Movie City News Archive for January, 2019

The DVD Wrapup: Nutcracker, Always Room For Giallo, Mondo, Hunter Killer, Slice, Night Is Short, Suburbia, Masanjia and more

Disney decided that “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” had a better ring to it than “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” And, perhaps, that’s where the studio’s expectations for the holiday movie first hit a wall.

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Roma Visa

'#Roma' star's petition for US visa ahead of #Oscars gathers pace https://t.co/plEHLKSyot — The National (@TheNationalUAE) February 1, 2019

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Eric Idle on First Reformed

An excellent movie. Brilliant script, wonderful actors, directed superbly. https://t.co/bj9zt0Te5Q — Eric Idle (@EricIdle) February 1, 2019

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Peter Jackson Wrestling Fifty-Five Hours Of Unseen Footage and 140 Hours Of Audio To Make A Movie About Creating “Let It Be.”

Peter Jackson Wrestling Fifty-Five Hours Of Unseen Footage and 140 Hours Of Audio To Make A Movie About Creating “Let It Be.” 

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PAPER Is On It: “Why Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap Might Be the Most Important Doc of 2019″

PAPER Is On It: “Why Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap Might Be the Most Important Doc of 2019″

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Academy Restores Songs

To save time, all five songs will be squeezed into a two-minute medley called “The Shallow Place Where I’ll Fight All the Stars Who Trade Their Spurs for Wings.” https://t.co/9OMpbfTSel — Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) January 31, 2019

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Movie Theater Overtime

Weird labor fact of the day: Movie theater employees don’t get overtime. https://t.co/HbkZJS07YM pic.twitter.com/b9jevblR6q — Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) January 31, 2019

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“That night, a tornado rumbled through the nearby cornfields and suddenly upon the Webster, where the projected image dueled with the pressure growing in my ears and among those in the twenty or so other cars and the top of the concession stand blew and the not-so-tall screen arced lazily for only an instant and suddenly backwards onto the verge. All around, things tumbled and spun and then it was done.”

“That night, a tornado rumbled through the nearby cornfields and suddenly upon the Webster, where the projected image dueled with the pressure growing in my ears and among those in the twenty or so other cars and the top of the concession stand blew and the not-so-tall screen arced lazily for only an instant and…

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Penny Lane

.@jghorn: How do you get backers on board with your vision when your vision flies in the face of how it’s always done? @lennypane: “I feel like I’m starting over every time … My secret is that I’m a tenured college professor. I don’t need movies to be successful.” — SundanceFilmFestival (@sundancefest) January 31, 2019

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Bezos Leaker

So it seems like the Bezos leaker is Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos mistress Lauren Sanchez and a personal and business associate of Trumpworld figures including Roger Stone, Carter Page, and Scottie Nell Hughes. https://t.co/xSNlYhPKEp — Gary Armstrong (@vanityman) January 31, 2019

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“Google employees can no longer use their internal smartphone apps that run on Apple’s iOS, following a decision by Apple the company broke its rules”

“Google employees can no longer use their internal smartphone apps that run on Apple’s iOS, following a decision by Apple the company broke its rules”

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Bilge Ebiri On Alison Klayman’s The Brink

“How do you make a movie about a horrible person without becoming a vessel by which he can broadcast his horrible ideas?” Bilge Ebiri On Alison Klayman’s The Brink

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Composer Cliff Martinez On His Three-Decade Career

“The biggest change is just the endurance to do a 16-hour movie in the case of ‘Too Old To Die Young.’ It’s ten episodes around 90 minutes apiece. I warned Nic Winding Refn, you better drink a lot of coffee and get a lot of sleep. ‘Too Old To Die Young’ has gone on for a…

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Ultraviolet “Movie Locker” Deep-Sixed

“The marketplace for collecting entertainment content was very small when Ultraviolet started. It was siloed into walled gardens at the time.” Ultraviolet “Movie Locker” Deep-Sixed

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Stars Displeased With Distributor Failing To Put Cash Dollars Behind Serenity

“We tested and retested the film — with audiences and critics alike — and the data demonstrated that the film was not going to be able to perform at our initial expectations, so we adjusted our budget and marketing tactics accordingly. Regardless of the spend, it’s next to impossible for an adult-skewing drama to overcome…

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Cummings Queries Keaton

Dear @MichaelKeaton, I'm making my new film in Utah in March and I wrote a part for you in it. You are one of the reasons why I make movies at all, I don't think it can be played by anyone else, and I would love for you to consider it. I hope you're well,…

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Asghar Farhadi In The NYT Magazine

“I believe that art in the face of censorship is like water in the face of a stone. The water will find a way to flow around it.” Asghar Farhadi In The NYT Magazine

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Anne Thompson Tots Up The Park City Millions

Anne Thompson Tots Up The Park City Millions

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Saltz Saw

Jerry Saltz On Jake Gyllenhaal and “Velvet Buzzsaw”

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Avi Lerner Avers All Of Hollywood Gets Behind His Bryan Singer Hire

“I have got a reason why I doubt that he has done it.” Avi Lerner Avers All Of Hollywood Gets Behind His Bryan Singer Hire

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Movie City News

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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier