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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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