Movie City News Archive for August, 2014

M. Phillips Takes On How A Couple Of “M———er”s Got Love Is Strange Its “R” Rating; He Means The Word, Not The Raters

“No matter how discreet and clothed its depictions, Love Is Strange is apparently just too gay for a PG-13.” M. Phillips Takes On A Couple Of “M———er”s That Got Love Is Strange Its “R” Rating; He Means The Word, Not The Raters

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On Popul Vuh’s Soundtracks For Werner Herzog

On Popul Vuh’s Soundtracks For Werner Herzog

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Frederick Wiseman To Adapt Titicut Follies Into Ballet

Frederick Wiseman To Adapt Titicut Follies Into Ballet And – Wong Kar-wai Will 3D-ize The Grandmaster

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The Weekend Report

Traditionally one of the industry’s slowest sessions, the Labor Day weekend provided the usual summer’s end blahs with two new genre pics. The horror yarn As Above/So Below opened in fourth spot with an estimated $.8.3 million (all figures represent the 3-day portion of the weekend) and the spy thriller The November Man was a jot behind at $7.6 million.

The frames top grosser were Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with respectively $16.3 million and $11.7 million.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Guardians of the Galaxy, now the top domestic grosser for the summer, returns to the top of the box office chart in one of the weakest movie weekends of the year. And the newcomers assure that status will remain with two sub-$9m 3-day openings. On the indie side, Cantinflas will crack the Top Ten for the weekend with around $6k per-screen on 382 screens.

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Robert Greene On Teaching Nonfiction And Getting Schooled Via Skype By Frederick Wiseman

Robert Greene On Teaching Nonfiction And Getting Schooled Via Skype By Frederick Wiseman

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A Tribute To The Matte Paintings Of The Classic H’wd Era

A Tribute To The Matte Paintings Of The Classic H’wd Era

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Annnnddddd we seem to be back

Annnnddddd we seem to be back

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David Lynch? He Still Says “I Prefer Not To.”

“I’m really loving painting these days. So there’s nothin’ on the burner right now.” David Lynch? He Still Says “I Prefer Not To.”

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TIFF Programmers Suggest 15 “Must-Sees” At Toronto

TIFF Programmers Suggest 15 “Must-Sees” At Toronto

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Richard Linklater Shouts Out Some Came Running, If, The 400 Blows, Nashville And Sullivan’s Travels

Richard Linklater Shouts Out Some Came Running, If, The 400 Blows, Nashville And Sullivan’s Travels

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Awards Contenders Descend On Telluride

Awards Contenders Descend On Telluride

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Harmin’ Armond Limns Semi-Coherent Anti-Lib Listicle

Harmin’ Armond Limns Semi-Coherent Anti-Lib Listicle, “A Corrupt, Carelessly Politicized Canon”

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Why The U.S. Has Some Of The Slowest Internet Speeds On Earth: Corporations Opposing City-Run Broadband

Why The U.S. Has Some Of The Slowest Internet Speeds On Earth: Corporations Opposing City-Run Broadband

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Bill And Stella Pence Talk About Telluride’s Beginnings

Bill And Stella Pence Talk Telluride’s Beginnings

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A. O. Scott Anticipates The Opening Of “Interfestival Skirmishing” Season

“Telluride may not have Toronto’s red-carpet galas, but at a time when reactions to a movie can be instantly shared with the world, the distinction between a big and a small festival hardly matters.” A. O. Scott Anticipates The Opening Of “Interfestival Skirmishing” Season

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Academy Extends Governors Awards To Belafonte, O’Hara, Miyazaki, Carrière

HARRY BELAFONTE, JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE, HAYAO MIYAZAKI AND MAUREEN O’HARA TO RECEIVE ACADEMY’S GOVERNORS AWARDS   LOS ANGELES, CA — The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award…

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A Leaked Draft Of Oz Film Industry Copyright Proposal Would Be Bad For Users And ISPs

A Leaked Draft Of Oz Film Industry Copyright Proposal Would Be Bad For Users And ISPs pdf

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“Just trust me when I say that The Brown Bunny is a comfort when you’ve been maimed and drugged, and I mean that as a compliment.”

“Just trust me when I say that The Brown Bunny is a comfort when you’ve been maimed and drugged, and I mean that as a compliment.”

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“Hw’d’s Big-Money YouTube Hit Factory”

“Hw’d’s Big-Money YouTube Hit Factory”

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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