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

“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