Movie City News Archive for November, 2011

Cinemark Knows No Shame

Cinemark Knows No Shame

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Tony-Winning Parker-Stone “Book Of Mormon” Makes Its Return In 9 Months Flat

Tony-Winning Parker-Stone “Book Of Mormon” Makes Its Return In 9 Months Flat

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“So Long For Awhile”: Ebert Announces Hiatus For “At The Movies”

“So Long For Awhile”: Ebert Announces Hiatus For “At The Movies”

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The New Yorker Asks The Right Questions About The Disappearing Of Margaret, But Apparently Didn’t Ask Them Of The Right People

The New Yorker Asks The Right Questions About The Disappearing Of Margaret, But Apparently Didn’t Ask Them Of The Right People

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Producer Graham King On Hugo’s Slow Rollout: “A Masterpiece Needs To Be Nurtured”

Producer Graham King On Hugo’s Slow Rollout: “A Masterpiece Needs To Be Nurtured”

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Wilmington on DVDs. The Rest: Friends With Benefits; 30 Minutes or Less; One Day; Island of Lost Souls

     “Friends with Benefits” (Two Stars) U. S.: Will Gluck, 2011 Falling in love is such great movie material that it’s a pity Hollywood screws it up so often, especially  these days. Friends with Benefits is  supposed to be smarter and funnier than the usual pseudo-romantic comedy of today, but it’s really ust another rommie-commie with more (and…

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The 5 Best Philadelphia Movies

The 5 Best Philadelphia Movies

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74-Year-Old Senator-For-Life Jay Rockefeller Tells FCC Commissioners That Media Is Too “Dumbed Down,” “Obscene” And “Promiscuous” For His Liking

“Everybody yells First Amendment so you never get very much done about it.” 74-Year-Old Senator-For-Life Jay Rockefeller Tells FCC Commissioners That Media Is Too “Dumbed Down,” “Obscene” And “Promiscuous” For His Liking

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MPAA Spokesman Says Dangerously Overreaching SOPA Legislation Will Be Pared Back Ever-So-Slightly

MPAA Spokesman Says Dangerously Overreaching SOPA Legislation Will Be Pared Back Ever-So-Slightly

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Errol Morris On The Art Of The Interview

Errol Morris On The Art Of The Interview

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Wilmington on DVDs. Pick of the Week: Blu-ray. Cave of Forgotten Dreams

      Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Also Two Disc Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray combo) (Four Stars) Germany/France: Werner Herzog, 2011 (MPI Home Video)   Perhaps 30,000 years ago, or less, in the age of the paleoliths, a man or woman, or a group of them, stood before the walls of the cave of Chauvet, in France,…

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Sundance 2012 Announces Films In Competition

110 Features From 31 Countries 88 World Premieres 46 First-Timers 4,042 Feature Submissions Sundance 2012 Announces Films In Competition

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films In Competition

For Immediate Release November 30, 2011 — Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival will take place January 19 through 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah….

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Constellation introduces Virtual Theatrical (“VT”) Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York – As the consumption of media content has changed dramatically over the last few years to include subscription on-demand streaming services like Netflix; and online rentals and downloads via iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, and others, a new form of film distribution is now in place – virtual theatrical (VT) exhibition. CEO…

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Variance Films and Might Entertainment announce theatrical and VOD release of “The Trouble with Bliss”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Comedy formerly known as “East Fifth Bliss,” starring Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, and Lucy Liu, to open in theaters on March 23, 2012 New York, November 30, 2011 – Variance Films has acquired US theatrical rights and Might Entertainment, along with its investors at Rilean Pictures, have acquired US digital distribution…

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Lim On Murakami

Lim On Murakami

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Michael Shannon Is Not Trying To Exorcise Any Demons

Michael Shannon Is Not Trying To Exorcise Any Demons

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A Petition To Free The Great-But-Disappeared Margaret For Critics’ Year-End Consideration, With Admirers’ Comments

A Petition To Free The Great-But-Disappeared Margaret For Critics’ Year-End Consideration, With Admirers’ Comments And – Ebiri On Why It Matters

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IFC FILMS TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO SAMUEL L. JACKSON’S THE SAMARITAN

New York, NY (November 30, 2011) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to THE SAMARITAN, starring Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Andras Hamori and directed by David Weaver from a screenplay by Weaver and Elan Mastai.  THE SAMARITAN also stars Luke Kirby (TAKE THIS WALTZ), Ruth Negga (LOVE/HATE) and Oscar…

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Wilmington on DVDs. Pick of the Week: New. Sarah’s Key

      Sarah’s Key (Elle s’appelait Sarah) (Three Stars) France: Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2010 (Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay) Sarah‘s Key (Elle s’appelait Sarah) is a movie about public and private tragedies, based on the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay and filmed with much fidelity and feeling by director-screenwriter Gilles Paquet-Brenner. It’s a good movie, with one…

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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