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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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

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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