MCN Curated Headlines Archive for July, 2013

“I don’t want to be bothered with deepening my connection to you as an artist. I don’t want to see you expand your story world, and I don’t want to engage more deeply with your story. I just want to be entertained. That’s all the pay-off I need.”
Brian Newman Ain’t Buying The “Transmedia” Runaway Train

“It will be the official Twitter account for Rogerebert.com, where we will tweet about movies and movie reviews, television and cable programs, interesting theaters and mobile devices, topical stories, books, politics, speaking engagements and anything that our editors and group of writers find interesting.”
Chaz Launches Non-Roger Ebert.Com Twitter

indie wire

“So this woman at that festival makes this crack about the film saying it’s cold and dead at the center. So I said to Bret, ‘What did she expect?’ Bret and I made this film, and we damn well know it’s cold in the center. That’s what it was designed to be. I personally think this film is more Bret than me. Bret thinks it’s more me than him. That’s perhaps the definition of good collaboration.”
Paul Schrader Before FilmLinc Preem Of The Canyons

NY Times

“Despite its surface similarities to the pack, Elysium indeed works hard to veer into more creative terrain, starting with the fact that it aims to make audiences think.”
Barnes Promotes Grand Unified Theory Of Sony’s Summer Films; Leaves A Penultimate Paragraph Dis To The Usual Unnamed “Box Office Analysts”

“It was a great experience to perform, wearing Google Glass, in front of a sold-out crowd of 55,000. Glass and wearable-technology is an example of another step in consumer-facing innovation that will change how we share the music experience with our fans in the future. This is relatively uncharted territory for the quick-moving developer community and I am excited to see what is created.”
Bon Jovi Have Spoken

Rogue Investor Dan Loeb Ruffles Sony
“A difficult and, by most accounts, unpleasant and meddlesome man.”
As Well As – Yahoo!

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”