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

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