MCN Curated Headlines Archive for August, 2011

“I didn’t want to become one of those old ladies who wear high heels and lipstick just to keep youthful company.”
Italian Director Ettore Scola Announces Retirement At 80

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“We were secular Jewish girls in 21st century London, but Amy Winehouse was our saint. Even before she died, Winehouse was our Lady of Rebellion, an icon of brooding talent and great eyeliner for legions of London teens. She was the intercessor between us and the god of hedonism we were learning to venerate. She was both relatable and achingly distant, triumphant and tragic, horrid and beautiful. And when she died, Amy became our martyr. Her death felt like a personal condemnation.”

Elizabeth Banks Says It Best About Fallen Mogul Michael Eisner’s Remarks About Women In Comedy, Tweeting: “Stop Spreading This Bullshit.”

Michael Moore Channels Larry King, Poorly, For The Fourth

Ben Kenigsberg On Technicolor At 100

Robert Greene On Hoop Dreams, Yes

Eric Hynes’ Superb Meditation on “Manilow, Midler, Diamond, Streisand And The Last Days Of The Great American Showpeople”

“In the history of the motion-picture business, the number of beautiful, really beautiful women that are funny, is impossible to find.” So Speaketh Former Mogul Michael Eisner

Much Earlier — “Bob Evans pronounced Debra “un—-able.” He said he “wouldn’t —- her with a ten-foot pole.” To his credit, Eisner told him: “Bob, your problem is you’re not married. I am, and I can tell you, they all look —-able to me.” From Aaron Latham’s “The Cowboy Chronicles”

“Are there too many movies? Are there too many sequels? Are there too many stories about too many movies? Let’s talk about this supposed crisis of overchoice in the film business.”

Ava DuVernay On Why No “Black Panther” Project For Her

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“Cyberspace is a literary invention and does not really exist, however much time we spend on the computer every day. There is no such space radically different from the empirical, material room we are sitting in, nor do we leave our bodies behind when we enter it, something one rather tends to associate with drugs or the rapture. But it is a literary construction we tend to believe in; and, like the concept of immaterial labor, there are certainly historical reasons for its appearance at the dawn of postmodernity which greatly transcend the technological fact of computer development or the invention of the Internet.”
~ Fredric Jameson On William Gibson, Cyberspace and “Neuromancer”

“At one point in the comedy dead zone known as Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, the title character—a stuffed toy bear voiced by Mr. MacFarlane—and his dimwitted best friend, John (Mark Wahlberg), visit a comedy club to engage in a favorite pastime: throwing bleak improv ideas at the comics onstage. So, seated in the back of the auditorium while cloaked in darkness, the friends start shouting out suggestions like 9/11, Robin Williams and Charlie Hebdo to the unnerved comics. The topics don’t mean anything to Ted and John, who, like Mr. MacFarlane, take great pleasure in making others squirm. They could have just as easily yelled gang rape, the Holocaust and dead puppies.”
Manohla Dargis on Ted 2