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

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

“What Abolishing The NEA Will Mean For Women Artists”

“What Abolishing The NEA Will Mean For Women Artists”

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

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…

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

“Bond Girl” Molly Peters Was 75

“Bond Girl” Molly Peters Was 75

Read the full article »

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

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

Read the full article »

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

Read the full article »

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.”

Read the full article »

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

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

Read the full article »

Farrah Smith Nehme On Lubitsch Silent Masterpieces

Farrah Smith Nehme On Lubitsch Silent Masterpieces

Read the full article »

Ebony Magazine Blocking Writers It Hasn’t Paid

Ebony Magazine Blocking Writers It Hasn’t Paid

Read the full article »

NYTimes Kills Public Editor

NYTimes Kills Public Editor

Read the full article »

Further Proceedings In Spinal Tap Vs H’wd

Further Proceedings In Spinal Tap Vs H’wd

Read the full article »

Boston Globe Tightens Paywall

Boston Globe Tightens Paywall

Read the full article »

Wonder Woman Banned In Lebanon

Wonder Woman Banned In Lebanon

Read the full article »

Movie City News

“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

Quote Unquotesee all »

“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