~ Nic Refn to Deadline

You can get very wooed by Hollywood. I love Hollywood, don’t get me wrong. I love it, I love it, I love it. But it’s important to really understand the Hollywood is like a really, really expensive prostitute. She’s going to promise you everything—you can fuck her in any possible way because she’s there for you. She wants your vision. And it’s very seductive: “Come in here, play with me, do whatever you want. ” and then when you start fucking her, it can potentially be like, “Hang on, I know I said it but I didn’t mean it. No you can’t do that, you can’t do that, you can’t do that.” And in the end, you’re like, “Well, where do I come?” And depending on your ability to perform, they’re going to determine how you’re going to come, and then that’s a very terrifying journey. So I thought, well, I’ll just stay with my wife, knowing that we’ll have very, very satisfying sex, and then I can go do the films I want to make. But I love working in Hollywood.
~ Nic Refn to Deadline

~ Thoughts From Mark D. White, Author Of “A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ ‘Civil War’: Exploring the Moral Judgment of Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man”

“‘Civil War’ was actually the story that brought me into the Marvel Universe. I loved that it had this amazing ideological content right on the surface. You had one character fighting for security and another for liberty, and they’re making arguments that have existed in political philosophy for hundreds of years, but all in the context of a wonderful, action-packed superhero story that covered over a hundred issues of comics across the Marvel Comics line over that year.”
~ Thoughts From Mark D. White, Author Of “A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ ‘Civil War’: Exploring the Moral Judgment of Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man”

Alan Moore, 2014

“To my mind, this embracing of what were unambiguously children’s characters at their mid-20th century inception seems to indicate a retreat from the admittedly overwhelming complexities of modern existence. It looks to me very much like a significant section of the public, having given up on attempting to understand the reality they are actually living in, have instead reasoned that they might at least be able to comprehend the sprawling, meaningless, but at-least-still-finite ‘universes’ presented by DC or Marvel Comics. I would also observe that it is, potentially, culturally catastrophic to have the ephemera of a previous century squatting possessively on the cultural stage and refusing to allow this surely unprecedented era to develop a culture of its own, relevant and sufficient to its times.”
~ Alan Moore, 2014

Stuart Klawans Measures Weiner

“The outstanding political film of the 2016 presidential season is about the 2013 New York City mayoral race. Like many of the best documentaries, it brings you so close to people in their unguarded moments that you marvel at the trust, or complicity, that grew between the filmmakers and their subjects. Unlike most, it shows some of these people wondering how the film has even come to exist—an inescapable question, given that the intrusion into its chosen candidate’s life is extreme, and the candidate’s urge to self-broadcast has led to his extremity. “Shit. This is the worst: doing a documentary on my scandal,” mutters An­thony Weiner—seven-time US congressman, two-time New York mayoral candidate, and twice-exposed enthusiast of cell-phone flirtation—­as seen at the beginning of Weiner. At the conclusion, after this second mayoral bid has ended in humiliation, an off-camera Josh Kriegman (who codirected with Elyse Steinberg) rounds out the theme by asking the obvious: “Why have you let me film this?”
~ Stuart Klawans Measures Weiner

~ A. O. Scott’s Captain America Review Exemplifies What Variety Once Described As “Torpid Mitting”

“This very crowded, reasonably enjoyable installment in the Avengers cycle reveals, even more than its predecessors, an essential truth about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s not so much a grand science-fiction saga, or even a series of action-adventure movies, as a very expensive, perpetually renewed workplace sitcom. New characters are added as the seasons wear on. Cast members are replaced. The thing gets a little baroque and tests the boundaries of coherence, but we keep showing up because it can be pleasant, in a no-pressure, low-key kind of way, to hang out with these people as they banter and squabble and get the job done. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows both your street name and your nom de cape. (And yes, thank you, I’m perfectly aware that these Marvel superheroes don’t wear capes.)”
~ A. O. Scott’s Captain America Review Exemplifies What Variety Once Described As “Torpid Mitting”

Woody Allen

“I never, ever, ever read anything about myself. Not my interviews, not stories about me. I never, ever read any criticism of my films. I scrupulously have avoided any self-preoccupation. When I first started, that was not the case. I just pay attention to the work and don’t read about how great I am or what a fool I am. The enjoyment has got to come from doing the project. It’s fun to get up in the morning and have your script in front of you and to meet with your scenic designer and your cinematographer, to get out on the set and work with these charming men and beautiful women and put in this Cole Porter music and great costumes. When that’s over, and you’ve made your best movie, move on. I never look at the movie again — I never read anything about it again.”
~ Woody Allen

Jodie Foster

I do think the polemic of diversity right now is being handled with a lead pipe. It’s talked about in a way that’s not complex— and it’s a very complex issue. It’s not black and white. It’s not a conspiracy to keep women down. It’s a psychology of risk aversion. Women are question marks to the studios The indie world is changing, television is changing, but if you talk about mainstream Hollywood, they’re still looking at a question mark. [So] it’s not some kind of war. It’s people trying to figure out, imperfectly, how to change a culture that has been one way for a really long time. In terms of this movie, though, Sony was on our ass about diversity from day one. They were like, ‘Look: We want you to make your own movie. We just also want to tell you that there are other options, ones that we’re really open to, and here’s all the people we love.’ And those lists, they were the most diverse lists I’ve ever seen.
~ Jodie Foster

Ben Wheatley To The BBC

Which is easier, writing or directing a film?
Those are two totally different things. Writing is slightly easier because you can do it in bed.
~ Ben Wheatley To The BBC

Francis Coppola

You can neither make beautiful, great movies without risk as you can make babies without sex. Risk is part of the artistic process. That’s why I like performance, because performance is walking a high wire.
~ Francis Coppola

Tom Hanks

“Probably the most heralded movie I’ve ever been in was Forrest Gump. While I was sitting on the park bench, I asked Bob, ‘Is anyone going to care about this guy?’ He said, ‘I don’t know Tom. It’s a mine field. It’s a fucking mine field.’ So when it works, you just say, ‘We dodged all the mines.'”
~ Tom Hanks

Steven Soderbergh

“I don’t know if everybody else walks around feeling very confident in what other people are thinking, I’m sure not. Other people are a complete mystery to me. I told my daughter when she reached dating age, “If you want to know what’s going on, turn the sound off and just analyze how he’s acting. Like what he does, not what he says if you want to know what’s happening.” She said, “Oh okay, that makes sense.” That’s my only way, is watching how people behave instead of listening to what they say. Nobody knows what’s going on.”
~ Steven Soderbergh

Bret Easton Ellis

“I’ve been thinking about a book for many, many, many years now, and it’s just not coming into fruition. I know the ending. I know the first quarter. I’ve been thinking about this book every day for the last six or seven years. But I’m distracted by other things right now that seem to be just calling out to me more. I’m really interested in filmmaking, visual art and content creation that is not necessarily as weighed down as writing. And I’ve been doing the podcast, directing a web series, directing commercials. All this right now seems much more interesting to me than the idea of the novel. I mean, I’ve published seven books. That’s a lot. I don’t know how many more I should be doing, but I have to feel it. I’m not going to write a book just to fulfill a contract. That seems like the definition of hell to me.”
~ Bret Easton Ellis

LA Times, 8 May 2005

According to an executive involved in the debate, Di Bonaventura argued that Superman Vs. Batman boiled down the characters to their essence; not going ahead with it, he said, would be “one of the great mistakes of all time.” Robinov agrees that it was an excellent script, but “rather than reintroduce the two characters in one film, we made a conscious decision to try and introduce the two characters independently. I think it gave us a lot more latitude to continue with Batman,” he says.

The vote was 11-1 in favor of “Superman” — Di Bonaventura’s was the one dissenting vote. For Di Bonaventura, the “Superman Vs. Batman” episode was just symptomatic of a larger rift, and he resigned his post the following month, in September 2002. In the eyes of many comic book boosters, Warner Bros. made the right decision. ” ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ is where you go when you admit to yourself that you’ve exhausted all possibilities,” says Goyer, who wrote the screenplays for “Blade” and its two sequels. “It’s like ‘Frankenstein meets Wolfman’ or ‘Freddy Vs. Jason.’ It’s somewhat of an admission that this franchise is on its last gasp.”
~ LA Times, 8 May 2005

Michael Shannon on Batman v Superman

Michael Shannon on Batman v Superman

I’m so utterly unconcerned with the outcome of that fight. So profoundly, utterly unconcerned. I can’t even come up with a fake answer. I guess I have to root for Superman because he killed me, so I would hope that he would continue his killing spree and become like a serial killer Superman. That’s a new take on Superman. We’d all be in a heap of trouble if Superman was a serial killer. He could just wipe us all out. But then he’d be lonely.

Isn’t he already lonely?
Well, we’re all lonely.

Garry Shandling

My friends say I have trouble with intimacy. But they don’t really know me.
~ Garry Shandling

Jeffrey Tambor

“I am so sad. Garry was my dear friend and was and always will be my teacher. Garry  redesigned the wheel of comedy and he was the kindest and funniest of geniuses. I will miss him so much.”
~ Jeffrey Tambor

Jonathan Gold On Procrastination

In the movie, we also see a couple of your editors talking about how difficult it is getting you to turn in pieces sometimes. We see you procrastinating—and you say yourself that you’re a great procrastinator. We see you talking about having seen a therapist for writer’s block. Is the process of writing something that you have a distaste for?
“Oh, I don’t have a distaste for it. I’m a perfectionist, probably, and the sight of a false sentence just fills me with fear and loathing. And I’ve worked with enough writers to know that it’s not super unusual. But, you know, you start out, “This is going to be the best piece ever!” And then it’s going to be, “Well, this’ll be OK.” Then you go through the thing of self-loathing—“Oh my God, how am I going to do this?” And then you come to the point of, “The English language—how does it work? How do words even follow one another?” [Laughs.] And then that gripping fear comes in of missing the deadline. And then—pfff—you finish. And my copy’s really clean; I always self-edit a lot as I go along. But I’ve never been one of those people who could turn off their Internet. It’s hard.”
~ City of Gold‘s Jonathan Gold On Procrastination

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“Lars. He’s done a lot of drugs. Over the hill. The last time I saw Lars, he was telling my wife he wants to have sex with her. I told him to fuck off. So he found another slut.”
~ Nicolas Winding Refn On Lars Von Trier

“You know, if you’re actually an artist who wants to tell a story, it’s a compulsion; it’s not something that you do because you want to entertain people or you want to make a bunch of money. Most people want to entertain people and make a bunch of money. It’s not a bad thing, but if it also doesn’t hold hands with just genuine desire, if no one was looking, then yeah, that sucks.”
~ Kristen Stewart

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