Movie City News Archive for May, 2012

The DVD Wrapup: Talk About Kevin, more

Plus Aggression Scale, Maverick, Coriolanus, Harry Belafonte, Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials
, New York Stories and Highlights of the 2012 Masters Tournament.

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Men In Bite: China Censors Reportedly Eat 13 Minutes Of MIB3 That Have Aliens Posing As Chinese Restaurant Workers

Men In Bite: China Censors Reportedly Eat 13 Minutes Of MIB3 That Have Aliens Posing As Chinese Restaurant Workers

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Alan Horn has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios

BURBANK, Calif. – May 31, 2012 — Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, announced today that Alan Horn has been named Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios effective June 11. Horn will oversee worldwide operations for The Walt Disney Studios including production, distribution and marketing for live-action and animated films from Disney,…

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Alan Horn To Run Disney

Alan Horn, Former Longtime Head Of Warner Bros., Keeper Of Franchises, To Run Disney

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Emma Straub On “The awesomeness that is powering through a television series”

Emma Straub On “The Awesomeness That Is Powering Through A Television Series”

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NYT Signs With Hulu To Expand Auds For Its Long Videos

NYT Signs With Hulu To Expand Auds For Its Long Videos

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Origins Of “50 Shades Of Grey” As Twilight FanFic Go Missing

Origins Of “50 Shades Of Grey” As Twilight FanFic Go Missing

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Review: Snow White & The Huntsman (Conceptual Spoilers Only)

Swimming through the thick subtext, Snow White is, really, what evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) could have been… had she had the opportunity to remain unsullied… beauty and kindness and toughness. Ravenna is not only trying to kill Snow for her direct benefit, but she is trying to kill the representation, in flesh, of what she might have been.

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Sez Dennis Lim on Cannes

“A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival, marked by constant downpours and frequent boos, ended with the restoration of order.” Sez Dennis Lim 

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Pixar-Disney Animation’s Ed Catmull Talks Brave

Pixar-Disney Animation’s Ed Catmull Talks Brave

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“The close-up in the trailer for The Master of Joaquin Phoenix during his interview carries the weight of all the power of cinema.”

“The close-up in the trailer for The Master of Joaquin Phoenix during his interview carries the weight of all the power of cinema.”

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Steve Wasserman On “The Amazon Effect”

Steve Wasserman On “The Amazon Effect”

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Daily Mail Gets In Malibu Surf With One Of Malick’s Current Films

Daily Mail Gets In Malibu Surf With One Of Malick’s Current Films

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Is It Time For All University Presses To Close?

Is It Time For All University Presses To Close?

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Screenwriter Jerry Stahl Observes Birth Of Daughter With Customary Restraint

Screenwriter Jerry Stahl Observes Birth Of Daughter With Customary Restraint

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“‘I’ve been slashed, stabbed and shot at” And Acted In A Ken Loach Joint

“‘I’ve been slashed, stabbed and shot at” And Acted In A Ken Loach Joint

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John Waters On Writing, Art, Fixations

“I believe in the opposite of original sin. I believe every baby is born innocent, and something —-s it up. But every once in a while, there are people…” John Waters On Writing, Art, Fixations

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Is 30-Year-Old Rocky III The Original “MTV Movie”?

Is 30-Year-Old Rocky III The Original “MTV Movie”?

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Athens’ Summery Open-Air Cinemas

Athens’ Summery Open-Air Cinemas

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3 European Parliamentary Committees Reject ACTA Copyright Treaty

3 European Parliamentary Committees Reject ACTA Copyright Treaty

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Movie City News

“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