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Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel Will Be Amazon Studios’ Debut Self-Distribution, Getting Bob Berney Into The Fray

Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel Will Be Amazon Studios’ Debut Self-Distribution, Getting Bob Berney Directly Into The Fray

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Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish Pleased To Have Arrived

“She ready! She bad!” Girls Trip‘s Tiffany Haddish Pleased To Have Arrived

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Jon Jost On The Release Of His Latest Work

“Coming to Terms has screened a few places, as usual, to almost no one.  To my – and that of others’ – observation, this kind of cinema is more or less dead. People continue to make it, as I do, but the audience now is almost nothing, and along with it any sense of cultural meaning…

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Gothams Will Be Awarded November 27

Gothams Will Be Awarded November 27

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Zama Director Lucrecia Martel On Staying Productive

“New technologies are giving rise to a phenomenon of more varied access to public discourse. That something we have in a bag or a pocket can document images and sound allows us to imagine that more people will access the production of an audiovisual discourse. Sadly, history shows us having low-cost pens is not enough…

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J. Hoberman On Le Gai Savoir And Godard’s Initial Retirement

J. Hoberman On Le Gai Savoir And Godard’s Initial Retirement

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Barry Levinson On The Legacy Of Wag The Dog

Barry Levinson On The Legacy Of Wag The Dog

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“H’wd is aggressively adapting material that doesn’t have a narrative or even any characters. But not all intellectual property is created equal.”

“H’wd is aggressively adapting material that doesn’t have a narrative or even any characters. But not all intellectual property is created equal.”

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Venice Competition Has A Single Entry From A Female Director; But Is It A Reflection On Programmers Or Financiers?

Venice Competition Has A Single Entry From A Female Director; But Is It A Reflection On Programmers Or Financiers? And – Cinema Scope Magazine Tweets 21 Films It Considers Better Than Lucrecia Martel’s Latest, Which Was Not Selected

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“Only one director among the 21 is a woman — China’s Vivian Qu, whose Angels Wear White centers on two girls assaulted by a man in a small seaside town.

“Only one director among the twenty-one is a woman — China’s Vivian Qu, whose Angels Wear White centers on two girls assaulted by a man in a seaside town.”

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Eric Booth Sees “A Democratizing Moment, When The Hegemony Of The Established Industry Controllers Is Expanded To Provide Additional Valid Criteria To Judge Excellence”

“For a very long time, the criteria for excellence in the arts have been owned by a particular body of experts who generally have a condescending view of the quality of art developed in community-based and social change programs and projects. These credentialed ‘experts’ hold to a definition of quality largely based in an ‘art…

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“Link Rot” And 2005’s “Million-Dollar Homepage”

“Link Rot” And 2005’s “Million-Dollar Homepage”

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Apple Chucks iPod

Apple Chucks iPod

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“Nigel Farage’s love for Dunkirk shows how Brexiteers learned the wrong lessons from WWII”

“Nigel Farage’s love for Dunkirk shows how Brexiteers learned the wrong lessons from WWII”

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Soderbergh Screenwriter Reportedly Yet Another Pseudonym

Soderbergh Lucky Logan Screenwriter Reportedly Yet Another Pseudonym

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Longtime Book Reviewer Michiko Kakutani Retiring From NYT

Kakutani Takes Buyout From NYT Book Reviewing Berth After Nearly 40 Years At Paper Plus – What Is Her Favorite Word? And – Parul Sehgal Of The Book Review Joins Roster

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Voice Artist June Foray Was 99

Beloved Voice Artist June Foray, “Rocky,” “Natasha,” And Many More, Was 99

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Taylor Sheridan On Making His Own Screenwriting Rules

“Getting a movie made is a fascinating, complicated process. You could write a movie about it.” Taylor Sheridan On Making His Own Screenwriting Rules

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Google Makes More Money Selling Ads Than All Newspapers And Magazines In The World Combined

Google Makes More Money Selling Ads Than All Newspapers And Magazines In The World Combined

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HBO Prez Regrets Announcing “Confederate” Via Press Release

HBO Prez Regrets Announcing “Confederate” Via Press Release

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“It would be difficult to find something made by a human being that isn’t pregnant with a vision of the world. Likely impossible. It’s inherent to existence. It turns out that world visions can coincide with a certain hegemonic idea of what the world is —or not. It’s like when they say that “indie cinema” is intellectual, simply because it does not coincide with a narrative system the industry legitimates. But the industry is as intellectual as ‘indie’ movies. The difference is that one affirms reality, doesn’t call it into question. And not all ‘art movies’ are after that. You’ve got to call reality into doubt. Or better yet, I’d say you’ve got to be suspicious of reality. Because if you’re not, there’s no possible transformation. Every one of us who has done cinema —to speak just of moviemaking— has contributed our perspectives to a vision of the world. A community needs that —lots of perspectives. There will be times when some are valued more than others. But the really important thing is that a lot of different visions coexist. The big task is to facilitate that variety.”
~ Lucrecia Martel

“It’s a film festival’s job—and increasingly so—to create moments of recognition, of enjoyment, of shock, of learning. Not of consumerism. Not of implementing cultural policy. But moments without pretence, unclouded by vested interests, by intervention, by cynicism, by everyday business. Committed to nothing but the thing itself. Under obligation to nothing, to no one, not even to the filmmakers themselves. To basically seek access to a form that does not yet exist, a place no one has been to, a time that has not yet come. ’A form that thinks, and a thought that forms,’ as Jean-Luc Godard has it.”
~ Hans Hurch, late director of the Viennale