That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "He Trynasty" from last night.
Frank Pierson died today. The death will probably get very little attention.
He was friendly with Jane Fonda, having worked with her twice but she's not Blogged or Tweeted about him. He wrote Cat Ballou, one of her early big hits (and a hilarious film). He also directed Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee which was a project she developed. I think he was all wrong for that project and that he sunk it. I think his inherent sexism tended to doom everything he did after the second wave. You could probably argue that if any actress other than Jane had played Cat Ballou, she would have been lost in the movie named after her. (He also directed her son Troy in the Showtime film A Soldier's Girl.)
I became aware of him in 1976. He did something that you do not do. He wrote "My Battles with Barbra and Jon." On my side of the country, New West Magazine ran the article, in New York it was Village Voice.
Barbra is Barbra Streisand and Jon is Jon Peters.
Pierson was the director of Streisand's A Star Is Born. As it was about to come up, he wrote and published his attack. It's why he didn't have a big future in films after. You don't attack a multi-million dollar film you directed right before ti comes out.
There was also outcry over the things he revealed that people felt you kept on the set and didn't talk about. He lost a lot of friends over the article -- and should have -- and he lost any opportunity to handle a studio movie again.
He ended up in TV and that's where he should have gone. He shouldn't have written that article. Not only did the timing risk the film (it ended up being a blockbuster -- with Barbra's editing, not his), but that article was so awful. He attacked Paul Williams (who wrote songs for the film) and portrayed him as this total ass, he portrayed Kris Kristofferson badly -- and untrue, I've met Kris and didn't recognize him in that awful article.
So Frank Pierson's dead and what people should take away? His career died in 1976. And for good reason.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"