MCN Curated Headlines Archive for June, 2015

NY Times

“The nurse says, ‘There’s a man in the waiting room; says he’s invisible.’ Doctor says, ‘Tell him I can’t see him.'”
Jack Carter Was 93

“I can’t write with any real authority about Inside Out, because I haven’t see [sic] the movie, but I’m pretty much 100% positive that seeing the movie isn’t required to make this judgment. Because here’s the thing about movies: They are made of pictures.”
Profiles In Content Creation Courage: HuffPost Publishes Review Of Inside Out Without Seeing It

“An uncertain journey whose outcome largely will be determined by its ability to adapt to readers’ changing habits.”
Gannett Moves Its Corporate Operations Around

“Contemporary art’s job is to wreck what came before. Is there a better job description than that to aspire to? Go out in the world and —- it up beautifully. Horrify us with new ideas. Outrage outdated critics. Use technology for transgression, not lazy social living. It’s your turn to cause trouble—but this time in the real world, and this time from the inside.”
John Waters Sends RISD Graduates Out Into A Bitter World

NY Times

“Is the problem that we have an unfettered capacity for credulity, for false belief?”
Ben Kenigsberg Talks To Hot Doc Makers About Manipulations

variety

“The day the Oscar ballots closed, I gathered everyone in the Focus conference room, and gave a speech. I said, ‘Look, we lost.’”
Making Brokeback

“Audible and visually recognizable reactions from the public likely will taint the jurors’ own perception.”
One Hold Barred: Hulk Hogan Wants His Sex Tape Kept From Open Court In Gawker Trial 

variety

“Every step we take, we are stepping toward the goal of normalization—I love that word. This is a continuum. The goal is the normalization in having artists and films rep society as a whole.”
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs On The Latest Member Invitates

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“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