By Ray Pride

Wyatt Mason With The Decent Magazine Profile Lede Of The Day

“On a summery afternoon in late September, I arranged to meet Adam Driver near his home in Brooklyn Heights. He beat me to the restaurant and, for a second or two, as I stood on the sidewalk looking through the large plate-glass windows, I gawked at him unobserved. He was sitting alone in full sun at a table by the window facing out, a thirty-four-year-old guy in a plain dark T-shirt with a bright flop of black hair, a conversation-piece nose, and deep-red, complicated lips, his features scattered across a big and—perhaps because of the openness of its acreage—friendly-seeming face. Unselfconscious in this New York storefront, Driver was looking at his phone as if Disney’s marketing millions had somehow failed in their mission to transform him into one of the most recognizable faces in the world.”
~ Wyatt Mason With The Decent Magazine Profile Lede Of The Day

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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