By Ray Pride

Alexander Chee

“It’s hard for me to remember when I didn’t know Kevin Spacey was gay, or at least hadn’t heard that he had sex with men. When he came out after Rapp’s accusation, it was a repellent act that made a mockery of the coming-out process itself, as well as of the accusation and Rapp’s own hard work, having been out for years while Spacey was hiding in plain sight. Spacey’s sexuality was an open secret, or barely even that, within the networks of gay men I know and have known in more or less every gay capital, as he was also a regular at gay bars in said gay capitals. He once hit on the boyfriend of a friend of mine at a gay bar in Los Angeles, and my friend confronted him, asking if he was gay. Spacey said, ‘Just because you scuba dive, doesn’t make you a scuba diver.’ It’s such a juvenile, patently conniving thing to say, that I can imagine Spacey coming up with it around the age Rapp was when he says Spacey assaulted him.”
~ Alexander Chee

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield