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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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