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QuickShots | Michael Moore, Ringwald Talks Hughes, the UK Bans? & Redford’s Latest

QuickShots | Michael Moore, Ringwald Talks Hughes, the UK Bans? & Redford's Latest

Q&A: Michael Moore

“From the spring of ’08, we were always doing a film about capitalism and corporate America. But, as you’ve seen from the recent revelations about the health insurance industry’s secret campaign to attack my last film (2007’s “Sicko”), I have to be extremely dodgy in order to outsmart these corporate guys. I had no way of knowing in May of 2008 that the economy would crash four months later. We were right in the middle of this Wall Street movie when it happened.” Matthew Belloni speaks with the director of “Capitalism: A Love Story” in H.R.

Molly Ringwald remembers John Hughes

Not long after hearing the horrible news, I found myself talking on the phone to Anthony Michael Hall, my friend and co-star in several of the movies John directed. His experiences mirror mine to a large extent. Both of us were catapulted from obscurity and planted in the American consciousness through the films that we did with John. Actress Molly Ringwald talks about the late director in an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times.

“My One and Only” Premiere

What brings fashion designers running? If you’re in New York City on a hot summer night, it is Renee Zellweger, who stars in the new film “My One and Only.” The premiere of that Fifties-era comedy drew a who’s who of well-known couturiers on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Jenny Peters reports for Fashion Wire Daily.

Britain bans Japanese horror film

Britain’s film censors on Wednesday banned the Japanese sadistic horror film “Grotesque”, saying its tale of extreme torture featured unrelenting brutality and minimal narrative. “Grotesque” focuses on the sexual assault, humiliation and extreme torture of a male and female victim, the board said.
The protagonist inflicts serious injuries on the restrained couple, including amputation, eye gouging, castration and disembowelment. AFP reports.

Redford to direct Lincoln assassination film: report

Hollywood legend Robert Redford has signed up to direct a historical drama about the assassination of US president Abraham Lincoln. Redford’s “The Conspirator” plans to focus on the role of Mary Surratt, a Washington tavern owner who sympathized with the Confederacy in the south and was allegedly linked to the assassination plot. AFP reports.

Triumvirate replaces Sloan as MGM CEO in rescue gambit

Embattled MGM CEO Harry Sloan has been replaced by a triumvirate comprising the restructuring specialist Stephen Cooper, production chief Mary Parent and CFO Bedi Singh as the studio struggles to shake off heavy debt. Jeremy Kay reports for Screen Daily.

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