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)

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch