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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“Last night’s Oscar bizarreness was not just bizarre but bizarre in a way that is typical of this entirely bizarre time. The rhythm of the yes-they-won-oh-my-God-no-they-didn’t event, with La La Land replaced by Moonlight as Best Picture, was weirdly like that of… Election Night. First, a more or less expected, if “safe,” result was on its way—though Hillary Clinton never got all the way to the stage, so to speak, the result did seem safely in hand at 7pm., according to the polling—and the expected and safe people were ready to deliver their touching but obviously polished pieces. Then the sudden confusion and visible near-panic of people running around in the backgroun, with the same slightly horrified spirit that one felt on Election Night as shocking results began emerging from exurban counties in Florida. Then, yes—can this be happening?—the revised and unexpected result.

“In this case, obviously, the result was positive to all but the poor La La Land producers, with their earnest and spouse-approved speeches already delivered. Moonlight was no Donald Trump of cinema, and obviously a popular favorite. But the rhythm of the night was disconcertingly the same, and the sheer improbability of the happenstance scarily alike. Nothing like this has remotely happened before. This wasn’t just a minor kerfuffle. This was a major malfunction. Trump cannot be President. People don’t say “Grab ’em by the pussy” and get elected President. Can’t happen. In the same way, while there have been Oscar controversies before—tie votes and rejected trophies—never before has there been an occasion when the entirely wrong movie was given the award, the speeches delivered, and then another movie put in its place. That doesn’t happen. Ever.

“And so both of these bizarre events put one in mind of a simple but arresting thesis: that we are living in the Matrix, and something has gone wrong with the controllers. This idea was, I’m told, put forward first and most forcibly by the NYU philosopher David Chalmers: what is happening lately, he says, is proof that we are living in a computer simulation and that something has recently gone haywire within it. The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be running our lives are having some kind of breakdown. There’s a glitch, and we are in it. There may be not merely a glitch in the Matrix. There may be a Loki, a prankster, suddenly running it.”
~ Adam Gopnik

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” President Trump said. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
~ Trump Offers Breitbart Exclusive On His Thinking About Oscar