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indie wire

“The version has been assembled out of fragments ripped from the mangled theatrical cut, and transformed into a postmodern collage closer to filmed installation art than a cohesive narrative.”
Paul Schrader Does Dark

NY Daily News

“There is nothing here that has any truth to it. Period.”
Top National Enquirer Editor Rebuffs Further Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Toronto Film Critics Association
The Florida Project; Greta Gerwig, director; Frances McDormand, Daniel Day-Lewis; Screenplay, Get OutFaces Places; Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe

“As a director I have always wanted every movie I have made to be in some way the story of my life. Otherwise how am I supposed to commit to it? I didn’t want to be the most successful director, or the highest paid, I just wanted to be somewhat of an auteur. If that meant I made two movies my entire life and I loved them, then I was fine with that.”
Jodie Foster

“Blind nostalgia for an era is instinctive enough. Even those who came after will happily wear its tie-dyed T-shirts and sing its songs of revolution, sensing the decade’s electric, eclectic spirit.”
Looking For The Graduate Locations In Modern Berkeley (Complete With Half-Baked Social History)

Boston Society Of Film Critics
Phantom Thread; The Square; Director, Paul Thomas Anderson; Sally Hawkins, Daniel Kaluuya; Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe; Screenplay, Lady Bird; Dawson City: Frozen Time; Coco; Dunkirk, Cinematography; Editing, A Ghost Story; Score, Phantom Thread

“Throughout the film, moments of sexual harassment are played for laughs. Will humiliates a series of therapists with homophobic jokes. A gay prostitute character in prison is presented as a punchline. The second scene of the film finds the older Affleck’s affably coarse character, Chuckie, shouting at a woman about sex across a bar. Soon thereafter, Stellan Skarsgård’s foppish and regularly emasculated Professor Gerald Lambeau is found propositioning one of his young female students. It’s a recurring theme.”
“I Used to See Myself in Good Will Hunting

San Francisco Critics Circle
BPM, Foreign; Faces Places; Coco; Cinematography, Blade Runner; Editing, Baby Driver; Score, Phantom Thread; Production Design, Shape of Water; Adapted, Call Me By Your Name; Original, Get Out; Margot Robbie, Andy Serkis; Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe

British Independent Film Awards
God’s Own Country; Lady Macbeth Takes Five; Best International Independent Film: Get Out; Editing, Music, Three Billboards

variety

“A deal could be struck before Christmas. Disney is negotiating a deal valued at $74 billion, a 30% premium on the $57.4 billion enterprise value of the 20th Century Fox film and TV studio, the FX Networks, Nat Geo Channels group, 22 regional sports networks, Fox’s collection of international channels, including Star India, and its 39% stake in Sky. Staying behind would be Fox Broadcasting Co., the 28 Fox O&O TV stations and the national Fox Sports and Fox News operations.”
Disney And 21st Century Fox Put Fleets of Bankers On The Merger Case

“They sculpted me a beautiful body. That is the best ass I’ve ever had.”
“How Doug Jones Became Guillermo del Toro’s Favorite Monster, and Stopped Thinking of Himself As One”

daily beast

“I know who it is. I’m not going to say who it is. But they do that type of stuff. The Birth of a Nation was a film that they knew was a lock, so they had to come up with some dirt to knock it out. And they were very successful. It was a dirty, low-down shame. A dope-fiend double-cross. It’s still a great film, too. I’ll go on record and say that’s a great film, and I said it the first time I saw it at Sundance.”
Spike Lee Discourses Widely, As Spike Does

“Social media means everything is instantaneous: you tweet about a movie almost immediately after seeing it; your review has to be ready within the next few hours; you tweet a link to the review; people tweet what they think. Maybe it’s neurotic and frantic, but it’s also very exciting and pleasurable. It’s been a sobering experience for all critics to realize that the one-party state of media and publishing – which lasted from the invention of the printing press in the middle ages to about 2004 – is over, and they themselves are in the firing line.”
Peter Bradshaw

“The elephant IS the room. The dominance of male decision-makers in financing, production, commissioning and distribution roles is no longer something female practitioners are prepared to grin and bear. It’s something they are calling out.”
Australian Filmmaker Anna Broinowski

hollywoodreporter.com

“We’re all kind of trying to figure out how to navigate this. It affects all of our lives and touches all of our lives in all different ways. She apologized for speaking too quickly, but I think many of us are in that situation. And I think overall Lena is one of the great people in our business fighting for very important causes.”
Judd Apatow

variety

“There’s not a wasted frame or moment. And Peele’s eye for detail is unerring. He does more with a teacup than Marcel Proust.”
Friedkin Fond Of Get Out

“How could a movie called Dunkirk, in this day and age, draw so many people to movie theaters across the country? It’s something of a miracle, a giant middle finger to all the claims that there’s no place for big risks on the big screen anymore. This is a work of pure cinema, speaking the same language as the cut from flame to desert in Lawrence of Arabia or bone to spaceship in 2001.”
Chazelle Digs Dunkirk

“Authorities were not able to prove the alleged acts took place in 1986 and 1987. And even if they could be proved, they would not have been considered criminal because the statutory age of consent in Illinois was 16.”
Lake Forest Police Will Not Charge James Levine

hollywoodreporter.com

“Scott Rudin sided with Alex Garland, defending the movie and refus[ing] to take notes. Rudin was able to hold his line because he has final cut. Things got testier, with Paramount caught in the middle. With David Ellison not wanting to lose money after the poor performance of Geostorm, the billionaire producer is seeking to avoid a worldwide release and hopes that a [streaming] release may be a better fit.”
Behind The Weird Mixed Theatrical-Streaming Deal For Annihilation

LA Times

“I knew we had come to a place where you could make a film about same-sex romance and nobody’s going to charge you with obscenity.”
Call Me By Your Name Screenwriter James Ivory Still Has Stories And Movies To Come At Age of 89

“I just have a good imagination. I can write about positions, sexual things that I’ve never tried. That’s the kind of person I am. She called me the next morning, the agent. ‘Do you want me to sell this?’ I said, ‘Do you think you can?’ Because that’s the kind of person I am, so insecure. She said, ‘Yes, I think I can.’ I said, ‘Well, go ahead.’ The next morning, it was sold.”
André Aciman On Writing The Novel Of Call Me By Your Name

“As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor. I have devoted my energies to the development, growth and nurturing of music and musicians all over the world – particularly with the Metropolitan Opera, where my work has been the lifeblood and passion of my artistic imagination.”
James Levine Esteems His Artistry While Denying Allegations

MCN Curated Headlines

Warren on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Amazing GBG on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Ray Pride on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Roy Batty on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Ray Pride on: 19 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

Tom Spath on: 19 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

James Brigham (Bigg) Bunyon on: "The Not-So-Glossy Future of Magazines"

Ray Pride on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

Jose Angel Cruz on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

I am Groot on: Enjoy Your Groot Soundboard

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“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris

“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant