Movie City News Archive for April, 2014

The Legacy Of Steven Wright And His Comedy

The Ongoing Legacy Of Steven Wright And His Comedy

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AT&T Approaches DirecTV For Conglomeration; Would Be About The Size Of Comcast-Time Warner Combine

“Acquisition of DirecTV would give AT&T a national footprint in pay television at a time when the telecom company sees video delivery as core to its future.” AT&T Approaches DirecTV For Conglomeration; Would Be About The Size Of Comcast-Time Warner Combine

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Senator Franken Advises FCC Chairman: Pay-To-Play Will Destroy The Open Internet

Senator Franken Advises FCC Chairman: Pay-To-Play Will Destroy The Open Internet

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Ebiri On “Why Adam Sandler Matters”

“I was struck by the profound sense of self-loathing at the heart of all his work. It peeks through in small moments, in brief lines of dialogue. But it’s always there.” Ebiri On “Why Adam Sandler Matters”

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Chicago’s Music Box Theatre To Add A Lounge And Shed The Concession Stand Built By The Propmasters Of Curly Sue

Chicago’s Music Box Theatre To Add A Lounge And Shed The Concession Stand Built By The Propmasters Of Curly Sue

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There Are Still More Vivian Meier Mysteries

There Are Still More Vivian Meier Mysteries

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Seattle Film Festival Sets Its 40th Anniversary Marathon

Seattle Film Festival Sets Its 440-Film 40th Anniversary Marathon

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SIFF ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP FOR 40th SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films and events for the 40th annual Festival (May 15 – June 8, 2014).  This year, SIFF will screen 440 films: 198 features (plus 4 secret films), 60 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 168…

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Onion To Give It To BuzzFeed And Upworthy In The ClickHole

“Without advertising, our televisions and public spaces would be littered with art and useful information. I don’t know about you, but that’s not a world I want to live in.” Onion To Give It To BuzzFeed And Upworthy In The ClickHole And – Here’s The Click At The Hole

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Untold Stories Of Google’s Larry Page

Untold Stories Of Google’s Larry Page

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Lawson Sez Andrew Garfield And Emma Stone Could Defibrillate Ailing RomCom Biz

Lawson Sez Andrew Garfield And Emma Stone Could Defibrillate Ailing RomCom Biz

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WGA Members Ink New 3-Year Master Contract

WGA Members Ink New 3-Year Master Contract

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Demonstrating The Almost-Perfect Symmetry, Or “Cinematic Chiasmus,” Of Verhoeven-Neumaier-Miner’s Robocop

Demonstrating The Almost-Perfect Symmetry, Or “Cinematic Chiasmus,” Of Verhoeven-Neumaier-Miner’s Robocop

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Bailey Sez Murder Spider-Man

Bailey Sez Murder Spider-Man

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Potrzebie! One Of The Most Unsung Of Cultural Influencers, Al Feldstein, 88, Ran MAD Magazine For 28 Years Of Its Heyday

“If you’re not having fun at the party you’re at, go find another party.” Potrzebie! One Of The Most Unsung Of Cultural Influencers, Al Feldstein, 88, Ran MAD Magazine For 28 Years Of Its Heyday With – “Judgment Day,” A Comic Feldman Penned In 1953

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Oprah Press-Releases She And Geffen And Ellison May Line Up To Bid On Clippers

Oprah Press-Releases She And Geffen And Ellison May Line Up To Bid On Clippers

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Nate Silver Tells Young Journos To Code For The Grindstone

Nate Silver Tells Young Journos To Code For The Grindstone

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“A neuroscientist in California is dreaming up a new visual vocabulary for cinema that could revolutionize the filmmaking business.”

“A neuroscientist in California is dreaming up a new visual vocabulary for cinema that could revolutionize the filmmaking business.”

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Gopnik On “The Mystery Of ‘The Little Prince'”

Gopnik On “The Mystery Of ‘The Little Prince’”

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BOB HOSKINS WAS 71

BOB HOSKINS WAS 71 And – You Want Screen Acting? Take The Last Scene Of The Long Good Friday

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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