MCN Curated Headlines Archive for August, 2012

“Social distance can cause a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behavior.”
What Do The Internet’s Extreme Trolls Get From Their Private Sport?

indie wire

“You don’t see Eamonn at Magnolia, you don’t see us—the two pioneers in the changing of the windows—coming out and reporting our numbers on a weekly basis. Magnolia and IFC Films invented the wheel five or six years ago.”
IFC’s Sehring On The VOD-Theatrical Business Model, As Well As A Recut Of On The Road

“He loved actors. He loved us! The reason his death hurts so much isn’t because we loved him. It’s because he loved us. And now he’s gone. And who’s going to love us like that now? Can you tell me? In this cold, unforgiving business, who is going to love actors as much as Tony Scott did?”
Kevin Corrigan Remembers Tony Scott

hollywoodreporter.com

“Sign it! Sign it, or the dog will die!”
Joyce McKinney’s Alarming Tabloid Lawsuit Vs. Errol Morris 

“Current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced.”
GOP Platform Sets Sights On Porn

NY Times

“His surfing was competent, but it wasn’t his surfing that made him distinctive. It was his personality.”
Tubesteak Tracy, 77, Surfer Inspired Gidget‘s Big Kahuna

“After doing a TV show for eight years and a cartoon for more than a decade, you are, financially speaking, in a very lucky position where you don’t have to work for the sake of working.”
Mila Kunis And James Franco Have Interview Mag Cover Story Chat

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“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. It’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. And there was intellect that went into that. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s about a number. A compounded number of how many positives vs. negatives. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful. People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. It’s mind-blowing. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. It’s really sad.”
~ Brett Ratner Has A Sad

“The loss of a local newspaper critic is a real loss. People who know the local audience and know the local cultural scene are very important resources. You can’t just substitute the stuff that comes in from nowhere through syndication or the wire. I think at the same time, some of the newer outlets have really beefed up and improved their coverage and made room for criticism. The real problem is in the more specialized art forms — fine arts, classical music, dance and jazz, say. There is a real slowing of critical voices, partly because those art forms have smaller audiences. Newspapers and magazines can say that doesn’t get enough traffic, so we don’t have room for that. To me, that’s especially worrisome. This is the opposite of what newspapers are supposed to do, which is not to try to figure out what people are already interested in and recite that back to them, but to hopefully guide them to something that they should be interested in, connecting potential audiences with more interesting work.

“Then again, not everyone needs a critic. People have been going to movies for more than 100 years now, and probably the vast majority of those people have not read movie reviews or cared what critics thought. But there has always been an important subset that wants to know more, that wants to think about what they’ve seen and what they’re going to see, and wants someone to think along with. I think critics are important, not just as dispensers of consumer advice — though that’s certainly part of it, too — but as trusted voices and companions for people to argue with in your head when you’re going to movies or afterwards.”
~ A. O. Scott