Movie City News Archive for September, 2014

Kevin Nance on “The Amazon Conflict”

Kevin Nance on “The Amazon Conflict”

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Producer Gary Kurtz Debunks Some Star Wars Myths

Producer Gary Kurtz Debunks Some Star Wars Myths

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Lessons from the Meltdown of an Accomplished Internet Nuisance

Lessons from the Meltdown of an Accomplished Internet Nuisance “’He didn’t care if he destroyed himself as long as he hurt you’: The sad, disturbing case of Ed Champion,” By Laura Miller And – Katie McDonough Asks, “What to do about the men who abuse women online?” Plus – “Why Publishing Put(s) Up With Ed…

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John Favreau And Roy Choi Have A Taste For A Chef Restaurant

John Favreau And Roy Choi Have A Taste For A Chef Restaurant

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Regal And Cinemark Reject Weinstein Co’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel’s Simultaneous IMAX-Netflix Release

“We will not participate in an experiment where you can see the same product on screens varying from three stories tall to three inches wide on a smart phone.” Regal And Cinemark Reject Weinstein Co’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel’s Simultaneous IMAX-Netflix Release

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Christopher Borrelli Profiles Gone Girl Screenwriter Gillian Flynn

Christopher Borrelli Profiles Gone Girl Screenwriter Gillian Flynn

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Joe Ehrman-Dupre Sez Gillian Flynn’s View Of Traditional Marriage Is Gone Girl Is Discernibly “Queer”

Joe Ehrman-Dupre Sez Gillian Flynn’s View Of Traditional Marriage Is Gone Girl Is Discernibly “Queer” And – “The Strange Thing David Fincher Does With The ‘Cool Girl’ Speech spoiler-ish

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Matt Prigge On Steven Soderbergh’s Latest Experiment “For Educational Purposes,” On Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Matt Prigge On Steven Soderbergh’s Latest Experiment “For Educational Purposes,” On Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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“Midnight Rider” First AD Charged With Involuntary Murder In Death Of Camera Assistant Sarah Jones

“Midnight Rider” First AD Charged With Involuntary Murder In Death Of Camera Assistant Sarah Jones

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“What do Norwegians find so engrossing about programs showing real-time journeys and lengthy discussions of firewood?”

“What do Norwegians find so engrossing about programs showing real-time journeys and lengthy discussions of firewood?”

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Morgan Spurlock and Paul G. Allen’s WE THE ECONOMY Launches On Digital Platforms October 21

Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan Announce Full Cast of Actors, Artists and Economic Experts to Appear in WE THE ECONOMY 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss Amy Poehler, Adrian Grenier, Werner Herzog, Jeffrey Sachs, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and others to participate in series launching across all digital platforms October 21  SEATTLE /…

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NYU New Media Prof Clay Shirky Bans Use Of Laptops, Tables And Phones In Classroom

“When I have a specific reason to ask everyone to set aside their devices, it’s as if someone has let fresh air into the room. The conversation brightens, and more recently, there is a sense of relief from many of the students.” NYU New Media Prof Clay Shirky Bans Use Of Laptops, Tables And Phones…

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The Economist On Shakeups Coming At Samsung

The Economist On Shakeups Coming At Samsung

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EU Finds Ireland Gave Apple Unfair State Aid For Two Decades

EU Finds Ireland Gave Apple Unfair State Aid For Two Decades

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David Carr Contrasts Comcast Complaints With Yard Full Of Turkeys

David Carr Contrasts Comcast Complaints With Yard Full Of Turkeys

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Copyright Laws Permitting Parody Go Into Effect In Britain October 1

Copyright Laws Permitting Parody Go Into Effect In Britain October 1

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Shout! Factory Acquires 400-Title Westchester Films Library, Including Stagecoach, A Woman Under The Influence And Welles’ Othello

Shout! Factory Acquires 400-Title Westchester Films Library, Including Stagecoach, A Woman Under The Influence And Welles’ Othello

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Matt Zoller Seitz Swoons for “The Knick”

“The greatest sustained display of directorial virtuosity in the history of American TV.” Matt Zoller Seitz Swoons for “The Knick”

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Video Essayist ::kogonada Fixes on “Eyes of Hitchcock” 1’51”

Video Essayist :: kogonada Fixes on “Eyes of Hitchcock” 1’51”

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Lena Dunham’s 11-City Book Tour Will Include Local Talent As Warm-Up, But They Won’t Be Paid

Gawker On NYT Report That Lena Dunham’s 11-City Book Tour Will Include Local Talent As Warm-Up, But They Won’t Be Paid Later – Dunham Responds, Yes, They Will Be Paid

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Movie City News

The DVD Wrapup: After the Wedding, Buñuel in the Labyrinth, Bliss, Nuke ’Em High Redux, Tel Aviv on Fire, They Are We, Hitchhikers, Far Country, Popstar, Truth … More

Review: The Good Liar

“It is done his way. The script is shot in sequence and actors learn the story as they go along – all the better to surprise them. “I just want the performance to come straight from their stomach,” he says. At lunchtime, everyone piles into a minibus to go to a church hall. Loach remembers shooting Bread and Roses in Los Angeles, and an actor asking: “Where are the chairs?” Loach said: “What chairs? There are a few around. Find one.” “We always have chairs with our name on.” Loach: “How old are you?” “Sixty.” “Well I’m fucking 75. When you see me sit down, you sit down.” Loach laughs then says: “We keep going because we’re so inexpensive.”

OH, NO HUMANITY

“The first day subscription numbers are impressive, but not surprising, this being the greatest family brand, the one must-have brand in familydom. There’s been grumbling online, particularly from middle-aged critics, about how much is missing and how there is nothing for them to watch. D+ is failing to serve the all-important ‘Mad Men’ audience of media professionals!”

“Howard Hawks was a wonderful director, but he was not the greatest director Hollywood ever knew. The guys with the cigarette ashes on them ignored our greatest directors and humiliated George Stevens, Willie Wyler, Billy Wilder,” Mike Nichols once said of the film giants whose critical stock crashed when New Hollywood arrived. “The tragedy of Willie and Stevens and Fred Zinnemann, these were great men, but they just weren’t part of the froggy conspiracy.” Welles and Ford agreed the director was the driving creative force of their films, but to what end? What was it about?”

Lawrence G. Paull Was 81

The Rise And Rise Of Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas

Joker First Billion-Grossing R-Rated Pic

Louis C.K. for part of his comeback tour “What’s mostly absent now though is the appearance that he’s at least trying to be decent,”

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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