Movie City News Archive for May, 2011

David Thomson Sez You’re Wrong, It’s Dismal, And Asks, Wasn’t Midnight In Paris Better In 1988, When It Was Called The Moderns?

David Thomson Sez You’re Wrong, It’s Dismal, And Asks, Wasn’t Midnight In Paris Better In 1988, When It Was Called The Moderns?

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Crashing Back To ’86, When Hal Ashby Added One More To 8 Million Ways To Die

Crashing Back To ’86, When Hal Ashby Added One More To 8 Million Ways To Die

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On The Boards With Kristin Scott Thomas

On The Boards With Kristin Scott Thomas

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Wilmington on DVDs: Pick of the Week, New. Biutiful

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW Biutiful (Also Blu-ray) (Four Stars) Spain: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, 2011 (Roadside Attractions) In Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s sad and moving film Biutiful, Javier Bardem gives an extraordinary performance as a dying man named Uxbal: a small time Barcelona hustler working a variety of scams and shady deals to support his two young…

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Andrew Sarris’ 5 Essential Film Books

Andrew Sarris’ 5 Essential Film Books

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Apple To Introduce iCloud, Located At A Billion-Dollar Data Center In North Carolina

Apple To Introduce iCloud, Located At A Billion-Dollar Data Center In North Carolina

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“Gone With The Wind” Is 75

“Gone With The Wind” Is 75

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Cloud Atlas Is “really exciting because all the actors will be playing more than one role,” Weaving says. “I actually have six characters in the same film and they are all different people in six different stories.”

Cloud Atlas Is “really exciting because all the actors will be playing more than one role,” Weaving says. “I actually have six characters in the same film and they are all different people in six different stories.”

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SPC’s Michael Barker On Norman Jewison

SPC’s Michael Barker On Norman Jewison

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Waxman Points/Dr. La Finke Counterpoints Relativity

Which Flacking Hack Do YOU Love?!?! Sharon Waxman Press Releases EXCLUSIVE On Ryan Kavanaugh #Winning! (as dictated by Ryan Kananaugh) OR – Nikki Finke Presses Her Theme Of Rage Against Kavanagh & Waxman (as dictated by Elliott Associates)

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Variety Writer Gets The Burps After Sunday LAT Piece On Movie Men With Muskles

Variety Writer Gets The Burps After Sunday LAT Piece On Movie Men With Muskles

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Filmmaker And Bard Prof Adolfas Mekas Was 85

Filmmaker And Bard Prof Adolfas Mekas Was 85 With – His Website

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On The “Groovy” Set Design For X-Men: First Class

On The “Groovy” Set Design For X-Men: First Class

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CINEMA GUILD ACQUIRES BÉLA TARR’S “THE TURIN HORSE”

Winner of the Jury Grand Prix – Silver Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, “The Turin Horse” may be Béla Tarr’s Last Film New York, NY, May 31, 2011 — The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Béla Tarr’s apocalyptic masterpiece “The Turin Horse.” The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey…

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Shouldn’t An Average Of A $500m Gross Per Movie Be Enough For Wall Street?

Wall Street analysts are running away from DreamWorks Animations like chickens with their claymation heads cut off. But how could they have expected any more from the company?

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Anderson Revving Up His Religion Drama

Anderson Revving Up His Religion Drama

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Trailering The Beautiful And Mysterious General Orders No. 9

Trailering The Beautiful And Mysterious General Orders No. 9

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Rosefelt On The Art Of Adrienne Shelly

Rosefelt On “The Art Of Adrienne Shelly”

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MSNBC Asserts: “Fake Dragon Tattoo Trailer Is Fake”

MSNBC Asserts: “Fake Dragon Tattoo Trailer Is Fake” But – NYT: Sony Sez Probably Pirated Off U.S. Screen, Using Same Evidence Oh, Wait – Salon Has Precisely The Same Conclusions! While – THR Quotes A Buncha Bloggers And Cites Unnamed Sony Spokesperson With No Direct Quotes Plus – “From a media perspective, it’s dealing in…

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Papaya King Goes H’wd

Papaya King Goes H’wd

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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