MCN Curated Headlines Archive for July, 2016

“I can trace my deepening love and appreciation for cinema directly from one viewing of Point Break to another. I would have first caught it piecemeal on network television in junior and senior high, swept up in the narrative and literally sensational setpieces; next, on DVD in college, enamored with its poetry and moral ambiguity; and, finally, during multiple viewings on DVD and Blu-ray, astonished anew at the total extraordinary package. It is a film firing on every conceivable cylinder, its exhilarating blend of action, morality, comedy, politics, spirituality and subversive-bordering-on-queer romance adding up to a genuinely poetic exploitation film in which every life has value.”
Stephen Cone On Point Break

“Even though it’s fun to describe the scene as two guys talking about God, I spent many sleepless nights getting the choreography down.”
Behind The 18-Minute Powerhouse Centerpiece Of Indignation

this bradley cooper thing has me so upset im burning all his dvds
I have a list of celebrities that support Socialism I refuse to spend another $ on. Add this one. Boycott them all.

American Sniper Random Fans Disapprove Of Bradley Cooper Attending DNC

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“The first thing he’d ask when a new actor came on set was, “Did you eat?” That was a big thing for him: ‘Get him some food!’ You thought you were in somebody’s kitchen, having a cup of coffee. That sets the mood.”
Hector Elizondo On Being Garry Marshall’s “Lucky Charm” On All 18 Features

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There are too many mediocre shows on television, but at a time when the industry has glut of series that fail to have an impact, we’ve been able to give fans what they want: adventurous storytelling with original voices.”
Netflix To Spend More Than $6 Billion On Originals And Acquisitions

“The only ones I would really want to work with are Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen. If one of their films were suitable for me, it would be like touching the sky with my hand.”
“I am fine filming in Spanish, thank you,” Says Argentine Great Ricardo Darín

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“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff

From AMPAS president John Bailey:

Dear Fellow Academy Members,

Danish director Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is not only one of the visual landmarks of the silent era, but is a deeply disturbing portrait of a young woman’s persecution in the face of the male judges and priests of the ruling order. The actress Maria Falconetti gave one of the most profoundly affecting performances in the history of cinema as the Maid of Orleans.

Since the decision of the Academy’s Board of Governors on Saturday October 14 to expel producer Harvey Weinstein from its membership, I have been haunted not only by the recurring image of Falconetti and the sad arc of her career (dying in Argentina in 1946, reputedly from a crash diet) but of Joan’s refusal to submit to an auto de fe recantation of her beliefs.

Recent public testimonies by some of filmdom’s most recognized women regarding sexual intimidation, predation, and physical force is, clearly, a turning point in the film industry—and hopefully in our country, where what happens in the world of movies becomes a marker of societal Zeitgeist. Their decision to stand up against a powerful, abusive male not only parallels the cinema courage of Falconetti’s Joan but gives all women courage to speak up.

After Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting, the Academy issued a passionately worded statement, expressing not only our concern about harassment in the film industry, but our intention to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business, already common well before the founding of the Academy 90 years ago. It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout our industry. The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court, but we can be part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers.

Yours,
John