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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Movie City News

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“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