MCN Curated Headlines Archive for November, 2016

“Diverse personal narrative has never been more important than it is in proto-Trump America – in a country where so many are willing to throw away the rights of the “other” for the illusion of safety, storytelling is our most straightforward empathy generator, a humanization machine. Millions of Americans are casually falling in love with a brown-skinned, athletic, undeniably feminist heroine offering an object lesson about striding out of your bubble and setting right your mistakes.”
Writes Lindy West

Filmmakers Include Eliza Hittman, Alex Ross Perry, Brett Haley, Gillian Robespierre, Marti Noxon, Adam Bhala Lough, Brian Knappenberger, Yance Ford, Marina Zenovich, Cate Shortland, David Lowery, Dustin Guy Defa, koganada
Sundance 2017 Announces 66 Features In Competition And NEXT

variety

“I used to argue, pretty vociferously, that critics’ groups should wait before voting until they’ve had the chance to see every last movie. But that ship, I’m afraid, has sailed.”
Owen Gleiberman Canvasses For Rogue One As An “Awards Movie”

NY Times

“My father, very late in life, said to me, ‘You know, there is humor in what you do.'”
Iggy Pop Talks Danger

hollywoodreporter.com

“From losing millions in the failed Relativity studio to backing Warner Bros. flops and hits with Ratner and Packer, the former Goldman Sachs banker has done business with Trump (and been sued by him) and had a cameo (with his actress fiancée) in Warren Beatty’s new movie.”
A Detailed Rat-A-Tat-Tat “Inside Steven Mnuchin’s Hit-And-Miss Path From Hw’d To Treasury,” By Kim Masters

“There was some glass ceiling on why our story wasn’t getting better.”
How Andrew Stanton Found A Narrative For Finding Dory

hollywoodreporter.com

“The awards are voted on by a group of film enthusiasts, professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students.”
Secretive Coven Calling Self “National Board Of Review” Weeps For Manchester By The Sea, Affleck, Lonergan Screenplay; Barry Jenkins, Director; Also KuboO.J.:MIA

(Past Best Pictures: A Most Violent Year, Her,  Zero Dark Thirty)

MCN Curated Headlines

Isabelle Who…ppert? A Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar-Nominated ‘Elle’ Actress

“From the wry irony of the deceptively exuberant opening sequence (in which dozens of starry-eyed wannabes dazzle us with their dreams and then, as winter arrives in a city without seasons, promptly disappear into the ether), the entire film is engaged in a self-aware soft-shoe around the amorphous border between fantasy and reality.”

Marisa Silver On The A Generation’s Turn From Plot To Personal Digression, Referencing 1928’sWeirdly Fascinating “Plotto: The Master Book Of All Plots”

Michael Cieply Douses Writer Hopes In Imminent Bargaining With AMPTP Water From A Single Unnamed Executive

Spirit Awards

Academy Rescinds 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Sound Mixing Nomination For Lobbying By Telephone

“I watched them dreaming that I could do that: tell the story of my city and my people When I saw the work of the White Helmets, I knew that was the story of Syria I wanted to tell to tell the world.”

“Since there are only three nominees in the category and Suicide Squad certainly has the most makeup, there is a real chance that a film with Harley Quinn as a tubercular Juggalo will win an Oscar. David Lynch has never gotten an Academy Award but Suicide Squad, a film that covered Jared Leto in mall tattoos and paid someone to stencil “Damaged” onto his forehead, is within spitting distance of a win.”

Michael Phillips And Jordan Peele

“As entertaining and satisfying as Zootopia may be scene-by-scene, it ultimately fails because it insists on having it both ways simultaneously—anthropomorphic and metaphoric.”

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“All of the security, all of the waiters, all of the musicians … that’s 3,000 people!” The shopping required fifty tractor trailers. The are thirty gallons of cocktail sauce; 350 pounds of smoked salmon; 200 pounds of brussels sprouts, 250 pounds parmesan cheese; 3,600 eggs; 6,000 mini-brioche buns; five gallons of hot fudge; 20 pounds pickled ginger; 30 pounds edible gold dust; 7,000 miniature chocolate Oscars. There are 1,400 bottles of Piper-Heidsieck champagne and 2,200 bottles from Francis Ford Coppola’s winery. This will be served in and upon 13,000 glasses, 4,500 bamboo skewers, 4,800 ramekins and 6,000 cocktail forks.”
~ Wolfgang Puck Goes Oscar Dinner Shopping

“While these images seem to reveal all, they disclose nothing beneath the surface. All that we know is what we see onscreen and that Seberg’s face is delicate and lightly creased. She’s rarely shown smiling, although there are instances when she laughs emphatically, moments that feel uncomfortable and artificial, as if she were trying out an emotion she had forgotten. We know the texture of her skin; the patterns on the walls; the depth of field; the quality of the light; the contrast of the black-and-white film; the level of grain; the dowdiness of her clothes. She’s partial to granny dresses, or maybe they’re nightgowns, and when she stands in front of a window, the sunlight glows softly, creating a kind of ravishing halo effect: Saint Jean.”
~ Manohla Dargis On Philippe Garrel’s Les Hautes Solitudes