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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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