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Wallace Shawn: "The country had been brutal for a very long time, from the beginning actually. And now the rhetoric began to mirror reality. Now that I’m seventy-six, when I remember the way I used to feel—when I think about how important it once seemed to me to tell people the truth about the crimes in which we all were implicated—well, that all seems quaint and sad. It turns out that by the time the American public learned the sorts of things I’d felt they needed to learn, by the time they came to look in the mirror, what they saw there didn’t look so bad to them. And so, yes, an awful lot of people don’t get upset when they hear Trump talk. On the contrary, they seem to feel a great sense of relief. Trump has liberated a lot of people from the last vestiges of the Sermon on the Mount. A lot of people turn out to have been sick and tired of pretending to be good."

October 28, 2020

NBC

“Kazakh tourist board embraces "very nice!" as one of its slogans, rolling out videos with a stunning mountain range, Kazakh fermented tea, and one of the country's modern skylines.”

NBC | October 28, 2020

The New York Times

Director of Irresistible Gets Current Affairs Slot At Apple Plus

The New York Times | October 27, 2020

Variety

"Layoffs hit Sony Pictures’ marketing and distribution teams as the Hollywood studio combined parts of its domestic and international film and television operations. Roughly 35 positions have been eliminated in the consolidation."

Variety | October 27, 2020

Twitter

Veteran Fox News Producer Rob Brown Taken By Virus; Passenger On Fox News Private Plane Post-Debate From Nashville To New York Along With Bret Baier, Juan Williams, Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino And Network President Jay Wallace

Twitter | October 27, 2020

Leigh Whannell: "With horror movies, the villain often becomes the hero. Freddy Krueger quickly became the protagonist. On the original film, he’s the bad guy and everyone’s afraid of him, but by part four you’re waiting for him to kill the teenagers. And then he’ll say something quippy and you cheer. It’s interesting how that happens with horror. The villain is the star. With Jigsaw, that definitely happened. The cast around him revolved and he was a fixture. I don’t mind that. I guess James Wan and I accidentally created the Freddy Krueger of the millennial generation. I’m proud of that. We shot Saw in ten days. It was a victory against the odds. The fact that it connected with people was astounding to us. And then Hollywood economics came into play and producers are knocking on our door saying, “It’s time to make another one.” I hadn’t planned on that. And I did two more of those films and eventually I walked away because that’s not what I came here to do. It’s a funny thing how that works. Everybody has to eat. I didn’t have a burning desire to make sequels to that film. I had a burning desire to make some money."

October 27, 2020

The Guardian

Cameron Crowe Talks To Joni Mitchell About Her Unearthed Early Work

The Guardian | October 27, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

“Prince Azim was fourth in line to the throne of Brunei, a small oil-rich absolute monarchy in Southeast Asia. His father, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, is one of the wealthiest men in the world. Known for his lavish, star-filled parties he also produced You're Not You, The Time of Their Lives and The Happy Prince.”

Hollywood Reporter | October 27, 2020

Twitter

Salt Lake Tribune ends daily publication this year

Twitter | October 26, 2020

Twitter

Abe Goldfarb: “Got a wild fuckin idea for the near future of cinema: lots of movies that cost way less and feature grown-ups doing stuff and aren’t based on shit from my childhood.”

Twitter | October 26, 2020

Marguerite Duras: “I think that’s the only acceptable option for me now. I had a kind of very violent reaction against speaking after the screening. That’s over now. I will never again speak about my films after a screening. You see, writing is still a little bit like disappearing, like being behind something. As long as you’re writing, you don’t have to appear. A rather simple syllogism, but that’s how it is. You know how it is. The requests are endless. People begged me once, they begged me ten times. You give in, and then there it is. But I had gotten physical signs that there was something about all this that was dubious, I would say nearly immoral—about speaking afterward. It made me physically ill. I was disgusted with myself after I spoke. And that’s how I understood that I was wrong.”

October 26, 2020

UK Cinemas: We, the undersigned, are a group of the country’s independent cinemas. We are charities, social enterprises and small businesses. We are a vital part of the nighttime economy and our local communities. Many of the cinemas listed below are over 100 years old. We have overcome numerous challenges in our history, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Blitz, the rise of television, VHS, DVD and VOD but, without support from our colleagues, we will not make it through the next six months and many of the UK’s great cultural institutions will be lost...”

October 26, 2020

Financial Times

Matthew McConaughey: "I think in the next few years we are going to see some great content. A lot of creative people in my business have been forced to go inward. Have been forced to reconsider. And get more creative. I think that writing is going to be better. More evolutionary. There could be a golden age in art coming up, I really do. Because of what people create during this time.”

Financial Times | October 24, 2020

Twitter

Taika Waititi: "Borat is one of the year's most important films. Not only does Sasha Baron Cohen deliver those squirmy uncomfortable laughs but the film is also emotional. Yeah I know like wtf dude. I loved it."

Twitter | October 24, 2020

Financial Times

"The BBC Films ident — a faux-cosmic Big Bang in purplish blue — dates back to 2007. It was launched when Tony Blair was British prime minister. Steve Jobs had just unveiled the first iPhone. Now, in a different moment for the BBC, films and everything else besides, a new logo is replacing it. Simple white-on-black. Nothing celestial.  The woman responsible for the corporation’s film-making arm is its director Rose Garnett. We meet outdoors on a chilly day in London’s Holland Park. The pandemic soon turns the conversation to cinemas. Garnett is optimistic: “Cinemas will make a comeback. There will be the right film at the right time.” She adds a postscript: “But film was changing before the virus. And a lot of that’s good, by the way.”

Financial Times | October 24, 2020