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Sunday Estimates by Klady – Aug 26


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12 Responses to “Sunday Estimates by Klady – Aug 26”

  1. matro says:

    Wow, kudos to Mr. Bean’s Holiday. For it to beat War and Nanny Diaries with very little advertising, at least that I saw…pretty crazy.

  2. GOOOooo HANNAH!
    Wheres ROCKET SCIENCE on there??

  3. And where’s KING OF KONG for that matter…?

  4. IOIOIOI says:

    Superbad having some staying power still shocks me for some reason. I should apparently have more faith in the AP. Nevertheless; WAR will hopefully do better on DVD. People go see Statham by himself, but they did not want to see him with Li? Weird. Nevertheless; the Summer is over, and now Heat can now get excited for his FALL MOVIES. Whoppidy do.

  5. jeffmcm says:

    I too am happy summer is ending and fall is almost here.

  6. Chicago48 says:

    Where’s Talk to Me? Wasn’t that supposed to be an Oscar-worthy movie? I saw it, I liked it, I liked the performances.

  7. lazarus says:

    Should we be surprised that the Simpsons will probably run out of steam and fail to pass Ratatoiulle? Does this reflect poorly on the former, or the latter for it even being close?

  8. Aris P says:

    Slightly off topic, but did Owen Wilson just try to kill himself this weekend? Some disturbing news on the news wires. Just what the heck is going on here?

  9. Laz, I don’t think we should look at it any way other than they’re two very successful movies ($175mil and $200mil are good, okay). One had immense first week rush.
    Bean with the second highest average is surprising, too.
    Dave, not sure if it’s just me but I can’t view the blog on IE. Everytime I click to view the comments the window stops responding. Just thought I’d let you know.

  10. David Poland says:

    I think it’s just you, Kami… viewing on IE now…

  11. IOIOIOI says:

    Jeff; you are looking forward to more OSCAR SEASON bitchfest. ADMIT IT, SIR! ADMIT IT! Nevertheless, FALL, is good for football. Movies? Eh… balls. Time to get a freakin IRON-MAN countdown clock! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  12. Dave, it’s working for me now.
    Odd. Not sure what was happening there.

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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