Movie City News Archive for November, 2010

MW on DVDs: Antichrist, Liverpool, Moonfleet, Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 … and more

CO-PICKS OF THE WEEK: NEW Antichrist (Two Discs) (Three and a Half Stars) Denmark/U.S.A.: Lars von Trier, 2009 (Criterion Collection) Lars von Trier strikes again. The beginning looks like a poor man’s Citizen Kane which segues into a disease-of-the-month teleplay that becomes a Sam Shepard two-character Gothic pop drama in the deep woods, and then…

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Gurus o’ Gold: True Grit Week – Episode One

This is Round 1 of 2 rounds of voting this week, as True Grit rolls out for most of the Gurus. Will it change the complexion of the race? Tune back in on Friday to see, as The Gurus vote on all of the Top 8 categories. Today, Winter’s Bone moves into a Top Ten tie.

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True Grit May Be The Coens’ Disney-Style Adventure

True Grit May Be The Coens’ Disney-Style Adventure

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How Factual Is Fair Game?

How Factual Is Fair Game?

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Honors For Preservationist Robert A. Harris

Honors For Preservationist Robert A. Harris

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“U.S. Gov’t Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse At The Draconian Future Of Copyright Enforcement?”

“U.S. Gov’t Seizes 82 Websites: A Glimpse At The Draconian Future Of Copyright Enforcement?”

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Guardian First-Reviews Narnia-Treader

“The entirely expected stew of cod-medieval adolescent derring-do, attention-grabbing special effects, and sledgehammer moral lessons with nakedly religious overtones.” Guardian First-Reviews Narnia-Treader

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The DVD Wrap: Fantasia/Fantasia 2000, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Knight and Day, Cairo Time, The Sicilian Girl, Vampires Suck … and more

Fantasia/Fantasia 2000: Blu-ray The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Blu-ray According to Disney legend, Dopey the Dwarf was originally pushed for the role in Fantasia that went to Mickey Mouse. Instead, Uncle Walt went with the established star, hoping the role would maintain Mickey’s high profile in movies. Although Dopey might have been an inspired choice, there’s no…

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2 Emails From Stieg Larsson On How He Intended To Shake Up The Crime Novel

2 Emails From Stieg Larsson On How He Intended To Shake Up The Crime Novel

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Frankie And Alice Get A Trailer

Frankie And Alice Get A Trailer

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Comcast Denies Netflix Throttling Or Tolls

Comcast Denies Netflix Throttling Or Tolls

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Pennsylvania Homeland Security Takes A Moment To Deny Placing Mark Ruffalo On Watchlist

Pennsylvania Homeland Security Takes A Moment To Deny Placing Mark Ruffalo On Watchlist

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Julia Roberts Goes Lavazza (vid)

Julia Roberts Goes Lavazza (vid)

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Wig Out With The Duke

Wig Out With The Duke

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Seventh-Grader In Skokie Esteems Signed Copies Of Ebert’s “Great Movies III”

“One is for me, one is for someone I know and the third one is just in case.” Seventh-Grader In Skokie Esteems Signed Copies Of Ebert’s “Great Movies III”

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Correction: David Simon Is Not Optimistic

Correction: David Simon Is Not Optimistic

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Judge In Unending TribCo Bankruptcy Starting To Feel Jarndyced

Judge In Unending TribCo Bankruptcy Starting To Feel Jarndyced

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Paramount Digital Entertainment and MTV to Launch JACKASS 3.5 in March 2011

JACKASS 3.5 Follows the Worldwide Box Office Success of JACKASS 3D with All New Antics from Johnny Knoxville and Crew to Be Released Digitally LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2010 – Paramount Digital Entertainment in association with MTV, both part of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) announced today that it plans to add another original…

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Artforum Diaries A Harmony Korine Art Opening

Artforum Diaries A Harmony Korine Art Opening

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“Where Has The Support For Canadian Documentaries Gone?”

“Where Has The Support For Canadian Documentaries Gone?”

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Movie City News

“When we add it all up, what is it costing the industry just to take care of its top-20 producers? What is that total price tag going to look like once all their shows are in production? With 7,000 shows sloshing around in the streaming jungle, all trying to get attention, what is the guarantee that the Next Giant Thing, or the Next 10 Giant Things, will come out of this group? TV breakthroughs, as often as not, don’t come from seasoned workshops, but from newish upstarts, breaking out with something no one thought of before. Who the hell were Benioff and Weiss before ‘GoT’? Would anyone have given them a $250 million overall deal?”

MZS on Indie Theaters

Harvey Has An Excuse

“I guess it’s talking about the fear of intimacy, you know? When I was young, and you’re a musician, it took me a long time to get to a certain place where I felt comfortable with family and loving somebody and being loved,” Bruce Springsteen says. “Really, that’s what’s the film is about. The film takes you on that journey. Like I say, there are two parts to the American character: one is very isolated and one is in search of community. So how do you make your peace with both of those things? That’s really what the picture is about.”

Jamie Leigh

Midwest FurFest Bars Rightwing Agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and His Newly-Doffed Snow Leopard Fursona

Saturday Night Live Rescinds Proffer To Shane Gillis As History of Racist And Homophobic Slurs Expand; Search On For A Replacement Reprobate?

TIFF Audience Award Goes Jojo Rabbit, With Marriage Story And Parasite Close Behind

“A New Era of the Strips, With Gary Larson Drawing, Is Returning”

James Murdoch Talks To Jane Mayer After Disney Buy

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima