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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“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