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Elan Mastai On “The First Time I Got Paid To Write”

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

“Since I knew I’d never get the job, I half-jokingly pitched him the idea that the chimp gets drafted into a brand-new NHL expansion team, not as a real player but as a mascot to drum up media attention. When it turns out he can really play, the coach puts him on the ice.”
Elan Mastai On “The First Time I Got Paid To Write”

“A lot of kids think cartooning is something that pours out of your hand and onto the page. But it’s a lot of work to look like that. People have approached me for a documentary. And I say, ‘You’re going to watch me at a desk, staring, then cursing every few hours. It really is a goofy job.”

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

“A lot of kids think cartooning is something that pours out of your hand and onto the page. But it’s a lot of work to look like that. People have approached me for a documentary. And I say, ‘You’re going to watch me at a desk, staring, then cursing every few hours. It really is a goofy job.”

William Grimes On Independent Producer Robin O’Hara, Who Was 62

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

William Grimes On Independent Producer Robin O’Hara, Who Was 62

Why Drive-Ins Were More Than Just Movie Theaters

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Why Drive-Ins Were More Than Just Movie Theaters

“We’ve got this mixed rights situation and what fixes that is money,” Reed Hastings continued. “Because we’d like to be able to get global rights so everybody gets the same great experience. And our originals, are like that, where everybody gets access. But it’s going to take a lot more money than we have now.”

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

“We’ve got this mixed rights situation and what fixes that is money,” Reed Hastings continued. “Because we’d like to be able to get global rights so everybody gets the same great experience. And our originals, are like that, where everybody gets access. But it’s going to take a lot more money than we have now.”

Blacklisted Screenwriter Jean Rouverol Was 100; Was W.C. Fields’ Daughter In It’s A Gift

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Blacklisted Screenwriter Jean Rouverol Was 100; Was W.C. Fields’ Daughter In It’s A Gift

“For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw Productions is my production company and we’re really trying to promote untapped voices in genre. I think the reason we don’t see more films about the African American experience is because we haven’t nurtured black talent, we haven’t encouraged young black filmmakers to dream big. When you have that, that’s when you have this systemic problem where artists aren’t getting their platforms, aren’t given their platforms. Some stories it’s impossible for a white person to tell.”

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

“For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw is my production company and we’re trying to promote untapped voices in genre. The reason we don’t see more films about the African American experience is because we haven’t nurtured black talent, we haven’t encouraged young black filmmakers to dream big. Some stories it’s impossible for a white person to tell.”

Writers Guild Seeks May 1 Strike Authorization

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Writers Guild Seeks May 1 Strike Authorization

Brit Director Michael Tuchner, 84, Films Include Villain, “Summer Of My German Soldier”

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Brit Director Michael Tuchner, 84, Films Include Villain, “Summer Of My German Soldier”

“My Life As Bob Silvers’ Assistant”

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

“No system could have been less efficient or more prone to human error. Manuscripts were lost, mistakes constantly made. Books were sent to writers at defunct addresses. UPS tracking information was misfiled. Phone calls with important people were accidentally disconnected. Pens, pencils, and whiteout all vanished at the same inconvenient time. Important e-mails languished for days without response, only to be sent off at last, marred by a glaring typo. When these and other disasters happened, as they did by the hour, Bob, irate, would shout with frightening ferocity, or simply shake his head as if unable to fathom such dumbness, such calamity. But when you got something right, there was nothing like it. No phrase in the world was sweeter than Bob’s ‘Thanks a lot, kiddo!’ accompanied by a jaunty punch at the air.”
“My Life As Bob Silvers’ Assistant”

John Waters On Arthouse Exploitation

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

John Waters On Arthouse Exploitation 1’27” vid

J. Hoberman On Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Life Lived On Film

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

J. Hoberman On Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Life Lived On Film

On That Global-Audiences-For-Black-Movies Canard

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

On That Global-Audiences-For-Black-Movies Canard

“I had gay African-American men coming up to me at film festivals and saying, I’m that little chubby Mexican girl,” Says America Ferrara

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

“I had gay African-American men coming up to me at film festivals and saying, I’m that little chubby Mexican girl,” Says America Ferrara

Greta Garbo’s East Side Co-op Goes On The Market

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Greta Garbo’s East Side Co-op Goes On The Market

“Why do I, who am not Asian, care about whitewashing? Well, there’s a not-so-important reason and a very important reason. The not-so-important reason is that I have a lot of Asian-American friends, and it pisses me off to see movies depicting an America in which they don’t seem to exist. But that’s very unimportant compared to the real issue, which is racial integration.”

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

“Why do I, who am not Asian, care about whitewashing? Well, there’s a not-so-important reason and a very important reason. The not-so-important reason is that I have a lot of Asian-American friends, and it pisses me off to see movies depicting an America in which they don’t seem to exist. But that’s very unimportant compared to the real issue, which is racial integration.”

Indie Film Exec Jonathan Weisgal Was 55; Fine Line And Jersey Films Among His Berths

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Indie Film Exec Jonathan Weisgal Was 55; Fine Line And Jersey Films Among His Berths

Kleber Mendonça Filho On Why John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13 Means So Much To Him

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Kleber Mendonça Filho On Why John Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13 Means So Much

Historian Yuval Noah Harari Contests Mark Zuckerberg’s Latest Vision Of Facebook At The Center Of All Human Commerce

Friday, March 24th, 2017

“You can hardly lead a global community when you make your money from capturing people’s attention and selling it to advertisers.”
Historian Yuval Noah Harari Contests Mark Zuckerberg’s Latest Vision Of Facebook At The Center Of All Human Commerce

Gwyneth’s Goop Offers Guide To Anal Sex

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Gwyneth’s Goop Offers Guide To Anal Sex