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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“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