Movie City News Archive for March, 2018

Helen Mirren

“I’m ambivalent about drama teachers and the classes that people go to. I think people’s instincts are crushed by bad drama teaching. I’ve watched it happen. It’s so often that the people who are actually the best are the ones who are thrown out of drama school because they’re idiosyncratic. They’re peculiar. They don’t fit…

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Jeremy Saulnier Exits “True Detective” Season 3

No comment. — Jeremy Saulnier (@saulnier_jeremy) March 31, 2018 “Pizzolatto is the sole writer on the series, with the exception of David Milch, who co-wrote the fourth episode.” Jeremy Saulnier Exits “True Detective” Season 3

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How Alibaba Is Shoveling Cash Into South China Morning Post to Enhance China “Soft Power”

How Alibaba Conglom Is Shoveling Cash Into South China Morning Post to Enhance China “Soft Power”

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“White Critics: Please Stop Using [That] Word,” Encourages Regina Victor

“Continuing down this path guarantees you will lose respect, readership, and ultimately your jobs. I am a journalist. I want you to thrive, I want you to survive. But I cannot allow you to survive by standing on my back.” “White Critics: Please Stop Using [That] Word,” Encourages Regina Victor

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“This new ‘Roseanne’ is a dream machine for someone like Steve Bannon, who worked so hard to convince potential voters that supporting Donald Trump didn’t mean they were prejudiced. It reinforces Trump voters’ defense against cognitive dissonance and gives them an idealized version of themselves that allows them to dismiss any fear that they might be intolerant. In essence, the reboot of ‘Roseanne’ has already added to the faux-populism that is Trump’s political ideology, and has given viewers a platform to further their own misconceptions of themselves.

“This new ‘Roseanne’ is a dream machine for someone like Steve Bannon, who worked so hard to convince potential voters that supporting Donald Trump didn’t mean they were prejudiced. It reinforces Trump voters’ defense against cognitive dissonance and gives them an idealized version of themselves that allows them to dismiss any fear that they might be…

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“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year,”

“We’re thrilled that America has welcomed the Conner family back into their homes. The show is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it left the air 21 years ago. We can’t wait to see what the ‘Roseanne’ team has in store for next year,” 

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Longtime Professor Saul Levine Claims He Was Pushed out of Massachusetts College of Art and Design By Administrators Who Accuse Him of “Harming Students”

“Thugs, buffoons, secret policemen who were attacking me as an artist, as an educational professional, as a programmer, but mainly as an artist.” Longtime Professor Saul Levine Claims He Was Pushed out of Massachusetts College of Art and Design By Administrators Who Accuse Him of “Harming Students”

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What To Know About Congress’ New Sex Censorship Law

What To Know About Congress’ New Sex Censorship Law

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Cameron Diaz Says She’s Retired From Acting

Cameron Diaz Says She’s Retired From Acting

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Ty Burr Returns Again To Nabokov’s “Pale Fire” After Its References in Unsane and Blade Runner 2049

Ty Burr Returns Again To Nabokov’s “Pale Fire” After Its References in Unsane and Blade Runner 2049

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Asia Argento Addresses Catherine Breillat

“Despite everything, I think that Europeans have lost a lot with the loss of Harvey Weinstein. You have to remember that there are French producers who we haven’t denounced — I won’t mention them; I won’t mention names, although I know three who are extremely respected — I don’t know why they weren’t denounced as…

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Friday Box-Office Estimates

Ready Player 15.2 Million.”

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Roxane Gay On Roseanne

“Where once she was edgy and provocative, she is now absurd and offensive. Her views are muddled and incoherent. She is more invested in banal and shallow provocation than engaging with sociopolitical issues in a thoughtful manner. No amount of mental gymnastics can make what Roseanne Barr has said and done in recent years palatable… This…

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Putin Spokesman Dubs Harvey Weinstein Accusers “Prostitutes”

“Maybe he’s a scumbag, but nobody went to the police and said ‘Weinstein raped me.’ No, they wanted to earn $10 million. What do you call a woman who sleeps with a man for $10 million? Maybe I’m being crude, but she’s called a prostitute.” Putin Spokesman Dubs Harvey Weinstein Accusers “Prostitutes”

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Sam Neill: ‘I dodged a bullet with James Bond’

Sam Neill: ‘I dodged a bullet with James Bond’

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The Seven-Million-Dollar Man

The Seven-Million-Dollar Man “A source close to Dan Schneider strongly denied he had been inappropriate with his younger stars, but did admit of his temper, ‘He could be an asshole’… A source claimed Schneider had been the victim of false online smears, and that his exit comes amid a change of management at the network… and a…

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Groomed to Be All That At Disney and Nick, youngsters are carefully scouted and prepped for stardom. They even take classes on how to deal with fans.

“The sudden end of Dan Schneider’s time at Nickelodeon, where he built an empire”

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Flashback To 2002: “Groomed to Be All That: At Disney and Nick, youngsters are carefully scouted and prepped for stardom. They even take classes on how to deal with fans. Round-faced and multitalented–he broke in as a teenage actor on the 1986 ABC series “Head of the Class”–Dan Schneider was picking a new cast for season seven of “All That.” The show, which he co-created, has become a talent incubator at Nickelodeon, making stars out of Amanda Bynes, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, among others…”

Flashback To 2002: “Groomed to Be All That: At Disney and Nick, youngsters are carefully scouted and prepped for stardom. They even take classes on how to deal with fans. Round-faced and multitalented–he broke in as a teenage actor on the 1986 ABC series “Head of the Class”–Dan Schneider was picking a new cast for season…

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Kael

As the best writer about film ever, she was central to the film conversation in her day, but polarized readers with strong opinions. She was inconsistent, backing her faves while she debunked Andrew Sarris’s auteur theory. He wasn’t as strong a writer but was equally pivotal. — Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) March 30, 2018

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Michael Schlesinger’s “Vintage” Comedy Shorts With “The World’s Favorite Fake 1930s Comedy Team” Hit The Bricks

KINO LORBER ACQUIRES ALL NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO RETRO COMEDY BIFFLE AND SHOOSTERz Collection of New “Vintage” Comedy Shorts Starring “The World’s Favorite Fake 1930s Comedy Team” Available on DVD May 22, 2018 Feature-Length Compilation To Be Released on Major Digital Platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu on May 22, 2018 March 30, 2018 –  Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to BIFFLE AND SHOOSTER,…

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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