Movie City News Archive for September, 2011

Sean Penn In #OccupyTahrirSquare

Sean Penn In #OccupyTahrirSq

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Charlie Kaufman’s Next To Use Film Bloggers As Leaping-Off Point

“There’s a lot in there about the internet and anger: cultural, societal and individual anger. And isolation in this particular age we live in. And competition: it’s about the idea of people in this world wanting to be seen.” Charlie Kaufman’s Next To Use Film Bloggers As Leaping-Off Point

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Picturing John Lasseter’s Winery

Picturing John Lasseter’s Winery

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Has Abduction Abbreviated Taylor Lautner’s Abilities?

Has Abduction Abbreviated Taylor Lautner’s Abilities?

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Times Marvels At Scale (Per Capita) Of Reykjavík Int’l Film Festival

Times Marvels At Scale (Per Capita) Of Reykjavík Int’l Film Festival

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Pinewood Studios At 75

Pinewood Studios At 75

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Wilmington on Movies: 50/50

50/50 (Three and a Half Stars) U.S.: Jonathan Levine, 2011   Your best friend looks you in the face and tells you that he’s dying. Wait a minue, it’s not quite like that…He tells you that he has a rare form of spinal cancer and that his chances of survival, according to the doctors, are 50/50….

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Dargis And Scott Wax Autumnal From Festival Fever

Dargis And Scott Wax Autumnal From Festival Fever

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Utah Fines Salt Lake City’s Brewvies Cinema Pub $1,627 For Hangover II’s Ladyman’s Parts

Utah Fines Salt Lake City’s Brewvies Cinema Pub $1,627 For Hangover II‘s Ladyman’s Parts

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Woody Joins Mile-High Club With $100 Million-Plus Worldwide For Midnight In Paris

“They’re like postcards. He makes charming portraits of cities that are essentially for tourists.” Woody Joins Mile-High Club With $100 Million-Plus Worldwide For Midnight In Paris

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More Rumors About THR’s Owner, Prometheus Group, Readying To Shake Up Other Trades

More Rumors About THR’s Owner, Prometheus Group, Readying To Shake Up Other Trades

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Paul Bettany Sez Movies Useta Be Better

Paul Bettany Sez Movies Useta Be Better

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Extras Want More Money For Mingling With Anna Karenina

Extras Want More Money For Mingling With Anna Karenina

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Dargis On NYFF 49

“Given how profoundly the film world has changed over the last half-century, the festival’s overall shift from a boutique to something like a souk may make sense.” Dargis On NYFF 49

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Culver Studios, Where Kane, Kong, “America’s Next Top Model” Were Made, Yours For $150 Million

Culver Studios, Where Kane, Kong, “America’s Next Top Model” Were Made, Yours For $150 Million Or So

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DP/30: Melancholia, actors Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland

Lars von Trier’s Melancholia is rolling on to the NY Film Festival in the next week. We chatted with two of the stars, Alexander Skarsgard and Kiefer Sutherland, about working with Lars, pushing the envelope as actors, and the film’s amazing cast.

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Get Yer Print Of Disney’s Song Of The South In 16mm IB Tech For A Mere… $1,499

Get Yer Print Of Disney’s Song Of The South In 16mm IB Tech For A Mere… $1,499

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Drafthouse Films Acquires North American Rights to “COMIN’ AT YA! 3D” from Fantastic Fest 2011

The Highest Grossing Independent 3D Film Of The 1980s Becomes First Fully Restored Classic 3D Film Using State-Of-The-Art RealD Technology AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 29, 2011 — Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced the acquisition of North American rights to COMIN AT YA! 3D following the premiere of its stunning…

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SnagFilm Owner Leonsis Blogs “Class Warfare”

“I have great empathy for middle class or lower middle class America… Someone needs to talk our President down off of this rhetoric about good vs. evil.” SnagFilm Owner Leonsis Blogs “Class Warfare”

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Richard Brody Wishes There Were More French Movies Released In Manhattan

Richard Brody Wishes There Were More French Movies Released In Manhattan

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Movie City News

“When we add it all up, what is it costing the industry just to take care of its top-20 producers? What is that total price tag going to look like once all their shows are in production? With 7,000 shows sloshing around in the streaming jungle, all trying to get attention, what is the guarantee that the Next Giant Thing, or the Next 10 Giant Things, will come out of this group? TV breakthroughs, as often as not, don’t come from seasoned workshops, but from newish upstarts, breaking out with something no one thought of before. Who the hell were Benioff and Weiss before ‘GoT’? Would anyone have given them a $250 million overall deal?”

MZS on Indie Theaters

Harvey Has An Excuse

“I guess it’s talking about the fear of intimacy, you know? When I was young, and you’re a musician, it took me a long time to get to a certain place where I felt comfortable with family and loving somebody and being loved,” Bruce Springsteen says. “Really, that’s what’s the film is about. The film takes you on that journey. Like I say, there are two parts to the American character: one is very isolated and one is in search of community. So how do you make your peace with both of those things? That’s really what the picture is about.”

Jamie Leigh

Midwest FurFest Bars Rightwing Agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and His Newly-Doffed Snow Leopard Fursona

Saturday Night Live Rescinds Proffer To Shane Gillis As History of Racist And Homophobic Slurs Expand; Search On For A Replacement Reprobate?

TIFF Audience Award Goes Jojo Rabbit, With Marriage Story And Parasite Close Behind

“A New Era of the Strips, With Gary Larson Drawing, Is Returning”

James Murdoch Talks To Jane Mayer After Disney Buy

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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