MCN Curated Headlines Archive for January, 2016

Ensemble: Spotlight; Larson, DiCaprio; Supporting: Vikander, Elba; Stunts: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Complete 2016 SAG Film Awards List

NY Times

“No matter how much the industry and its media minions seem determined to turn Sundance into a snowy exurb of Hollywood, the festival continues to push against the mainstream tide through some of its selections.”
Manohla Dargis Reports From Sundance

NY Times

“If the academy is out of touch, what does that make me? A dinosaur. A stagecoach driver in the age of Uber. An old man yelling at a cloud.”
A. O. Scott Previews His Forthcoming “Better Living Through Criticism”

“Ira Sachs has become the quintessential auteur of today’s New York–the one of class inequality, and of relationships transformed by the changing city around them.”
Bilge Ebiri Salutes Sundance’s Little Men

“The internet I do use, mostly email, and it’s a fine instrument. Those who read gain the world, and those who are too much on the internet lose it.”
Werner Herzog In The Modern World

hollywoodreporter.com

“’You will have to fly Mo’Nique and her team out and you would have to pay for her team—for hair and makeup and wardrobe—because that’s a night where there’s a lot of picture-taking and it’s TV.’ And they said, ‘That’s not something that we do. We don’t fly anyone in and pay for anyone and put anyone up.’ And we said, ‘We understand. But that’s not something we do either. We don’t pay out money to come on your program.'”
Mo’Nique On To Oscar Or Not

“Notes may seem stupid. It is your job to look past their bad solution to the problem they are responding to–and come up with a better solution.”
Zoe Kazan’s “Useful Lessons I Have Learned From Having Screenwriters For Parents”

hollywoodreporter.com

“Baseball and football have taken proactive steps to solve the problem and have made significant progress. The Academy has now embarked on a path that will hopefully also produce positive results with enough effort and intent.”
Democratic Political Operative Donna Brazile Has An Oscar Campaign Written In Deadly Politic-ese

“We trans folk are likewise aggrieved when our complex struggles are reduced to mannered gesturing as shorthand for stereotypical gender behaviours, especially when played equally to the Academy as to the gallery.”
Australian Trans Woman Cerise Howard On The Danish Girl

variety

People Magazine Took On A “H’wd Blackout”—In 1996
“Although Hollywood’s executive corps is clearly too vanilla, why launch your assault at this time, when significant inroads are being made? Protests and picketing are passe. There is growing resentment in this country against anything that smells of affirmative action. No matter what anyone tells you, Hollywood hires on merit, and the opportunities are there.”
AndA 62-Year-Old Peter Bart Dismissed The Idea

“The show is distinctive in its sparseness, its fixed and almost obsessive concentration on Nichols’ face and voice. Beyond the substance of the film, its very form is May’s highest tribute to Nichols: she can’t stop looking at him and listening to him.”
Richard Brody‘s Bittersweet Appreciation Of Elaine May’s Mike Nichols American Masters Doc

“This is a guy who discovered, nurtured, befriended, defended more great writers than just about anyone.”
Esquire Ejects Editor-In-Chief After 19 Years

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook