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

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