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Sasha Frere-Jones On The Pair Of Pictures Directed And Scored By Jóhann Jóhannsson

October 12, 2020

Variety

Killer Films At 25

Variety | October 12, 2020

Twitter

“NYT INTERNAL EMAIL: “July 6, 2021 is now the earliest date we will require people to return to any of our offices worldwide. Though we had hoped to begin a broader return to the office in the new year, it’s clear that the continued uncertainty… has kept such a move out of reach”

Twitter | October 12, 2020

Twitter

Todd Spangler: “Disney just announced a ‘strategic reorganization of its media and entertainment businesses’; Under new structure, Disney creative teams “will focus on developing and producing original content for the Company’s streaming services, as well as for legacy platforms, while distribution and commercialization activities will be centralized”

Twitter | October 12, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

Greenland Goes $$$ VOD in December

Hollywood Reporter | October 12, 2020

The Guardian

“Vue, the UK’s third-largest cinema chain will reduce its opening hours to four days a week at 21 of its 87 sites, keeping them shut on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.”

“UK cinema admissions are set to hit their lowest level since records began almost a century ago, with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic wiping almost $1.3 billion from box office sales.”

The Guardian | October 12, 2020

New Yorker

Donald Clarke: “Maybe the Oscars won’t happen at all. Anyone who seriously suggests this is an idiot and I am a troll for even positing the idea. The Academy Awards were, when the full seriousness of the pandemic set in, moved way back from late February until April 24. The Academy then changed the rules to admit films opening before the end of February 2021. The machine has tweaked its cogs to accommodate unprecedented circumstances. If the Academy is still faced with a prohibition on audiences it will, no doubt, take that cue from small-screen colleagues and launch its own virtual ceremony. The novelty will be wearing off by then, but no Oscar regular will want to miss Zoom shots of Saoirse Ronan’s kitchen as she fails to win best supporting actress for Ammonite. Frances McDormand, star of Nomadland, has a good chance of becoming only the second women to win three best actress Oscars. How pleasant to see her do that in front of her own fireplace. Katharine Hepburn had to travel.”

October 11, 2020

LA Times

“Another beloved Los Angeles bookstore is in trouble. Chevalier’s Books, an 80-year-old independent bookstore in Larchmont Village, sent 3,000 readers an email calling on them for increased support. When the virus led to a general shutdown in March, “like most retailers, our sales fell about 40%, wrote the owners. “A PPP loan, a dedicated staff and loyal customers kept us just afloat.” Then came another hardship. “Our new landlords announced we would not be able to extend our lease and required us to be out of this space by the end of the year.” The Hancock Park shop joins a growing list of independent bookstores asking for financial help from their customers. Some — like Hollywood’s Larry Edmunds Bookshop and Diesel, A Bookstore — launched GoFundMes to help keep their businesses alive as the virus continued to affect sales. Others, like Vroman’s Bookstore and now Chevalier’s, are urging readers to keep buying from them, especially as the holiday season approaches. “We took Chevalier’s from a store that was really struggling and turned it around. We turned it into part of the intellectual infrastructure of the city in order to compete with Amazon and survive.”

LA Times | October 11, 2020

New Yorker

Dave Eggers Makes Literary With The Wildfires: “What are we doing here? When the air is red and the street lights are on at noon, we ask this question. When there are twenty-three major fires burning at once throughout California, and seventeen thousand firefighters battling them, we ask this question. When a firefighter dies in a blaze begun during a gender-reveal party, we ask this question. We ponder these questions on a smoke-tinged Friday, and on Saturday the sky is clear and we’re at the beach again. This is life in 2020 California.”

New Yorker | October 11, 2020

The Guardian

A Surprising Side Of John Lydon (Alongside His “Contrarian” Trump Support)

The Guardian | October 11, 2020

Yahoo

Chris Jones On The Sale Offer Of Chicago’s Second City: “In America, most entertainment is developed, packaged and produced in either Los Angeles or New York City; the coastal elites designate the rest of the country merely as marketplaces to sell their stuff. Unless some TikTok kid smacks them in the face hard enough to merit a plane ticket to La La Land, or they can use a gritty city as a backdrop for predictable procedural TV shows, they rarely look to the hinterlands for talent, sophisticated ideas or content. Don’t kid yourself otherwise. Second City has consistently bucked that trend over its 60-year history.”

Yahoo | October 11, 2020

The Guardian

“Cinemas in Australia pay $280 million in rent a year and the industry employs 13,500 staff. We do more admissions than all professional sports in Australia combined. My number one, key concern for all cinemas, is that we need greater support from landlords.”

The Guardian | October 11, 2020

NYRB With Another Tacit Argument That Criterion Should Have A North American Monopoly On Preservation And Distribution Of Cinema History: “Most of the films by Black directors in the online program are not actually part of the Criterion Collection catalogue, which is acutely dominated by works by white directors. Neither is Portrait of Jason, the only film on the list by a white, female filmmaker, Shirley Clarke, who was born a century ago last year. In 2020, her name is not well known. She never experienced mainstream or commercial success, and her contributions to the underground film world are often just a mention in prominent scholarship about American avant-garde cinema. Her films fell out of distribution until Milestone Films made a recent, concerted effort to restore and redistribute them, which has led to their presence in arthouse cinema programs to do with race, queerness, and female filmmakers.”

October 11, 2020

The Guardian

“The immediate future for Bollywood in the UK now looks bleak, given that Cineworld venues host more than half of all Bollywood screenings in the UK, presenting between 40 and 50 different films a year. The prospect of reduced takings in the UK is being felt in Mumbai, where the industry relies on the territory for a sizable chunk of its overseas revenue.”

The Guardian | October 11, 2020

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