Movie City News Archive for February, 2016

Oscar Producers Hudlin And Hill Offer Their Postmortem

“And Biden hung out afterwards. He’s obviously a beloved figure in this town. I saw him chatting with Wolfgang Puck and his wife afterwards. And who wouldn’t? Everyone wants all those delicious chicken pot pies.” Oscar Producers Hudlin And Hill Offer Their Postmortem

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Cieply & Barnes Summarize Their Collected Fear

“Matters of diversity now threaten to overwhelm the institution just as they did Sunday’s show. The academy has only a few months to repair damaged processes, internal relationships and its public image before the next Oscar season descends in late summer, bringing with it a chilling prospect: What if voters, even after a planned purge…

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FCC Intends To Facilitate Cord-Cutting

FCC Intends To Facilitate Cord-Cutting

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Oscars 136-Soul Online “In Memoriam” Includes

Oscars 136-Soul Online “In Memoriam” Slideshow Includes Abe Vigoda, Andrew Lesnie, Andrzej Zulawski, Angus Scrimm, BB King, Bud Yorkin, Colin Welland, Douglas Slocombe, Franco Citti, Gunnar Hansen, Ib Melchior, Jacques Rivette, Kirk Kerkorian, Laura Antonelli, Nova Pilbeam, Richard Libertini, Vanity, Setsuko Haro And Manoel De Oliveira

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Filmmaker David Lowery On Still Lacking Distance Enough To Love A Finished Movie

Filmmaker David Lowery On Still Lacking Distance Enough To Love A Finished Movie

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“Learning by Making With Abbas Kiarostami”

“Learning by Making With Abbas Kiarostami”

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Clifton, Texas’ Cliftex Theater Turns 100

“The Cliftex continues to make, and reinforce, memories for its town’s residents, many of whom show up to socialize under the marquee’s blue-and-green neon when the box office opens a half-hour before showtime. ‘You can see everybody in this town that you want to see in 30 minutes.’” Clifton, Texas’ 150-Seat Cliftex Theater Turns 100

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Polish Public Television Prefaces Broadcast Of Ida With 12-Minute Attack

“These nationalists don’t deal with the actual film. They use the film as a pretext to rouse patriotic sentiment and give vent to their neverending obsession with a supposed worldwide Jewish-German-leftwing-liberal-Russian conspiracy against Poland. It’s their outrageous xenophobic statements that do damage to our reputation abroad—not my film.” Polish Public Television Prefaces Broadcast Of Ida With…

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An Appreciation Of Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Jenny Beaven’s Trousers And Leather

An Appreciation Of Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Jenny Beaven’s Trousers And Leather

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So What Was Up With Oscar’s Crude Asian Jokes?

So What Was Up With Oscar’s Crude Asian Jokes?

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“It was clear from the outset that the #OscarsSoWhite campaign had seeped into the very thing it was made to criticize, just as #BlackLivesMatter has entered the political discourse—hashtag activism made good.”

“It was clear from the outset that the #OscarsSoWhite campaign had seeped into the very thing it was made to criticize, just as #BlackLivesMatter has entered the political discourse—hashtag activism made good.”

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Eric Kohn Mingles At Oscar

Eric Kohn Mingles At Oscar

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George Kennedy Was 91

George Kennedy Was 91

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364 Days To Oscar: Wrapping Up

This show was 85% of the way to being the kind of show that builds the loyal audience and can then build on that audience. Big congratulations to Reggie Hudlin and David Hill. They did it right… or at least are on the right track.

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Dargis, Morris & Scott Review Oscar Evening

“We don’t care, and yet somehow we must because there’s a lot at stake. I mean, no Rivette in the necrology montage? What kind of world is this? Well, this world—one in which our host stood up for less racism, then cracked a joke about the academy’s accountants being cute Asian kids who make our…

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Anthony Lane Peers Down On The Oscars

Anthony Lane Peers Down On The Oscars

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“Sam Smith, the Only Openly Gay Oscar Winner? Not Really “

“Sam Smith, The Only Openly Gay Oscar Winner? Not Really “

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Journalists And Mexicans And Women, Oh My: Jen Yamato On The Anti-Trump Oscars

Journalists And Mexicans And Women, Oh My: Jen Yamato On The Anti-Trump Oscars

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Scott Feinberg‘s Post-Mortem On Spotlight Win

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Spoils Shared By Spotlight, Revenant, Fury Road

Spoils Shared By Spotlight, Revenant, Fury Road

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Movie City News

The DVD Wrapup: After the Wedding, Buñuel in the Labyrinth, Bliss, Nuke ’Em High Redux, Tel Aviv on Fire, They Are We, Hitchhikers, Far Country, Popstar, Truth … More

Review: The Good Liar

“It is done his way. The script is shot in sequence and actors learn the story as they go along – all the better to surprise them. “I just want the performance to come straight from their stomach,” he says. At lunchtime, everyone piles into a minibus to go to a church hall. Loach remembers shooting Bread and Roses in Los Angeles, and an actor asking: “Where are the chairs?” Loach said: “What chairs? There are a few around. Find one.” “We always have chairs with our name on.” Loach: “How old are you?” “Sixty.” “Well I’m fucking 75. When you see me sit down, you sit down.” Loach laughs then says: “We keep going because we’re so inexpensive.”

OH, NO HUMANITY

“The first day subscription numbers are impressive, but not surprising, this being the greatest family brand, the one must-have brand in familydom. There’s been grumbling online, particularly from middle-aged critics, about how much is missing and how there is nothing for them to watch. D+ is failing to serve the all-important ‘Mad Men’ audience of media professionals!”

“Howard Hawks was a wonderful director, but he was not the greatest director Hollywood ever knew. The guys with the cigarette ashes on them ignored our greatest directors and humiliated George Stevens, Willie Wyler, Billy Wilder,” Mike Nichols once said of the film giants whose critical stock crashed when New Hollywood arrived. “The tragedy of Willie and Stevens and Fred Zinnemann, these were great men, but they just weren’t part of the froggy conspiracy.” Welles and Ford agreed the director was the driving creative force of their films, but to what end? What was it about?”

Lawrence G. Paull Was 81

The Rise And Rise Of Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas

Joker First Billion-Grossing R-Rated Pic

Louis C.K. for part of his comeback tour “What’s mostly absent now though is the appearance that he’s at least trying to be decent,”

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon