Why ‘The Act Of Killing’ Director Made A Second Documentary – With A Survivor Of The Mass Murders Confronting The Murderers

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Joshua Oppenheimer (The Look of Silence): “Imagine you have to go to weddings and funerals and socialize politely with people who murdered your children because you’re too afraid to actually speak out and confront them. That takes a tremendous toll on our humanity.” (video interview and film clip)

Ira Glass Takes Full Ownership Of ‘This American Life’

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“Both [Chicago Public Media] and WBEZ will still benefit from This American Life, having agreed to kick over their shares in exchange for a portion of future profits from both TAL and Serial. In turn, all 22 employees of This American Life will become Glass’s employees.”

We Need Puppets To Keep Making Fun Of Us, Say French Politicians


When the owner of the television network Canal+ said that the satirical show Les Guignols de l’Info (roughly, “The News Puppets”) said that there was “a bit too much mockery” of politicians, and there were suggestions that the program would be canceled, it was the subjects of the mockery who leapt to the Guignols’ defense.

The Wolfpack Brothers’ Obsessive Remakes Of Films Show Us How To Do It Right


And for the siblings, who were locked in their apartment all of their lives by their father, things are working out: “The Tribeca Film Institute has commissioned them to reenact a clutch of Robert DeNiro films, while the San Francisco Film Institute hired them to recreate scenes from three iconic films that take place in the City by the Bay: Mrs. Doubtfire, Dirty Harry, and Sister Act.”

As Radio Shuts Down In Many Countries, BBC World Service Powers Up


“The most striking thing in the report, which tracked listening habits and how they had changed over the past year, was how short-wave radio – in rural and poorer areas where there is no FM, no cable and no electricity, it’s still the only way of tuning in – is under increasing threat from something as basic as jamming.”

Why Do Movies About Musicians Focus So Little Attention On The Music?


“Music-focused cinema could provide something radical: a close view of the processes of composing and performing that reveals the work behind what seems, to listeners, like magic. Instead, like almost any other kind of cinema, it tends to focus on human relationships: on the interpersonal, not the inner personal.”

Young American Actors Are ‘Relatively Asexual’ And ‘Social Media Image Conscious’, Says Michael Douglas

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Another aging American movie star disses his younger compatriots: “In Britain they take their training seriously while in the States we’re going through a sort of social media image conscious thing rather than formal training. … With the Aussies, particularly with the males it’s the masculinity. In the US we have this relatively asexual or unisex area with sensitive young men.”

Louisiana Retreats On Film Tax Credits And Studios Weigh Shooting Elsewhere


“Proponents said the cuts were necessary to help Louisiana balance its budget and avert steep cuts to education and other needed services. The state faces a projected budget shortfall of at least $1 billion in the current fiscal year. Many fear the new law, however, will encourage major studios to take big budget movies to Georgia and other states competing for Hollywood’s business.”

Dustin Hoffman: The Movie Business Right Now Is The Worst I’ve Seen


“Most films today, away from the comic strip or robot adaptations, are made in around 20 days. Part of the reason is that digital technology enables filmmakers to shoot more scenes in a day than they used to, but mostly it’s to do with the downsizing of budgets as more and more films get made. The films that have been squeezed the most by this development have been the quality dramas, a genre that has a habit of calling on Hoffman’s inimitable services.”

How A Public Radio Station Not Only Survived But Learned How To Thrive


“KPCC’s total audience has grown 27 percent, and Latino listenership has nearly doubled since 2009. At the end of 2014, the station was the highest-rated public radio station in Los Angeles. Its listener-sensitive revenue grew accordingly. The paper reports that KPCC’s listener support nearly doubled, from $6.5 million to $11.4 million; corporate underwriting revenue increased from roughly $5.3 million to $7.8 million between 2009 and 2014.”

Hollywood Gets Calls To Action For The Apparently Endangered American Movie Star


“The invasion of British and Irish leading men in Hollywood has now gone beyond a joke for many in the American entertainment industry. First noticed some time in 2011, the trend was initially dismissed as a novelty: an interesting phase that would pass, rather than as a threat. But this summer actors and directors are calling for action to mobilise American drama teachers and schools to counter it.”

BBC Slashes 1000 Jobs As Britons Migrate Away From TV To The Internet

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“Some Britons have discarded their televisions — the main source of home viewing for half a century — in favour of tablets which many younger people use to watch programmes over a wireless Internet connection. The BBC’s Head of News, James Harding, last month predicted that by 2025, most people in the United Kingdom would probably get their television programmes over the Internet.”

Are Too Many Movies Being Made?


“Let’s talk about this supposed crisis of overchoice in the film business. In the past couple of years, there have been a lot more movies released. Depending on where you live, there may be twice as many movies being released in theatres each week as there were in 2000.”

Netflix Isn’t Trying To Change TV, It’s Thinking Post-TV


“That all-at-once drop of House of Cards, for example, illustrates part of what Netflix has that television doesn’t. “It was not meant to be the template” for how Netflix would release shows, Sarandos said. “It was just, Let’s see how people watch it.” They had the flexibility to try something that would never work on TV, and the data to see immediately how users responded.”

A 60-Year-Old Infographic That Explains Disney’s Strategy Today


“Today, the network is larger, there are more platforms, and the path to success can get awfully messy, but the basic strategy is the same. Instead of following the model of other studios—releasing many films and hoping for a blockbuster—Disney is select. It releases about 10 films annually and builds out the franchising and revenue-generating opportunities that come with the territory.”

John Lassiter: Technology Is Changing The Vocabulary Of Film Storytelling


“What’s great about film is it constantly reinvents itself. It started as a sheer novelty, those images moving on the screen. Then it went and every step of the way a new technology started being added — sound, color. What happens is the film grammar of storytelling evolves and changes as well. The technology goes directly with the evolution of the storytelling.”