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

MCN Curated Headlines

Elan Mastai On “The First Time I Got Paid To Write”

“A lot of kids think cartooning is something that pours out of your hand and onto the page. But it’s a lot of work to look like that. People have approached me for a documentary. And I say, ‘You’re going to watch me at a desk, staring, then cursing every few hours. It really is a goofy job.”

William Grimes On Independent Producer Robin O’Hara, Who Was 62

Why Drive-Ins Were More Than Just Movie Theaters

“We’ve got this mixed rights situation and what fixes that is money,” Reed Hastings continued. “Because we’d like to be able to get global rights so everybody gets the same great experience. And our originals, are like that, where everybody gets access. But it’s going to take a lot more money than we have now.”

Blacklisted Screenwriter Jean Rouverol Was 100; Was W.C. Fields’ Daughter In It’s A Gift

“For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw Productions is my production company and we’re really trying to promote untapped voices in genre. I think the reason we don’t see more films about the African American experience is because we haven’t nurtured black talent, we haven’t encouraged young black filmmakers to dream big. When you have that, that’s when you have this systemic problem where artists aren’t getting their platforms, aren’t given their platforms. Some stories it’s impossible for a white person to tell.”

Writers Guild Seeks May 1 Strike Authorization

Brit Director Michael Tuchner, 84, Films Include Villain, “Summer Of My German Soldier”

“My Life As Bob Silvers’ Assistant”

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas