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

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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” 

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“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?

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The Pope on: "ABC’s decision to cancel 'Roseanne' feels like a gutsy move. It looks like a stand against racism, a line drawn in the sand to delineate what is reasonable and what is not. It even looks like a data point in the 'How do we separate the art from the artist?' debate, and it offers a heartening answer: We don’t have to, because, in this case, ABC will not finance that artist. It’s somehow even more heartening because it comes from a massive corporate conglomerate that might lose money by making this decision. It feels remarkably just. It feels decent. I’m thrilled that Roseanne has been canceled. It was the right thing to do. But it doesn’t feel correct to hold up ABC as a new bastion of decency, either. 'Roseanne' felt like the Titanic, a ship that seemed too big to turn around — but in the aftermath of Barr’s tweet, it also seemed like a ship that was doomed. ABC’s decision to cancel Roseanne is a good thing, but it also seems like a decision to shut down something that was about to implode anyhow. With a little more context, it looks like a network taking a strong stance against racism… in a way that also rids them of a show that was about to fall apart anyhow."

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."

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch