Movie City News Archive for March, 2017

Morgan Freeman Says Make Hay While The Sun Shines

Morgan Freeman Says Make Hay While The Sun Shines

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Fate Of The Furious Gets Competition In Russia From Nationalist Space Epic Produced By Timur Bekmambetov

Fate Of The Furious Gets Competition In Russia From Nationalist Space Epic Produced By Timur Bekmambetov

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Richard Kelly Muses Beyond Donnie Darko

“It’s remarkable to think how our political process has just deteriorated into this grotesque reality television spectacle. I feel a responsibility to really create as much resistance art as possible, given our current political reality, and to not be afraid of making some political statement with my art. It’s always been a part of my…

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Broadband Providers Verizon, Comcast Claim They Won’t Sell Individual Browsing History Even Though GOP Passed Law To Let Them

Broadband Providers Verizon, Comcast Claim They Won’t Sell Individual Browsing History Even Though GOP Passed Law To Let Them

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WETA Workshoppers On Making Ghost In The Shell’s Robotic Psycho Geisha Girls

“We experimented a lot with facial features where we might try an Asian eye with an African arm. It was really difficult to get all that stuff working in harmony in a concise character that doesn’t just look like some hodgepodge that’s been thrown together.” WETA Workshoppers On Making Ghost In The Shell‘s Robotic Psycho…

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The Most Surprising Performer In Ghost In The Shell, Kaori Momoi, Is Also A Director

The Most Surprising Performer In Ghost In The Shell, Kaori Momoi, Is Also A Director

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Some Approaches To Writing About Acting, Prompted By The Death of Louis XIV

Some Approaches To Writing About Acting, Prompted By The Death of Louis XIV

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“‘I would rather you take notes than record me,’ he said, and his smile started to fade. ‘Okay, no problem,’ I replied, then slipped my recording device into my pocket without stopping it. This one needed to go on the record. Some part of Léaud had to understand that.”

“‘I would rather you take notes than record me,’ he said, and his smile started to fade. ‘Okay, no problem,’ I replied, then slipped my recording device into my pocket without stopping it. This one needed to go on the record. Some part of Léaud had to understand that.”

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“Empathy” Ceremony In Chicago For Roger Ebert On April 4

“Empathy” Ceremony In Chicago For Roger Ebert On April 4

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Gael García Bernal

“Oh, man. Thank you for this question. As a football supporter, I feel Mexican. But my true self is completely Latin American. Mexico is my cocina, my kitchen. It is where I hang, where I talk to my mother. But Latin America is my home. If you travel through Latin America, you see we are…

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Seth Rogen Legal Team Tells Screenwriters To Cease Fraudulent Submissions Under Rogen & Goldberg’s Names

Seth Rogen Legal Team Tells Screenwriters To Cease Fraudulent Submissions Under Rogen & Goldberg’s Names

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Ghost In The Shell Likely Far From Last Manga Transposition To Big Screen

Ghost In The Shell Likely Far From Last Manga Transposition To Big Screen

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U. S. Music Sales Up 11% In 2016; 51% Is Streaming; First Time Since 1986 That Fewer Than 100 Million CDs Shifted

U. S. Music Sales Up 11% In 2016; 51% Is Streaming; First Time Since 1986 That Fewer Than 100 Million CDs Shifted

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“ Americans Everywhere Benefit From The NEA And NEH”

“ Americans Everywhere Benefit From The NEA And NEH”

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Walter Hill On Genre

“I see movies all the time where I question why the hell they even made them, because the animus is so clearly nonfilmic. I don’t mean that you need to have thundering herds or raging gunfights as opposed to ideas, but I think certain things are more filmic than others. Genre filmmaking does supply a…

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Christopher Nolan, Tom Rothman And Sofia Coppola At CinemaCon

“The only platform I’m interested in talking about is theatrical exhibition.” “Netflix, my ass.” “I hope people see it in the theatre, where it was meant to be seen.” Christopher Nolan, Tom Rothman And Sofia Coppola At CinemaCon

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Sends Apology For Promoting His Production, Lego Batman

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Sends Apology For Promoting His Production, Lego Batman

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Buffeted China Conglom LeEco Raises $2.2 Billion In Funding, Buys Up A Smaller Film ProdCo

Buffeted China Conglom LeEco Raises $2.2 Billion In Funding, Buys Up A Smaller Film ProdCo

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Amazon Studios Still Supports Theatrical Window

“I think we proved to you that we really believe in the theatrical experience by fully supporting the theatrical window for our releases.” Amazon Studios On Supporting Theatrical Window

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T2 Trainspotting’s Irvine Welsh In The Modern World

“These days, there’s also a continuing crisis in masculinity that’s tied up with deindustrialization and the rise of feminism and cultural equality.” T2 Trainspotting‘s Irvine Welsh In The Modern World

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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