Movie City News Archive for September, 2015

Tim Gray Concerned About Awards Voters Finding Balance In The Walk

Tim Gray Concerned About Awards Voters Finding Balance In The Walk

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Richard Brody Not Found Among The Zemeckisites

“The tastelessness of his jumbled thrill ride lacks precisely the purity, the simplicity, the stillness in motion and the infinitesimal perfection of Petit’s walk. The collection of images has neither a constructive compositional complexity nor a severely disciplined set of self-imposed limits. Zemeckis reduces—or, rather, inflates—the walk from sensation to sensationalism.” Richard Brody Not Found…

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Stephen Holden Tries To Science The Shit Out Of NYFF

“Steve Jobs draws a cinematic dividing line between a shiny new digital future and the scruffy old past, and it envisions a man-machine interface in which people merge with devices that ultimately separate them from others.” Stephen Holden Tries To Science The Shit Out Of NYFF

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Clem Bastow Sez Male Critics Panned The Intern Because, Male Critics

Clem Bastow Sez Male Critics Panned The Intern Because, Male Critics Earlier – Producer Mynette Louie On “4 Ways Women Get A Raw Deal In Hollywood”

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John Guillermin, 89, Directed Towering Inferno, Dino’s Kong, Shaft In Africa

John Guillermin, 89, Directed Towering Inferno, Dino’s Kong, Shaft In Africa

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Philadelphia City Paper Alt-Weekly Closing Next Week; Employees Fired, Archives Extinguished

Philadelphia City Paper Alt-Weekly Closing Next Week; Employees Fired, Archives Likelky To Extinguished

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Peter Dinklage Sez “The Fight Is All”

Peter Dinklage Sez “The Fight Is All”

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John Carpenter To Perform Scores Live For First Time, In Iceland

John Carpenter To Perform Scores Live For First Time, In Iceland

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Joshua Oppenheimer Op-Eds 50th Anniversary Of Indonesian Genocide

Joshua Oppenheimer Op-Eds 50th Anniversary Of Indonesian Genocide

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Matt Damon: “Oh My God, I Look Like An Asshole”

Matt Damon: “Oh My God, I Look Like An Asshole”

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NYDN Lets Go Of 13-Year Film Critic Joe Neumaier

NYDN Lets Go Of 13-Year Film Critic Joe Neumaier

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Good Dr. Bordwell On When Strange, Subjective Sounds First Appeared In H’wd Pics

Good Dr. Bordwell On When Strange, Subjective Sounds First Appeared In H’wd Pics

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Hw’d Figures Sought To Assist Anti-ISIS Propaganda

Hw’d Figures Sought To Assist Anti-ISIS Propaganda

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The Inspirations Behind Rebel Citizen, The Haskell Wexler Bio-Doc

The Inspirations Behind Rebel Citizen, The Haskell Wexler Bio-Doc

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Tom White And AJ Schnack On The “Field Of Vision” Doc Series Online Launch

Tom White And AJ Schnack On The “Field Of Vision” Doc Series Online Launch

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Jada Yuan Profiles Cary Fukunaga; Shooting Beasts Of No Nation Was Tough

Jada Yuan Profiles Cary Fukunaga; Shooting Beasts Of No Nation Was Tough

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“Can Anyone Save The Library Of Congress?”

“Can Anyone Save The Library Of Congress?”

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Drew McWeeny Blown Away By The Timeless Timeliness Of 1982’s The World According To Garp

Drew McWeeny Blown Away By The Timeless Timeliness Of 1982’s The World According To Garp

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A+E Blends Broadcast Film Critics’ Ass’n’s TV And Movie Awards

A+E NETWORKS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AND THE BROADCAST TELEVISION JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION TO COMBINE ‘THE CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION & MOVIE AWARDS’ INTO ONE UNFORGETTABLE SHOW ‘THE 21St ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS’ TO SIMULCAST LIVE ON A&E, LIFETIME AND LMN ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 8 PM ET/PT  New York, NY—September 30, 2015…

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Vpon Ye Apple Store As Modern Chvrch

Vpon Ye Apple Store As Modern Chvrch

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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