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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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier