The News Selected by Ray Pride

"Even former assistants who survived their tenure with Rudin and became executives themselves described the tough skin they developed as an asset. Emotional and mental anguish—reportedly at minimum wage—were a given. “You’d always forgive him because he’s so smart, cares so much, and he gets movies made that no one else can,” explained Amy Pascal, one of Rudin’s former assistants who became a major studio executive herself, in 2008. “I attribute an enormous amount of whatever success I’ve been able to attain directly because of how I saw him operate,” the producer Craig Perry, another Rudin acolyte, said in 2005. “Does he yell? Sure. Do I yell? Sure.” Rudin’s workplace behavior may have been an open secret, but open secrets eventually build cultures—in this case, one where tolerating mistreatment is a fundamental ingredient for success. And that culture was reflected in the press: Many stories about Rudin casually downplayed or reframed his nastiness. Tempestuousness was excused as 'behind-the-scenes excesses of passion.'"

April 12, 2021

What A Brit Misses
—Discovering that you and your viewing partner had wildly different views about the merits of a film and knowing that a treat of discussing is about to unfold over several drinks.
—Discovering during the film that you and your viewing partner have equally eye-rolling disdain for something and anticipating picking over the cadaver afterwards.
—Discovering you and your viewing partner both loved what you watched and sitting in awe and ‘aw shucks’ at some of the best moments.
—Holding a new beloved’s hand to the point of discomfort.
—The drowning feeling of being sucked under into sleep in NFT1.
—Being absolutely slathered in a film, emerging alone into the night, carrying its mood with you.
—Blinking back into the light during a daytime show, realising how little time you’ve been away in actual hours.
—The magnetic connection between audiences that can cry and laugh together.

April 11, 2021

BAFTAs: Nomadland, Zhao, McDormand, Hopkins; Soul; Screenplays, Promising Young Woman, The Father; Editing, Sound of Metal; Cinematography, Nomadland; Another Round, Not In English; Youn Yuh-jung, Daniel Kaluuya; My Octopus Teacher; Score, Soul

April 11, 2021

Hollywood Reporter

While Shuttered During Pandemic, Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi's Pay Rose to Nearly $7 Million in 2020

Hollywood Reporter | April 11, 2021

The Rocky Horror Picture Show has played at Portland’s Clinton Street Theater every Saturday night for forty-three years. So, on March 15, 2020, when the theater was forced to close, one man was determined not to break the streak. For the next fifty-four Saturdays, Nathan Williams came to an empty theater to screen the film, sometimes with a friend, sometimes by himself..."

April 11, 2021

"You couldn’t, I think, find a better case for the prospects for experiment in popular culture than Sondheim's work. His fondness for stage games is part of a theater tradition we might call “light modernism,” a merging of avant-garde strategies with traditions of popular entertainment. It stretches back to Cocteau’s 'Parade' (1917) and includes the work of Pirandello. Similarly, a trend in British theatre fused aspects of modern theatre (Pinter, Beckett, Ionesco) with the comedy of P. G. Wodehouse and 'The Goon Show.' Tom Stoppard’s 'Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead '(1966) showed that what was 'offstage' in one story could constitute the amusingly doom-laden plot of another."
Good Dr. Bordwell on Steven Sondheim At The Age Of 91

April 10, 2021

Indie Wire

ArcLight Culver City Not Only Theater Facing Eviction

Indie Wire | April 10, 2021

Filmmaker Magazine

Christopher Doyle: "I love the process, the engagement of ideas, that is part of filmmaking. The freedom of film, this is what many people don’t recognize. Film is an open book, it’s not a three-act story, despite what film school kids think. That three-act concept is too Christian. Filmmaking is more a mandala. You come to the center of an idea and expand it into a beautiful tapestry. Take Australian aboriginal painting, where the colors form a narrative. That’s what film is to me, it’s not the black guy doesn’t like the white guy but then they realize they have a communal thing, they bond and then they save the world."

Filmmaker Magazine | April 8, 2021

The Guardian

Andrei Konchalovsky: "I’m very glad I failed in Hollywood... I know I have luxury. I’m not young man. For the last ten years I can say I’m shooting a film to put it under my bed. And no one else is going to see it. Fuck them all. I would like to make the film under my bed because I’d like to see it. And that gives you absolute freedom.”

The Guardian | April 8, 2021

LA Times

Sony Leases Post-Theatrical, Post-On Demand Broadcast Rights To Netflix for 2022 to 2026 For Estimated Billion Dollars, Displacing Starz

LA Times | April 8, 2021

The Guardian

"I would file the Nomadland as an anti-western, a wholesale repudiation of manifest destiny, the pursuit of happiness, all the Hollywood snake oil we have long been fed. 'Yeah, okay,' author Jessica Bruder says. 'But it’s more complicated than that.'"

The Guardian | April 8, 2021

Variety

Censors Advance Under Indian Archconservative Government: "The Indian federal government has passed an order that scraps the Information and Broadcasting ministry’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, the first avenue of appeal if a filmmaker disagrees with a certification decision. Instead, filmmakers will have to go to High Court."

Italian Film Censorship Abolished

Variety | April 8, 2021

Hollywood Reporter

"The only time we are out of the ring during a bout is when the Fox fight is thrown, and when Jake is taking a beating from Laurent Dauthuille, that is until Jake turns on him and begins to destroy Dauthuille. "At that point the camera comes flying down and through the ropes on a crane. No CGI or video assists back then either," Scorsese said. Scorsese felt the viewer had to feel that rush, reminiscent of attending a rock concert, whereby your perceptions change, your hearing and visuals are altered, time has stretched — you have no idea where you are."
Making Raging: An Excerpt

Hollywood Reporter | April 8, 2021

The New York Times

"Disney owns a piece of every living person’s childhood. Now it owns Marvel Studios, too. 'Still Processing' co-hosts Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris look at depictions of racist tropes and stereotypes in Disney’s ever-expanding catalog. The company has made recent attempts to atone for its past. But can it move forward without repeating the same mistakes?"

The New York Times | April 8, 2021

Vanity Fair

Chris Terrio: “When those personal touches were removed from the film in the 2017 version, I was silent because I couldn’t really say anything, but of course it hurt. All that remained was a dinosaur skeleton of what had been a great, lumbering beast. It might’ve been a big, unruly beast, and obviously it’s four hours and the movie is maximalist and it’s operatic and, sure, it’s a little crazy, but I think the movie is crazy in the best way.”

Vanity Fair | April 8, 2021

LA Times

Chloé Zhao And Community

LA Times | April 8, 2021

Hollywood Reporter

When Philip Roth Met Nicole Kidman

Hollywood Reporter | April 8, 2021

Twitter

Twitter Asks “Why Now?” About Cover-Storying The Notorious Scott Rudin

Tatiana Siegel: “Several people I spoke to for this Scott Rudin piece told me they spoke to the NY Times last year for a similar exposé. Obviously, it never ran. I'm not sure why.”

Amber Tamblyn: “There is a lot more where this came from. A lot.”

Megan Ellison: “How many times did we hear there was finally going to be a Harvey story before there was? So many close calls, for years, before it actually happened. This sort of abuse is systemic and the abusers are protected by the system.”

Anthony Rapp: “I think we all know why. Similar thing happened with the Bryan Singer story not being published at its first outlet. Even after everything that’s gone on with #MeToo , there is still fear and there are still power dynamics at play that are tragically too common.”

Megan Ellison: “This piece barely scratches the surface of Scott Rudin’s abusive, racist, and sexist behavior. Similarly to Harvey, too many are afraid to speak out. I support and applaud those who did. There’s good reason to be afraid because he’s vindictive and has no qualms about lying.”

E. Alex Jung: “‘An Oral History of Scott Rudin: 1,001 Assistants’: (i have 100% pitched this)”

Michael H. Weber: “By lunchtime Rudin will have set up the article at Sony with Sorkin adapting and Chalamet playing all the assistants.”

Nell Scovell: “Sometimes I think of the Godfather scene where Hyman Roth tells Michael Corleone, "This is the business we've chosen." But Hollywood isn't the mob and no one chose to go into movies or TV thinking part of the risk included bodily harm and emotional abuse.”

Tze Chun: “Daily reminder that there are successful people who are horrible but u don’t need to be horrible to be successful.”

Sean Burns: “Scott Rudin being horrible to his assistants is such breaking news they made a movie about it in 1994.”

Twitter | April 7, 2021

"I can’t remember how I first discovered you. But I looked on Instagram and saw you on there and you had a lot of barefoot pictures, and I just followed you, that was all. I also like your dog. I like Pedro, he’s cool. Your feet are quite beautiful, by the way.I like the painted toes. I like an arch, the more pronounced the better. I’m kinda weird with the toes, I like a rounded big toe. If it’s more square it’s okay, but the rounded is better. I definitely like the soles. But I like the arches, that gets you turned on."
"An Interview With the Man Who Keeps Uploading My Feet to WikiFeet," By Laura Bassett

April 7, 2021

The Guardian

"Christopher Nolan’s film baffled audiences – all they wanted in this most bewildering of years was to see a giant ape and a dinosaur going at it for 15 rounds"

The Guardian | April 7, 2021

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Can TV Engage Racism Without Being Racist?

David Poland | April 18, 2021

The Gurus Predict Best Picture And Make Three Little Wishes

Ray Pride | April 16, 2021

13 Days To *Oscar

David Poland | April 12, 2021

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"Ninety seconds. That’s how quickly Steven Soderbergh believes the Academy Awards will convince viewers that this year’s telecast is different. The concept for the show, which Soderbergh is producing with Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins, is to treat the telecast not like a TV show but a movie. And he’s convinced he’s got a doozy of an opening scene. “We’re going to announce our intention immediately,” says Soderbergh. “Right out of the gate, people are going to know: ‘We’ve got to put our seatbelt on.’”

April 18, 2021

Paul Schrader on Facebook: “AN OBSERVATION ABOUT FILM ECONOMICS. The clever post-nickelodeon decision to monetize motion pictures (squeezing large numbers of patrons in un-air-conditioned large rooms with (for a time) intermittent vaudeville acts worked like a charm for decades. Then came TV. Yet movies survived. Became larger scope, racier subject matter, exploitation pix, women's pix, prestige pix, horror pix, genre pix, realistic pix. bigger in scope, racier in subject matter, newsreels. serious dramas, art films, European films—and air conditioned cinemas. But now comes Phase Three: BOOM! The growing desire of audiences to see film entertainment in theater like home entertainment at great discount, a transition 14 months in the training, but, more importantly, a shift away from the standalone 2 hr ‘important’ drama inspired by literature to the ongoing episodic dramas inspired by crime series (true or otherwise), telenovelas, expanded documentary and biographic sagas, stripping storytelling of its ability to compose concise stories which land like a punch in the face.”

April 18, 2021

Twitter

Kris Tapley: “With the industry awards circuit* wrapped up…

Twitter | April 18, 2021

ASC Winners Are Mank And The Truffle Hunters

April 18, 2021

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