MCN Curated Headlines

“Many of you lost patrons, and you lost income. No apology will make up for that, but nevertheless, I’m sorry.”
Patreon Dumps Proposed Service Fee For Small Users And Apologizes

NY Times

“Knowing what I know now, I wonder if it wasn’t my friendship with director Robert Rodriguez and the producer Elizabeth Avellan — and Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney — that saved me from being raped.”
Salma Hayek On “Monster” Harvey Weinstein

“Am I too old for that? I don’t know! I would love to do that! It would be incredible. Oh, please! I want somebody to write me that part. What else would I want to do? Just, the more screwed-up and complicated and messy the character, the better.”
I would love to see you as a badass killer!
“I know, right? I’m very physical. I’d love to take some guy down, like a Harvey Weinstein–type guy!”
Allison Janney

NY Times

“A proclivity for reprehensible acts is built into the mythos of the artistic genius — a designation rarely extended to women. This is what the historian Martin Jay calls ‘the aesthetic alibi': The art excuses the crime. Mr. Jay writes that in the 19th century, artistic genius’“was often construed as unbound by nonaesthetic considerations — cognitive, ethical, or whatever.’ And often the ethical lapses afforded to artists have concerned. That tradition lives on today.”
Amanda Hess

NY Times

“There is a grab-ass, superfun late-night culture — I love that part of the industry. But there is a difference between fun and sexualized camaraderie and predation. When you are made to feel unsafe or dirty or embarrassed, that is a different thing.”
“His vision was perhaps best expressed on the third floor of the Spotted Pig, an invitation-only space entered through unmarked doors. Mr. Friedman made it clear that normal restaurant rules did not apply. Among employees and industry insiders, the third-floor space has earned a nickname: ‘the rape room.'”
Eyes Wide Shut
Ken Friedman, NYC Power Restaurateur, Owner Of Michelin-Starred, Beard Award-Winning Spotted Pig, Accused of Years And Years Of Sexual Harassment

Storify Not Long For This World

“He said, you know, with a twinkle in his eye, ‘I want to see you naked in my hot tub back in the hotel.’  When he walked inside, he took selfies with guests, who were enjoying a magic act and martinis.”
Further Mario Batali Unraveling

“Mario has been a mentor, partner, and friend. We share a vision of hospitality and a love of life in the Italian tradition which we have endeavored to share with the people of Los Angeles for a decade. Mario is also a man with boundless bravado and a man with flaws. Sexual misconduct of any kind is unacceptable in our workplaces, on any level and I simply do not stand for it. All of the restaurants we own together are led by women.”
Los Angeles’ Mozza Restaurant Group Extricates From Partner Batali

“In a public letter to FCC boss Ajit Pai, New York Attorney General Schneiderman noted that the agency simply refused to aid the investigation in any capacity whatsoever.”
FCC Obstructs Investigation Into Who Owns The Bots That Have Vastly Falsified Comments On Net Neutrality

CNBC: “Glide Path” annoying vid autoplay

NY Times

New Yorker, CNN, Georgetown Cut Ties With DC Correspondent Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct
With – “Republicans will point to Clinton’s unusually low favorability ratings to make their case. How could she have a mandate if more voters have an unfavorable opinion of her than a favorable one?”
A Typical Ryan Lizza Dispatch Working Against Hillary Clinton

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

Rupert Murdoch

“As the go-between, I kept a list in my head. Will she talk to the reporter? Yes/no/maybe. Will she go on the record? Yes/no/maybe. With a sickening sense of irony, I began to feel like Hoffman’s character in All the President’s Men as he tries to get enough witnesses to verify what he’s certain is true. It seemed intolerable that the stories I’d heard might stay in the dark.”

Oscar’s Best Foreign-Language Film Shortlist

Matt Damon

“Even though antitrust decisions are supposed to be independent of political influence, Mr. Trump didn’t hesitate to weigh in as soon as the deal was announced. ‘I know that the president spoke with Rupert Murdoch earlier today, congratulated him on the deal and thinks that, to use one of the president’s favorite words, that this could be a great thing for jobs.'”

“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

“Combine the Disney Big IP vision with the tech dream of super-data telling the leaders exactly what the world needs, delivered via the new streaming service, and you have a very different kind of industry ahead, particularly if its in the hands of say, two or three companies instead of six plus. And maybe that would be hard to argue with, if it worked. If the Executive Management Brilliance and Big Data could deliver a world where all we need is five or six movies a year that everyone sees, and we can all be happy with just that. Because there’s nothing easier to predict that the public’s entertainment desires years in advance!”

““The Internet Is about to Become Like Paid Cable. And We All Hate Cable.”

“The things that Matt did to me, there are men doing to other women. Although it wasn’t a crime in my case, it’s still not right. Matt took advantage of his power. It’s sickening. It breaks my heart that he did this for so long. I’m putting my name and face out there to squash any doubts about the allegations from other women against Matt Lauer. I’m validating their stories because some of our experiences are similar. I want these women to know that I believe them, I want to help empower them and collectively we have a voice to change things. I have a 7-year-old daughter. I want to do everything I can to assure this doesn’t happen to her.”

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What about replacing Mr. Spacey with another actor? Mr. Plummer, perhaps.
“That would theoretically be fantastic,” Mr. Rothman said he responded. “But I have supervised 450 movies over the course of my career. And what you are saying is impossible. There is not enough time.”
~ Publicizing Sir Ridley’s Deadline Dash

“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