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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“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