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

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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