MCN Curated Headlines Archive for April, 2012

“I knew it would be on the front page of the New York Times—that is, if he was willing to go public. I think people in this business know, it’s like pornography: you can’t define [a front page story], but you know it when you hear it. I would have some fun with it because it’s a fun story.”
How The NYT Came Upon Its 92-Year-Old Movie-Pirate-To-The-Troops And How The Writer Congratulates Himself

NY Times

“Hell, I need the money. Authors need everyone—Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Byliner—to make a go of it and to continue to do what we do.”
Carr On Amazon’s Peremptory Cutting Price Of Buzz Bissinger’s New E-Book To Zero

NY Times

“I got killed on the last one, but it made $146 million worldwide.”
Garry Marshall Regrets Nothing At 77, Not Even Fonzie Jumping That Shark

“Google Fiber will definitely be a disruptive force. The studios know that if we stick our heads in the sand, we will fail, pure and simple.”
Google Fiber’s High Speeds, Akin To Those In South Korea, Prompt Fears

“How much input does Sweetie have? Does she give you notes?”
The Power Behind Barry Sonnenfeld’s Throne

NY Times

“They have to enjoy the experience of being part of the business, of going to the festivals and being part of a very fun industry.”
Times Columnizes Strategies For Indie Film Investment

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Dear Irene Cho, I will miss your energy and passion; your optimism and joy; your kindness towards friends, colleagues, strangers, struggling filmmakers, or anyone who randomly crossed your path and needed a hand. My brothers and I have long considered you another sibling in our family. Our holiday photos – both western and eastern – have you among all the cousins, in-laws, and kids… in the snow, sun, opening presents, at large dinner gatherings, playing Monopoly, breaking out pomegranate seeds and teaching us all how to dance Gangnam style. Your friendship and loyalty meant a great deal to me: you were the loudest cheerleader when I experienced victories and you were always ready with sushi when I had disappointments. You had endless crazy ideas which always seemed impossible but you would will them into existence. (Like that time you called me and suggested that we host a brunch for newly elected mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti because “he is going to president one day.” We didn’t have enough time or funding, of course, only your desire to do it. So you did, and I followed.) You created The Daily Buzz from nothing and it survived on your steam in spite of many setbacks because you believed in a platform for emerging filmmakers from all nations. Most of all, you were a wonderful mother to your son, Ethan, a devoted wife to your husband, and a wonderful sibling and daughter to your family. We will all miss how your wonderful smile and energy lit up the room and our lives. Rest in peace, Irene.
~ Rose Kuo Remembers Irene Cho on Facebook

“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas