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

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Who are the critics speaking to?
Nobody seems able to answer the question of how you can make theatre criticism more appealing, more clickworthy. One answer is to be a goddamn flamethrower every week, be a bombthrower, to write scorched-earth reviews. Just be completely hedonistic and ego-driven in your criticism, become a master stylist, and treat everything in front of you onstage as fodder for your most delicious and vicious language. That’s one road. And people may enjoy your writing. The thing that’s sacrificed is any sense of a larger responsibility, and any aesthetic consistency. I don’t think anyone is following that model right now—just being a complete jerk.

Well, Rex Reed is still writing.
Ah. Well, you can also be a standard bearer, and insist that work doesn’t measure up to your high standards. But I think the art makes the standards. I’m not going to sit there and say, “This is the way you do Shakespeare.” I believe that every play establishes its own standards, and our job is to just evaluate it. But everybody’s looking for the formula for how to talk about culture so that people who don’t have any time to read want to read about it. Is there something beyond thumbs-up, thumbs-down criticism? I would hope there’s a way to talk about a theatre event in real time—meaning while it’s still going on—in a way that’s engaging, funny, witty, and evaluates the elements of the thing. But it’s like if you had a friend who was like, “Gee, are you working out? You look great. But that’s a terrible haircut.” Nobody wants that person around.
~ Time Out’s 17-Year Theatre Critic, David Cote, Upon His Exit

“Now I am awake to the world. I was asleep before. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution, we didn’t wake up either. They said it would be temporary. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Bruce Miller