MCN Curated Headlines Archive for March, 2017


“Exhibitors around the world lose billions of dollars each year to movie theft, and the losses would be much greater if not for a coordinated war on piracy.”
NATO’s John Fithian Speaks On Free Trade

“Amazon might be getting rid of numerous ‘extreme’ indie horror titles from their free queue but the rent or buy option is still available to all filmmakers, and it means more revenue.”
Amazon Streaming Cracks Down On “Extreme” Content “Included With Prime”

“Both UK and US box office reached record levels. This year already promises to be even better. 2016 saw a record 900 titles arrive in UK cinemas. If Netflix poses any threat (and we’d be hard pressed to know, given its unwillingness to publish revenue figures), it is to the rest of the home entertainment sector and not to one offering an immersive out-of-home experience.”
So Sez Phil Clapp, Chief Exec, UK Cinema Association


“At any rate, adding at least some of Milch’s voice into the ‘True Detective’ universe could be very cool for fans of both franchises if this newfound alliance between two strong voices works out.”
David Milch Boards Possible “True Detective” Third Season, Inspires Peak Blogginess At EW

NY Times

“In the early 1960s, hobbled by cost-cutting and the release of contract players following the forced sale of its theater chain, Paramount was nearly shuttered and sold for the real estate value of its lot. Instead, a new corporate boss, having little to lose, brought in a brash, untested producer — Robert Evans — to run the place. The result was a creative rebirth that led to seminal hits like The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown.”
Brooks Barnes Reaches Back


“Structurally, these studios and the agencies and exhibitors that orbit them are too sprawling, too slow-moving, and too entangled in a dizzying web of antiquated business practices and associations to respond effectively to the digital era.”
Brent Lang Offers Pre-Cinemacon Thumbsucker On Collapsing Distribution Windows

“The ease with which ‘camp’ is applied to female-led films and shows demonstrates that for all the (still-paltry) gains Hollywood has made for women in the decades since Davis and Crawford.”
Angelica Jade Bastién On The Performance (And Misapprehension) Of Camp

“It’s not just romantic love which is all around. Most people still, every day, everywhere, have enough love to help human beings in trouble. Good is going to win. I’m actually sure of it.”
Telegraph TV Critic Tempts Whiplash With Mixed, But Conciliatory Review Of Richard Curtis’ Sketch

“As a script supervisor, it is indeed extremely disturbing,” the script supervisor said. “There’s no script to actually supervise.”
VF Takes Note Of Dr. Uwe Boll

“What makes a city vibrant is the culture, and if you suck that culture out, and if the artists all move to Hamilton, then we’re stuck with Bay Street.”
Musicians Head For Toronto Exits

“Like the surreal legal case that winds through Dickens’ ‘Bleak House,’ this one never seems to reach an end. And every time it resurfaces, it sucks us in — or at least those of us who feel compelled to choose between justice and compassion.”
Stephen Galloway Columnizes Polanski

MCN Curated Headlines

liza antelo on: Farewell Andrea Gronvall, Critic, Journslist, ‘Siskel & Ebert’ Producer, Longtime MCN Contributor

Troy on: Jan-Michael Vincent Was 73

eht% on: Kubrick by Weegee

Thawn Chwithy on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Some Random Troll on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Trenton Moore on: Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Nod Roma as Best Film, Cinematography and Foreign Film

Celia Ann Harrison on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Celia Ann Harrison on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

Karen Christy on: Topix Forums Deep-Nixed

The Pope on: "ABC’s decision to cancel 'Roseanne' feels like a gutsy move. It looks like a stand against racism, a line drawn in the sand to delineate what is reasonable and what is not. It even looks like a data point in the 'How do we separate the art from the artist?' debate, and it offers a heartening answer: We don’t have to, because, in this case, ABC will not finance that artist. It’s somehow even more heartening because it comes from a massive corporate conglomerate that might lose money by making this decision. It feels remarkably just. It feels decent. I’m thrilled that Roseanne has been canceled. It was the right thing to do. But it doesn’t feel correct to hold up ABC as a new bastion of decency, either. 'Roseanne' felt like the Titanic, a ship that seemed too big to turn around — but in the aftermath of Barr’s tweet, it also seemed like a ship that was doomed. ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne is a good thing, but it also seems like a decision to shut down something that was about to implode anyhow. With a little more context, it looks like a network taking a strong stance against racism… in a way that also rids them of a show that was about to fall apart anyhow."


Wesley Morris On Tyler Perry And Contemporary Theater

Huston to Welles

Pillocks Pillory Scorsese


Bob No, No Bob

The Sunday Column Speaks Of Ang Lee

“I spent my adolescence in a terrible hurry to read all the books, see all the movies, listen to all the music, look at everything in all the museums. That pursuit required more effort back then, when nothing was streaming and everything had to be hunted down, bought or borrowed. Culturally ravenous young people have always been insufferable and never unusual, even though they tend to invest a lot in being different; in aspiring (or pretending) to something deeper, higher than the common run. Viewed with the chastened hindsight of adulthood, their seriousness shows its ridiculous side, but the longing that drives it is no joke. It’s a hunger not so much for knowledge as for experience of a particular kind. Two kinds, really: the specific experience of encountering a book or work of art and also the future experience, the state of perfectly cultivated being, that awaits you at the end of the search. Once you’;ve read everything, then at last you can begin.”

“You haven’t seen nerves until you’ve met Ang Lee on the day his new film receives its world premiere.”

“One year ago, I resigned from NBC News because they ordered me to stop reporting on Harvey Weinstein, and I did not believe that they had been truthful with me or Ronan Farrow, the correspondent with whom I worked for almost a year on what would become one of the defining stories of our time.”

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh