MCN Curated Headlines Archive for February, 2017

hollywoodreporter.com

“Unlikely as it is, I find myself rising to defend Warren Beatty.”
Kim Masters Considers Beatty’s Perplex From Journalistic Experience

For independent cinema there’s no limits except the law. So if you explore certain taboos then it’s a question of legality and morality, depending on where your moral compass leads you. I am trying to make films about provocative subjects but get larger budgets for them, but that’s when you start to realize how deeply conservative cinema is.”
Canadian Filmmaker Bruce LaBruce On His Latest Provocation

“As I said last night, once you go away from the Earth and look back at the Earth, you see no borders, no lines separating countries. It is one, whole, beautiful unit.”
Why Asghar Farhadi Sent Two Iranian Scientists To Accept Oscar
And – Jafar Panahi On Farhadi’s Win

“The problem is that unfamiliarity is the punchline. Not Kimmel’s unfamiliarity due to ignorance, mind you, but rather the perceived abnormality or exoticism of the names in question, a perspective that is comes from a limited, geo-centric worldview wherein any name that doesn’t fit America’s Amy/Patrick/Jimmy canon is worthy of derision.”
On Jimmy Kimmel’s Casual Racism At Oscar

“Adherents of the Ahmadiyya faith—Ahmadis—cannot practice it without facing legal prosecution or the wrath of a vigilante mob.”
Pakistanis Astir; Mahershala Ali’s Faith Not Considered Muslim

“We have spent last night and today investigating the circumstances, and will determine what actions are appropriate going forward. We are unwaveringly committed to upholding the integrity of the Oscars and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”
The Academy Statement About PwC Best Picture Failure

NY Daily News

NYDN-PwC

Ouch.

“Straight talk is a strong way for both managers and employees to handle a crisis. Radical transparency strengthens teams and confers authority on the managers who use it.”
“Four Great Success Lessons From The Spectacular Oscars Disaster”

LA Times

“He in sleek tux, she resplendent in white gown, they took the stage. The night was nearly done, a touch of class for the final prize. No one saw or anticipated the iceberg.”
Jeffrey Fleishman‘s Bristling Backstage Oscar Tick-Tock

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LA Times

“Truly, if surrealist Luis Buñuel had had a writing credit on the program he could not have done it any better.”
Kenneth Turan On Oscar Night

“A congratulatory tweet was posted. We later removed the post to avoid any misperception that the USG endorsed the comments made in the acceptance speech.”
State Department Tweets, Then Goes Back On Congratulations To Asghar Farhadi

“Watching videos of the biggest gaffe in Oscar history this morning, it seems to me that Warren Beatty not only realized he was handed the wrong envelope, but that he was delighted at being handed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And decided to have a little fun with the people who snubbed him, as well as promoting his ironically named Rules Don’t Apply on a global scale.”
Lou Lumenick Thinks Beatty Was Masterfully “Playing Puzzlement”

Guy Hamilton, Pierre Etaix, Don Ireland, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Gloria DeHaven, Robert Vaughn, Michele Morgan, Anne Jackson, Steven Hill, Marvin Kaplan, William Schallert, Burt Kwouk, Doris Roberts, Alec McCowen, Fyvush Finkel, Jon Polito, Garry Shandling, Miguel Ferrer, Alexis Arquette, Florence Henderson, Teresa Saldana… and many more
A Rollcall Of Those Passed Over By Oscar “In Memoriam”

wsj

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“On his Twitter bio, Mr. Cullinan describes himself as ‘Counting Oscar ballots and keeping secrets.'”
PricewaterhouseCooper Managing Partner Was Backstage Tweeting Photos Of Emma Stone Before He Handed The Wrong Envelope To Warren Beatty

“We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation,” Says PwC

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Rules Don’t Apply (Complete Oscar Winners List)

MCN Curated Headlines

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“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas

A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies