Movie City News Archive for May, 2016

Apparent Tattoo On Forearm Of “Iran’s Natalie Portman” Draws Criticism

Apparent Tattoo On Forearm Of “Iran’s Natalie Portman” Draws Criticism

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Richard Hell Launches His Criterion Top 10

“Everything is in your face. Lots of close-ups, lots of tracking in for close-ups, long takes with plenty of camera movement. It is like pulp journalism, like a fluid Weegee. Emotion.” Richard Hell Launches His Criterion Top 10

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Novelist-Filmmaker Stephen Elliott Considers “The Great Film Festival Swindle”

Novelist-Filmmaker Stephen Elliott Considers “The Great Film Festival Swindle”

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A Studio-By-Studio Survey Of Summer Risks

A Studio-By-Studio Survey Of Summer Risks

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Robert B. Weide Open-Letters Ronan Farrow

“Your father was never tried for any crime, because no charges were ever brought against him. Yet you’re essentially asking the media to treat him as a pariah who never faced up to the charge, or was convicted of a crime and managed to negotiate his way out of a proper sentencing. For someone with…

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Variety Cover-Stories Shari Redstone; May 27 B’day Fete Included “Sumner’s Back!” T-Shirts

Variety Cover-Stories Shari Redstone; Scoop: May 27 B’day Fete Included “Sumner’s Back!” T-Shirts

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AT&T Hopes To Phase Out Landlines

AT&T Hopes To Phase Out Landlines

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Viacom Board Member Says Redstone Not Capable Of Firings; Intends To Proceed With Sale Of Paramount

Viacom Board Member Says Redstone Not Capable Of Firings; Intends To Proceed With Sale Of Paramount

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Amazon Increases Original Programming In Japan

Amazon Increases Original Programming In Japan

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Thom Andersen Lists His 10 Favorite Films Of Past 10 Years

Thom Andersen Lists His 10 Favorite Films Of Past 10 Years

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Poland’s Rightist Gov’t Renews Extradition Against Roman Polanski

Poland’s Rightist Gov’t Renews Extradition Against Roman Polanski

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Film Historian Bob Birchard Was 66

Film Historian Bob Birchard Was 66

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Yahoo!’s Katie Couric Says She’s Sorry If Anyone Might Have Been Offended By Her Misleading Nonfiction Programming Editin

Yahoo!’s Katie Couric Says She’s Sorry If Anyone Might Have Been Offended By Her Misleading Nonfiction Programming Editing autoplay

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Michael Dann, 94, CBS Programmer Of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “60 Minutes,” “Hee Haw”

Michael Dann, 94, CBS Programmer Of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “60 Minutes,” “Hee Haw”

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“’The thing is, love makes you feel alive,’ Vincent Cassel says. ‘If most women are looking for security, I think men look for adventure. There’s an expression in French–to go around the world with your dick and a knife–”n’avoir que la bite et le couteau.” Later in life, a man has the possibility to reinvent himself again and again.’”

“’The thing is, love makes you feel alive,’ Vincent Cassel says. ‘If most women are looking for security, I think men look for adventure. There’s an expression in French–to go around the world with your dick and a knife–”n’avoir que la bite et le couteau.” Later in life, a man has the possibility to reinvent himself again and…

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Blunt Comic Doug Stanhope Defends His Friend Johnny Depp

Blunt Comic Doug Stanhope Defends His Friend Johnny Depp

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“The thing you have to remember with Warcraft, probably more than with any other computer game, ever, is that people spend more time in this place than in the places they live. It actually is like their home town. So if you get that wrong it’s a bit like the people in Notting Hill, who are still recovering from the Notting Hill movie.”

“The thing you have to remember with Warcraft, probably more than with any other computer game, ever, is that people spend more time in this place than in the places they live. It actually is like their home town. So if you get that wrong it’s a bit like the people in Notting Hill, who…

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Babadook Director Jennifer Kent Goes From Horror To “Horrific” Nexxt

Babadook Director Jennifer Kent Goes From Horror To “Horrific” Nexxt

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The Weekend Report (3-Day Weekend)

Apocalypse couldn’t blow up to $80 million; Alice Through The Looking Glass cracks $33 million; and Birds was almost $25 million Angry.

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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