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

“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