Despite not appearing in the film past the first 20 minutes or so, Balk is featured prominently on the cover for the DVD, due Jan. 13, in front of the controversial joint image.
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Two significant Ru related DVD releases were announced this week. According to Amazon, Humboldt County will be out on disc on January 13 (preorder here) and, as brought to our attention by forum member Cornelius, the A&E mini-series Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story will see release on on December 16 (more information at TV Shows On DVD here).
By the way, the Humboldt County soundtrack, including the song Fairuza sings “I Want You To Be My Baby”, is now available on iTunes (see this thread)
In the most recent post in their director’s blog Mr. Grodsky and Mr. Jacobs have laid out a proposition to independent film enthusiasts interested in forming “Lost Coast Local” teams in different that would be provided with promotional materials such as posters, postcards, something called “rolling papers”, etc. to help promote the film and arrange sneak preview screenings.
The page about the MPAA and the poster on the blog referred to in my previous post has been removed, but this new one does mention the official site is now temporarily down (replaced with a placeholder with a nice cast picture) in order to meet MPAA standards, so evidently all is status quo there.
Humboldt County co-director Darren Grodsky wrote a few days ago at their blog that the MPAA has found (or likely to find) their current poster to be unacceptable on the grounds that “references to drugs/drug paraphernalia” are not allowed in advertising (evidently falling under the category vaguely defined on their website as “other material that most parents would find unacceptable for their younger children to see or hear”) So the MPAA is an inscrutable star chamber, no news there, rather than gnashing teeth Mr. Grodsky suggests:
“And so, should we be forced by the MPAA to change our poster to a more “subtle” version, I suggest to each and every one of you who encounters this blog:
Let’s pepper the world & the world wide web with our “Smoking Joint” poster, which may soon become a limited edition piece. We’ll do our part to include it everywhere (When you check out the promos we recently shot, you’ll notice we managed to fit it in a few different places). See if you can find ways to show off the smoking joint poster. This will turn out to be win-win as both a way to stick it to the “man” and also a way to promote the film, a task in which we need all the help we can get…”
Being well sympathetic to the cause, we here at Quiet Storm are prepared to do our part
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ms. Balk has just made an enemy of Abel Ferrara, the director of Bad Lieutenant (who recently said of all involved in the remake of the film “I wish these people die in Hell. I hope they’re all in the same streetcar, and it blows up” which was met with a “I have no idea who he is. Is he Italian? Is he French? Who is he?” from the difficult to faze Herzog – this is, after all, a man who brushed off being shot with an air rifle with a nonchalant “It was not a significant bullet. It does not surprise me to be shot at.”) by signing on for an as yet unknown role in Herzog’s film. Val Kilmer and Brad Dourif who have appeared alongside Ru in The Island of Dr. Moreau and Humboldt County respectively are also on board. Now just stay offboard those streetcars.
Variety has reported what first appeared in the director’s blog about Humboldt County being sold to Magnolia Pictures and what appeared in an HD Net press release about the film’s premiere to be by video on demand and that plans are then for a theatrical release in September starting in Austin, TX and, of course, Eureka, CA (the director’s blog doesn’t quite jibe with this saying the opening weekend will be San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and Austin)
http://www.humboldtcountymovie.com/ now has a snazzy new look, some new pics of Ru, many pictures of a mysterious green weed of some sort about which I know nothing, a synopsis and the promise of a trailer to come.
UPDATE: Trailer now up at the above link.
ITV Inter Medya, the distribution company for the film, have put up a Grindstone Road page that gives a few more details. For one the movie is directed by Melanie Orr and co-stars Greg Bryk (Shoot ‘Em Up, Weirdsville, A History of Violence), Joan Gregson (Hollywoodland, The Good Shepherd) and Walter Learning (His official site). There is also a more detailed synopsis and this poster:
According to a press release from Peace Arch Entertainment Group Fairuza is to star in a film called Grindstone Rd. about “a young mother who moves her family into a newly purchased farmhouse, where the seemingly friendly neighbors next door may have sinister motives”
Read the full article here