MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2015

“Each of them had a kind of point. Anchorman was clearly, like, what the f— happened to the television media, what a joke it’s become.Talladega Nights was about this weird stubborn pride that was showing up in America, kind of the corporate takeover of southern pride. Stepbrothers was about how consumerism turns grown-ups into little kids.”
Jessica Pressler‘s Six-Part Vulture “Cover Story” On The Miracle That Is The Big Short

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Tauntaun Soup Dumplings, Jar Jar Bisque, Obi-Wan Pierogi
Chicago’s Table, Donkey, Stick Resto Mounts A Star Wars I-VI Dinner

“Claiming that sex-strikes can stop rape  is premised on the idea that rapists are somehow concerned with the thoughts and opinions of their potential victims. There is very little evidence support this contention.”
Ta-Nehisi-Coates Disputes Spike Lee Comments About Chi-raq And Campus Rape

“He was a subversive populist, a celebrity avant-gardist. He was also, frequently, a political artist, one who came of age during the heyday of the Popular Front and never ceased to roil the culture industry.”
Alex Ross On A Century Of Orson Welles

“Rahm Emanuel is giving a billionaire filmmaker priceless parkland for $10.”
John King On The $400 Million Private Museum of George Lucas’ Miscellaneous Art On Chicago’s Lakefront

LA Times

“It also complained about the use of a slang word for testicles, ordering the term be changed to ‘cats.'”
India Move Toward Harsher Censorship Takes Toll On SPECTRE: Language, Kissing At Issue

“As long as they let me. It’s the only thing I really enjoy.”
Peter Hartlaub On The Living Legacy Of Satirist Mort Sahl, Still Performing At 88

“We made sure that in every scene the characters had an eye light, just like a live-action film would. A specific light that was set to reflect and give that twinkle in the eye. Trying to get them to move in sync with one another and allow for the animators to see what they were doing was definitely a challenge.”
A Strong Backgrounder On The Origins And Production Of Anomalisa spoilers

“Most of the people in the world of distribution are straight white men and they’re distributing messages that make them the heroes, that make people empathize with them, and allow them to ‘otherise’ women, people of color and queer people. But we were raised to be objects and trophies in their storylines.”
“Transparent” Director Jill Soloway Talks Gender

“I see her the same instant she sees me, and instantly, I love her. Instantly, I am terrified, because I know she knows I am terrified and that I love her. Though there are seven girls between us, I know, she knows, she will come to me and have me wait on her.”
The Passions Behind Patricia Highsmith’s “Carol” Novel

Salon

Carol is such a moving film and such a beautiful film, which demonstrates in a thousand ways why cinema (however moribund or irrelevant it may appear) is not television, that I am reluctant to privilege any particular element of its construction. It is one of the greatest American screen romances of any era, period–and perhaps that serves as the ultimate vindication of Haynes’ outspoken commitment to ‘queer cinema.'”
Andrew O’Hehir Definitely On Team Todd

MCN Curated Headlines

“How Movie Theaters, TV Networks, and Classrooms Are Changing the Way They Show Gone With the Wind”

Toback

“Godard was a sadist really, and he liked to see how far he could go with somebody and that didn’t show immediately. He would test and see if you yielded. He would make people move around in a restaurant… I would make him buy my Gitanes cigarettes. And he would complain against me smoking, as he thought it would waste the time of the editing team.”

“O’Reilly and Weinstein may come from different ends of the political spectrum, but it turns out they have a lot in common. They rose to positions of power around the same time and used big, bullying voices to secure leading roles in American culture. Both men worked in industries that put up with gross behavior from male executives for decades, and both now stand accused of lording their status over women. Mr. O’Reilly, late of Fox News, and Mr. Weinstein, late of the Weinstein Company, share something else. They kept their alleged misconduct under wraps with the help of the nondisclosure agreements included as part of the numerous out-of-court settlements that allowed them to admit to no wrongdoing. The sums they paid their accusers bought them silence.”

“Hw’d’s Female Crewmembers Suffer Harassment Without the Platform of Stardom”

John Carpenter Sez Making Music Is More Fun Than Making Movies

“It was Bob and Harvey Weinstein against the world. Then they turned on each other.”

Alexander Chee Profiles Park Chan-wook

Manohla Dargis

“I understand Jann Wenner, I think, in some ways that he doesn’t even understand himself. But I knew I had to write a book that would make him live on the page. And this is the life he lived. Even his own sister said she didn’t know how Jann would deal with the book, because part of his story is that he didn’t always treat people right.

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“Most of these women were in their early twenties. Most of them refused to go any further with him, but a few went to dinner, or to some sort of casting situation, or to someplace private… if the stories were just about some crazed sex addict who approaches thousands of women on the street trying to get laid, I wouldn’t be posting this now. I don’t want to be attacking every Hollywood douchebag who hits on countless women. That type of behavior isn’t cool, but I think it’s important to separate douchebaggery from any kind of sexual coercion. But the women I talked to who DID go someplace private with Toback, told stories that were worse than the women only accosted on the street… So I did what I could do in my impotent state – for over twenty years now, I’ve been bringing up James Toback every chance I could in groups of people. I couldn’t stop him, but I could warn people about him… I’ve been hoping the Weinstein/O’Reilly stuff would bring this vampire into the light (him and a couple others, frankly). So I was happy today to wake up to this story in the L. A. Times.”
~ James Gunn

“BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Politics and queerness as spectacle/spectacle as politics and queerness. Pretty delightful, lovely, erotic. A-

“Not since EASY A and CABARET have I seen Emma Stone give a real sense of her range. Here, she has pathos and interiority and desire. I love the cinematography and the ways in which the images of the tennis icons are refracted and manipulated via various surfaces/mediators. Also, wild how a haircut is one of the most erotic scenes in cinema this year. Spine tinglingly tactile that feels refreshing. Proof that *cough* you don’t need to be ~graphic/explicit~ to be erotic *cough*. Also, it made me want to get into tennis. Watching it, at least.

“There are interesting touches and intimations as to the cinematic nature of sports, & unpacking the formal approach of broadcasting sports.Also, I was here for Sarah Silverman smoking. And also, hi Mickey Sumner!! It’s a really interesting film about the ways in which public spectacle is never apolitical, and how spectacle is prone to assignation.

“There’s this one other scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES that I love, and it’s the one in the bar. You see Billie looking after Marilyn as she dances. Through a crowd. There’s a paradoxical closeness and distance between them. In the purple light, and the kitschy decor, everything is distorted. But Billie catches a glance and you can feel the nervous swell inside.”
~ Kyle Turner