Movie City News Archive for March, 2015

David Lowery Set-Diaries Day 51 Of Pete’s Dragon

“I was watching some of the cut-together footage the other day. I’m too close to tell how it all adds up just yet, but I like how it feels. It seems sensitive and scrappy. Like a little kid with hand-me-down-clothes and a bloody nose, cuddling a kitten.” David Lowery Set-Diaries Day 51 Of Pete’s Dragon

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Criterion Unearths A Messsage From Ingmar Bergma

Criterion Unearths A Messsage From Ingmar Bergman vid

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Hal Hartley On Ned Rifle, Themes Of Responsibility And The Course Of His Career

Hal Hartley On Ned Rifle, Themes Of Responsibility And The Course Of His Career

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Ari Folman Animates Anne Frank

Ari Folman Animates Anne Frank

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The Gronvall Report: Simon Curtis On WOMAN IN GOLD

When he segued into film after notable work for the stage and in television, director Simon Curtis may not have set out to revive that staple of the Golden Age of movies, the “woman’s picture,” but so far he’s two for two.

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Variety Cover-Stories Jeff Skoll’s Hopes To Sustain Participant Media

Variety Cover-Stories Jeff Skoll’s Hopes To Sustain Participant Media

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Scientology Replies Vehemently, But Not To Points, In THR’s 20 Questions Raised By Going Clear

Scientology Replies Vehemently, But Not To Points, In THR’s 20 Questions Raised By Going Clear

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“Birthplace Of British Cinema” Reopens After $8.9 Million Refurbishment

“Birthplace Of British Cinema” Reopens After $8.9 Million Refurbishment

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A Survey Of Berlin’s Amazing Cinemas

A Survey Of Berlin’s Amazing Cinemas

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Ex Machina’s Alex Garland Picks Five SciFi Faves

Ex Machina‘s Alex Garland Picks Five SciFi Faves

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Ian Parker Spends An Afternoon With Charles Grodin And His Fiberglass Menagerie

Ian Parker Spends An Afternoon With Charles Grodin And His Fiberglass Menagerie

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The Robin Williams Trust Restricts The Right Of Exploitation Of His Image For 25 Years

The Robin Williams Trust Restricts The Right Of Exploitation Of His Image For 25 Years

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The ASC Remembers Cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek

The ASC Remembers Cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek

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Furious 7 Screenwriter Chris Morgan Talks About The Five Installments He’s Written

“I love this world, I love these characters. It is definitely a passion project for me.” Furious 7 Screenwriter Chris Morgan Talks About The Five Installments He’s Written

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Mike Fleming And Peter Bart Tapdance Around The Subject Of Nellie Andreeva’s “Ethnic” Casting Article

“Nellie is trained in the sciences and used those sensibilities to analyze a data sample; the word “ethnic” is commonly used by casting agents. None of that works when talking about people, and race.” Mike Fleming And Peter Bart Tapdance Around The Subject Of Nellie Andreeva’s “Ethnic” Casting Article

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Glenn Kenny On “The Melodrama Of Woody Allen’s Critical Reputation”

“The Salon piece, a late-breaking bit of Allen disapprobation, is just one of a great many you see these days; a cultural note that attempts to instruct the reader that ‘we’ can’t accept ‘this’ anymore. One almost universal feature of such pieces is a frustrating vagueness about what action ‘we’ are supposed to take concerning…

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Cosby Does Not Countenance Hecklers

“We are here to enjoy my gift. We are not here to argue. Let those people speak. We will find them and ask them to leave. I am going to handle this the way I want it handled. I’m going to tell you some more jokes.” Cosby Does Not Countenance Hecklers

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Noah Baumbach’s Ever-Shifting Musical Obsessions

Noah Baumbach’s Ever-Shifting Musical Obsessions

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Stephen Rodrick Profiles Allison Jones, Casting Agent-“Nerd Hunter” For Apatow, Feig

Stephen Rodrick Profiles Allison Jones, Casting Agent-Slash-“Nerd Hunter” For Apatow, Feig

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“Baumbach perpetuates a filmmaking tradition that is almost clinically narcissistic: willfully charismatic, devoid of a real core, doomed to seek meaning in other reflections and references. It’s why their style changes completely from project to project but always can be identified by a blind, bottomless longing. With these guys, God isn’t in the details; the details are God. Yet we still succumb to their charm, the calling card notoriously exerted by all narcissists. We have to love them so they can love themselves.”

“Baumbach perpetuates a filmmaking tradition that is almost clinically narcissistic: willfully charismatic, devoid of a real core, doomed to seek meaning in other reflections and references. It’s why their style changes completely from project to project but always can be identified by a blind, bottomless longing. With these guys, God isn’t in the details; the…

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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