Movie City News Archive for November, 2015

Sumner Redstone Wins First Round In Competency Challenge

Sumner Redstone Wins First Round In Competency Challenge

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Beanie Barnes Says There Are Too Many Indie Films

“If you generously assume 20% of all films receive theatrical distribution, about 7,500 films were made last year. On average, people go to the movies only about six times a year, and watch fewer than 100 movies a year (90% coming from studios). Knowing this, many still advocate for more indie films. Why? Why do so…

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Muses Former IFP Executive Director Catherine Tait

“Making feature films almost feels like an anachronism to me. It’s an extremely difficult undertaking. It was always difficult, and now it just feels monumentally difficult. So maybe the Gothams are more relevant.” Muses Former IFP Executive Director Catherine Tait

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Martian Cutter Pietro Scalia On ” The Intimate Space Between The Director And The Editor”

Martian Cutter Pietro Scalia On “The Intimate Space Between The Director And The Editor”

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Vittorio Storaro Talks At Camerimage

A Few Thousand Words With Vittorio Storaro At Camerimage

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Jessica Pressler’s Six-Part Vulture “Cover Story” On The Miracle That Is The Big Short

“Each of them had a kind of point. Anchorman was clearly, like, what the f— happened to the television media, what a joke it’s become.Talladega Nights was about this weird stubborn pride that was showing up in America, kind of the corporate takeover of southern pride. Stepbrothers was about how consumerism turns grown-ups into little kids.”…

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After Three Volumes In 25 Years, Simon Callow’s Still Not Done With Orson Welles

After Three Volumes In 25 Years, Simon Callow’s Still Not Done With Orson Welles

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Chicago’s Table, Donkey, Stick Resto Mounts A Star Wars I-VI Dinner

Tauntaun Soup Dumplings, Jar Jar Bisque, Obi-Wan Pierogi Chicago’s Table, Donkey, Stick Resto Mounts A Star Wars I-VI Dinner

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A Rambling But Heartfelt “Eulogy For A Film Repertory Program”

A Rambling But Heartfelt “Eulogy For A Film Repertory Program”

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Spotlight, Tangerine Get Gotham Goods

Spotlight, Tangerine Get Gotham Goods

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Fansite Goes Deep On Hateful 8 Tech

70mm Fansite Goes Deep On Hateful Eight Tech

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“Last year, my agent and I went to Sundance with script in hand for Chi-Raq. Everybody said no except Amazon. And even after Amazon said yes, we had to stage two readings for them. I tell my class that that’s another example that it only takes one yes.”

“Last year, my agent and I went to Sundance with script in hand for Chi-Raq. Everybody said no except Amazon. And even after Amazon said yes, we had to stage two readings for them. I tell my class that that’s another example that it only takes one yes.”

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Slamdance Announces Competition Features And Docs

SLAMDANCE ANNOUNCES 2016 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION WITH INCREASED GLOBAL REACH AND DIVERSITY Lineup full of premieres and highlights first-time directors from around the globe including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Italy and UK tackles subjects of redemption, agoraphobia, misfits, captivity, friendship and whistleblowers (LOS ANGELES, CA – November 30, 2015) The Slamdance Film Festival today…

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Ta-Nehisi-Coates Disputes Spike Lee Comments About Chi-raq And Campus Rape

“Claiming that sex-strikes can stop rape  is premised on the idea that rapists are somehow concerned with the thoughts and opinions of their potential victims. There is very little evidence support this contention.” Ta-Nehisi-Coates Disputes Spike Lee Comments About Chi-raq And Campus Rape

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From Before Creed, Andrew Bujalski’s “Unified Theory Of The Rocky Movies”

From Before Creed, Andrew Bujalski‘s “Unified Theory Of The Rocky Movies”

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Thailand’s Leading Chain To Add 100 Cinemas Next Year, As Well As Expanding With Partners In Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos And Cambodia

Thailand’s Leading Chain To Add 100 Cinemas Next Year, As Well As Expanding With Partners In Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos And Cambodia

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“Something has happened in the movie world since the late 90s. Box-office speculation has a serious case of hypertension.”

“Something has happened in the movie world since the late 90s. Box-office speculation has a serious case of hypertension.”

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Alex Ross On A Century Of Orson Welles

“He was a subversive populist, a celebrity avant-gardist. He was also, frequently, a political artist, one who came of age during the heyday of the Popular Front and never ceased to roil the culture industry.” Alex Ross On A Century Of Orson Welles

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WeinsteinCo To Follow Slow, Steady Release Pattern Of The Artist And The King’s Speech For Carol

WeinsteinCo To Follow Slow, Steady Release Pattern Of The Artist And The King’s Speech For Carol

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Bruce Robinson On His Epic New Jack The Ripper Book That Might Have Been A Movie

Bruce Robinson On His Epic New Jack The Ripper Book That Might Have Been A Movie

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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