Movie City News Archive for April, 2018

Brooks Barnes On Ashley Judd’s Suit Against Harvey Weinstein

“Mr. Jackson had wanted to cast Ms. Judd in a prominent role in the Rings series. But Mr. Weinstein ‘torpedoed Ms. Judd’s incredible professional opportunity,’ according to the complaint, by falsely telling Mr. Jackson that Ms. Judd was a ‘nightmare’ who should be avoided ‘at all costs.’” Brooks Barnes On Ashley Judd’s Suit Against Harvey…

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When The Doves Fly

.@Lupita_Nyongo to star in 'The Killer' remake with John Woo directing https://t.co/JNbf65vfrd pic.twitter.com/bP4OUomiCB — Variety (@Variety) April 30, 2018 When The Doves Fly

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Quentin Tarantino Sues, Says WeinsteinCo Owes Him $4 Million

“Tarantino wants $300,000 for Grindhouse, $575,000 for Inglorious Basterds, $1.25 million for Django and nearly $2.5 million for Hateful Eight. He is demanding an accounting for each of these films as well. He acknowledges that TWC doesn’t appear to have right, title or interest to those pictures, but nevertheless, is reserving his ability to assert objections.”

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Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein For Unfair Business Practices, Defamation And Sexual Harassment

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein For Unfair Business Practices, Defamation And Sexual Harassment

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Gannett-USA TODAY Publisher Comes Out Swinging Against Comedian Michelle Wolf, In Spirited Defense of Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

“Because we care so deeply about the important work of journalism, we must all together work to elevate it. Is it appropriate that we invite a celebrity to launch a relentless, and often vulgar, attack on the very people we cover? As if we can go back the next day to don our cloak of impartiality…

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John Woo’s Manhunt Skips Theatrical, Drops May 4 On Netflix

John Woo’s Manhunt Skips Theatrical, Drops May 4 On Netflix

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Time’s Up Calls For Corporations To Let Go Of R. Kelly After Decades Of Sexual Abuse Allegations

Time’s Up Calls For Corporations To Let Go Of R. Kelly After Decades Of Sexual Abuse Allegations

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Cannes Sets “Urgent Hearing” On Status Of Closing Night Film, The Quixote Of Gilliam

“We did not act carelessly or in any way ‘force matters’ as Mr Juan Branco has said in the press. Our entire profession knows that ‘forcing matters’ has always been Mr Branco’s favourite method, and we should recall that he organised a press conference a few years ago where he denounced the Festival de Cannes because…

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Kanye West Brandishes His New Thinkers

Kanye West Brandishes His New Thinkers

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Alan Rudolph’s Got A New Alan Rudolph Movie

“I have no common place in contemporary film, not then, not now. I never got the Hollywood deal, I never went to film school, I never went to big Hollywood parties, I never had a PR person, which is probably why I used to call myself Captain Autonomous-Anonymous. I was never in favor with any…

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Frank Rich Cover-Stories America’s Great Satan

“The New York Establishment will ignore unscrupulous acts to serve its interests — just look how it treated Roy Cohn, onetime lawyer to the president.” Frank Rich Cover-Stories America’s Great Satan

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Brit Playwright Hannah Khalil

“It’s increasingly impossible to make a living in theatre.” Brit Playwright Hannah Khalil

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“The Profound Normalcy of a Day at the Movies in Saudi Arabia: ‘It is truly a revolutionary time'” Haifaa Al Mansour

“The Profound Normalcy of a Day at the Movies in Saudi Arabia: ‘It is truly a revolutionary time’” Haifaa Al Mansour

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Saudi Arabia’s First Full-Service Production Studio Launches as Its First Int’l Co-Prod Wraps

[pr] FIRST FULL-SERVICE PRODUCTION STUDIO “NEBRAS FILMS” LAUNCHED IN SAUDI ARABIA Production Wraps on the Facility’s First International Co-Production “Born a King”  LOS ANGELES / SAUDI ARABIA:  In advance of the Cannes Film Festival, Mr. Abdullah Al Nafisah today announced the launch of Saudi Arabia’s first full-service production studio Nebras Films. Setting out to develop and produce a…

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Disney Distribution Chief

“Marvel spent 10 years methodically and carefully creating a universe of characters, worlds and stories that all led to this and, in doing so, created an event unlike anything the business has ever seen.” Disney Distribution Chief 

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Helen Mirren On Favorite Roles, the Bechdel test and Her Upbringing

Helen Mirren On Favorite Roles, the Bechdel test and Her Upbringing

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William Friedkin

“You’re not suggesting that I made this up, are you? I understand that there’s room for skepticism. I’m not a skeptic. I don’t make films or move through my life as a skeptic. I’m not interested in skepticism, that’s something you’re either born with or acquire as you live. You don’t know a damn thing,…

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At Premiere of Restored Last Tango, Bertolucci Offers Opinions On Kevin Spacey and Ridley Scott

At Premiere of Restored Last Tango, Bertolucci Offers Opinions On Kevin Spacey and Ridley Scott

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Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi Playback Singer M. S. Rajeswari Was 85

Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi Playback Singer M. S. Rajeswari Was 85

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Sixty-Five Media Women Sign Letter Against Tom Brokaw Accuser

Sixty-Five Media Women Sign Letter Against Tom Brokaw Accuser

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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