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Reply #30 posted 04/15/17 1:09pm

MysticalChick

LBrent said:

I try. I do.

I try, but sometimes. Sometimes he makes it so hard to sit through all of his...stuff.

I roll my eyes alot during his lead ups to the actual interveiws.

I don't think he's deloberately trying to be an annoying sycophant, but...sometimes...I just cant's

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Oh dear God, THIS! His voice and demeanor are just so so wrong for a podcast. He's a slow talker, often repetitive and yes, comes off very sycophantic.

I try now and again to slog through it but I just cannot. Please tell me LBrent and I are not the only ones who feel this way?

"So this is where U end, and U and I begin ..."

Thanks for being my mystical unicorn.
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Reply #31 posted 04/15/17 1:16pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:



laurarichardson said:




OldFriends4Sale said:




I didn't like who he tried to push an idea that MTV wanted Under the Cherry Moon to fail.
It was suprising to me, that he wouldn't study up on the whole 'Contest' for the Under the Cherry Moon premiere.


And whether it was in Paris, Minneapolis or NYC, Under the Cherry Moon failed because of Prince, not the premiere being in Sheridan. But they way he tried to push it, and I love Jeromes educated reply.



Actually there is a article about the whole debacle. I will try to find it and post it. WB went ahead and put this promotion together without speaking to him about it and he tried to back out. WB told him he was going to do and MTV threaten to go on the air and say he was backing it out.



Total fuck up by WB and black mail by MTV. I believe DR. Funk heard all this from Prince or assoicates. Other associates have spoken about some elements of sabotage at WB.



George Clinton talked about it in his book at lenght.






I thought it was actually the 'date' that he was going to back out on'



Wasn't it Prince's idea to actually have a contest?




http://prince.org/msg/7/4...?&pg=2


But at 2 a.m. the night before the premiere, Prince’s co-manager Steve Fargnoli called up with a flip of the script that would effectively nullify her efforts. “‘Little change of plans for tomorrow,’” Riggs recalled Fargnoli saying (he died in 2001). “‘Prince is going to send the girl with the band in the van and he’s going to drive the Buick by himself.’ I said, ‘No Steven, he can’t do that!’ Then he hung up on me.”




The publicist was no stranger to Prince’s capricious nature as well as dealing with his crisis PR (such as when the singer’s bodyguard punched a photographer around the recording of the charity single “We Are the World”). She knew the star was publicity shy. Prince hadn’t yet met Barber so neither ill will or bad vibes could have factored into his decision. So Riggs surmised that Prince was simply following his bliss—and hadn’t thought through backing out of his prescribed part in a marketing campaign that had already sunk a reported $750,000 into Sheridan’s troubled local economy.




At the same time, Riggs knew cancelling the fantasy date would almost certainly sour public opinion against His Royal Badness at a moment when Cherry Moon needed all the help it could get. “The media would have destroyed him for that,” she says.





After a moment of stunned silence, she picked up one of the three phone lines she’d had installed in her hotel room and called Rob Friedman, the vice president of Warner Bros. movie marketing, who was also staying in the hotel. Roused from a deep slumber, he came up to her room “with bed head, scratching his chest hair going, ‘What the fuck!’” then, informed of the situation, picked up the phone to Prince’s manager.





“‘Steven, here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to get with your client, you’re going to tell him that he’s going to take this girl AS HIS DATE. If he does not do that, then I’m going to haul Warner Bros. out of here. And all of our promotional dollars are going home. Fuck you. Tell the kid he’s got to take her as his date or I’m leaving in the morning,’” Riggs remembers Friedman saying. (Friedman, who stepped down as co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group in September, declined an interview request for this story). “Robbie sat there for a minute. Then he goes, ‘That’s what I thought. I’m going back to bed now.’ Hangs up. ‘Prince is gonna take her to the movie. G’night Robyn!’”







lol end of discussion
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Reply #32 posted 04/16/17 11:58am

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morningsong said:

OldFriends4Sale said:



laurarichardson said:




OldFriends4Sale said:




I didn't like who he tried to push an idea that MTV wanted Under the Cherry Moon to fail.
It was suprising to me, that he wouldn't study up on the whole 'Contest' for the Under the Cherry Moon premiere.


And whether it was in Paris, Minneapolis or NYC, Under the Cherry Moon failed because of Prince, not the premiere being in Sheridan. But they way he tried to push it, and I love Jeromes educated reply.



Actually there is a article about the whole debacle. I will try to find it and post it. WB went ahead and put this promotion together without speaking to him about it and he tried to back out. WB told him he was going to do and MTV threaten to go on the air and say he was backing it out.



Total fuck up by WB and black mail by MTV. I believe DR. Funk heard all this from Prince or assoicates. Other associates have spoken about some elements of sabotage at WB.



George Clinton talked about it in his book at lenght.






I thought it was actually the 'date' that he was going to back out on'



Wasn't it Prince's idea to actually have a contest?




http://prince.org/msg/7/4...?&pg=2


But at 2 a.m. the night before the premiere, Prince’s co-manager Steve Fargnoli called up with a flip of the script that would effectively nullify her efforts. “‘Little change of plans for tomorrow,’” Riggs recalled Fargnoli saying (he died in 2001). “‘Prince is going to send the girl with the band in the van and he’s going to drive the Buick by himself.’ I said, ‘No Steven, he can’t do that!’ Then he hung up on me.”




The publicist was no stranger to Prince’s capricious nature as well as dealing with his crisis PR (such as when the singer’s bodyguard punched a photographer around the recording of the charity single “We Are the World”). She knew the star was publicity shy. Prince hadn’t yet met Barber so neither ill will or bad vibes could have factored into his decision. So Riggs surmised that Prince was simply following his bliss—and hadn’t thought through backing out of his prescribed part in a marketing campaign that had already sunk a reported $750,000 into Sheridan’s troubled local economy.




At the same time, Riggs knew cancelling the fantasy date would almost certainly sour public opinion against His Royal Badness at a moment when Cherry Moon needed all the help it could get. “The media would have destroyed him for that,” she says.





After a moment of stunned silence, she picked up one of the three phone lines she’d had installed in her hotel room and called Rob Friedman, the vice president of Warner Bros. movie marketing, who was also staying in the hotel. Roused from a deep slumber, he came up to her room “with bed head, scratching his chest hair going, ‘What the fuck!’” then, informed of the situation, picked up the phone to Prince’s manager.





“‘Steven, here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to get with your client, you’re going to tell him that he’s going to take this girl AS HIS DATE. If he does not do that, then I’m going to haul Warner Bros. out of here. And all of our promotional dollars are going home. Fuck you. Tell the kid he’s got to take her as his date or I’m leaving in the morning,’” Riggs remembers Friedman saying. (Friedman, who stepped down as co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group in September, declined an interview request for this story). “Robbie sat there for a minute. Then he goes, ‘That’s what I thought. I’m going back to bed now.’ Hangs up. ‘Prince is gonna take her to the movie. G’night Robyn!’”







lol end of discussion

--There was another story out before this article that the contest was not Prince's idea. I think Dr.Funkenberry questions might have come from questions he may have asked Prince. I definitely remembered reading it was not his idea.
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Reply #33 posted 04/16/17 11:59am

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cbarnes3121 said:

laurarichardson said:


--He actually knew Prince. I do not think they were best buds but he did have the inside scoop when Prince was alive.

He didn't know him the way he try to portray. Yeah prince used him to promote stuff but being all in dept and opening up his soul ohh hell to the naw that's just what funk hole want people to believe

I never heard him say Prince opened up his soul to him. In fact he said they had more than a few disagreements.
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Reply #34 posted 04/16/17 4:52pm

Monarch

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Monarch said:


lust said:
Hopefully Mike Dean or P&B will get to interview him. Can't bring myself to listen to Funkenberry.

I can't get the page to load. What's wrong with Dr Fink?


Fink or Funk?






Funkberry is Mat Fink isn't he?
Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird.
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Reply #35 posted 04/16/17 5:10pm

LBrent

Monarch said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Fink or Funk?

Funkberry is Mat Fink isn't he?

Nope. This is a totally different guy.

You're thinking of Matt Fink, the guy dressed as a doctor in the Revolution.

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