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The Torontonian Tips Cannes


In sticking with the Festival’s long-standing tradition of programming veterans in Competition, 13 of the announced 18 films are from returning auteurs. 18 is a small number for Cannes, though, so expect one, two, and possibly even three more films to be announced in the coming weeks.

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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimates 2014-04-13 at 10.13.07 AM

Captain America: The Winter Soldier remained at the top of the charts despite significant incoming competition from newcomer Rio 2. The Captain grossed an estimated $40.9 million to the feathered flock’s $38.5 million. The session also featured two other national openers, which fought for positions three and four on the charts. Mirror chiller Oculus bowed to $11.8 million while football-themed Draft Day touched down with $10 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friday Estimates 2014-04-12 at 10.06.11 AM

Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes a predictable 54% drop, opening the door to Rio 2 taking the top slot with around $40m for the weekend.

Also in more modest debuts, the horror film that no one can pronounce beats Kevin Costner’s oddly-dated feel-good football comedy.

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17 Weeks Of Summer: Episode One – The Studios

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DVD Geek: 12 Years a Slave

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Wilmington on DVDs: The Hidden Fortress; Blue Jasmine; August: Osage County; Saving Mr. Banks

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The DVD Wrapup

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“This obituary—published in this newspaper, by this writer—is the fulfillment of one of those requests. Without Shepardson, downtown Cleveland would not have a thriving arts district of restored theaters.”
In Suicide Note, Chicago Gadfly Ray Shepardson, “Formerly Of Almost Every Theater  In America,” Key To 1986 Restoration Of Chicago Theatre, Asked For Tribune Theater Critic Chris Jones To Write His Obituary
And That’s What Chris Jones Did

“In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.”
Paris Review The Art Of Fiction No. 69 With Gabriel García Márquez (1981)
And - García Márquez’s 2003 New Yorker Account Of His Early Writing Days

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”
Novelist-Nobelist Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez Was 87
With – Jon Lee Anderson’s 1999 New Yorker Profile

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“I wanted to make you love a murderer. There’s no way of redeeming him. He’s a drunk and a killer. He killed at least seven people (that we know of). But there were reasons he was a bad guy. He was surrounded by evil in those days. A lot of people were killed building modern Florida—modern everywhere. Watson had plenty of opportunities to see how rough those guys were playing and he thought he could do it too. At least he rationalized it that way. He had the devil beaten out of him and became a very dangerous guy. And he couldn’t handle his liquor, which is one of the worst aspects of him. And he went crazy. Understanding how that happened is useful, I think. There’s no reason any one of us couldn’t be Edgar Watson.”
~ Peter Mathiessen On Writing “Killing Mister Watson”


“Objects and their manufacture are inseparable, you understand a product if you understand how it’s made.”
~ Jony Ive