MCN Curated Headlines Archive for December, 2013

A Smorgasbord Of Cinematographic Know-How From Roger Deakins

“A writer who has refined his craft, sharpened his perceptions, and through them broadened his range of response and feeling discovering an artist whose work validates what he knows the medium to be capable of but so seldom is.”
Andrew Tracy Appreciates Late Critic Stanley Kauffman

“6. Direct distribution will make someone a millionaire this year.”
Brian Newman Makes 10 Predictions For Media In 2014

“The compiling of year-end top ten lists tends to reward mediocrity, suppress original vision, and [kill] independent thought. To cite Dave Hickey, there are far too many farmers in this industry, and not enough pirates. And it’s pretty damned agonizing to be a pirate in a farmer’s world; every which way I look the poisoned plants are sprouting up all around me.”
Peranson Presupposes Euphoniously

“To put it another way, The Wolf of Wall Street is like The Great Gatsby from Tom Buchanan’s point of view.”
“The Great Fratsby”

NY Times

Two Countries, Two Furores
The role of art “is to save the world, make it better, not to inflame the public with scandalous stories that have no cultural merit. Let’s hold tight to those principles and keep everybody safe.”
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer Banned Formally In Moscow

MCN Curated Headlines

“Mel Gibson now gets to make money parodying himself (in a family film, no less). Except it’s not really a parody when he’s just [playing] himself, is it? How many years before Harvey Weinstein, thanks in part to Gibson’s powerful attorney, gets to go on a late-night show, ‘joke’ about groping actresses and return to business as usual? I give it five.”

“Gord Downie was a glorious genius”

“The witches are coming, but not for your life. We’re coming for your legacy.” Lindy West

Netflix Intends To Drop 80 Features In 2018 From Its $8 Billion Programming Spend

Film Independent Moves LA Film Festival To Late September 2018

“Hollywood Movie Crew Peeper Filmed Dozens of Unwitting Naked Women”

“There is a predatory relationship that I try to keep at bay from cast and crew, but The bigger problem is that allowing such people into our productions legitimizes both them and their behavior. It makes it okay to be at a Sundance party with a bunch of 50-year-old men partying and preying on twentysomething women. It makes it okay to casually and publicly talk about the women you want to fuck. And when you create a space where this behavior is okay, people you would want to be professionals—producers, lawyers, agents and managers—suddenly find it acceptable to treat women like their playthings. And it is never okay.”

Just For Laughs Founder Gilbert Rozon Resigns After Reports Of Repeated Abuse After An Earlier Sexual Conviction

Lana Del Rey Song “Cola” About Harvey Weinstein

Harvard Revokes Harvey Weinstein Du Bois Medal

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“The people with the money are assholes. They look back and they want to stay in a safe place, while the filmmakers want to go forward. And sometimes we as filmmakers fuck them up because we’re also assholes, but we’re crazy assholes. You need to be pretty brutal. Frank Capra’s movies can make you cry, but he was a tough motherfucker.”
~ Guillermo del Toro

“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff