MCN Curated Headlines Archive for October, 2011

“This is not a bill that targets ‘rogue foreign sites.’ Rather, it allows patent and copyright trolls, and any holder of any intellectual property right to target lawful U.S. websites and technology companies.”
NetCoalition, CEA, and CCIA Respond To Members Of Congress On “Stop Online Piracy Act”

NY Times

“What if the price of having a vital, well-financed string of newspapers included rare, but inevitable, sexual predation of minors?”
David Carr Takes A Swing With His Backpages.Com Lede

LA Times

“There’s this impression of Joe going around that he tricks girls into engaging in these sexual situations in his movies, and I feel like that’s just not giving the girls much credit.”
Indie-Focusing The Prolific Joe Swanberg, With 3 Films At AFI Fest

“Make a few demands/ I’m able to fulfill.”
Rhymin’ Steve Sondheim On His Memoiristic Reticence

“In the beginning, there were certain things I missed. In Hollywood, there’s the connection with the people who finance the films because you lunch or dine with them, whereas here, you never see them. Other than that, I miss friends. I miss Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen.”
Roman Polanski Waxes Nostalgic

“Most of the big films now are either end-of-the-world epics, comics or action sequels. Most of the work for real cameras is in second unit, and the rest is done with CGI. It’s not great work for filmmakers.”
Cinematographer John Seale Waxes Nostalgic

NY Times

“Even as a feminist, my whole life I’d been waiting for a man to love, who could love me. For decades, I’d thought that man would be my father. When I was 25, I met that man and he was my brother.”
A Eulogy For Steve Jobs, By His Sister, Novelist Mona Simpson

telegraph.co.uk

“Putting it very simply, Saul was a great film-maker.”
Scorsese On Saul Bass

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother,
what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me:
LA Film Critics Ass’n 2011 Life Achievement Award To Doris Day

“You don’t have to put on the red light”
The Epic End As Library Of Congress Dims Its Darkrooms

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton