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"Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen."
Singer-Songwriter Bill Withers, 81: "Lean on Me,' "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lovely Day," "Harlem," "Grandma's Hands," "Use Me," "Just the Two of Us"

April 4, 2020

“I haven’t done an airport or a hub of any sort. And yes, there are lots of good subjects. I, in no way, think I’ve covered everything. I think it’s impossible to cover everything. I’m doing my best. I’m trying to push it up to fifty films before I die, so I may have to make a few five-minute films to reach my goal, but that’s my goal.”
Frederick Wiseman

April 3, 2020

Financial Times

The House that Jacques Tati Built

Financial Times | April 3, 2020

"It’s not about the end of the world, but it’s about how life changes, and how what people perceive as progress might not be anything near progress."
Abel Ferrara Locks Down With John Cassavetes

April 3, 2020

Indie Wire

"After more than a century of stasis and slow evolution, Hollywood is finally forced to realize that clinging to old ways is the surest path to irrelevance. That doesn’t dismiss theatrical — everyone is pulling for its survival — but media companies that continue to view it as the alpha and the omega are more than out of touch; they’re consigning themselves to history... After the pandemic, with many leveraged chains reeling from the recession, there may be opportunities for the studios to get back into the exhibition game. It could be in their interest to buy a chain, and try out different release patterns and marketing strategies. In the old studio days, everyone was in it together, figuring out clever ways to lure customers to theaters. That could happen again."
Anne Thompson Says Her Goodbyes To Theatrical

Indie Wire | April 3, 2020

Richard Rushfield: "We have a development process not because it makes scripts better (usually) but because the entire entertainment making process is basically witchcraft and if the people who fund it don't feel like they have some sort of hand in controlling it, then that's really scary to think that their children's college fund depends on something like... Do two twentysomething actors connect in a way that shows up on a screen? Much, if not most of the things that happen around the production of a show – once you get past the basic writing of a script, memorizing the lines, lighting the stage, feeding the crew – is basically about creating talismans – to convince ourselves that there's some order to this process, some sense to it...When in fact there's not.  Bad films happen to good people and good films happen to bad people."

April 3, 2020

Sixteen Canada Newspaper Paywalls Lowered Through April By The Home Of Tater Poutine

April 3, 2020

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet: "I think the best thinking we have tried to convey is to remind people of the obvious — we are all actually living the story we are covering. We all have relatives and friends whose lives have been upended. Our own lives have been profoundly altered. That should make us empathetic and give us story ideas. Most importantly of all, it should remind us that we have to take care of ourselves and our own families."

April 3, 2020

LOST: Anick Jesdanun, 51, AP Deputy Technology Editor: "He ran marathons on every continent, including Antarctica — 83 of them in all, many followed by a visit to an obscure craft brewery. Last year, he watched 365 movies — most of them in theaters. And made sure — always — that when millions of people read his coverage of the internet and its ripples, they got all the facts and the context they needed."

April 3, 2020


LA Times Sends Off Kenneth Turan In Friday Section

Twitter | April 3, 2020


Richard E. Grant Has Words (video)

Twitter | April 3, 2020

The Wrap

Disney Cutting Loss And Sending Branagh's $125 Million-Plus "Artemis Fowl" Direct To Streaming

The Wrap | April 3, 2020

Chicago Sun Times

"Chicago movie studio boss turned FBI mole eyes expansion — across from FBI offices"

Chicago Sun Times | April 3, 2020


Founding Hulu Topper Jason Kilar New WarnerMedia CEO, Starts May 1, Mid-Launch Of HBO Max

Variety | April 3, 2020

"The CEO of Diamond Comic Distributors announced the closing of the distribution system that holds a near-monopoly on the circulation of comic books in North America."

April 3, 2020

LOST: Argentine Comics Master Juan Giménez, 76

April 3, 2020


Phil Lord: "It’s going to be interesting when the dust settles to find out which leaders in our business stood up to face this madness and who cashed in their chips and quit. We are all going to have a role to play in getting people back to work and figuring out how to think and write and make sense of this moment."

Twitter | April 3, 2020

New Yorker

"The visionary and depressingly brief critical œuvre of Kinloch is only one of the many major discoveries of the Rotten Tomatoes initiative."

New Yorker | April 3, 2020


Outline Magazine Lays Off Staff

Twitter | April 3, 2020


Kalia Hier: "So... people realize the Amazon deal for SXSW films is... kinda awful, right?"
Scott Macaulay: "I would like to see Amazon reinstate the Festival Stars program and offer that as an option to filmmakers. This deal is… not that."
Factory 25: "Filmmakers should know that taking this deal will hurt if not kill their chances of a distributor picking up the film"

Twitter | April 2, 2020

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“Are We There Yet?”

David Poland | March 26, 2020

A Little ******* Perspective, Please

David Poland | March 19, 2020

Is The Sky Actually Falling This Time?

David Poland | March 14, 2020

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Financial Times

Arundhati Roy: "Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."

Financial Times | April 5, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

"Black Widow's new home of November 6 used to belong to Eternals, which will go out February 12, 2021, a date previously inhabited by Shang-ChiShang-Chi is moving to May 7, 2021, displacing Doctor Strange 2, now set for November 5, 2021. That prompted Thor: Love And Thunder to relocate to February 28, 2022. Black Panther 2's May 8, 2022 date is unchanged, while Captain Marvel 2 is moving up two weeks to July 8, 2022."
Isn't It Marvel-Less

Hollywood Reporter | April 5, 2020

Screen Daily

More TIFF Talk: "We are always hopeful of course that the change will be positive. We can see it already – festival partners, stakeholders and industry colleagues alike – working together to support each other. Moments of crisis present moments of opportunity as well. We’re experiencing more sophisticated and flexible use of technology. We have had to sweep away artificial barriers and move more of our lives online. It’s helping us continue to contribute and keep our part of the industry going. Not everything can be virtual of course, and when this global pandemic recedes and we slowly settle back into a new but familiar world, we hope we will all continue to be collaborative, kind, generous and supportive."

Screen Daily | April 4, 2020

TIFF Closed Until At Least July 1; Plans For A Highly Altered September Festival In Works

April 4, 2020

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Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell

David Poland | March 21, 2020

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