Movie City News Archive for November, 2013

Paul Walker Was 40

Paul Walker Was 40

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The DVD Wrapup Gift Guide II

Breaking Bad, Lilyhammer, Argo, Bruce Weber, Gene Autry, Anchorman, Rutles, MST3K and … More.

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Mark Orton Talks About His Nebraska Score

Mark Orton Talks About His Nebraska Score

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Esquire UK Cover-Stories Joaquin Phoenix

Esquire UK Cover-Stories Joaquin Phoenix

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For Bertolucci, Cinema Is Still Life

For Bertolucci, Cinema Is Still Life

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OFFICIAL SCREEN CREDITS FORMS DUE DECEMBER 2 FOR 2013 OSCARS

For a feature film to be considered for the 2013 Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must deliver an OSC form and legal billing to the Academy’s 8949 Wilshire Boulevard office by 5 p.m. PT on December 2. I

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Finding Llewyn Davis

Finding Llewyn Davis

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Romanian Filmmakers Win Some Concessions From Gov’t

Romanian Filmmakers Win Some Concessions From Gov’t

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Happy 70th Terrence Malick

Happy 70th Terrence Malick

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Here Come The Top Ten Lists, Kicked Off, As Always, By John Waters In Artforum

Here Come The 2013 Top Ten Lists, Kicked Off, As Always, By John Waters In Artforum

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TA Few Folksingers Who Influenced The Coen Bros’ On Inside Llewyn Davis

A Few Folksingers Who Influenced The Coen Bros’ On Inside Llewyn Davis

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Jean Kent, 92, Acted In The Browning Version, Bonjour Tristesse, The Prince And The Showgirl

Jean Kent, 92, Acted In The Browning Version, Bonjour Tristesse, The Prince And The Showgirl

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Fire bests Frozen.

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Olsen On Punk Singer Kathleen Hanna

Olsen On Punk Singer Kathleen Hanna

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Reflecting Tim’s Vermeer

Reflecting Tim’s Vermeer

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“Of three dozen films identified as potential Oscar contenders, 22 of them have at least one female producer.”

“Of three dozen films identified as potential Oscar contenders, 22 of them have at least one female producer.”

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Newest Spike Lee Joint Rakes In Almost As Much As R.I.P.D. And The Fifth Estate

Newest Spike Lee Joint Rakes In Almost As Much As R.I.P.D. And The Fifth Estate

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Spike Lee Chimes In On The Oldboy Poster Fracas

Spike Lee Chimes In On The Oldboy Poster Fracas

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What Was Your Worst Family Moviegoing Experience?

What Was Your Worst Family Moviegoing Experience?

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“Saving Mr. Banks is just what Christmas needs: a feelgood movie that doesn’t need a brain bypass. Starrily acted, smartly scripted, astutely funny about Hollywood and its ways, it is the best Disney film in retrievable memory.”

“Saving Mr. Banks is just what Christmas needs: a feelgood movie that doesn’t need a brain bypass. Starrily acted, smartly scripted, astutely funny about Hollywood and its ways, it is the best Disney film in retrievable memory.”

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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