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“The Governors Awards are one of the highest honors an actor can receive in mid-November. So many have used the word genius tonight that I might as well say it about Steve Martin.”
Rushfield At The Academy’s Governors Awards

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“We owe this victory to Barbara Broccoli, producer of the James Bond series, Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes, who because of their relationship with Judi Dench gave permission to spoof the ratings system using the M character.”
Weinstein Wins Philomena PG-13

“Genuinely experimental, blatantly predicated on the formal possibilities of film, Gravity is a movie in a tradition that includes IntoleranceNapoleonOlympia, and The Birds, as well as its most obvious precursor, 2001. Call it blockbuster modernism.
Hoberman On Gravity

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“I was surprised to see how much space the sex took up in the minds of people. But it’s a question of a taboo that’s been shattered. The film will be seen in another light once that taboo has been eradicated.”
Controversy Is The Warmest Color: Kechiche Clarifies His Remarks About Blue

“Scrap the significance of nation; Scrap the one-country, one-film rule; Institute a US release requirement.”
TIFF’s Cameron Bailey On Oscar’s Foreign Language Rules

LA Times

“I’m not sure I’m OK with doing it that way. I don’t want to say there’s anything wrong with the current ending, because there isn’t. But it’s something we’re still talking about. We don’t open for three months, and it’s possible you’ll see something different.”
John Wells On August: Osage County‘s Search For Closure spoilers

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A Haunted House 2 is not a movie. It is a nervous breakdown. Directed by Michael Tiddes but largely the handiwork of star, producer, and co-writer Marlon Wayans, the film is being billed as yet another Wayans-ized spoof of the horror movie genre, à la the first Haunted House movie and the wildly successful Scary Movie series. (Keenen Ivory Wayans and his brothers were responsible for the first two Scary Movie films; they have since left that franchise, which may explain why a new one was needed.) And there are some familiar digs at recent horror flicks: This time, the creepy doll and the closet from The Conjuring, the family-murdering demon from Sinister, and the dybbuk box from The Possession all make appearances. But this new film is mostly an excuse for star Marlon Wayans to have extended freak-outs in response to the horrors visited upon him—shrieking, screaming, crying, cowering, and occasionally hate-fucking for minutes on end. Yes, you read that last bit right. A Haunted House 2 puts the satyriasis back in satire.”
Ebiri On A Haunted House 2

“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”