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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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