Movie City News Archive for December, 2015

Phil Rosenthal On When Pitchmen Like Cosby Go Bad

Phil Rosenthal On When Pitchmen Like Cosby Go Bad

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So How Does An American Movie, Even Star Wars, Make Money From China With Its Market Manipulations?

“Are we going to see them meddle with results or let it make the money it should make?” So How Does An American Movie, Even Star Wars, Make Money From China With Its Market Manipulations?

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Tarantino Talks Family

“This is Harvey’s studio, and the buck stops with him, and he still works from a gut. He has that old mogul aspect about him that is romantic because you are dealing with somebody. It’s a double-edged sword, you know. He can get the wrong thing in his mind and just be on the wrong…

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Michael Bay Benghazi Movie Sets Group Sales

Michael Bay Benghazi Movie Sets Group Sales

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Newly-Elected Polish Gov’t Cracks Down On Public Media

“We must now hurry. If the media criticizes our changes, we have to stop it. Public media are not involved in party political disputes, they should just accurately inform the public.” Newly-Elected Polish Gov’t Cracks Down On Public Media

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Smithsonian Cosby Connection Gets Worse

Smithsonian Cosby Connection Gets Worse

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David O. Russell Furthers Argument That Joy Is Veiled Indie Film Self-Portrait

“I relate to her deeply. She manages a lot of bare-knuckled commerce that’s unforgiving and nasty. You will lose it in the blink of an eye. It will be taken from you. You gotta be able to roll off it and move on. I just dig that in her.” David O. Russell Furthers Argument That Joy Is…

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Ex Machina’s Alex Garland On Books About Artjificial Intelligence

Ex Machina‘s Alex Garland On Books About Artjificial Intelligence

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Media Burn’s Tom Weinberg Remembers Haskell Wexler (With Wexler’s 3’37” Eulogy For Studs Terkel)

Media Burn’s Tom Weinberg Remembers Haskell Wexler (With Wexler’s 3’37” Eulogy For Studs Terkel)

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Disney Issues Statement From George Lucas Regarding “White Slavers”

“I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize. I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I…

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Spielberg Puts $50 Million Of Own Money Into New Amblin

Spielberg Puts $50 Million Of Own Money Into New Amblin

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China Box Office Notches $6.78 Billion, A 48.7% Increase Over 2014

China Box Office Notches $6.78 Billion, 48.7% Boost Over 2014

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Tina Hassannia On The Trauma Of 2015 Music Movies

Tina Hassannia On The Trauma Of 2015 Music Movies

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Six Variety Critics Ding Their Least Favorite Of 2015

“For Oscar-humping banality and excruciating politesse, this film was hard to beat.” Six Variety Critics Ding Their Least Favorite Of 2015

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Jason Segel Takes Awards Talk As An Opportunity To Talk About Awards Talk

“When I focus too much on the awards talk, I find myself stifled, creatively. To be nominated for an Oscar would be the most wonderful thing in the world, but if you hinge your self-esteem on that, you’re really setting yourself up to feel bad about something you shouldn’t feel bad about it.” Jason Segel…

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How Big Short Extra Jeffry Griffin Wound Up Sharing Scenes With Ryan Gosling

How Big Short Extra Jeffry Griffin Wound Up Sharing Scenes With Ryan Gosling

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8 Weeks To Oscar: Pretending We Know

Expect surprises on nomination morning… even if the biggest surprise ends up being that there are no surprises at all.

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Dennis Lim On Trying To “Crack” David Lynch

Dennis Lim On Trying To “Crack” David Lynch

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Decent NYT Profile On Adam McKay And Absurdity Of The Big Short Can’t Resist Adding Naysaying Academic In Penultimate Graf Who Says Art Changes Nothing

Decent NYT Profile On Adam McKay And Absurdity Of The Big Short Can’t Resist Adding Naysaying Academic In Penultimate Graf Who Says Art Changes Nothing

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D. A. Opposes Early Release For “Midnight Rider” Director: “Further Evidence” Of “Failure To Accept Responsibility In The Death Of Sarah Jones”

D. A. Opposes Early Release For “Midnight Rider” Director: “Further Evidence” Of “Failure To Accept Responsibility In The Death Of Sarah Jones”

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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