Movie City News Archive for February, 2019

“Recollecting a brief youthful encounter with Joseph H. Lewis, as Blu-rays of My Name is Julia Ross and So Dark The Night are released”

“Recollecting a brief youthful encounter with Joseph H. Lewis, as Blu-rays of My Name is Julia Ross and So Dark The Night are released”

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Hello, Oscar! Glenn Close Set For Rob Ashford “Sunset Blvd.” Musical

Hello, Oscar! Glenn Close Set For Rob Ashford “Sunset Blvd.” Musical

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Nathaniel Taylor

R.I.P. Nathaniel Taylor – Rollo from “Sanford and Son”. pic.twitter.com/j7VRypW7oN — Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) February 28, 2019

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A Century of Musso & Frank

“I love the restaurant, the booths on the old side. It’s the real-deal Hollywood. The first time I went might’ve been in the ’70s. It’s true that I ate with Mark Frost in maybe 2012. That lunch at Musso’s started the 18 hours of ‘Twin Peaks: The Return.’” A Century of Musso & Frank

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Gibney on Piepler

Richard Plepler to leave HBO. Dismaying. Richard is a great exec, powerful impresario and creative force. Great instinct for stories. Did “Going Clear” “Mea Maxima Culpa” and “The Inventor” with RP. https://t.co/Efk6DNiSlo — Alex Gibney (@alexgibneyfilm) February 28, 2019

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HBO CEO Piepler Piped Out

“We’ve created a great and unique enterprise and I know that you will protect its legacy and do all to enhance its future in the years to come.” HBO CEO Piepler Piped Out

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Andre Previn

André Previn, the jazz pianist who scored dozens of films and wrote musicals, chamber pieces, and two operas, has died. He was 89.@nytimes — https://t.co/JVRXJOyA53 pic.twitter.com/ua28T7gssl — The Daily (@CriterionDaily) February 28, 2019

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Bones

This is just an absolutely huge legal ruling for the TV industry. An arbitrator says Fox and it’s top executives hid millions from BONES creators and committed fraud. https://t.co/50Tx0tEFAE — Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) February 27, 2019 Dem “Bones”

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Bohemian Rhapsody VFX Freelancers Reportedly Owed Tens Of Thousands After Bankruptcy

Bohemian Rhapsody VFX Freelancers Reportedly Owed Tens Of Thousands After Bankruptcy

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The Epic Dave Bautista-At-Home-In-Tampa Profile You Didn’t Know You Needed

“He loves America. Bautista’s fortress-like house — gray, split-block, with actual flaming torches on the outer walls — is in the blue-collar neighborhood of Port Tampa, close enough to MacDill Air Force Base to hear the trumpets playing reveille each morning and The Star-Spangled Banner at night. One of his latest tattoos is an American flag blowing…

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Netflix Aligns Next Oscar Push

“Oscars matter to talent. Netflix is showing talent that you aren’t lost if you debut on Netflix. You win an Oscar. They’ll use that street cred to attract more talent, so success begets success.” Netflix Aligns Next Oscar Push

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Mark Harris Green Book

those of us who are fascinated by and( intentionally or not) overinvest in the Oscars do so because we want the awards to be the most positive possible reflection of where we are now. And this year's awards, in their totality, do reflect our divided moment. I can't regret that,> — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February…

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“Rotten Tomatoes is fighting back against online trolls, announcing that it will prevent users from commenting on a film before its release date, after a recent barrage of negative online comments targeting the forthcoming Captain Marvel.”

“Rotten Tomatoes is fighting back against online trolls, announcing that it will prevent users from commenting on a film before its release date, after a recent barrage of negative online comments targeting the forthcoming Captain Marvel.”

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Oscar Winner And Inventor of Gaffer Tape Ross Howell Was 92

Oscar Winner And Inventor of Gaffer Tape Ross Howell Was 92

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“National Geographic should assume a leadership position in documentary films. It is as much of a big brand play for us as it is a business opportunity. These big doc films enable you to work with incredible talent, and support filmmaking at the highest level and support theaters. But in the end, our core business is a television business. Ideally, I’d love to make two to four of these doc films a year. We’ve got some great stuff in development.”

“National Geographic should assume a leadership position in documentary films. It is as much of a big brand play for us as it is a business opportunity. These big doc films enable you to work with incredible talent, and support filmmaking at the highest level and support theaters. But in the end, our core business…

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Errol Tatiana

Thank you, Tatiana. https://t.co/DyfgH2llg3 — errolmorris (@errolmorris) February 27, 2019

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No Ryan on in Skydance

Thank fucking gods Emma Thompson called Skydance on what it *really* asked female employees: "Hey, you can tank your career by being excluded from this project–your choice! He's probably not harassing anymore?? Maybe/shrug? Anyway good talk!" Smdh that's not a fucking choice. — Mo Ryan (@moryan) February 26, 2019

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Mark Cousins on Stanley Donen

“Is that the central theme in your work – the fun of Eden, the joy before the fall? Can we talk through your films to see if that’s true?” Mark Cousins on Stanley Donen  

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Movie City News

The DVD Wrapup: After the Wedding, Buñuel in the Labyrinth, Bliss, Nuke ’Em High Redux, Tel Aviv on Fire, They Are We, Hitchhikers, Far Country, Popstar, Truth … More

Review: The Good Liar

“It is done his way. The script is shot in sequence and actors learn the story as they go along – all the better to surprise them. “I just want the performance to come straight from their stomach,” he says. At lunchtime, everyone piles into a minibus to go to a church hall. Loach remembers shooting Bread and Roses in Los Angeles, and an actor asking: “Where are the chairs?” Loach said: “What chairs? There are a few around. Find one.” “We always have chairs with our name on.” Loach: “How old are you?” “Sixty.” “Well I’m fucking 75. When you see me sit down, you sit down.” Loach laughs then says: “We keep going because we’re so inexpensive.”

OH, NO HUMANITY

“The first day subscription numbers are impressive, but not surprising, this being the greatest family brand, the one must-have brand in familydom. There’s been grumbling online, particularly from middle-aged critics, about how much is missing and how there is nothing for them to watch. D+ is failing to serve the all-important ‘Mad Men’ audience of media professionals!”

“Howard Hawks was a wonderful director, but he was not the greatest director Hollywood ever knew. The guys with the cigarette ashes on them ignored our greatest directors and humiliated George Stevens, Willie Wyler, Billy Wilder,” Mike Nichols once said of the film giants whose critical stock crashed when New Hollywood arrived. “The tragedy of Willie and Stevens and Fred Zinnemann, these were great men, but they just weren’t part of the froggy conspiracy.” Welles and Ford agreed the director was the driving creative force of their films, but to what end? What was it about?”

Lawrence G. Paull Was 81

The Rise And Rise Of Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas

Joker First Billion-Grossing R-Rated Pic

Louis C.K. for part of his comeback tour “What’s mostly absent now though is the appearance that he’s at least trying to be decent,”

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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