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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“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