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Box Office Hell


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13 Responses to “Box Office Hell”

  1. Noah says:

    That would be amazing if The Kingdom holds as well as the experts are predicting, that’s like a 30% drop. I wonder if Michael Clayton opening in limited release is a good idea since it’s a Clooney film and I think they could open that flick to 10 or 15 million if they sold it as a Clooney legal thriller.

  2. LexG says:

    What the hell is Feel the Noise?
    I say that not with disdain for the movie, which I’ve honestly never heard of or seen one trailer, ad, or poster for, but maybe with some anger at myself for finally reaching that age where I’m suddenly not up on everything new and current. I assume it has to be a new dance movie of sorts?
    Along with Illegal Tender, this makes two wide-release movies in the last two months that have come out in moderate release without having registered whatsoever… and I live in a large city, watch MTV, surf the Web, listen to the radio, and still… nada.

  3. LexG says:

    I wrote:
    “two wide-release movies in the last two months that have come out in moderate release…”
    Nice sentence, Lex!

  4. Cadavra says:

    FEEL THE NOISE is a Latino dance-drama produced by Jennifer Lopez’ company; the biggest name in the cast is Giancarlo Esposito.

  5. jeffmcm says:

    There are plenty of posters for it up here in LA, but I haven’t seen a TV commercial for it. I have, however, seen plenty of spots for the Hoveround, which should tell you what kind of cable I watch.

  6. Joe Leydon says:

    Obviously, you square cats aren’t hip to Reggaet

  7. Aris P says:

    Apparently Blade Runner is playing here in LA as well. Wonder what the per screen average on that will be. It’s showing at the new Regal theatre on Pico and Westwood, and i DO love this film, but seriously, how many times can I possibly watch this film? Aren’t three versions enough?

  8. Gotta agree with Noah about Michael Clayton. The similaties between it and Erin Brockovich seem pretty solid.
    The Seeker? Christ, that looks bad.

  9. Joe Leydon says:

    According to Nikki, looks like everyone overestimated The Heartbreak Kid.

  10. anghus says:

    so the heartbreak kid makes a little over half of what they projected.
    talk about being off.

  11. Chucky in Jersey says:

    “Michael Clayton” goes national and wide next week. It’ll be hard to sustain its NYC/LA pace with all the arty/upmarket stuff out there.
    As for “Heartbreak Kid”? The banner ads for it that I’ve seen on proclaim “From the directors of ‘There’s Something About Mary’.” CRASH!

  12. jeffmcm says:

    There he goes again.

  13. “so the heartbreak kid makes a little over half of what they projected. ”
    A week after The Game Plan doubled what analysts were predicting. Hmmm.

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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