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Box Office Hell, Tangled vs Potter

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14 Responses to “Box Office Hell, Tangled vs Potter”

  1. Joe Leydon says:

    I have a hunch — just a hunch, mind you — that “Warrior’s Way” might perform on the high end of expectations.

  2. NickF says:

    Really, Joe?

    Warrior’s looks like a movie sent to die. I’ve seen the advertising, not exactly the kind of thing that screams, ”see it now!”

  3. IOv3 says:

    Nick, it does scream see it now in spades!

  4. Joe Leydon says:

    Ouch. Looks like I was wrong.

  5. a_loco says:

    I have never heard of Warrior’s Way.

  6. IOv3 says:

    Of course you’ve never heard of it because you steal TV and don’t see the commercials :D!

  7. Joe Leydon says:

    Actually, IO, A-Loco isn’t the only person I’ve heard say they’ve never seen any TV spots for “Warrior’s Way.” And once again, I’m amused to see that not all of us on this site watch the same TV shows. I’ve seen quite a few spots for “Way” on various sporting events, especially NFL games.

  8. a_loco says:

    True, IO, but I also watch a lot movies at theatres, and haven’t seen a single trailer.

    Granted, I’ve been slacking in my movie-watching lately, due to school, etc, but you’d think I woulda come across something on the internet about it.

  9. Joe Leydon says:

    Here’s a funny thing about the “audience awareness” factor — and, right at the start, I will admit this proves nothing about anything. But I was first made aware of “The Warrior’s Way” by my son – who told me he saw this way-cool ad for it during an NBA telecast. That led me to go on line and look for the trailer. So, actually, I didn’t see it in a theater, either. But I did see a bunch o’ TV spots.

  10. LexG says:

    The trailer was attached to the epic masterpieces MY SOUL TO TAKE and SKYLINE. Which explains why nobody saw it.

  11. Joe Leydon says:

    That’s odd — I don’t remember seeing it before “Skyline.” Of course, I’ve blotted most of that movie out of my mind.

  12. Foamy Squirrel says:

    Careful – Variety may ding you for submitting a review based on suppressed memories. 😉

  13. Joe Leydon says:

    Foamy: I didn’t start the blotting until after I got paid after writing the review.

  14. Foamy Squirrel says:

    An attitude from which many could probably learn – always take the money FIRST.

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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