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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Movie City News

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“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier

“My first objective relationship in life was with the camera. I didn’t understand anything but then I realized the camera is my friend. It doesn’t lie to me. It doesn’t manipulate me. It only reports what I’m doing. And therefore, for me to work with a camera and the camera to be directed by an artist, a craftsman, someone who knows what he or she wants, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
~ Elliot Gould