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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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