Movie City News Archive for August, 2015

Nancy Meyers Is Obsessed With Fish Tacos

Nancy Meyers Is Obsessed With Fish Tacos

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In Ongoing “Happy Birthday” Song Copyright Saga, A Jolly Good Fellow Unearths Its 1922 Publication, Adds To Detailed History

In Ongoing “Happy Birthday” Song Copyright Saga, A Jolly Good Fellow Unearths Its 1922 Publication, Adds To Detailed History

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A Manifesto For All Filmmakers To Make A $7,000 Film On The Backs Of Those They Know

A Manifesto For All Filmmakers To Make A $7,000 Film On The Backs Of Those They Know

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Women Talk About “The Boys’ Club Of Animation”

Women Talk About “The Persistent Boys’ Club Of Animation”

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Retro-Perspective: Wim Wenders Looks Back At Looking Back

Retro-Perspective: Wim Wenders Looks Back At Looking Back

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Walk In The Woods’ Bill Bryson Fears Humans More Than Bears

Walk In The Woods‘ Bill Bryson Fears Humans More Than Bears

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A Walk In The Woods Works The Details

“If you’re a birder, you’ll know that the birds are right.” A Walk In The Woods Works The Details

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Autobiography Of Imprisoned Ukrainian Director Flies Off Shelves

Autobiography Of Imprisoned Ukrainian Director Flies Off Shelves

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NYT Anoints Jason Sudeikis

NYT Anoints Jason Sudeikis

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102-Year-Old Douglas Slocombe Looks Back At Ealing Studios

102-Year-Old Douglas Slocombe Looks Back At Ealing Studios 

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From 2014, Wes Craven Expands On His 10 Scariest Movies

From 2014, Wes Craven Expands On His 10 Scariest Movies And – Craven Describes The Origins Of His Meta-Horror New Nightmare And – “My goal is to die in my 90s on the set”

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WES CRAVEN WAS 76

WES CRAVEN WAS 76 And – “Get Rid Of The Assholes”: A Scream-Time Interview

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Michael Wolff Sees Murdoch Set To Sue Facebook And Google

Michael Wolff Sees Murdoch Set To Sue Facebook And Google

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Netflix Loses Lots Of Movies As Epix Deal Ends And Moves To Hulu

Netflix Loses Movies As Epix Deal Ends, Moves To Hulu

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OLIVER SACKS WAS 82

OLIVER SACKS WAS 82

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Film Scholar Tag Gallagher Says He Doesn’t Know What A “Classic Film” Is

Film Scholar Tag Gallagher Says He Doesn’t Know What A “Classic Film” Is

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Mekado Murphy On White Male Directors Who Jump To Franchise Films After Their Debut Indie Film

Mekado Murphy On White Male Directors Who Jump To Franchise Films After Their Debut Indie Film

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The Weekend Report

Straight Outta Compton continued to diss the competition as it stayed atop session box office with an estimated $13.2 million. Of a trio of newcomers, only faith-targeted War Room generated strong response with a $10.8 million debut at 1135 spare rooms. The other new releases got creamed with the political thriller No Escape grossing $8.2 million and EDM drama We Are Your Friends gaining no beats at $1.7 million.

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Jordan Hoffman Spoilers The Rigors Of War Room; Commenters, Pray, Disagree

“He begs forgiveness, prays and even gives stolen drugs back to his bosses (who don’t press charges, because he seems so sad.) There is a recurring gag that Elizabeth’s feet stink, and the movie ends with Tony washing them in a nice genderbent Mary Magdalene moment.” Jordan Hoffman Spoilers The Rigors Of War Room; Commenters, Pray,…

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Mad Max: Fury Road Retold In Hieroglyphics

Mad Max: Fury Road Retold In Hieroglyphics

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Movie City News

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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