Movie City News Archive for September, 2012

“A Brief History Of Arab Comic Superheroes”

“A Brief History Of Arab Comic Superheroes”

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Edward Albee Still Holds Strong Opinions

Edward Albee Still Holds Strong Opinions

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Roger Moore Talks Money Money Money Lovely Money

Roger Moore Talks Money Money Money Lovely Money

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Late-Night Lox, Vodka And Banana-Cream Pie With Ed Asner

Late-Night Lox, Vodka And Banana-Cream Pie With Ed Asner

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So Will Deadline Owner Penske Make A Big Announcement On Monday Night At His WeHo Awards-Season Bash?

So Will Deadline Owner Penske Make A Big Announcement On Monday Night At His WeHo Awards-Season Bash?

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Thinking About The Greatness Of Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Thinking About The Greatness Of Heavy Metal Parking Lot

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O’Hehir Sez The Right’s Got A Pop Culture Problem

O’Hehir Sez The Right’s Got A Pop Culture Problem

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Schwarzenegger Claim Of Infidelity To Shriver With Brigitte Nielsen Timed To Release Of, What! A New Book!

Schwarzenegger Claim Of Infidelity To Shriver With Brigitte Nielsen Timed To Release Of, What! A New Book!

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“Does this mean the New York Film Festival is selling out? This concern has popped up at least since 1967, when the critic Manny Farber detected ‘a special aroma of Money Being Spent.'”

“Does this mean the New York Film Festival is selling out? This concern has popped up at least since 1967, when the critic Manny Farber detected ‘a special aroma of Money Being Spent.’”

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Isabella Rossellini And The Bees

Isabella Rossellini And The Bees

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Québec Adds Ecology Fee To Purchases Of Electronics

Québec Adds Ecology Fee To Purchases Of Electronics

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“The Decaying Web And Our Disappearing History”

“The Decaying Web And Our Disappearing History”

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The Weekend Report

Audiences checked into Hotel Transylvania and the occupancy rate in its maiden edition topped session charts with an estimated $42.6 million. The bridesmaid’s spot went to freshman sci-fi entry Looper with $20.9 million and a third national debut – the hot button education yarn Won’t Back Down – flunked the commercial test with a $2.7 million gross. Also upbeat was the limited opener of the tuneful Pitch Perfect (expanding nationally next weekend) that tallied $5.2 million at 335 venues.

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Wilmington on Movies: Pitch Perfect

  PITCH PERFECT (Three Stars) U.S.: Jason Moore, 2012 In the mood for ateen-oriented movie musical comedy about college boys and girls’ A cappella groups? Want to watch (and hear) a bunch of enthusiastic unaccompanied singers slugging it out in something called the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella), with unaccompanied (sort of)  renditions of…

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Wilmington on Movies: Looper

To tell the truth, Looper has a plot almost as tricky and paradoxical enjoyable as “All You Zombies” — or as Heinlein’s earlier classic “By His Bootstraps,” or as Alfred Bester’s amazing “5,271,009,” or as Philip Dick’s (alternate universe) “Eye in the Sky,“ or as Fredric Brown’s well-named “Paradox Lost,“ or as Chris Marker’s melancholy French film-poem La jetée, and the nightmarishly weird American movie it inspired, Terry Gilliam‘s Twelve Monkeys (which also starred Bruce Willis).

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“There’s a Smarter Way to Invest in Movies, Say Industry Boosters; ‘Better Than the Lottery, but Worse Than Blackjack'”

“There’s A Smarter Way To Invest In Movies, Say Industry Boosters; ‘Better Than The Lottery, But Worse Than Blackjack’”

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David Thomson Sez American Movies Are Not Dead, They Are Dying, And, Why, Just Look At That Mash-Up And That Supercut Over There!

“I foresee a film culture of increasingly short, insolent, and fragmentary films for which we hardly know the name of the director.” David Thomson Sez American Movies Are Not Dead, They Are Dying, And, Why, Just Look At That Mash-Up And That Supercut Over There!

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The Ever-So-Modest Comeback Of The Drive-In Theater

The Ever-So-Modest Comeback Of The Drive-In Theater

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Paul Thomas Anderson, Accidental Auteur?

Paul Thomas Anderson, Accidental Auteur?

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Holy Motors’ Leos Carax And Kylie Minogue Onstage In London 9’36”

“She was an angel I needed…” Holy Motors‘ Leos Carax And  Kylie Minogue Onstage In London 9’36”

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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