MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2012

NY Times

“As most professionals point out, virtually no producer will charge to read material. To do so, they say, is a predatory practice that exploits writers.”
Times Again Glories In Its “Edginess” By Esteeming “Scriptshadow” Script Spoiler “Carson Reeves”; Credits Him With The Greenlight Of Social Network

NY Times

“Everyone will say this about beauty: you don’t really know anything else. If you’re ugly, you’re ugly; if you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful. You don’t have a comparison.”
Charlotte Rampling Has “Rules Of Engagement”

Imagine if Oscar voters were able to parse the jewels from the schlock.”
A Cry Rises Up To Recognize Nicole Kidman In The Paperboy

“There were two things he never told about Ken Regan. That’s his age and his cell phone number. Being true to his wishes, I can’t tell.”
A Fine Photographer Passes Agelessly
With – His Portfolio Of Film, Sports And Music Shots

“I’ve had people assume I dislike Chris Brown because I’m taking up for Rihanna, I’m not.”
Jenny Johnson On Shooing An Abusive Chris Brown From Twitter

guardian

“More journalists have died in the line of duty this year than at any other point since records began. For those choosing this dangerous profession, Syria is the killing field: more have died on assignment there than in any other country.”
Information Revolutions

LA Times

Don Rhymer, 51, Wrote Big Momma’s House, The Santa Clause 2, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Surf’s Up
“We had been married 29 years, 6 months, and 7 days, and I’m left with a gaping hole in my heart. He was the strongest, most generous and most honest person I’ve ever known. Oh yeah, and he was funny too.”
His Wife Remembers Him On His Cancer Blog

hollywoodreporter.com

“It’s unfortunate that he has nothing better to do with his time than churn out graphic and homophobic dribble about imaginary superheroes.”
Concern Group Fields “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Project Director James Gunn’s Blog For 2011 Offense
And – A Comics Person’s Reflection On The Mess
Now – “People who are familiar with me know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said.”
Gunn Fires Back

NY Times

“Sundance, known for championing dark and inscrutable films, has unveiled an unusually accessible—and sellable—competition lineup.”
Barnes Deciphers Sundance13 For Himself

MCN Curated Headlines

Elan Mastai On “The First Time I Got Paid To Write”

“A lot of kids think cartooning is something that pours out of your hand and onto the page. But it’s a lot of work to look like that. People have approached me for a documentary. And I say, ‘You’re going to watch me at a desk, staring, then cursing every few hours. It really is a goofy job.”

William Grimes On Independent Producer Robin O’Hara, Who Was 62

Why Drive-Ins Were More Than Just Movie Theaters

“We’ve got this mixed rights situation and what fixes that is money,” Reed Hastings continued. “Because we’d like to be able to get global rights so everybody gets the same great experience. And our originals, are like that, where everybody gets access. But it’s going to take a lot more money than we have now.”

Blacklisted Screenwriter Jean Rouverol Was 100; Was W.C. Fields’ Daughter In It’s A Gift

“For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw Productions is my production company and we’re really trying to promote untapped voices in genre. I think the reason we don’t see more films about the African American experience is because we haven’t nurtured black talent, we haven’t encouraged young black filmmakers to dream big. When you have that, that’s when you have this systemic problem where artists aren’t getting their platforms, aren’t given their platforms. Some stories it’s impossible for a white person to tell.”

Writers Guild Seeks May 1 Strike Authorization

Brit Director Michael Tuchner, 84, Films Include Villain, “Summer Of My German Soldier”

“My Life As Bob Silvers’ Assistant”

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas