MCN Curated Headlines Archive for July, 2017

“Shepard’s plays mix impulse, a blasted Americana speaking through archetypes like cowboys and noir detectives, a love of the broken places in people, and a willingness to explore and dramatize the unconscious.”
Isaac Butler‘s Sam Shepard Swoon From Childhood Forward

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“PBS itself will not go away, but a number of our stations will.”
PBS Chief Expects To Lose Affiliates, Especially Rural Ones, Under Trump Cuts

“The temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap. Why not be more honest with the moment? The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning. That’s genius. Somebody told me once that fugue means to flee, so that Bach’s melody lines are like he’s running away.”
Sam Shepard, “The Art of Theater No. 12″

“But once we began sharing stories about Orson Welles, she relaxed, reached for one of her slender, extra-long cigarettes that stood in a bowl on her coffee table, and reminisced about the films she had made and the men she had known and loved.”La Notte
Peter Cowie
On Jeanne Moreau

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“I just dropped out of nowhere. It was absolute luck that I happened to be there when the whole Off-Off Broadway movement was starting.”
From 2010, John Lahr On “Sam Shepard And The Struggles Of American Manhood”

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“Our audience on Facebook loves this content. It’s what works in the news feed where people scroll quickly with the sound off.”
Publishers Editing Commercials Into “New” Videos To Shovel As “Content” Onto Facebook

NY Times

”Personality is everything that is false in a human being. It’s everything that’s been added on to him and contrived. It seems to me that the struggle all the time is between this sense of falseness and the other haunting sense of what’s true – an essential thing that we’re born with and tend to lose track of. This naturally sets up a great contradiction in everybody – between what they represent and what they know to be themselves.”
Michiko Kakutani‘s 1984 Interview With Sam Shepard

lift-to-the-scaffold-1958-003-jeanne-moreau“Malle’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud is recognised as a precursor of the French New Wave, partly for its groundbreaking location shooting, but just as important is its moulding of the Moreau character as a new type of sensual heroine, a modern femme fatale without the clichéd trappings of the traditional vamp.”
Ginette Vincendeau On Jeanne Moreau

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JEANNE MOREAU WAS 89

SAM SHEPARD WAS 73

NY Times

“MTV at its best — whether it’s news, whether it’s a show, whether it’s a docu-series — is about amplifying young people’s voices. We put young people on the screen, and we let the world hear their voices. We shouldn’t be writing 6,000-word articles on telling people how to feel.”
The Future Of Viacom’s New MTV

“The ban would also render other means of ensuring online anonymity illegal, including the anonymous use of mobile messaging apps. The legislation also would require messenger apps to send out compulsory text messages from government agencies on request.”
Putin And Unanimous Russian Parliament Join Apple And China In Banning Software For Censorship Surge

“Cultural memory has a shelf life of eight to 10 years and then people forget.”
Bill Morrison On The Bountiful, Beauteous Deep Dive Of Dawson City: Frozen Time

“Once she’s left her Amazon family behind, she barely bothers talking to another woman for the rest of the movie. Gadot has real presence and charm as an actress—one longs to see her in something worthier of her talent. But the imperative to eradicate any hint of bossiness or anger from her character weighs heavily on the film, threatening to turn it into one long, dispiriting exercise in allaying male fears about powerful women.”
Zoë Heller On Wonder Woman

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“Shut up till the movie or play ends, then talk about it afterward. It’s amazing. It’s this thing called conversation we do when we have views or opinions to share, and it is made all the more sweeter when we do it having experienced something. In peace. Every rustle, every whisper or word, every kick on the seat, slurp, burp, interruption, ping of a phone or barging person, is yet another sign of what a selfish, stupid society we have become.”
Local Man Revolted By His Fellow New Yorkers

NY Times

“As the editor of the Ireland edition I take full responsibility for this error of judgment. This newspaper abhors anti-Semitism and did not intend to cause offense to Jewish people.”
“Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.”
UK Sunday Times Fires Columnist For Antisemitic Barrage; Its Misogyny Gets Tacit Nod

“REALLY?! Girl. GUUUUUUUURL. Wake up and smell the Bad For You. She is what seems to be every man’s fantasy. The beautiful woman who will drop everything to follow him around with sex and comfort as he leads his life and follows his dreams.”
Get Yer Hottakes Here
The Mary Sue Sort Of Embraces Edgar Wright But Hates His Women, Of Which There May Be Too Few

“The debate over free music and royalties and streaming music can quickly get bogged down in entrenched, passionate arguments over ‘information wanting to be free’ – which I guess is true but is kind of an abstract metaphysical argument; who cares what information wants, I care about people – so it’s worth clarifying just exactly what the problem is here. Why are so many of these multi-billion-dollar market-cap companies unprofitable? Why is it so hard to be a musician in the new economy? Why are musicians always complaining so much?”
Ben Phelps On How Venture Capitalists Sway Modern Music

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