Movie City News Archive for June, 2012

“A Life Less Ordinary”: How Sam Frears, Stephen’s Son, Made It To 40 Despite Riley-Day Syndrome

“A Life Less Ordinary”: How Sam Frears, Stephen’s Son, Made It To 40 Despite Riley-Day Syndrome

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Variety.Com Editor Moves Over To THR.Com

Variet_y.Com Editor Moves Over To THR.Com

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WSJ Would Have You Think Murdoch Would Like Another Waiver, This Time To Go After The Los Angeles Times

WSJ Would Have You Think Murdoch Would Like Another Waiver, This Time To Go After The Los Angeles Times

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Vangelis Sez Message Of Chariots Of Fire Still Important

Vangelis Sez Message Of Chariots Of Fire Still Important

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Ted Screenwriter Sulkin Peddles Big Book O’ Tweets

Ted Screenwriter Sulkin Peddles Big Book O’ Tweets

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Glenn Kenny, Prompted By A Naysayer Of Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Offers Some New Entries For The “Dictionary Of Received Critical Ideas”

Glenn Kenny, Prompted By A Naysayer Of Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Offers Some New Entries For The “Dictionary Of Received Critical Ideas”

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When Dan Cutforth And Jane Lipsitz Met Katy Perry

When Dan Cutforth And Jane Lipsitz Met Katy Perry

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Rahman Sez “Jai Ho” Still No-Go If B’way Slumdog Tuner Sings Sans Boyle

Rahman Sez “Jai Ho” Still No-Go If B’way Slumdog Tuner Sings Sans Boyle

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Danny Boyle Assures PETA The Olympics Opener Will Be Kind To The Animals

“We are satisfied that the animals won’t now end up in an abattoir and that much more attention is now being paid to their welfare.” Danny Boyle Assures PETA The Olympics Opener Will Be Kind To The Animals

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Lee Siegel Elucidates His Alec Baldwin Issues For The Fashion Section

“Mr. Baldwin possesses what you might call the salutary egotism of avid living, as opposed to the rotten narcissism of amoral grasping and mistreatment of other people.” Lee Siegel Elucidates His Alec Baldwin Issues For The Fashion Section

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A Genial Editor’s Letter From Cinema Scope’s Mark Peranson

“Back to business as usual, which means being crabby about Cannes and printing long articles about filmmakers nobody has heard of.” A Genial Editor’s Letter From Cinema Scope’s Mark Peranson 

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William Friedkin Could’ve Been A Serial Killer

William Friedkin Could’ve Been A Serial Killer

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Sundance Cinemas Sets Up Shop In Seattle

Sundance Cinemas Sets Up Shop In Seattle

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WSJ’s Anna Russell Will Blog Her Way Through The Criterion Collection

WSJ’s Anna Russell Will Blog Her Way Through The Criterion Collection Yes –  Just Like Matthew Dessem Who –  Ebert Wrote About In 2009

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Sarah Polley, Canadian

Sarah Polley, Canadian

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Thelma Adams Talks “Restless Housewife Dance” With Waltz’s Michelle Williams

Thelma Adams Talks “Restless Housewife Dance” With Waltz‘s Michelle Williams

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“I have no idea what my films are about”

Docmaker Nicolas Philibert: “I have no idea what my films are about”

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Friday Estimates: June 30

It’s a stripper and teddy bear weekend! While Merida and her Brave friends will no doubt capture more of the family market, Ted and Magic Mike are at the top of the box office charts on Friday.

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Brave Has Its Very Own Page For Projectionists To Get It Right

Brave Has Its Very Own Page For Projectionists To Get It Right

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Wilmington on Movies: The Graduate

Sometimes a movie comes at exactly the right time. Like The Graduate — director Mike Nichols’ and screenwriters Buck Henry’s and Calder Willingham’s marvelously edgy and arousing romantic comedy about plastics and family affairs and life in California, with one of those heroes, or anti-heroes, who strike a chord: young, nervous, recent college graduate, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), who’s a little worried about his future and also torn between his clandestine affair with a married lover, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) and his seemingly genuine open-air love for her beautiful college-age daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

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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