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BYOB – 3/6/8

I am still getting used to being back in Los Angeles… amuse yourselves if you must….

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25 Responses to “BYOB – 3/6/8”

  1. LexG says:

    How is 10,000 B.C. tracking? Anyone have a feeling on this one way or the other?
    I ask because the marketing has been relentless, it’s in the “300” slot… hell, it looks like practically the same movie, it’s from a popcorn director with a proven track record…
    …and yet I don’t really hear anyone talking about it; seemingly minimal interest in geek boards and circles; “300” was a special case, but this is also WB’s “V For Vendetta”/”Constantine” slot, and it seemed like even those had more want-to-see.
    Am I just off-base and it’s going to be MASSIVE? I dunno, for a movie where I see a TV spot every 11 seconds and the trailer before EVERY SINGLE MOVIE OF THE LAST SIX MONTHS… I don’t think I’ve heard a single person talking about it.

  2. NickF says:

    10K B.C. looks for more like a mix of Pathfinder and Apocalypto.
    More so Pathfinder in terms of overall quality, lack of dialogue during the commercial spots and the overall dreary look of the project.
    And after the mishap of last weeks tracking, it would be bad to focus on it for any predictions.

  3. JBM... says:

    Emmerich fooled me once with The Day After Tomorrow‘s empty spectacles. I won’t be fooled again.

  4. Chucky in Jersey says:

    “No Country for Old Men” hits DVD next week, thus Regal drops it tomorrow — chainwide.
    What was that about a post-Oscar bounce?

  5. Blackcloud says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing if 10,000 B.C. is 9700 times worse than 300.

  6. brack says:

    I’m sure 10,000 B.C. will do decent numbers if it’s any good at all.

  7. mutinyco says:

    If you’re in NY, Kim’s already has No Country on the shelf for sale.

  8. Me says:

    I don’t think the post-Oscar bump is quite what it used to be (didn’t it used to be enough to push a movie to $100 million?). But, on the Blockbuster Total Access homepage, after the Oscars, you could see the Oscar movies start climbing up the “Movies added to queue today” list until the top two were No Country and There Will be Blood. So, I think the bump now might be more about DVD sales more than theatrical.

  9. anghus says:

    I just saw the Happening trailer.
    Oh my God. I can’t believe that’s the trailer they released. Mark Wahlberg sounds like he’s portraying a science teacher with a severe mental handicap.
    embarassing. this could be the train wreck of the year.

  10. IOIOIOI says:

    Anghus: stop the hatin! It could easily be the silliest fucking flick of the year to see in theatres. The right audience could make watching this film HILARIOUS. Someone also has to ask M. Night why the brother’s (Jeff — it’s a big wide world now… get used to it) films lack any moments of levity. Outside of Lady in the Water; his entire ouevre features overly serious toned movies. The tone of the HAPPENING seems just as overly serious, and could easily lead to people LAUGHING. When they should be freaked out by people randomally jumping off of the roofs. Someone needs to tell that man that it’s always good to have moments of defusion throughout overly serious situations.

  11. ployp says:

    I didn’t think M. Night would be able to persuade any studio to finance any more of his films after the mess that was Lady in the Water. Did anyone notice the tagline “We’ve Sensed It. We’ve Seen The Signs. Now… It’s Happening.” LOL.

  12. jeffmcm says:

    IOIOI: Huh?

  13. JBM... says:

    The Bank Job is a solid fuckin’ movie. Reliable middle-quality stuff.
    The audience I was with was dying when the title came up at the end of the Midnight Meat Train trailer. Stupid, stupid move…

  14. jeffmcm says:

    Why? The trailer looks decent, Ryuhei Kitamura is a good direcor, and the title, if I may indulge in a Lexism, is AWESOME! And it’s based on a Clive Barker short story so it has a literary pedigree as well.

  15. IOIOIOI says:

    Jeff: huh?
    I did enjoy Miss Pettigrew because I have a sense of whimsy. Unlike those mfcss over at EW.

  16. Joe Straat says:

    IO: M. Night has had some scenes of humor for diffusion. I’d say Signs had a bit too much of it, in fact. There are scenes where they work very hard to build the tension and then tear it all down with one gag. Once he got to The Village, though, it seemed to be too absorbed in self-seriousness except for little things like the opening to Lady in the Water.

  17. I saw a trailer today for THe Happening at Jumper (so glad that I had a free pass to that movie) that was different to the one I’ve seen online. International, I guess. At the start I thought it was a movie about a swarm of bees and I immediately said to my friends “I’m not seeing that movie!” and then it turns out it wasn’t and I wasn’t as against it. Bees = DEATH.
    IO, Jeff was obviously “huh”-ing about “(Jeff — it’s a big wide world now… get used to it)” and if you didn’t notice the trailer you saw for The Happening was a TRAILER. For all we know the movie could be 75% comedy and they’re just selling it as a weird fright flick.
    I really wanna know if any character in 10,000 BC actually makes mention of the fact that it’s set in the year 10,000 BC because that would be hilarious inept.

  18. jeffmcm says:

    IOI: what does Miss Pettigrew have to do with M. Night?

  19. movieman says:

    I’m wondering just how much of a toll the horrid winter weather in the northeastern part of the country will have on this weekend’s b.o.
    Everything is basically shut down here in NE Ohio, and I’m guessing it’s the same in a lot of other places, too.
    Very curious to see the Friday estimates when they come in this afternoon.

  20. IOIOIOI says:

    Jeff you two-dimensional soul; I was simply stating that I saw the movie and liked it. Camel; I know why he was HUHING. I was simply answering a question he asked a few days ago. Also, the trailer of the Happening, is bloody serious in tone to the Nth degree. If that movie has one moment of levity. It will demonstrate that M.Night may have gotten that “UN-FUNNY” stick out of his ass. It would also be hilarious if any character in 10,000 bc mentioned the year. I do love that the whole movie is based around one man’s need to save hot poontang in the midst of pyramid building and 10,000 bc era animals.

  21. jeffmcm says:

    IOI, if you’re going to wait a few days to respond to something, some hint as to what you were responding to would be useful. It’s called communication.

  22. IOIOIOI says:

    Jeff; let us not act as if you are the great communicator.

  23. jeffmcm says:

    It’s all relative.

  24. LexG says:

    Since D-PO isn’t ass-taxin’ the REFRESH, I’ll ask:
    Why do half the wannabe screenwriters in LA have a WRITING PARTNER?
    What kind of weak shit iz that?
    Who needs a writing partner? That sounds like a WEAK, BITCH move to me.
    If you can’t do it all yourself, you probably SUCK.

  25. LexG says:

    Since D-PO isn’t ass-taxin’ the REFRESH, I’ll ask:
    Why do half the wannabe screenwriters in LA have a WRITING PARTNER?
    What kind of weak shit iz that?
    Who needs a writing partner? That sounds like a WEAK, BITCH move to me.
    If you can’t do it all yourself, you probably SUCK.

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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