Dough Woes Threaten Simpsons Future.pdf by suchufp


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      Inside:                                      Dough Woes Threaten
      play it again:
      dis to rerelease
                                                     Simpsons’ Future
                                              By Georg Szalai
      more toons                              and Lacey Rose
      PAgE 3                                  NEW YORK — News Corp.’s
                                              20th Century Fox Television
                                              said Tuesday that it can’t
      l.a. on-location                        afford to continue producing

      filming up in q3                        animated hit show The Simp-
                                              sons under its current busi-
      PAgE 4                                  ness model.
                                                “Twenty-three seasons in,
                                              The Simpsons is as creatively
      mipcom honor                            vibrant as ever and beloved
      for sweeney                             by millions around the world,”
                                              the Fox TV studio said in a
      PAgE 5
                                              statement. “We believe this

                                              brilliant series can and should
                                                                                                 Declining ratings and rising costs have put a stranglehold on The Simpsons.
      memorial set                            continue, but we cannot pro-
                                              duce future seasons under its                        The company, which has                    is looking for a 45 percent
      for calley                              current financial model.”
                                                The statement added: “We
                                                                                                 created a multi-billion fran-
                                                                                                 chise care of Simpsons T-shirts,
                                                                                                                                             pay cut for voice talent,
                                                                                                                                             which includes Dan Castel-
      PAgE 6
                                              are hopeful that we can reach                      stamps, DVDs, video games,                  laneta, who voices Homer
                                              an agreement with the voice                        theme park rides and a fea-                 Simpson; Julie Kavner
      movie reviews:                          cast that allows The Simpsons
                                              to go on entertaining audi-
                                                                                                 ture film, declined to com-
                                                                                                 ment further.
                                                                                                                                             (Marge); Nancy Cartwright
                                                                                                                                             (Bart); Yeardley Smith (Lisa);
      1911, centipede ii                      ences with original episodes
                                              for many years to come.”
                                                                                                   The Daily Beast had re-
                                                                                                 ported that the TV studio it
                                                                                                                                             Hank Azaria (Moe, among
      PAgEs 7, 8                                                                                                                                                              see page 2

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                                                                           September 17, 2011 – January 8, 2012

      This exhibition is organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and
      the Humanities, as well as the generous support of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board, Mildred and Charles Bloom Fund, Willfong Family Trust, Michael Armand
      Hammer, Dody Waugh, Dead Artists Society (SBMA support group), Jane and Ken Anderson, Ceil Pulitzer, Marianne and Norman F. Sprague III, M.D., and Charlene and Tom Marsh.
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                                                                             television news
    fRoM page 1

    others); and Harry Shearer       nbc shuts down                    after PTC president Tim
                                                                       Winter deemed the show            full seasons for
    (Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders
    and others). The report
                                     playboy club                      a “commercial disaster”
                                                                       and called for the network
                                                                                                         whitney, night
    said studio executives have      By Lesley Goldberg                to cancel the “degrading          By Philiana Ng
    threatened to end the            and Philiana Ng                   and sexualizing program           NBC has given full-season
    series, currently in its 23rd    NBC has canceled freshman         immediately.”                     orders to Up All Night and
    season, if a deal cannot be      drama The Playboy Club.              The PTC targeted the           Whitney.
    reached.                            Brian Williams’ news-          show from early on for ob-           The move follows Fox’s
       Pay has repeatedly been       magazine show, Rock Center,       jectifying and degrading          24-episode pickup of its
    a challenge on the long-         will take its place beginning     women since NBC ordered           quirky breakout comedy,
    running show. The first sal-     Oct. 31. Until then, repeats      it to series in May.              New Girl. Night and Whitney
    ary battle between the cast      of Prime Suspect will air on         Hodge downplayed the           are expected to have received
    and Fox came in the late         Mondays at 10 p.m. The            controversy after Gloria          a typical 22-episode order.
    1990s when the network           move to run Suspect in Play-      Steinem called for a boycott         “We made comedy an
    threatened to replace the        boy’s time slot is a clear sign   and NBC’s Salt Lake City          important goal for us this
    six main actors with new         of Bob Greenblatt’s desire        affiliate refused to air it.      season and I’m very pleased
    talent. The issue was ulti-      to make the series, which is         “I think there’s a percep-     to be making full-season
    mately resolved, with actors     closer to his cable sensibili-    tion of the show that’s false,”   commitments to both Whit-
    being paid roughly $125,000                     ties, work.        he said. “There are different     ney and Up All Night,” said
    per episode. In the spring                         Playboy’s       brands of feminism and I          Bob Greenblatt, chairman
    of 2004, the cast demanded                      cancellation       don’t think it should be          of NBC Entertainment.
    their fees be increased again.                  comes after the    boxed into any one version.”         Night, starring Christina
    After they stopped showing                      drama bowed           “I think there was a per-      Applegate, Will Arnett and
    up at table reads, their sala-                  Sept. 20 to        ception that we were trying       Maya Rudolph, is created
    ries were raised.                Hodge          lackluster rat-    to do something politically       by Saturday Night Live and
       In mid-2008, after months                    ings, attract-     ambitious or make a state-        Parks and Recreation veteran
    of negotiations that put the     ing 5 million viewers and a       ment or make this a show          Emily Spivey and executive
    20th season on hold, the         1.6 rating in the advertiser-     about empowering women,           produced by Lorne Michaels.
    Simpsons cast and the studio     coveted adults 18-49 demo-        which sounds super boring         The comedy premiered to
    reached the latest four-year     graphic. The second episode       to me,” he added. “That           strong ratings following
    deal that saw the top actors     of the series from show-          sounds like a documentary,        the finale of America’s Got
    get paid nearly $400,000         runner Chad Hodge and             which this certainly is not.      Talent on Sept. 14, luring
    per episode. While that was      20th Century Fox Television       This is more like Chicago,        10.9 million viewers and
    lower than an originally         tumbled 19 percent, luring        Moulin Rouge and All That         a 3.7 rating among adults
    sought $500,000, it was up       only 3.8 million viewers and      Jazz, Desperate Housewives.       18-49. Since then, it has
    from their previous deal of      a 1.3 in the demo. Its most       This is a fun, sexy soap.”        settled into NBC’s lead-off
    about $300,000 an episode.       recent episode dropped even          Rock Center With Brian         spot on Wednesdays, aver-
       While parting way with        more, attracting 3.2 million      Williams will feature Harry       aging a 2.2 in the advertiser-
    the series is far from ideal —   viewers and a 1.2.                Smith, Kate Snow and other        coveted demo for its two
    particularly given the series’      The series faced a back-       correspondents and anchors        most recent episodes.
    ability to lure younger view-    lash almost from the start,       at NBC News, including               Whitney, airing in the
    ers and kickstart other offer-   as the Parents Television         Meredith Vieira, Dr. Nancy        post-The Office slot, centers
    ings that come after it — the    Council called for a boycott      Snyderman, Richard Engel,         on a commited couple who
    company would continue to        and urged sponsors to pull        Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.         aren’t in a rush to get mar-
    benefit from the Simpsons’       out of the show that starred         The hourlong newsmaga-         ried. Whitney Cummings
    ability to stay relevant in      Amber Heard and Eddie             zine will revolve around the      and Chris D’Elia star in
    reruns. Among the appeals        Cibrian in a 1960s-set story      week’s events, interviews and     the Universal Television
    of an animated series of the     about the Chicago Playboy         coverage and be broadcast         and Stuber Pictures pro-
    Simpsons’ caliber is its abil-   Club and the bunnies and          from Studio 3B in Rocke-          duction. In its first two epi-
    ity to play well in repeats,     men who loved them.               feller Center in New York.        sodes, Whitney has averaged
    syndication and in stream-          Seven advertisers exited          Lacey Rose contributed         6.1 million viewers and a
    ing platforms.                   the series in its second week     to this report.                   2.9 rating.                thR
October 5, 2011                                                                                                                          Page 3 of 9

                                                                                                     movie news
              Disney to Rerelease
                                                                                                                Mahoney to produce.
                                                                                                                   No writer or director is
                                                                                                                yet attached to the live-

              More Animated Pics
                                                                                                                action family film, which
                                                                                                                Fox 2000’s Carla Hackan
                                                                                                                will shepherd.
                                                                                                                   It won’t be the first horse
    By Pamela McClintock                                                                                        film for Gabler, an equestrian
    Throwing open its vault with                                                                                enthusiast. Fox 2000 also
    unprecedented gusto, Dis-                                                                                   produced 2006 pic Flicka.
    ney has announced it will                                                                                      Mr. Ed, a television sit-
    rerelease four of its classic                                                                               com from Filmways, aired
    animated films in 3D, in-                                                                                   on CBS from Oct. 1, 1961,
    cluding two Pixar titles —                                                                                  to Feb. 6, 1966. As in the
    Beauty and the Beast, Find-                                                                                 original show, Fox 2000 will
    ing Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and                                                                                use a real horse. The studio
    The Little Mermaid.                                                                                         will use CGI to animate the
       The sweeping announce-                                                                                   horse’s mouth.
    ment follows the runaway        Beauty and the Beast will return for a limited theatrical run in January.      Friendly, who has pro-
    success of the 3D rerelease     Sept. 14 by Pixar’s 3D update            “Great stories and great           duced a number of pics for
    of The Lion King, which has     of Nemo, first released in             characters are timeless,             Fox, including Little Miss
    grossed nearly $100 million     2003 and grossing $868 mil-            and at Disney we’re fortu-           Sunshine for Fox Searchlight,
    worldwide in less than a        lion worldwide.                        nate to have a treasure trove        brought the project to Fox
    month. The rerelease just          Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. in           of both,” Walt Disney Stu-           2000. Friendly and Mahoney,
    cleared the $80 million mark    3D will debut on Jan. 18,              dios president Alan Berg-            a longtime manager and
    at the domestic box office.     2013, six months before                man said.                            television producer, have
       First out of the gate is     prequel Monsters University                                                 spent several years securing
    Beauty in 3D, which begins
    its limited theatrical run on
                                    on June 21. Monsters, Inc.
                                    originally hit theaters in             mr. ed speaks                        rights to Mr. Ed from two
                                                                                                                different estates.
    Jan. 13, 2012. The animated
    film, grossing $377.4 million
                                    2001, earning an estimated
                                    $524.5 million globally.
                                                                           to fox 2000                             Fox 2000’s upcoming
                                                                                                                slate includes The Big Year,
    worldwide, was first released      Mermaid in 3D goes out              By Pamela McClintock                 starring Jack Black, Steve
    in 1991 and, like Lion King,    on Sept. 13, 2013. It first hit        Elizabeth gabler’s Fox 2000          Martin and Owen Wilson.
    spawned a long-running          theaters in 1989, and has              has picked up film rights to         The film, based on the book
    Broadway show, as well as       grossed $211.3 million world-          classic talking-horse TV show        The Big Year: A Tale of Man,
    regional tours.                 wide. It also was adapted              Mr. Ed for David Friendly’s          Nature and Fowl Obsession,
       Beauty will be followed on   into a musical stage show.             Friendly Films and Jim               opens Oct. 14.             thR
October 5, 2011                                                                                                                Page 4 of 9

                                                                                          movie news
    l.a. on-location                because of increases in
                                    reality TV shoots. TV sit-      jackson lines up                  Robert De Niro and Forest
                                                                                                      Whitaker, in the can.

    filming rises                   com production was up
                                    12.6 percent and pilots were
                                                                    action project                      Jackson is repped by CAA
                                                                                                      and attorney Aron Baumel.
    in third Quarter                up 88.5 percent. However,       By Borys Kit

    By Alex Ben Block
                                    the TV drama category was
                                    down 20.3 percent, accord-
                                                                    Rapper-turned-actor Curtis
                                                                    “50 Cent” Jackson has             herzog taking
    Driven by California state
    tax incentives, on-location
                                    ing to the report. Among
                                    the TV dramas that did
                                                                    zeroed in on action project
                                                                                   The Pursuit as
                                                                                                      shot as bad guy
    feature-film production         shoot in L.A., 10.4 percent                    his next star-     By Daniel Miller
    in Los Angeles increased        received California state                      ring vehicle.      In a rare move, director Wer-
    49.9 percent during the         subsidies.                                        Cheetah         ner Herzog will step from
    third quarter of 2011, com-       “Unfortunately, our                          Vision Films,      behind the camera to play
    pared to the same period        summer prediction of                           which Jack-        the villain in One Shot, the
    in 2010.                        diminished third-quarter        Jackson        son runs with      Paramount-Skydance Pro-
       That included production     TV drama production was                        producer Ran-      ductions drama that stars
    on Christopher Nolan’s big-     spot-on,” said FilmL.A.         dall Emmett, and Emmett/          Tom Cruise.
    budget pic Magnus Rex, Oli-     president Paul Audley.          Furla Films are producing            The project,
    ver Stone’s Savages and the     “While the California state     the thriller, which will be       an adaptation
    films End of Watch and He       incentive brought six tele-     directed by Jessy Terrero.        of a 2005 Lee
    Loves Me, among others.         vision dramas to Los Ange-      Terrero just signed a three-      Child novel,
       Eight of the projects that   les this quarter, we’ve seen    picture directing deal with       centers on
    shot in L.A. city or county                   other jurisdic-   the producers.                    Jack Reacher        Herzog
    received subsidies under                      tions capture       According to the produc-        (Cruise), an
    the state of California’s                     an unusually      ers, Pursuit, written by Matt     ex-Army cop who gets
    production incentive pro-                     high num-         Johnson, follows “a cop and       sucked into the mystery
    gram, which is designed to                    ber of these      criminal [who] inadvertently      surrounding the arrest of
    stop runaway production                       economically      team up to track down an          a sniper accused of killing
    by keeping movie, TV and        Audley        beneficial        escaped bank robber as            five people.
    commercial shoots in the                      projects.”        each has his own personal            Herzog will play The Zec,
    state. That represented           Commercial production         vendetta against the man.         a character described as an
    12.5 percent of the movies      was up 16.5 percent dur-        Meanwhile, a determined           “ageless and shadowy fig-
    shot on location in the L.A.    ing the quarter, which is a     U.S. Marshall hunts the men       ure,” according to sources.
    area during the quarter.        turnaround after a slight       to prevent them from killing      It is the German helmer’s
       Across all categories,       decrease during the second      the convict and instead en-       first major onscreen role.
    filming in L.A. was up          quarter. Overall, commer-       sure that he is brought to           Christopher McQuarrie
    15.4 percent in the third       cial production in L.A. is      justice the proper way.”          will direct from a script he
    quarter, according to data      up 3.4 percent for the year       Jackson will play the cop.      wrote.
    released Tuesday by Film        to date.                          Lionsgate will distribute          Shot, which features a cast
    LA, the non-profit that co-       “It’s important to re-        the pic through its ten-movie     including Rosamund Pike,
    ordinates permits for filmed    member that increases in        output deal. The plan is to       David Oyelowo and Richard
    entertainment shot on loca-     local production days mean      start shooting in Louisiana       Jenkins, is set to begin film-
    tion in the city of Los Ange-   local workers are being         in February.                      ing this month in Pittsburgh.
    les and unincorporated          hired and local businesses        Terrero, whose debut fea-       Herzog, helmer of such pics
    areas. Their stats do not       are seeing a benefit,” Aud-     ture was 2004 comedy Soul         as Rescue Dawn, has been
    cover movies, TV shows or       ley added. “The California      Plane, is a regular Jackson       seen and heard in movies
    commercials which shoot         Film and Television Tax         collaborator. He has directed     over the years; he appeared
    on studio lots and do not       Credit Program is a proven      numerous music videos for         in the 2007 poker film The
    require permits to shoot on     job creator.”                   the rapper as well as Jack-       Grand and narrated doc-
    the streets around L.A.           More information on           son’s 2010 crime thriller, Gun.   umentaries Grizzly Man,
       Television production        the report and state pro-       The duo also have Emmett/         Encounters at the End of the
    was up 5.8 percent per-         grams can be found at           Furla’s action thriller Free-     World and Cave of Forgotten
    cent for the period mainly                lancers, which also stars         Dreams, among others. thR
October 5, 2011                                                                                                                                                Page 5 of 9

                                                                                                                  mipcom news
      Disney/ABC’s Sweeney
                                                                                                                                     producing for a different
                                                                                                                                     audience. Those are great
                                                                                                                                     shows and they speak so well

       Looks at Big Picture
                                                                                                                                     of the networks that carry
                                                                                                                                     them but that’s the differ-
                                                                                                                                     ence: broad-based vs. niche.

    By Scott Roxborough                                                                            favor of more competition            thR: Do you need a show
    CANNEs — Perhaps the only                                                                      because it raises the bar, it     to be an international hit for
    woman likely to outshine                                                                       raises the gold standard and      it to be a success for you?
    Missing star Ashley Judd                                                                       we saw it with Desperate             Sweeney: I think you can
    at this year’s international                                                                   Housewives and Lost on ABC,       have both. Dancing With the
    television confab MIPCOM                                                                       you see it in our new slate.      Stars is a great format for us.
    is Disney/ABC Television                                                                       Like Once Upon a Time, which      It’s a format we license from
                                     Kevin WinteR/getty iMages

    Group president Anne                                                                           isn’t on the air yet, it’s from   the BBC, so that can’t travel
    Sweeney, who will be hon-                                                                      two of the writers from Lost.     for us, but we consider it
    ored tonight as the event’s                                                                    Or Shonda Rhimes, who             a great success. Desperate
    Personality of the Year. The                                                                   created Grey’s Anatomy —          Housewives on the other
    53-year-old exec is the first                                                                  she’s created a show called       hand — a huge success for
    woman to receive the pres-                                                                     Scandal with Kerry Washing-       us internationally. Missing
                                                                 Disney/ABC Television Group
    tigious award. On the eve                                    president Anne Sweeney is the     ton that will go on air next      has actually sold to 80 terri-
    of the honor, Sweeney took                                   first woman to receive MIPCOM’s   year which is fantastic ...       tories before it’s even gone
    time to talk to The Hollywood                                Personality of the Year award.    moving more towards a pro-        on the air. So we do look for
    Reporter’s German bureau                                     ferent, because they are talk-    cedural. So there’s an after-     global success because we
    chief Scott Roxborough                                       ing to a pay-TV audience,         glow to these big series —        are a global company.
    about the challenges facing                                  not a network one. We are in      the afterglow is really the
    Disney and ABC at home                                       a very different business.        talent that you come to know         thR: You are the first
    and abroad.                                                                                    and work with on these series     woman to receive MIPCOM’s
                                                                    thR: Lost is off the air.      and hopefully get to know         Personality of the Year award.
       thR: Some of the biggest                                  Desperate Housewives is gone.     again and they are coming         How does it feel?
    news at MIPCOM has been                                      C.S.I., House and a lot of the    to you with their new projects.      Sweeney: It’s a wonderful
    the deals Netflix is doing                                   other big shows that domi-                                          honor. I’ve been coming
    here. They have been very                                    nate primetime internation-          thR: Many of the most          to this marketplace for a
    active, buying new series                                    ally look like they’re on their   hyped shows in the U.S. —         long time. And I’m one of
    like Borgia and Lillyhammer                                  last legs. So far, we haven’t     Breaking Bad, Mad Men,            many women that have
    and, of course, they are                                     seen a new generation of          Justified — aren’t primetime      worked in this marketplace
    planning their own high-end                                  U.S. shows to replace them        fare internationally. What        and have helped create this
    series, David Fincher’s House                                in international markets.         separates them from shows         great business. More than
    of Cards. How big a threat                                   We’ve had periods before          — on ABC, for example —           anything, though, I think
    is Netflix to the traditional                                when U.S. programming             which go on to conquer the        this award speaks to the
    networks?                                                    wasn’t the dominant force         world?                            strength of my team. And
       Sweeney: They actually                                    internationally. Is that hap-        Sweeney: I think the dif-      the last 15 years with Disney,
    aren’t a threat because they                                 pening again?                     ference is who your initial       we’ve had this unofficial
    don’t have first series. They                                   Sweeney: No, I actually        platform is — who you are         mantra, which is: Create
    have library. So, if anything,                               think that — because U.S.         originally producing for.         what’s next. That’s really
    they would be helpful for                                    programming over the years,       When you are producing for        the secret of this company.
    a network because of its                                     if you look at the rate of        ABC, you’re producing for a       My feelings about [receiving
    library sales.                                               cable channels and pay-TV         big network. So when you are      the award] is a bit of nostal-
                                                                 channels in the U.S. that         thinking about your story         gia mixed in with a tremen-
       thR: But they are buy-                                    are starting to really spend      lines and characters, you’re      dous amount of pride for
    ing and producing original,                                  against quality — we have         thinking about broad appeal.      the people I work with and
    first-run series.                                            seen an uptick in compe-          When you are producing            it will be a chance to express
       Sweeney: But that’s dif-                                  tition. And I always am in        for a niche interest, you are     that publicly.            thR
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                                                                                                               calley tribute
             Memorial Service
                                                                                                                                     JC’s request, I outlined to
                                                                                                                                     about 20 execs the scenario
                                                                                                                                     for TimeCode. No script, real

            Scheduled for Calley
                                                                                                                                     time, 20+ actors improvising
                                                                                                                                     based on a two-page treat-
                                                                                                                                     ment. I will never forget the
                                                                                                                                     looks of disbelief from my
    By Bill Higgins                                                                                me that my producer did           reluctant audience. I think
    sony Pictures will hold a                                                                      her best to persuade him to       John’s very
    memorial service on Oct. 19                                                                    have my score replaced with       sophisticated
    for former CEO John Calley,                                                                    something more commercial         sense of humor
    who died Sept. 13 at age 81.                                                                   (loyalty is such a great trait)   was at work
       The memorial will be                                                                        and John told her that one        that day.
                                     al seib/los angeles tiMes

    at 4 p.m. on a Sony sound-                                                                     of the reasons he loved the          “I was also
    stage. Guests need to RSVP                                                                     film was because of the score.    aware of his       Figgis
    by Oct. 14 to 310-244-4142.                                                                       “This was the beginning        tough side.
    Entry will be through the                                                                      of wonderful friendship. JC       Midway through the Time-
    Overland gate. A reception                                                                     moved to Sony and gave me         Code experiment, he asked
                                                                 John Calley worked for seven
    will follow.                                                 years at Sony Pictures Enter-     an office space and a first-      to see some footage. What I
       Calley was at Sony from                                   tainment, during five of which    look deal, and in that period     sent him was anarchic, un-
    1996 to 2003. In his long                                    he was chairman and CEO.          we would meet regularly for       resolved and probably a mess.
    career as an executive and                                   discussion about jazz. He         lunch and talk about music.       He called me. ‘I hope you
    producer, he also worked at                                  was extremely knowledge-          He would tell me great anec-      know what you are doing
    Warner Bros. and United                                      able and I quickly discov-        dotes about various musicians     because clearly no-one else
    Artists.                                                     ered that he’d known Chan         and a particularly telling        does,’ he said. I was in New
       Leaving Las Vegas director                                Parker (Bird’s widow), had        story about Orson Welles          York when the call came
    Mike Figgis, who directed                                    himself played double bass        which contradicted a few          that JC and the studio had
    the 2000 experimental film                                   and had been very much            myths about the great man.        watched the final version. I
    TimeCode for the studio,                                     around the New York jazz             “He agreed to act in One       was expecting the worst. He
    has written a tribute to                                     scene in the late ’40s, early     Night Stand (he played            loved it and immediately
    Calley, exclusive to The                                     ’50s. I pumped for informa-       Robert Downey’s father)           got the studio behind it,
    Hollywood Reporter:                                          tion about various musicians      and also to be interviewed        promoting and getting the
       “I first met John Calley in                               and then asked him if he’d        for a book I did (Hollywood       right kind of press. It made
    London in 1995. MGM was                                      ever come across a particu-       Conversations) in which he        the front of The New York
    thinking of buying Leaving                                   lar hero of mine, legendary       gave very insightful ideas        Times as a news story.
    Las Vegas. It had been a long                                drummer Dave Tough. John          as to the future of the film         “My deal came to an end
    slog, first making the film                                  became quite emotional            industry.                         (as they do) and I moved
    and then trying to get dis-                                  and told me that Tough had           “On one of our lunches I       away from the studio system,
    tribution. We’d been turned                                  been a kind of godfather to       told him about an idea I’d        so we kind of lost touch. The
    down by everyone in the                                      him. A while later he sent        had for an experimental film      last tie I saw him was out-
    business and I was losing                                    me copies of Dave Tough’s         that I wanted to shoot in         side the Beverly Hills Hotel.
    hope. I was asked to have                                    musicians’ union card and         real-time on four cameras.        I was waiting for my car as
    lunch with a group of MGM                                    other related stuff.              My plan was to film it in         he pulled up in a convertible
    execs at the Dorchester,                                        “I think that moment           London on a tiny budget.          Bentley, as deeply stylish as
    so I turned up expecting                                     cemented our friendship.          John listened carefully and       ever. We chatted for a while,
    another ‘love the film, but                                  After a while we both real-       then suggested I make it at       I mentioned a Davey Tough
    it’s too dark’ chats. I was                                  ized that the rest of the table   the studio. He was fascinated     track that I’d discovered and
    seated next to John and we                                   was waiting for some kind         by the potential of digital       we agreed lunch was overdue.
    talked about the movie for a                                 of discussion about the film.     technology and thought it            “I miss those lunches in
    while and then he asked me                                   MGM picked it up, did a           would be entirely suitable        Hollywood where film busi-
    about the score (which I had                                 great job selling to the pub-     for a studio called Sony.         ness was rarely discussed.
    composed) and this quickly                                   lic and it then did remark-          “This led to a surreal meet-   John Calley was a one-off.”
    led onto a more general                                      ably well. Later John told        ing at the studio where, at          — Mike Figgis, 2011 thR
October 5, 2011                                                                                                                        Page 7 of 9

                                                                                        movie reviews
    1911                                Military commander Jackie Chan
                                        leads outnumbered forces in 1911.
    By Maggie Lee
    HONg KONg — Flouting
    Chairman Mao’s remark that
    “Revolution is not taking
    people out to dinner,” gate
    crashing and dinner parties
    take up more screen time
    than grisly battles and nation
    building in 1911. Jackie Chan
    stars and co-directs this his-
    torical epic with Zhang Li
    to commemorate the cen-
    tennial of the Xinhai Rev-         web of Western imperialist           presence. However, this          1908. Chan just bounces
    olution, which ended two           interests, while Huang gets          cannot alleviate the stodgy      around the warzone like a
    centuries of the monarchial        his hands dirty (and his fin-        dialogue he’s given, which       cheerleader with daft ex-
    system in China. However,          gers blown off) in bloody            sounds like reams of politi-     hortations like “your safety
    Chan has not injected any          warfare. However, their              cal treatises, or the gauche     comes first!”
    of his playful charm or            relationship never delves            behavior the script assigns         By comparison, ambitious
    physical virtuosity into           into personal depths or              him, like making a facile        General Yuan Shikai emerges
    Wang Xingdong and Chen             illuminates how it shaped            analogy between Western          as the most formidable char-
    Baoguang’s insipid, poorly         the country’s destiny. They          imperialist expansionism         acter as the pic devotes more
    structured screenplay.             seldom even appear in the            and a lamb chop.                 time to reveal how he plays
       A mainland Chinese pro-         same scene.                             Screenwriters Wang and        the court and the Republican
    paganda vehicle through               Two battles are repre-            Chen, who penned the block-      government against each
    and through, the film pos-         sented as the turning points         buster epics The Founding of     other. His devious intimida-
    tulates history in such a          in their struggle: the failed        a Republic and Beginning of      tion of Empress Dowager
    scrappy, inaccessible man-         third Guangzhou Uprising             the Great Revival, recycle the   Longyu (Joan Chen, ham-
    ner that either as entertain-      on April 23, 1911, and the           same formula of making 1911      ming up a prima donna act)
    ment or education, it’s a          Wuchang Uprising on                  a vehicle for star-studded       provides rare moments of
    lost cause. Initial domestic       October 10, 1911, which              cameos. However, stars in        dramatic tension.
    response is not particularly       motivated 14 provinces to            1911 are less numerous and          The film’s only romantic
    zealous. Overseas release          declare independence from            luminous. The gimmick is         interest, between Huang
    including a U.S. bow will          the reigning Qing court.             wearing thin anyway.             and his wife Xu Zonghan
    only pique specialist and             The action devised by                Historical accounts of the    (Li Bingbing), completely
    academic curiosity. Chan’s         Chan’s own stunt team is             protagonists’ real lives rock    skims over the process of
    usual fan base may give            run-of-the-mill and episodic         with adventure and romance.      how their paper wedding
    this one a pass, despite the       with no forward momentum.            The screenplay fails to take     blossoms into real love,
    astonishing fact that this is      The truncated narrative and          advantage of their poten-        reducing emotions to a few
    his 100th film as an actor.        rushed editing give the dubi-        tial for entertainment. The      disconnected reaction shots
       1911 chronicles the political   ous impression that the rev-         dearth of background or          of Xu frowning or fretting.
    careers of China’s first pres-     olutionaries lose battle after       anecdotal information in         In the same neglectful way,
    ident Sun Yat Sen (Winston         battle without putting their         characterization is signaled     scholar-martyr Lin Juemin’s
    Chao) and military com-            strategic position (namely           in the prologue execution of     (He Ge) celebrated letter
    mander Huang Xing (Chan)           that they were extremely             Qiu Jin (Ning Jing) without      (now part of Chinese school
    as parallel trajectories that      outnumbered and short of             relating to her background       curricula) to his wife Chen
    embody the two-pronged             ammunition) in context.              as a political visionary and     Yiying is never quoted once,
    offensives of the revolution.         Chao, who’s played Sun            proto-feminist. Huang was        nor have they created a mov-
    Sun is the diplomat and            numerous times since The             a military genius, who held      ing episode out of their love.
    statesman spearheading             Song Sisters (1997), practi-         up 20,000-strong Qing troop      Instead, stylized shots of him
    overseas fund-raising efforts      cally inhabits the role, infus-      for a month with 200 men         frolicking on Penang beach
    and navigating a complex           ing the film with a dignified        in the Guangxi uprising in                              see page 8
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    fRoM page 7
                                         Laurence R. Harvey is
    like a Club Med commercial           bugged about something
    are inserted into incongru-          in The Human Centipede II
    ous scenes over and over.            (Full Sequence).
       The technical package is
    visibly expensive, but skilled
    cinematography aside, its
    production design does not
    create particularly stylish
    period atmospherics. Sets of
    U.S. or European backdrops
    look especially overwrought
    and faux.

    Opens: Friday, Oct. 7 (Variance).   the human                      Centipede, which he watches
                                                                       over and over on a tiny TV.
                                                                                                      in typical actor-speak: “I was
                                                                                                      drawn to the film because of
    Production: Changchun Film
    Studio Group, Shanghai Film Stu-
                                        centipede ii                     Despite the lame efforts
                                                                       of his ineffectual therapist
                                                                                                      the medical aspect.”
                                                                                                         In addition to referencing
    dio Group, Hubei Provincial Party
    Committee Propaganda Dept.,
                                        (full seQuence)                (Bill Hutchens), it’s clear
                                                                       that Martin is going to go
                                                                                                      himself with copious clips
                                                                                                      from his earlier effort, Six
    Beijing Alnair Culture & Media,     By Frank Scheck                postal. After dispatching      provides plenty of stomach-
    Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp.,         NEW YORK — As the writer/      his mother by bashing in       churning sequences, such
    Jackie Chan International Cin-      director of one of the sick-   her skull and propping her     as Martin knocking out
    ema Cultural Holdings, Xiaoxiang    est horror films ever given    up for an intimate meal at     someone’s teeth one by one
    Film Studio, China City Construc-   a mainstream release, Tom      the dinner table — Norman      with a hammer and another
    tion Holding Group, Hebei Film      Six is in the unenviable       Bates, eat your heart out —    which should dissuade any-
    Studio, Tianjin North Film Group,   position of having to top      he goes on a murderous         one watching from contem-
    Hillcas (Shanghai) Film, Media      himself with its sequel. He    rampage, dispatching his       plating natural childbirth.
    Asia Films, Huaxia Film Distribu-   manages to do so — at least    victims in rather unimag-      Unlike the original, which
    tion, Langfang Guohua Film Base,    in terms of violence, gore     inative fashion with guns,     was in bright color, the
    Nanjing Broadcasting Group.         and body count — but what-     knives and blunt objects.      sequel is shot in such dark
    Cast: Winston Chao, Jackie          ever gothic originality the      His main goal is to outdo    black-and-white that some
    Chan, Li Bingbing, Sun Chun,        first Human Centipede pos-     the mad scientist who cre-     images are barely discern-
    Joan Chen, Jiang Wu, Angela-        sessed is altogether lacking   ated the infamous titular      ible. Alas, most of them are.
    baby, Hu Ge, Jaycee Chan,           in this sorry follow-up.       creation of the first film.
    Yu Shaoqun, Ning Jing.                 Much like director Wes      To that end, he hogties a      Opens: Friday, Oct. 7
    Director: Jackie Chan.              Craven eventually did in       dozen victims in an aban-      (IFC Midnight).
    Co-director: Zhang Li.              his Nightmare on Elm Street    doned warehouse. But lack-     Production: Six Entertainment.
    Screenwriters: Wang Xingdong,       series, Six has gone all       ing his inspiration’s surgi-   Cast: Ashlynn Yennie, Laurence
    Chen Baoguang.                      meta-theatrical here, pos-     cal skills, he resorts to a    R. Harvey, Vivien Bridson, Bill
    Producers: Wang Zheben,             iting that the original was,   rather low-tech approach —     Hitchens.
    Wang Tianyun, Bi Shulin.            you know, just a movie, and    binding his victims mouth      Director-screenwriter: Tom Six.
    Executive producers:                what you’re witnessing now     to anus — that’s nonethe-      Producers: Ilona Six, Tom Six.
    Ren Zhonglun, Liu Lijuan, Guo       is the real thing.             less disgusting.               Executive producer: Ilona Six.
    Bin, Qi Jiangchong, Zhou Pixue,        The nefarious main char-      In a wan attempt at          Director of photography:
    Yu Lian, Shen Xiaoyi, Wang          acter is Martin (Laurence      cleverness, one of the un-     David Meadows.
    Dafang, Peter Lam, Gu Guoqing.      R. Harvey), a grossly cor-     fortunates is Ashlynn Yen-     Production designer:
    Director of photography:            pulent, asthmatic Brit who     nie, the actress who played    Thomas Stefan.
    Huang Wei.                          lives with his dotty mother    the rear end of the human      Costume designer:
    Production designer:                (Vivien Bridson) and works     centipede in the first film.   Harried Thompson.
    Chen Minzheng.                      as a security guard at an      Picked up at the airport by    Music: James Edward Barker.
    Music: Ding Wei.                    underground security garage.   Martin under the guise of      Editor: Nigel De Hond.
    Editor: Yang Hongyu.                It turns out that Martin’s     an audition with Quentin       No MPAA rating,
    No MPAA rating, 110 minutes.        favorite movie is The Human    Tarantino, she informs him,    88 minutes.                 thR
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 Week 2
 Oct. 5                              ABC                                                  CBS                                               NBC                                                FOX                                                               CW
  MON          3.2/8                                     14.7     4.7/11                                     13.2    1.6/4                                         4.3    3.1/8                                    9.2       0.8/2                                                  1.6
   8:00        3.2/9                                      15.8    4.5/12    How I Met Your Mother            10.5    1.8/5                                         5.0    3.1/8                                    9.5       0.8/2                 Gossip Girl                       1.5
   8:30        3.3/8    Dancing With the Stars            16.3    4.6/12    2 Broke Girls                     11.8   1.8/5      The Sing-Off                       4.7    3.1/8    Terra Nova                      9.3       0.7/2                 0.7/2 1.4                         1.2
   9:00        3.3/8    3.3/8 16.2                        15.8    7.3/17    Two and a Half Men               20.5    1.6/4      1.7/4 4.5                          4.0    3.1/7    3.1/8 9.2 D                     9.1       0.7/2                 Hart of Dixie                     1.8
   9:30        3.5/8                                      17.0    4.8/11    Mike & Molly                     13.9    1.7/4                                         4.0    3.1/7                                    9.0       0.8/2                 0.8/2 1.9 D                       1.9
  10:00        3.0/7    Castle                            12.4    3.3/8     Hawaii Five-0                     11.5   1.4/3      The Playboy Club                   4.1
  10:30        2.7/7    2.8/7 11.7                        10.96   3.2/8     3.2/8 11.3                       10.99   1.3/3      1.3/3 4.0                          3.8
   TUE         2.2/6                                      11.1    3.5/9                                      16.1    2.3/6                                         5.8    3.7/10                                   8.2       0.9/2                                                  1.8
   8:00        1.7/5    Dancing With the Stars: Meet Cast 8.9     4.0/12    NCIS                             18.6    2.1/6                                         5.9    3.6/11   Glee                            8.4       0.9/3                 90210                            1.7
   8:30        2.0/5    1.9/5 9.5 S                       10.0    4.4/12    4.2/12 19.5                      20.4    2.2/6      The Biggest Loser                  5.7    3.7/10   3.7/10 8.6                      8.7       0.8/2                 0.8/2 1.6                        1.5
   9:00        2.8/7    Dancing With the Stars Results    13.9    3.6/9     NCIS: Los Angeles                16.5    2.3/6      2.3/6 5.9                          5.9    4.5/11   New Girl                        9.3       0.9/2                 Ringer                           2.0
   9:30        3.0/7    2.9/7 14.4                        14.7    3.6/9     3.6/9 16.3                       16.0    2.4/6                                         6.0    2.9/7    Raising Hope                    6.1       0.9/2                 0.9/2 2.0                        2.0
  10:00        1.9/5    Body of Proof                      9.6    2.6/7     Unforgettable                    12.8    2.3/6      Parenthood                         5.6
  10:30        1.8/5    1.8/5 9.2                          8.8    2.5/7     2.5/7 12.4                       12.1    2.2/6      2.2/6 5.5                          5.5
   WED         3.4/9                                      9.4     3.3/9                                      11.7    1.6/4                                         6.4    4.1/11                               11.9          0.7/2                                                  1.6
   8:00        2.7/8    The Middle                         8.7    3.0/9     Survivor: South Pacific          10.4    2.1/6      Up All Night                       5.3    3.3/10                               10.0          0.6/2                 H8R                               1.4
   8:30        3.3/9    Suburgatory D                      9.8    3.4/9     3.2/9 10.7                        11.1   1.0/3      Free Agents                        3.1    4.1/11   The X Factor                12.2          0.6/2                 0.6/2 1.4                         1.4
   9:00        5.7/15   Modern Family                     13.5    3.5/9     Criminal Minds                   12.2    1.2/3      Harry’s Law                        7.3    4.2/11   4.1/11 11.9                 12.2          0.8/2                 America’s Next Top Model          1.7
   9:30        3.1/8    Happy Endings                      7.3    3.8/9     3.6/9 12.6                       13.0    1.2/3      1.2/3 7.6                          8.0    4.6/11                               12.97         0.8/2                 0.8/2 1.8                         1.8
  10:00        2.8/7    Revenge                            8.7    3.1/8     CSI: Crime Scene Investigation    11.8   2.1/5      Law & Order: SVU                   7.4
  10:30        2.6/7    2.7/7 8.5                          8.4    3.1/8     3.1/8 11.8                        11.7   2.1/5      2.1/5 7.2                          7.1
   THU         2.6/7                                      8.4     3.0/8                                      12.4    2.2/6                                         5.3    3.9/11                               12.2          1.1/3                                                  2.4
   8:00        1.4/4    Charlie’s Angels                   6.9    4,9/15    The Big Bang Theory              14.7    1.8/5      Community                          4.0    3.1/10                               10.1          1.3/4                 The Vampire Diaries              2.9
   8:30        1.6/5    1.5/4 7.1                          7.3    2.7/8     How to Be a Gentleman D           9.0    2.1/6      Parks and Recreation               4.3    4.1/11   The X Factor                13.0          1.3/4                 1.3/4 2.7                        2.6
   9:00        3.6/9    Grey’s Anatomy                    10.5    2.8/7     Person of Interest               12.5    3.5/9      The Office                         6.7    4.1/11   3.9/11 12.2                 12.6          1.0/2                 The Secret Circle                2.1
   9:30        3.5/9    3.6/9 10.2                         9.9    2.6/7     2.7/7 12.5                       12.5    2.5/6      Whitney                            5.4    4.4/11                               13.1          1.0/2                 1.0/2 2.1                        2.1
  10:00        2.8/7    Private Practice                   7.8    2.6/7     The Mentalist                    13.2    1.6/4      Prime Suspect                      5.8
  10:30        2.8/8    2.8/7 7.8                          7.7    2.5/7     2.6/7 12.9                       12.7    1.5/4      1.5/4 5.7                          5.5
    FRI        1.1/4                                      3.9     1.5/5                                      9.9     1.4/4                                         5.1    1.4/5                                    3.5       0.7/2                                                  1.8
   8:00        1.1/4    Modern Family R S                 3.8     1.1/4     A Gifted Man                       7.8   0.8/3      Up All Night R S                   2.9    1.6/6    Kitchen Nightmares              3.9       0.6/2                 Nikita                            1.8
   8:30        1.1/4    Suburgatory R S                   3.4     1.2/4     1.2/4 8.2                         8.6    0.9/3      Whitney R S                        2.8    1.7/6    1.7/6 4.0                       4.2       0.5/2                 0.6/2 1.7                         1.6
   9:00        1.2/4    Pan Am                            4.2     1.6/5     CSI: NY                            9.7   1.3/4                                         5.1    1.2/4    Fringe                          3.1       0.7/2                 Supernatural                      1.8
   9:30        1.1/3    1.1/4 4.2 R S                     4.2     1.8/5     1.7/5 10.1                       10.4    1.5/5      Dateline                           6.1    1.2/4    1.2/4 3.0                       3.0       0.7/2                 0.7/2 1.8                         1.8
  10:00        1.2/4    20/20                             4.1     1.8/5     Blue Bloods                       11.2   1.8/5      1.6/5 6.3                          6.9
  10:30        1.2/4    1.2/4 4.0                         4.0     1.8/6     1.8/6 11.3                        11.4   1.9/6                                         7.1
   SAT         1.8/6                                      5.9     2.8/9                                       7.8    0.7/2                                         4.6    0.9/3                                    2.9
   8:00        1.2/4    Sat. Night Football Pregame       4.5     2.4/9                                       6.9    0.5/2      Harry’s Law                        3.8    0.8/3                                    2.6
   8:30        1.6/6                                      5.6     2.9/10                                      8.1    0.5/2      0.5/2 4.2 R                        4.5    0.9/3    Terra Nova                      2.8
                                                                            The Home Depot SEC on CBS:
   9:00        1.9/6    Saturday Night Football:          6.3     3.0/10    Alabama Crimson Tide              8.1    0.5/2      Prime Suspect                      4.4    1.0/3    0.9/3 2.9 R                     3.0
   9:30        2.0/6
                        Nebraska Cornhuskers
                                                          6.6     3.0/9     at Florida Gators                 8.3    0.7/2      0.6/2 4.6 R                        4.7    1.0/3                                    3.1                                   NO PROGRAMMING
                        at Wisconsin Badgers                                2.8/9 7.6 S
  10:00        1.8/6    1.8/6 5.8                         5.7     2.8/9                                       7.4    0.9/3      Law & Order: SVU                   4.8
  10:30        2.0/6                                      5.9     3.0/9                                       8.1    1.1/3      1.0/3 5.2 R                        5.5
   SUN         2.3/6                                       7.6    3.5/9                                      13.9    6.7/17                                        16.6   2.4/6                                    5.1
   7:00        1.3/4    America’s Funniest Home Videos    5.9     10.2/31   NFL on CBS                       29.1    n/a        Football Night in America Part 1    n/a   0.7/2    The Cleveland Show R            1.6
   7:30        1.7/5    1.5/4 6.4                         6.9     3.5/10    60 Minutes                       16.8    2.9/8      Football Night in America Part 2    6.9   1.8/5    The Simpsons R S                4.0
   8:00        1.9/5    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition    6.5     3.4/9     3.5/9 17.1                       18.0    3.8/10     Football Night in America Part 3    9.6   3.1/8    The Simpsons                    6.2
   8:30        2.3/5    2.1/5 7.2                         7.8     3.1/7     The Amazing Race                 10.3    7.4/18                                        19.4   2.6/6    The Cleveland Show              5.6
   9:00        3.0/7                                      9.2     3.3/7     3.2/7 10.9                        11.4   8.1/19                                        20.6   3.5/8    Family Guy                      7.0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         NO PROGRAMMING
                        Desperate Housewives                                                                                    New York Jets at
   9:30        2.9/7    3.0/7 9.2                         9.0     2.0/5     The Good Wife                    10.5    8.4/20     Baltimore Ravens                   20.7   2.7/6    American Dad                    5.8
  10:00        2.6/6    Pan Am                            8.0     2.3/6     2.2/5 11.1                        11.9   8.5/20     7.7/19 18.9                        20.3
  10:30        2.5/6    2.6/6 7.8                         7.6     2.3/6     CSI: Miami                       10.1    7.4/18                                        17.4
 WKS.AVGS      2.4/6                                      8.7     3.2/9                                      12.2    2.4/7                                          7.1   2.8/8                                    7.4       0.8/2                                                  1.8
SSN. TO DATE   2.6/7                                      9.3     3.1/9                                      12.2    2.5/7                                          7.3   3.1/8                                    7.9       0.8/2                                                  1.7

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