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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“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

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould