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No jobs. Economy in the toilet. But yet, taxpayer dollars goes into blowing up a screenplay. Our priorities in this country is distorted.
Read this story from LA Times:
An aspiring screenwriter whose briefcase was blown up by police had left it at a Beverly Hills talent agency hoping someone would read a script inside, authorities said.
Beverly Hills police responded shortly after 9 a.m to an office building in the 400 block of North Camden Avenue after an unidentified man brought a locked briefcase to a talent agency with the hope that someone in the office would review the script inside.
The man left and a security guard removed the case and left it in the alley behind the office. Beverly Hills officers cordoned off the area and evacuated adjoining offices.
The Los Angeles County sheriff’s bomb squad arrived at 10:30 a.m. The bomb squad detonated the briefcase, which was found to contain a laptop computer and papers that included a script the man had been trying to show.
The man was briefly detained at the scene by officers before being released.
Sources familiar with the case said the man had been harassing the agency in an effort to get the script read and were concerned about “irrational comments” concerning the agency.
This script was da bomb
Lol. Clever tagline :)
: ) Ah yes, the old "hide a bomb in a briefcase like in a hollywood movie, and tell everyone it's a script" trick... : ) Well, I guess that what happens...
The last place any terrorist is blowing up is a Beverly Hills talent agency, Rob :)
I wrote extensively on Facebook about this. This whole episode says more about LA than anyone should ever know. After reading another journalist's take on this, I was able to piece together WHAT REALLY HAPPENED here. And for any you reading this who aren't in LA, well ... this story here says it all. And should you ever come here ... this is what you're in for.
First, notice the agency is not mentioned. Why? Since they obviously alerted Police to the possibility of a crime, that's public record. No mention of the agency. Secondly, how sophisticated are Beverly Hills Police Force to determine the briefcase held A BOMB? It's a literary agency and the briefcase belongs to a writer ... of course, there MUST BE A BOMB IN THE BRIEFCASE. A side note, the Beverly Hill Police Department botched the only murder that took place in their jurisdiction last year when they pinned the blame on someone they alleged rode a bike five miles at midnight to shoot someone five times at point blank range and then returned home only to shoot himself in the head moments before he showed up on the radar as a possible suspect in the shooting. Once he was dead, they closed the investigation. So this isn't Columbo's unit we're dealing with here.
So here's what happened. A writer, a little too eager to get his script read by some agent at a very high end agency in Beverly Hills got a little too persistent. And maybe he was a little "gaga with his own glory" -- "this is the greatest script ever written, it'll be a franchise, a blockbuster, a billion dollar whatever!" So, they twist that into "irrational comments" ... of course every one in Hollywood and Beverly Hills is completely rational. Except those who are the MOST self important among us, and the most spiteful, which is exactly how the writer's motives were twisted by whomever got their panties in a bunch at the agency. The agent tells the writer, "How did you get in here? I told you I can't read your script! Now get out or I'll call the police!" Writer says, "Please, I'll just leave it here in my briefcase!" And writer is thrown out the door with the briefcase. Important note, the writer had the briefcase in his possession when Police arrived. The agent decides to call the police anyway and alleges ALL KINDS TWISTED LIES ... suspicious behavior, threatening comments, AND a mysterious briefcase ... the agent is a spiteful low life. It wasn't enough to humiliate the writer and throw him out with his unread script, BUT NOW THE POLICE ARE INVOLVED. WITH THE BOMB SQUAD!
Of course the Police don't have much to do in Beverly Hills, they're well paid and they've got to earn their keep as well as having all kind's'a fancy equipment they never get to use. So they bring out the riot gear and the bomb squad for a WRITER probably living on tuna fish in Bachelor Pad in Venice. Are you getting the picture?
In a town where self importance trumps all rational thought, words on a paper have no meaning. Not to Cops, not to Agents.
Lesson learned, my future writer friends, when leaving a script for a self important low life scum bag agent, bring a skinny chai latte and a half dozen of those prissy homemade cupcakes ... that'll get your first three pages read by the assistant's secretary (who wouldn't know a good script if it smacked them in the face).
By the way, I've worked at agencies as a reader AND I've pursued agents with scripts, I've been on both sides. Some of the writers are insane, I'll grant you that. I would get calls in the middle of the night about script "ideas" NOT EVEN COMPLETED SCRIPTS! I once got a script sent to me from India, wrapped in burlap ... no joke. The note said "This is the next M. Night Shamalan script" ... it was horrible. But I knew it wasn't an explosive device.
The agency and agent were named in the NY Times.
Thanks for pointing that out, Christopher, of course if you're a safe distance away ... as in ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY ... you, as a journalist, aren't beaten to death by the fear of naming names in the press ... another facet of our world inside the bubble. No one dares mention the self important by name.
“Nobody knew this guy,” said the head of the agency, Rima Greer. “He shows up with this thing. People in this office don’t know what it is. There are hundreds of these guys.”
The woman, whom I've heard of, sounds like an idiot, or better yet, idiot who is a bad liar. "He shows up with this thing"? Yeah, Rima, you run a Lit Agency, that THING is a briefcase, okay? Ever seen one before? You must have since "there are 100s of these guys."
Please folks read between the lines ... this woman is an ignoramus. If you're going to waste tax payers dollars on bomb squads and shutting down a square block in Beverly Hills, at least come up with a better line of bullshit than "no one in the office knew what it was". Writer comes in with a briefcase that contains a laptop and script and everyone in the office thinks it's a bomb. You don't have to wonder why 9 out of ten movies made in Hollywood suck, these are the people in the first of fire getting the scripts into the right hands. Morons!
@Double: You're killing me. Read this to my girl. Hilarious :)
This is a movie in itself.
Yes, it would make a good movie, but no one would green light it. There's too much fear of stepping on someone's toes, even in it's the wildest wackiest satire. "The Player" is as close as we're gonna get to this. "Entourage" had its moments, but it was "too careful" not to go too far. And it dealt with the industry from the top looking down, not the bottom looking up. There's an ambivalence in this town that is confused with or has become a "new age" zen mindlessness. It's really nothing new, it's been around forever. It's how the Haves guard themselves against the Have Nots ...