Movie City News Archive for November, 2012

“Why Washington Can’t Stop Talking about Lincoln”

“Why Washington Can’t Stop Talking about Lincoln”  

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A Visual Progress Report On The Restoration Of EbertFest’s Virginia Theater

A Visual Progress Report On The Restoration Of EbertFest’s Virginia Theater

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Foundas And Nolan Go 4,500 Words

“The term ‘realism’ is often confusing and used sort of arbitrarily. I suppose ‘relatable’ is the word I would use.” Foundas And Nolan Go 4,500 Words

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Why Won’t Oslo, August 31 Be Nom’d For Best Adapted Screenplay?

Why Won’t Oslo, August 31 Be Nom’d For Best Adapted Screenplay?

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Is It Already Time For Another Season Of Thumbsuckers About Lena Dunham’s “Girls”?

“I don’t remember a time when TV wasn’t art.” Is It Already Time For Another Season Of Thumbsuckers About Lena Dunham’s “Girls”? Oh. It Looks Like It Is.

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Katzenberg Optimistic, At Length, On Future Of DreamWorks Animation

Katzenberg Optimistic, At Length, On Future Of DreamWorks Animation

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Meh 400-Word Review Of Variety Editor’s “Variety” History Manages To Incorporate Both Penske Peeing And Nikki Nattering At Bret Easton Ellis

Meh 400-Word Review Of Variety Editor’s “Variety” History Manages To Incorporate Both Penske Peeing And Nikki Nattering At Bret Easton Ellis

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Times Again Glories In Its “Edginess” By Esteeming “Scriptshadow” Script Spoiler “Carson Reeves”; Credits Him With The Greenlight Of Social Network

“As most professionals point out, virtually no producer will charge to read material. To do so, they say, is a predatory practice that exploits writers.” Times Again Glories In Its “Edginess” By Esteeming “Scriptshadow” Script Spoiler “Carson Reeves”; Credits Him With The Greenlight Of Social Network

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Is There Realllllly A Trend Of Studios Doing International Remakes Of Domestic Properties?

Is There Realllllly A Trend Of Studios Doing International Remakes Of Domestic Properties?

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Dennis Doros On The Future Of Small Indie Gems Like Those From His Milestone Films

Dennis Doros On The Future Of Small Indie Gems Like Those From His Milestone Films

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Charlotte Rampling Has “Rules Of Engagement”

“Everyone will say this about beauty: you don’t really know anything else. If you’re ugly, you’re ugly; if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful. You don’t have a comparison.” Charlotte Rampling Has “Rules Of Engagement”

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The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Lists “Seven Ways Women and Girls Are Stereotyped, Sexualized And Underrepresented On Screen”

The Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media Lists “Seven Ways Women And Girls Are Stereotyped, Sexualized And Underrepresented On Screen” And – The Report pdf download

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The Man Who Dented James Gandolfini’s Head Confesses

The Man Who Dented James Gandolfini’s Head Confesses

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Michael Mann On HBO Photojournalism Series

Michael Mann On HBO Photojournalism Series

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Unveiling The Real Author Behind “Nine And A Half Weeks”

Unveiling The Real Author Behind “Nine And A Half Weeks”

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George Stevens Jr. Gets An Honorary Oscar Saturday Night

George Stevens Jr. Gets An Honorary Oscar Saturday Night And – Senator Franken Will Present Another To D. A. Pennebaker

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A Cry Rises Up To Recognize Nicole Kidman In The Paperboy

“Imagine if Oscar voters were able to parse the jewels from the schlock.” A Cry Rises Up To Recognize Nicole Kidman In The Paperboy

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Producers Guild Nominates Docs, Including Gatekeepers, Sugar Man

Producers Guild Nominates Docs, Including Gatekeepers, Sugar Man

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A Fine Photographer Passes Agelessly

“There were two things he never told about Ken Regan. That’s his age and his cell phone number. Being true to his wishes, I can’t tell.” A Fine Photographer Passes Agelessly With – His Portfolio Of Film, Sports And Music Shots

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Rick Baker’s Still Making Monsters

Rick Baker’s Still Making Monsters

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Movie City News

The DVD Wrapup: After the Wedding, Buñuel in the Labyrinth, Bliss, Nuke ’Em High Redux, Tel Aviv on Fire, They Are We, Hitchhikers, Far Country, Popstar, Truth … More

Review: The Good Liar

“It is done his way. The script is shot in sequence and actors learn the story as they go along – all the better to surprise them. “I just want the performance to come straight from their stomach,” he says. At lunchtime, everyone piles into a minibus to go to a church hall. Loach remembers shooting Bread and Roses in Los Angeles, and an actor asking: “Where are the chairs?” Loach said: “What chairs? There are a few around. Find one.” “We always have chairs with our name on.” Loach: “How old are you?” “Sixty.” “Well I’m fucking 75. When you see me sit down, you sit down.” Loach laughs then says: “We keep going because we’re so inexpensive.”

OH, NO HUMANITY

“The first day subscription numbers are impressive, but not surprising, this being the greatest family brand, the one must-have brand in familydom. There’s been grumbling online, particularly from middle-aged critics, about how much is missing and how there is nothing for them to watch. D+ is failing to serve the all-important ‘Mad Men’ audience of media professionals!”

“Howard Hawks was a wonderful director, but he was not the greatest director Hollywood ever knew. The guys with the cigarette ashes on them ignored our greatest directors and humiliated George Stevens, Willie Wyler, Billy Wilder,” Mike Nichols once said of the film giants whose critical stock crashed when New Hollywood arrived. “The tragedy of Willie and Stevens and Fred Zinnemann, these were great men, but they just weren’t part of the froggy conspiracy.” Welles and Ford agreed the director was the driving creative force of their films, but to what end? What was it about?”

Lawrence G. Paull Was 81

The Rise And Rise Of Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas

Joker First Billion-Grossing R-Rated Pic

Louis C.K. for part of his comeback tour “What’s mostly absent now though is the appearance that he’s at least trying to be decent,”

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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