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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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