Movie City News Archive for April, 2017

William M. Hoffman, 78, Playwright And Librettist; Wrote “As Is” (1985), First Play About AIDS Crisis On B’way

William M. Hoffman, 78, Playwright And Librettist; Wrote “As Is” (1985), First Play About AIDS Crisis On B’way

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Alexandra Heller-Nichols And Josh Nelson On “White Violence And The Horror Of Representation” In Get Out

Alexandra Heller-Nichols And Josh Nelson On “White Violence And The Horror Of Representation” In Get Out

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EIC Of National Enquirer Tells Anne Helen Petersen About Future Of Us Weekly And Supermarket Tabloids Under Trump

EIC Of National Enquirer Tells Anne Helen Petersen About Future Of Us Weekly And Supermarket Tabloids Under Trump

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Signs Of Progress In Writer-Studio Talks

Signs Of Progress In Writer-Studio Talks

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Albania Looks To Ban Its 200 Communist-Era Movies

Albania Looks To Ban Its 200 Communist-Era Movies

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“Since our members are funding these films, they should be the first to see them. But we are also open to supporting the large theater chains, such as AMC and Regal in the US, if they want to offer our films, such as our upcoming Will Smith film Bright, in theaters simultaneous to Netflix. Let consumers choose.”

“Since our members are funding these films, they should be the first to see them. But we are also open to supporting the large theater chains, such as AMC and Regal in the US, if they want to offer our films, such as our upcoming Will Smith film Bright, in theaters simultaneous to Netflix. Let consumers…

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Murdoch British TV Deal Hinges On The Three Words “Fit And Proper”

“Owning Sky outright would give the Murdochs an important new cash generator to feed the rapacious appetite for growth and conquest that has made their family business the most influential media conglomerate in the world — one that helped hasten Britain’s ‘Brexit’ from the European Union and helped deliver Donald J. Trump to the White House.”…

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So How Did Netflix License Its Content To China?

So How Did Netflix License Its Content To China?

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Sir Ridley Says It Will Be Unwise To Challenge Aliens

“When you see a big thing in the sky, run for it, because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them, you will be taken out in three seconds.” Sir Ridley Says It Will Be Unwise To Challenge Incoming Aliens

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On Michael Wadleigh’s 1981 Wolfen As One Of The First Pictures To Capture Trump

On Michael Wadleigh’s 1981 Wolfen As One Of The First Pictures To Capture Trump

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Coppola & Co. At Radio City Music Hall

“The first Godfather cost $6.5 million, the second Godfather cost $11-12 million, which if you convert that, it would take a major studio. But it would never get through the process of getting a greenlight. Nothing will get a greenlight today unless it’s a movie where they can have a whole series and a Marvel…

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Fox And Blackstone Move To Buy Tribune Media And Its Stations And WGN America

Fox And Blackstone Move To Buy Tribune Media And Its Stations And WGN America

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Lede Of The Weekend

“There is no denying that much of the new Canadian film Below Her Mouth qualifies as unmitigated smut.” Lede Of The Weekend

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Fanciful Recollections Of Reservoir Dogs By QT And Cast At Tribeca

Fanciful Recollections Of Reservoir Dogs By QT And Cast At Tribeca

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“Period movies and sci-fi movies step outside of the contemporary moment and you can say things in the past and in the future that you can’t say now. Or you could say now but people would just be like ‘ugh, that feels like a bit preachy’ or ‘it’s too close to what’s happening in this moment.’ I’ve done three period movies in a row now and I think the next one we’ll do will be a sci-fi.”

“Period movies and sci-fi movies step outside of the contemporary moment and you can say things in the past and in the future that you can’t say now. Or you could say now but people would just be like ‘ugh, that feels like a bit preachy’ or ‘it’s too close to what’s happening in this…

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Profiling Former NYPost Film Critic Rod Dreher As Prophet Of “Modern Monasticism”

Profiling Former NYPost Film Critic Rod Dreher As Prophet Of “Modern Monasticism”

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It’s Not Charlie Kaufman: Film Blogger Retails Story Of Reluctant Russian Bride

It’s Not Charlie Kaufman: Film Blogger Retails Story Of Reluctant Russian Bride

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How Reaction To Silence Of The Lambs Challenged (and Changed) Jonathan Demme

How Reaction To Silence Of The Lambs Challenged (and Changed) Jonathan Demme

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The Weekend Report

The third weekend of The Fate of the Furious again led weekend viewing with an estimated $19.4 million and a global gross that crossed into the rarified realm of $1 billion box office. The session had but one wide national release but it was international day-and-date newcomers that stole the thunder. The storm came from the Hispanic comedy How to Be a Latin Lover that ranked second with $11.8 million and highly-anticipated Indian historic epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which smashed global records, including a U.S. debut of $10.3 million.

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H’wd Experience Of Incoming MPAA Head Includes Ten Years At Jim Henson Productions

H’wd Experience Of Incoming MPAA Head Includes Ten Years At Jim Henson Productions

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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