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)

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“We’ve talked about this before in the past, my obsession with the Shakespearean histories having the ideal combination of the sweet and the sour. In ‘Henry IV, Part II’ which we’ve discussed before, in the end of that story it’s very complex and haunting because Prince Hal becomes Henry the King, and he has transcended his hoodlum days and at the ceremony is Falstaff, his good friend with whom he has really fucked around and been a loser with, and Falstaff comes up to him and says, ‘Now that you’re king we can really party,’ and the king famously says, ‘I know thee not, old man.’ It becomes Henry IV’s anointment and Falstaff’s catastrophe. That’s life. I have experienced very little unfettered triumph. There are moments, such as when my children are born, but even that comes with new fears and anxieties. In a sense the better you can communicate that life is both at once, the more powerful over time something becomes. One strives for something where the threads are there because it lasts in way that is very palpable. The idea of a tragedy is powerful in literature and theater, but in cinema it doesn’t work, certainly not commercially, and less so critically. Why is that? I think it has to do with how movies are so close to us.”
~ James Gray

 

“Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is frowned upon because of its premise that individuals can change history. U.S. filmmakers sometimes anticipate Chinese censors and alter movies before their release. The Oscar-winning alien-invasion drama “Arrival” was edited to make a Chinese general appear less antagonistic before the film’s debut in China this year. For “Passengers,” the space adventure starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, a scene showing Mr. Pratt’s bare backside was removed, and a scene of Mr. Pratt chatting in Mandarin with a robot bartender was added.”
~ “Hollywood’s New Script”