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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Movie City News

Crashing With Uber-Publicist Peggy Siegal

Rogers & Cowan/ PMK Promotes Executives in Entertainment Division

“One Condé Nast Entertainment executive recalled a meeting with Vogue about a video series interviewing models at the Plaza Athénée in Paris. ‘It cost $250,000, and I went on YouTube and they had 200 views each,’ the executive said.”

“Sometimes I see things that are completely against my cultural nature. I was raised with Latin and Ancient Greek and poetry from Greek antiquity, but sometimes, just to see the world I live in, I watch ‘WrestleMania.’  You have to know what a good amount of the population is watching. Do not underestimate the Kardashians. As vulgar as they may be, it doesn’t matter that much, but you have to find some sort of orientation. As I always say, the poet must not close his eyes, must not avert them. I have only signed up for one streaming platform, and that’s Criterion. They have hundreds of films, and every one of them is great.”

“He grew up barefoot in summer, so did I. Both of us went hungry as children. We both had no running water. He travelled on foot and so did I. We had an almost instant rapport. I didn’t speak much about my childhood, but he was curious. It’s not in the film but he knew a little bit from sources that were somehow dug up for him. He may have seen some of my films. So he did his homework as well.”

The Progressive Press is Facing Mass Extinction

Greedo McClunkey Written By George Lucas

“The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our highest expectations. While we are pleased by this incredible response, we are aware of the current user issues and are working to swiftly resolve them.”

159 Documentary Features Submitted For Oscar 2019

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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