Movie City News Archive for January, 2015

Sundance Grand-Juries The Wolfpack, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, The Russian Woodpecker, Slow West

Sundance Grand-Juries The Wolfpack, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, The Russian Woodpecker, Slow West

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2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM AWARDS

Grand Jury Prizes go to The Wolfpack, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Russian Woodpecker and Slow West Audience Awards go to Meru, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dark Horse, Umrika and James White Park City, UT — Sundance Institute this evening announced the feature film Jury, Audience and other special awards of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The awards, celebrating artistry,…

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Friday Box Office Estimates

American Sniper showed traditional fatigue yesterday, dropping a more normal 45% from the previous Friday. Still, as the film’s weekends have gone so well so far, it will pass $250 million domestic Sunday. Three wide release newcomers (Project Almanac, Black or White, and The Loft) will fail to reach as much as $10 million. In limited release, the “Game of Thrones “special IMAX release drew about $3300 per screen and showings of Oscar-nominated shorts will extend to almost $200k this weekend.

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The 2014 ACE Eddie Editing Awards

“Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, ACE) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The black-tie ceremony was held in the…

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ACE Eddie Awards Go Boyhood, Grand Budapest, LEGO, CITIZENFOUR

ACE Eddie Editing Awards Go Boyhood, Grand Budapest, LEGO, CITIZENFOUR

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Paul Thomas Anderson Again Demurs On The Topic Of Old Tom

“I don’t know Thomas Pynchon; I don’t know who he is, I don’t know what he looks like. I didn’t consult with him on the script. That’s all I’ve got to say.” Paul Thomas Anderson Again Demurs On The Topic Of Old Tom

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Nathan Rabin On “The Epic Uncool Of Philip Seymour Hoffman”

Nathan Rabin Goes About 7,500 Words On “The Epic Uncool Of Philip Seymour Hoffman”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Calls On Royals For Pardon For 49,000 Other Gay Men In Addition To Alan Turing

Benedict Cumberbatch Calls On Royals For Pardon For 49,000 Other Gay Men In Addition To Alan Turing

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Mekado Murphy And The Wachowskis Decipher A Single Image From Jupiter Ascending

Mekado Murphy And The Wachowskis Decipher A Single Image From Jupiter Ascending

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SPC’s Barker And Bernard On Female Films From Sundance And A Disdain For VOD

“VOD day and date, you basically are signalling that this movie is not as good as the other movies. It’s a valid way to go if you don’t think you can sustain a theatrical run.” Sony Pictures Classics’ Barker And Bernard On Female Films From Sundance And A Disdain For Foreshortened Windows

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J. Hoberman On The Family Drama Of Boyhood And My Winnipeg

“Watching Boyhood incrementally on Blu-ray inspired a desire to cast off the story and experience the movie shot by shot, perhaps even in a random sequence, in the manner of Chris Ware’s graphic-novel-in-a-box, ‘Building Stories.’ Were it possible to so program Boyhood on disc, narrative would melt away to leave a succession of exalted present…

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Michael Medved Steps Back From Radio Show

Michael Medved Steps Back From Radio Show

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David Duchovny Likes Playing With Words

David Duchovny Likes Playing With Words

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“As I was walking down the street from the final Awards luncheon, a big car stopped next to me and who else but Udo Kier (a local resident) should offer me a ride to my hotel?”

“As I was walking down the street from the final Awards luncheon, a big car stopped next to me and who else but Udo Kier (a local resident) should offer me a ride to my hotel?”

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Anthony Kaufman Has Some Problems With Sundance’s Documentary Programming

Anthony Kaufman Has Some Problems With Sundance’s Documentary Programming

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Slamdance Jury And Audience Awards Announced

he 21st Slamdance Film Festival tonight announced the feature and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Categories. The award winners were announced at the festival’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, UT. As in previous years, juries of leading industry experts and esteemed…

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Megan Ellison Saves Santa Monica’s Vidiots

“Annapurna is helping out to keep the doors open.” Megan Ellison Saves Santa Monica’s Vidiots

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On The Rise Of Genre Stories In India’s Publishing Boom

On The Rise Of Genre Stories In India’s Publishing Boom

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Richard Brody On “How Critics Have Failed Female Filmmakers”

“The biggest problem isn’t genuinely independent cinema, where lower budgets mean more opportunities for women in front of and behind the camera. The problem is the six major studios that dominate the box office, the entertainment chatter and the popular imagination.” Richard Brody On “How Critics Have Failed Female Filmmakers”

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“After Sundance, there will be normalcy in Park City”

“After Sundance, There Will Be Normalcy In Park City”

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Movie City News

“When we add it all up, what is it costing the industry just to take care of its top-20 producers? What is that total price tag going to look like once all their shows are in production? With 7,000 shows sloshing around in the streaming jungle, all trying to get attention, what is the guarantee that the Next Giant Thing, or the Next 10 Giant Things, will come out of this group? TV breakthroughs, as often as not, don’t come from seasoned workshops, but from newish upstarts, breaking out with something no one thought of before. Who the hell were Benioff and Weiss before ‘GoT’? Would anyone have given them a $250 million overall deal?”

MZS on Indie Theaters

Harvey Has An Excuse

“I guess it’s talking about the fear of intimacy, you know? When I was young, and you’re a musician, it took me a long time to get to a certain place where I felt comfortable with family and loving somebody and being loved,” Bruce Springsteen says. “Really, that’s what’s the film is about. The film takes you on that journey. Like I say, there are two parts to the American character: one is very isolated and one is in search of community. So how do you make your peace with both of those things? That’s really what the picture is about.”

Jamie Leigh

Midwest FurFest Bars Rightwing Agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and His Newly-Doffed Snow Leopard Fursona

Saturday Night Live Rescinds Proffer To Shane Gillis As History of Racist And Homophobic Slurs Expand; Search On For A Replacement Reprobate?

TIFF Audience Award Goes Jojo Rabbit, With Marriage Story And Parasite Close Behind

“A New Era of the Strips, With Gary Larson Drawing, Is Returning”

James Murdoch Talks To Jane Mayer After Disney Buy

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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