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SEbK – D207


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18 Responses to “SEbK – D207”

  1. Joe Leydon says:

    Well, David, as you raised the question elsewhere: Do distributors hold back new releases at this time of year because it’s a traditionally soft weekend, or is it a traditionally soft weekend because distributors hold back new movies at this time of year? I don’t think the fact that there were only about three other people in the theater when I saw Mama’s Boy this weekend should be viewed as evidence that people won’t go to new movies on this weekend. Indeed, I wonder: If The Golden Compass would have opened the day before yesterday, and not next Friday…?

  2. jeffmcm says:

    I seem to remember a few years ago that Universal tried to use this weekend to launch some fairly big titles like Daylight and just last year New Line tried it with The Nativity Story and we saw how well those worked out.

  3. Joe Leydon says:

    BTW: Speaking of Mama’s Boy — well, gee, I knew it was a limited release, but so limited that it didn’t even get picked up on Klady’s radar? Damn. Talk about a tree falling in the woods when there’s no one around to hear it!

  4. Rob says:

    Wait…Mama’s Boy opened this weekend? Where?

  5. movieman says:

    Hey, Joe- Is your review of “Mama’s Boy” online at yet?

  6. movieman says:

    I was actually kind of looking forward to “MB.”
    I’m a little burned out on Jon Heder, but love, love, love Diane Keaton.
    Could it really be “that” bad to merit the kind of whoop-ass dumping WB gave it?

  7. Joe Leydon says:

    Soon… very soon…

  8. martin says:

    isn’t that the sandler produced pothead movie that came out a yr ago? or is that another Mama’s Boy?

  9. William Goss says:

    It opened in Orlando and a couple of other Southeastern markets.

  10. movieman says:

    Thanks, Joe.
    Ouch! Sounds like a real stinker. I wonder how Keaton got messed up in such an apparent catastrophe; she usually has much better taste in material. Of course, she is starring opposite Latifah and Katie Holmes in that really lame looking heist picture that’s opening next month, so maybe she’s not as picky as she used to be.
    Btw, my first dvd box blurb hits stores on Tuesday. You can be sure that I won’t be able to resist buying a copy the same way you
    were irresistibly compelled to purchase “The Wendell Baker Story,” lol.

  11. Joe Leydon says:

    Movie: Hell, I have an entire freakin’ shelf in my closet where I keep DVD and VHS packages with my quotes on them. I have no shame whatsoever. Beisdes, I kind of like the idea that I’m quoted on movies as diverse as The Fifth Element, Joy Ride, Bed of Roses AND The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Almost as much as I like the idea that I’m quoted on the posters circulated in Spain for the theatrical release there of Knocked Up — “Graciosisima… Increiblemente divertida…”

  12. movieman says:

    This is the first time I’ve gotten blurbed onto a DVD (or video) box, so for me it’s a big deal (as tacky as that may sound).
    Hope there are many more–or at least a few more anyway, lol–to come.

  13. Considering the poster they gave Mama’s Boy it doesn’t surprise me that nobody showed up:
    Poor Anna Faris. Now she deserves better.

  14. Wrecktum says:

    That’s a classic distributor dump. Oh well, you can’t win them all.

  15. movieman says:

    That “MB” poster is truly hideous; it’s like they weren’t even trying. I can’t believe that Keaton didn’t even rate a postage stamp-sized photo.

  16. Joe Leydon says:

    BTW: That’s also the newspaper ad art.

  17. Cadavra says:

    “isn’t that the sandler produced pothead movie that came out a yr ago? or is that another Mama’s Boy?”
    Close–it was GRANDMA’S BOY.

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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