Movie City News Archive for April, 2015

Charles Benton, 84, Public Media Advocate, Late Of Films, Inc., Home Vision Entertainment And Encyclopedia Brittanica

Charles Benton, 84, Public Media Advocate, Late Of Films, Inc., Home Vision Entertainment And Encyclopedia Brittanica

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Robert Downey, Jr. On Why He Will Not Be In Your Small Indie Movie

Robert Downey, Jr. On Why He Will Not Be In Your Small Indie Movie

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“How Photography Was Optimized For White Skin Color”

“How Photography Was Optimized For White Skin Color”

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After Secret’s Shushed And Twitter Slacked, Circa Seeks Cash Sufferance

Startup Stutters: After Secret’s Shushed And Twitter Slacked, Circa Seeks Cash Sufferance

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POV’s Simon Kilmurry Shifts After 16 Years To Exec-Direct IDA, The Int’l Doc Ass’n

  INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES POV’S SIMON KILMURRY AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTORThursday April 30, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – The International Documentary Association (IDA) is proud to announce the appointment of Simon Kilmurry to the position of Executive Director. Kilmurry will relocate from New York to Los Angeles to begin work on July 6, 2015.   Kilmurry…

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John Sloss On A Boyhood Sequel And The Virtues Of Self-Releasing

“The real question becomes where do people see films first more than whether there are too many features being made or too many features being released.” John Sloss On A Boyhood Sequel, The Virtues Of Self-Releasing, And Proper “Windowing”

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Peter Cowie Remembers Richard Corliss

Peter Cowie Remembers Richard Corliss

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AT&T Charges 83-Year-Old Man $25,000 For AOL Dialup

AT&T Charges 83-Year-Old Man $25,000 For AOL Dialup

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Calum Marsh Considers The Marvel Factory As An “Anticipation Machine,” With The Movies Almost Beside The Point

“What’s alarming is the climate of which the plan is symptomatic. We’ve come to prefer anticipation to reflection—to thinking idly about a film that’s coming soon than to thinking seriously about one that’s already out. Publications tease and rumor-monger rather than digest and analyze; release dates and casting decisions are more widely shared and read…

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A 1968 James Blue Interview With Satyajit Ray On The Directing Of The Non-Actor, On The Occasion Of The Apu Restoration

A 1968 James Blue Interview With Satyajit Ray On The Directing Of The Non-Actor, On The Occasion Of The Apu Restoration

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How Eric Rohmer’s The Green Ray Inspired A Young Poet’s New Book

How Eric Rohmer’s The Green Ray Inspired A Young Poet’s New Book

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Filmmaker Michael Galinsky On The Shifting Fates Of His Doc, Who Took Johnny

“While many people talk about the way that the Internet has democratized things, the film world is still stuck in old-media based patterns that rely on gatekeepers to keep things flowing. The flood of well-made films that was unleashed by the increased availability of the means of production has only made this pattern more entrenched.”…

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Why Are So Many Movies Laughing At Sex Now? The Filmmakers Reply

Why Are So Many Movies Laughing At Sex Now? The Filmmakers Reply

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Remembering Mountaineer-Filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, After Everest Avalanche

Remembering Mountaineer-Filmmaker Tom Taplin, 61, After Everest Avalanche

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THR Sets Down 100 Powerful H’wd Attorneys

THR Sets Down 100 Powerful H’wd Attorneys

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Furious 7 Most Successful Film Ever In Sino Kino

Furious 7 Most Successful Film Ever In Sino Kino; Parking On 70% Of Chinese Screens And 90,000 Daily Showtimes Could Be Factor

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Nadja Tesich Remembers The Paris Of When She Starred In Eric Rohmer’s 1964 Nadja à Paris

Nadja Tesich Remembers The Paris Of When She Starred In Eric Rohmer’s 1964 Nadja à Paris 

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Surveying How The Studios And Stars Address The California Drought

Surveying How The Studios And Stars Address The L.A. Drought

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Avengers: Ultron: It’s Liberal! It’s Conservative! It’s Peacenik! It’s Pro-War! It’s Two Constituencies In One!

Avengers: Ultron: It’s Liberal! It’s Conservative! It’s Peacenik! It’s Pro-War! It’s Two Constituencies In One!

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Robert Greene Thinks Up Another Customarily Thoughtful Doc Thinkpiece

“If we can get people to watch documentaries better, with a better comprehension of the inbuilt complexities of the form, perhaps we can get them to watch the news better, or to be better equipped to deal with the often crude narratives they’re presented with daily.” Robert Greene Thinks Up Another Customarily Thoughtful Doc Thinkpiece

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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