Movie City News Archive for July, 2019

One Minute For Hal Prince

To commemorate Harold "Hal" Prince's life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of #Broadway theaters in New York for one minute tonight https://t.co/mBG4Vyzofh — Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 31, 2019

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Bruce Lee Protege

Bruce Lee’s Protégé Recalls His Humility Amid ‘Once Upon a Time’ Criticism https://t.co/cRvf2mpZdS pic.twitter.com/Jrc32OZNRP — Variety_Film (@Variety_Film) July 31, 2019

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Lexi Alexander

While I’m not a fan of QT, nor am I happy about the fact that he portrayed Bruce Lee in a manner that hurt his daughter Shannon, I’m a huge fan of ⁦@mangiotto⁩’s writing and this one is a particularly personal piece: Film Freak Central https://t.co/5kCnX5HHQ0 — Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) July 31, 2019

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Robert Richardson

“In terms of director and cinematographer, he can tell me what he wants or show me examples and then I try to create what’s in his head. The highest level of praise I can get is when he sees a scene and says to me that’s exactly what I had in my brain.” Robert Richardson

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Hal

Farewell Hal Not just the prince of musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom. This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theatre was without equal. – ALW pic.twitter.com/CJomXUFUyp — Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) July 31, 2019

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Hal

RIP Hal Prince💔 What a sad day — Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) July 31, 2019

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Hal

Thank you, Hal. — Sondheim Lyrics (@sondheimlyrics) July 31, 2019

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Hal

Hal Prince was one of the fucking gods of musical theatre. If you haven’t seen the recorded version of his 1979 Sweeney Todd production, fix that immediately!!! — Ira thee Third (@ira) July 31, 2019

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Hal

Beyond heartbroken to find out that #HalPrince has passed away💔Working with Hal was one of the greatest honors of my artistic life-I'll never forget his kindness,generosity& brilliance as an artist & as a human.Sending love & condolences to Judy,Daisy,Charlie &all loved ones💖💫 — Donna Murphy (@DMurphyOfficial) July 31, 2019

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hal

RIP our dear Hal Prince. You inspired. You will ALWAYS inspire. — Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) July 31, 2019

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hal

Whether your consider yourself a Sondheim person, or an Andrew Lloyd Webber person, or a Kander and Ebb person, you're a Hal Prince person. He bestrode all of 20th-Century Broadway like a Colossus in a Dance Belt. — Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) July 31, 2019

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HAL

A common thread running through all of the beautiful eulogies of Hal is the fact that he wrote kind and supportive letters to so many young theatre artists. Including me, when I greatly needed the encouragement. Who does that anymore? I could go on – we all could go on. A giant. — Robert Falls…

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Amazon changes

Amazon S-Team member Jeff Blackburn, who heads up Entertainment, Prime Video, Business Development and Advertising, is taking a year-long sabbatical. Story coming to WSJ — Dana Mattioli (@DanaMattioli) July 31, 2019

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Hal

Whether your consider yourself a Sondheim person, or an Andrew Lloyd Webber person, or a Kander and Ebb person, you're a Hal Prince person. He bestrode all of 20th-Century Broadway like a Colossus in a Dance Belt. — Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) July 31, 2019

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“The film has problems, all of which could’ve been solved with Quentin Quentin-ing less. Give us a Sharon Tate with comparable depth to that of your fictional/composite male characters, so we’re not left thinking that, ultimately, Quentin Tarantino movies are made by, for, and about, Quentin Tarantino: a cultural fetishest (and foot—-er) who has black friends.”

“The film has problems, all of which could’ve been solved with Quentin Quentin-ing less. Give us a Sharon Tate with comparable depth to that of your fictional/composite male characters, so we’re not left thinking that, ultimately, Quentin Tarantino movies are made by, for, and about, Quentin Tarantino: a cultural fetishist (and foot—-er) who has black friends.”

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Revisiting A 2009 Conversation With Duncan Jones About Moon

“Films like Silent Running and Outland and Ridley Scott’s Alien, they were telling stories about people. The science fiction was really the environment these people were contrasted against. It’s how people were affected by, or how they were able to protect themselves from these future environments, or alien environments in science fiction settings. It was always…

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Twenty-Five Years of Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival

Twenty-Five Years of Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival

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I Paint Houses

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“Netflix’s licensing strategy is becoming more focused on smaller international territories such as the Netherlands, Argentina and Colombia.”

“Netflix’s licensing strategy is becoming more focused on smaller international territories such as the Netherlands, Argentina and Colombia.”

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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