1. “New York Film Festival Sets 30 Films for 2014 Main Slate.” Foxcatcher, Goodbye to Language, Maps to the Stars, and Pasolini among this year’s selections.
“Jean-Luc Godard, David Cronenberg, Mike Leigh and Olivier Assayas are among the directors with new films on tap for the 2014 main slate of the New York Film Festival, which also counts Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Abel Ferrera’s Pasolini, and Alain Resnais’ final film among its 30 titles. The titles, a mix of international fare that has gained acclaim on the festival circuit this year, rounds out a roster that already includes a trio of high-profile awards-season titles: David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (both getting their world premieres at NYFF) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman.”
2. “Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014: Legend, Lover, Lady.” Just stop calling her “sultry,” says Wesley Morris.
“In the coming days and possibly for eternity, Lauren Bacall will be described as ’sultry.’ That’s how a news alert of her death at 89 put it yesterday when it popped onto the screen of my phone. That’s how a highly esteemed college professor of mine summed up her place within the old studio system. If all you knew of Bacall is that she once stood in a doorway, asked Humphrey Bogart if he knew how to whistle, then told him to put his lips together and blow, then, yes, fine: sultry. But is that the best we can do for Bacall? It wasn’t sultriness that made her a star, but its opposite. Passion? That was Elizabeth Taylor’s game. She singed. Ava Gardner? Rita Hayworth? Jane Russell? They could stand near a pot of water and, by sheer proximity, bring it to a boil. Bacall would look at the pot, then at you, and say turn on the goddamned stove. She was hot, sure, but mostly, she was cool—though not in that Kim Novak way. Bacall wasn’t chilly, just chilled. And from that cool emerged an onscreen intimidation that was unlike any I’d ever felt with a major star from the 1940s and 1950s.”
3. “An Exclusive Look at Whit Stillman’s Amazon Pilot The Cosmopolitans.” Vanity Fair’s Katey Rich on Stillman’s upcoming project for the small screen.
“Perhaps unsurprisingly for a director who made the heroine of Damsels in Distress a young woman who wanted the world to be a gentler place, Stillman hasn’t paid much attention to the ongoing dark, violent Golden Age of television. ’I try to watch shows that aren’t shocking. I don’t watch violence or sex, so it knocks out almost everything.’ In the past, when he’s cited Everybody Loves Raymond and Desperate Housewives as shows he likes, he’s been correctly called out: ’You only watch TV on airplanes.’ But Stillman says that not watching much TV makes it that much easier to come up with his own world for The Cosmopolitans, or any other project: ’We have to do our own show, and not think of other shows.’ That even applies to his Cosmopolitans leading man, Adam Brody, whom he’d never seen on his breakout series, The O.C.”
4. “SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary.” The negative publicity from Blackfish, a documentary film that followed the violent behaviour of an orca kept captive by SeaWorld, has caused attendance to fall at the theme parks.
“Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast—with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish. The film follows Tilikum, an orca kept in captivity by the amusement park’s Florida outpost, who would perform in acrobatic displays for visitors. He became involved in the deaths of three people, with the documentary suggesting that this violence was driven by the conditions of his captivity, including incidents of harassment by fellow orcas. The film also claims that orcas’ lifespan is shortened by being kept in captivity. Blackfish became extremely popular, getting 21m viewers in the US alone when it aired on CNN. It prompted protests at SeaWorld following its release, at both its Florida and San Diego parks, and various music artists who were set to play at SeaWorld cancelled, including Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood.”
5. “America Is Not for Black People.” The Concourse’s Greg Howard on Michael Brown, John Garner, John Crawford, and police and power in America.
“If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.”
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