Movie City News Archive for February, 2017

Moonlight Brightens 1,500 Screens This Weekend

Moonlight Brightens 1,500 Screens This Weekend

Read the full article »

Random House Buys Memoirs From Both Obamas

Penguin Random House Buys Memoirs From Both Obamas

Read the full article »

Warren Beatty Wants Cheryl Boone Isaacs To Speak Up

Warren Beatty Wants Cheryl Boone Isaacs To Speak Up

Read the full article »

Five Suitors For Time Inc.

Five Suitors For Time Inc.

Read the full article »

Kim Masters Considers Beatty From Journalistic Experience

“Unlikely as it is, I find myself rising to defend Warren Beatty.” Kim Masters Considers Beatty’s Perplex From Journalistic Experience

Read the full article »

Read Eric Vespe’s Unpublished 2013 Two-Hour Interview With Bill Paxton, Cinephile

Read Eric Vespe‘s Unpublished 2013 Two-Hour Interview With Bill Paxton, Cinephile

Read the full article »

Canadian Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce On His Latest Provocation

For independent cinema there’s no limits except the law. So if you explore certain taboos then it’s a question of legality and morality, depending on where your moral compass leads you. I am trying to make films about provocative subjects but get larger budgets for them, but that’s when you start to realize how deeply…

Read the full article »

Why Asghar Farhadi Sent Two Scientists To Accept Oscar

“As I said last night, once you go away from the Earth and look back at the Earth, you see no borders, no lines separating countries. It is one, whole, beautiful unit.” Why Asghar Farhadi Sent Two Iranian Scientists To Accept Oscar And – Jafar Panahi On Farhadi’s Win

Read the full article »

Indian Film Censors Hard At Work

Indian Film Censors Hard At Work

Read the full article »

On Sunday Night’s Oscar Fracas As Vindication Of Marisa Tomei’s Win

“Sunday’s madness offers a sweet measure of vindication for Marisa Tomei: It demonstrated that, in the case of a miscalled name, show officials are ready and willing to rush out and correct it — no matter how much embarrassment or humiliation might ensue.”

Read the full article »

On Jimmy Kimmel’s Casual Racism At Oscar

“The problem is that unfamiliarity is the punchline. Not Kimmel’s unfamiliarity due to ignorance, mind you, but rather the perceived abnormality or exoticism of the names in question, a perspective that is comes from a limited, geo-centric worldview wherein any name that doesn’t fit America’s Amy/Patrick/Jimmy canon is worthy of derision.” On Jimmy Kimmel’s Casual…

Read the full article »

Zoë Kravitz Says H’wd Still Has A Race Problem

Zoë Kravitz Says H’wd Still Has A Race Problem

Read the full article »

Warren Beatty On His Life Before Sunday Night

Warren Beatty On His Life Before Sunday Night

Read the full article »

Pakistanis Astir; Mahershala Ali’s Faith Not Considered Muslim

“Adherents of the Ahmadiyya faith—Ahmadis—cannot practice it without facing legal prosecution or the wrath of a vigilante mob.” Pakistanis Astir; Mahershala Ali’s Faith Not Considered Muslim

Read the full article »

Jimmy Kimmel’s “Gary From Chicago” Found Religion And Fiancée After 20 Years Serving Sentence

Jimmy Kimmel’s “Gary From Chicago” Found Religion And Fiancée After 20 Years Serving Sentence

Read the full article »

The Academy Statement About PwC Best Picture Failure

“We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.” The Academy Statement About PwC Best Picture Failure

Read the full article »

Ouch.

Read the full article »

Four great success lessons from the spectacular Oscars disaster

“Straight talk is a strong way for both managers and employees to handle a crisis. Radical transparency strengthens teams and confers authority on the managers who use it.” “Four Great Success Lessons From The Spectacular Oscars Disaster”

Read the full article »

Mark Evanier On The Year Laurence Olivier Nearly Had A Warren Beatty Moment

Mark Evanier On The Year Laurence Olivier Nearly Had A Warren Beatty Moment

Read the full article »

Jeffrey Fleishman’s Bristling Backstage Oscar Tick-Tock

“He in sleek tux, she resplendent in white gown, they took the stage. The night was nearly done, a touch of class for the final prize. No one saw or anticipated the iceberg.” Jeffrey Fleishman‘s Bristling Backstage Oscar Tick-Tock

Read the full article »

Movie City News

Quote Unquotesee all »

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