Quentin Tarantino Says He’ll Retire After Ten Films

1148233_quentin_tarantino_djungo_KDM_

“I don’t believe you should stay onstage until people are begging you to get off. I like the idea of leaving them wanting a bit more. I do think directing is a young man’s game, and … I want to go out while I’m still hard.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

The German TV Talk Show That Traumatizes American Celebrities

wetten dass

“Not only does the 33-year-old Wetten, dass …? seem to confirm a lot of the world’s less generous stereotypes of Germans – e.g. humorless, weird, with terrible taste in formalwear – its concept is also awkwardly difficult to explain. … The concept: Invite a mixture of German and Hollywood celebrities onto a live stage, interview them, and then make them wager whether a number of ordinary Germans can complete a series of stunts.” And those stunts can be positively bizarre.

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

CNN International Pulls Out Of Russia

cnn

“CNN said its English-language news channel would not be available after the end of the year ‘in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation’. Russia has banned advertising on cable and satellite channels, while also preventing foreign companies from owning more than 20 per cent of media outlets from 2016.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Which Creative Teams Produce More Dystopian Fiction – Hollywood, Or Political Ad-makers?

daisy

“Predictably, the most watched negative ads of today borrow popular tropes and visual cues from mass market fiction; witness the hazmat-and-corpse heavy spot (shades of Outbreak, Walking Dead) about how Republican budget cuts will get you killed by Ebola, which has collected hundreds of thousands of YouTube views.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Hollywood Filmmakers Fall In Love With Drones

la-et-ct-onlocation-20141105-001

“Under the new rules, drones can be used only on sets that are closed to the public and cannot be operated at night. Operators must have private pilot certificates, keep the drones within their line of sight and below an altitude of 400 feet.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

The Great Auteur Of Film Trailers

auteur trailer

“[Mark Woollen is the] 43-year-old shaggy-haired hipster introvert who makes indelible spots for Hollywood’s highbrow one percent. Terrence Malick, David Fincher, Werner Herzog, Lars von Trier, the Coen brothers, Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson … One studio executive calls his body of work ‘the Criterion Collection of trailers’.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

“Team America: World Police” At 10: What Has And Hasn’t Changed

team america

“Many of the issues that were both so consuming and combustible back in 2004 seem largely absent from [today’s] political terrain. … But, perhaps, nowhere is the gulf between then and now more evident than in the way we talk about America’s place in the world.” On the other hand, “a good part of what has changed is exactly what made the America of then, both left and right, so worthy of satire.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Jon Stewart Makes A Movie About Iranian Prison Torture

jonStewart

In a Q&A, the fake-news superstar talks about writing and directing his first feature film (“I’m pretty sure that’s a Guild rule, that as the director, they have to listen to you. As long as your beret is on at 45 degrees.”), the rumors about hosting Meet the Press, and what The Daily Show can and can’t accomplish.

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

What Exactly Was The CBC’s Process Of Deciding To Fire Jian Ghomeshi?

cbc-building

“When he arrived at the Sunday meeting, his dismissal was not yet a foregone conclusion, one source confirmed. Had he expressed remorse, or offered to seek treatment, the CBC would have had to consider its next steps carefully. Yet Mr. Ghomeshi remained unrepentant. He was let go, and the CBC’s board of directors was told of his departure.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

A New Golden Age Of Storytelling

netflix-tv-feat

“This is the opportunity we all have in front of us: to redefine storytelling for an always-on world. It is a new Golden Age with an ever-changing set of disruptive technologies that offer creative talent the opportunity to try new things and figure out what works.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

A Kashmiri “Hamlet” Becomes Bollywood’s Most Praised, And Most Attacked, Movie Of The Year

kashmiri hamlet

Haider, an adaptation of the Shakespeare play set amid the bloody 1990s conflict in Kashmir, has won rapturous praise from Indian cinephiles and film critics – and has enraged Hindu nationalists, who accuse the movie of glorifying terrorists and justifying ethnic cleansing. (Hmm, where have we heard that sort of thing before?)

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Proposed FCC Rule Change Could Help Internet Companies Overthrow Cable And Satellite TV

fcc

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission rule would “ensure that over-the-top Internet streaming services are given the same treatment as cable companies and satellite television companies. … Broadcasters would be barred from stopping online video providers from carrying their content and that online video providers would be empowered to negotiate fair licensing deals with content providers.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter