Movie City News Archive for June, 2016

Roald Dahl’s “Best Gobblefunk Words”

Roald Dahl’s “Best Gobblefunk Words”

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Cathy Horyn’s Lovely Remembrance Of Bill Cunningham

Cathy Horyn‘s Lovely Remembrance Of Photographer Bill Cunningham

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Study Show Online Users Don’t Really Watch All That Video That Doesn’t Have Animals

Study Show Online Users Don’t Really Watch All That Video That Doesn’t Have Animals

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Gay Talese Disavows His New Book, Intended To Become A Sam Mendes Joint

Gay Talese Disavows His New Book, Intended To Become A Sam Mendes Joint

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Updating The Sumner Redstone Competency 40-Lawyer Court Battle

Updating The Sumner Redstone Competency 40-Lawyer Court Battle

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Owen Gleiberman Takes On Renée Zellweger For Her Looks

“’You complete me’ is one of the great lines in modern romantic movies because of the way it takes its inner meaning from who Renée Zellweger is. This is what completes you: someone who looks just like this. What completes you is reality… the slightly slovenly doughy-cuddly perfection of Renée Zellweger’s face.” Owen Gleiberman Takes…

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Retrospecting Bruce Conner In NYC

Retrospecting Bruce Conner In NYC

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Tom Shone On The Late Melissa Matheson And The Writing Of The BFG

Tom Shone On The Late Melissa Matheson And The Unusual Making Of The BFG

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“One prominent academy member who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issues said at their meeting some of the usual discussions about applicants were this year differentiated by a committee member noting a candidate’s minority status.”

“One prominent academy member who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issues said at their meeting some of the usual discussions about applicants were this year differentiated by a committee member noting a candidate’s minority status.”

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Facebook To Diminish News Feed For Media Companies, Focus On Stuff Linked By Friends And Family

Facebook To Diminish News Feed For Media Companies, Focus On Stuff Linked By Friends And Family And – “The most powerful force in the news industry just said something that should shock everyone in the media business: Its primary purpose isn’t informing users about the world.”

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New Oscar Rules Include Evening Screenings During L.A. Weeklong Qualifying Run

New Oscar Rules Include Evening Screenings During L.A. Weeklong Qualifying Run; Music Branch Must Not Hear Live Performances; Doc Feature Run Can Be In Any Of Five NYC Boroughs 

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AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 89TH OSCARS®

AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 89TH OSCARS® CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS UPDATED FOR NEW AWARDS SEASON   LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy’s Board of Governors approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 89th Academy Awards® at their most recent Board meeting (Tuesday night, 6/28).  The most significant changes affect the Los Angeles qualifying run required in…

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Cinemark Lawyers Want $700,000 In Legal Fees From Aurora Shooting Victims

Cinemark Lawyers Want $700,000 In Legal Fees From Aurora Shooting Victims

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Cathleen Schine On Weiner

Cathleen Schine On Weiner

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When Sarris And Hoberman Differed Over De Palma

When Sarris And Hoberman Differed Over De Palma

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Academy Sets 2017 Oscar Dates; Moves Voting To February 21

Academy Sets 2017 Oscar Dates; Moves Voting To February 21

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THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES KEY DATES FOR 89TH OSCARS®

Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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The DVD Wrapup: Aferim!, WTF, Rams, Family Fang and more

Although slavery hasn’t been a taboo subject for exploitation by Hollywood filmmakers, it took Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave to fully dramatize the brutality and dehumanization inherent in the long-accepted practice for a new generation of viewers. From Romania,Aferim! tells a completely unexpected story about slavery, this time as practiced against Gypsies, Tartars, Jews and Muslims in Eastern Europe from the mid-1300s to the mid-1800s.

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“We Will Keep The Pedal To The Metal,” Says Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs

 “We Will Keep The Pedal To The Metal,” Says Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs

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MGM Completes $1 Billion Credit Restructuring

MGM Completes $1 Billion Credit Restructuring

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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