MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2015

“I love this world, I love these characters. It is definitely a passion project for me.”
Furious 7 Screenwriter Chris Morgan Talks About The Five Installments He’s Written

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“Nellie is trained in the sciences and used those sensibilities to analyze a data sample; the word “ethnic” is commonly used by casting agents. None of that works when talking about people, and race.”
Mike Fleming And Peter Bart Tapdance Around The Subject Of Nellie Andreeva’s “Ethnic” Casting Article

“The Salon piece, a late-breaking bit of Allen disapprobation, is just one of a great many you see these days; a cultural note that attempts to instruct the reader that ‘we’ can’t accept ‘this’ anymore. One almost universal feature of such pieces is a frustrating vagueness about what action ‘we’ are supposed to take concerning the unacceptable state of affairs.”
Glenn Kenny On “The Melodrama Of Woody Allen’s Critical Reputation”

“We are here to enjoy my gift. We are not here to argue. Let those people speak. We will find them and ask them to leave. I am going to handle this the way I want it handled. I’m going to tell you some more jokes.”
Cosby Does Not Countenance Hecklers

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“It is a magical moment in a marketing plan. It’s fun, even if only 45 people show up.”
Michael Cieply On Buzzfeed, VICE, CNN And Others Who Think It Would Be Fun To Run A Mini-Studio

“In another environment without drones, we would have been limited to a tripod on the street, which is not nearly as exciting as God’s Louma crane.”
Alex Gibney On Stylistic Choices In Going Clear

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“A shot is a story. A shot on its own should be a piece of a story. Which is why I talk a lot about watching films, even the films we’re working on, with the sound off. Just to analyze how the film works, because a film should work for an audience without any sound. The biggest problem I see is that someone may have a superficial understanding of what a shot is propositionally, but they don’t have an understanding of how all of these shots are part of a family that needs to connect, and so you’ll get something that’s like a sentence arranged poorly with six nouns in a row. That surprises me, because I think that’s something that can be learned. Some things can’t be, but that can. It’s a grammar. In a classroom I could walk somebody through the difference between a sequence in which the filmmaker has a deep understanding of how images connect, and someone who doesn’t. It’s not really an intellectual process. Some people are just born with it and are just sort of savants at that deep mathematical understanding of shot construction.  I’m better than I used to be, but there are some people I’m just never going to catch. Spielberg. His staging ability. I’m never going to catch him. But when you’re trying to figure out how to get better—I’m not competitive in the sense of looking around at other filmmakers and comparing myself to them. What I do have to think about in trying to navigate myself through a career is: what can I get better at, and what do I have that I can enhance that somebody else doesn’t have?”
~ Steven Soderbergh

“It’s not going to be huge. He and I had been corresponding for a while. When I finally met him, he said, ‘We should collaborate.’ When John Ashbery says that to you, you don’t say when, you just say yes. It has not been easy to conjure this out of nothing. Sean Price Williams and I spent time with him, and it will appear on FilmStruck before the year is out…. I have figured out how to streamline things. I still have dreams of making movies with bigger budgets, and they might be considered to have more of a voice in pop culture. I don’t want to let go of that. I also realize that you grow up a lot of your life with wishful thinking and waiting. I have figured out ways to avoid doing that. I am working on a bigger movie about Nikola Tesla, set in the past, so it is not an easy film to make. I am also working on an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’ That seems more likely to catch fire.”
Michael Almereyda Steps It Up