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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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