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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“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