Movie City News Archive for October, 2014

20 Weeks To Oscar: Sell Short

In the real world, where studios are just selling movies with massive marketing campaigns, the marketing windows have shrunk in recent years. Big TV buys can wait for 3 weeks out if the awareness has been pumped up via publicity for the months and months before. Have Oscar campaigners taken this lesson to heart? Are the early September festivals just an awareness play, followed by a 6-to-8 week window of lingering, and then the real campaign in the course of just a few weeks?

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Beatrice Welles On Completing Her Father’s The Other Side Of The Wind

Beatrice Welles On Completing Her Father’s The Other Side Of The Wind

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Despite Chances Of Extradition To L. A. County, Roman Polanski May Shoot Next Film In Poland

Despite Chances Of Extradition To L. A. County, Roman Polanski May Shoot Next Film In Poland

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Google CEO And Co-Founder Larry Page Has Larger And Larger Ambitions

Google CEO And Co-Founder Larry Page Has Larger And Larger Ambitions

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The FT Characterizes Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige

The FT Characterizes Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige

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The Academy Lists The 134 Docs Submitted For Oscar 2014; Shortlist Of 15 Comes In December

134 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2014 OSCAR® RACE LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq” “Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case” “Algorithms” “Alive Inside” “All…

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After Nightcrawler, Steve Rose Asks If There’s Any Big-Screen Portrait Of TV News Gatherers That’s Not Warped

After Nightcrawler, Steve Rose Asks If There’s Any Big-Screen Portrait Of TV Newsgatherers That’s Not Warped

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Stephanie Zacharek On “How John Wick Restored My Faith In Violent Movies”

Stephanie Zacharek On “How John Wick Restored My Faith In Violent Movies”

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Admire Three-Minutes, Fifty-Two Seconds Of The Best Blinding Lens Flares

Admire Three-Minutes, Fifty-Two Seconds Of The Best Blinding Lens Flares

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Iain Sinclair On London’s Lost Cinemas

Iain Sinclair On London’s Lost Cinemas

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Katie Rife Watches All 9 Hellraiser Movies

Katie Rife Watches All 9 Hellraiser Movies

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Joy Horowitz Asks, “Too Jewish?” On The Making of “Fiddler On The Roof”

Joy Horowitz Asks, “Too Jewish?” On The Making of “Fiddler On The Roof”

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Sarah Kerr On The “Weird, True Story” Of Wonder Woman

Sarah Kerr On The “Weird, True Story” Of Wonder Woman

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Cinematographer Elle Schneider On Why There Ought To Be More Women Behind The Camera

Cinematographer Elle Schneider On Why There Ought To Be More Women Behind The Camera

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NYT Sunday Magazine Cover-Stories Chris Nolan At Almost 7,000 Words

“Regardless of the visionary question, however, it’s pretty much impossible to think of a film that grossed more than a billion dollars and is better than The Dark Knight—or, to think of it in the way that Nolan prefers, a better film that was seen, so many times over, by so many people.” NYT Sunday…

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US Officials Rebuffed In Attempt To Extradite Roman Polanski While Visiting Opening Of Jewish Museum In Warsaw

US Officials Rebuffed In Attempt To Extradite Roman Polanski While Visiting Opening Of Jewish Museum In Warsaw

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J. R. Jones Backlashes Whiplash

“If you’ve ever played in any kind of improvisational group, you know that the key to making it work is listening to your fellow players, not trying to vanquish them.” J. R. Jones Backlashes Whiplash

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What Do Michel Gondry And “Weird Al” Yankovic Have In Common?

What Do Michel Gondry And “Weird Al” Yankovic Have In Common?

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Brooks Barnes Checks Peter Chernin’s Progress As Well-Financed But Successful Independent Producer

“It ain’t a lot of fun to make failed movies, and to be successful you have to be in the attention-getting business. Actually, attention-getting is the dominant thing that has taken over the media business over all.” Brooks Barnes Checks Peter Chernin’s Progress As Well-Financed But Successful Independent Producer

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Cinematographer Reed Morano On The Fight Against TV’s “Smooth Motion” Setting

“By allowing it to exist as a default, we are throwing away our freedom of artistic expression as filmmakers because someone else is deciding that our work will be seen completely differently in the end.” Cinematographer Reed Morano On The Fight Against TV’s “Smooth Motion” Setting

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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