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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Movie City News

The DVD Wrapup: After the Wedding, Buñuel in the Labyrinth, Bliss, Nuke ’Em High Redux, Tel Aviv on Fire, They Are We, Hitchhikers, Far Country, Popstar, Truth … More

Review: The Good Liar

“It is done his way. The script is shot in sequence and actors learn the story as they go along – all the better to surprise them. “I just want the performance to come straight from their stomach,” he says. At lunchtime, everyone piles into a minibus to go to a church hall. Loach remembers shooting Bread and Roses in Los Angeles, and an actor asking: “Where are the chairs?” Loach said: “What chairs? There are a few around. Find one.” “We always have chairs with our name on.” Loach: “How old are you?” “Sixty.” “Well I’m fucking 75. When you see me sit down, you sit down.” Loach laughs then says: “We keep going because we’re so inexpensive.”

OH, NO HUMANITY

“The first day subscription numbers are impressive, but not surprising, this being the greatest family brand, the one must-have brand in familydom. There’s been grumbling online, particularly from middle-aged critics, about how much is missing and how there is nothing for them to watch. D+ is failing to serve the all-important ‘Mad Men’ audience of media professionals!”

“Howard Hawks was a wonderful director, but he was not the greatest director Hollywood ever knew. The guys with the cigarette ashes on them ignored our greatest directors and humiliated George Stevens, Willie Wyler, Billy Wilder,” Mike Nichols once said of the film giants whose critical stock crashed when New Hollywood arrived. “The tragedy of Willie and Stevens and Fred Zinnemann, these were great men, but they just weren’t part of the froggy conspiracy.” Welles and Ford agreed the director was the driving creative force of their films, but to what end? What was it about?”

Lawrence G. Paull Was 81

The Rise And Rise Of Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas

Joker First Billion-Grossing R-Rated Pic

Louis C.K. for part of his comeback tour “What’s mostly absent now though is the appearance that he’s at least trying to be decent,”

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon