MCN Curated Headlines Archive for October, 2015

indie wire

“What brought Grantland down was not the lack of an audience but internal politics: It existed in part because ESPN wanted to keep Simmons happy, and once they stopped caring about that, its fate was sealed. That’s not to say its ending isn’t equally as depressing, but it’s harder to spin this into some kind of death knell for culture writing in general.”
Sam Adams On Why Closing Of The Dissolve And Grantland Aren’t The Same

NY Daily News

“Quentin is a phenomenal talent, a filmmaking genius. So when he or someone like him gets up and makes a statement like that, it’s felt the world around. It’s an injustice to call New York cops murderers. That is so wrong. They don’t deserve that kind of talk.”
NYDN Seeks Quentin Tarantino’s Father For Comment

NY Times

“I try to submit—I’m Muslim-like when I’m making a film. I am there to serve the film and submit to it. I don’t feel I’m God, actually. I’m merely the hand that writes.”
A Few Witticisms From Terry Gilliam

deadline

“There is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are.”
“Questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery.”
Police Unions Asserting Opposition To Political Opinions Of Quentin Tarantino Now Include Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Las Vegas

NY Times

“I love doing stop-motion for no reason except that it’s stop-motion,” Mr. Stamatopoulos said. “My favorite thing is a puppet not moving, just sitting there and being depressed.”
One More Major Lovely Downbeat Tale About Anomalisa spoilers, natch

NY Times

“It is aimed at sending a message, not just to Tarantino, but to anyone whose voice carries great weight in society.”
Three U. S. Metro Police Unions Advocate Boycott Over Tarantino Speech

“The Thing is now recognized as a morbid masterpiece of wretched existential horror.”
Now? Only Now? Where Have You Been All These Years?

“The public broadcaster belongs to the people: that is why the BBC is trusted in the UK and around the world. The BBC is a great legacy from past generations. It must be passed on even stronger into the future.”
The FT’s Martin Wolf Talks Common Sense About British Broadcasting

“He is a combo of cinematic architect and interior designer.”
Howard Feinstein Goes Down, Down In The Basement With Ulrich Seidl

wsj

“Alphabet’s Google To Fold Chrome Into Android”
Headlines That Would Have Been Sci-Fi Until Pretty Recently

hollywoodreporter.com

“It’s the Pauline Kael thing—’Nobody I know voted for Nixon.’ People in Hollywood are smart, but they’re bubble-dumb. They don’t know anyone who disagrees with them, and so they saw Carson as this black apostate and figured everyone feels the same way. What Rogen didn’t think, because he’s bubble-dumb, is that there’s a whole world out there, and Ben Carson is more popular than Hillary Clinton.”
THR Provides Breitbart Blogger Platform For Why He Believes H’wd Will Feel The Burn

MCN Curated Headlines

Why Did Physical Media Sales Drop More Than 86% in Thirteen Years?

Gianopulos Confirmed to Top Paramount After ViacomCBS Merger

Citing Warehouse Capacity, Amazon Slashes Book Orders From Publishers In Holiday Season

Sandy Powell on the Hundreds Of Costume Changes In The Irishman

“If there does end up being a long-term issue for Disney Plus, it’s not that people will be shocked to discover the depth and breadth of weird movies that Walt Disney Pictures made in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s that audiences may stream something like Dumbo and be shocked at what they’ve forgotten from beloved classics or familiar characters. There’s been no mention of the dozens of Mickey Mouse shorts from the first half of the twentieth century, including Mickey’s Mellerdrammer, in which Mickey and friends perform a version of  “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” complete with blackface. Disney Plus is offering hundreds of titles that have long been unavailable or ignored. But while they’re opening the vault, there doesn’t seem to be a strategy to contextualize what people will find inside it.”

Cats

“These businesses will coexist. It’s not like one is going to go away and everything goes into the other.” Berwick said the cable industry had “comfort” on its side — familiar programs like “The Real Housewives” and channels with distinct identities. Not everyone likes the streaming experience, which turns the semi-passive act of channel surfing into more of an active hunt. They “want to see the familiar and not to have to make a decision,” she said. Yet look at how fast streaming services have expanded. Netflix, which started serving up movies and shows online 12 years ago, has grown into a giant, with 158 million subscribers worldwide. Amazon Prime Video is available to 100 million Amazon Prime members. Hulu has 28.5 million. Analysts expect Disney Plus to have at least eight million customers by the time it is seven weeks old and 76 million at the end of five years.No lesser a force than Rupert Murdoch decided on a tactical retreat. Rather than slug it out with Disney and the tech companies muscling onto his turf, he hung a For Sale sign on most of his entertainment assets, including non-news cable channels like FX and the 20th Century Fox television and movie studio. Disney outgunned Comcast by paying $71.3 billion for the properties, with Mr. Iger contending that the purchase would supercharge Disney’s streaming plans.”

Tom Hall on Valuing Art

A Studio Tour With Comics Artist Bill Sienkiewicz

Wilder on Lubitsch Touch

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon