Movie City News Archive for May, 2017

Jeff Bewkes Says Trump Not Factor In Justice Approval Of AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Jeff Bewkes Says Trump Not Factor In Justice Approval Of AT&T-Time Warner Deal

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Molly Lambert Connects Dots

“The racist alt-right’s clumsy embrace of Depeche Mode reminds me of the way that Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will and Olympia were reclaimed in the 1970s by clueless film-theory feminists who painted Riefenstahl’s contributions to the cinematic arts as undervalued due to her gender — when, in truth, she was just another monstrous opportunist…

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“What Abolishing The NEA Will Mean For Women Artists”

“What Abolishing The NEA Will Mean For Women Artists”

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Lebanon Repels Wonder Woman At Final Hour Over Casting Of Gal Gadot, With Her Service In Israeli Defense Force

Lebanon Repels Wonder Woman At Final Hour Over Casting Of Gal Gadot, With Her Service In Israeli Defense Force

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Netflix Hastings Says The Streamer Will Start Axing Shows Because They’re Too Successful

“Our hit ratio is way too high. So, we’ve canceled very few shows. I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.” Netflix Hastings Says The Streamer Will Start Axing Shows Because They’re Too Successful; Intends…

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Legendary Warner Publicist Joe Hyams Was 90: Key to Campaigns For Kubrick, Streisand, Truffaut, Redford, Fellini, Stone, Friedkin, And Until Mystic River, Eastwood

Legendary Warner Publicist Joe Hyams Was 90: Key to Campaigns For Kubrick, Streisand, Truffaut, Redford, Fellini, Stone, Friedkin, And Until Mystic River, Eastwood

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Ray Pride On A Retrospective Of The “Electric Cool” Of Jean-Pierre Melville

Ray Pride On A Retrospective Of The “Electric Cool” Of Jean-Pierre Melville

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NYObserver Fires 78-Year-Old Film Critic Rex Reed

“The shocking truth is that the Observer has been going down the drain financially for quite some time. The end of what was the remains of a once-vital and responsible New York paper came when [Jared Kushner] threw what was left of a great weekly paper under the bus and lost all interest in bringing it back to life…

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World’s Oldest Underground Film Festival Turns 24 In Chicago This Week; A Few Words From Its Artistic Director

World’s Oldest Underground Film Festival Turns 24 In Chicago This Week; A Few Words From Its Artistic Director

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“Bond Girl” Molly Peters Was 75

“Bond Girl” Molly Peters Was 75

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An Oral History Of Radiohead’s “OK Computer, ” 20 Years On

An Oral History Of Radiohead’s “OK Computer, ” 20 Years On

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The Reporter Tweets What It Really Thinks About Women Directing Studio Pictures

“#WonderWoman: Warner Bros. is gambling $150M with a filmmaker whose only prior big-screen credit was an $8M indie” The Reporter Tweets What It Really Thinks About Women Directing Studio Pictures

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Adam Wingard Graduates To “Godzilla vs. Kong” Project

Earlier – “Adam Wingard, who made a name for himself with low-budget horror thrillers such as You’re Next and The Guest, is going big for his next movie. Monstrously big.”

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Former Mega-Producer Andy Vajna On “Bringing Hw’d” To Troubled Hungary

Former Mega-Producer Andy Vajna On “Bringing Hw’d” To Troubled Hungary

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Farrah Smith Nehme On Lubitsch Silent Masterpieces

Farrah Smith Nehme On Lubitsch Silent Masterpieces

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Ebony Magazine Blocking Writers It Hasn’t Paid

Ebony Magazine Blocking Writers It Hasn’t Paid

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NYTimes Kills Public Editor

NYTimes Kills Public Editor

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Further Proceedings In Spinal Tap Vs H’wd

Further Proceedings In Spinal Tap Vs H’wd

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Boston Globe Tightens Paywall

Boston Globe Tightens Paywall

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Wonder Woman Banned In Lebanon

Wonder Woman Banned In Lebanon

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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