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Action Master Director Seijun Suzuki Was 93

Action Master Director Seijun Suzuki Was 93 “Suzuki may be compared with any of the great mavericks who subvert the studio system by personally reinventing or restructuring popular conventions of cinema, and mostly getting away with it (think of Welles, think of Corman, think of Melville). The works of such directors knock the idea of…

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Netflix Projected For Scorsese-De Niro “Irishman”

Netflix Projected For Scorsese-De Niro “Irishman” After Brad Grey Paramount Departure

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To No One’s Surprise, Michael Moore Anoints Self Leader Of “Resistance”

To No One’s Surprise, Michael Moore Anoints Self Leader Of “Resistance”

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WGA President Howard Rodman’s Awards Comments

“Writers and poets are said to be the unacknowledged legislators of the world. Let’s acknowledge it.” WGA President Howard Rodman’s Awards Comments

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Oscar’s List Of Its 683 Most Recent Invitees To Join Academy

Oscar’s List Of Its 683 Most Recent Invitees To Join Academy

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La La Land Largest-Grossing Oscar Nominee Worldwide With Nearly $350 Million

La La Land Largest-Grossing Oscar Nominee Worldwide With Nearly $350 Million

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“Verizon is hoping is that it can combine AOL’s mobile and digital ad business with similar businesses acquired from Yahoo. The goal is to compete with Facebook and Google.”

“Verizon is hoping is that it can combine AOL’s mobile and digital ad business with similar businesses acquired from Yahoo. The goal is to compete with Facebook and Google.”

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Facebook Negotiating For Rights To Stream One MLB Game Each Week

Facebook Negotiating For Rights To Stream One MLB Game Each Week

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Dorian Lynskey On “The Rise And Fall Of A Shallow Actor Who Played The Bad Guy For Money”

Dorian Lynskey On “The Rise And Fall Of A Shallow Actor Who Played The Bad Guy For Money”

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Cynical Media Personality Says Downfall Over Pedophilia Remarks “Cynical Media Witch Hunt”

“They only care about bringing me down. I’ve never apologized for anything before and I don’t anticipate doing it again.” Cynical Media Personality, Breitbart Protege Of Bannon, Says Downfall Over Pedophilia Remarks “Cynical Media Witch Hunt”

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A Stodgy Times Obit For Richard Schickel

“We go to see them, much of the time, in search of something else — the comforting darkness of the theater, the play of light and shadow on the screen, the consolations they offer for some temporary trouble. A lot of the time we don’t give a hoot what’s playing. We are at a public…

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Shea Serrano Pens An Ode To Mahershala Ali’s Smile

Shea Serrano Pens Three Odes To Mahershala Ali’s Smile

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Suffolk’s Nigel Perry, 84, World’s Oldest Working Cinema Projectionist

Suffolk’s Nigel Perry, 84, World’s Oldest Working Cinema Projectionist

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“An interim step will be the formation of an operating committee led by president of Paramount TV and digital entertainment Amy Powell, COO Andrew Gumpert, movie division president Marc Evans and marketing/distribution chief Megan Colligan.”

“An interim step will be the formation of an operating committee led by president of Paramount TV and digital entertainment Amy Powell, COO Andrew Gumpert, movie division president Marc Evans and marketing-distribution chief Megan Colligan.”

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Salman Rushdie Takes Up Lion At Last Minute

“There could be no better moment to reward a work of art which tells us this story, which is the story of our common humanity.” Salman Rushdie Takes Up Lion At Last Minute spoilers, clichés

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“‘San Junipero’ was the first one I wrote for the Netflix season, and I was consciously trying to clear the decks on what ‘Black Mirror’ was. The reason it starts in California was because I thought, ‘That’s going to piss off everyone who has moaned that now we’re doing it for the Americans, the show’s going to be all American.'”

“‘San Junipero’ was the first one I wrote for the Netflix season, and I was consciously trying to clear the decks on what ‘Black Mirror’ was. The reason it starts in California was because I thought, ‘That’s going to  piss off everyone who has moaned that now we’re doing it for the Americans, the show’s going to be…

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Looking Back At Making The Crying Game 25 Years Ago

“The film was nominated for six Oscars, with me winning for best script. We grossed over $60 million, but I didn’t feel vindicated, simply proud we’d made this lovely thing.” Looking Back At Making The Crying Game 25 Years Ago

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“Magic hour allowed us to have about five takes. And usually take number 1 was too light. Take number 5 was too dark. So they basically had three chances to hit this thing. And we shot it for two nights. So we had six chances to make this happen — on an incline, on asphalt, not being dancers. I mean, it’s incredible to think what they did.”

“Magic hour allowed us to have about five takes. And usually take number 1 was too light. Take number 5 was too dark. So they basically had three chances to hit this thing. And we shot it for two nights. So we had six chances to make this happen — on an incline, on asphalt,…

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Cutting Arrival: It’s About Time, It’s About Space

Cutting Arrival: It’s About Time, It’s About Space

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”