Movie City News Archive for December, 2011

DP/30 in 2011: More Than 100 Hours Of Conversation About Movies With The People Who Make Them

1. When We Leave, director Feo Aladag 2. Essential Killing, director Jerzy Skolimowski 3. The Human Resources Manager, director Eran Riklis 4. Precious Life, director Shlomi Eldar 5. Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs (Jan 2011) 6. Animal Kingdom, actor Jacki Weaver 7-11. The List: Paul Mazursky, Parts 1 -5 12. Every Day, wr/dir Richard Levine, actors…

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Tilda! Talks Career

Tilda! Talks Career

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Wilmington on Movies: The Adventures of Tintin

    The Adventures of Tintin (Three Stars) U.S.: Steven Spielberg, 2011 The Adventures of Tintin — Steven Spielberg‘s second new film in release this season (the other was War Horse, and both of them came out last week) — shows us again to what extent he‘s still a kid at heart and maybe always will…

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Spain Passes Its First Anti-Download Law

Spain Passes Its First Anti-Download Law

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Mazursky Offers Streep Warm Tongue Bath Of Praise

Mazursky Offers Streep Warm Tongue Bath Of Praise

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Meet Dan Wallin, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol’s 84-Year-Old Sound Designer

Meet Dan Wallin, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol‘s 84-Year-Old Sound Designer

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Severson On The Spot At Chimp Cheetah’s Memorial Service

Severson On The Spot At Chimp Cheetah’s Memorial Service

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Olsen Talks Miss Bala With Director Naranjo

Olsen Talks Miss Bala With Director Naranjo

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Lim And Pitt Have Their Waldorf Moment

Lim And Pitt Have Their Waldorf Moment

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Gina Carano Kicks It

“We had this normal conversation. He was feeling me out. And I didn’t have any preconceived notions of him because I didn’t really know what a director really was.” Gina Carano Kicks It

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Kenneth Branagh Is Ready For His Long, Reflective Walk And “Pondering”

Kenneth Branagh Is Ready For His Long, Reflective Walk And “Pondering”

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The Making Of A Separation

“It’s not portraying the poor people and the desert camels.” The Making Of A Separation

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Behind Alexandre Desplat’s Last-Second Score For Extremely Incredibly

Behind Alexandre Desplat’s Last-Second Score For Extremely Incredibly

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Music Box Films Claims $10 Million Theatrical With 2009 Girl With The Dragon Tattoo And “The Equivalent” Of $30-40 Million In DVD, Rentals, Etc.

Music Box Films Claims $10 Million Theatrical With 2009 Girl With The Dragon Tattoo And “The Equivalent” Of $30-40 Million In DVD, Rentals, Etc.

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Academy Exercises Option To Possibly Move Oscar From The Kodak After 2013

Academy Exercises Option To Possibly Move Oscar From The Kodak After 2013

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Thomas Horn, Extremely Incredibly 14

Thomas Horn, Extremely Incredibly 14

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Friday Estimates: Dec 30, 2011

Cruise’s newest mission continues to lead the pack, probably passing the earlier-released Sherlock Holmes: Let’s Not Call It “2” today or tomorrow. Steven Spielberg’s two films are running side by side on the chart, as are the Zoo and the Tattoo.

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Apple Chief Designer Jonny Ive Is Now Sir Jonathan

Apple Chief Designer Jonny Ive Is Now Sir Jonathan

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It’s Cieply’s Turn To Surmise How The Academy’s Going To Push Paper This Year

It’s Cieply‘s Turn To Surmise How The Academy’s Going To Push Paper This Year

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Museum Of The Modern Image’s Must-Soak “Moments Of 2011”

Museum Of The Modern Image’s Must-Soak Moments Of 2011 Part One Draws 25 Writers, Programmers, Observers And –  Part Two Offers A Further 24 Diverse Thinkums

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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