1. “Quentin Tarantino Scraps Hateful Eight Over Script Leak: ’I Gave It to Six Motherf—ing People’.” As for who saw the Western screenplay, Tarantino named names: including Bruce Dern and Reservoir Dogs stars Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.
“The title for the director’s latest opus was revealed in December, with Deadline reporting that Tarantino was courting two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Nebraska star Bruce Dern for lead roles. On Tuesday, Tarantino told Deadline that Waltz never received the script (neither did Tarantino favorite Samuel L. Jackson), which he personally handed to Dern and Reservoir Dogs stars Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, as well as Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin and two other people.”
2. “Cuomo’s Pre-K Plans Set Up Tax Conflict With de Blasio.” Cuomo and de Blasio square off on pre-K.
“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a budget plan containing a glittering prize for Mayor Bill de Blasio: money for the prekindergarten classes that he had made a centerpiece of his insurgent bid for mayor. Mr. de Blasio sent back a calm, but firm message: Not good enough. It was the latest twist in a battle that has captivated New York politics, with consequences that could reach far beyond the issue of childhood education, and a clear signal that the tension between the state’s two most powerful Democrats is not likely to abate any time soon.”
3. “Don’t Worry About the End of Film.” Richard Brody on at least preverving the idea of watching projected prints.
“I just got word of an international petition campaign supporting a call by the cinematographer Guillermo Navarro for UNESCO to declare film ’a World Heritage’: ’We must fight to keep the experience of watching a film that was made on film projected as film alive and available in at least one cinema in every city in every country. We must act quickly to safeguard the future of the film print by supporting cinemas that choose to continue projecting 35-mm. film prints alongside digital projection.’ I’m not sure about the campaign’s bureaucratic implications, but it certainly is a good idea for movie lovers in the age of digital projection to know what film projection looks like.”
4. “Polish Catholic Church declares war on ’gender theory.’” The church says that the theory undermines the traditional family.
“While many say gender theory promotes tolerance and understanding towards gender equality and homosexuality, the Polish Church has branded it a mortal danger to families, child sexual orientation and humanity. Polish bishops wrote a letter on the topic that was read out in every parish across the country over the Christmas holidays. ’This is a preventative offensive,’ sociologist Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski told AFP.”
5. “The Nolan Effect.” Why the Larger Best Picture Pool Is Actually Shrinking the Number of Oscar Contenders.
“Two other factors only exacerbate the problem. The first is the backloaded release calendar. This year, all nine of the eventual Best Picture nominees opened in the fourth quarter; last year, eight out of nine did. The Wolf of Wall Street didn’t hit theaters until Christmas Day; the screener for Her didn’t reach some voters until days before the deadline. When good movies drift into theaters more gradually—as they did two years ago, when three Best Picture nominees opened before Labor Day—a wider array of films get assessed. But when all the big ones stack up at the finish line, as they did this year, voter viewing tends to happen as an act of triage—save the worthy, kill the rest—right as other awards are being handed out. And those other, heavily repetitive ceremonies tend to reinforce a narrative of inevitability that pushes borderline movies even further to the margins.”
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