Movie City News Archive for July, 2012

GORE VIDAL WAS 86

GORE VIDAL WAS 86

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“Indignant, eloquent, and contrarian: This is vintage Vidal.”

“Indignant, eloquent, and contrarian: This is vintage Vidal.”

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Gore Vidal At 24: “If I Live To An Old Age I Dread To Think Of All The Work I Shall Have Done”

Gore Vidal At 24: “If I Live To An Old Age I Dread To Think Of All The Work I Shall Have Done” (cached copy)

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Hawk Koch Elected Academy President

Hawk Koch Elected Academy President

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HAWK KOCH ELECTED ACADEMY PRESIDENT

July 31, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Beverly Hills, CA – Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office. Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the…

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Polone: Stars Don’t Matter.

Polone: Stars Don’t Matter. 

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Aurora Rise: Local Comics Store Teams With Artists To Benefit Victims

Aurora Rise: Local Comics Store Teams With Artists To Benefit Victims

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Steve James’ Latest Doc, Head Games, Goes To Variance Films With Some New Distribution Notions

Steve James’ Latest Doc, Head Games, Goes To Variance Films With Some New Distribution Notions

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Steve James’ HEAD GAMES Set for September 21 Theatrical Release Through Variance Films

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Award-winning filmmaker tackles hot-button issue of concussions in sport New York, July 31, 2012 – Variance Films announced today that it has acquired theatrical rights to HEAD GAMES, the new documentary feature from acclaimed director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” The Interrupters”) that takes a nuanced, intelligent look at the concussion crisis in American sports. …

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Icahn Takes $590 Million For Leo Kitty

Icahn Takes $590 Million For Leo Kitty

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New Zealand Court Orders Return Of Megaupload Property; U. S. Justice Dept Demurs

New Zealand Court Orders Return Of Megaupload Property; U. S. Justice Dept Demurs

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LAT Sez Burkle Leading Potential Buyer For Variety

LAT Sez Burkle Leading Potential Buyer For Variety

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In Advance Of Rollout Of Sight & Sound’s Ten-Year Greatest Films Poll, Nick James Explains

In Advance Of Rollout Of Sight & Sound’s Ten-Year Greatest Films Poll, Nick James Explains

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Murdoch iPad “Paper” The Daily To Fire 50 Of 170 Employees

Murdoch iPad “Paper” The Daily To Fire 50 Of 170 Employees

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Harry Producer Heymann Flinches At Early Potter FX

Harry Producer Heymann Flinches At Early Potter FX

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Icahn Lets Go Of MGM Stake

Icahn Lets Go Of MGM Stake

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Howard Rodman On One Day With Chris Marker

Howard Rodman On One Day With Chris Marker

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TIFF 2012’s Full Midnight Madness Line-Up

TIFF 2012’s Full Midnight Madness Line-Up And – TIFF12 Vanguard

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Lim On Marker

“A bar in Tokyo’s famous Golden Gai district is named for La Jetée—an honor that Mr. Marker once said was “worth more to me than any number of Oscars.” Lim On Marker

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Sundance Cinemas Set Aug 31 Open At Former Sunset 5

Sundance Cinemas Set Aug 31 Open At Former Sunset 5

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon