MCN Curated Headlines Archive for December, 2017

NY Times

“A proclivity for reprehensible acts is built into the mythos of the artistic genius — a designation rarely extended to women. This is what the historian Martin Jay calls ‘the aesthetic alibi': The art excuses the crime. Mr. Jay writes that in the 19th century, artistic genius’“was often construed as unbound by nonaesthetic considerations — cognitive, ethical, or whatever.’ And often the ethical lapses afforded to artists have concerned. That tradition lives on today.”
Amanda Hess

NY Times

“There is a grab-ass, superfun late-night culture — I love that part of the industry. But there is a difference between fun and sexualized camaraderie and predation. When you are made to feel unsafe or dirty or embarrassed, that is a different thing.”
“His vision was perhaps best expressed on the third floor of the Spotted Pig, an invitation-only space entered through unmarked doors. Mr. Friedman made it clear that normal restaurant rules did not apply. Among employees and industry insiders, the third-floor space has earned a nickname: ‘the rape room.'”
Eyes Wide Shut
Ken Friedman, NYC Power Restaurateur, Owner Of Michelin-Starred, Beard Award-Winning Spotted Pig, Accused of Years And Years Of Sexual Harassment

Storify Not Long For This World

“He said, you know, with a twinkle in his eye, ‘I want to see you naked in my hot tub back in the hotel.’  When he walked inside, he took selfies with guests, who were enjoying a magic act and martinis.”
Further Mario Batali Unraveling

“Mario has been a mentor, partner, and friend. We share a vision of hospitality and a love of life in the Italian tradition which we have endeavored to share with the people of Los Angeles for a decade. Mario is also a man with boundless bravado and a man with flaws. Sexual misconduct of any kind is unacceptable in our workplaces, on any level and I simply do not stand for it. All of the restaurants we own together are led by women.”
Los Angeles’ Mozza Restaurant Group Extricates From Partner Batali

“In a public letter to FCC boss Ajit Pai, New York Attorney General Schneiderman noted that the agency simply refused to aid the investigation in any capacity whatsoever.”
FCC Obstructs Investigation Into Who Owns The Bots That Have Vastly Falsified Comments On Net Neutrality

CNBC: “Glide Path” annoying vid autoplay

NY Times

New Yorker, CNN, Georgetown Cut Ties With DC Correspondent Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct
With – “Republicans will point to Clinton’s unusually low favorability ratings to make their case. How could she have a mandate if more voters have an unfavorable opinion of her than a favorable one?”
A Typical Ryan Lizza Dispatch Working Against Hillary Clinton

“The Golden Globes, hooray! What wonderful news on such a snowy day in London.”
Judi Dench, Others React to The Getting Global

indie wire

“The version has been assembled out of fragments ripped from the mangled theatrical cut, and transformed into a postmodern collage closer to filmed installation art than a cohesive narrative.”
Paul Schrader Does Dark

hollywoodreporter.com

“He spent 14 years on television. Trump probably knows this industry better than any president, maybe even Reagan, because he understands the economics of the industry. And he is pushing a jobs agenda, and this is a job-creating business. I think all things being equal, Trump would very much support what we do. We were one of the first to come out in favor of the framework of the tax reform bill because we’re paying, as an industry, around $20 billion in taxes.”
MPAA Chairman Comes Out Swinging For Trump Tax Cuts

NY Daily News

“There is nothing here that has any truth to it. Period.”
Top National Enquirer Editor Rebuffs Further Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Toronto Film Critics Association
The Florida Project; Greta Gerwig, director; Frances McDormand, Daniel Day-Lewis; Screenplay, Get OutFaces Places; Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe

“As a director I have always wanted every movie I have made to be in some way the story of my life. Otherwise how am I supposed to commit to it? I didn’t want to be the most successful director, or the highest paid, I just wanted to be somewhat of an auteur. If that meant I made two movies my entire life and I loved them, then I was fine with that.”
Jodie Foster

“Blind nostalgia for an era is instinctive enough. Even those who came after will happily wear its tie-dyed T-shirts and sing its songs of revolution, sensing the decade’s electric, eclectic spirit.”
Looking For The Graduate Locations In Modern Berkeley (Complete With Half-Baked Social History)

Boston Society Of Film Critics
Phantom Thread; The Square; Director, Paul Thomas Anderson; Sally Hawkins, Daniel Kaluuya; Laurie Metcalf, Willem Dafoe; Screenplay, Lady Bird; Dawson City: Frozen Time; Coco; Dunkirk, Cinematography; Editing, A Ghost Story; Score, Phantom Thread

MCN Curated Headlines

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."

Ray Pride on: 19 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

Tom Spath on: 19 For Your Consideration Screenplays Await

James Brigham (Bigg) Bunyon on: "The Not-So-Glossy Future of Magazines"

Ray Pride on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

Jose Angel Cruz on: Telluride Fest Looks Back At 44

I am Groot on: Enjoy Your Groot Soundboard

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“Would I like to see Wormwood in a theater on a big screen? You betcha. I’d be disingenuous to argue otherwise. But we’re all part of, like it or not, an industry, and what Netflix offers is an opportunity to do different kinds of films in different ways. Maybe part of what is being sacrificed is that they no longer go into theaters. If the choice is between not doing it at all and having it not go to theaters, it’s an easy choice to make.”
~ Errol Morris

“As these stories continue to break, in the weeks since women have said they were harassed and abused by Harvey Weinstein, which was not the birth of a movement but an easy and highly visible shorthand for decades of organizing against sexual harassment that preceded this moment, I hope to gain back my time, my work. Lately, though, I have noticed a drift in the discourse from violated rights to violated feelings: the swelled number of reporters on the beat, the burden on each woman’s story to concern a man “important” enough to report on, the detailed accounting of hotel robes and incriminating texts along with a careful description of what was grabbed, who exposed what, and how many times. What I remember most, from “my story” is how small the sex talk felt, almost dull. I did not feel hurt. I had no pain to confess in public. As more stories come out, I like to think that we would also believe a woman who said, for example, that the sight of the penis of the man who promised her work did not wound her, and that the loss she felt was not some loss of herself but of her time, energy, power.”
~ “The Unsexy Truth About Harassment,” by Melissa Gira Grant