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Farewell To Print

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23 Weeks To Oscar: Actors!!!

This is a good year for movies. It may become the most boring Oscar race in living memory. Why? Because even though the answers are not 100% clear in any category yet… the reason that no one has taken “absolutely winning” position is not a lack of great performances, but a distinct lack of “must win” candidates.

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Writer-Director Brian McGuire Remembers Times With Harry Dean Stanton On Four Movies

Writer-Director Brian McGuire Remembers Times With Harry Dean Stanton On Four Movies

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Jennifer Swann On “The Rise And Fall Of Cinefamily”

“Cinefamily attracts really, really eager people who want to give every single bit of themselves to the place. I wasn’t an anomaly by any stretch. That’s the magic and the curse of Cinefamily, the endless hunger keeps it going and keeps it exciting.” Jennifer Swann On “The Rise And Fall Of Cinefamily”

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Dennis Cozzalio On A Dim And Distasteful AMC Theater Saturday Night

Dennis Cozzalio On A Dim And Distasteful AMC Theater Evening

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Netflix: Helping Stand-Up, Or Hurting It?

“Netflix is releasing a new comedy special every week. It’s exciting because now you can binge-watch America getting tired of stand-up comedy again.” Netflix: Helping Stand-Up, Or Hurting It?

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Aronofsky Makes With The Metaphors

Aronofsky Makes With The Metaphors

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Angelica Jade Bastién On Mother! And Michelle

Pfeiffe encircles a pallid, frightened Jennifer Lawrence with a cutting smirk on her face that suggests her character is capable of great violence. She’s the only actor in the film able to give her role real-world weight without sacrificing the mythological nature that undergirds its construction.” Angelica Jade Bastién On Mother! And Michelle

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Lachlan Murdoch Loses Court Bid For CBS Buy Of Australian’s Third-Largest Commercial Network

Lachlan Murdoch Loses Court Bid For CBS Buy Of Australian’s Third-Largest Commercial Network 

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“The presence or former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, confirmed that for all the noise that Hollywood makes about speaking truth to power, it will excuse its shameless abuses to make a joke that’s not even funny.”

“The presence or former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, confirmed that for all the noise that Hollywood makes about speaking truth to power, it will excuse its shameless abuses to make a joke that’s not even funny.”

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TIFF Noir

The TIFF article in the Globe & Mail is a must read. Not just for the salacious bits (which are great) but as a lesson for all arts orgs. — Sam Cuthbert (@offthecuth) September 17, 2017 I feel like the Globe and Mail putting their TIFF piece behind a paywall kinda does a disservice to…

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“I Love You, Daddy satisfyingly, nauseatingly delivers on the promise that C.K.’s Louie flashed here and there—namely, that its creator/star had an iconoclastic, profoundly uncomfortable and uncomfortably profound film somewhere within the bounds of his Nietzschean imagination.

“I Love You, Daddy satisfyingly, nauseatingly delivers on the promise that C.K.’s ‘Louie’ flashed here and there—namely, that its creator/star had an iconoclastic, profoundly uncomfortable and uncomfortably profound film somewhere within the bounds of his Nietzschean imagination.”

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Martin Scorsese on Frank Vincent

“Frank Vincent was someone I could count on. He was a natural who was at ease in front of the camera—on a set or on a stage. He made it look easy in all respects. He was genuine.” Martin Scorsese

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TIFF Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award Goes To Joseph Kahn’s Bodied

TIFF Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award Goes To Joseph Kahn’s Bodied

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Manohla Dargis On Harry Dean Stanton

“With a long face and a lean frame that in later years turned gaunt, Mr. Stanton could look hapless, but also vaguely sinister, deflated or as wily as a hungry coyote. He knew what he looked like and that he could play menacing, but after appearing in Paris, Texas, he said he didn’t want to…

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“I fucked up, gravely.”

“This New York Times review is factually incorrect from top to bottom. Michelle essentially threw together some ideas she gathered during her time at Slate and punched me in the face with them. Michelle is free to dislike my book. She is not free to make demonstrably false statements that not only damage my book…

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David Lynch Rejected First NIN Song For “Twin Peaks” For Being Neither Ugly Nor Aggressive Enough

David Lynch Rejected First NIN Song For “Twin Peaks” For Being Neither Ugly Nor Aggressive Enough

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23 Weeks To Oscar: Actors!!!

Writer-Director Brian McGuire Remembers Times With Harry Dean Stanton On Four Movies

“Sometimes I’ve been asked to break the movies up but they wouldn’t work. They have very carefully thought-out dramatic structures. If, for instance, I made Ex Libris into three movies it wouldn’t work. It would be a different movie because each time I’d have to start all over again and establish the characters, the place, the interrelationship with the themes would be impossible to explore. In addition, sometimes the films are long, but they’re long not out of any perverseness on my part but because the subjects are complicated. I have a greater obligation to the people who gave me permission to make the film and the people in the film, than I do to the needs of a theater or television chain. I’m grateful to public television because they always show my films as I made them without any interference for primetime.”

Jennifer Swann On “The Rise And Fall Of Cinefamily”

Dennis Cozzalio On A Dim And Distasteful AMC Theater Saturday Night

Netflix: Helping Stand-Up, Or Hurting It?

Aronofsky Makes With The Metaphors

Angelica Jade Bastién On Mother! And Michelle

“Aronofsky offers, in Mother!, a report from the realm of art, of male artists, and both reveals and admits that many of them draw their artistic and personal sustenance from the blood of young women—that their art and also their domestic comfort depends on their virtual vampirizing of adoring young women who are attracted to their talent, their fame, their experience, perhaps even their money, but whose love is nonetheless utterly sincere and whose devotion is nonetheless utterly unselfish and ultimately proves far more self-sacrificing than they had ever intended.”

Lachlan Murdoch Loses Court Bid For CBS Buy Of Australian’s Third-Largest Commercial Network

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton