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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“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