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3-Day Estimates By Klady That Made The Clown Cry


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  1. SJRubinstein says:

    The kind of great thing about “The Final Destination” on its way to making the most domestically of the franchise is that it joins “Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 6: Freddy’s Dead” as one of those horror series that fully meant to end the franchise there with a “final” film, but because of the money made just really can’t help but return for a few more. I actually quite like the franchise (“FD 2,” for me, remains the high-point) and I get an odd satisfaction out of watching horror series continue to climb ever-higher in the Roman numerals as you occasionally get solid pics like “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives,” “Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers,” etc.

  2. EthanG says:

    Haven’t brought it up for awhile…but 20th Century Fox has now released 38 straight live action films that have failed to garner positive reviews on Metacritic, and 37 out of the last 38 on Rotten Tomatoes (Marley and Me being the exception there). When does the Fox logo become equivalent to the BioHazard logo of film studios??? They sure aren’t doing any favors for female-centric movies by releasing “I Love You Beth Cooper,” “Aliens in the Attic,” “Postgrad,” and “All About Steve back to back to back to back (13%, 25%, 9% and 6% on RT respectively).
    What a bizarre release for “Carriers,” which actually had some OK buzz and decent reviews, but was sent the Select Cities route at the last minute…

  3. martin says:

    I don’t know what Carriers is, but I am disappointed with the business Extract did. Then I noticed that it was only released into 1600 theaters. Why such a small release? Granted, if it had gotten a regular 2500+ release it probably would have only done 7 or 8 million, but maybe that bigger release would help get word of mouth going on it. The current numbers are pretty average and I don’t see it picking up a lot more theaters after this weekend. Unfortunately appears like another quality Mike Judge film will be found mostly on DVD.

  4. LexG says:

    Next week is the MOST CROWDED WITH AWESOMENESS WEEKEND in recent history:
    How are you guys planning on seeing all three of those PLUS going back to see Gamer and Halloween II at LEAST one more time before they disappear?
    Can’t believe nothing’s making any money, I can’t even keep up with all the movies that are out.

  5. EthanG says:

    Id rather be strapped to a chair clockwork orange style and watch “Prom Night” before Sorority Row….and “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” is a dump…
    Whiteout looks good though, even though it’s been delayed…and 9!

  6. Chucky in Jersey says:

    “Carriers” is from the now-gutted Paramount Vantage, playing in Philadelphia but not in New York.
    “9” is strictly for circle jerks — just look at the poster.

  7. LexG says:

    SORORITY ROW looks to be the MOVIE OF MY DREAMS.
    The first 45 seconds of the trailer is what the inside of my head is seeing all 11 hours of the day that I’m NOT sleeping– sorority chicks partying and beer bonging while SHINY TOY GUNS plays and hot chicks dousing each other with SOAPY SPONGES. BOO-YAH! Too bad it’s probably going to turn into some gay campfest with chicks slinging “cutting/catty” snark lines. Still:

  8. LexG says:

    I’d like to give Kate Beckinsale a WHITEOUT…
    IF you know what I mean.
    GOOD JOKE, bet she’d think that was funny.

  9. Melquiades says:

    Extract was painfully bad. Word of mouth should send it down by about 65% next weekend.

  10. anghus says:

    I saw Gamer. Holy shit. Just so blissfully awful. The scene at the end where Michael C Hall dances with his puppet prisoners.
    I could not stop laughing. Hilariously awful, but i didn’t hate it.

  11. As I’ve said elsewhere, if my wife is going to drag me to Sorority Row next week (a possibility), then Margo Harshman better not be the first one to die (which it looks like she is).

  12. anghus says:

    i thought Audrina was the first one to die.

  13. SJRubinstein says:

    LexG is right – there are so many movies coming out this month that it really is impossible to keep up. I was so going to see “Gamer” this weekend, but now I’m behind and with “Sorority Row,” “Whiteout,” “Pandorum,” “Surrogates” (Dear God), “Jennifer’s Body,” “The Informant!” etc. all hitting at once, it’s going to make a for a lot of double- and triple-features.
    Of course, October’s going to be much, much worse. I mean, Tony Jaa fucking muay tai’s somebody off a goddamn elephant in “Ong Bak 2!!” (which, admittedly, I own on all-region, but just haven’t watched as, well, I’m a lazy-ass).

  14. LexG says:

    Well guess what? I have so much backed-up load in my nutsack it feels like a fucking ANVIL hanging under me, and it looks like the fucking SMOG MONSTER.
    HOLY SHIT do I need some sex. I am SO DEPRESSED and it’s almost 4am and it SUCKS not to be BANGING SOME CHICK in like heels and boustier and garters and being like JOHNNY DOE IN BOOGIE NIGHTS where he’s all getting blown and BAD ASS AS FUCK.
    I’m pushing 40 and soon things will stop working like they used to (in fact that’s already starting), so it’s like MY WHOLE LIFE HAS PASSED ME BY and I’ll never BE FAMOUS, I’ll just be a FUCKING DOUCHE who doesn’t BANG MODELS, so my every waking second is WORTHLESS.
    YOU ALL KNOW THE SCORE. YOU ALL KNOW HOW TO CONTACT ME private like away from this blog/
    I AM IMPLORING YOU. I am DEPRESSED like YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE, and I need FAME and I NEED PORN-STYLE SEX with L.A. 10s, not some old chick or some NO-NAME.
    Get me the HOOKUP, people. This is a plea for help, the noose is already half-tied, and I hear HUNDREDS OF SAG TYPES AND PRODUCERS AND SCREENWRITERS AND DIRECTORS read this blog and this site. Well, what of it, people?
    PUT ME IN A MOVIE. Or at least tell me how to get an agent. Christ, I had some cheap headshots made a few years back (er, 14 now), and I sent out *500* queries to agencies, and never got ANY response and 3/4 of them came back unopened. And I was even 80 pounds skinnier then.
    THIS WHOLE TOWN IS FUCKING RIGGED. You’re BLOCKING a GENIUS from plying his trade so JASON REITMAN can be a millionaire, like he needs it.
    I have more MOVIE PASSION and INTENSITY than any fucking rich spoiled showbiz kid. I am the MOST BRILLIANT MAN IN THE UNIVERSE.
    GET ME A SAG CARD. Seriously! Jesus Christ, I’m sure 1,547 people a day read The Hot Blog who could just sign their name to a SAG card for me like it was ****NOTHING****, and for this I would LEAVE THIS BLOG FOREVER.
    Christ, Poland, get one of your industry friends to hook me up with three vouchers or a sig, get me into the GODDAMN GUILD (apparently my PEACH PIT MUGGING in the 1998 90210 where Steve Sanders does standup didn’t qualify me), nor did my GAME SHOW APPEARANCES of the mid 90s.
    LARRY GROSS? SAG FOR LEXG PLEASE. Make it happen. You know I’m a big CHERRY GANZ FAN.

  15. Bennett says:

    Why is Labor Day such a dumping ground? A couple years ago, RZ’s Halloween, made 30 million on Labor Day weekend. The reason why all these movies are bombing are because the audience knows when they are being sold shit. But this is the last weekend before NFL takes most men away on Sunday and almost everyone(well except me) have a four day weekend. If the studios sold a popcorn flick(say Taking of Pelham or Terminator 4) on this weekend would it have really done any worse. Where there is so much competition for theaters and customers, why not take advantage of a three day weekend. Hell, even President’s Day weekend gets better releases.

  16. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Dumping ground mainstream and prime weekend for upmarket/arthouse. The problem this year is product flow: “(500) Days of Summer” and “Ponyo” are played out, “Taking Woodstock” and “Paper Heart” flopped, “Adam” isn’t in many megaplexes, “My One and Only” is strictly arthouse ghetto, “The September Issue” doesn’t go national until next week.
    Plus if you have a compelling college football schedule the Saturday turnout is hurt as well.

  17. Joe Leydon says:

    Bennett: I know we

  18. martindale says:

    i think bennett’s point is that movies can do moderately well despite opening on what most consider a bad weekend. Both Halloween and Transporter 2 had great openings on this weekend. The weekend after Thanksgiving also produced a good opener in The Last Samurai. Horror films have opened well on the weekend after New Years. Despite these successes, studios keep dumping movies on these release dates when there has been some history of success when they do release movies that people want to see.

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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