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

“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