Movie City News Archive for October, 2015

Kim Morgan Introduces Her Filmmaker Cover Interview With Todd Haynes

Kim Morgan Introduces Her Filmmaker Cover Interview With Todd Haynes

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America pays tribute to Sylvie and Maurice Pialat

Two events will soon shine the spotlight on Maurice Pialat in the USA and inCanada : a retrospective held at the MOMI (Museum of the Moving Image) in New York from October 16 through November 1, 2015; and “Love Exists: The Films of Maurice Pialat” at the TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto fromOctober 22 through December 5, held in the presence…

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Carrie Fisher Interviews Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley

Carrie Fisher Interviews Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley

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Ziggy Kozlowski Receives 2015 Polish Film Festival in America Golden Ciupaga Award

I can hardly imagine more hardworking and humble behind-the-stage PR professional than Ziggy Kozlowski who makes such a colossal difference in introducing foreign language films, including the ones made by Polish directors. His enthusiasm and expertise are simply priceless… Christopher Kamyszew PFFA Founder & Society for Arts/Society Films CEO Ziggy Kozlowski is a partner at…

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Friday Box Office Esitmates

Holdovers enjoyed excellent Friday holds based on a combination of no new competition (unintentionally) at the box office and, perhaps, people going to the movies Friday in anticipation of not going on Saturday (Halloween night) in normal numbers. The last time Halloween fell on a Saturday was 2006, and holdovers had a normal Saturday uptick, while the new film in the market took a Saturday hit and then had an unusual upsurge on Sunday. The last occurrence before that was 1998, so not a lot to work with in direct comparisons. Burnt is toast. And WB continues Hell Year with its smallest wide release (over 400 screens) this year and its second worst opening for a film that it signaled clearly for months was unimportant to the studio. Paramount’s two-week-window stunt continues, with Paranormal 5 dropping 65% Friday-to-Friday and the launch of Scout’s Guide To The Apocalypse to $444 per screen last night. So much for changing the face of distribution.

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A Bouquet Of Accelerating NYT Award Season Coverage

A Bouquet Of Accelerating NYT Award Season Coverage “Ms. Mara, 30, was relaxed and playfully candid on this bright October day, a sylph in black skinny jeans and an outsize sweater with a stripe the same color as the kale salad she nibbled at.” And – “While the reporting process would provide the narrative propulsion,…

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Owen Vince On “Dreamscape, Nightmare, city: the weirded urbanisms of german expressionist film”

Owen Vince On “Dreamscape, Nightmare, City: The Weirded Urbanisms Of German Expressionist Film”

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Tom Hardy Just Wants To “Have A Cuddle”

Tom Hardy Just Wants To “Have A Cuddle”

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Sam Adams On Why Closing Of The Dissolve And Grantland Aren’t The Same

“What brought Grantland down was not the lack of an audience but internal politics: It existed in part because ESPN wanted to keep Simmons happy, and once they stopped caring about that, its fate was sealed. That’s not to say its ending isn’t equally as depressing, but it’s harder to spin this into some kind of…

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NYDN Seeks Quentin Tarantino’s Father For Comment

“Quentin is a phenomenal talent, a filmmaking genius. So when he or someone like him gets up and makes a statement like that, it’s felt the world around. It’s an injustice to call New York cops murderers. That is so wrong. They don’t deserve that kind of talk.” NYDN Seeks Quentin Tarantino’s Father For Comment

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A Few Witticisms From Terry Gilliam

“I try to submit—I’m Muslim-like when I’m making a film. I am there to serve the film and submit to it. I don’t feel I’m God, actually. I’m merely the hand that writes.” A Few Witticisms From Terry Gilliam

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Police Unions Asserting Opposition To Political Opinions Of Quentin Tarantino Now Include Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Las Vegas

“There is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are.” “Questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery.” Police Unions Asserting Opposition To Political Opinions Of Quentin Tarantino Now Include Los Angeles,…

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One More Major Lovely Downbeat Tale About Anomalisa

“I love doing stop-motion for no reason except that it’s stop-motion,” Mr. Stamatopoulos said. “My favorite thing is a puppet not moving, just sitting there and being depressed.” One More Major Lovely Downbeat Tale About Anomalisa spoilers, natch

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Benedict Cumberbatch’s Latest Post-“Hamlet” Speech Reportedly Includes “Fuck The Politicians”

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Latest Post-“Hamlet” Speech Reportedly Includes “F— The Politicians”

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Al On “Happy Days,”Al Molinaro, Was 96

Al On “Happy Days,” Al Molinaro, Was 96

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“The Spy Who Became le Carré”

“The Spy Who Became le Carré”

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SXSW Reacts To Backlash On Giving In To Harassers; Sets Daylong “Online Harassment Summit”

SXSW Reacts To Backlash On Giving In To Harassers; Sets Daylong “Online Harassment Summit”

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Lou Lumenick On Why We’ll Never See Phantom Of The Opera The Way Audiences Did 90 Years Ago

Lou Lumenick On Why We’ll Never See Phantom Of The Opera The Way Audiences Did 90 Years Ago

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Norman Lear On His Book About His Early Years As A Television Writer

Norman Lear On His Book About His Early Years As A Television Writer

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“Ed Ruscha: L. A.’s Artist”

“Ed Ruscha: L. A.’s Artist”

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier