MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2011

NY Times

“I believe in what I’m doing wholeheartedly, passionately, and what’s more, I simply go about my business. I suppose such a thing can be annoying to some people.”
Dennis Lim Obits Ken Russell

LA Times

“I believe in the things I make. The fact that God doesn’t want me to make them is beside the point.”
Hard-Luck Kid Terry Gilliam Turns 71

telegraph.co.uk

“There’s not a lot of films I’d watch that are made over the past 20 years, because I’m much more of a romantic.”
Spielberg Sez Not Many Good Movies Made Anymore

“What seems grossly unfair is there doesn’t seem to be any adult supervision looking out for the average investor like myself. You have unemotional, ruthlessly efficient and litigious investors attempting to extract whatever they can from whomever they can.”
Bankrupt TribCo’s Creditors Set To “Claw Back” Bucks From Even Smallest Past Investors

NY Times

“He is playing to the movie industry’s wobbly sense of self, exactly at a time when it is fretting about declining attendance, weak economics and constant pressure from other media.”
Together Again For The Very First Time! Weinstein As Seen By Cieply!
And – “I told my girls that I have a weakness for movies about the creative process.”
Harvey Blogs Freely At HuffPo

telegraph.co.uk

“I have a career that’s sort of stacked up behind me, and if I was once guilty of that sin of doing too much, which seems rather vulgar in British eyes, it can be forgiven if a few conspicuous failures and kickings pile up. So you go through the hubris and schadenfreude and out the other side. And there’s a whole bunch of people coming up behind you who are the next lot to annoy.”
Kenneth Branagh Likes To Think The Public No Longer Detests Him

“It’s one of the great performances in my 50 years of movie-going.”
Vanity Fair Film Cricket Paul Mazursky Chirps For Michelle Williams’ Marilyn

My Lovely Teacher… It’s Never Too Late… Larry Crowne – Smile of Fate”
2011 US Releases Get Refreshing Titles Elsewhere

Oscar? “It’s the greatest Good Housekeeping seal in the world. It’s the greatest brand. It’s as good as Louis Vuitton and Dior in the world of moviemaking. It’s the Super Bowl. It’s just greater than all the above.”
Rocchi Gets On The Blower With Harvey

“We kept all the KEMs and the Moviolas, and we kept all the white gloves, we kept the Scotch tape. We’ve still got a couple million feet of sound leader, sound film standing by for us.”
Spielberg On Digital Editing

NY Times

“A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of Alfred Hitchcock.”
Rafferty Would Like To Point Out That A Dangerous Method’s Mad Character Would Have To Be A Woman, Wouldn’t She?

LA Times

“Everything in the Philip K. Dick world is complicated”
Even The Rights To Adapt His Work

MCN Curated Headlines

Ray Pride on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Roy Batty on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Ray Pride on: 15 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

Tom Spath on: 15 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

James Brigham (Bigg) Bunyon on: "The Not-So-Glossy Future of Magazines"

Ray Pride on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

Jose Angel Cruz on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

I am Groot on: Enjoy Your Groot Soundboard

Ron on: Josh Marshall Muses On Leslie Nielsen And The Meaning Of Life

Sigourney Weaver on: Take A24's Intern Test

‪India Ruling Party Figure Offers $1.5 Million Reward To Behead B’wd Actress Deepika Padukone And Padmavati Director‬ Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense.”

Newhart

Chicago Comedy Figure Brian Posen Resigns A Second Gig

“Grey Gardens gave up the last of its ghosts over the weekend. The once-squalid home of the most notorious mother-daughter dyad since Tennessee Williams poured his own family into ‘The Glass Menagerie’ went into contract last month, and its contents were unloaded in a three-day estate sale.”

“The daily stream of revelations about sexual harassment should be viewed, at least in part, as a belated backlash to Trump’s 2016 victory, which came despite the emergence of the ‘Access Hollywood’ video and several women who accused him of misconduct.”

Bilge Ebiri On The New Generation of Character Actors

Danny Masterson Publicist: Woman Cannot Be Raped By Boyfriend

“Peter Thiel may be looking to buy Gawker after funding the lawsuit that bankrupted the site last year”

Kim Masters

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What’s up with your people mover shot, where it seems like people are kind of floating along?
Oh, my signature shot? That’s just a new way for people to move! It’s really become my Alfred Hitchcock cameo. I did not invent that shot, but Ernest and I did it on the set of Mo Better Blues, when Shorty had to walk [through the park], and I thought, “Let’s try it.” But after that, we tried to have a reason for it. For example, that wonderful sequence in Malcolm X where you hear the great song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The final scene is like that, Malcolm floating along to his destiny. In 25th Hour, after Philip Seymour Hoffman has kissed Anna Paquin, we did a shot like that, and it shows his state of mind. In Inside Man, after Denzel thinks he’s witnessed the murder of a hostage, we did the floating shot there.

So you just like the way it looks?
Yeah!
~ Spike Lee To Matt Zoller Seitz

“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster