1. “TIME 100.” The 100 Most Influential People in the World.
“From Hunger to Shame to 12 Years a Slave, Steve [McQueen] tackles tough subjects with passion and a very evident love. His storytelling is all about creating genuine emotional exchanges between the actors. He’s always in search of the truthful moment that will give the audience real human access to difficult issues. He’s a visionary in that way. In 12 Years a Slave, he gave us a very clear and emotional representation of the time and institution of slavery. The complexity of characters lets you see how slavery was a burden not just to the enslaved but to the slavers as well. The emotional toil affected everyone. I think Steve is a genius at what he does, but he doesn’t impose his genius on you. It really feels collaborative and exploratory to work with him. What he managed to create was a sacred space where everyone respected the story we were telling. He gave us reassurance that this was for something bigger than all of us. [Lupita Nyon’o]”
2. “FCC proposal would destroy net neutrality.” FCC’s new net neutrality rules mean ISPs don’t have to be neutral.
“The Federal Communication Commission’s proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rules will allow providers to charge companies for preferential treatment so long as they offer that treatment to all interested parties on ’commercially reasonable’ terms, with the FCC deciding whether the terms are reasonable on a case-by-case basis. Providers will reportedly not be able to block individual websites, however.”
3. “Dear Michael Alig.” On the eve of the Club Kid being released from prison, columnist Michael Musto writes him a letter.
“So you’re out, kid. May 5 was your release date after serving approximately 17 years for the killing of Angel Melendez, which you carried out with ’Freeze’ (a.k.a. your roommate, Robert Riggs, who’s already free) in one of the most heartless crimes of the decade. In some kind of drug-hazed fight, the two of you used a hammer, a bottle of Drano, a pillow and—the final prop—a box full of body parts, before you ran around crying victim and/or blabbing about what you’d done, knowing that your war-painted acolytes would protect their icon. Some party, huh? You not only killed Angel, you basically murdered nightlife because, as Mayor Giuliani kept looking for ways to crack down on clubs so they became safe for tourists and community boards, you gave him every reason to put further restraints and make going out an exercise in constantly looking back to see who’s watching your every move. In fact, you made it very uncool to go out at all, especially dressed with any flamboyance, because the association was with a hateful, grizzly act of violence that was substance-fueled and totally demented. It was years until people were able to dress up and laugh again, and if you find the nightlife still a little too restrained when you reenter it, you mainly have yourself to blame!”
4. “8 Lessons Thelma Schoonmaker Taught Us at TFF 2014.” Thelma Schoonmaker on the craft of filmmaking via one of her unquestioned masterpieces, Raging Bull.
“Fascinatingly, Schoonmaker shared that Scorsese ordered various-sized boxing rings to be constructed for the shooting of the film, to better represent Jake La Motta’s subjectivity. For many of the scenes Scorsese shot in a regulation-sized ring, but for a key scene where Jake beats Sugar Ray Robinson, Scorsese used a ring that was much larger than regulation size, to convey the grandeur of the moment.”
5. “William Hurt Drops Out of Midnight Rider.” The star of the biopic, cast as singer Gregg Allman, has left the project following the on-set death of Sarah Jones on Feb. 20.
“William Hurt is dropping out of Midnight Rider, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The actor was starring as Gregg Allman in the movie, which had been looking to gear up again after the on-set death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on Feb. 20 due to a train accident. Director Randall Miller had been trying to restart the production in Los Angeles, with a goal to resume shooting the film in June. The movie had previously been shooting in Georgia. Insiders say that if Midnight Rider does resume production, it could face union pressure, litigation and protests from sectors of the film community that have highlighted Jones’ death as a preventable fatality. The project will likely have to recast if other actors don’t return as the film looks to restart production.”
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