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“I really think we’re in a media circus. If you’re a politician, people have to know you exist — for that to happen you need to have controversy.”
Ruben Östlund On The Square

LA Times

“I was naive enough to think that if you exhibit competence in something, the movie makes some money and people are happy, that you move onto something of equal size — or larger. No jobs came to me. Zero. Lost, in every case, to a man.”
Robin Swicord On Not Getting A Second Directing Gig For Ten Years

telegraph.co.uk

“But theaters don’t want to book movies that are day-and-date. It’s meant to sustain an unsustainable advantage of exclusivity for access to films when most people cannot go and buy a ticket and see that movie. Remember, we’re living in an age where everything is at our fingertips, and there are very few things in the world that you still have to do at a certain time and place. I know why I have to be at the airport at 8:00 to be on my flight, but I don’t know why I have to be at the theatre at 8:00 to see the start of my movie.”
Guess The Chief Content Officer

“In many cases they don’t seem to have bought their books from publishers. No one is quite sure where their books come from, including, it seems, Amazon itself.”
Amazon Changes The Way It Labels Books So That You Can’t Tell If Authors Are Publishers Are Getting A Penny

“The thing I was up against in documentary films—and mine were both primarily character studies—was trying to get non-actors to convincingly play themselves in a way I’d come to know before the camera started rolling. And many non-actors can’t do that convincingly, even if they just have to play themselves—they can’t be naturalistic.”
Julia Yepes Gets The Best From Terry Zwigoff

NY Times

“We’re living amid a generation that has seen every great movie ever made on a phone, so I think we all have to come to grips with where technology takes us. Why would we want to hold back a movie for an enormous number of people to enjoy throughout the entire country that a few hundred, maybe a few thousand people could see the film in Paris? It seemed to me like the right thing to do was to give the people, our subscribers, who pay to make these movies, access to them immediately all over the world.”
Netflix Sarandos Roundtables Journos On Côte d’Azur; Expresses Intent To Debut “Other Side Of The Wind” At Cannes 2018

“Given Trump’s current problems,Walt Disney World might elect to push the attraction’s opening date back to the fall and then make further tweaks to the show.”
Disney World Minimizes Hall Of Presidents Animatronic Trump For Fear Of Antagonizing Families

“Great rom-coms are about something. Sleepless in Seattle is really about grieving and moving on. And When Harry Met Sally is just a great account of two people and their relationship growing over a decade. It’s become a denigrated genre. In the 2000s, they were really churning them out so hard that the quality dropped. It’s like what happened with fantasy films. Studio execs were like, “Lord of the Rings! People want to see sword-and-dragon-type things!” No, people just want to see great stories. Hollywood always takes the wrong lesson from successes.”
Kumail Nanjiani On The Funny

“Complaining about the lack of realism in Exorcist II: The Heretic is like complaining about the lack of musical numbers in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.”
Jim Hemphill Celebrates The Fortieth Anniversary Of John Boorman’s Great, Bold, Haunting Exorcist II: The Heretic

“My partner in all things — living, loving, filmmaking, animal fostering and rearing, dreaming and creating— died just over a year ago. His name was Aaron.”
Filmmaker Audrey Ewell Opens Up On Coping With Grief, Loving, Loss

“A lot of my favorite dramas are not real in any journalistic or documentary sense, but the characters’ emotions feel real to me.”
Adweek Lunches With Matt Zoller Seitz

“Working with Netflix has honestly been nothing but exciting. We needed meaningful support to make this, because it’s contentious and unusual and doesn’t lend itself to obvious marketing templates. And they seem to relish that opportunity. It just feels like there is now this avenue to let filmmakers realize ambitious visions with the resources we need. And thank God for it, because there were a couple of years after Animal Kingdom where I thought, I don’t know how to work.”
David Michôd On “The Netflix Effect”

nymag

“Meetings were derailed by rants about ‘Sherman’ and ‘that fucking book. On weekends, he phoned friends to vent about me. Ailes fired executives he thought were my sources. He told colleagues that I was being paid personally by George Soros to bring him down.”
Biographer Gabriel Sherman Remembers Six Years Of Roger Ailes’ Warfare Against Him And His Work

“In theaters, Okja is exactly the kind of bracing, bold vision that would have been branded with a C-minus CinemaScore in its opening weekend and dinged for fooling audiences with a mainstream marketing campaign. If, say, Warner Bros. had paid $50 million for this girl-and-her-giant-pig movie, they would have stormed to set after the first crazy dailies of Gyllenhaal rolled in.”
Kyle Buchanan On The Cannes Okja Screening Ruckus (With Spoilers)

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“We see the transition from bar and nightlife area to a live/work environment… We are excited about adding to the neighborhood’s rich culture and bright future.”
Landmark’s Lower East Side Sunshine Arthouse Loses Lease, Closing In January; Developers Set To Mint Cash From Location

hollywoodreporter.com

“It is, of course, impossible to know what might be true or not. And now it can never entirely be known. Surely, his political enemies, the legions of them, were concerned much less for the truth than that he be gone.  All of us who know what Roger reflexively talks like, irascibly, caustically and with retrograde vividness, give him, at least privately, the benefit of the doubt.”
Michael Wolff Relishes Remembrance Of Roger Ailes And His Reign Over Coarsened Discourse, Employees; Discounts Other Viewpoints

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“The purpose of film isn’t to present the kindness of the world.”
~ Isabelle Huppert

The Promised Land steers into the fact that the United States can mean whatever people want it to mean. You may not be able to be Elvis, but you can sure as shit impersonate him for a living. America, like its current President (at least as of this article’s publication), is so dangerous precisely because it’s a blank canvas on which anyone can project their dreams. Whatever it is that you see for yourself, there’s someone you can pay for the pleasure of believing that it’s possible. In his view, the pursuit of happiness is the ultimate con, a delusion that prevents us from seeing our circumstances for what they are.

“Forget the Matrix, it’s the invention of happiness that blinded us to the truth. The rich got richer and the poor help them do it. Jarecki doesn’t argue that the American Dream is dead; he argues that it was never alive in the first place — that we were all lobsters in a pot full of water that was boiling too slowly for any of us to notice. And now it’s time for dinner. Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States. Elvis has left the building.”
~ David Ehrlich