MCN Curated Headlines Archive for February, 2013

“If you’re going to follow around somebody to murder, I’d much rather be photographing a woman than a man.”
Talking Blood With Brian DePalma

LA Times

“The Oscar in general is a blood sport,” Zadan said. “A lot of the TV press goes back year after year and complains about a traditional host, but if you have someone groundbreaking they complain about that.”
The Self-Canonizing And Further Self-Anointing Of Oscar Producers Aided By LAT

“And then Paul Schrader let me see The Canyons. “
DiGiacomo (AKA Who’s Left At Movieline) Has A Personal Santa Ana

“I don’t understand why I’m being asked whether it was 23 minutes (it definitely was not) or more [at LAX]. That is the wrong question. And I think Americans should be proud that there are people like Michael Moore and so many others I met in LA who are willing to ask the right question: why was I held in the first place?”
Oscar-Nominated Documentarian Emad Burnat Questions Buzzfeed’s Priorities 

“My conviction is that the main missing element in most depictions of jazz on film is musicians listening to one another.”
Jonathan Rosenbaum On Jazz And Film Criticism

“Hollywood’s not necessarily the most supportive community. There is a lot of schadenfreude and a lot of snark.”
VICE Ventilates The Canyons

wsj

“It was made without any Canadian consultation. And we can live with that. But at the same time the ‘Canadian community,’ felt we played a larger and more active role than that which was portrayed in the movie.”
Former Canadian Ambassador Says “Canadian Caper” Should Have Been More About Canada And Less About Argo

“The next morning, right before she got in her car to head off to work, my wife turned back and—standing there on our front steps—and said, ‘Ang, don’t forget your dream.’”
Ang Lee On How He Stayed On His Path

MCN Curated Headlines

Sergio on: "Even though the Marvel series are TV shows, Netflix has become entranced by this notion of the '13-hour movie' when developing a season. This format mashup does a disservice to both mediums. Television's strength lies in episodic structure, which allows writers to explore different tones, characters, story structure and conflict. Movies allow a filmmaker to hone in on one or two central themes, attack it from multiple angles and get out. Netflix’s model takes the most incompatible parts of each and slaps them together, creating a lumbering mutant medium. The '13-hour movie' model means we don’t get the brevity of a film or the variation of television; it means we get the singular focus of movies stretched out to television length. It’s exhausting and it does these heroes no favors."

tidalmediainc on: Black Panther: $387 Million Worldwide

Frances Aubrey on: David Klion On “Unlearning Woody Allen”

Ray Pride on: 2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

YancySkancy on: 2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

Debbie on: 2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

Warren on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Amazing GBG on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Ray Pride on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

Roy Batty on: "Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense."

“Sinclair Broadcast Group executives reprimanded and ultimately ousted a local news reporter who refused to seed doubt about man-made climate change and “balance” her stories in a more conservative direction.Her account, detailed in company documents, offers a glimpse at the inner workings of a media giant that has sought to both ingratiate itself to Trump and cast itself as an apolitical local news provider — a position the documents undermine…”

Members of Legally Embattled Netanyahu Gov’t And Ruling Party Attack Natalie Portman, With One Member Who Is Expelled From Knesset Calling For Her Israeli Citizenship To Be Revoked

Future British Film Tax Subsidies Under Labour Would Require Diversity Hires

Anthony Swofford Suggests “Full Metal Jacket Seduced My Generation and Sent Us to War”

“Music is not a subsidiary, luxury, minor industry for the United Kingdom. We are the second biggest provider of music to the world after the US. Music is of enormous benefit to us as a country. That is a fact, not an opinion. Nor is it special pleading. For a modern, developed country to deliberately, willfully strangle one of its lead exporters [through “Brexit”] is bordering on insane. Indeed, the Creative Industries as a whole are the fastest-growing sector in our economy, worth last year just under £100 billion to our national coffers.”

“For too long film critics have focused on the drugs actors and directors are taking, when they should be looking at the audience.”

Emily Nussbaum on “Roseanne”

“Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match”: A Look At Sri Lanka, Where Facebook Pits Muslim Against Buddhist In Murderous Fervor

Anthony Hopkins

Claire Denis

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“If there are theories about me, I’d rather not know. Astrophysics – now that’s fascinating. String theory, worm holes, the expanding universe, the Big Bang versus the Big Bounce – those are the kind of theories that make you feel like living and understanding the mystery of the world. Film theory is just a pain in the ass.”
~ Claire Denis

“I had a knockoff Michael Kors bag that said MLK instead of MK. Jada told me that I shouldn’t have knockoff stuff. I told her that my philosophy is, Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse. I do not want a bag that is more expensive than the cash I have to put in it. Things are going good for me now, so I am graduating to your Fendis and your Guccis. But I better have the cash equivalent, or I’m not buying the purse. And if things start to go wrong, I’m going right back to my knockoffs. When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my ­stomach, my family’s health—that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”
~ Tiffany Haddish