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”

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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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“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