Movie City News Archive for March, 2013

Russia To Selectively Block Internet Content; Says It Will Save The Children And Prevent Suicide

Russia To Selectively Block Internet Content; Says It Will Save The Children And Prevent Suicide

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Leydon On What SxSW Is Good For

Leydon On What SxSW Is Good For

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Newspapers Worldwide Go For Web Subscriptions Because, Oh Well, What The Hell, Anyway

Newspapers Worldwide Go For Web Subscriptions Because, Oh Well, What The Hell, Anyway

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David Thomson Reads Derek Cianfrance’s America

David Thomson Reads Derek Cianfrance’s America

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Jon Jost On Getting A Refund For Spring Breakers

“As in Korine’s other works, the evident lack of anything one might call “style” becomes its style, duly celebrated by our writers who seem to have lost their minds to Harmony’s [come]-on.” Jon Jost On Getting A Refund For Spring Breakers

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Christopher Kelly On Cowboy Stuntman Dean Smith

Christopher Kelly On Cowboy Stuntman Dean Smith

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“Is McConaughey 3.0 Here to Stay?”

“Is McConaughey 3.0 Here to Stay?”

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“THE ACADEMY TO HOST A “WAYNE’S WORLD” REUNION… NO WAY. WAY.”

March 27, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Producer Lorne Michaels, writer-actor Mike Myers, actor Dana Carvey and director Penelope Spheeris will reunite for a panel discussion and screening of “Wayne’s World” on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly…

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PARTICIPANT MEDIA TURNS TO TELEVISION WITH THE LAUNCH OF pivot

New Network’s Disruptive Model Celebrates Core Audience of Millennials “TV That Matters For The New Greatest Generation” Includes: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Open Source Variety Show, ‘HitRECord on TV!’; ‘TakePart Live,’ LIVE Topical Talk Nightly; Shakespeare 2.0 tale ‘Will’ From Craig Pearce & Cineflix Studios; ‘Raising McCain’ starring Meghan McCain; Romeo and Juliet Reality, ‘Jersey Strong’; Bilingual…

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Approving Times Profile Of New Evil Dead Relishes Giving Away Bloody Plot Surprises

Approving Times Profile Of New Evil Dead Relishes Giving Away Bloody Plot Surprises

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Dawson And Byington On The “Bleak” Funny Of Somebody Up There Likes Me

Dawson And Byington On The “Bleak” Funny Of Somebody Up There Likes Me

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Criterion On A Man Escaped As “Quintessential Bresson”

Criterion On A Man Escaped As “Quintessential Bresson”

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An Indian Perspective: “Audiences Are Evolving Faster: Analog Vs. Digital”

An Indian Perspective: “Audiences Are Evolving Faster: Analog Vs. Digital”

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Don Payne, 48, Penned 12 Eps Of “The Simpsons”; Wrote My Super Ex-Girlfriend; Contributed To Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

Don Payne, 48, Penned 12 Eps Of “The Simpsons,” Shared Four Emmys; Wrote My Super Ex-Girlfriend; Contributed To Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer

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A Visit With The Favorite Paleontologist Of Spielberg And Lucas

A Visit With The Favorite Paleontologist Of Spielberg And Lucas

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Criterion Restoring 18 Satyajit Ray Films For 2014 Release

Criterion Restoring 18 Satyajit Ray Films For 2014 Release

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“Chloë Sevigny’s 90s Throwback”

“Chloë Sevigny’s 90s Throwback” vid

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Eugene Jarecki On America’s War On Drugs

Eugene Jarecki On America’s War On Drugs With – David Simon’s Perspective

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A Pharmacologist Takes Side Effects

A Pharmacologist Takes Side Effects

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“Nigerian Children Can Attend the Pinky and the Brain School”

“Nigerian Children Can Attend The Pinky And The Brain School”

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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