of s***, or heartbreaking work of staggering genius." Hank: "There's a difference?" hahaha, take that, Dave Eggers! So my question is: Which of the writers in the room is the literary one? Or are they all? Who are the favorite novelists and poets in the writer's room? I'm guessing that Hunter Thompson is one of them, but that's a bit obvious.

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MP:  While all the writers get boners from good literature, Gina Fattore is the biggest aficionado in the room.  So literary is her vibe that former Yale English grad student David Duchovny once dubbed her “the lecturer.”  A shark on the L.A. book club circuit, Gina’s an 18th and 19th  century lit enthusiast who penned a trenchant salon.com essay on Joe Wright’s version of Pride & Prejudice.  Her favorite authors include Austen, Nabokov, Flaubert, and Martin Amis.  She recently read The Odd Women by George Gissing, which inspired her to devour several Gissing biographies.  Gina is currently being Facebook-courted by one of the most dashing members of London’s literati:  Mr. Robert Cranford.

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July 03, 2008

Spy Shots: Lockdown

Spy Shots 202:  Lockdown

We have a new set of pictures from the set of Episode 202. I can’t say who gets thrown in prison this episode (don’t want to spoil the Charlie starts turning tricks story line) but I can offer a few exciting details. This jail will feature trannies, cholos, moments of unmitigated flatulence, and the appearance of the infamous prosthetic penis I discussed at length in my first post.

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June 24, 2008

Spy Shots: Coke & Lobster

Fresh from the set of Episode 202, here's a pic of an unidentified cast/crew member hoovering a line of artificial yayo.  His/her face has been blacked out to prevent any potential spoilers.

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June 19, 2008

David Duchovny On the Origin of "Broner"

Admit it.  It's your favorite neologism of Season One.

I ran into David on set today and asked him the burning question we've all been wondering...

What is the origin of the word "Broner?"

DD:  "I wanted to create a new word for a Hank/Charlie rant.  So I spent about ten minutes thinking about it.  I initially thought of "brorection."  Rejected it.  And then it suddenly came to me...Broner."

Duchovny pitched the joke to Kapinos.  And a few weeks later -- in episode 3 -- "broner" was unleashed upon our lexicon.

So there you have it.  The humble origins of arguably the best portmanteau of 2007.