Movie City News Archive for June, 2011

Iranian Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Remanded To Evin Prison

Iranian Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Remanded To Evin Prison

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Columbia Journalism Review Plumps The Depths Of Hollywood Elsewhere

“The stories about bad WiFi service, split pants, and appropriate modulation may turn some off…” Columbia Journalism Review Plumps The Depths Of Hollywood Elsewhere

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Gray Lady Swaddles New York Asian Film Festival

Gray Lady Swaddles New York Asian Film Festival And – Co-Founder Majordomo Grady Hendrix On Its Origins

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Direct Brands Book Club Parent Co. Sets $435 Million “Stalking Horse” Deal For Borders

Direct Brands Book Club Parent Co. Sets $435 Million “Stalking Horse” Deal For Borders

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Claim-Jumping All-You-Can-Screen Moviepass Puts Their Beta Off

Claim-Jumping All-You-Can-Screen Moviepass Puts Their Beta Off

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Bill Simmons On Why There Is Only One Movie Star Standing And His Name Is…

Bill Simmons On Why There Is Only One Movie Star Standing And His Name Is…

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Jimmy Roselli, 85; Italian-American Singer’s “Mala Femmina” Was Featured In Mean Streets

Jimmy Roselli, 85; Italian-American Singer’s  “Mala Femmina” Was Featured In Mean Streets

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AMC Joins Landmark, Camera Cinemas In Stopping All-You-Can-Screen Monthly Passes

AMC Joins Landmark, Camera Cinemas In Stopping All-You-Can-Screen Monthly Passes

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Spike On Why He Hasn’t Made A Feature Film In 3 Years

Spike On Why He Hasn’t Made A Feature Film In 3 Years

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ChiTrib Maps The $8 Billion In Imaginary Damage Michael Bay Visited On A Few Square Blocks Of Chicago

“Anticipating this, we brought a commercial real estate appraiser to the press screening.” ChiTrib Maps The $8 Billion In Imaginary Damage Michael Bay Visited On A Few Square Blocks Of Chicago “We’re the gateway? Well, I guess then I should go on the record as stating that we do not condone any evil robots.” With…

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Times Tallies Nationwide Walkouts On Tree Of Life, Some From Twitter, Some By Commenters

Times Tallies Nationwide Walkouts On Tree Of Life, Some From Twitter, Some By Commenters

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“The Zooey Deschanels of the world will dump your contrived, quirky ass if you try to pull that whimsical s—.”

“The Zooey Deschanels of the world will dump your contrived, quirky ass if you try to pull that whimsical s—.”

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Stock Analysts Keen On Friday AMC Stock Spinoff?

Stock Analysts Keen On Friday AMC Stock Spinoff?

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Yahoo Study Shows Online Video-Watching Shift To Primetime

Yahoo Study Shows Online Video-Watching Shift To Primetime

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NEW FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA FILM CONFIRMED FOR PANEL PRESENTATION AT 2011 COMIC-CON

Iconic filmmaker will make his first trip back to San Diego since 1991 Coppola will show portions of his upcoming film TWIXT and demonstrate the unique way he plans to present it. NEW YORK, NY (June 30, 2011) – Francis Ford Coppola will be presenting portions of his upcoming film TWIXT at a panel discussion…

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Retrospecting Jeff Bridges And Cutter’s Way At The BFI

Retrospecting Jeff Bridges And Cutter’s Way At The BFI

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The Big Gamble Of Larry Crowne: 1990s Stars In Warm Milk

The Big Gamble Of Larry Crowne: 1990s Stars In Warm Milk

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Stuart Staples On Tindersticks’ Music For Claire Denis’ Films

Stuart Staples On Tindersticks’ Music For Claire Denis’ Films

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SOCIAL NETWORK BIG WINNER AT 12TH ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS

GTA12 Jury Friends “The Social Network” With Three Wins AND “Best in Show” June 30, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA)—Last night,“The Social Network” came away from the 12th Annual Golden Trailer Awards with three wins in major categories and the coveted top honor, Best in Show. It is the first time a trailer has accomplished this…

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Coppola Twixting ComicCon

Coppola Twixting Comic-Con

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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