Movie City News Archive for January, 2017

Michael Phillips Talks About His Relationship With Ebert

Michael Phillips Talks About His Relationship With Ebert

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Toronto Repertory Cinemas Get Feisty

“One of our friends said that going to the Royal back then felt like doing homework. It wasn’t fun. We wanted to reinvigorate it.” Toronto Repertory Cinemas Get Feisty

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Kris Tapley On Lionsgate’s Diverse Approaches Promotion Each Of Their Oscar Nominated Movies

Kris Tapley On Lionsgate’s Diverse Approaches Promotion Each Of Their Oscar Nominated Movies

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Fox Broadcasting Pioneer, Tinder Mogul Billionaire Barry Diller Takes Some Time Out To Trash Modern Media

“I really do think that right now, certainly advertisers and anyone who is involved in any part of the media really does have to question the results of the kind of decades, decades-long sleazy reality TV, radio talk show that goes so over the top, etcetera. I think it is worth thinking about that stuff…

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In Brooklyn, The New Inquiry Will Serve Punch While Screening Clips From Movies With Nazis Getting Punched In The Face

In Brooklyn, The New Inquiry Will Serve Punch While Screening Clips From Movies With Nazis Getting Punched In The Face

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Lola Landekic Credits Trainspotting At Art Of The Title

Lola Landekic Credits Trainspotting At Art Of The Title

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Drew Barrymore Remains Dishy

“I’m a dirty hippie. I love patchouli; I just love it straight. Give me Venice Beach, 1982. I love cedar wood, too. I love woody accords — sandalwood, Nag Champa.” Drew Barrymore Remains Dishy About Beauty

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Lunching With Orson Welles Taking A Big Bite Of Casablanca

Lunching With Orson Welles Taking A Big Bite Of Casablanca

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Filmmaker Anna Broinowski On Being An Extra In A North Korean Propaganda Film

“You bowl, then turn with great joy to your husband, and say: ‘Strike!’” Filmmaker Anna Broinowski On Being An Extra In A North Korean Propaganda Film

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Oscar-Winning Sound Engineer Richard Portman Was 82

Oscar-Winning Sound Engineer Richard Portman Was 82; Won For Deer Hunter; Worked On Star Wars, Nashville, The Godfather, Harold And Maude, Young Frankenstein, The Candidate, California Split, 3 Women, Carnal Knowledge, Body Heat; Also Taught Barry Jenkins

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SXSW Announces Its First 125 Features For 2017

SXSW Announces Its First 125 Features For 2017

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“There’s nothing wrong with seeing Donald Trump in every piece of art you come across (although it’s surely unpleasant), and I understand it may seem silly to suggest critics shouldn’t be telling people what movies to see. Isn’t that their job? But there’s a difference between recommending a film and prescribing it.”

“There’s nothing wrong with seeing Donald Trump in every piece of art you come across (although it’s surely unpleasant), and I understand it may seem silly to suggest critics shouldn’t be telling people what movies to see. Isn’t that their job? But there’s a difference between recommending a film and prescribing it.”

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan Welcomes Filmmakers And Filmmaking Rejected By Trump

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Welcomes Filmmakers And Filmmaking Rejected By Trump

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“The Jerry Maguire Video Store” Stocks Only Jerry Maguire, 14,000 Copies Of Jerry Maguire, Only On VHS

“The Jerry Maguire Video Store” Stocks Only Jerry Maguire, 14,000 Copies Of Jerry Maguire, Only On VHS

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Jonathan Rosenbaum Reprints A 2009 Piece On Sátántangó That Béla Tarr Asked Him To Write For A Hungarian Newspaper On Its 15th Anniversary

Jonathan Rosenbaum Reprints A 2009 Piece On  Sátántangó That Béla Tarr Asked Him To Write For A Hungarian Newspaper On Its 15th Anniversary

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“Netflix is competing not so much with the established Hollywood infrastructure as with its real nemeses: Facebook, Apple, Google and others. There was a time not long ago when tech companies appeared to stay in their lanes, so to speak: Apple made computers; Google engineered search; Microsoft focused on office software. It was all genial enough that the CEO of one tech giant could sit on the board of another. These days, however, the major tech companies are competing viciously for the same thing: your attention.”

“Netflix is competing not so much with the established Hollywood infrastructure as with its real nemeses: Facebook, Apple, Google and others. There was a time not long ago when tech companies appeared to stay in their lanes, so to speak: Apple made computers; Google engineered search; Microsoft focused on office software. It was all genial…

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Canada’s Last Record Store Chain Will Liquidate

Canada’s Last Record Store Chain Will Liquidate

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Stephen Galloway Deifies Irving Thalberg, Craving A Latter-Day Successor

“Like Thalberg, they knew there was a bottom line; but like him, they were sometimes willing to defy it for the love of the movies.” Stephen Galloway Deifies Irving Thalberg, Craving A Latter-Day Successor

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A24 Takes U. S.-China Rights For Yiddish-Language Menashe Out of Sundance

A24 Takes U. S.-China Rights For Yiddish-Language Menashe Out of Sundance

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Latest Tommy O’Haver And Joe Swanberg Joints Direct To Netflix After SXSW Bow

Netflix original films Win It All, from filmmaker Joe Swanberg and starring Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez and Keegan-Michael Key, and The Most Hated Woman in America featuring Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo, Adam Scott and Juno Temple, will make their world premieres at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in March before launching on Netflix. A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O’Hair,…

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“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