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

“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