Movie City News Archive for July, 2011

Wilmington on Movies: Cowboys & Aliens

“Cowboys & Aliens” (Two and a Half Stars) U.S.: Jon Favreau, 2011 Movie Westerns usually take place in a primitive land of the American past (somewhere in the 19th century) full of horses and trains and showdowns and an occasional cattle drive, where the men spend an inordinate amount of time in saloons, and sudden…

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Gilbey Enumerates 8 Things Every Spielberg Or -Ish Production Requires

Gilbey Enumerates 8 Things Every Spielberg Or –Ish Production Requires

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David Legrant, 87, Acting Teacher To Carol Burnett, Steve Martin, Danny Glover, Sara Gilbert, Alyson Hannigan, Tobey Maguire, Others

David Legrant, 87, Acting Teacher To Carol Burnett, Steve Martin, Danny Glover, Sara Gilbert, Alyson Hannigan, Tobey Maguire, Others

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The Sunday LA Times

The Sunday LA Times Serious Talk With Rachel Weisz And – Hello, Harvey Feirstein! Plus – The Women Of The Help And – Funny Women Burp, Too; Is That Leading To Societal Ruin? Plus – Zach Braff Goes Off-B’way

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Asian-Americans, Shunted To Side By Traditional Casting, Find Auds Online

“Before her YouTube stardom, she was turned down for a job at a Lancôme makeup counter; now she is a company spokeswom[a]n.” Asian-Americans, Shunted To Side By Traditional Casting, Find Auds Online

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Responsibilities Shift At H’wd Reporter Parent Co

Responsibilities Shift At  H’wd Reporter Parent Co

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“Dreary And Dull” Opera Adapted From Trier’s Dancer In The Dark Has NYC Preem

“Dreary And Dull” Opera Adapted From Trier’s Dancer In The Dark Has NYC Preem

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Jonathan Mirsky On “Murdoch’s Chinese Adventure”

Jonathan Mirsky On “Murdoch’s Chinese Adventure”

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Here Comes The Asian Film Database

Here Comes The Asian Film Database

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Von Trier On Oslo Mass Murderer

“I can’t help but think that as a nation we bear some responsibility in the Norwegian tragedy.” Von Trier On Oslo Mass Murderer

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Being Juliette Binoche

Being Juliette Binoche

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Feig On Funny At Montreal’s Just For Laughs Fest

Feig On Funny At Montreal’s Just For Laughs Fest

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Remembering London’s Great And Sleazy Scala Cinema

Remembering London’s Great And Sleazy Scala Cinema And – The “Scala Forever” Tribute, Through October All Across London

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Garrahan On H’wd’s Uncertain Life In The Cloud

Garrahan On H’wd’s Uncertain Life In The Cloud

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What Samuel L. Jackson Knows

What Samuel L. Jackson Knows

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Weide On Shooting Woody

Weide On Shooting Woody

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The Weekend Report: July 31, 2011

It was an unexpected horse race at the box office with the cross genre Cowboys & Aliens going toe-to-toe with the animated exploits of the original Blue Men Group The Smurfs. Initial estimates gave the former a slight edge with $36.1 million to the latter’s $36 million but that could all change tomorrow. The session’s other national opening was the ensemble comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love that bowed fifth with $19.1 million.

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“Dream Repairman”: Oscar-Winning Editor Jim Clark Tells Cutting Tales In Memoir

“Dream Repairman”: Oscar-Winning Editor Jim Clark Tells Cutting Tales In Memoir

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How Alex Kotlowitz Became A Producer On The Interrupters

How Writer Alex Kotlowitz Became A Producer On The Interrupters

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens is no less than the first colossal, epic turd of the Summer of 2011. I can’t think of a single redeeming feature of this film… not a bright light in a dark movie horizon that made me smile for a moment, relieving the agony of watching so many skilled people waste their time and mine.

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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