Movie City News Archive for July, 2016

“Netflix Of Nigeria” Turns To Production

“Netflix Of Nigeria” Turns To Production

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Bilge Ebiri Listens To James Schamus Unfurl The Centerpiece Of Indignation

Bilge Ebiri Listens To James Schamus Unfurl The Centerpiece Of Indignation

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Tom Gunning Criterion-Notes The New World

Tom Gunning Criterion-Notes The New World

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Paul Greengrass On Finding The Song That Only He Could Sing

Paul Greengrass On Finding The Song That Only He Could Sing

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HBO Firing Of Three Eldest “Sesame Street” Players Reversed

HBO Firing Of Three Eldest “Sesame Street” Players Reversed

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The Weekend Report

Jason Bourne easily led the field with an estimated $60 million debut. Also strong among national debs was the raucous comedy Bad Moms that slotted third with $23.3 million while the social media thriller Nerve opened to a more modest $8.9 million.

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Netflix Far From Chill On Another Saturday Night In U.S., Other Countries

Netflix Far From Chill On Another Saturday Night In U.S., Other Countries

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China Goes Real-Time Big Data Box Office To Stem Fraud

China Goes Real-Time Big Data Box Office To Stem Fraud

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“I have something to ask him before he goes. Does the Internet need us? Werner Herzog pauses. The silence goes on for a while, like the awkward moments in one of his own documentaries when you can watch his subjects mentally feeling around for a response. ‘It’s a beautiful question,’ he finally says. ‘I don’t think it does.'”

“I have something to ask him before he goes. Does the Internet need us? Werner Herzog pauses. The silence goes on for a while, like the awkward moments in one of his own documentaries when you can watch his subjects mentally feeling around for a response. ‘It’s a beautiful question,’ he finally says. ‘I don’t think…

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“15 Reasons Why Jason Statham Is Awesome”

“15 Reasons Why Jason Statham Is Awesome”

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HBO Signals Buyers’ Remorse And Cancels Affleck-Damon “Project Greenlight”

HBO Signals Buyers’ Remorse And Cancels Affleck-Damon “Project Greenlight”

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Rewatching The “Almost Great” Olympic Romance Of Personal Best

Rewatching The “Almost Great” Olympic Romance Of Personal Best

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Friday Box Office Estimates

The Jason Bourne Friday opening is very Bourne-like, right between the top-grossing #3 in the series ($24.7m) and the 2nd best #2 ($18.4). The audience is there… the question is how hungry America and the world is for handcrafted action filmmaking and strong silent types. Meanwhile, STX delivers its first major studio-level opening with Bad Moms grossing $2.4 million less on Friday than the nascent distributor’s best 3-day launch to date. Not doing as well is Nerve, which opened on Wednesday and hopes to crack $15m for the 5-day, unlikely to beat Bad Grandpa‘s $35.6m as Lionsgate’s top domestic grosser of the year to date.

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Graham Fuller On The Life And Films Of Ken Loach

Graham Fuller On The Life And Films Of Ken Loach

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Sony Sez Ghostbusters Does Not Endorse Hillary Clinton

Sony Sez Ghostbusters Does Not Endorse Hillary Clinton

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Behind The 18-Minute Powerhouse Centerpiece Of Indignation

“Even though it’s fun to describe the scene as two guys talking about God, I spent many sleepless nights getting the choreography down.” Behind The 18-Minute Powerhouse Centerpiece Of Indignation

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Jen Yamato On “Matt Damon Saves China!” And Other Adventures As White Savior

Jen Yamato On “Matt Damon Saves China!” And Other Adventures As White Savior

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“I cried when McKinnon pulled out her double proton guns (with that theme song playing again, oh the tears!) and in slo-mo, single-handedly defeated every ghost around her. A nerdy engineer with frizzy hair, glasses and a weird penchant for doing voices was my childhood heroine at last, in loose-fitting coveralls.”

“I cried when McKinnon pulled out her double proton guns (with that theme song playing again, oh the tears!) and in slo-mo, single-handedly defeated every ghost around her. A nerdy engineer with frizzy hair, glasses and a weird penchant for doing voices was my childhood heroine at last, in loose-fitting coveralls.”

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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