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John Lahr’s Essential 2000 New Yorker Profile Of Mike Nichols

Here’s John Lahr‘s Essential 2000 New Yorker Profile Of Mike Nichols

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WIRED Oral-Histories The Right Stuff

WIRED Oral-Histories The Right Stuff

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Netflix Washes Up Down Under In March 2015

Netflix Washes Up Down Under In March 2015

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The Wrap Publishes Badly-Written Guest Column That’s Less Pro-Cosby And Anti-Media Than Pro-Rape; Opens With The Glittering Lede, “Bill Cosby Raped Me”

“Cosby’s detractors and accusers smack of something else than truth—they carry the faint aroma of deceit, selective memory, and blind ambition.” The Wrap Publishes Badly-Written Guest Column That’s Less Pro-Cosby And Anti-Media Than Pro-Rape; Opens With The Glittering Lede, “Bill Cosby Raped Me”

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Peering Into The Brooklyn Home Life Of Brian Cox

“Mr. Cox and Ms. Ansari, incompatibly untidy and firmly convinced that separate spaces are the key to marital bliss, have each claimed a bedroom. For people who like knowing more than they should, the couple tryst in a studio they keep on the 45th floor.” Peering Into The Brooklyn Home Life Of Brian Cox

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“Mike Nichols made films about women–sadly a rarity in Hollywood”

“Mike Nichols made films about women–sadly a rarity in Hollywood”

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Richard Soames, 78, “one of the great éminences grises of the film industry,” Ran Film Finances Production Guarantor That Insured Shooting Of Platoon, The Terminator, Robocop And More

“The very fact that there are problems with pictures is the reason that we’re in business.” Richard Soames, 78, “one of the great éminences grises of the film industry,” Ran Film Finances Production Guarantor That Insured Shooting Of Platoon, Baron Munchausen, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Outsiders, The Terminator, Robocop

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Richard Eder, 82, Former NYT Foreign Correspondent, Copyboy, Book And Film Critic

Richard Eder, 82, Former NYT Foreign Correspondent, Copyboy, Book And Film Critic

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“How Space Films Reveal Our Earthly Fears”

“How Space Films Reveal Our Earthly Fears”

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Standing O In Florida For Cosby

“I know many people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy does not have to answer to innuendo.” Standing O In Florida For Cosby

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A Footfall Of Animation For Terry Gilliam’s 74th Birthday

A Footfall Of Animation For Terry Gilliam’s 74th Birthday

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Bidding In Gov’t Auction For Airwaves Hits $34 Billion With No End In Sight

Bidding In Gov’t Auction For Airwaves Hits $34 Billion With No End In Sight

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Filmmaker Zach Clark On What Makes Holiday Movies Special

Filmmaker Zach Clark On What Makes Holiday Movies Special

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Theater Owners And NATO Join In Drive To Require Closed-Captioning In Movie Theaters

Theater Owners And NATO Join In Drive To Require Closed-Captioning In Movie Theaters

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Friday Box Office Estimates

A little move called Mockingjay: Part 1 shocked the movie world on Friday by a) having the biggest opening day of 2014, b) having the weakest opening day of the Hunger Games franchise, c) being unwatched by anyone in the movie world who doesn’t have a financial stake in it. In other box office news… well… is there any other box office news?

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Portrait Painting With Timothy Spall

Portrait Painting With Timothy Spall

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Joshua Oppenheimer On Film As Dream And Exploring Vs. Storytelling

Joshua Oppenheimer On Film As Dream And Exploring Vs. Storytelling

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Andrew Barker On Documentaries Where Subjects Have Terminal Illnesses

Andrew Barker On Docs Where Subjects Have Terminal Illnesses

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Patti Smith And David Lynch Talk It Out For The BBC

Patti Smith And David Lynch Talk It Out For The BBC 8’48″ vid

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 “Teaching how to make a film is like trying to teach someone how to fuck. You can’t. You have to fuck to learn how to fuck. It’s just how it is. The filmmaker has to protect the adventurous side of their self. I’m an explorer, I’m an inventor. Doc Brown is the character I relate to the most and he’s a madman. He’s a madman alone, locked up with his ideas but he does whatever he wants. He makes what he makes because he wants to make it. Yes, the DeLorean has to work in order for him to be a madman with a purpose—the DeLorean should work—but the point is I think everyone should try and find their own DeLorean. When Zemeckis was trying to get Back To The Future made, which he was for seven years, he was trying to get a film made where basically a teenager gets in a time machine, goes back to 1954 and almost —-s his mother. That pitch is extremely subversive and twisted in a way. My point is, he had a fascinating idea that no one had done before, but was clearly special to him and he stuck to it and made it what it was. When you do that you can create culture, but I think a lot of movies are just echoing culture and there’s a difference.”
~ A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour

Six rules for filmmaking from Mike Nichols
1. The careful application of terror is an important form of communication.
2. Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
3. There’s absolutely no substitute for genuine lack of preparation.
4. If you think there’s good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
5. Friends may come and go but enemies will certainly become studio heads.
6. No one ever lost anything by asking for more money.
~ Via Larry Karaszewski and Howard A. Rodman On Facebook