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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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould