MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2016

wsj

“The concepts of clearances are antiquated and don’t apply to modern-day society.”
“This business has changed an awful lot. This is a legacy practice and the time has come to move on.”
Fox Ends “Clearances” For Exclusive Exhibition Rights

“I want you to be forced to just exist in the moment that we’re filming, and I’m casting you because I want you to be you. I like you, I like how you talk, I like the kinds of jokes you make, do those in my movie; don’t go create a character that’s something else.”
Joe Swanberg Keynotes SxSW 73m vid
AndRichard Brody Roundly Approves Of “The Lessons Of Film School, Distilled In One Speech”

“Considering these frustrations, the fact that DVDs of such films come out at all is sometimes a small miracle.”
Tina Hassania Says Small Video Labels Aren’t Distributing Enough Films Directed By Women… But It’s Complicated
“But if you really want to highlight women’s historical contributions to film,  you also have to look past the director’s chair. Our producers have made a point of focusing supplemental features on the many crucial ways that women have shaped our film culture.”
AndCriterion’s Peter Becker Responds

NY Times

”Censorship is denying a voice. That film has been denied a platform, but it certainly hasn’t been denied a voice.”
Anti-Vaccination Polemic Pulled From Tribeca Gets Angelika Berth; Whether It’s A Four-Wall Theater Rental Unanswered By Times
AndDistributor Cinema Libre Offers Their Side

“Those films feel very alive. I don’t think Jeanne Dielman has taken one wrinkle. The intensity of loneliness is always of today.”
Eric Hynes Talks To Babette Mangolte About Chantal Akerman

“It was certainly —-king humorless, there was nothing funny going on in that world whatsoever.”
Kevin Smith Says Batman v Superman Shows “Fundamental Misunderstanding” Of Its Protagonists

“It was Meryl’s weakness, not her strength, that convinced Hoffman.”
Michael Schulman On When Meryl Streep Launched Her “Legend”

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“Last night’s Oscar bizarreness was not just bizarre but bizarre in a way that is typical of this entirely bizarre time. The rhythm of the yes-they-won-oh-my-God-no-they-didn’t event, with La La Land replaced by Moonlight as Best Picture, was weirdly like that of… Election Night. First, a more or less expected, if “safe,” result was on its way—though Hillary Clinton never got all the way to the stage, so to speak, the result did seem safely in hand at 7pm., according to the polling—and the expected and safe people were ready to deliver their touching but obviously polished pieces. Then the sudden confusion and visible near-panic of people running around in the backgroun, with the same slightly horrified spirit that one felt on Election Night as shocking results began emerging from exurban counties in Florida. Then, yes—can this be happening?—the revised and unexpected result.

“In this case, obviously, the result was positive to all but the poor La La Land producers, with their earnest and spouse-approved speeches already delivered. Moonlight was no Donald Trump of cinema, and obviously a popular favorite. But the rhythm of the night was disconcertingly the same, and the sheer improbability of the happenstance scarily alike. Nothing like this has remotely happened before. This wasn’t just a minor kerfuffle. This was a major malfunction. Trump cannot be President. People don’t say “Grab ’em by the pussy” and get elected President. Can’t happen. In the same way, while there have been Oscar controversies before—tie votes and rejected trophies—never before has there been an occasion when the entirely wrong movie was given the award, the speeches delivered, and then another movie put in its place. That doesn’t happen. Ever.

“And so both of these bizarre events put one in mind of a simple but arresting thesis: that we are living in the Matrix, and something has gone wrong with the controllers. This idea was, I’m told, put forward first and most forcibly by the NYU philosopher David Chalmers: what is happening lately, he says, is proof that we are living in a computer simulation and that something has recently gone haywire within it. The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be running our lives are having some kind of breakdown. There’s a glitch, and we are in it. There may be not merely a glitch in the Matrix. There may be a Loki, a prankster, suddenly running it.”
~ Adam Gopnik

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” President Trump said. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”
~ Trump Offers Breitbart Exclusive On His Thinking About Oscar