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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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier