MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2013

“As in Korine’s other works, the evident lack of anything one might call “style” becomes its style, duly celebrated by our writers who seem to have lost their minds to Harmony’s [come]-on.”
Jon Jost On Getting A Refund For Spring Breakers

NY Times

“That would be an odd event if it happened.”
On Possible Changes During The Suddenly-Announced Oscar Enclave 

guardian

I don’t have to work now, but I have to work because it’s not about money, it’s about passion. It is part of my personal evolution.”
Salma Hayek’s Family Values

“Last week a friend saw a screening of Spring Breakers. Afterwards she tweeted that a fight almost broke out during the screening when a man shushed some girls, who then called him a —-. Afterwards, those girls chugged a two-litre bottle of cream soda and a 40 of vodka in the washroom.”
Canadian Journalism Unsubstantiated

NY Times

“This is Dawn taking the lead.”
Academy Rounds Up Members For Oscar Advice

hollywoodreporter.com

“A last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag.”
Jim Carrey Has Words For Fox News, Which Does Not Care For Him, Either

Spring Breakers is a crowd-pleaser, although given its confounding creepiness, the crowd it pleases most is surely the 40-year-old filmmaker’s intellectual fan base… Dunham has tapped into a vein of tragicomic sexual naturalism in which, as in the novels of Czech writers Milan Kundera and Ivan Klima, social constraint (here economic) makes sex, however messy, the lone arena of freedom.”
Hoberman On Spring Breakers And, Well, “Girls”

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton