Movie City News Archive for June, 2013

Washington Post Big Thinker Samuelson Wants To Un-invent The Internet

Washington Post Big Thinker Samuelson Wants To Un-invent The Internet; Cowers In Fear Of “Cyberattacks”

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Mulling Murdoch’s NewsCorp Rebrand

Mulling Murdoch’s NewsCorp Rebrand And – The Twenty-Quid Logo Design For “News UK” (No Longer “International”)

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Edelstein Listens To Obst’s “New Abnormal” Patter About H’wd Today And Tom’w

“The movie marketers believe that women go to guys’ movies if they’re good, but guys won’t go to women’s movies ever. I’ve proved that wrong—as have many others—but they deeply believe that.” Edelstein Listens To Obst’s “New Abnormal” Patter About H’wd Today And Tom’w

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Hedge Fund Activist Investor With 6.9% Of Holdings Renews Sony Grumbles After White House Downed

Hedge Fund Activist Investor With 6.9% Of Holdings Renews Sony Grumbles After White House Downed

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Lopez Apologizes For Singing For Turkmen Tyrant Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

“Had there been knowledge of human rights issues any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.” Lopez Apologizes For Singing “Happy Birthday” To Turkmen Tyrant Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

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Enter The Dragon’s Jim Kelly Was 67

Enter The Dragon‘s Jim Kelly Was 67

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Spec Scripts For White House Down And The Heat Sold Within 24 Hours Of Each Other; Opened On Same Day

Spec Scripts For White House Down And The Heat Sold Within 24 Hours Of Each Other; Opened On Same Day

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“Hollywood’s refusal to stand up to Alec Baldwin is shameful”

“Hollywood’s refusal to stand up to Alec Baldwin is shameful”

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Report: FBI Files Show Michael Jackson Paid $35 Million For Silence Of Two Dozen Boys’ Families

Report: FBI Files Show Michael Jackson Paid $35 Million For Silence Of Two Dozen Boys’ Families

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Borelli’s Breakfast With Michael Shannon

Borelli‘s Breakfast And Banter With Michael Shannon

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The Weekend Report

A couple of new films enlivened weekend moviegoing, but it was moola-moola at the top for the second frame of Monsters University, with an estimated $46.1 million. That left the bridesmaid slot to debuting The Heat with $39.3 million and position four for incoming White House Down with $25.3 million.

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Wilmington on Movies: The Heat

The Heat is a crude, violent, often tasteless, clichéd and outrageously foul-mouthed buddy-buddy cop comedy that also happens to be funny—sometimes screamingly funny.

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Wilmington on Movies: White House Down

I hate to admit this, but I sort of enjoyed White House Down. This doesn‘t mean that I‘m ready to forgive producer -director Roland Emmerich and his latest landmark-basher all their cinematic sins (among them Emmerich’s last movie raid on Washington D. C., and the White House, the 1996 Independence Day) , or that I think that moviemakers with outlandishly big budgets at their disposal should keep attacking and blowing up the White House on screen until they get it right —which may never happen until they hire Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and James Franco for the job — or that I‘m getting soft in my old age. It’s just that White House Down, defying all my expectations, made me laugh a little.

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Jennifer Lopez Does The Happy Birthday, Mr. President Thing For Turkmenistan Strongman, Dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov

Jennifer Lopez Does The Happy Birthday, Mr. President Thing For Turkmenistan Strongman, Dictator Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov

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Andrew Sullivan Dissects Why He Finds Alec Baldwin “Worthless”

“Conservatives would be crucified for saying something like this. A liberal is given an easy exit. I’m not for punishing people for speech; but I am against excusing the threat of homophobic rape against a specific individual because the bigot says he pro-gay.” Andrew Sullivan Dissects Why He Finds Alec Baldwin “Worthless”

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Evan Goldberg On Getting The Final Cash And A Feast Of Friends For This Is The End

Evan Goldberg On Getting The Final Cash And A Feast Of Friends For This Is The End

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“Feminism Is A Bit Of An Old-Fashioned Word,” Sez Sarandon

“Feminism Is A Bit Of An Old-Fashioned Word,” Sez Sarandon

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How Will Facebook’s Robot Censors Detect And Define “Porn”?

How Will Facebook’s Robot Censors Detect And Define “Porn”?

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A 1983 Miniseries Pitch By Orson Welles To An HBO Exec, As Alleged By Henry Jaglom And Peter Biskind

A 1983 Miniseries Pitch By Orson Welles To An HBO Exec, As Alleged By Henry Jaglom And Peter Biskind

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“If Films Were Reviewed Like Videogames”

“If Films Were Reviewed Like Videogames”

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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