MCN Curated Headlines Archive for December, 2015

“We must now hurry. If the media criticizes our changes, we have to stop it. Public media are not involved in party political disputes, they should just accurately inform the public.”
Newly-Elected Polish Gov’t Cracks Down On Public Media

“I relate to her deeply. She manages a lot of bare-knuckled commerce that’s unforgiving and nasty. You will lose it in the blink of an eye. It will be taken from you. You gotta be able to roll off it and move on. I just dig that in her.”
David O. Russell Furthers Argument That Joy Is Veiled Indie Film Self-Portrait

variety

I misspoke and used a very inappropriate analogy and for that I apologize. I have been working with Disney for 40 years and chose them as the custodians of Star Wars because of my great respect for the company and Bob Iger’s leadership. Disney is doing an incredible job of taking care of and expanding the franchise. I rarely go out with statements to clarify my feelings but I feel it is important to make it clear that I am thrilled that Disney has the franchise and is moving it in such exciting directions in film, television and the parks. Most of all I’m blown away with the record breaking blockbuster success of the new movie and am very proud of JJ and Kathy.”
Disney Issues Statement From George Lucas Regarding “White Slavers”

variety

“For Oscar-humping banality and excruciating politesse, this film was hard to beat.”
Six Variety Critics Ding Their Least Favorite Of 2015

“When I focus too much on the awards talk, I find myself stifled, creatively. To be nominated for an Oscar would be the most wonderful thing in the world, but if you hinge your self-esteem on that, you’re really setting yourself up to feel bad about something you shouldn’t feel bad about it.”
Jason Segel Takes Awards Talk As An Opportunity To Talk About Awards Talk

“Gifts and pledges from the foundation have included $175 million to the USC film school and $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory schools to create an arts building. Skywalker Ranch, Mr. Lucas’s postproduction facility, declined to provide information about his personal philanthropic work.”
In Light Of George Lucas’ “Charlie Rose” Comments About Disney, What’s The Status Of His Charity Efforts And Those Of Other Star Wars Creators?

LA Times

“My job as an actor is not to elucidate the script—it is to be compellingly present. When I do a movie and I don’t know why I’m saying something is when I’m truly happy.”
What Happened Was, A Younger Charlie Kaufman Dropped A Line To Tom “Everyone Else” Noonan

NY Times

“Pacino’s is a shameless piece of acting, but it’s driven by so much confidence, so much sexiness, that all that’s really embarrassing is how you ever doubted that he could still teem with this much louche charisma.”
Wesley Morris Predicts Who Oscar Will Overlook

NY Daily News

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NYDN On Cosby Arrest

“The bearing of witness lends Nemes’ distinctive aesthetic its greatest power.”
Richard Brody Puts Son Of Saul Up Against “The Ungraspable Horrors Of Auschwitz”

“Snow is cold! It’s the complete opposite of Jakku!”
Force Awakens Novel Fills In At Least 27 Plot Holes

variety

“I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…” Lucas said before laughing and deciding it better not to finish. “They looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans.’ They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing… They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway—but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up.
George Lucas Strikes Back Again

LA Times

“‘We are trying to be the light in the darkness of Hollywood,’ says Chloe Sebest, 14, at a seminar hosted by Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.”
Redefining “Faith-Based”: Acting Seminars Seek Christian Cash

“The part that had my heart in my teeth was when Rey, the techie scavenger girl, picks up the lightsaber to fight the bad guy as an equal. And the music swells. The same old theme and a new kind of hero on a new kind of journey. The same old story made stunning in its sudden familiarity for every girl who ever dreamed of being more than a princess. Rey picks up her weapon, and everything changes.”
Laurie Penny On Why The Force Awakens Matters

“For A Better Tomorrow we were lucky because we got to work with the original camera negative. I wouldn’t say the condition was good—there were tears, and scratches, and dirt, and mold—but it’s about standard for a film that turns 30 next year.”
Hong Kong Movies, Even From As Recently As The ’90s, Are Disappearing

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“Last night’s Oscar bizarreness was not just bizarre but bizarre in a way that is typical of this entirely bizarre time. The rhythm of the yes-they-won-oh-my-God-no-they-didn’t event, with La La Land replaced by Moonlight as Best Picture, was weirdly like that of… Election Night. First, a more or less expected, if “safe,” result was on its way—though Hillary Clinton never got all the way to the stage, so to speak, the result did seem safely in hand at 7pm., according to the polling—and the expected and safe people were ready to deliver their touching but obviously polished pieces. Then the sudden confusion and visible near-panic of people running around in the backgroun, with the same slightly horrified spirit that one felt on Election Night as shocking results began emerging from exurban counties in Florida. Then, yes—can this be happening?—the revised and unexpected result.

“In this case, obviously, the result was positive to all but the poor La La Land producers, with their earnest and spouse-approved speeches already delivered. Moonlight was no Donald Trump of cinema, and obviously a popular favorite. But the rhythm of the night was disconcertingly the same, and the sheer improbability of the happenstance scarily alike. Nothing like this has remotely happened before. This wasn’t just a minor kerfuffle. This was a major malfunction. Trump cannot be President. People don’t say “Grab ’em by the pussy” and get elected President. Can’t happen. In the same way, while there have been Oscar controversies before—tie votes and rejected trophies—never before has there been an occasion when the entirely wrong movie was given the award, the speeches delivered, and then another movie put in its place. That doesn’t happen. Ever.

“And so both of these bizarre events put one in mind of a simple but arresting thesis: that we are living in the Matrix, and something has gone wrong with the controllers. This idea was, I’m told, put forward first and most forcibly by the NYU philosopher David Chalmers: what is happening lately, he says, is proof that we are living in a computer simulation and that something has recently gone haywire within it. The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be running our lives are having some kind of breakdown. There’s a glitch, and we are in it. There may be not merely a glitch in the Matrix. There may be a Loki, a prankster, suddenly running it.”
~ Adam Gopnik

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” President Trump said. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
~ Trump Offers Breitbart Exclusive On His Thinking About Oscar