Movie City News Archive for March, 2012

Howell On His Titanic Cousin, The Unforgettable “Man Standing In Background Way Behind Bill Paxton”

Howell On His Titanic Cousin, The Unforgettable “Man Standing In Background Way Behind Bill Paxton”

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“James Murdoch ‘on brink’ over BSkyB chairmanship”

“James Murdoch ‘on brink’ over BSkyB chairmanship”

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Producer Of Dr. Uwe Boll Film Wants $1 Million For Dr. Uwe Boll Misspelling Name In Credits

Producer Of Dr. Uwe Boll Film Wants $1 Million For Dr. Uwe Boll Misspelling Name In Credits

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“Often considered mindless, video games, it turns out, are changing the world for the better.”

“Often considered mindless, video games, it turns out, are changing the world for the better.”

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Memoirist Nick Flynn At Length On The Adaptation, Being Flynn

Memoirist Nick Flynn At Length On The Adaptation, Being Flynn

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Val Kilmer Is Mark Twain

Val Kilmer Is Mark Twain

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Behind The $700-Million Man Behind The Miramax Deal

Behind The $700-Million Man Behind The Miramax Deal

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Peter Dinklage On Making The Right Choices

“You can say no. You can not be the object of ridicule.” Peter Dinklage On Making The Right Choices

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Michael Wood Looks Back At The Bad And The Beautiful

Michael Wood Looks Back At The Bad And The Beautiful

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Bollywood’s New Hit Formula

Bollywood’s New Hit Formula

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Says Honoring Employees Is Good Business Strategy

“Jeffrey Katzenberg Says Honoring Employees Is Good Business Strategy”

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D’Angelo Doubles Down Against Those Who Say He Shouldn’t Download Movies Illegally

“If we can’t agree that folks who quietly flouted Prohibition in private (or who smoke weed at home today, for that matter) weren’t (aren’t) evil-enabling scumbags, then there’s just no common ground here.” D’Angelo Doubles Down Against Those Who Say He Shouldn’t Download Movies Illegally

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The One News Of The World Hack Who Remains Untouchable

The One News Of The World Hack Who Remains Untouchable

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“Newsies”: The Pan

“This Disney Theatrical Productions adaptation of the 1992 Disney movie musical is made up largely of numbers that feel like blazing banner headlines. And if none of them quite match the immortal panache of the New York Post classic ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar,’ you have to give their creators points for consistency.” “Newsies”: The Pan

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Piracy, Again? Arrrrrggggh.

When is pirating movies not stealing something you didn’t pay for out of a misguided sense of self-entitlement? According to Mike D’Angelo, it’s not stealing if he does it, at least. Or it is stealing, but he’s entitled to steal it. Or at the very least, hey, stealing’s not bad if you’re only pirating movies you really, really want to watch on Blu-ray but don’t want to buy. Or if you delete it after you watch it, if you don’t like it, or add to your wish list to purchase for when you decide you can afford it. Got it?

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“White Until Proven Black: Race In The Hunger Games”

“White Until Proven Black: Race In The Hunger Games“

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Friday Box Office Estimates: March 30, 2013

“The Hunger Games” is still eating everything in sight, tracking slightly ahead of the best of the “Twilight” numbers, meaning that $300m domestic is still in view. “The Titans” were willing to go up against Katniss’ wrath, but paid a price with less than half the first remake’s opening day numbers. And “Mirror Mirror” fits nicely on Relativity’s wall of mediocre launches.

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Orson Welles’ Unproduced 1939 “Heart Of Darkness” Gets Brit Live-Read Led By Brian Cox As Kurtz And Marlow

Orson Welles’ Unproduced 1939 “Heart Of Darkness” Gets Brit Live-Read Led By Brian Cox As Kurtz And Marlow

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Bogdanovich Takes Traveling Anecdote-And-Cravat Show to Toronto

Bogdanovich Takes Traveling Anecdote-And-Cravat Show to Toronto

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Report: WeinsteinCo Had PG-13 Bully Cut In The Wings All Along For Wider Release April 13

Report: WeinsteinCo Had PG-13 Bully Cut In The Wings All Along For Wider Release April 13

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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