Movie City News Archive for July, 2015

Jim Hemphill Chats Chris McQuarrie

“With a film like this, you just have to keep your head down and take it a step at a time, trusting that it will all come out right in the end.” Jim Hemphill Walks Through The Production Process With Chris McQuarrie

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David Byrne Reasons For Opening The “Black Box” Of Music Industry Deals

“I myself am doing O.K., but my concern is for the artists coming up: How will they make a life in music?” David Byrne Reasons For Opening The “Black Box” Of Music Industry Deals

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Picturing Indian Movie Palaces

Picturing Indian Movie Palaces

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“Like a long line of great directors before him, Joshua Oppenheimer is asking us to look into the present and see the past; he is challenging us to stare into the eyes of killers and see our own reflection.”

“Like a long line of great directors before him, Joshua Oppenheimer is asking us to look into the present and see the past; he is challenging us to stare into the eyes of killers and see our own reflection.”

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Regal Rejects Paramount Short-Stick Theatrical Window Deal

Regal Rejects Paramount Short-Stick Theatrical Window Deal

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Joe Swanberg And Kris Swanberg Talk Unexpected

Joe Swanberg And Kris Swanberg Talk Unexpected 39’09” podcast

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What If Blockbusters Forsook The Plot?

What If Blockbusters Forsook The Plot?

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The DVD Wrapup: Unfriended, Water Diviner, Reckless, Life on the Reef, Lost Soul and more

Unfriended isn’t for the casual users of the Internet. The multi-image presentation, which is extremely sophisticated, requires far more work on the part of the viewer than the typical narrative feature. The more experience one has in the world of cyber-communication, the scarier Unfriended will be.

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Charles Mudede On What The Matrix Tells Us About The Tragedy In Greece

Charles Mudede On What The Matrix Tells Us About The Tragedy In Greece

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With Toronto Int’l At 40, Piers Handling Sez It All Started With One Piece Of Paper

With Toronto Int’l At 40, Piers Handling Sez It All Started With One Piece Of Paper

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Relativity Scratches Up $9.5 Million Of $45 Million Requested To Keep Doors Open

Relativity Scratches Up $9.5 Million Of $45 Million Requested To Keep Doors Open

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Noel Murray On “Lego-izing, Theorizing And Problematizing: How We Process Movies in 2015″

Noel Murray On “Lego-izing, Theorizing And Problematizing: How We Process Movies in 2015″

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Kim Voynar, Mark Rabinowitz Named Programmers Of Oxford Film Fest

The Oxford Film Festival today appointed long-time staff member Melanie Addington as its Executive Director and named its programming team for the 2016 edition, to be lead by veteran industry fixtures Mark Rabinowitz and Kim Voynar as documentary and narrative feature head programmers, respectively. The 13th edition of the festival is set to unspool February…

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“How National Lampoon Went From Making Jokes To Becoming One”

“How National Lampoon Went From Making Jokes To Becoming One”

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For TCM, Martin Scorsese Looks Over Gene Tierney, Olivia De Havilland, Teresa Wright

For TCM, Martin Scorsese Looks Over Gene Tierney, Olivia De Havilland, Teresa Wright

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Roddy Piper Was 61

Roddy Piper Was 61

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Spy Expert Says Spy Movies Are Not Documentaries

Spy Expert Says Spy Movies Are Not Documentaries

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Taking Tilda Swinton’s Cartoon Of A Boss In Trainwreck As “One-Dimensional” Seems To Miss The Point

Taking Tilda Swinton’s Cartoon Of A Boss In Trainwreck As “One-Dimensional” Seems To Miss The Point

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Sotheby’s Values David Foster Wallace

“He speaks to a millennial generation. As an intern at the University of Texas told the curator when they were thinking of acquiring the Foster Wallace archive a few yeas ago, ‘you have to do this, he’s our James Joyce.’” Sotheby’s Values David Foster Wallace

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Anne Thompson Adds More Voices to The End Of The Tour Conversation

Anne Thompson Adds More Voices to The End Of The Tour Conversation

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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