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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“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