Movie City News Archive for January, 2013

Bootleg Argo DVDs Of Interest To Iranian Citizenry

“Young hipsters in northern Tehran, fruit peddlers in the bazaar, teachers in the suburbs, parliamentarians and members of the plainclothes Basij militia loyal to the regime have seen it.” Bootleg Argo DVDs Of Interest To Iranian Citizenry

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Stelter On That 13-Hour Fincher Binge Available Beginning Midnight PST

Stelter On That 13-Hour Fincher Binge Available Beginning Midnight PST On Netflix

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Poland Defines Netflix 2013

“Thing is, what Netflix needs is network-level smashes.” Poland Defines Netflix 2013

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Time Inc. To Eliminate 500 More Jobs After BainCo Analysis

Time Inc. To Eliminate 500 More Jobs After BainCo Analysis

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Michael Chabon On Wes Anderson

Michael Chabon On Wes Anderson

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Groundhog Day Is 20… Again? Still?

Groundhog Day Is 20… Again? Still? 

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Emerson On “The Private Lives Of Jodie Foster”

Emerson On “The Private Lives Of Jodie Foster”

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Oscar Voting Starts In One Week

MCN Public Service Announcement Oscar Voting Starts In One Week

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Rick Prelinger’s “On The Virtues Of Preexisting Material”

Rick Prelinger‘s Manifesto “On The Virtues Of Preexisting Material”

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LAT Excited To Repeat MTV’s Gossip About Dakota Fanning Being Nude In Her Latest From Sundance Which Premiered Twelve Days Before This Story

LAT Excited To Repeat MTV’s Gossip About Dakota Fanning Being Nude In Her Latest From Sundance Which Premiered Twelve Days Before This Story

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Pinewood Studios Still Hoping To Double Space On Green Belt Land

Pinewood Studios Still Hoping To Double Space On Green Belt Land

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Late Internet Activist Aaron Swartz’s Afterword To Cory Doctorow’s “Homeland”

Late Internet Activist Aaron Swartz’s Ever-More-Moving Afterword To Cory Doctorow’s “Homeland”

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Christian Slater Says He Feels Sexier Sober

Christian Slater Says He Feels Sexier Sober

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Sony To Stop Shipments Of MiniDisc Players

Sony To Stop Shipments Of MiniDisc Players

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Joe Queenan, At 62, Cautions Against Prescribing Amour To Those Over 60

Joe Queenan, At 62, Cautions Against Prescribing Amour To Those Over 60

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Harmin’ Armond Gets Around To Beasts Of The Southern Wild; Vocabulary Invokes “Freaks,” “Gaudy,” “Lurid,” “Pickaninny”; “Motherly Black Whore”

“She must have been named after the ’90s R&B group Zhané.” Harmin’ Armond Gets Around To Beasts Of The Southern Wild; Vocabulary Invokes “Freaks,” “Gaudy,” “Lurid,” “Pickaninny”; “Motherly Black Whore”

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How Stefan Kudelski Changed The Way We Hear Movies With The Nagra

How Stefan Kudelski, 84,  Changed The Way We Hear Movies With The Nagra

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Soderbergh Answers Qs After Walter Reade Side Effects Preview

“Well, this is a big bugaboo of mine watching what’s happening lately because I’m like you should have a reason for every shot, a reason for every cut. If you don’t then you’ve broken … I don’t know if you’ve broken a contract with the audience but you’ve broken a contract with me.” Soderbergh Answers Qs…

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Cricket Ken Tucker Out At Ent Weekly

Cricket Ken Tucker Out At Ent Weekly

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“Internet copyright law has to have public support if it’s going to work”

“Internet copyright law has to have public support if it’s going to work”

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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