MCN Film Docket

Trailering Lincoln

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

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Les Miserables: The Trailer

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The Art of The Avengers

Press Release: Marvel Studios announced today that Gallery1988 in Hollywood, Calif., will mount a show of art inspired by the Marvel Super Heroes featured in the highly anticipated, summer event movie “Marvel’s The Avengers.” The show, sponsored by Visa Signature, will run through the film’s opening weekend, from May 3 through May 6, 2012.

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Les Miserables – From the Set

Working its way around the net – from the set of Les Miserables.

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Trailering Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Te return of Barnabus Collins.

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The Care and Etiquette of Oscar

Sir Cecil Worthington (Mike Myers) takes Academy Award Winner Kevin Kline through an Oscar refresher course at the Academy safe house.

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The Best of 2011: Critics, Awards and Box Office

The Best of 2011 from two points of view – the critics who bestow awards and rank the best of the year. And Movie Goers – while box office doesn’t determine quality, it’s a measure of what the audience is willing to lay down (big) bucks to see.

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The Oscars Get A Trailer

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Academy “Celebrates the Movies” as Poster Art Kicks Off Oscar® Campaign

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.”

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The Hobbit Trailer

The joy of The Hobbit!

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MCN Enter to Win: Sherlock Homes – A Game of Shadows

    The Rules: Drawing January 20, 2012 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on Janaury 18, 2012. You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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Enter to Win: New Year’s Eve

 Contest Rules: Drawing January 3, 2012 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on January 1, 2012. You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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Enter to Win: Happy Feet Two

    The Rules Contest Rules: Drawing December 9, 2011 from entries received no later 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2011 You may enter once per day. One prize per person.

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J. Edgar: Enter for a chance to win!

“J. Edgar” explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power. Enter to win prizes based on the film – including Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years DVD Set; a branded black messenger bag, DVDs or a J. Edgar baseball cap.

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J. Edgar Posters

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Trailering The Avengers

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people so when we needed them they could fight the battle that we never could ….

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Puss in Boots: He is the Most Interesting Cat in the World

“Curiosity tried to kill him once, then apologized and politely left… Stay furry, my friends.”

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Old Time Ads for New Fangled Things

” Imagine if you were a citizen of the ’20s and suddenly you saw an ad for a cell phone. What would you think it was? “

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From the Archives ….

Short road safety instructional film which shows by a series of comic incidentsthe dangers of stepping off the footpath carelessly, of crossing the road at oblique angles, of “dithering” on the road, and of over-confidence. From the New Zealand National Film Unit – 1952.

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“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas

A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies