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 don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”