MCN Curated Headlines Archive for October, 2013

“The new footage significantly deepens the film’s misogyny. Though that misogyny was already front and center in the original cut of The Exorcist, the new footage gives a much more comprehensive view of the film’s politics, and its particular take on patriarchal hegemony.”
Uh-oh, Billy Friedkin’s Done It Again

NY Times

“We are not setting policy for theaters across the country. We are one theater in the West Village, and we have adopted this policy for this one film.”
Los Angeles TV Protest Group Protests NYC’s IFC Theater Letting Teens Into Blue Is The Warmest Color; It’s What They Do

“Godard’s status today is precariously suspended between two conflicting fates: overblown iconicity and an almost abyssal and closed anonymity.”
Hoo-boy, Jean-Luc, You’ve Done It Now!

hollywoodreporter.com

“It looked great and it was interesting.”
Jason Schwartzman On SNL Spoof Of Wes Anderson

After 28 Years, Ender’s Game Blasts Out Of Development Hell
“Should Orson Scott Card’s extremism lead moviegoers to boycott Ender’s Game, which, after all, has nothing to do with gay rights?”
And – Mark Harris Demurs

“It marks the first time in history that our entertainment industry has managed to stare directly at slavery and maintain that gaze.”
David Simon On 12 Years A Slave

variety

“Chalk it up to the sangfroid of the characters and their stone-cold greed.”
Foundas Weighs The Greatness Of His Estimation Of Ridley Scott’s The Counselor

NY Times

“Like westerns and baseball films, movies about the experience of black Americans may be seen as too remote by audiences in countries that have little cultural connection to the subject matter.”
Cieply Sweats The Int’l Release Of 12 Years A Slave

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook