MCN Curated Headlines Archive for May, 2015

NY Times

“Way, way back when I made Do the Right Thing, there were people who said this film would cause riots all across America, that black people were going to run amok. They wrote a whole bunch of things. But those people ended up being on the wrong side of history. And the same is going to happen in Chicago.”
Julie Bosman Offers Background As Spike Lee Starts His Chicago Gun Violence Movie

“Our mission’s to do great journalism and tell people about the world,”
Buzzfeed Publishes “The Hardest Game Of ‘—-, Marry, Kill’ For Anybody Who Is Attracted To Hot Ladies”

“She would just go stand for nine hours at a time at an Apple store. She would just write and write and write. It was no bullshit, so conversational and unpretentious. ‘Look, I want to adapt these into a movie,’ and she said, ‘That sounds awesome,’ and I was like, ‘I want you to play the lead,’ and she was like, ‘Okay, sure.’ She lives so presently. Two hours before she met me, that didn’t exist, and then two hours later, I didn’t exist. She exists in hours.”
How The Safdies Discovered Their Heaven Knows What Star When She Was A Homeless Junkie

NY Times

“She is now barred from practicing journalism about the entertainment industry online for about a decade. Ms. Finke declined to discuss the settlement for fear of violating it. She declined to be photographed for this article, supplying the portrait instead.”
Ravi Somaiya Seances For 1,100 Words With Nikki Finke Over Her New Fictional Enterprise

“I honestly don’t know why people aren’t more into Cameron Crowe, or at least wanting him to succeed. Maybe it’s some sort of grown-up version of instinctively disliking things that your parents either like or are likely to like.”
Alex Ross Perry On Cameron Crowe And Aloha

“I want to enter someone else’s life and learn something. A lot of gay men have boyfriends that look like them. Mine are never age-appropriate. Most of my men friends that are successful in the arts do not have age-appropriate boyfriends.When you’re 68, 40s are young. Things work or they don’t.”
Thelma Adams And John Waters Have A Small Sit-down

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton