1. “Spike Lee’s Amazing Rant Against Gentrification.” “We Been Here!”
“Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not—he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!”
2. “Director John McTiernan Released from Prison.” The director has been released after serving nearly a year in a minimum security federal prison for his role in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal.
“The director had hired Pellicano to investigate Charles Roven, once a business colleague. As the F.B.I. was probing Pellicano’s cache of recordings in 2006, special agent Stanley Ornellas phoned McTiernan and asked whether he had ever discussed wiretapping with Pellicano. McTiernan denied it, but investigators already had retrieved recordings of a 2000 conversation between Pellicano and McTiernan in which they discussed wiretapped conversations of Roven. McTiernan entered a conditional guilty plea in October 2010 to two counts of making a false statement to an F.B.I. agent and one count of perjury. In addition to the prison term, his sentence also called for three years of supervised probation and a $100,000 fine.”
3. “Terrence Malick reaches settlement over unfinished film Voyage of Time.” The visionary American film director has nine months to pay a settlement sum with the financiers of Voyage of Time, an epoch-straddling documentary that remains unfinished.
“Investment group Seven Seas Partnership, who financed the film, sued Malick’s company Sycamore Pictures last year claiming that nearly $6m had been spent but on the production but ’with nothing to show for it.’ They highlighted how he instead spent time on other projects including To The Wonder and the forthcoming Knight of Cups, said that their money was ’co-mingled with other financial assets to support the production of other films by Malick,’ and that he had indeed ’forgotten’ about the project.”
4. “Kurt Russell Interview.” Ain’t It Cool News’s Quint chats up the actor about everything from Walt Disney to John Carpenter!
“You may not be aware of this, but Mr. Russell’s a passionate winemaker. When Kurt sat down he was buzzing from the recent Valentine’s Day opening of his new spot at the 1880 Hotel and Saloon in Los Alamos, which will sell his Gogi wines exclusively. Before the recorder flipped on Kurt was talking about how much pride he had in his wine, saying that unlike films where his creative input is limited to his performance (most of the time) the wine was all his choices, from picking the vineyard (which he discovered while filming the final chase scene in Death Proof) to overseeing the process. As he said, love the wine or hate it, it’s 100% him. I have yet to try his Pinot, but I’m very much looking forward to getting the chance to. What I did get to do was talk about the origins of his career on the through to his work with John Carpenter. As you’d expect, Kurt was super open, honest and spoke his mind. And yes he laughed. A lot. Somewhere some old school talkbackers are smiling.”
5. “Oscars Flashback: The True Story Behind 1974’s Streaker.” Robert Opel—a conceptual artist, photographer and gay rights activist who burst onstage nude at the 46th Academy Awards—had an unorthodox life and tragic demise.
“Opel eventually landed in San Francisco where he established Fey-Way Studios, the nation’s first openly gay art gallery in 1978. He welcomed avant-garde, controversial work, and was an early supporter of photographer Robert Maplethorpe and Tom of Finland, both of whom had shows at Fey-Way that year. But Opel’s run was not to last. The very next year, Opel, who was just 40 years old at the time, was murdered when two men burst into the studio demanding money and drugs. They ushered Opel and two friends into a back room and tied them up. Then they shot Opel in the head.”
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