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Martin Scorsese on price of Not Knowing Director’s Identity Before Seeing Their Films

At the New York Film Festival, the Oscar winner talked about filmmakers he admires, the «danger of a demagogue taking over America» and the exit of the fest’s outgoing director Kent Jones.

Martin Scorsese on Saturday revealed why he doesn’t like to know a director’s identity before watching their work and more about his love of film before giving New York Film Festival director and collaborator Kent Jones a sentimental sendoff during a packed panel discussion at the event.

Held at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and hosted less than a day after the high-profile premiere of his latest film, The Irishman, Scorsese took a few minutes during the nearly hourlong event to touch on his experience viewing Joanna Hogg’s directorial debut Archipelago. While elaborating on his admiration for Hogg’s use of landscape, the Wolf of Wall Street and Taxi Driver helmer digressed to explain why he values viewing the art before the artist. «She’s amazing, Hogg,» Scorsese told Jones. «I just didn’t know her. I didn’t realize who made the picture. I had no idea if it was a man, woman, whatever. And it’s so great you can see films that way and not know who did it, and then find out. So you can look at it as art in and of itself, for itself.»


Hogg was just one among several filmmkaers whose work the Oscar winner praised during the event, which saw Scorsese and Jones analyzing various cinematic elements, styles and devices of a handful of notable films. While time constraints meant selected scenes from the 2016 Romanian film Sieranevada and the 1965 Nazi-occupation drama …and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear weren’t shown, the two did dissect scenes from Ari Aster’s horror hit Hereditary and the 1954 Hugo Haas-directed Bait alongside Scorsese’s discussion about Archipelago.

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Scorsese lauded Haas for his ability to craft films that were more pure and inventive despite — or rather, in light of — a smaller budget, while the performances in Hereditary earned compliments of «dynamic» and «astounding.» The Irishman director was also particularly fond of Aster’s ability to create what he saw as a family-driven narrative that doubled as horror and drama.

«It’s horror, but it’s more than that,» Scorsese said of Aster’s feature-length directorial debut. «For me, when you take the horror out, it still works. But the horror elements, how should I say this — they shock you in a good way. They shock you into an awakening of the real pain of these people.»

Beyond the chance to hear Scorsese commend directors living and deceased, the event ultimately offered a relaxed but intimate look at how he approaches and values producing and consuming cinema. With a succinct frankness, Scorsese declared that when it comes to moviemaking, «what it really takes is desire and obsession.» As for how you define a good or bad movie, what may not be «a good film» may still be good art, and who decides either matters.

«For a film ‘that works’ or ‘doesn’t work,’ I mean — for who?» Scorsese said.Amid the panel’s more intensive discussion, there were a few moments of hearty laughter. That included an aside about Bait star Cleo Moore’s six-week marriage to former Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long’s son, which became a reference to both All the King’s Men and a more subtle jab at Donald Trump. (All the King’s Men is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren based on Long that was adapted for the big screen first in 1949 and again in 2006.)

«It’s [a film] about the danger of a demagogue, uh… taking over America,» Scorsese said of Robert Rossen’s 1949 version, while pointedly looking at the audience. «It’s very important for understanding fascism and totalitarianism and authoritarianism and very important in terms of the psyche of the country at the time.»

For all its deep-diving on directorial work, the hourlong panel focused very little on Scorsese’s latest film and first for Netflix, The Irishman, a three-and-a-half-hour drama chronicling the life of mob hitman Frank Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro) and his role in labor leader and longtime friend Jimmy Hoffa’s (Al Pacino) disappearance.

While attendees may not have gotten any direct insight into his creative approach on The Irishman, Scorsese did take the time to share what he loved about Jones’ approach as the New York Film Festival’s director following news that Jones would be stepping down from the role at the end of this year’s event.

«In 1963, when this thing first started, I couldn’t afford the tickets, but it was the most remarkable thing to happen in New York,» Scorsese said. «But there’s something about the excitement of those first years that I only felt again when you took the reins here. … It’s a real love of cinema, and it was expressed to me under your guidance during this time.»


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Airbnb endurece sus cláusulas de fiestas luego del Halloween que dejó 5 muertos en California

Una mujer que usó Airbnb para alquilar una casa en California y organizar una fiesta de Halloween (en la que hubo un tiroteo que dejó cinco muertos) le mintió al dueño, diciendo que sólo quería mantener a su familia alejada de un incendio forestal, dijeron la policía y una persona al tanto del tema.

Testigos escucharon disparos y sufrieron el caos el jueves por la noche cuando unos 100 asistentes a la fiesta huyeron de la casa en Orinda, un suburbio tranquilo y acaudalado a unos 24 kilómetros (15 millas) de San Francisco que sólo ha visto dos asesinatos anteriores en este siglo, reportó el San Francisco Chronicle.

Las autoridades no han arrestado a nadie y por el momento se desconoce el motivo del ataque. Se encontraron dos armas en la propiedad, dijeron los agentes.

Tres personas murieron en el lugar y dos en el hospital, aseguraron las autoridades. La policía de Contra Costa los identificó como Tiyon Farley, de 22 años; Omar Taylor, de 24; Ramon Hill Jr., de 23; Javin County, de 29 y Oshiana Tompkins, de 19 años.

Otras personas resultaron heridas por disparos o al momento de huir.

Al parecer la fiesta se anunció en redes sociales como “Fiesta en mansión Airbnb”. Un asistente dijo que estaba disfrutando de la música y viendo bailar a la gente cuando escuchó disparos y la gente comenzó a correr.

Los gritos parecían durar para siempre, mencionó Devan, quien pidió que no se usara su apellido por cuestiones de seguridad.

La casa de cuatro habitaciones fue alquilada a través de Airbnb por una mujer que le dijo al dueño que su familia de unos 10 miembros tenían asma y necesitaban escapar del humo de un incendio forestal, dijo una persona con conocimiento de la transacción a The Associated Press. Un incendio en el condado de Sonoma, a unos 97 kilómetros (60 millas) al norte de Orinda, a principios de la semana, contaminó el aire en una zona amplia.

El propietario tuvo sospechas, pues se trató de un alquiler de una noche en pleno Halloween, por lo que antes de aceptar el acuerdo le recordó al inquilino que no se permitían fiestas, agregó la persona con conocimiento de la transacción, que no estaba autorizada a revelar públicamente la información y que habló sólo con la condición de anonimato.

Fuente: AP

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John Witherspoon, Comedian and Actor in ‘Friday,’ ‘Tracy Morgan Show,’ Dies at seventy seven

In a TV and film career that spanned five decades, the comedian also starred in popular TV series ‘The Wayan Bros.’ and ‘The Boondocks’ as well as movies such as ‘Bulworth,’ ‘Vampire in Brooklyn’ and ‘Dr. Doolittle 2.’
John Witherspoon, the prolific comic actor who starred in the cult Friday franchise as well as his long stint on The Wayan Bros. and The Tracy Morgan Show, has died. He was 77.

A statement from Witherspoon’s family posted on his official Twitter account confirmed that the comedian had died. «It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “POPS” always & forever.»

In a long film and TV career that spanned five decades, Witherspoon also had major roles in cult animated show The Boondocks (voicing the role of Gramps) and roles in cult films such as House Party and Meteor Man as well as Hollywood movies like Vampire in Brooklyn, Bulworth and Dr. Doolittle 2.

But on the big screen, Witherspoon is most immediately associated with his hilarious role as Ice Cube’s dog-catcher father in F. Gary Gray’s Friday (1995) and its two sequels Next Friday (2000) and Friday After Next (2002). Witherspoon was set to reprise his role in Last Friday, but the project was in pre-production and had yet to start filming.

On TV, Witherspoon played the memorable role of John «Pops» Williams on The Wayan Bros. show that aired on The WB from 1995 to 1999.

Born in Detroit, Witherspoon first broke into stand-up comedy in the 1960s and 1970s and was a contemporary of the likes of Robin Williams and Richard Pryor. He transitioned into TV roles with parts in the The Richard Pryor Show, The Incredible Hulk and Good Times.

Witherspoon was a prolific worker and had major roles deep into his seventies. He recently starred in Adult Swim’s Black Jesus, and the Obama-inspired sitcom The First Family.

He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD and Alexander.


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Ovidio Guzmán nunca estuvo formalmente detenido: Durazo

Durante la conferencia que ofreció este viernes el Gabinete de Seguridad, Alfonso Durazo secretario de Seguridad Ciudadana indicó que Ovidio Guzmán, hijo de ‘El Chapo’ nunca estuvo formalmente detenido.

Ello pese a que, el operativo que se realizó para su captura se trató de una acción directa en la que se cumplimentaba una orden de aprehensión con petición de fines de extradición.

Sin embargo, las autoridades que participaron en dicha acción fueron agredidos cuando se encontraba en espera de orden de cateo al domicilio de Ovidio Guzmán López en Culiacán, Sinaloa.

Durazo también enfatizó que no existe “ningún pacto con el crimen organizado, estamos trabajando para que acontecimientos como el de ayer dejen de suceder”.

En conferencia de prensa desde Culiacán y acompañado por los secretarios de la Defensa, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, y de la Marina, Rafael Ojeda, el funcionario federal sostuvo que “no hay falta del Estado ni ausencia del gobierno federal en esta decisión».

No buscamos enlutar hogares, sino resarcir el desgarrado tejido social, no vamos a regresar al tiempo de las masacres generalizadas… Vamos a acatar el desafío de la paz, pero no convirtiendo a México en un cementerio mayor al que ha sido”, expresó Durazo Montaño.

A su vez, el secretario de la Defensa, Luis Cresencio Sandoval indicó que el personal de las fuerzas de seguridad actuó de manera precipitada y con falta de planeación, además de que desestimó el poder de fuerza y convocatoria del grupo de Guzmán López, hijo del narcotraficante preso en Estados Unidos.

Refirió que en el operativo conjunto, que fue una acción directa contra Ovidio Guzmán López, se registró un fallecido, 19 bloqueos, 14 agresiones a elementos militares y de la Guardia Nacional, así como siete elementos del Ejército heridos, un oficial y ocho elementos de tropa detenidos y liberados sin lesiones.

Fuente: Excelsior

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