MCN Curated Headlines Archive for April, 2015

hollywoodreporter.com

“The real question becomes where do people see films first more than whether there are too many features being made or too many features being released.”
John Sloss On A Boyhood Sequel, The Virtues Of Self-Releasing, And Proper “Windowing”

“What’s alarming is the climate of which the plan is symptomatic. We’ve come to prefer anticipation to reflection—to thinking idly about a film that’s coming soon than to thinking seriously about one that’s already out. Publications tease and rumor-monger rather than digest and analyze; release dates and casting decisions are more widely shared and read than actual criticism.”
Calum Marsh Considers The Marvel Factory As An “Anticipation Machine,” With The Movies Almost Beside The Point

“While many people talk about the way that the Internet has democratized things, the film world is still stuck in old-media based patterns that rely on gatekeepers to keep things flowing. The flood of well-made films that was unleashed by the increased availability of the means of production has only made this pattern more entrenched.”
Filmmaker Michael Galinsky On The Shifting Fates Of His Doc, Who Took Johnny

“If we can get people to watch documentaries better, with a better comprehension of the inbuilt complexities of the form, perhaps we can get them to watch the news better, or to be better equipped to deal with the often crude narratives they’re presented with daily.”
Robert Greene Thinks Up Another Customarily Thoughtful Doc Thinkpiece

“At some point, the drug war was as much a function of class and social control as it was of racism. We end the drug war. I know I sound like a broken record, but we end the —-ing drug war.”
David Simon On Baltimore

“Like his friend and occasional jousting partner Roger Ebert, Richard didn’t judge a film by whether it measured up to some ideal yardstick of the medium. He welcomed the movies—at Time, some 2500, between 1980 and now—as they came. He let his wide tastes, good sense, vast memory and knowledge, and breakneck gift for language decide what they counted for.”
Good Dr. Bordwell Remembers Richard Corliss

hollywoodreporter.com

“Yes, I am a big target and I have been very successful, and there are always people who either may not have had success or for whatever reason are not fond of my success who tend to be very willing to say things that are not nice.”
THR Cover-Stories The Joel Silver Saga

daily beast

“Over the course of four movies, including Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Scarlett Johansson’s token lady Avenger has been positioned as a seductive foil to as many different male teammates.”
Jen Yamato Ponders The Black Widow’s Lack Of Agency In All Those Many Marvel Movies

“Sandler’s blatant racism and insensitivity adds a massive amount of insult to centuries of injury toward a group of people, given that just a little over 100 years ago it was acceptable to sell their scalps for $25. There’s ignorance being displayed if this entitled old comedian thinks that he can get away with making fun of that same group of people that happens to still be marginalized and oppressed by their dominant settler colonial society to this day.”
Writes Native Actor Tyson Houseman, Who Was In Twilight Movies

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“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

“Billy Wilder said to me, ‘Those of us who are hyphenates deserve a couple more beats,’ and I knew what he meant. As a director, you make sure a scene is not beat-heavy. You need just enough beats in the rhythm. Billy also used to say, ‘Whatever you do, is your mark. You don’t have to go out and impress someone. Let them look at your work.’”
~ Jerry Lewis