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“That Princess Bride reading made $4.25 million for Wisconsin Democrat’s according to Cary Elwes in interview with @morningmika”

Twitter | September 17, 2020

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"Museums have been barred from selling art to pay the bills. But now the rules have relaxed due to pandemic and the Brooklyn Museum is putting twelve works up for auction at Christie's to fund collection care. My story."

Twitter | September 16, 2020

"The Late, Great Bud Shrake’s Last, Great Novel: The funny and brutal ‘Hollywood Mad Dogs’ was inspired by the Texas writer’s experience working in Hollywood with the legendary—and very demanding—Steve McQueen."

September 16, 2020

Vice

"You realize that people are not looking at this objectively," Rogan said in the podcast. "They are activists and they have this agenda, and the agenda is very ideologically driven that anybody who even thinks they might be trans should be trans, are trans, and the more trans people the better."
Joe Rogan Podcasts: "In a Spotify all-hands company meeting on Wednesday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended keeping transphobic content from hugely popular podcaster Joe Rogan on the audio platform, who earlier this year signed an exclusive licensing deal with the company likely worth tens of millions of dollars."

Vice | September 16, 2020

Ari Aster Is Mortified By Albert Brooks

September 16, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

Jeff Bock, Exhibitor Relations: "Warner Bros. knew after last week’s turnout that the domestic release of Tenet was a costly, failed experiment, Who thought it was a good idea to open theaters a month after China when we are months behind them in taking care of the virus? This movie meltdown could have been avoided had they done their homework. Sorry, but it really was that simple. VOD or a combination of VOD-theatrical is the only answer for blockbuster films going forward until the U.S. gets a handle on this virus. That’s about as diplomatic as I can be right now.”

Hollywood Reporter | September 16, 2020

Alec Baldwin: "You hear people talk about directors ‘getting a performance out of an actor’ and that’s normally complete bullshit. Ninety-five percent of the people who are directors have no influence whatsoever on the performance. Parker is someone who you can honestly say, he got performances out of people. In Mississippi Burning, Parker manages to be very effective in getting Gene Hackman to sit on certain impulses he had, where many directors were not. Hackman does a lot of laughing and a lot of smirking inside of the very powerful roles he played, as if to immunise himself against the stakes of the scene. Hackman has so many great performances, but you do believe he spends an inordinate amount of time in some films trying to charm the camera. Parker succeeded in getting him out of that and it’s one of Hackman’s best performances as a result."

September 16, 2020

The Guardian

"In the six months since they closed, theatres have been wrapped in pink ribbon, lit up in red or simply left boarded up. More than 5,000 jobs have been lost, with redundancy consultations ongoing across England; 70 per cent of theatres face permanent closure. The West End, reliant on tourism that the crisis has all but expunged, is an economic time-bomb. A significant proportion of freelance creatives have received no government support. The arts and entertainment industry has 51% of its workforce furloughed. With the scheme expected to end in October, before theatres are likely to fully open, many of those could join the droves of unemployed creative workers."

The Guardian | September 16, 2020

"Audi Apologizes for Ad Photo Showing Little Girl Holding Banana"

September 16, 2020

Roger Ebert

Matt Zoller Seitz And Glenn Kenny Talk "Made Men"

Roger Ebert | September 15, 2020

Emily Ratajkowski: “I sat down on a bench and Googled my name, discovering that I was in fact being sued, this time for posting a photo of myself on Instagram that had been taken by a paparazzo. I learned the next day from my own lawyer that despite being the unwilling subject of the photograph, I could not control what happened to it. She explained that the attorney behind the suit had been serially filing cases like these, so many that the court had labeled him a “copyright troll.” “They want $150,000 in damages for your ‘use’ of the image,” she told me, sighing heavily.”

September 15, 2020

Madonna To Direct Self-Portrait, Co-Written With Diablo Cody

September 15, 2020

Kristen Yoonsoo Kim: "Rohmer made his name on Impressionistic aesthetics—his pictures stippled with vibrant colors and film grain—and sharp romantic dynamics between men and women. With Four Adventures, an unmistakable Rohmerness remains, but romance is peripheral at best, giving way to a lighthearted but realistic platonic relationship between two women. Four Adventures is considered neither part of the female friendship canon nor a major Rohmer, but it should be included in both."

September 15, 2020

"Maude peers out of her window and reports to the crew, breathlessly, 'I have a visual of something on the other side of the starboard wing.' There’s a creature on the wing of the plane, a gremlin, and yes, Max Landis ripped off the premise of a 'Twilight Zone' episode that was recreated for his dad’s film adaptation. And look, if I were John Landis’ kid, the last thing I’d want to do is go around reminding people of Twilight Zone: The Movie."

September 14, 2020

Tessa Gratton: "It took me years to connect this weird, specific vision to my personal queerness and dysphoria. Not until I was writing stories about girls who suddenly sprout thorns up their spine or boys who grow long black feathers from their pores, screaming as they shatter into a flock of angry black crows. Not until I wrote about young queens who took power by transforming into troll mothers, knowing they’d lose their humanity. I can’t remember a single book I’ve written that didn’t have a hero or villain—or both—with something literally monstrous inside them."

September 14, 2020

"Drudge, always the self-styled outsider, is thumbing his nose at the establishment once again. This time, however, it’s the conservative media establishment he helped create."

September 14, 2020

Jeremy Smith: “I was disappointed but not surprised to learn that Nolan was insisting on a theatrical release in the U.S. while the country was proving itself utterly incapable of flattening the curve. His focus was, as always, was on promoting the sanctity of the theatrical experience. But his evangelical zeal for celluloid and epic filmmaking were at odds with his fiercely pragmatic nature. It seems like he wanted to save cinema more than he wanted to save lives. The studio was initially loath to open Tenet because they didn’t want the PR nightmare of states contract-tracin fatalities back to a screening of their film. But maintaining their relationship with Nolan, one of the most bankable filmmakers working today, meant a great deal to them – and no one wanted to be the executive that drove him to another studio. At some point, WarnerMedia, locked in on Labor Day weekend, gambling that moviegoers would flood back to their local theaters for a brainy blockbuster sans superstars or a clear hook... I can’t say for sure that Nolan caused this, but it sounds like he found sympathetic partners at AT&T and sure as hell hastened it. Michael Cimino would be proud.”

September 14, 2020

“Strive to be on time for things! Striving toward routine punctuality is the absolute bottom white-belt level of adulthood. You can be “kind of whimsical” and also strive to be on time for things. You can be “a freewheeling person” and also strive to be on time for things. You can even be “a literal cannibal” and also strive to be on time for things. Sometimes you will be late anyway, but when you are habitually late for things—moreover, when you do not even strive to be on time for things, and then further indulge yourself by socking your habitual lateness behind the cover of personal whimsy or being “a freewheeling person”—what you are expressing toward the other people around you is that you do not care all that much about them. What they will express back toward you is the middle finger, and you will deserve it.”

September 14, 2020

The New York Times

Mulan Crashes in China

The New York Times | September 14, 2020

Twitter

Interior Designer And Philanthropist Ann Getty Was 86

Twitter | September 14, 2020

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The Star

"The hundreds of movie stars and filmmakers who normally swarm TIFF were kept out of Toronto by the closure of the Canada-U.S. border to all but essential crossings and by strict quarantine rules for visitors. TIFF compensated by enlisting celebrities as festival ambassadors to engage in virtual versions of Q&A sessions. Numbers are not available yet for how many tickets were sold. Bailey and Vicente said they’re delighted with public response to TIFF 2020’s new venues, especially the West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place, where moviegoers snapped up tickets to sit in Muskoka chairs in socially distanced circles. 'People loved that,' Bailey says. The fest also had to cope, just before opening day, regarding its plan to let people take their masks off inside TIFF Bell Lightbox screenings, so they could consume snacks. Masks were deemed mandatory throughout screenings, robbing TIFF of a chance to recoup some of its financial losses through concession sales."

The Star | September 20, 2020

“We’re going to be setting up a very large fund for the education of American youth... Do me a favor, could you put up $5 billion into a fund for education, so we can educate people as to real history of our country -- the real history, not the fake history?"
Oracle And Walmart Appear Ready To Split TikTok Proceeds After Acceding To Trump Demand For $5 Billion Toward Trump's "1776 Committee," Fashioned From Spite Over The 1619 Project; Money Will Be Spent To Alter Teaching Of American History And Indoctrinate Students In Trump Image

September 19, 2020

Variety

"Provide Walmart with an important way for us to reach and serve omnichannel customers as well as grow our third-party marketplace and advertising businesses."

Variety | September 19, 2020

The Guardian

Edgar Wright: "'Diana Rigg will meet you at Berners Tavern.” Just seeing those words written in a text gave me an anxious thrill. Despite her illustrious work on stage and screen (big and small), the blushing adolescent in me was still nervously excited to meet Emma Peel. When I walked into the restaurant I was dead on time. But she was fifteen minutes early, already at the table and looking fabulous in leopard print and gold bangles. After I stumbled through my hello, she offered, “I’m having a Campari and soda, darling, will you have one?” That was the first time, aged 45, I’d ever had a Campari and soda. And what a great way to start."

"It has been compared to western war movies such as Dunkirk (although there is more than a touch of Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor in there), and so far it has taken more than $400 million at the box office, making it the second-highest-grossing movie of the year worldwide. The Eight Hundred draws attention to the meteoric progress of China’s increasingly blockbuster-oriented film industry, but also to the Chinese government’s determination to stamp its authority on it. The two might be on a collision course."

Winston Groom, 77, Survived By A Box Of Choc'lates

The Guardian | September 19, 2020

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David Poland | September 8, 2020

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