Movie City News Archive for July, 2014

“Can You Imagine Scarlett Johannson In Blackface?”

“Why did the famous white actress not turn black to elude the cops or who ever wanted to get their grubby little hands on her? It sounds like a pretty cool thing to do (use your brilliant brain to become a sister like that); cool, that is, to someone who has no clue about the…

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Studios Agree To Nolan-Abrams-Apatow-Tarantino Proposition To Buy And Stash Kodak Film Stock

Studios Agree To Nolan-Abrams-Apatow-Tarantino Proposition To Buy And Stash Kodak Film Stock

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The Man In The Suit: “Being Godzilla”

The Man In The Suit: “Being Godzilla“

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Masters Sez There Are Hidden Costs In Making Transformers A $300 Million Hit In China

Masters Sez There Are Hidden Costs In Making Transformers A $300 Million Hit In China

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“Twitter has proven to be a minefield for celebrities. It provides celebrities with an opportunity to make any number of careless mistakes that can come back to haunt them. But in a war environment, where emotions are so high and people are seeing pictures on CNN of babies dying and crying, it’s particularly incendiary.”

“Twitter has proven to be a minefield for celebrities. It provides celebrities with an opportunity to make any number of careless mistakes that can come back to haunt them. But in a war environment, where emotions are so high and people are seeing pictures on CNN of babies dying and crying, it’s particularly incendiary.”

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Here’s An App For Film Set Workers To Report Deadly, Unsafe Conditions

Here’s An App For Film Set Workers To Report Deadly, Unsafe Conditions

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Lena Dunham’s Criterion Notes For The Big Chill: “These Are Your Parents”

Lena Dunham‘s Criterion Notes For The Big Chill: “These Are Your Parents”

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Mark Olsen Listens In On Herzog As His 1970-1999 Blu-Ray Box Set Hits The Streets

“I’m a vehement opponent of adventure. Any idiot can go to Antarctica. And any idiot can climb Mount Everest. Even grannies have done it. There are thousands lining up. There is no adventure left.” Mark Olsen Listens In On Werner Herzog As His 1970-1999 Blu-Ray Box Set Hits The Street And – “When you look…

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John Waters Interviews Isabelle Huppert

John Waters Interviews Isabelle Huppert

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Holden Emits A Quiet Rave

“What a pleasure it is to watch a film showing life as it is, not warped into a fantasy of superhuman power. You can feast on such realism in Richard Linklater’s seven-course masterpiece, Boyhood, or sample it in Joe Swanberg’s modest but savory amuse-bouche, Happy Christmas. Both films are portraits of white middle-class American families, the…

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Australian Communicatons Minister Says ISPs Should Do More To Crack Down On Piracy

Australian Communicatons Minister Says ISPs Should Do More To Crack Down On Piracy

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Harun Farocki, 70, Made Over 90 Films

“The paradox is that Farocki is probably more important as a writer than as a filmmaker, that his films are more written about than seen, and that instead of being a failing, this actually underlines his significance to the cinema today and his considerable role in the contemporary political avant-garde.” Harun Farocki, 70, Made Over…

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Comcast :30 Spot Says Time Warner Cable Megamerger Would “Extend Net Neutrality Protections To More Americans.”

Comcast :30 Spot Says Time Warner Cable Megamerger Would “Extend Net Neutrality Protections To More Americans.”

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“Dear World: Stop Giving All Your Money To Michael Bay”

“Dear World: Stop Giving All Your Money To Michael Bay”

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Nollywood Benefits From Nigeria’s Version Of Netflix

Nollywood Benefits From Nigeria’s Version Of Netflix

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SABAN FILMS EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM FOLLOWING LAUNCH IN CANNES

Jonathan Saba leads Marketing and Azniv Tashchyan heads up Finance As Saban Bolsters Its Release Slate LOS ANGELES – July 31, 2014 – Saban Films, an entertainment venture from Haim Saban’s Saban Capital Group, expands their team with the hire of Azniv Taschyan as Vice President of Finance and Jonathan Saba as Vice President of Marketing. After…

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An In-Depth Conversation With The Designers Of Guardians Of The Galaxy

An In-Depth Conversation With The Designers Of Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Esquire Sez “Nobody Is Better Than Cameron Diaz. Nobody.”

Esquire Sez “Nobody Is Better Than Cameron Diaz. Nobody.”

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Judge Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over Data Stashed In Ireland

Judge Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over Data Stashed In Ireland

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“A Note to the Guardians of the Galaxy Fans Who Are Calling Our Critic a “Harlot”

“A Note To The Guardians Of The Galaxy Fans Who Are Calling Our Critic A ‘Harlot’”

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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