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Friday Estimates by Klady – 10/26

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12 Responses to “Friday Estimates by Klady – 10/26”

  1. See, the reason people keep going back to Saw and Final Destination is that they know what they’re gonna get and it’s something they can’t get anywhere else in such an easily digestible fashion. Still, I reckon this one will dip below $80mil in final tallies.
    Dan isn’t even on 2000 screens, which is perplexing to say the least.

  2. IOIOIOI says:

    So no one wants to see Lars and ITTW? It’s not surprising. ITTW still has the whole “RICH KID PISSING HIS LIFE AWAY” and “SEAN PEAN” vibe. While Lars has a premise that may be sweeter than Lemon Pepsi, but it’s still a whacky freakin premise. This leaves both of these movies sort of hanging out there, loved by critics (and loathed), but without finding it’s audience.
    Nevertheless; the SAW SAGA continues to rack up money. Compared to other flicks. These at least rip-off Phone Booth and have a villian people love. It will be interesting to see how the final two installments far, and if they can keep this pace up over the long haul.

  3. If memory serves, nobody particularly wanted to see Letters from Iwo Jima last year either.

  4. IOIOIOI says:

    Camel; a lot of people do not want to see a lot of flicks. The bastages.

  5. jeffmcm says:

    IOI, not sure what you mean by ‘final two’ since we are now guaranteed a Saw V, VI, and VII.

  6. IOIOIOI says:

    Jeff; there are supposed to be SIX in the SAGA. If they changed that with four, then they are going for a SEPTRILOGY! Which would be… rather precedented in the genre of horrour. Nevertheless; I do love that there’s a huge franchise out there, that I have no attachment to in the least. It’s sort of refreshing in a way.

  7. doug r says:

    Drove three hours yesterday to take my family to see Nightmare Before Xmas in 3-D. Ok conversion, but the trailer for the live-action 3-D picture with Brendan Fraser looked way cooler. The $5000 per screen Nightmare pulled in a couple of weeks ago suggests that people want something special in a theatrical experience. Just look at the numbers for Monster House and Polar Express. The 3-D screens pulled in WAY more money.
    Perhaps the draw of the Saw franchise is like Dave implies-they get the storyline on DVD, then the new picture gives them more of the same on the big screen. Coming soon…Saw 6 in 3-D!

  8. Cadavra says:

    “Jeff; there are supposed to be SIX in the SAGA. If they changed that with four, then they are going for a SEPTRILOGY! Which would be… rather precedented in the genre of horrour.”
    You’re kidding, right? HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13th and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET have all not only hit seven but passed it; I think Jason’s been in at least 11 by now.

  9. IOIOIOI says:

    Cad; go read it again. It’s a bit of business.

  10. jeffmcm says:

    It’s hard to tell.

  11. “rather precedented”. It would read “rather unprecedented” if he was implying it never happens.

  12. White Label says:

    There was a review posted somewhere (can’t find it now) explaining that the reason why people continue to see the Saw films is that each sequel helps you to understand the previous film, but also leaves its own questions unanswered.

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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