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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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“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