Movie City News Archive for June, 2014

Time Inc. Says It Wants To Be LinkedIn, Or Maybe, Like, Facebook

Time Inc. Says It Wants To Be LinkedIn, Or Maybe, Like, Facebook

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Cara Buckley NYT’s New Awards Season “Carpetbagger”

Cara Buckley NYT’s New Awards Season “Carpetbagger”

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Kino Lorber Goes Godard In 3D

    KINO LORBER ACQUIRES ALL NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO JEAN-LUC GODARD’S 3D MASTERWORK GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE, JURY PRIZE WINNER AT THIS YEAR’S CANNES FILM FESTIVAL     New  York, NY – June 30, 2014 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all North American rights to Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D masterwork Goodbye…

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Docs Rock HBO’s Monday

  MONDAY NIGHT IS DOC NIGHT ON HBO, WITH GROUNDBREAKING HBO DOCUMENTARIES NOW ANCHOREDWEEKLY ON MONDAY NIGHTS YEAR ROUND             NEW YORK, June 30, 2014 – With the popularity of nonfiction filmmaking increasing, HBO has created a regular slot for its powerful and provocative documentaries, featuring debuts of new original films along with timely encore presentations every Mondaynight. The Monday night slot kicked off…

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The “Simmering Tension” Between Groucho Marx And T. S. Eliot

The “Simmering Tension” Between Groucho Marx And T. S. Eliot

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Harmony Korine And Kenneth Anger Have A Little Chat

Harmony Korine And Kenneth Anger Have A Little Chat

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Ebiri On Why Mark Wahlberg Is A Better Actor Than You Ever Realized

Ebiri On Why Mark Wahlberg Is A Better Actor Than You Ever Realized

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“Perhaps the most startling thing about Facebook’s efforts to control the emotions of nearly 700,000 people without their explicit consent is the fact that some people are actually defending the company.”

“Perhaps the most startling thing about Facebook’s efforts to control the emotions of nearly 700,000 people without their explicit consent is the fact that some people are actually defending the company.”

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Frere-Jones On Eno’s Musical Invention

Sasha Frere-Jones On Brian Eno’s Musical Invention

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So Sez Writer-Producer Beau Willimon

“One thing I’ve said about likability, and Netflix got mad at me for saying it: Someone asked me about the likability of my characters, and I said, verbatim: —- likability. I don’t give two s—s whether someone likes my characters. I do care if they’re attracted to them.” So Sez Writer-Producer Beau Willimon

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Michael Henry Wilson, 68, Positif Film Critic Specializing In American Cinema, Wrote Books On Scorsese, Walsh Tourneur; Script For Alan Rudolph’s Investigating Sex

Michael Henry Wilson, 68, Positif Film Critic Specializing In American Cinema, Wrote Books On Scorsese, Walsh Tourneur; Script For Alan Rudolph’s Investigating Sex

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Nantucket Film Fest Honors Boyhood, Actress, Kumiko

Nantucket Film Fest Honors Boyhood, Actress, Kumiko

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Fleming & Bart Join Hands To Wring Them Over China; Comedy Lite Ensues

“Everyone I encounter in town this week seems fixated on Chinese takeout—only it’s finance, not food.” Fleming & Bart Join Hands To Wring Them Over China; Comedy Lite Ensues

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Meshach Taylor Was 67

Meshach Taylor Was 67

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Murdochs March Ahead!

Murdochs March Ahead!

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The Weekend Report

Mere quibbling! Transformers: Age of Extinction pretty much hit its target with an estimated $99.2 million that consumed roughly 55% of the marketplace and set the benchmark for 2014 openings. And to no great surprise its brethren majors opted not to set up a sacrifice title as counterprogramming. New titles in exclusive bows also registered some potent starts, including dystopian sci-fier Snowpiercer with a torrid $163,000 at eight railways and musical rom-com Begin Again tuning up $143,000 at five gigs. Biopic Yves Saint Laurent fashioned $23,700 from two screens and the fanciful historical re-write America summed up to $36,300 from four playdates.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the biggest opening day launch of 2014 so far, but not by a lot. Godzilla opened to $38.4 million on Friday and ended up with just $93.3 million for that weekend. The best opening of the year is still Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with $95 million. So while the assumption was be that Transformers would be the first $100m opener of the year, it is unclear at this time. High-profile openers Begin Again and Snowpiercer are only on 5 and 8 screens, respectively, and will have decent weekends as limited releases. Maleficent continues to be the best mainstream holder of the summer, driven by a lack of any other titles for girls.

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Seven Ways To Tell You’re A Woman In A Michael Bay Movie

Seven Ways To Tell You’re A Woman In A Michael Bay Movie

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“How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticing”

“How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticing”

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Confessions Of More Than One Star Wars Stormtrooper

Confessions Of More Than One Star Wars Stormtrooper

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Movie City News

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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