Movie City News Archive for May, 2013

After Earth Yields Religious Parallels

After Earth Yields Religious Parallels

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A Former Member Of A World Religion Compares After Earth And Battlefield Earth

A Former Member Of A World Religion Compares After Earth And Battlefield Earth

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Google Says It Will Not Presently Allow Facial Recognition Software For Its Google Glass Product

Google Says It Will Not Presently Allow Facial Recognition Software For Its Google Glass Product

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Comeuppance For The Rich Big At The Movies In Mexico

Comeuppance For The Rich Big At The Movies In Mexico

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Buzz Aldrin Grounds After Earth

Buzz Aldrin Grounds After Earth

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Icahn Vs. Lionsgate From Two Years’ Distance

Icahn Vs. Lionsgate From Two Years’ Distance

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China Extras Line Up For Day Work

China Extras Line Up For Day Work

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“Daniel Radcliffe Acts His Age”

“Daniel Radcliffe Acts His Age”

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Pakistan Builds Multiplexes Even As Pirates Rule

Pakistan Builds Multiplexes Even As Pirates Rule

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The Room Turns 10 And Tommy Wiseau Is Gonna Celebrate In Westwood

The Room Turns 10 And Tommy Wiseau Is Gonna Celebrate In Westwood

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“Why Movies About Magicians Don’t Work”

“Why Movies About Magicians Don’t Work”

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“The 15 episodes of ‘Arrested Development,’ Season Four aren’t really episodes—or a season.”

“The 15 episodes of ‘Arrested Development,’ Season Four aren’t really episodes—or a season.”

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Governator Confirms He Will Be King Of More Sequels: Conan, Twins, Terminator

Governator Confirms He Will Be King Of More Sequels: Conan, Twins, Terminator

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Franca Rame, 84, Italian Playwright, Actress And Co-Clown With Nobelist Husband Dario Fo

Franca Rame, 84, Italian Playwright, Actress And Co-Clown With Nobelist Husband Dario Fo

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Why Yes, There Is A New David Lynch Film, And It Runs In An Eternal 7-Second Loop

Why Yes, There Is A New David Lynch Film, And It Runs In An Eternal 7-Second Loop

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Wilmington on Movies: Now You See Me

This new cinematic magic show—in which four professional magicians join for a Las Vegas-style super-act that may also be a super-crime—is a movie so self-consciously clever, so intent on surprising the hell out of us, and so utterly, shamelessly, mind-numbingly preposterous that you may walk out of it feeling that your mental pockets have been picked.

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Will Smith Lives For TED Talks

Will Smith Lives For TED Talks

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BusinessWeek On Prenda Law, The Porn Copyright Trolls

BusinessWeek On Prenda Law, The Porn Copyright Trolls

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Chicago Sun-Times Reporters Remanded To “iPhone Photography Basics” Camp Now That All The Photographers Have Been Fired

Chicago Sun-Times Reporters Remanded To “iPhone Photography Basics” Camp Now That The Photographers Have Been Fired

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Twilight Parodist Sues Lionsgate For $500 Million

Twilight Parodist Sues Lionsgate For $500 Million

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Movie City News

“When we add it all up, what is it costing the industry just to take care of its top-20 producers? What is that total price tag going to look like once all their shows are in production? With 7,000 shows sloshing around in the streaming jungle, all trying to get attention, what is the guarantee that the Next Giant Thing, or the Next 10 Giant Things, will come out of this group? TV breakthroughs, as often as not, don’t come from seasoned workshops, but from newish upstarts, breaking out with something no one thought of before. Who the hell were Benioff and Weiss before ‘GoT’? Would anyone have given them a $250 million overall deal?”

MZS on Indie Theaters

Harvey Has An Excuse

“I guess it’s talking about the fear of intimacy, you know? When I was young, and you’re a musician, it took me a long time to get to a certain place where I felt comfortable with family and loving somebody and being loved,” Bruce Springsteen says. “Really, that’s what’s the film is about. The film takes you on that journey. Like I say, there are two parts to the American character: one is very isolated and one is in search of community. So how do you make your peace with both of those things? That’s really what the picture is about.”

Jamie Leigh

Midwest FurFest Bars Rightwing Agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and His Newly-Doffed Snow Leopard Fursona

Saturday Night Live Rescinds Proffer To Shane Gillis As History of Racist And Homophobic Slurs Expand; Search On For A Replacement Reprobate?

TIFF Audience Award Goes Jojo Rabbit, With Marriage Story And Parasite Close Behind

“A New Era of the Strips, With Gary Larson Drawing, Is Returning”

James Murdoch Talks To Jane Mayer After Disney Buy

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima