Movie City News Archive for March, 2019

Deadline on WGA Satire

“A staggering 4 percent of WGA members voted No, signaling a deep divide in the union and assuring that this aggressive and ill-timed action will indeed destroy the entertainment business and will most likely result in a majority of agents killing themselves.” -Deadline tomorrow — Stephen Falk (@stephenfalk) March 31, 2019 Sure is. In a…

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Filmmakers Jennifer Reeder And Melika Bass on Agnes Varda

“During each of my three pregnancies, I considered naming the baby AGNES, as in Varda. Then I had three boys and opted for alternative ways to inject feminism and the history of radical filmmaking into their lives.” Filmmakers Jennifer Reeder And Melika Bass on Agnès Varda

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Hampton Fancher Distills Screenwriting Knowledge to Eighty Pages

Hampton Fancher Distills Screenwriting Knowledge to Eighty Pages

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“Why Hollywood Is ‘Shocked and Devastated’ Over Fox 2000’s Imminent Death”

“Why Hollywood Is ‘Shocked and Devastated’ Over Fox 2000’s Imminent Death”

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Bohemian Rhapsody in China

After watching a censored version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in which references to Freddie Mercury's sexuality have been removed, moviegoers in China left theaters determined to find out what they were missing https://t.co/bZg6SwJ2jU — New York Times Music (@nytimesmusic) March 30, 2019

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“Fan Bingbing has been mostly staying at home these days, sending messages on WeChat (the Chinese WhatsApp), working on her English, receiving guests, doing charity work “to wash away her sins,” and otherwise “trying to stay positive,” according to a producer who knows her well. But before the events of last spring, when she abruptly disappeared from public view for three months, she was busy being the most famous actress in China, which is to say, the most famous actress in the world.”

“Fan Bingbing has been mostly staying at home these days, sending messages on WeChat (the Chinese WhatsApp), working on her English, receiving guests, doing charity work “to wash away her sins,” and otherwise “trying to stay positive,” according to a producer who knows her well. But before the events of last spring, when she abruptly…

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Lord Putnam

David Puttnam calls for end to "one size fits all" approach to cinema release windows (exclusive) https://t.co/iD1yXy5ZaO pic.twitter.com/5fERpDXiwy — Screen International (@Screendaily) March 30, 2019

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Kent Jones on Arriving With DIANE

Mary Kay Place is a quiet revelation in writer-director Kent Jones’ fiction feature debut, but she’s surrounded by history: Jones’ own.

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Varda

Rest in peace, Agnès Varda. Thank you for seven decades of perpetually influential and inventive work that has moved us deeply. pic.twitter.com/vKdWuP1WRy — Film Society of Lincoln Center (@FilmLinc) March 29, 2019

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The DVD Wrapup: Capernaum, Perfect Blue, Cameron Post, Tyrel, Ailes, Body Snatcher, Sam J. Jones, Sonny Chiba, Phantom Lady, Victoria’s Wedding … More

In Capernaum, Zain is a victim of a nearly universal legal system that allows unsuitable parents to retain control of their children. Here, Zain helps support the family by hauling goods to costumers in the street market. It’s more than his old man contributes.

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“Company spokeswoman Sarah Van Lange said the older North Vancouver location isn’t set up with the amenities moviegoers are looking for now – things like luxury recliner seats, UltraAVX, reclining D-Box motion seats and VIP areas.”

“Company spokeswoman said the older North Vancouver location isn’t set up with the amenities moviegoers are looking for now – things like luxury recliner seats, UltraAVX, reclining D-Box motion seats and VIP areas.”

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Dunkin al

Just in case you've never seen this. pic.twitter.com/IC0saqlVA6 — Zach Winn (@ZachFromIthaca) March 24, 2019

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JJ Abrams / WGA

J.J. Abrams Voices Support for Writers Guild in Battle Against Agents https://t.co/cbhP2zbx2w pic.twitter.com/lbOuOvgdV2 — Variety_Film (@Variety_Film) March 27, 2019

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Choreographer Madeline Hollander details what inspired the actors’ evil physiques, including Pac-Man, “Death Becomes Her” and “The Exorcist.”

“Choreographer Madeline Hollander details what inspired the Us actors’ evil physiques, including Pac-Man, Death Becomes Her and The Exorcist“

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“It’s SO perfect for us that the Pirate Parties think that paying creators is a form of censorship,” Says Jaron Lanier

“It’s SO perfect for us that the Pirate Parties think that Paying Creators is a Form of Censorship,” Says Jaron Lanier

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China Trump Grindr

The US government is forcing a Chinese gaming company to unwind its acquisition of Grindr—which has access to user data that includes sexual preferences, geolocation, and HIV status—likely because it poses a national security risk https://t.co/kO0NMRQnzJ — WIRED (@WIRED) March 27, 2019

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The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City’s Newspaper

The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City’s Newspaper

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Alden Fund

The buyouts at DFM's Southern California News Group come after recently announced cutbacks at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Boulder Daily Camera – and after DFM said last year that it already had "ripped off the Band-Aid" after the Denver Rebellion. #AldenExposed @dfmworkers pic.twitter.com/qDDbhuFqf8 — Darren Carroll (@darrendcarroll) March 26, 2019

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Ranking Roger

This is difficult. Words cannot express our sadness at the loss of our friend & brother. A loss to the world and to music certainly, but most keenly felt by those who loved him best. Deepest condolences to his family & to our Beat family worldwide. #RIPRogerRoger sirlou The Beat pic.twitter.com/S6CKKsccLY — The English Beat…

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Movie City News

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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