MCN Curated Headlines Archive for June, 2017

“A high-visibility legacy brand bankrolled by Viacom would publish quality work across various platforms at a time when the industry seemed to be moving towards inane, disposable video content.”
What Went Wrong With The MTV News Experiment?

indie wire

“How Spider-Man: Homecoming Will Save Sony’s Summer And Launch A-List Careers”
You Read It There First

hollywoodreporter.com

Bob Iger: “A workout and my iPad.”
James Murdoch: “Laughing out loud at least once.”
Lachlan Murdoch: “Quietly acknowledging the responsibilities we have to both employees and our customers around the world.”
Bob Bakish: “My Android Blackberry.”
THR Asks Bigs How They Get Through The Day

LA Times

“There are so many artists who were not admitted in the past because we had a limit on how many new members we invited each year. So with the elimination of those and the aggressive pursuit of excellence by all of our members, we will be able to expand in a more inclusive way for several years.”
Dawn Hudson On The Added Academy Membership

LA Times

“Maybe the Academy, far from seeing its standards decline, is figuring out what it means to have standards in the first place: namely, by fostering a membership that can genuinely be described as world class.”
Justin Chang, Fast And Curious, On 2017 Academy Invitees

hollywoodreporter.com

“The Academy, with last year’s invitations, largely depleted the pool of women and people of color who have had the sorts of film-specific careers to merit an invitation. And, therefore, you can imagine how this year’s list looks even more problematic. The bottom line is that the Academy cannot fix the industry’s diversity problems any more than a tail can wag a dog. This is not a problem that can be reverse-engineered… Invite every member of almost every guild and comparable organization to vote for the Oscars and just call it a day.”
Scott Feinberg Contra The Academy

“We are one of the crucial layers of review that you seem so determined to erase, as the sudden removal of the public editor role shows. We are stewards of The Times, committed to preserving its voice and authority… you have turned your backs on us. We abhor your decision to wipe out the copy desk.”
New York Times Copy Desk Addresses Top Editors

variety

“We are conducting a full editorial review to pinpoint how this source was vetted, and how these stories were approved and published in violation of our usual editorial workflow.”
VICE Retracts Two Stories About Disney Animatronic Trump

“The two studios are contractually locked together for at least two more years. Contracts will be fulfilled, but don’t look to Marvel to throw in any extra heroes as party favors, or to sign on for another go-around.”
Richard Rushfield Surmises Sony’s History With Marvel And Present/Future With Tom Rothman

“An unlikely leading man in the vein of Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, a bulldog (or, more, a pitbull) and that guy who either hugs or punches you (or both) after a long night of drinking, he was a stocky lug, short in stature but large in charisma, with a slangy eloquence that was rough-hewn melodious, a guy one loves to listen to – his rugged cadence was often full of wit and an energy that was both boot shaking and an absolute pleasure.”
Kim Morgan On The Great The Long Good Friday And The Even Greater Bob Hoskins

“I realized that the whole concept of narrative art has been forgotten.”
Los Angeles Approves Plans For George Lucas Memorabilia Museum

“Maybe Korean cinema as it stands loves exploring the fact that life is everything, that life isn’t just a comedy or a thriller or a horror. It’s all of them.”
Steven Yeun On Working With Bong Jong-hoo

“The crack epidemic gave me something to write about – but I had to survive it first.”
John Singleton Opens Up Over L. A. Catfish Dinner

“I would say the inspiration for it was reality.”
Amy Pascal On The Diverse Casting Of Spider-Man Homecoming

MCN Curated Headlines

Writer-Director Brian McGuire Remembers Times With Harry Dean Stanton On Four Movies

“Sometimes I’ve been asked to break the movies up but they wouldn’t work. They have very carefully thought-out dramatic structures. If, for instance, I made Ex Libris into three movies it wouldn’t work. It would be a different movie because each time I’d have to start all over again and establish the characters, the place, the interrelationship with the themes would be impossible to explore. In addition, sometimes the films are long, but they’re long not out of any perverseness on my part but because the subjects are complicated. I have a greater obligation to the people who gave me permission to make the film and the people in the film, than I do to the needs of a theater or television chain. I’m grateful to public television because they always show my films as I made them without any interference for primetime.”

Jennifer Swann On “The Rise And Fall Of Cinefamily”

Dennis Cozzalio On A Dim And Distasteful AMC Theater Saturday Night

Netflix: Helping Stand-Up, Or Hurting It?

Aronofsky Makes With The Metaphors

Angelica Jade Bastién On Mother! And Michelle

“Aronofsky offers, in Mother!, a report from the realm of art, of male artists, and both reveals and admits that many of them draw their artistic and personal sustenance from the blood of young women—that their art and also their domestic comfort depends on their virtual vampirizing of adoring young women who are attracted to their talent, their fame, their experience, perhaps even their money, but whose love is nonetheless utterly sincere and whose devotion is nonetheless utterly unselfish and ultimately proves far more self-sacrificing than they had ever intended.”

Lachlan Murdoch Loses Court Bid For CBS Buy Of Australian’s Third-Largest Commercial Network

“Two years after the first best actress in a drama Emmy was awarded to a black woman shouldn’t be the year you pat yourself on the back. Especially not when Lena Waithe on Sunday was the first black woman to win an Emmy for best writing in a comedy. Or a night when Donald Glover was the first black male to win for comedy directing. Or a night where Riz Ahmed was the first male actor of Asian descent to win an acting Emmy. When we’re still in a business of firsts, you can keep your congratulations and you can keep your jokes about diversity, too. Sunday’s host, Stephen Colbert, followed in the footsteps of many white awards-show hosts who love making jokes about diversity to a room where there’s less black people in it than Williamsburg.”

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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