MCN Curated Headlines Archive for September, 2011

guardian

“They’re like postcards. He makes charming portraits of cities that are essentially for tourists.”
Woody Joins Mile-High Club With $100 Million-Plus Worldwide For Midnight In Paris

NY Times

“Given how profoundly the film world has changed over the last half-century, the festival’s overall shift from a boutique to something like a souk may make sense.”
Dargis On NYFF 49

“I have great empathy for middle class or lower middle class America… Someone needs to talk our President down off of this rhetoric about good vs. evil.”
SnagFilm Owner Leonsis Blogs “Class Warfare”

Salon

“A work of enormous ambition, a clear effort to make the great post-9/11 New York City movie about death and love and guilt and repentance and family and other big ungainly things. It was a foolish thing to try to do… It’s like the ugly but brilliant orphan abandoned behind the staircase in some sub-Dickensian 19th-century novel.”
O’Hehir On Lonergan’s Margaret

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“Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is frowned upon because of its premise that individuals can change history. U.S. filmmakers sometimes anticipate Chinese censors and alter movies before their release. The Oscar-winning alien-invasion drama “Arrival” was edited to make a Chinese general appear less antagonistic before the film’s debut in China this year. For “Passengers,” the space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a scene showing Mr. Pratt’s bare backside was removed, and a scene of Mr. Pratt chatting in Mandarin with a robot bartender was added.”
~ “Hollywood’s New Script”

The race stuff blew up first. The second night we aired was the first time I met my boyfriend; we were on a blind date. I had been metabolizing the criticism all week, and I made a really, really dumb joke that I’m perfectly fine to repeat now ’cause I was fuckin’ 25. I said, ‘No one would be calling me a racist if they knew how badly I wanted to fuck Drake.’ He said, ‘Don’t say that in public; that’s not going to help you.’ I just didn’t get it. I was like, ‘I have the three most annoying white friends, and I’m making a TV show about it.'”
~ Lena Dunham