Movie City News Archive for November, 2017

“If NBC wants to start making amends, it could finally make public any ‘Apprentice’ archival video that sheds further light on its star’s behavior. As AP reported, more than 20 former crew members, editors, and contestants affirmed that Trump repeatedly demeaned women on the show. A former ‘Apprentice’ producer said there are ‘far worse’ tapes…

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Harassment Allegations: Vice Fires Three Unnamed Employees

“The conduct of these employees ranged from verbal and sexual harassment to other behavior that is inconsistent with our policies, our values, and the way in which we believe colleagues should work together.” Harassment Allegations: Vice Fires Three Unnamed Employees

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Nine Women Accuse Playwright Israel Horovitz of Sexual Misconduct

“I heard a word used recently about people like this — they’re dream crushers. He took this thing that was such a beautiful thing, this young hope, this sense of promise, and he just ruined it.” Nine Women Accuse Playwright Israel Horovitz of Sexual Misconduct

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Misconduct Allegations: B’wy Casting Director Justin Huff Out; Worked For “Kinky Boots,” “Newsies,” “The Color Purple,” “On Your Feet!,” “Honeymoon in Vegas.”

Misconduct Allegations: B’wy Casting Director Justin Huff Out; Worked For “Kinky Boots,” “Newsies,” “The Color Purple,” “On Your Feet!,” “Honeymoon in Vegas.”

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Key Uber Investor Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Multiple Women

Key Uber Investor Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Multiple Women

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“Will Hollywood lawyer Martin Singer’s pitbull tactics still work in a post-Weinstein era?”

“As accusations against Ratner, Harvey Weinstein and a seemingly ever-widening cast of others increase, Martin Singer’s hard-edged style is colliding with a sudden cultural shift toward empowering women (and men) to speak out about abuse. Strategies like Singer’s of pointedly challenging an alleged victim’s account, history and possible motivations are being questioned in an avenging time…

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J. C. Penney Drops Russell Simmons’ Argyleculture Line After Sexual Assault Allegations; HBO Edits Out Of “All Def Comedy”

J. C. Penney Drops Russell Simmons’ Argyleculture Line After Sexual Assault Allegations; HBO Edits Out Of “All Def Comedy”

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Year of the Reconstructed Rom-Com

Award seasons have a theme that emerges as the season progresses. With the arrival of Phantom Thread and The Post, this year is loaded with rom-coms that don’t want to be rom-coms.

The form has been torn down in recent years and barely exists now in Hollywood movies, indies, or even TV. But take the idea of a romantic comedy about, say, the black guy being brought home to meet the over-exuberant white suburban parents and give it a twist… and BAM!… Get Out.

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Laura Kipnis On The Moment

Laura Kipnis On The Moment

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Steve Gravestock On “Circle of Three,” TIFF Founders (And Independent Producers) Bill Marshall, Henk Van der Kolk And Dusty Cohl

Steve Gravestock On “Circle of Three,” TIFF Founders (And Independent Producers) Bill Marshall, Henk Van der Kolk And Dusty Cohl

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Mr. Mamet Turns 70. Here’s The Paris Review Art of Theater No. 11

“The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always what does the protagonist want. That’s what drama is. It comes down to that. It’s not about theme, it’s not about ideas, it’s not about setting, but what the protagonist wants. What gives rise to the drama, what is the precipitating event, and…

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Unnamed Workers On Justice League Desultorily Describe Frankenstein Monster

“Warner Bros. declined comment for this story.” Unnamed Workers On Justice League Desultorily Describe Frankenstein Monster

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DVD Gift Guide II: Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Der Bingle, Hitchcock, Homicide, Agatha Christie, Jean Rouch, MST3K, Curtiz, Logan Lucky, Animal Factory, Woodshock and more

Because our grandparents and great-grandparents already seem to have everything they need, they get shorted when gifts are being handed out around the Christmas tree. The challenge of picking out presents grows greater every year, it seems. After all, how many sweaters, robes and slippers can a person possibly own? Why not give the gift that never gets older that it already is: nostalgia. No matter how many channels there are, the ones dedicated to shows seniors might recall with fondness are limited to TCM, PBS and niche services on premium networks.

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Terry Crews

“This whole thing from Weinstein to all that’s happening in Hollywood is about an abuse of power. An abuse of the position you have, and what happens is they’ve fooled everyone into thinking it’s part of the job.” Terry Crews

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R Kelly

Why Is R. Kelly Untouchable? Asks Jim DeRogaitis

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NYFCC 2017

Richard Schickel Memorial Edition New York Film Critics Circle Awards Lady Bird; Sean Baker, Director; Phantom Thread, Script; Ronan, Chalamet; Haddish, Dafoe; BPM; Coco; Faces Places; Mudbound, Cinematography; Molly Haskell, Career

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How Closing A Hungarian Opposition Paper Was A Worldwide Omen For Fate Of Publications Like LA Weekly

How Closing A Hungarian Opposition Paper Was A Worldwide Omen For  Fate Of Publications Like LA Weekly

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Lauer

“Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul-searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job… There is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.” Matt Lauer Says He Is Beginning Image Recovery

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Simmons Yogic

“I am removing myself from the businesses that I founded. The companies will now be run by a new and diverse generation of extraordinary executives who are moving the culture and consciousness forward. I will convert the studio for yogic science into a not-for-profit center of learning and healing. As for me, I will step…

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Jenny Lumet Accuses Russell Simmons

Jenny Lumet Accuses Russell Simmons

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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