MCN Curated Headlines Archive for August, 2015

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“If you’re a birder, you’ll know that the birds are right.”
A Walk In The Woods Works The Details

“He begs forgiveness, prays and even gives stolen drugs back to his bosses (who don’t press charges, because he seems so sad.) There is a recurring gag that Elizabeth’s feet stink, and the movie ends with Tony washing them in a nice genderbent Mary Magdalene moment.”
Jordan Hoffman Spoilers The Rigors Of War Room; Commenters, Pray, Disagree: “It Stirs Up The Prayer Warrior Inside Of You”

“If you’re doing something that terrifies you, most likely you’re doing the right thing.”
Amber Tamblyn Talks Directing, Writing, Living

NY Daily News

“We’ve encouraged Walt Disney, ‘Put your characters out on Broadway free of charge so people don’t have to worry about their kids being groped,'” the police commissioner said.”
Disney, Marvel Shun Times Square Superhero-Shill Shutout

“If we only allow ourselves to enjoy stuff that’s somehow ideologically pure, we’d be denied most entertainment. I don’t want to be boring about this stuff, because I want people to listen when something is really egregious.”
Film Critic Helen O’Hara On Enjoying Art That’s Against One’s Principles

“When people are [called] brave in regards to playing LGBTQ people, that’s borderline offensive. I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be. Honestly, if I played gay characters for the rest of my career, I’d be thrilled. I wish I could, honestly!”
Ellen Page On “Brave” Actors

“You can go make a great looking movie for nothing. I just tell them, ‘Just go make something.’ The only aspect of film making that I haven’t been able to exert total control over is marketing.”
Soderbergh Sips Singani 63

“We literally asked God, ‘What do you want us to do next?’ And the Lord started prompting us to call people back to prayer and to learn how to fight in prayer. He gave us the analogy of the war room. Just like the military uses a war room to strategize against the enemy.”
Fifth Christian Pic By Kendrick Brothers, War Room, Esteems Power Of Prayer

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”