You may recall that last week AFC ran my interview with several of the ladies from Cinemax’s Femme Fatales- as a capper to that interview I was asked to cover the season two premiere. The write-up for that is up on AFC. This would be my first on-site press gig as the interviewer (remember, for Spartacus, I took the photos) and would also be attending the screening and after-party… so I tracked down someone to be my assistant for this event- my friend Phil Xenidis (you might know him better as rock god, Phil X formerly of Powder, currently playing with his band The Drills and with so many other awesome artists). As I laughed with a mutual friend the other day- last year, he was playing with Bon Jovi, now he’s my bitch. Ha! But in all seriousness- I have to give Phil a lot of love for his help. He took some great photos for me and it was great to have a friend to hang out with.
Anyways, I won’t share about the premiere or much about the ladies because it’s all in the write-up for AFC. But I do want to write up about my conversation with the amazing James Gunn. (There was a comment from James of “you look familiar” and let’s just say… I was giddy) You might remember that I met James in March at WonderCon when Lloyd Kaufman grabbed me to pose for pics with him and James- massive nerdsquee for me! The photos are up on the People I’ve Met page. In any case, I was very excited to see him at the premiere- it wasn’t something I asked, but I understand he was there to support his friend Nikki Griffin. I managed to catch a few minutes of James’ time and briefly discuss his upcoming game from Warner Brothers Games et al, Lollipop Chainsaw (I think I’ve mentioned that I am excited for this game before) and a few other topics.
NerdLush – (explained that I had just been discussing PG-Porn with Phil)
James – “Gotta watch PG-Porn, it’s a beautiful show for beautiful people. It’s the kind of thing that, you know, is very special.”
NerdLush – What’s coming up?
James – “I’m focused right now on LolliPop Chainsaw. Couple of other projects in the works, but really until June 12th, the game is central.”
NerdLush – I’m pretty excited for Lollipop Chainsaw, it looks great. And great people involved.
James – “The actors are great. (Michael) Rosenbaum in particular is amazing. He’s amazing. He’s amazing in the game, even though we got into a huge fight last night.” (referring to an argument over Mafia which James posted about on Twitter and Facebook)
NerdLush – Who won?
James – “Oh, me. Are you kidding? I’m a writer, I’m a wordsmith. I can run circles around Michael Rosenbaum. I feel bad afterward because I beat him so bad with my words (laughs).” (of note, I also asked about Emily, James’ cat, and was apparently the second person to ask about things James posts on Facebook and/or Twitter- which later led to this post on Facebook… if you look, I admitted to being the one who asked about the fight and James said it was funny we’d asked).
NerdLush- (In James’ recent film, Super, he used a song- Nobody Knows You Anymore- by a friend and favorite musician of mine- Terra Naomi. She also happens to be a friend of his.) Why did you use that particular song by Terra? Was it written for the film?
James – “It was not written for it, it was just a song that I really loved. Strangely, that song was written in my house, actually, which is very cool. And I just thought it fit the scene. When I’m putting together a movie sometimes I shoot a scene knowing exactly what music I’m going to use in it and other times, I shoot a scene and I don’t even know that I’m going to have a song in it. It seemed that was the place for a song. I wanted to use one of Terra’s songs. I actually had tried to use her version of Drugs Don’t Work earlier in the movie but we couldn’t get the rights from The Verve. So I wanted to use one of her songs somewhere else in the movie and thought that song worked beautifully in that scene. I love it in that scene, it’s really great.”
NerdLush – (Shamelessly gushing over how great Terra is)
James – “She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met in my life.”
Wow. What great comments from James. So glad I was able to catch him for a few words. I’m always a little nervous catching people because I don’t want to invade their lives- even at events. It’s a little easier if they are working the event, but in this instance, James was a guest of a guest basically. Many thanks to him for chatting with me.
Below find a small gallery of some of the photos of the event. The majority of the photos (where I am not in them) will be up with the main write-up on AFC in a few days. Oh! and if you’re a regular follower of NerdLush, you know we’ve recently added some new authors- they’re getting started with posts. One of whom is miss Madison Dylan, who is featured in the gallery below.
By the way- Phil is on the list for a future interview here at NerdLush.