MCN Curated Headlines Archive for February, 2015

“A sophisticated show for a sophisticated, beautiful beer. So we put the two together and sent it to them. If we don’t think it works and somebody’s brown-bagging a Stella on a bus and it’s not the right place for our brand, then we’ll let them know that we’d prefer not to be in that scene.”
Netflix Doesn’t Have Ads, But Product Placement’s In The Mix, Especially With “House Of Cards,” Season 3

“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy… I loved Spock.”
A Statement By The President On The Passing Of Leonard Nimoy

The Atlantic consistently runs some of the worst film writing to be found on the Internet, which is to say in the universe… If you believe that a work’s entire significance can be found in the footprint that it leaves in public discourse, then looking at the thing itself will necessarily be an afterthought. ”
Nick Pinkerton Has 2,800 Words Worth Of The “Subterranean Hot Take Blues”

“I’m the model of the non-model, the person who can’t be categorized. But they categorize me as non-categorizable, which is the same thing in the end.”
J. Hoberman On Godard As Speaker, Thinker And Filmmaker

“So, let’s say you make District 9 and it does well. So, now, a normal director is like, ‘Shit, I’ve got this pressure because this last film did well and I hope this one lives up to it.’ I don’t have that. It definitely doesn’t bother me. The thing that bothers me is if I feel like I fucked it up.”
Honesty Not Alien To Chappie Director Neill Blomkamp

Django is a black film. More than that, it is an exemplary black film. We would even go so far as to say that it is one of the most important black films of the century… which is where some of you will interrupt us to point out that Quentin Tarantino, the film’s director and screenwriter, is white, making it impossible for Django to be a black film.”
“Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Black Film”

NY Times

“He and I talked about how I was the intellectual and he was the humanist. I would see the big picture and he would connect with people. Even in the darkest, most gruesome situations, Bruce projected a warmth and humor that really put people at ease.
Bruce Weber‘s Obit For Documentarian Bruce Sinofsky

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."

Charlie Rose, Garrison Keillor, Matt Lauer Among Men Eager For Their #MeAgain Moment

Europe Plans $466 Million Cultural Budget, A Twenty-Seven-Percent Increase

“Harvey Weinstein wore a light blue sweater and a black dinner jacket; his mouth alternated between a grimace and a smirk. Entering the precinct, Weinstein was a spectacle of smugness, as if trying to project the posture of an intellectual dissident. In his hands were three books, two of which have been identified. They were corny totems suggesting, respectively, artistic revolution and false persecution: ‘Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution,’ and Richard Schickel’s biography of Elia Kazan, the Hollywood director who famously ‘named names’ to the House Un-American Activities Committee, in 1952.”

“First Reformed understands, in rare and terrifying way, the mental toll of feeling like either an exile or a dangerous apostate within one’s faith community, alienated both from a caring God and from the platitudes that seem to satisfy others in the pews — of becoming convinced that if you’re not frightened then you’re purposely shutting yourself off from reality. It knows the special existential terror of trying to pray without being sure that God is listening, in a world where the nonexistence of God seems just as plausible as the alternative.”

“Solo writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan on spoilers, sequels and why [SPOILER IN HEADLINE]

The Secrets Of The Texas Theatre (And Historical Byways Of The Projectionist’s Trade)

“For the first time in decades, Hugh Grant is enthusiastically embodying his characters. Maybe this is because he suddenly produced five children in the space of seven years (and is now due to marry the mother of three of them), and realised he had to stop dicking around and earn some money. Or maybe it’s because his once merely handsome face is now more interesting, so he’s getting better parts (a privilege, it has to be said, not afforded to women). Probably it’s a bit of both.”

“Jeffrey Tambor Has Been Canceled — But Not When Trans Women Spoke Up; It was only when cisgender actress Jessica Walter complained that people recognized Jeffrey Tambor’s terrible behavior,” Writes Robyn Kanner

Paz de la Huerta On Arrest Of Harvey Weinstein on Rape Charges

“After Mr. Freeman spoke to a CNN reporter, Chloe Melas, in a way she considered inappropriate, she tracked down other women who said the actor had mistreated them.”

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What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
To have to die.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing.

What is your favourite smell?
Fracas perfume by Robert Piguet.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The lost plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles.
~ Isabelle Huppert at 65

“I come from a generation where men were men. There’s nothing soft or touchy-feely about any of us, where we were from in Wales. There’s a negative side to that, because we’re not very good at receiving love or giving it. We don’t understand it. After Richard Burton died, his brother Graham invited me to the Dorchester where they were all having a get-together, the wives and the men, all the sisters and brothers. All pissed. And I noticed the women were sipping their ports and brandy, but all the men were, ‘Come on, drink! Drink!’ I thought, ‘There’s something very Greek about this.’ Men together. You know, like the bouzouki dancers. It’s not homosexuality, but it is a sexuality, a kind of bonding. That’s what I was thinking of.”
~ Anthony Hopkins