Movie City News Archive for December, 2017

Rue Saint-Denis’ Le Beverley, Paris’ Last Porn Boîte, Set To Close

Rue Saint-Denis’ Le Beverley, Paris’ Last Porn Boîte, Set To Close

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“China’s film industry received a boost in 2017 after a string of unexpected blockbusters lifted the mainland’s total box office takings 22% year-on-year, up from 2.4% growth in 2016. The buoyant box office takings offered a fillip for a domestic film industry that had until recently been written off as over-funded and under-talented, producing big budget flops that were overshadowed by Hollywood blockbusters.”

“China’s film industry received a boost in 2017 after a string of unexpected blockbusters lifted the mainland’s total box office takings 22% year-on-year, up from 2.4% growth in 2016. The buoyant box office takings offered a fillip for a domestic film industry that had until recently been written off as over-funded and under-talented, producing big…

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Caleb Landry Jones On The Fear Of Frances McDormand

Caleb Landry Jones On The Fear Of Frances McDormand

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Across The Hall With Ava DuVernay And Ryan Coogler

Across The Hall With Ava DuVernay And Ryan Coogler

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Tracy Letts

“I’m in an enviable position as an actor, because I’m a playwright. Some of the roles I would’ve jumped at as a younger man because I was broke, trying to make a living — I don’t have to do that anymore. I don’t have to be a guy in a suit in Geostorm.” Tracy Letts

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Hungarian Theater After the Right-Wing Gov’t Crackdown

Hungarian Theater After the Right-Wing Gov’t Crackdown

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While The U. S. No Longer Allows Copyrighted Work To Pass Into Public Domain, The E.U. And Canada Tomorrow Get “Catch-22,” “Stranger in a Strange Land,””The Soft Machine,” “The Phantom Tollbooth,””Franny & Zooey,””Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” West Side Story, And Works By René Magritte, Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker And Others

While The U. S. No Longer Allows Copyrighted Work To Pass Into Public Domain, The E.U. And Canada Tomorrow Get “Catch-22,” “Stranger in a Strange Land,””The Soft Machine,” “The Phantom Tollbooth,””Franny & Zooey,””Breakfast at Tiffany’s” And Works By René Magritte, Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker And Others

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“On the Friday afternoon before Christmas, Talbot even dropped by Lincoln Plaza to catch a movie. ‘He watched the Haneke film. And he asked how business was.'”

“On the Friday afternoon before Christmas, Talbot even dropped by Lincoln Plaza to catch a movie. ‘He watched the Haneke film. And he asked how business was.’”

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The Weekend Report

The final weekend of 2017 was a horse race between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with the former grossing an estimated $52.7 million and the latter close behind with $50.9 million. There were no new national releases but All the Money in the World and Molly’s Game had their first full weekends, with the poker opus surprisingly strong in its limited wide exposure.

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San Francisco’s Once-Endangered Roxie, The Oldest Continuously-Operating Movie Theater in the United States, Now Thrives

San Francisco’s Once-Endangered Roxie, Oldest Continuously-Operating Movie Theater in the U. S., Now Thrives

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Ryan Gilbey Career-Profiles Gary Oldman For The Observer

Ryan Gilbey Career-Profiles Gary Oldman For The Observer

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“Black Mirror”‘s Charlie Brooker

“I thought I was totally fucked. I was basically stoned the whole time in the 1990s. I would just lie on the sofa, watching TV. [Later], it became harder for me to maintain the persona of an average viewer saying, fuck everyone on TV, this is all shit. You’d meet people, and think, ‘Oh, they’re just…

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Owen Gleiberman Engages Bret Easton Ellis To Help Multiply Misunderstand The Post

“The Post proves that even a director who’s as much of a technological virtuoso as Spielberg can’t necessarily get the wigs and the cigarette smoke right.” … “Obviously, I’m not implying I have the answer; no one does. But the point is that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.” Owen Gleiberman Engages Bret Easton Ellis To…

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Jo Ellison Has A Fit On “Consensus”

“It matters not at all what I think, because the consensus view has already been decided: that the film is an unmissable tour de force. And when the consensus view is decreed, we must all agree. Dinner parties must be hushed with awed appreciation; Twitter must become a tide of praise and hashtags and commendation;…

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India Censors Clear Padmavati On Five Conditions, Including Changing Title to “Padmavat” And Rewriting A Song’s Lyrics

India Censors Clear Padmavati On Five Conditions, Including Changing Title to “Padmavat” And Rewriting A Song’s Lyrics

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“The irony in Ingmar Bergman, the humour in him is absolutely lost on Swedes. Even at his apparently most brooding and depressing, there is almost always a streak of black comedy in there which I think the British recognise and the Swedes don’t.”

“The irony in Ingmar Bergman, the humour in him is absolutely lost on Swedes. Even at his apparently most brooding and depressing, there is almost always a streak of black comedy in there which I think the British recognise and the Swedes don’t.”

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Makers Offer Rationale For Including R. Kelly Song In Pitch Perfect 3; Blurry On Whether The Long-Accused Performer Will Profit Financially

“That’s a tough one. I’m glad we’re having this discussion about what’s happening in the world right now. Nobody gets a free pass on that. At the same time, it was a song, and I feel like in the moment, the Bellas would have come up with it — based on how a riff-off works,…

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Alex Jones Critiques Last Of The Jedi

“They want atomized, broken up, sharecropper-slaves that owe that soul to the modern company store. It’s feudalism — modern, high-tech feudalism and they admit that.” Alex Jones Critiques Last Of The Jedi

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Road Rage Puts Alleged Goodfellas Mobster Vincent Asaro Behind Bars At Last, At The Age of 82

Road Rage Puts Alleged Goodfellas Mobster Vincent Asaro Behind Bars At Last, At The Age of 82

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier