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Wilmington By Mike WilmingtonWilmington@moviecitynews.com

Wilmington on DVDs: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Il Divo, Z, Whatever Works, Nothing Like the Holidays, The Orphan and more…

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs(Two and a Half Stars) U. S.; Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier, 2009 Are those Ice Age wedding bells breaking up that old gang of mine?

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Wilmington on DVDs: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Monsoon Wedding, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Easy Rider and more…

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Two and a Half Stars) U. S.; Michael Bay, 2009 This might better be called Transformers: Revenge of the Hasbro Action Toys

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Wilmington on DVDs: Drag Me to Hell, Natural Born Killers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and more…

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW Drag Me to Hell (Three-and-a-Half Stars) U. S.; Sam Raimi, 2009 (Universal) Drag Me to Hell, from Sam (“SpiderMan”) Raimi, is a terror fest in his Evil Dead mode and gear: a scary movie that’s really

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Wilmington on DVDs: Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Chinatown, A Hard Day’s Night and more…

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Three-and-a-Half Stars) U. S.; Sacha Gervasi, 2009 (VHI Films) This funny, sad, rockin’ little documentary is about a

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Wilmington on Movies: Edna Wilmington 1915-2009

    Edna Wilmington (1915-2009). By Michael Wilmington Last Wednesday night, September 30, my mother, Edna Wilmington, died at the age of 94, several hours after being discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital after repeated hospital stays there, and at St. Joseph’s, for a variety of health problems. She had requested me never to send her to…

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“I was a brat back when I made Pootie Tang. I was dealing with people every day whose pressures I didn’t understand, and I wasn’t very nice about how I said no to them. I put myself in a position I didn’t have to be in. A lot of what makes this kind of stuff work is empathy. If you’re taking money from somebody, they have a right to look after it. It’s all just trying to be clear about the arrangement. That’s why when I set up ‘Louie,’ I just said, ‘This is what I’m comfortable doing, and if you don’t want to do it, I don’t blame you. But in exchange, I’ll take very little money.’ I was only getting $200,000 per show from them, which is insane, and it goes up just by tiny increments every year. The other part of the arrangement with FX is that if this stops working for them, they should just tell me and we’ll stop doing it. Contractually, FX has a right to demand that the scripts be filtered through them before I shoot them, just like any other show. But from the beginning, they haven’t read anything, and they like the show. If I start turning in shit, then they’re going to start asking to see scripts, and that’s perfectly fair.”
~ Louis C. K.

BOMB: Do you give a lot of direction?

ASSAYAS: I give zero indications. Nothing. To me, it’s all physical. It is all about getting the right actors. They understand the part. They’re not idiots. They’re going to sit down, and they’re going to work. They don’t need my explanations. The problem is that actors listen to directors. They respect them. So, when you say something, it becomes gospel. In a certain way, this limits their imagination. I’d rather say nothing. Then, when we shoot, I fix whatever I don’t like. I channel it as softly as I can in a direction where, maybe, there’s something to gain. But, usually, if you are working with the right people, their instinct will be correct. They will bring something of their own to the character, and to the situation. Ultimately, there will be some kind of human truth to what they are doing.
~ Olivier Assayas on directing

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