Movie City News Archive for June, 2013

Kim Morgan On Latest “Tribute” To Marilyn

Kim Morgan On Latest “Tribute” To Marilyn

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Prince Newly Inducted Into George Lucas-Mellody Hobson Chicago Wedding Caravanserai

Prince Newly Inducted Into George Lucas-Mellody Hobson Chicago Wedding Caravanserai

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Friday Estimates

Monsters stay on top with a very solid Friday-to-Friday drop. The Heat has the ladies of comedy kicking both Brad Pitt and Channing Tatum’s asses. Man of Steel continues to come closer to the ground. And Almodóvar tops the non-Indian indies.

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The Fake Steeds Of The Lone Ranger

The Fake Steeds Of The Lone Ranger

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Google Begins Purge Of “Adult” Blogger Sites In Two Days

Google Begins Purge Of “Adult” Blogger Sites In Two Days And – Could This Affect Any Site?

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“Rehabilitating a Hollywood stereotype by reverting to non-Native casting brings to mind that western cliché “white man speak with forked tongue.” But if anyone can get away with the piracy of race appropriation, it’s Johnny Depp.”

“Rehabilitating a Hollywood stereotype by reverting to non-Native casting brings to mind that western cliché “white man speak with forked tongue.” But if anyone can get away with the piracy of race appropriation, it’s Johnny Depp.”

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Chip McGrath Visits With Woody Allen

McGrath Visits With Woody Allen

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Chicago Park District To Close Swath Of Lakefront For George Lucas-Mellody Hobson Wedding Reception

Chicago Park District To Close Swath Of Lakefront For George Lucas-Mellody Hobson Wedding Reception As Well As Parking For Museum Of Science And Industry; City Also Pays For Repainting In Area Before Hullabaloo With Contributors To Mayor Emanuel

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Wilmington on DVDs: The Ballad of Narayama (1958 and 1983)

The 1958 film version of The Ballad of Narayama is one of the masterpieces of Keisuke Kinoshita, a great Japanese writer-director—peer and friend of Kurosawa and Ichikawa—who, these days, sometimes seems as unfairly marginalized as his main character in Narayama: Orin, the elderly woman who will be left alone on the mountain Narayama by her children.

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The Academy Invites 276 New Members

he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

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Revising Tonto

Revising Tonto

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Jonnie Rosenbaum On “The Preminger Enigma”

Jonnie Rosenbaum On “The Preminger Enigma”

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British Writer-Producer Joseph Lang Was 33

British Writer-Producer Joseph Lang Was 33

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Richard Prince And Sofia Coppola Talk Art And Audience And The Terror Of Getting Clearances

Richard Prince And Sofia Coppola Talk Art And Audience And The Terror Of Getting Clearances

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Mischa Barton Sez The Bling Ring “Creeps Me Out”

Mischa Barton Sez The Bling Ring “Creeps Me Out”

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Is Pixar Putting The Brakes On Succession Of Sequels?

Is Pixar Putting The Brakes On Succession Of Sequels?

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Chocano Riffs On Film’s “All-Important Present Moment”

Chocano Riffs On Film’s “All-Important Present Moment”

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“Man Of Steel’s version of Clark’s childhood and youth owes everything to Smallville. Well, except for the movie’s Jonathan ambivalently teaching Clark to be a sociopath.”

“Man Of Steel‘s version of Clark’s childhood and youth owes everything to Smallville. Well, except for the movie’s Jonathan ambivalently teaching Clark to be a sociopath.”

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Channing Tatum, New King Of H’wd

Channing Tatum, New King Of H’wd

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Movie City News

“I don’t think it’s cruel to say this, because John himself would undoubtedly have turned it into a gleeful anecdote: When he had the stroke that killed him, he was at a local dinner theater. Hell of a review.”

“I am inclined to aver that every activity needs its critics, from narcissists bloviating in Washington to exhibitors of knee holes in their blue jeans by way of following a fad. So, too, tennis players and others wearing their caps backward. There is, to be sure, only fairly innocuous folly in puncturing pants or reversing caps, but for political or artistic or religious twisting of thought or harboring holes in the head there is rather less excuse. I have always inveighed against the bleary journalism practiced by newspaper reviewers, as opposed to the real criticism performed by, well, critics.”

“I often felt a twinge of grief at the idea that John Simon had devoted his life to a method of work that could only make him increasingly unhappy. Here was a man, elegant, articulate, and vastly knowledgeable, fluent in at least half a dozen languages, whose gifts of mind gave nothing back to the arts he wrote about except a few unkind remarks that made fun of someone’s performance, ethnicity, physical attributes, or, with a pun, on his target’s name. (“If this is Norman Wisdom, I’ll take Saxon folly.”) Other theatre critics keep such darts in their rucksacks for occasional use; John lived by them.”

“One person’s critic is another person’s crackpot. That they are not united in their opinions is ascribable to the Latin saying: quot homines, tot sententiae. I myself prefer being considered a creep, but that is what you get for having what Vladimir Nabokov called ‘Strong Opinions.’ It is odd that in a country so wallowing in negativity, starting with mass shootings and climaxing with Trump, such an unimportant matter as theater criticism should generate so much hostility. The only target patently more important is lead in the drinking water.”

Review: Little Women (no spoilers)

The DVD Wrapup: Cold War, Betty Blue, Official Secrets, Demons, Olivia, American Dreamer, Land of Yik Yak

20 Weeks To Oscar: Cinema, Trump, and Oscar

E. Scott Weinberg On Youthful Fangoria Encounters

Rome Bookstore Closes

With a Grauniad-Alleged $300 Million Budget, Could The Yet-Unseen But Surely Weird Cats Pass A Billion Dollars at The Box Office?

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon