Movie City News Archive for November, 2016

The DVD Wrapup: BFG, Pete’s Dragon, Baked in Brooklyn, Weng Weng, T.A.M.I./T.N.T. and more

With great numbers already recorded for Disney’s Moana, it’s difficult to look back at the last two years and imagine studio executives not being completely thrilled about what they’ve accomplished. Several releases have exceeded or threatened to hit the billion-dollar barrier and critical response has generally been friendly, even for those titles with lower financial expectations.

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Former NBC Chairman Grant Tinker Was 90

Former NBC Chairman Grant Tinker Was 90; Co-Founder Of MTM Enterprises Warren Littlefield Remembers His Colleague

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“I am deeply saddened to learn that my former husband and professional mentor Grant Tinker has passed away. I’m forever grateful for and proud of what we achieved together with the creation of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and founding of MTM Enterprises. Grant was a brilliant, driven executive who uniquely understood that the secret to great TV content was freedom for its creators and performing artists. This was manifest in his ‘first be best and then be first’ approach.”

“I am deeply saddened to learn that my former husband and professional mentor Grant Tinker has passed away. I’m forever grateful for and proud of what we achieved together with the creation of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and founding of MTM Enterprises. Grant was a brilliant, driven executive who uniquely understood that the secret…

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Scorsese Meets Pope

Scorsese Meets Pope Scorsese Shows Silence To 400 Jesuits In Rome Did Silence Shooting Conditions Outdo The Revenant?

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Cooper And Groth On How Sundance Selections May Seem More Political After The Presidential Election Results

Cooper And Groth On How Sundance Selections May Seem More Political After The Presidential Election Results

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Melena Ryzik Ponders Whether Television Can Be Fair To Muslims

Melena Ryzik Ponders Whether Television Can Be Fair To Muslims

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DP Natasha Braier On Being A “Flare Hunter” For Nicolas Winding Refn

DP Natasha Braier On Being A “Flare Hunter” For Nicolas Winding Refn

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Abel Ferrara’s Driller Killer As “Humanist”

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Michael Almereyda On The Misfits Of Badlands

Michael Almereyda On The Misfits Of Badlands

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Gilroy Gets Substantial Payday For Rogue One Reshoots

Gilroy Gets Substantial Payday For Rogue One Reshoots 

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Hulu On Hopes For Offline Viewing

Hulu On Hopes For Offline Viewing

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Excerpting Adam Nayman’s “Confusion and Carnage: The Films of Ben Wheatley”

Excerpting Adam Nayman‘s “Confusion and Carnage: The Films of Ben Wheatley”

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Writes Lindy West

“Diverse personal narrative has never been more important than it is in proto-Trump America – in a country where so many are willing to throw away the rights of the “other” for the illusion of safety, storytelling is our most straightforward empathy generator, a humanization machine. Millions of Americans are casually falling in love with…

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Cahiers du Cinema Top 10 Leads With Toni Erdmann, Elle, Neon Demon, Aquarius

Cahiers du Cinema Top 10 Leads With Toni Erdmann, Elle, Neon Demon, Aquarius

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Sundance 2017 Competition And NEXT Announced

Sundance Institute convenes a full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, beginning with today’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT, as well as a slate of environmentally focused programming under the Festival’s New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park…

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Sundance 2017 Announces 66 Features In Competition And NEXT

Filmmakers Include Eliza Hittman, Alex Ross Perry, Brett Haley, Gillian Robespierre, Marti Noxon, Adam Bhala Lough, Brian Knappenberger, Yance Ford, Marina Zenovich, Cate Shortland, David Lowery, Dustin Guy Defa, koganada Sundance 2017 Announces 66 Features In Competition And NEXT

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Links To FYC Screenplays Up To 29, With Little Men

Links To FYC Screenplays Up To 29, With Little Men

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Owen Gleiberman Canvasses For Rogue One As An “Awards Movie”

“I used to argue, pretty vociferously, that critics’ groups should wait before voting until they’ve had the chance to see every last movie. But that ship, I’m afraid, has sailed.” Owen Gleiberman Canvasses For Rogue One As An “Awards Movie”

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Iggy Pop Talks Danger

“My father, very late in life, said to me, ‘You know, there is humor in what you do.’” Iggy Pop Talks Danger

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Glenn Kenny On Bresson In Print

Glenn Kenny On Bresson In Print

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“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