MCN Curated Headlines Archive for May, 2017

“Our hit ratio is way too high. So, we’ve canceled very few shows. I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”
Netflix Hastings Says The Streamer Will Start Axing Shows Because They’re Too Successful; Intends To Increase Spending Above Present $6 Billion

indie wire

“The shocking truth is that the Observer has been going down the drain financially for quite some time. The end of what was the remains of a once-vital and responsible New York paper came when [Jared Kushner] threw what was left of a great weekly paper under the bus and lost all interest in bringing it back to life again by focusing his interests on running the White House and digging a tunnel to Russia.”
NYObserver Fires 78-Year-Old Film Critic Rex Reed As It Slims To Staff Of A Dozen
AndGlenn Kenny Remembers Reed’s Riot Acting In Myra Breckenridge

“#WonderWoman: Warner Bros. is gambling $150M with a filmmaker whose only prior big-screen credit was an $8M indie”
The Reporter Tweets What It Really Thinks About Women Directing Studio Pictures

“The documentary process is the reverse of fiction filmmaking. Every time there was a problem on set or anything went wrong, it was perfect for the documentary and made it more interesting, more vital, more alive. The fiction film experience is the flipside, and it wasn’t fun when things go wrong. I learned to really appreciate what my husband, my daughter, my son — people who work behind the scenes — had gone through, and I gained a lot of appreciation for them.”
Eleanor Coppola Tells Marshall Shaffer About Her Fiction Debut At 81

“I was paid a visit at my dorm room at @nyuwinstein and questioned by the CIA because they found the color xerox of my passport in The General’s desk drawer at his residence and wanted to know about my relationship with him.”
Brett Ratner Remembers Manuel Noriega

“In Ramsay’s cinema, emotion is memory, and it feeds the present and the future.”
Bilge Ebiri On You Were Never Really Here

LA Times

Superman had been a favorite movie of mine, even when I was at Cooper Union. People were painting a portrait of the career that I could have as an indie New York filmmaker. The only thing that stood in my way from staying in New York — because I loved New York and I wanted to stay — was something more that I wanted to do that was inspired by Superman. One day I would love to sing a song to the world, to bring something into the world that is beautiful in that sort of way.”
Meredith Woerner Meets Patty Jenkins

“I Love Women Who Hate Men and Hate Men Who Hate Women”
Might Be John Waters For All We Know

NY Times

“After 54 Years, We Fell in Love. After Five Months, I Got Leukemia. I Thought It Was A Romantic Comedy. I Was Wrong About The Comedy.”
Delia Ephron On A Gift Her Sister, Nora Ephron, Left Her

MCN Curated Headlines

‪India Ruling Party Figure Offers $1.5 Million Reward To Behead B’wd Actress Deepika Padukone And Padmavati Director‬ Sanjay Leela Bhansali

“Whatever it is that people are reacting to in these superhero films, it’s not what they say they’re reacting to. They clearly don’t care about consistent characterization, original storytelling, or anything else they say they do, because if they did they’d be a lot more picky. What they really like is what we all like: confidence. Movies boil down to someone – or a group of someones – telling us a story. And telling a story well takes confidence. If a storyteller has a great story packed with interesting characters and exciting developments but they stumble over the order of things and mumble during the important bits, the experience is going to suck. Likewise, if the story is poor but they tell it well it’ll be a good time even if afterwards we realize it didn’t make any sense.”

Newhart

Chicago Comedy Figure Brian Posen Resigns A Second Gig

“Grey Gardens gave up the last of its ghosts over the weekend. The once-squalid home of the most notorious mother-daughter dyad since Tennessee Williams poured his own family into ‘The Glass Menagerie’ went into contract last month, and its contents were unloaded in a three-day estate sale.”

“The daily stream of revelations about sexual harassment should be viewed, at least in part, as a belated backlash to Trump’s 2016 victory, which came despite the emergence of the ‘Access Hollywood’ video and several women who accused him of misconduct.”

Bilge Ebiri On The New Generation of Character Actors

Danny Masterson Publicist: Woman Cannot Be Raped By Boyfriend

“Peter Thiel may be looking to buy Gawker after funding the lawsuit that bankrupted the site last year”

Kim Masters

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What’s up with your people mover shot, where it seems like people are kind of floating along?
Oh, my signature shot? That’s just a new way for people to move! It’s really become my Alfred Hitchcock cameo. I did not invent that shot, but Ernest and I did it on the set of Mo Better Blues, when Shorty had to walk [through the park], and I thought, “Let’s try it.” But after that, we tried to have a reason for it. For example, that wonderful sequence in Malcolm X where you hear the great song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The final scene is like that, Malcolm floating along to his destiny. In 25th Hour, after Philip Seymour Hoffman has kissed Anna Paquin, we did a shot like that, and it shows his state of mind. In Inside Man, after Denzel thinks he’s witnessed the murder of a hostage, we did the floating shot there.

So you just like the way it looks?
Yeah!
~ Spike Lee To Matt Zoller Seitz

“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster