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

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton