The News Selected by Ray Pride

"Today, with a heavy heart, we must announce that this year's Fantastic Fest has been canceled. We are beginning the process of refunding filmmaker submission fees and offering refunds to badge holders."

July 7, 2020

"How J. K. Rowling Became Voldemort: The backlash against the Harry Potter creator is a growing pain of her fandom."

"I’m A Trans Harry Potter Fan, And There Are A Few Things I Want J.K. Rowling To Know: 'I cannot even begin to explain the pain I feel knowing that the author who wrote the most formative book series of my life does not believe I am valid.'"

July 7, 2020

Variety

“Recorded stage productions are not eligible for consideration.”
Hamilton Can't Go Oscar But Disney Could Pursue Emmy For "Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)"

Variety | July 7, 2020

Tik Tok Exiting Hong Kong; Facebook Says It No Longer Supply Its User Surveillance To Hong Kong Authorities, Now Under Hard Hand Of China

July 7, 2020

The Guardian

McClatchy Newspapers Takes Suitor Wednesday, But Won't Be Nonprofit Savior

Owner Of Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star To Fire 550

South Africa's Media24 Slashes Five Magazines, Two Newspapers, Community Titles; Many Remaining Pubs, Including Drum, Go Onlin3; 510 Jobs Affected

Fate Of Sumo 2020 To Be Decided

The Guardian | July 7, 2020

Twitter

BFI Sets £500,000 Fund to Support UK Sales Cos

Twitter | July 7, 2020

The New York Times

Arranger-Composer Johnny Mandel, 94: The Last Detail, The Verdict, Caddyshack, I Want To Live!, "Suicide Is Painless"

The New York Times | July 7, 2020

Twitter

Wilson Morales: "After 20 years of serving as the Editor of Blackfilm, I’m elated to announce that I am launching my OWN website. My mission will continue to promote as many films, TV projects and theater productions with an emphasis on Black stories and Black talent."

Twitter | July 7, 2020

New Yorker

"One of Paul Verhoeven’s main goals is to depict a society whose fixation on force has left it preening, idiotic, and paradoxically weak. This state manifests as endless columns of cultishly revered and supremely well-equipped violence workers who know how to do only one thing, and a culture that exists exclusively to celebrate their efforts. If it’s unsettling to recognize similarities between the crumbling futures of RoboCop and Total Recall and our own cultural moment, it’s terrifying how familiar the thudding martial beats of Starship Troopers are to contemporary ears. It’s a comedy, of course. Other war films try to give viewers some humanity to hang on to. Verhoeven offers only sheer surfaces and one clenched fist after another."

New Yorker | July 6, 2020

Vulture

"Katzenberg is on his phone all the time, but he is also among the moguls of his generation who have their emails printed out (and vertically folded, for some reason) by an assistant. In enthusing about what a show could mean for Quibi, Katzenberg would invoke the same handful of musty touchstones — A'merica’s Funniest Home Videos,' 'Siskel and Ebert,; and Jane Fonda’s exercise tapes. When Gal Gadot came to the offices and delivered an impassioned speech about wanting to elevate the voices of girls and women, Katzenberg wondered aloud whether she might become the new Jane Fonda and do a workout series for Quibi. 'Apparently, her face fell,' says a person briefed on the meeting."
Behind The Brain Behind The Brainwave That Will Always Be Quibi, Ladies And Gentlemen, For The Seventieth Year On Planet Earth, Jeffrey Katzenberg!

Vulture | July 6, 2020

Twitter

A Charlie Daniels Going-Away Tweet: "Benghazi Ain't Going Away!"

Twitter | July 6, 2020

Twitter

"'Wireless,' co-created by Steven Soderbergh, will feature a man stranded in the mountains with a dying cell phone. With each episode, he loses one percent of battery power."
It's Not Satire, It's Quibi

Twitter | July 6, 2020

"The film didn’t perform. At the end of the day, producers can be upset about that shit. But if people aren’t going to your movie, you can’t twist their arm. We expected it to take off, and it did really well in New York and bombed in Boston. From that point forward, it was about spending dollars on advertising, and there’s only so much you can spend if you’re not getting those dollars back. You gotta cut your losses. If they expected more than that, I think their expectations were unrealistic. If something doesn’t take off, you’ve got people who might be bitter and like to point fingers. That’s how film people tend to work, because they don’t like to take responsibility."
Game 6 As Case Study Of How Upstart Distributors Don't Cut It Or How Producers Have Expectations

July 6, 2020

Colin Kaepernick and Disney Announce Partnership, Including ESPN Nonfiction Series

July 6, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

ENNIO MORRICONE WAS 91

Five-Hundred-Plus Scores By "The Maestro"

Hollywood Reporter | July 6, 2020

"Mr. Garner began reviewing films for the Democrat and Chronicle in 1977, starting with Star Wars. A decade later he was chosen the chief film critic for Gannett newspapers, and provided reviews for more than 100 newspapers."
Film Critic Jack Garner Was 75

July 6, 2020

Twitter

Mark Harris: "I'm seeing a bunch of threads begging for all Broadway shows to be released to streaming services the way Hamilton was. As someone who has sat in those archives, I can tell you that in terms of visual quality, 99% of them are cave paintings compared to Hamilton. In recent years, a handful of shows have been well-shot--and by "well-shot," I mean maybe there were three cameras during the performance instead of one. But closeups? Camera movement? Forget it. And the sound is that bad, echoey, B-roll that makes people think stage actors can't act. Those are the GOOD ones. Most preserved Broadway shows are of for-researchers-only quality--one centered camera, far back, often on video that is already deteriorating. I wish the idea of a treasure trove just waiting to be freed were true, but it's not."

Twitter | July 6, 2020

Twitter

UK Secretary of State For Digital, Cultural, Media And Sport Waives Guidelines For Productions of Blockbusters Like Mission: Impossible In England

Twitter | July 6, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

"Future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues will be protected with emergency grants and loans. Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact. Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors, including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans."
Two Billion Dollars Parceled To The British Arts

"Thousands of theatre professionals in the UK are struggling. Many of them haven’t been able to get help from the existing government schemes, and the situation continues to worsen. They need help. We have created a fund to which the most vulnerable freelance theatre practitioners can apply. It is specifically designed for theatre workers who find themselves at breaking point, for those unable to put food on the table or to pay bills, or for those considering leaving the profession altogether. The Theatre Artists Fund is not for buildings, or regular staff, but for freelance artists who actually make the shows that the public pay to see. The fund has been initiated by a donation from Netflix and I am extremely grateful for their remarkable generosity and leadership. Although the money is initially limited, I hope that it will encourage other individual donors and charitable organisations. The more money that is donated to the fund, the more grants we will be able to give out. So please do consider a donation. I promise it will make a difference." 
Netflix Donates $625,000 to Sam Mendes-Co-Sponsored Fund to Help U.K. Theater Workers, At $1,250 Per

"“Our industry is an ecosystem and so this scheme has been designed to provide a short-term lifeline to the core workforce of that ecosystem, with an emphasis on supporting those from underrepresented communities."

Hollywood Reporter | July 6, 2020

Wall Street Journal

"Prominent Chinese legal scholar who criticised changing the constitution to allow Xi to rule for life arrested"

"Friends in Beijing report that this morning, local time, Professor Xu Zhangrun was formally detained. Some ten police vehicles and dozens of police officers were involved in the operation. Size of the operation indicates that damning charges will be laid. Xu one of the last tirelessly eloquent & unapologetic voices in China standing up to CPC power."

The Death Of Hong Kong Intellectual Life At Hands Of China Comes Abruptly

Wall Street Journal | July 6, 2020

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Review: Irresistible

David Poland | June 24, 2020

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David Poland | June 15, 2020

Review: The King of Staten Island

David Poland | June 8, 2020

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Jessica Valenti: "The Harper’s letter also mentions editors being “fired for running controversial pieces” — a reference to the ouster of New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet. What the letter doesn’t mention is that Bennet lost his job for, among other things, running an op-ed section that published a senator advocating the use of military force against peaceful American protesters — a column that employees pointed out literally put Black lives in danger — and without even having read it before publication. Who signed the letter in Harper’s is just as important as what’s written in it. Ian Buruma, for example, was fired from his job at the New York Review of Books after he published an essay by Jian Ghomeshi — a Canadian radio personality who had been accused by more than twenty women of sexual assault. Buruma later defended the decision in a disastrous interview where he said, “The exact nature of his behavior — how much consent was involved — I have no idea nor is it really my concern.” New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss, who has made a career for herself railing against “safe spaces,” was recently outed for reporting a Black editor to management just because she declined an invitation for coffee. Then of course there’s J.K. Rowling, who recently used her considerable platform to push forward bigoted ideas and debunked myths about trans women while fashioning herself a defender of women’s rights."

Gen Medium | July 9, 2020

"The move complicates the sale of the nation’s second largest news company, which had been under the control of the McClatchy family for 163 years until February’s bankruptcy filing."
Hedge Fund Alden Capital Sets Eye On McClatchy Bankruptcy, Intending To Add Miami Herald And Dozens Of Local Newspapers To Its Fold

July 8, 2020

Twitter

Halloween Kills, But Not Until 2021

Twitter | July 8, 2020

The Guardian

"At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s internet, descended on Hong Kong."

The Guardian | July 8, 2020

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