DAILY NEWS: Ray and Schmidt Back Together; "American Psycho" Appeal; Figgis' Yahoo! Debut
by Eugene Hernandez
>> Bingham Ray and John Schmidt Ready to Join Forces
(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- October Films co-founder spoke with the Rotterdam
Film Festival's "Daily Tiger" http://www.iffrotterdam.nl this week about his
unnamed and unannounced new "production venture." In Rotterdam as a juror,
Ray is set to team with former October partner John Schmidt, according
to the report. He and Schmidt will create a company that feeds the U.S.
distribution pipeline. "I hope to be on the other end, feeding those
companies with future films," he said, "You've got a lot of
companies competing with one another over a handful of really good
Commenting on a nasty episode at October in which corporate parent
Seagram forced October to drop Todd Solondz' "Happiness," Ray told
The Daily Tiger, "The people at the top of the company thought
it was truly subversive and would shock the shareholders and the
shareholders would be up in arms. It's a form of censorship that
I absolutely rebelled against and fought and lost. It was the
beginning of the end...it was corporate America against freedom
of expression. Who's going to win? Corporate America every time."
>> "American Psycho" Loses NC-17 Appeal; Film Will be Cut
(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- Mary Harron's "American Psycho," which had
its world premiere at Sundance 2000, has lost its NC-17 appeal
before the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). As a
result, Harron will re-cut a scene in the film with the aim of
securing an "R" rating for theatrical release.
As reported in indieWIRE last month, the "scene in question"
includes a three-way sexual act between lead Christian Bale
and actresses Cara Seymour & Krista Sutton, who portray
prostitutes in the film. The MPAA apparently focused on a
specific portion of the scene in which lead actor Christian
Bale observes himself in a mirror while having sex with the
two actresses. "The only thing that [the MPAA] found
objectionable," film spokesperson Jeremy Walker told
indieWIRE last month, "Was the explicit depiction of sex in
that scene -- the way they are having sex and the facial
"The scene is not about sex, but about sex as a transaction,"
explained Mary Harron in a statement last month, "So we made
it deliberately banal and distant. That Bateman is looking at
himself in the mirror and not at his partners seems to be an issue
for the MPAA, but his expression sums up his frighteningly detached
relationship to the world around him. To me it's one of the most
significant scenes in the film and to cut it would cause serious
"Of course we are very disappointed that the Association failed to
see the intellectual and aesthetic value of the scene as Mary
originally envisioned it," explained Lions Gate Co-President
Mark Urman in a statement this week, "Many who saw the film at
Sundance last week remarked how important the scene is, as well
as how relatively tame it is." Continuing he added, "We believe
that 'American Psycho' is an important film that deserves to be
seen by the widest possible audience, so we are willing to work
with the MPAA to achieve an 'R' rating." The movie is set to
open in April.
>> Figgis' "Time Code 2000" Set for Online Film Festival Debut
(indieWIRE/2.4.2000) -- Mike Figgis' digital film, "Time Code 2000,"
will have its world premiere at next month's Yahoo Internet Life!
Online Film Festival in Los Angeles (March 22 - 23, 2000). The
movie, shot in DV and in sequence on the streets of Los Angeles,
stars Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Saffron Burrows & Jeanne
Tripplehorn, and features Holly Hunter, Steven Weber and Laurie
"Time Code 2000" is described as "a black comedy thriller set
against Los Angeles lifestyles." The movie's unique structure
consists of four strands shot concurrently on four DV cameras.
The four unique movies, following sets of characters who meet
at the end, are synchronized for presentation on a square
format screen with all four storylines on the screen at the
same time. The film will be "mixed" live during its debut
at The Festival.