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Klady's 4 Day Estimates


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21 Responses to “Klady's 4 Day Estimates”

  1. luxofthedraw says:

    I think the slow release of In Bruges is going to save Focus a lot of money. I just got home from a relatively crowded showing and the WOM was not very positive. Of course Ebert’s 4 star “gift” review for the first time filmmaker should be fine for another week or two but this movie needs a dvd release as soon as possible. Terrific job on the trailer though.

  2. MattM says:

    Spiderwick is looking a lot less like a disaster than it did a few days ago. Huge bumps Thursday-Friday and Friday-Saturday. With kids out of school all week in the NE and no other kiddie friendly option, should play well for the duration.
    And how fast does Step Up 2 fade? Assuredly, it’s already made its budget back, so Disney doesn’t care.

  3. jeffmcm says:

    Why are kids out of school all week? It’s too early for Spring Break, right?

  4. MattM says:

    In the Northeast, there’s a full week break the week of President’s Day in a lot of districts as “Midwinter recess” with Spring Break in the end of April.

  5. Noah says:

    I think Definitely, Maybe will prove to have long legs and make a push at 50 million, despite the weak opening. Step Up 2 will be lucky to make that, despite opening to twice as much.

  6. LexG says:

    “TYLER GAGE IS IN THE BUILDING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!”

  7. waterbucket says:

    What about The Hottie and The Nottie? I honestly want to know how little it makes.

  8. ployp says:

    How is Defintely, Maybe? It has no release date for Thailand yet and I’m dying to see it.

  9. Lane Myers says:

    With Disney somehow able to open an urban dance movie that on the surface seemed like it should’ve been a straight to video title, it got me thinking: if I made a big movie, which studio would you want to market it? I would have to go with Sony or Disney overall. But here are some categories and my picks:
    Action – Fox
    Horror – Sony
    Adventure – Disney
    Comedy – Disney (based on Wild Hogs perf alone)
    Romantic Comedy – Universal
    If you had to choose one studio regardless of genre – Disney

  10. Wrecktum says:

    I’d pick Disney for everything except 1) horror and 2) upscale award-calibre films. But that’s why they own Miramax.

  11. Roman says:

    Jumper shamelessly ripped off one of my favorite books of all time – “Stars My Destination”. Still, I’m not too worried about it spoiling the premise for a large audience since the original novel is vastly superior and only uses the concept of teleporting as the jump off point.
    I also have little faith in the upcoming movie adaptation.

  12. Skyblade says:

    I’d go with Universal for comedy. I’m not sure who to go with for romcoms, they seem pretty unreliable.
    Dreamworks for anything, as long as it’s not after September.
    If I had a large scale period movie, I’d want Warner’s. Something too modern day or non/fantasy I’d get scared.

  13. Joseph says:

    I liked “Definitely, Maybe”. It’s predictable in who the “mystery” woman is though. And I thought the finale was completely bogus (there’s a twist in which there’s at least one way it could have been resolved successfully, and one other way the twist could have gone in a completely more pleasing and positive direction). Other than that it’s a fine movie, with very likable performances. It’s a feast of wonderful, lovely actresses. And Kevin Kline is a hoot.

  14. Er, Roman, Jumper is based on a series of books.

  15. NickF says:

    Jumping, jaunting…what’s the difference? :p

  16. Direwolf says:

    I saw In Bruges at Sundance and enjoyed it until the final act. I thought when Ralph F. entered the film it became a little over the top. I don’t want to say more so as not to be a spoiler. The back and forth between Colin F. and Brendan G. in the first 2/3rdsof the film was excellent. Good chemistry I thought and quite funny. A very good performance by both. I’m also a sucker for architecture so the shots of Bruges were a pleasure. The scenery was almost a co-star.

  17. Chucky in Jersey says:

    “In Bruges” is gonna get stuck in the arthouse ghetto thanks to product flow. Oscar-Whoring in the print ads doesn’t help.
    Matt, jeff: New Jersey schools had only Friday and Monday off. Kids in the Garden State will get their Spring Break in March — Easter is very early this year.

  18. Roman says:

    “Er, Roman, Jumper is based on a series of books.”
    I know that. That series was a ripoff, and, therefore, the movie is too.

  19. jeffmcm says:

    Chucky, have I made it clear to you before that you’re insane? There you go.

  20. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Jeff, check the bookings in your region before you shoot your big mouth off about booking patterns.
    As to Easter? This year it falls on March 23 — the earliest it will be in our lifetimes. That date is already playing havoc with St. Paddy’s Day parties in the U.S.

  21. jeffmcm says:

    I have never said anything about booking patterns. Your insanity has nothing to do with that subject.

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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