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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“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