Movie City News Archive for February, 2018

Infowars Potentate And Trump Advisor Alex Jones Accused Of Discrimination And Sexual Harassment

Jones “often spent his time shirtless, and endlessly leering…at female employees and guests,” a “disgusting, hostile environment” Infowars Potentate And Trump Advisor Alex Jones Accused Of Discrimination And Sexual Harassment 

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QT9 Gets DiCaprio, Pitt And A Title: “Once Upon A Time In Hw’d”; Release Date Will Be The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Manson Murders

“I’ve been working on this script for five years, as well as living in Los Angeles County most of my life, including in 1969, when I was 7 years old. I’m very excited to tell this story of an L.A., and a Hollywood that don’t exist anymore. And I couldn’t be happier about the dynamic…

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Ramin Setoodeh On His Two-Hour Audience With Barbra Streisand

“Streisand, on some level, feels that Trump shares the blame for the recent Florida high school shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers. ‘I think even that shooter was affected because Trump brings out the violence in people. He says, “It’s OK — rally, lock her up.”‘” Ramin Setoodeh On An Audience…

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Kevin Smith Does A Good Twenty Minutes On Being Alive

Kevin Smith Does A Good Twenty Minutes On Being Alive

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The Int’l Documentary Association Looks Behind The Nominated Shorts:

The Int’l Documentary Association Looks Behind The Nominated Shorts: Edith + Eddie; Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Heroin(e); Knife Skills; Traffic Stop

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“Industry analyst predicts just three major film studios by 2023″

“Industry analyst predicts just three major film studios by 2023″

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Greta Gerwig Floats Four-Chapter Sacramento Extended Cinematic Universe

Greta Gerwig Floats Four-Chapter Sacramento Extended Cinematic Universe

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“I used to say about Cynthia [Heimel]’s writing, and her being, that she had the soul of Janis Joplin in the voice of Hedda Hopper. She was a voice for liberation with manners, freedom without regret and the blues with a grain of salt.”

“I used to say about Cynthia [Heimel]’s writing, and her being, that she had the soul of Janis Joplin in the voice of Hedda Hopper. She was a voice for liberation with manners, freedom without regret and the blues with a grain of salt.”

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Josephine Livingstone On Annihilation

“The lighthouse is surrounded by crystal trees that resemble the synapses of the brain. This lighthouse is desire, as with Virginia Woolf, and also the frontier that separates our own minds from others’. Here we see an embodied meditation on subjectivity and trauma. Lena finds the meteor that has punched through the lighthouse’s wall, and…

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Netflix Fires “Fuller House” Showrunner Jeff Franklin; Warner Bros. TV Severs Deal Over Complaints

“Franklin has been accused of being verbally abusive to staffers and making inappropriate statements in the writers’ room, including making sexually charged comments about his personal relationships and sex life. Franklin has not been accused of directly sexually harassing or engaging in physical misconduct with any staffers.” Netflix Fires “Fuller House” Showrunner Jeff Franklin; Warner Bros….

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CIA Publicly Indicates Displeasure With “The Looming Tower”

“There’s been a huge refusal in many quarters to criticize the CIA for fear of undermining the morale of the agency. I find that to be a kind of cheap excuse. It’s time the agency was held to account, because I don’t think anyone has done that.” CIA Publicly Indicates Displeasure With “The Looming Tower”

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Phantom Thread Got Some Bad Takes. Pick One.

Phantom Thread Got Some Bad Takes. Pick One.

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Bernardo Bertolucci

Guadagnino “is similar to me in that he often uses cinema rather than reality as the point of departure for his inspiration. There are many directors who use reality as their basis. Luca’s reality is in the films that precede him, the cinema that he loves. So since he loves my body of work, it’s…

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Pussy Riot In Support Of Oleg Sentsov

we came with action to occupied Crimea to stand for Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who in prison in Russia and who will die without our help. we've been arrested. we've been attacked. but we made it. share! #freesetsov pic.twitter.com/vCftoJ6fkI — Pussy Riot (@pussyrrriot) February 28, 2018

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CBC, Canada’s Public Broadcaster, Closing Music Library, Digitizing And Destroying CDs

CBC, Canada’s Public Broadcaster, Closing Music Library, Digitizing And Destroying CDs

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Last Man In Aleppo Producer Gets Visa To Attend Oscars

Last Man In Aleppo Producer Gets Visa To Attend Oscars

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Of Course Paul Thomas Anderson’s Got A Mixtape For 70mm Showings Of Phantom Thread

Of Course Paul Thomas Anderson’s Got A Mixtape For 70mm Showings Of Phantom Thread

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Twin Cities Theater Awards Group Shutters

Twin Cities Theater Awards Group Shutters

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“The Walking Dead” Profit Participation Lawsuit Sparks To Life Once More

“The Walking Dead” Profit Participation Lawsuit Sparks To Life Once More

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Spotify

I’ve seen Spotify’s IPO filing. Here are the key facts: The company is losing money at the rate of $30 million per month. Growth is slowing & the company is sitting on almost $2 billion in liabilities. Trust me, this company’s business model is broken. https://t.co/8EDmy6Wbs7 — Ted Gioia (@tedgioia) February 28, 2018

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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