MCN Curated Headlines Archive for December, 2017

“I’m in an enviable position as an actor, because I’m a playwright. Some of the roles I would’ve jumped at as a younger man because I was broke, trying to make a living — I don’t have to do that anymore. I don’t have to be a guy in a suit in Geostorm.”
Tracy Letts

“I thought I was totally fucked. I was basically stoned the whole time in the 1990s. I would just lie on the sofa, watching TV. [Later], it became harder for me to maintain the persona of an average viewer saying, fuck everyone on TV, this is all shit. You’d meet people, and think, ‘Oh, they’re just trying their best, aren’t they?’  You just kind of feel like a bully after a while.” 
“Black Mirror”‘s Charlie Brooker Lunches With The FT

variety

The Post proves that even a director who’s as much of a technological virtuoso as Spielberg can’t necessarily get the wigs and the cigarette smoke right.” … “Obviously, I’m not implying I have the answer; no one does. But the point is that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.”
Owen Gleiberman Engages Bret Easton Ellis To Help Misunderstand The Post

“It matters not at all what I think, because the consensus view has already been decided: that the film is an unmissable tour de force. And when the consensus view is decreed, we must all agree. Dinner parties must be hushed with awed appreciation; Twitter must become a tide of praise and hashtags and commendation; Instagram and Facebook must proliferate with enthusiasm. There can be no ‘I don’t know…’ No ‘Actually, I couldn’t work out what the bally hell was going on.’ We must all unite in universal acknowledgment that something is either very good: the best, the most bestest thing ever. Or it must be very, very bad indeed.”
Jo Ellison Has A Fit On “Consensus”

“That’s a tough one. I’m glad we’re having this discussion about what’s happening in the world right now. Nobody gets a free pass on that. At the same time, it was a song, and I feel like in the moment, the Bellas would have come up with it — based on how a riff-off works, they have to come up with these songs spontaneously, matching the words — and to me it feels like something that would have really happened in real life.”
Makers Offer Rationale For Including R. Kelly Song In Pitch Perfect 3; Blurry On Whether The Long-Accused Performer Will Profit Financially
WithA Timeline Of A Career Of Sexual Accusations Including Child Pornography
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Jim DeRogaitis’ July 2017 Followup

“They want atomized, broken up, sharecropper-slaves that owe that soul to the modern company store. It’s feudalism — modern, high-tech feudalism and they admit that.”
Alex Jones Critiques Last Of The Jedi

“A three-way merger would come amid a broader wave of consolidation in the media industry, from publishing to entertainment to production.”
Eldridge Industries Plans Merger Of Hw’d Reporter-Billboard; Dick Clark Productions-Golden Globes; and Media Rights Capital, Producers of “House of Cards” 

indie wire

“The point of these mini-tales is that our business is not so much a business as a casino. And in this casino the independent filmmaker must spend over 90% of his time looking for money to make his film.”
Dan Talbot’s 2004 Gothams Acceptance Speech Holds Much Lore And Truth

“The alphabet now ends at Y”
Sue Grafton Was 77

hollywoodreporter.com

“You sonofabitch, you couldn’t get it up if a flag went by.” 
“What Happened When I Publicly Shamed My Harasser” By Rose Marie

LA Times

“I got to go to the Lucasfilm archives and go through Ralph McQuarrie’s original artwork, and the creatures he designed. I think you can see some influence in this movie. It reminds me of Miyazaki; it reminds me of how you engage with the natural world.”
Jen Yamato Brings A Jedi Bestiary

“As Kruger strolls into breakfast at Manhattan’s Balthazar, her face is flush from having walked here, in skintight leather pants and a gigantic, bright-orange H&M puffer, from her new apartment in Tribeca. She’s also right on time.”
Diane Kruger On Infusing The Fade With Her Own Grief

LA Times

“There are a lot of us out here in the sticks who grew up watching ‘Siskel & Ebert’ and reading Pauline Kael. I personally travel to Toronto and Sundance every year in my capacity as a film critic, which covers a lot of the year’s big indie releases for me. But I also drive a few hours up the road to Columbia, Missouri, for True/False, and occasionally zip back to my old hometown of Nashville for its big festival. We all are also part of the fabric of America — red or blue.”
Noel Murray, Unique Arkansas Cinephile

LA Times

“We’re bombarded with social media and headlines, and people being chewed up and spat out so quickly. She’s been this villain and this punch line for 25 years. I felt there was an angle to be not so judgmental and have some empathy in life. Not that she wasn’t in the wrong; she should be held accountable. But steps are taken in terms of a life and choices she makes, and the environment she grows up in are all part of her story. We haven’t heard that.
Craig Gillespie On Why Tonya Harding Now?

MCN Curated Headlines

Sergio on: "Even though the Marvel series are TV shows, Netflix has become entranced by this notion of the '13-hour movie' when developing a season. This format mashup does a disservice to both mediums. Television's strength lies in episodic structure, which allows writers to explore different tones, characters, story structure and conflict. Movies allow a filmmaker to hone in on one or two central themes, attack it from multiple angles and get out. Netflix’s model takes the most incompatible parts of each and slaps them together, creating a lumbering mutant medium. The '13-hour movie' model means we don’t get the brevity of a film or the variation of television; it means we get the singular focus of movies stretched out to television length. It’s exhausting and it does these heroes no favors."

tidalmediainc on: Black Panther: $387 Million Worldwide

Frances Aubrey on: David Klion On “Unlearning Woody Allen”

Ray Pride on: 2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

YancySkancy on: 2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

Debbie on: 2017 FYC (For Your Consideration) Screenplays Now Up To 36 Titles

Warren on: "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."

Amazing GBG on: "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."

Ray Pride on: "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."

Roy Batty on: "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."

Stacey Snider At CinemaCon

“I’ve gotta hand it to Mitch Lowe – he realized what its previous owners didn’t – that when you have a subscription business, only two things matter: subscriber acquisition rate (cost to get a new subscriber) and churn rate (how fast you lose them). Supposedly he’s gotten them both close to zero, and it has become the fastest-growing subscription service ever. MoviePass is a great idea that has a window of about 12-18 months to either become a colossus or disappear. In addition to adding subscribers, it needs to get serious and visionary.”

Brad Pitt’s Plan B And Annapurna Moot Harvey Weinstein Downfall Fiction, “To Which No Stars Or Directors Are Yet Formally Attached,” Based On The Work Of Jodi Kantor And Megan Twohey

Sandra Ignagni On Twenty-Five Years Of Documentaries At Hot Docs

“The classical part of the colorful spectacle of BraVo was a cross between the Oscars and Eurovision. ‘I went to the Bolshoi Theatre, and saw how officials and dilettantes, hidden behind the names of people with talent, amused themselves at the expense of state-owned companies,” wrote a theater blogger afterwards. ‘It would have been better if they’d shot the money from the Theater Square into the sky with a big cannon.'”

“Belgium’s prime minister has criticised one of the country’s leading universities over its plan to honour Ken Loach”

Lynne Ramsay Gives Plain, Good AMA

People Promotes Gwyneth’s GOOP By Reporting on GOOPcast Banter Of Her Mother Blythe Danner Turning Down Offer Of Tinder, Jdate Or A Vibrator

“The idea of Bill Cosby as network kingpin is greeted with enthusiasm by those who appreciate his creative genius and moral commitment. But it doesn’t sit well with some entertainment veterans who have worked with Cosby in a business capacity. The picture that emerges from these sources is of an ego out of control, someone who is not used to hearing ‘No.'” From 1993, Nikki Finke On Bill Cosby’s Hope To Buy All Of NBC

“Here’s the 1969 Bill Cosby Routine About Wanting to Drug Women’s Drinks”

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“If there are theories about me, I’d rather not know. Astrophysics – now that’s fascinating. String theory, worm holes, the expanding universe, the Big Bang versus the Big Bounce – those are the kind of theories that make you feel like living and understanding the mystery of the world. Film theory is just a pain in the ass.”
~ Claire Denis

“I had a knockoff Michael Kors bag that said MLK instead of MK. Jada told me that I shouldn’t have knockoff stuff. I told her that my philosophy is, Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse. I do not want a bag that is more expensive than the cash I have to put in it. Things are going good for me now, so I am graduating to your Fendis and your Guccis. But I better have the cash equivalent, or I’m not buying the purse. And if things start to go wrong, I’m going right back to my knockoffs. When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my ­stomach, my family’s health—that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”
~ Tiffany Haddish