Movie City News Archive for October, 2017

Jeremy Piven Denies Allegation

Jeremy Piven Denies Allegation

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Page Six Alleges Harvey Weinstein Told Confidant “‘he was born to take the fall for his behavior in order to “change the world.” He is resigned to his punishment — as a martyr for social change.'”

Page Six Alleges Harvey Weinstein Told Confidant “‘he was born to take the fall for his behavior in order to “change the world.” He is resigned to his punishment — as a martyr for social change.’”

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Alec Baldwin Calls Glenn Whip To Talk James Toback

“I never knew of anything where Jimmy assaulted or bullied or pressured. I’ve never heard anything other than that Jimmy was somebody who hit on a lot of women in a very vague way. He had an appetite for going up to women and saying salacious and provocative things to them and introducing himself with his…

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Rob Hardy, Dean Cundey And Jim Hemphill On The Thing

Rob Hardy, Dean Cundey And Jim Hemphill On The Thing

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Greta Gerwig Conversing In The Wilds Of Manhattan

“I feel like movies are presents, and credits and fonts are bows and wrapping paper. I like everything to feel like it was given a lot of time. I hate it when I watch movies and it seems like they just went and picked a font and, like, called it a day… I put into her the…

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A. O. Scott Leads Team Lady Bird

“I wish I could convey to you just how thrilling this movie is. I wish I could quote all of the jokes and recount the best offbeat bits. I’m tempted to catalog the six different ways the ending can make you cry. I’ll settle for one: the bittersweet feeling of having watched someone grow in…

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John Carpenter Returns to Halloween

John Carpenter Returns to Halloween

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Egyptian Filmmaker Reem Qotb, Recent New York Academy Graduate, Reportedly To Be In Prison For Almost A Year For Drone Camera In Luggage

Egyptian Filmmaker Reem Qotb, Recent New York Academy Graduate, Reportedly To Be In Prison For Almost A Year For Drone Camera In Luggage

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Late Producer Peter Macgregor-Scott On The Making Of Batman & Robin

“So I sent Tommy Lee the screenplay down in Texas, and two hours later, he calls me up and he says, ‘I don’t get it.’ I said, ‘Why don’t you reread the fucking thing and remember that the Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones is playing the fucking role!’ And I hung the phone up. A…

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Facebook, Twitter, Google Offer A Lot Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ To Congress

“Yeah, we’re working on the best approach to getting to know the clients and getting to know who’s behind the entities that are signing up for advertising.” Facebook, Twitter, Google Offer A Lot Of  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ To Congress

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CBS Looking Into “Entourage”-Era Allegations About Jeremy Piven

“We are aware of the media reports and are looking into the matter.” CBS Looking Into “Entourage”-Era Allegations About Jeremy Piven

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Screenwriter Robert Getchell Was 81; Screenplays Include Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Bound For Glory

Screenwriter Robert Getchell Was 81; Screenplays Include Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Bound For Glory

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Before AFM, Gregg Goldstein On Int’l Distribution In The Amazon Studios-Netflix Era And How AFM Attendees Are Getting Squeezed And Sometimes Shafted

“Digital platforms are taking top projects off the table, new ventures including Endeavor Content are helping finance sales companies’ transformation into producers, and online dealmaking and fests such as Toronto are turning film buying into a 365-day-a-year business that could become far less dependent on markets or sales agents.” Before AFM, Gregg Goldstein On Int’l…

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London Metropolitan Police Investigating Harvey Weinstein Allegations By Seven Women Over 11 Incidents From The 1980s To 2015

London Metropolitan Police Investigating Harvey Weinstein Allegations By Seven Women Over 11 Incidents From The 1980s To 2015

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How The Grauniad Found 800,000 Paying Readers

How The Grauniad Found 800,000 Paying Readers

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Joint. Joint Venture: MGM and Annapurna Pact Joint Deal For U. S. Distribution; Bond In Play?

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER AND ANNAPURNA PICTURES FORM JOINT VENTURE TO DISTRIBUTE FILMS THEATRICALLY IN THE U.S. MGM Returns to Domestic Theatrical Distribution LOS ANGELES (October, 31 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Annapurna Pictures (Annapurna) have formed a new joint venture for theatrical distribution in the U.S., it was announced today by Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer…

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“House of Cards” Production Suspended

“They are two weeks into a production schedule that would extend well into 2018 even if they had not shut down Tuesday. Contracts totaling millions of dollars for everything from actors to catering are already signed. Who eats all that financial loss if production never resumes? Even the best insurance won’t cover all of it.”…

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Oreskes

Accusations made against @npr's top editor, @MichaelOreskes:https://t.co/fKg9ae83YsHe was at @nytimes when this allegedly occurred. pic.twitter.com/uVIWsONujV — Ben Mullin (@BenMullin) October 31, 2017

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NPR Top Editor Accused of Sexual Harassment

NPR Top Editor Accused of Sexual Harassment

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“I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That’s my thing.” Andy Dick Fired From Movie

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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