MCN Curated Headlines Archive for February, 2018


Kevin Smith Does A Good Twenty Minutes On Being Alive

The Int’l Documentary Association Looks Behind The Nominated Shorts: Edith + EddieHeaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405Heroin(e)Knife SkillsTraffic Stop

“The lighthouse is surrounded by crystal trees that resemble the synapses of the brain. This lighthouse is desire, as with Virginia Woolf, and also the frontier that separates our own minds from others’. Here we see an embodied meditation on subjectivity and trauma. Lena finds the meteor that has punched through the lighthouse’s wall, and climbs down the wound it created, into the subconscious.”
Josephine Livingstone On Annihilation

variety

“Franklin has been accused of being verbally abusive to staffers and making inappropriate statements in the writers’ room, including making sexually charged comments about his personal relationships and sex life. Franklin has not been accused of directly sexually harassing or engaging in physical misconduct with any staffers.”
Netflix Fires “Fuller House” Showrunner Jeff Franklin; Warner Bros. TV Severs Deal Over Complaints

“There’s been a huge refusal in many quarters to criticize the CIA for fear of undermining the morale of the agency. I find that to be a kind of cheap excuse. It’s time the agency was held to account, because I don’t think anyone has done that.”
CIA Publicly Indicates Displeasure With “The Looming Tower”

variety

Guadagnino “is similar to me in that he often uses cinema rather than reality as the point of departure for his inspiration. There are many directors who use reality as their basis. Luca’s reality is in the films that precede him, the cinema that he loves. So since he loves my body of work, it’s possible that he has taken it as the basis of his reality. For him, reality is cinema.”
Bernardo Bertolucci

Argentine Director Hugo Santiago, 78, Films Include Invasión, With Adolfo Bioy Casares And Jorge Luis Borges; Robert Bresson’s Assistant Director 1959-66

Santiago On Bioy Casares And Borges 24’43” video

OSCAR VOTING HAS CLOSED.

 Francis Coppola’s Got A Notion About That There Future

“When I was in preproduction and then shooting it and then editing it, it really felt like ‘this is what I always wanted to do’. I got to draw on all the experience that I had and the work that I’d done in learning to make movies. All of that kicked in, which was tremendously satisfying and what I had hoped would happen! But the truth is you never know until you’re there.”
Greta Gerwig

“At Sundance, we had such a diverse crew of all-female department heads, and every executive producer is a white man. And they’re great fucking white men! They invested in this movie and gave me all this freedom. They’re perfectly awesome. But I was like, Wow, the money still lives in one place. And I think that’s true not just of my film, that’s true in all of Hollywood. The money’s still trickling out down to us from them, despite all the changes. Luckily there are some good ones. To speak to their generosity, I don’t think any of them were like, “We need to make our money back on this.” I think they were getting into it to support the art.”
Josephine Decker

hollywoodreporter.com

“Endless sexual miscommunication and bitter rancor lie ahead. But thanks to the miracle of technology, most of the great movies of Hw’d history are now easily accessible — a collective epic of complex emotion that once magnificently captured the magic and mystique of sex.”
Camille Paglia Weighs In On Movies And Modern Communication

“You must just acknowledge deep in your heart of hearts that people are supposed to fuck. It is our main purpose in life, and all those other activities — playing the trumpet, vacuuming carpets, reading mystery novels, eating chocolate mousse — are just ways of passing the time until you can fuck again. Well, maybe not eating chocolate mousse. If it is made with good Swiss chocolate and topped off with Devon cream, eating chocolate mousse is almost as good as fucking.”
Writer Cynthia Heimel Was 70

MCN Curated Headlines

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Sandy Powell on the Hundreds Of Costume Changes In The Irishman

“If there does end up being a long-term issue for Disney Plus, it’s not that people will be shocked to discover the depth and breadth of weird movies that Walt Disney Pictures made in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s that audiences may stream something like Dumbo and be shocked at what they’ve forgotten from beloved classics or familiar characters. There’s been no mention of the dozens of Mickey Mouse shorts from the first half of the twentieth century, including Mickey’s Mellerdrammer, in which Mickey and friends perform a version of  “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” complete with blackface. Disney Plus is offering hundreds of titles that have long been unavailable or ignored. But while they’re opening the vault, there doesn’t seem to be a strategy to contextualize what people will find inside it.”

Cats

“These businesses will coexist. It’s not like one is going to go away and everything goes into the other.” Berwick said the cable industry had “comfort” on its side — familiar programs like “The Real Housewives” and channels with distinct identities. Not everyone likes the streaming experience, which turns the semi-passive act of channel surfing into more of an active hunt. They “want to see the familiar and not to have to make a decision,” she said. Yet look at how fast streaming services have expanded. Netflix, which started serving up movies and shows online 12 years ago, has grown into a giant, with 158 million subscribers worldwide. Amazon Prime Video is available to 100 million Amazon Prime members. Hulu has 28.5 million. Analysts expect Disney Plus to have at least eight million customers by the time it is seven weeks old and 76 million at the end of five years.No lesser a force than Rupert Murdoch decided on a tactical retreat. Rather than slug it out with Disney and the tech companies muscling onto his turf, he hung a For Sale sign on most of his entertainment assets, including non-news cable channels like FX and the 20th Century Fox television and movie studio. Disney outgunned Comcast by paying $71.3 billion for the properties, with Mr. Iger contending that the purchase would supercharge Disney’s streaming plans.”

Tom Hall on Valuing Art

A Studio Tour With Comics Artist Bill Sienkiewicz

Wilder on Lubitsch Touch

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon