Movie City News Archive for November, 2014

20 Weeks To Oscar: The Trouble With Biopics

We’re close to an all-biopic Oscar season. Maybe that’s why it’s such a blur right now. The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Selma, Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes, and American Sniper are all specifically biopics. Boyhood and Birdman are fiction, but have major biographical elements driving them. Lots of bios.

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Alex Clark Likes Listening To Annette Bening’s Laugh

Alex Clark Likes Listening To Annette Bening’s Laugh

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Two Shia LaBeouf Collaborators On The Skywriting Plagiarist’s Alleged Rape During His Performance Art

Two Shia LaBeouf Collaborators On The Skywriting Plagiarist’s Alleged Rape During His Performance Art

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SW7 Trailer Recast As Lego

SW7 Trailer Recast As Lego

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Lower Revenues But Higher Profits Predicted For Australian Cinemas

Lower Revenues But Higher Profits Predicted For Australian Cinemas 

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Critical Elder David Thomson Cites Stanley Kauffman, Trashes Manny Farber And Sighs That The Newly-Restored Hiroshima Mon Amour Is “On Its Way To Being Forgotten”

Critical Elder David Thomson Cites Stanley Kauffman, Trashes Manny Farber And Sighs That The Newly-Restored Hiroshima Mon Amour Is “On Its Way To Being Forgotten”

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Bill Irwin Talks Some More About Miming The Kit-Kat Robot In Interstellar

“We never used the word puppetry, we never used the word robot. “ Bill Irwin Talks Some More About Miming The Kit-Kat Robot In Interstellar

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Robert Mays Consumes The All-You-Can-Eat Interstellar Pass For 15 Hours

“Entering as a blank slate allowed the craziness that comes with 15 relentless hours of Nolan world-layering and time-shifting to wash over me unimpeded, but it also meant I’d have about six minutes between screenings to consider how I felt about the movie, like a normal person.” Robert Mays Consumes The All-You-Can-Eat Interstellar Pass

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Michael Cieply Finds Words For Seth Rogen’s Co-Directed, Co-Written Latest Comedy

“Mr. Rogen, who helped direct The Interview and has a writing credit on its script, has seized the country’s displeasure as a publicity tool.” Michael Cieply Redefines Co-Writer-Co-Director-Co-Producer Seth Rogen’s Latest Comedy

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Remembering The Late, Great Production Designer Anton Furst, The Man Who Built Gotham, 25 Years After Batman

Remembering The Late, Great Production Designer Anton Furst, The Man Who Built Gotham, 25 Years After Batman

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Sony Computer Hack Appears To Include Leak Of Awards-Season Screeners

Sony Computer Hack Appears To Include Leak Of Awards-Season Screeners

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The Weekend Report

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 held top spot over the extending Thanksgiving holiday with an estimated $56.9 million. Turkey days featured two new national releases that came up short of expectations. Animated Penguins of Madagascar bowed in second spot with $25.7 million and the sequel of revenge Horrible Bosses 2 ran fifth at $15.5 million. Exclusive newcomers included Oz horror yarn The Babadook with $18,800 from two engagements. The biggest clues were left by Oscar hopeful The Imitation Game, that bowed to $484,000 on just four secret estates.

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Frank Yablans, 79, Headed Paramount In Its 1970s Heyday, Then Became Ventureseome Indie Producer

Frank Yablans, 79, Headed Paramount In Its 1970s Heyday, Then Became Ventureseome Indie Producer

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“Being homeless is better than working for Amazon”

“Being homeless is better than working for Amazon”

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NYT Only Appears To Search For Flaws In Netflix’s Perceived Armor, Including $90 Spend For Weinstein’s “Marco Polo” Ten-Parter

“Netflix is the one that everybody speaks about, but there are lots and lots and lots and lots of others. New streaming services are launching every week.” NYT Only Appears To Search For Flaws In Netflix’s Perceived Armor, Including $90 Spend For Weinstein’s “Marco Polo” Ten-Parter

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WashPost Profiles Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Doesn’t Even Blush From Its Heights Of Praise

WashPost Profiles Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Doesn’t Even Blush From Its Heights Of Praise

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With The Interview In The Offing, Sony Pictures Hack Could Be The Handiwork Of North Korean Absolute Leader Kim Jong-Un

With The Interview In The Offing, Sony Pictures Hack Could Be The Handiwork Of North Korean Absolute Leader Kim Jong-Un

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Sight & Sound Crix Top-Ten Linklater, Godard, Zvyagintsev, Costa, Glazer, Anderson, Ceylan, Slaboshpytski, Pawlikowski, Alonso

Sight & Sound Crix Top-Ten Linklater, Godard, Zvyagintsev, Costa, Glazer, Anderson, Ceylan, Slaboshpytski, Pawlikowski, Alonso

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Cahiers Du Cinema Crix Top-Ten Dumont, Godard, Glazer, Cronenberg, Miyazaki, Trier, Dolan, Sachs, Cavalier, Hong

Cahiers Du Cinema Crix Top-Ten Dumont, Godard, Glazer, Cronenberg, Miyazaki, Trier, Dolan, Sachs, Cavalier, Hong

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Max Nelson On James Harvey On Star Presence

Max Nelson On James Harvey On Star Presence

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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