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“The relationship between studios and networks has always been that of a frenemy. We started making original content five years ago, betting this would happen.”
At Length: Ramin Setoodeh Cover-Stories Netflix Ted Sarandos

“In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our current leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others have fought for, I will be declining the invitation.”
Dancer Carmen de Lavallade Joins Norman Lear And (Possibly) Lionel Richie In Boycotting Kennedy Center Honor Reception At White House

“What’s shocking for me is that this is happening at an art school. It’s a place where you’d think there would be flexibility of thought, openness of expression, freedom to pursue ideas that are challenging or contestatory. The idea that students are trying to censor or curb a professor’s opinions or thinking is appalling.”
School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago Under Fire After Dismissing Professor, An Expert On The Art Of Henry Darger

NY Times

“You sort of have hope up until a certain point and then you have to realize we just don’t want our names attached with this. It’s not for the news cycle. It’s for how are we going to view our opportunity between right and wrong here.”
All 16 Artists, Authors, Performers And Architects On President’s Committee On Arts And The Humanities Resign: All Were Obama Appointees; Trump Had Not Nominated New Members

“Angelina is someone who loves Cambodia sincerely, who loves Cambodia very much. She has a humility. She was not someone who came to make a film about us. She came to make a film with us.”
Cambodian Filmmaker Rithy Panh On Memories Of The Khmer Rouge As Well As Angelina Jolie

“Couple of things I want to say regarding cinema sins, the misuse of the word “satire” and a few more things. I need to put a bow on this.”
“Everything That’s Wrong With ‘Everything That’s Wrong With’ YouTube Film Critiques”

“Our main product used to be film. Now, our main service must be transformative experiences through film.”
TIFF Pivots

“I know I was amused to find out that after years of showing the film to journalists and then suddenly pulling it back, the Weinsteins have now set a review embargo that will elapse the afternoon of September 1, well after the movie is alleged to start playing for general audiences.”
Kyle Buchanan Makes Clever With Fate Of Tulip Fever

“I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”
James Murdoch To Donate A Million Dollars To Anti-Defamation League


“The White House didn’t respond to requests for comment.”
Could Trump Still Kill The AT&T-Time Warner Merger, Which He Has Publicly Threatened?

NY Times

“You’ve done something marvelous,The youth of the Cinema America are doing something important. Not just for Trastevere but for Rome and for Italy.”
Battle For Rome’s 1950s Cinema America Against Gentrification In Trastevere Neighborhood Persists

“It was an atrocity. I don’t know where we go from here. Does it scare me? Does it scare me? Fear is not an option, so I feel compelled to do what I can in response. And using the media I have available to do that.”
Kathryn Bigelow In London, Post-Charlottesville

NY Times

“Are you kidding me? I love electricity. I love the wind.”
David Lynch On “Twin Peaks” Sound Design

“No matter how strong a person is, they can’t outsmart a sociopath or get them to change their ways. The only way to survive is to make a clean break. Sociopaths often love-bomb women with their charm and sex appeal, so that women become sex-addicted and confused. The typical victim of a sociopath is a person with a good heart who is trusting and loving, who sincerely believes that the sociopath can be rehabilitated. It’s this trust and love that causes the victim to stay longer than another person – often, tragically, long enough to get killed.”
Anna Biller’s Followup To Love Witch: A Bluebeard Movie

“What’s striking isn’t just the size of the sum, or that ABC agreed to it before its lawyers started making their case at trial. It’s that the network continues to stand by its reporting (no retraction, no corrections, nada), which remains on its site. In a world where the free press is under attack from politicians, the public, and Silicon Valley billionaires, one of the few companies with the resources to mount a legal defense of journalism instead chose to pay its assailants to shut up and go away.”
On Disney And Its Deal In Its “Pink Slime” Story

“First he went after immigrants, the poor, Muslims, trans people and people of color, and you did nothing. Now he’s coming after you. The question is: what are you going to do about it?”
Michael Chabon And Ayelet Waldman Pen “An Open Letter To Our Fellow Jews”

“I watch so many old, really pretentious artsy movies that I just love. We were just watching Glauber Rocha. He’s constantly a source of energy. And I just watched The Lovers on the Bridge again. There are Godard movies that I’m still not over. His last movie was one of his best movies in my opinion.”
Talking Velocity With Good Time Cinematographer Sean Price Williams

“By far the biggest category is a group of films that found an older audience – what we’re calling Senior Cinephiles. We’re considering anyone over 35 to be ‘senior.'”
AFM Analyzes Successful Films Since 2000 Budgeted At $10-$20 Million

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook