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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“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