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Klady's Friday Estimates

This weekend of the year

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21 Responses to “Klady's Friday Estimates”

  1. abba_70s says:

    So the curse of the 1st week of December hits again…$2.1 mil for Nativity has got to hurt…Maybe they shouldn’t have done the prequel 😉

  2. Tofu says:

    Bond really has been doing a good job of catching up to Happy Feet over the weekdays, but Saturday just kills it.
    Typical hard drops for an after-Thanksgiving weekend. Van Wilder actually got 2000 theaters. A total crime on cinema in all forms.

  3. Sandy says:

    I don’t think The Nativity Story will do badly considering there’s a whole month to play with..and Christian audiences don’t necessarily come out in big numbers for Friday night – I would think Sunday is the bigger day.

  4. We can only assume it got 2000 due to there being nothing out there except the first three movies taking up lots of screens.
    I saw Borat! on Friday night (had to wait until friends finished exams) and it was very very funny, but how well would it play second time around I wonder…

  5. Okay, I gotta mention this: Why are all the Illusionist FYC ads around using those horrible pictures of Ed Norton. Look at the posters for the film
    Why did they animate his head, but also make it oddly shaped and really grotesque looking?

  6. Spacesheik says:

    I am ecstatic Bond is doing boffo everywhere and the reviews and word of mouth are smashing – it has elevated itself beyond the simple ‘action movie’ genre that Brosnan used to star in and has become an ‘event’ picture again, the way Bond movies used to be.

  7. Spacesheik says:

    As far as Kal Penn is concerned, as much as I loathe SUPERMAN IN LOVE, Singer did good by keeping him in the background.
    He ain’t no Ned Beatty.

  8. Tofu says:

    KC: Sounds like they just repeated their initial internet ads and slapped on some FYC text on. As these were the only adverts I ever saw for the movie… The final take is simply stunning in my eyes.

  9. The Carpetmuncher says:

    Kal Penn is funny and charming. I don’t think we can blame all of VWII on him.
    Take a minute and go check out the Mira Nair film THE NAMESAKE when Searchlight finally puts it out there. I’m not saying it’s going to be a big hit, but it deserves to be. Just a wonderful, touching, funny, true film about the American immigrant experience, told through the eyes of an Indian family that comes looking for a better life, and it’s oldest son, who is split between two cultures. It had me laughing, and in tears, and is one of the best films I’ve seen all year (I was lucky enough to catch it at Toronto). And Kal is excellent in it.

  10. Wrecktum says:

    Interesting analysis on Bond’s future home, Poland. I agree with you that Sony is the obvious answer, but it’s really up to Broccoli and Wilson, and they’ll probably be looking for the best up-front financial deal, not who’ll treat their franchise better over the long run.

  11. shepherd12345 says:

    can DP or someone explain the peter berg joke? i know there’s nothing worse than explaining jokes but damned if i can figure this one out, and i’m curious.

  12. jeffmcm says:

    Do Broccoli and Wilson really get a choice? Isn’t it all up to the powers that be at Sony?
    And by the way, why does The Rise of Taj even exist? I can’t imagine that Waiting/Just Friends/Blade 3 elevated Ryan Reynolds’ asking price to such an unpayable high degree.

  13. David Poland says:

    It is ONLY up to Broccoli/Wilson… and MGM still owns the series. So Sony really has no say, only leverage from the success of this film and the power of the company.
    Personally, I think it is very unlikely that The Broccolis will go shopping. It will either be MGM or Sony releasing with the MGM logo on it – as it is on this one – either way.
    And the Peter Berg comment wasn’t meant as a joke. Both were actors of the same era turned directors of interesting, younger focused films. Stockwell seems to have gone in the wrong direction while Berg has gone in the right direction.

  14. jeffmcm says:

    I’m confused. I thought Sony purchased MGM, or at least the library, which is why they are releasing the current film – because they own half of the franchise, while the other half is owned by the Broccoli family.

  15. Wrecktum says:

    Jeff, Sony’s ownership of MGM is very sketchy. Sony technically owns only 20% of the company and MGM has been making very public moves in the past year to distance themselves from Sony. By the time Bond 22 is released, MGM will have completely extricated themselves from the initial distribution agreement with Sony and will no doubt make a play to completely co-finance and release the film independent of Sony.
    Or, at least that’s how I see it. It’s very complicated.

  16. martindale says:

    The Nativity has the whole month to work with, but it’s final gross will still be disappointing.

  17. marychan says:

    12/1 release of “Two Weeks” is only a Oscar qualification run; it will get general release in March 2007.
    According to Variety, Fox pays $30 million to market “Turistas”

  18. **Just testing to see if this actually allows me to post. It asked me to sign in before but failed, but now the box is up so maybe it didn’t…?**

  19. Cadavra says:

    Sony is already contracted to distribute both the next Bond and Pink Panther sequels. I imagine MGM would have to pay significant penalties to extricate themselves from the deal, and considering how well their non-Sony-distribbed-and-marketed pictures have done, I’m pretty sure they’re staying put.

  20. David Poland says:

    I don’t think you’re wrong, Cad… but Harry Sloan seems to think otherwise.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon