Movie City News Archive for February, 2012

On The Legal Limbo Of Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

On The Legal Limbo Of Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

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SPC Goes West Of Memphis

SPC Goes West Of Memphis

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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTARY WEST OF MEMPHIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK (February 29, 2012) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Amy Berg’s (DELIVER US FROM EVIL) high profile documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Premiere Section to great critical acclaim….

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The Monkees’ Davy Jones Was 66

The Monkees’ Davy Jones Was 66

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“Nostalgia Has Wussified Our Culture! Make It Stop!” Sez Michael Musto

“Nostalgia Has Wussified Our Culture! Make It Stop!” Sez Michael Musto

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A Dozen Oscars Go For $3 Million

A Dozen Oscars Go For $3 Million

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Digitalizing Kannapolis, North Carolina’s 1936 Gem Theater

Digitalizing Kannapolis, North Carolina’s 1936 Gem Theater

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The LAT On B*ing Fl*nn’s Original Title, “Another Bullshit Night In Suck City”

“(the full title is unprintable in this newspaper)” The LAT On B*ing Fl*nn‘s Original Title, “Another Bullshit Night In Suck City”

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Ebert Compares The Artist To Presumptive GOP Nominee Romney

Ebert Compares The Artist To Presumptive GOP Nominee Romney

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Cinemark and Paramount Pictures Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of “The Godfather” with Exclusive Cinemark XD Events at Theatres Across the US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Plano, TX, February 29, 2012 – Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), a leading motion picture exhibitor, is proud to partner with Paramount Pictures to offer movie-goers the opportunity to see Francis Ford Coppola’s restored version of his Academy Award®-winning “The Godfather,” on 55 Cinemark XD auditoriums across the country, on Thursday, March…

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Deutchman Sez “Indie Theaters Face Digital Mayhem”

Deutchman Sez “Indie Theaters Face Digital Mayhem”

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Lea Thompson, “Long-Distance Runner” At 50

Lea Thompson, “Long-Distance Runner” At 50

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“This Is DCP”: How Preferred New Exhibition Format Is Reducing Archival Titles To “Greatest Hits”

“This Is DCP”: NYC’s Film Forum Shows How Preferred New Exhibition Format Is Reducing Archival Film Titles To “Greatest Hits”

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2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

For Immediate Release Comedy from Forgetting Sarah Marshall Creative Team Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and Producer Judd Apatow to Kick Off 11th Edition of TFF on April 18 New York, NY (February 29, 2012)—The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) and Universal Pictures today announced that The Five-Year Engagement will open the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival,…

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James Murdoch Steps Down As News Int’l Chairman

James Murdoch Steps Down As News Int’l Chairman With – The Press Release

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Catherine Keener And “Normalcy”

Catherine Keener And “Normalcy”

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This Is Not A Farce: Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi In Legal Limbo

This Is Not A Farce: Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi In Legal Limbo

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Cinematographer Bruce Surtees, 74, Shot Play Misty For Me, Lenny, Night Moves, Beverly Hills Cop

“He didn’t believe in flat light or just bright, Rexall drugstore lighting, which a lot of times you can get if you get somebody that isn’t very imaginative.” Cinematographer Bruce Surtees, 74, Shot Play Misty For Me, Lenny, Night Moves, Beverly Hills Cop

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The Artist “Old H’wd” Guide To Lost Angeles

The Artist “Old H’wd” Guide To Lost Angeles

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DVD Wrapup: Myth of American Sleepover, Hugo … More

David Robert Mitchell’s debut feature easily qualifies as one of the most criminally under-screened and neglected movies of the young century. While Hollywood continues to search in vain for the new John Hughes and independents hope to capture the same lightning in a bottle as “American Pie,” “The Myth of the American Sleepover” was there all along. Even in DVD, it succeeds at almost every level in capturing the joys, angst and insanity of being a teenager in middle-class America.

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“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