Movie City News Archive for March, 2011

Wilmington on Movies: Hop

“I still hadn’t wised up when E.B. decamped to Hollywood, where he hooks up with Fred, and starts pooping jellybeans and trying to come up with so-called humor (lame zingers and amazingly laugh-challenged wisecracks), and where the movie definitively revealed its true agenda: bad jokes and L. A. clichés, mixed with elaborate animation, TV trendiness and loud, bright icky-poo cutes.”

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Wilmington on Movies: The Afterlight

“I liked the movie very much, and when some of its early festival admirers compared it to Michelangelo and Ingmar Bergman, they had some justification. The Afterlight is obviously made by filmmakers who know and admire Antonioni and Bergman, and who would probably be pleased by the comparison — and the images, scenes and emotions often suggest those two masters.”

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“The Blood-Soaked Rise Of South Korean Cinema”

“The Blood-Soaked Rise Of South Korean Cinema”

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Anne-T Reports Not Only Is Tree Of Life Not Opening In UK Before Cannes, But Summit’s Taken Icon To Arbitration Over Rights

Anne-T Reports Not Only Is Tree Of Life Not Opening In UK Before Cannes, But Summit’s Taken Icon To Arbitration Over Rights

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Antisocial Media: “Malcolm Gladwell’s Still Got It Wrong”

Antisocial Media: “Malcolm Gladwell’s Still Got It Wrong”

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Austerlitz On Tavernier And The French “Tradition Of Quality”

Austerlitz On Tavernier And The French “Tradition Of Quality”

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AMC THEATRES® CUES “ACTION” ON NEW AMC STUBS™ REWARDS PROGRAM

AMC Celebrates Official Nation-wide Launch and Kick Off to the “Search for Stubs Challenge” Las Vegas (March 31, 2011) — AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, today officially unveiled AMC Stubs — the company’s new rewards program — to a crowd of CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas. AMC Stubs is a new spend-based rewards program that…

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Some Concept Art From Pixar’s 2012 Brave

Some Concept Art From Pixar’s 2012 Brave

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Animating Source Code’s “Many Worlds” Theory

Animating Source Code‘s “Many Worlds” Theory

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How A Game Of Golf Triggered A $10 Million Toronto Noir With Samuel L. Jackson

How A Game Of Golf Triggered A $10 Million Toronto Noir With Sam Jackson

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Telegraph Favors Deep Brit Arts Funding Cuts

Telegraph Favors Deep Brit Arts Funding Cuts

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Malaysia’s First Gay Film A Controversial Hit

Malaysia’s First Gay Film A Controversial Hit

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AMC Gives You “Stubs”

AMC Gives You “Stubs”

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Howell On The First Six Months Of The TIFF Lightbox

Howell On The First Six Months Of  Toronto’s Ambitious TIFF Lightbox Cinema Plus – TIFF Fundraising Goals At 96% Of Its $196 Million Capital And Endowment

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Todd Phillips Sez K.O. VOD Plan: “If I had wanted to make movies for television, I would have been a TV director.”

Todd Phillips Sez K.O. VOD Plan: “If I had wanted to make movies for television, I would have been a TV director.”

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Dante Ferreri Considers His Life Of Production Design

Dante Ferreri Considers His Life Of Production Design

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Sony Online Entertainment Terminates 205 Jobs; Kills A Game 5 Years In Development

Sony Online Entertainment Terminates 205 Jobs; Kills A Game 5 Years In Development

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Mass Lawsuit Against Downloaders Is On Behalf Of… Nude Nuns with Big Guns

Mass Lawsuit Against Downloaders Is On Behalf Of… Nude Nuns with Big Guns With – A Widget To Click To See If Your IP Address Is In The Complaint

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“I’ve Seen Every Woody Allen Movie”

“I’ve Seen Every Woody Allen Movie”

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FrancoFrancoFranco: “The Tasmanian Devil Would Look Stoned Next To Anne Hathaway”

FrancoFrancoFranco: “The Tasmanian Devil Would Look Stoned Next To Anne Hathaway”

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Movie City News

The DVD Wrapup: After the Wedding, Buñuel in the Labyrinth, Bliss, Nuke ’Em High Redux, Tel Aviv on Fire, They Are We, Hitchhikers, Far Country, Popstar, Truth … More

Review: The Good Liar

“It is done his way. The script is shot in sequence and actors learn the story as they go along – all the better to surprise them. “I just want the performance to come straight from their stomach,” he says. At lunchtime, everyone piles into a minibus to go to a church hall. Loach remembers shooting Bread and Roses in Los Angeles, and an actor asking: “Where are the chairs?” Loach said: “What chairs? There are a few around. Find one.” “We always have chairs with our name on.” Loach: “How old are you?” “Sixty.” “Well I’m fucking 75. When you see me sit down, you sit down.” Loach laughs then says: “We keep going because we’re so inexpensive.”

OH, NO HUMANITY

“The first day subscription numbers are impressive, but not surprising, this being the greatest family brand, the one must-have brand in familydom. There’s been grumbling online, particularly from middle-aged critics, about how much is missing and how there is nothing for them to watch. D+ is failing to serve the all-important ‘Mad Men’ audience of media professionals!”

“Howard Hawks was a wonderful director, but he was not the greatest director Hollywood ever knew. The guys with the cigarette ashes on them ignored our greatest directors and humiliated George Stevens, Willie Wyler, Billy Wilder,” Mike Nichols once said of the film giants whose critical stock crashed when New Hollywood arrived. “The tragedy of Willie and Stevens and Fred Zinnemann, these were great men, but they just weren’t part of the froggy conspiracy.” Welles and Ford agreed the director was the driving creative force of their films, but to what end? What was it about?”

Lawrence G. Paull Was 81

The Rise And Rise Of Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas

Joker First Billion-Grossing R-Rated Pic

Louis C.K. for part of his comeback tour “What’s mostly absent now though is the appearance that he’s at least trying to be decent,”

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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