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“I didn’t think Times readers would take the opening sentence literally because I so often write arch, provocative ledes that are then undercut or mitigated by the paragraphs that follow.”
Erik Wemple On Columnist-For-Life Alessandra Stanley And Her “Contempt For New York Times Readers”

NY Times

“The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was–at best–astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.”
“There was never any intent to offend anyone and I deeply regret that it did. Alessandra used a rhetorical device to begin her essay, and because the piece was so largely positive, we as editors weren’t sensitive enough to the language being used.”
NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan Describes Much Of The Work Of Critic-For-Life Alessandra Stanley
And - “I’ve been too busy being angry and black. Also a woman. Takes up a lot of time.”

NY Times

“If we could find a few more movies to make, we would. The challenge is finding movies that are worth making. If other studios are going to make less movies while we’re making more, that’s a real advantage.”
Cieply & Barnes On The Status Of Warner Bros

LA Times

“To understand what’s wrong with Hollywood today, you have to go back to the British philosopher and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin and his concept of the hedgehog and the fox.
Kenneth Turan Is Alarmed, I Say, Alarmed, Alarmed, Alarmed About The Health Of The Film Industry, Plus, Isn’t That A Weird —-ing Lede?

“Ostensibly a serpentine cat and mouse thriller that will leave many viewers looking askance at their spouses, David Fincher’s guileful Gone Girl—which opened the New York Film Festival [sic]—should transcend its aura of adult sophistication to become a major hit in all territories. As it traces what went wrong in the marriage, Gone Girl simultaneously evolves as a mordant satire of the mediating of domestic violence as mass entertainment.”
Graham Fuller‘s All In for Gone Girl spoiler-ish
With – A Taste Of Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross’ Score

“Patinkin was about as close to the living ground zero of the Chicago theater as it possible for a single individual to be.”
The Great Sheldon Patinkin Was 79; Major Force In Comedy, Theater, Second City, Among The First Of The Chicago Improvisers

“A DCP is as good as a doorstop for us.” 
Why Archivists Prefer Film To Digital Video

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“In the review, I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. If making that connection between the two offended people, I feel bad about that. But I think that a full reading allows for a different takeaway than the loudest critics took. The same applies to your question about “less than classically beautiful.” Viola Davis said it about herself in the NYT magazine, more bluntly.  I commended Ms. Rhimes for casting an actress who doesn’t conform to television’s narrow standards of beauty; I have said the same thing about Helen Mirren in “Prime Suspect.” I didn’t think Times readers would take the opening sentence literally because I so often write arch, provocative ledes that are then undercut or mitigated by the paragraphs that follow. (links below) Regrettably, this stereotype is still too incendiary to raise even in arguing that Ms. Rhimes had killed it once and for all.”
Alessandra Stanley On Alessandra Stanley

“Fight Club was a movie where half the financing fell out before we started shooting. Bill Mechanic to his credit said: ‘I’m making this movie.’ Laura Ziskin, may she rest in peace, was there every step of the way saying: ‘Go, keep going, it’s great, we love the dailies, it’s amazing.’ When we cut the movie together and showed them the final thing is the first time everyone realized they were going to get fired. It’s a great cocktail story about doing this movie that’s so dark and twisted and then they see it and go, oh my god, what’s the poster here? How do we get people to see this? The marketing department shit all over the movie and said: ‘Men don’t want to see Brad Pitt with his shirt off and women don’t want to see him bloody so you’re fucked.’ So they devised a campaign for the film to sell it to people watching the World Wrestling Federation. I wanted to sell it as a satire. Madness. People go to the movies to see things they haven’t seen before. Call me a radical.”
~ David Fincher On Fight Club