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James Murdoch Talks To Jane Mayer After Disney Buy

“He has bought a controlling stake in the Tribeca Film Festival; invested in Artists, Writers & Artisans, a company that produces comics and graphic novels; and put twenty million dollars into the Void, a virtual-reality-entertainment company, among other ventures. He has also donated to the Democratic Presidential candidates John Hickenlooper and Pete Buttigieg…“I don’t watch…

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“Trump kicked off his week with one of his favorite hobbies: calling for the investigation of his perceived political enemies: ‘Obama Netflix’?”

“Trump kicked off his week with one of his favorite hobbies: calling for the investigation of his perceived political enemies: ‘Obama Netflix’?”

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Nathan Heller Visits A Spell With James Gray

Nathan Heller Visits A Spell With James Gray

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“One of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, ‘You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman – get a beard’… a long time before he tried to touch me.”

“One of the first things Harvey Weinstein ever said to me was, ‘You will never make it in this industry as a gay woman – get a beard’… a long time before he tried to touch me.”

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What’s a Sales Fest With Nothing To Buy

I have been hearing a lot of talk bemoaning the state of the big sales market festivals. Maybe I am stating the obvious here, but if you didn’t program films that were made by platforms and distributors, you’d, like, have more things to sell. — Emily Best (@emilybest) September 15, 2019

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“Robert de Niro already starred in a near-perfect Joker movie”

“Robert de Niro already starred in a near-perfect Joker movie”

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Senstov

Oleg is finally home. His reasoning, strength, care and love for life is magnetic. Can’t wait to see the great future ahead of him #FreeSentsov #OlegSentsov pic.twitter.com/qg5CoxTgzD — Polina (@Polina_Kovaleva) September 15, 2019

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Shredding “The I-Land,” Which Is Largely A Neil LaBute Joint

Shredding “The I-Land,” Which Is Largely A Neil LaBute Joint

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Drive

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Mr. Money, the son of a police officer, was headed for that career himself when he dropped out of the New York Police Academy in pursuit of rock stardom. He found it in 1978 when “Baby Hold On” reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

“Mr. Money, the son of a police officer, was headed for that career himself when he dropped out of the New York Police Academy in pursuit of rock stardom. He found it in 1978 when “Baby Hold On” reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.”

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“It actually helps that we’re in North America, but not in the U.S., because you get a slightly different perspective. Toronto is a very cosmopolitan city and we have people from over 150 different countries, so they respond to all kinds of movies, with a sense of passion and curiosity. The industry that comes to Toronto – from LA and New York, Hong Kong, London and Paris – wants to see how the audience responds. The same goes for the media.”

“It actually helps that we’re in North America, but not in the U.S., because you get a slightly different perspective. Toronto is a very cosmopolitan city and we have people from over 150 different countries, so they respond to all kinds of movies, with a sense of passion and curiosity. The industry that comes to…

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$70 Million Warner Writedown

Truly frightening for those of us who worry about the future of the theatrical experience. But oddly encouraging for those of us who worry about the future of critics’ influence. https://t.co/DuXpcMqIbS — Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikWaPo) September 14, 2019

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“Berman’s songs for Silver Jews had as their underpinning this sour, low-stakes refusal of the smugness and falsehoods around us, many which were political in nature. It was a pickled rejection of the upbeat mainstream. His songs were metaphysical half-nods, cynical but joking whispers, poignant, lazy singing of serrated couplets that consistently nudged their Gen X listeners about the falsity of the world around them. You could even say that Silver Jews’ and Berman’s sensibilities sprang from a refusal of the exploitatively cheery tone that surrounded the terrible things that were happening in a supposedly Democratic decade, such as the premature end to Aid to Dependent Families and Children (AFDC), the creation of workfare, the Clinton administration’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on lesbians and gay men serving in the military, and even canned ‘Friends’-style television. It only seemed to get worse, not better, when culture became digitized and the freedom of the Internet was as quickly commodified.”

“Berman’s songs for Silver Jews had as their underpinning this sour, low-stakes refusal of the smugness and falsehoods around us, many which were political in nature. It was a pickled rejection of the upbeat mainstream. His songs were metaphysical half-nods, cynical but joking whispers, poignant, lazy singing of serrated couplets that consistently nudged their Gen X listeners about…

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The Melodies of Hustlers

The Melodies of Hustlers

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The DVD Wrapup: JW3, Aladdin 4K, Third Wife, Daybreakers, Echo in the Canyon, Rabbi Jacob, Lock Up, Mayday … More

Even though Keanu Reeves deserves much of the credit for the series’ continuing success, there’s something else going on here.

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Steaming Services: Bob Iger Exits Apple Board

Steaming Services: Bob Iger Exits Apple Board

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One Year Ago: When Apple Met Hairy Art

One Year Ago: When Apple Met Hairy Art

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“Warner Bros, like the other majors, admired the bountiful jigsaw puzzle the Netflix guys envisioned but we couldn’t figure out how to put together the pieces,” observed Warren Lieberfarb, then president of Warner Bros Home Video. One of the few visionaries at the majors, Lieberfarb was figuring out the answers but parted company with his bosses before he could implement them.”

“Warner Bros, like the other majors, admired the bountiful jigsaw puzzle the Netflix guys envisioned but we couldn’t figure out how to put together the pieces,” observed Warren Lieberfarb, then president of Warner Bros Home Video. One of the few visionaries at the majors, Lieberfarb was figuring out the answers but parted company with his…

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima