Movie City News Archive for February, 2011

PRODUCER ANNE CAREY TEAMS UP WITH EPOCH FILMS TO EXPAND FILM AND TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION

New York, NY (Feb 28, 2011) — Epoch Films, an award-winning commercial and film production company, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with independent film producer Anne Carey (THE AMERICAN, ADVENTURELAND, THE SAVAGES) to significantly expand Epoch’s film and television operations.  The announcement was made by Epoch’s founding partner Mindy Goldberg….

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Decoding Source Code’s Science

Decoding Source Code‘s Science (spoiler-ish)

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So… Maybe Lower Oscar Ratings Had Less To Do With FrancoFrancoFranco And Hathaway Than With The King’s Speech?

So… Maybe Lower Oscar Ratings Had Less To Do With FrancoFrancoFranco And Hathaway Than With The King’s Speech?

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Hardwicke On Her Red Riding Hood

Hardwicke On Her Red Riding Hood

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Remembering Gary Winick

Remembering Gary Winick

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As Of Last Night, Tom Hooper Hadn’t Seen Unthanked Harvey’s Re-Cut Of King’s Speech

As Of Last Night, Tom Hooper Hadn’t Seen Unthanked Harvey’s Re-Cut Of King’s Speech

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Eddie Brandt, 88, Proprietor Of N. Hw’ds Memorabilia Trove, Saturday Matinee

Eddie Brandt, 88, Proprietor Of N. Hw’d’s Memorabilia Trove, Saturday Matinee

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Art Of The Title Sequence Cuts To Machete

Art Of The Title Sequence Cuts To Machete

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TIFF Takes Bow For King’s Speech

TIFF Takes Bow For King’s Speech

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Troy Miller On Directing The Oscar Show Opener

Troy Miller On Directing The Oscar Show Opener

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The Good, The Bad And The QT: Tarantino Heating Up Spaghetti Western?

The Good, The Bad And The QT: Tarantino Heating Up Spaghetti Western?

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Academy Award-Winning Inside Job Producer Audrey Marrs’ Cool Background Includes Riot Grrrl Bands Mocket And Bratmobile

Academy Award-Winning Inside Job Producer Audrey Marrs’ Cool Background Includes Playing Keyboards In Riot Grrrl Bands Mocket And Bratmobile

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Jane Russell Was 89

Jane Russell Was 89

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Atlantic Unmasks Punk Behind Inspired Profane, Inventive @MayorEmanuel Twitter Performance

Atlantic Unmasks Punk Behind Inspired Profane, Inventive @MayorEmanuel Twitter Performance

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Kohn Reviews “Unfinished,” FrancoFrancoFranco And Gus Van Sant’s 12-Hour BevHills Gallery Installation

Kohn Reviews “Unfinished,” FrancoFrancoFranco And Gus Van Sant’s 12-Hour BevHills Gallery Installation

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Annie Girardot Was 79; Was In More Than 100 Films, Including Rocco And His Brothers

Annie Girardot Was 79; Was In More Than 100 Films, Including Rocco And His Brothers

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Oscar Show Ratings: Fair To Meh

Oscar Show Ratings: Fair To Meh

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Denton Admits Redesign Made A Wreck Of Gawker

Denton Admits Redesign Made A Wreck Of Gawker

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Salon Sale Talks Collapse

Salon Sale Talks Collapse

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Melissa Leo Had A F’ing Premonition

Melissa Leo Had A F’ing Premonition

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon