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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“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