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Friday Estimates by Boy Band Klady

Friday Estimates 2013-08-31 at 10.13.25 AM

One Direction: This Is Us has found a comfortable spot, right between Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber… that is, on the Best Opening For A Concert Film Chart.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler continues to chug along, dropping just 24% Friday-to-Friday. The film will pass $70m this weekend and could get close to $75m.

Meanwhile, We’re The Millers passed $100m yesterday. If Kathryn Hahn is responsible for, say, 5% of the laughs in Millers, it would be nice if 5% of the audience for that film went to go see her kill it in Afternoon Delight. But it doesn’t work that way.

The number from Klady on Instructions Not Included, a 347-screen Spanish-language comedy release by Lionsgate, were so big that I had to double-check it. But indeed, this niche release will be the second biggest limited (under 500 screens) of the last 3 years, behind only Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘s IMAX-only week-before-wide release. Even more impressive, the next closest limited launch in that period was a studio basically previewing – Pitch Perfect‘s $5.1m on 335 last year – and after that, it’s $2.2m for Casa de mi Padre with $2.29m. That is more of the territory in which Instructions Not Included is working. The closest this year have been niche film Chennai Express and Roadside Attraction’s Mud, both with $2.2m launches.

This is one of those game-changing moments which will change distributor behavior for a while, as they experiment in this niche. Searchlight stuck their toe in with L’Auberge Espagnole and Lucia Lucia in 2003. This is Lionsgate’s 7th attempt at this kind of mainstream Spanish language release in the last few years. The company did have its biggest Spanish-language hit with Ladrón que roba a ladrón that opened to about a quarter of what Instructions is doing. This time, Lionsgate may have hit hit Tyler Perry, uh, gold.

Getaway, which Len incorrectly put in the Sony column, is a classic WB dump, sold like a direct-to-DVD movie. (haven’t seen it, so no opinion about whether there was more there worth pursuing.)

And Closed Circuit, which got some very nice notices (I also skipped that one), also smelled of a dump. Focus has actually used this release date more skillfully than anyone out there to release non-genre, high-quality films years. But those were all wide releases. This is closest to The Illusionist, which Yari opened slowly then expanded on Labor Day weekend, doing $8 million in 4 days on 971 screens. Circuit won’t get close to that.

Top English-language per-screen opener looks to be Afternoon Delight, with an okay-ish $4250 per on Friday on 2 screens. None of the other limited English-language newcomers – some quite good – got past $1k per on Friday. Ugh.

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77 Responses to “Friday Estimates by Boy Band Klady”

  1. movieman says:

    B.O. Mojo listed “Grandmaster” at $740,000 for Friday on 749 screens (PSA $988).
    Decent, if unexceptional. And probably not good enough to convince Weinstein to widen their present screen count.

  2. Rob says:

    Whoa whoa Instructions Not Included did $1.9m? The hell?!

  3. Joe Leydon says:

    Keep in mind: Eugenio Derbez, the director/lead actor in Instructions Not Included, is an extremely popular Mexican TV personality/actor. I believe he does the voice for Donkey in the Shreck movies when they’re leased in Latin America.

  4. anghus says:

    But David, all we want to know is how Blue Jasmine did in relation to every movie that’s been released since March.

  5. movieman says:

    Well, I finally got around to watching DePalma’s “Passion” on Amazon this afternoon.
    Thought it was pretty terrific overall, and is definitely DePalma in near-classic form after the regrettable “Redacted” fiasco.,
    I did have some minor quibbles, though.
    The casting isn’t entirely apt. Rachel McAdams is, after all, a tad young
    for Kristin Scott Thomas’ role. And some of the no-name foreigners
    playing supporting roles are clearly struggling with the English dialogue
    and come off as rather stiff, probably because of the language issue.
    It’s too bad DePalma didn’t have the money to make it in either NYC or
    LA (cities which have proven very good to him in the past). The weirdly
    impersonal Berlin setting is so anonymously Euro-generic I thought it
    was Toronto for a good half of the movie, lol.
    Plus, until the cock-a-doodle final half hour, it does seem a bit
    understated for DePalma. Especially since I’ve always preferred him at
    his most rococo (“Sisters,” “Carrie,” “The Fury,” “Dressed to Kill,”
    “Blow Out,” “Body Double,” “Raising Cain,” “Femme Fatale”).
    But it’s so entertaining and great-looking, those “issues” never really crossed my mind until it was over.

  6. razedbywolves says:

    Kathryn Hahn is responsible for about 50% of the laughs in We’re the Millers. Will Poulter is the other 50%. There are no other laughs.

  7. Alejandro Riera says:

    Pantelion Films mounted a really aggressive marketing campaign in key Hispanic markets across the country for “Instructions Not Included…”. Derbez was everywhere…TV, online, radio, print, in English and Spanish. First time I see Pantelion undertake such a massive campaign for one of their flicks.

    But what will the numbers look like when it faces off next week to a Hispanic audience friendly sci-fi action flicker like “Riddick”?

  8. Triple Option says:

    Getaway did feel like a direct to dvd. Had I watched straight off netflix I would’ve been surprised at the number of car crashes and volume of destruction but there was absolutely nothing to it. I know they want to keep up a mystery and just go for action but it really lacking. The lack of story made chases repetitive and eventually weighed the film down. The only thing that kept apathy from washing over me was my constant battle to suspend disbelief.

  9. film fanatic says:

    FYI, just as a reference point, I went to the movies last night in Culver City and EVERY EVENING SHOW of INSTRUCTIONS was sold out.

  10. LexG says:


    Also PASSION is HIDE UNDER THE PLANET embarrassing, especially that GOD-AWFUL Pino Donaggio score… but I still definitely enjoyed it more than Black Dahlia or Redacted, but not as much as Femme Fatale, which is the last time BDP was great.

    But that split-screen ballet/murder setpiece, good Lord… DePalma is a maestro but that was like some shit straight out of HI MOM or GET TO KNOW YOUR RABBIT. Guy doesn’t mix it up with the times at all. The whole movie felt like it was from 1974. And that JEANS-CAM video Rapace and her SMOKING ASSISTANT (LOOK AT HER) make is the most embarrassing thing ever.

  11. berg says:

    HI Mom power, be black baby

  12. movieman says:

    You disappointed me, Lex.
    I figured “Passion” would have been right up your alley.
    Your “whole movie felt like it was from 1974” comment is one of the reasons I dug it.
    Split-screen was always DePalma’s thing. Thought it added a quaintly retro touch to the whole goofy shebang, sort of like Donaggio’s score which could have been lifted verbatim from the soundtrack of any DePalma golden oldie.

  13. Smith says:

    I loved the DePalma freakout last thirty minutes of Passion, and I liked in retrospect that the first hour was so restrained. Just when you think DePalma is just going to phone in a trashy eurothriller, out come the old school pyrotechnics. It definitely feels like a throwback, but like moveieman, I enjoyed suddenly feeling like I was watching a movie from 1974. i wish more movies felt like that, which is know is just silly nostalgia (especially weird since I wasn’t born in 1974, let alone watching movies)but so what?

    Not surprised all these VOD/theatrical hybrid releases are belly flopping in theatrical. I watched Passion a month ago with my Apple TV, and I watched The Lifeguard the same way this weekend. The Lifeguard was a perfectly scaled movie for TV watching, but I do wonder if Passion’s first hour would’ve been a bit more engrossing if I’d watched it on a big screen with no distraction.

  14. movieman says:

    I know what you mean about some VOD films suffering from small screen viewing.
    As much as I enjoyed “Passion,” I couldn’t help thinking the split screen effects would have looked a lot better on something larger than my TV screen.
    An ideal VOD/home viewing title? “Drinking Buddies.”

  15. anghus says:

    Is Riddick tracking well? The first one was a sleeper. The second one was a stall out. What’s the thought on the third? I like this series because its cheesy and stupid fun, but is anyone thinking the third is going do good numbers in the U.S.?

  16. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Movieman/ Smith if you chaps can’t tell the difference between Femme Fatale & Passion and why one is worthy and the other a complete embarrassment, then your overall ability to discern requires investigating. The split-screen in Passion is the work of a thug. Perhaps it’s the work of the one that knocked DePalma out and then club-footingly directed Passion.

  17. Joe Leydon says:

    I recall some very effective use of split-screen back in the day in De Palma’s Sisters.

  18. movieman says:

    I never said “Passion” was in the same league as “Femme Fatale,” JBD.

    Or “Carrie,” “Body Double,” “Raising Cain,” “Sisters,” “Dressed to Kill,” etc.).
    I did say I thought it was terrific fun, and a semi return to form after the unfortunate “Redacted.”
    Split-screen was a familiar DePalma trope from the beginning of his career, Joe. It’s hard to think of a DePalma film of his from that era that doesn’t have s/s–most famously during the prom sequence in “Carrie.”
    P.S.= I neglected to mention “Obsession” from my list of favorite early-ish DePalma.

  19. Smith says:

    JBD – I didn’t mention Femmes Fatale at all, so what the hell? FF is obviously the superior film – it’s not even close. Passion is not some towering DePalma masterpiece, and I didn’t suggest that it is. It’s a late-career recycling of some of his favorite tricks, and if I were inclined to rip it apart it wouldn’t that hard – but I’m not, so I’m not. I was happy to take what pleasures I could from it. Sorry it was a complete failure for you.

  20. berg says:

    Getaway was about average but there was one shot that I loved at the end … it seemed like it lasted for a couple of minutes without a cut, it was the final chase where Hawke is after the girl. The single take seemed to take place at dawn right as the sun was rising ….

  21. LexG says:

    That shot was INCREDIBLE, it’s like 2 minutes long, uncut, from the POV of Hawke’s car at dusk… BEAUTIFUL car-chase footage there, as good as anything since Ronin or maybe even TLaDinLA… if only the whole movie had been shot like that.

  22. Triple Option says:

    re: Getaway’s good shot

    I leaned over to my friend and said “this is the angle they needed to have used this whole time.” We wondered if the director’s biggest job wasn’t “assembling” a movie through collected footage. It was more like watching a driving version of Simon Says, things arbitrarily being ordered and random crashes occurring, no great hair raising chases.

  23. movieman says:

    Hey, Joe- What did you think of this weekend’s “Hell on Wheels”?
    My jaw dropped when I saw the episode was directed by Neil LaBute (whose directing career refuses to play by anyone’s rules but his own).
    “Reasons to be Happy,” no?

  24. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Smith/ Movieman I’m just jealous that you gents found pleasures in it. From the first glimpses I thought I was going to be smitten but it just didn’t even click on any level for me.

    Movieman I do love how you slipped Raising Cain into that lineup of DePalma including Carrie, Sisters, Dressed to Kill. Not many critics would agree with you but I’m a major Cain fan and so redact my previous slur against your discernment.

  25. Joe Leydon says:

    Movieman: Great episode. And I think LaBute is coming back for the season finale.

  26. movieman says:

    Joe- Is it just me, or does Anson Mount sound (not “look” obviously since Mount is possibly one of the most perfect specimens of human manhood on the planet) like Tommy Lee Jones on “HOW”?

  27. Joe Leydon says:

    A bit, perhaps. It’s funny to speculate what sort of TV career Tommy Lee Jones might have had if he’d kept going in that direction (after starting out in a daytime soap opera) back in the day. Few people recall that he appeared in the Charlie’s Angels pilot. Even fewer recall there was some (brief) talk about him co-starring in the series.

    And speaking of pilots: Wonder what would have happened to Richard Gere had this 1975 pilot gone to series.

  28. leahnz says:

    i remember seeing Gere on an episode of kojak when i was a kid (my mother’s favourite tv show) – speaking of Gere, i happened to catch ‘american gigolo’ on cable the other night, oh what a glorious ode to man, and oh for the halcyon days of full frontal male nudity in R rated flicks

  29. Joe Leydon says:

    There was a period when Gere had so many full-frontal scenes that a colleague of mine actually started calling him — are you ready for it? are you sitting down? — Dick Gere.

  30. movieman says:

    It’s funny/ironic, Leah.
    Dakota Johnson’s dad seemed to love showing his, uh, johnson in mainstream movies (“Stanley Sweetheart,” “Harrad Experiment”) 40+ years ago.
    But I’ll bet your bottom dollar we won’t see her Brit costar’s privates in “Shades,” lol.
    Is it true that male genitalia is now an automatic “NC-17”?
    If so, the hypocrisy blows my mind.

  31. Joe Leydon says:

    I’m not sure you want to use the word “blows” in that particular content.

    Back to Hell on Wheels: It just hit me that this 10-episode season already is half-over. Damn.

  32. movieman says:

    I nearly shed a tear when I realized at the end of “Breaking Bad” last nite that there were only four more episodes left.

    We’re already halfway through the current “HOW” season??
    “Damn,” is right. It feels like this season just started.

  33. Ray Pride says:

    Movieman, Ken Jeong gets an R-rated pass.

  34. scooterzz says:

    “But I’ll bet your bottom dollar we won’t see her Brit costar’s privates in “Shades,”

    my first thought was that he was hired because of his lack of modesty in the past….

  35. Joe Leydon says:

    BTW: Some great dialogue in Saturday’s episode of Hell on Wheels. My favorite exchange:

    Jack: Mr. Bohannon, don’t leave us out here.

    Cullen: We’ve all been left out here, son.

  36. leahnz says:

    “Dick Gere”, hahahahaha thanks for the laugh joe

    (and don’s “johnson”, ha celebrity dick humour — i know movieman, the hypocrisy/double standards re male vs female nudity in the current cinema (and cable TV, wtf…) is astonishing; some friends and i were having a riff about this after watching ewan mcgregor’s full frontal in ‘velvet goldmine’, that in regular life men are naked every bit as much as women, yet going by movies particularly nowadays you’d think men never took their pants off. with all the fuss about fassbender in ‘shame’ i was expecting some serious dick time, and it was like what, 3 seconds – yet the female nudity in the fairly graphic sex scenes was far more extensive and explicit, and i never heard a peep about that, just showstogoya)

  37. leahnz says:

    re ken jeong or jason segeal in ‘sarah marshall’ (or like the guy who chases miles and jack down the street in ‘sideways’) ‘funny dicks’ are ok in R flicks don’t you know – because funny dicks are less of a threat to the male ego than just regular going-about-your-business dicks?…

  38. Joe Leydon says:

    I remember Michael Caine mock complaining on The Tonight Show that, after doing The Honorary Counsul with Gere, he would never again make a movie with a hunky guy who does a full-frontal scene — because no one would pay attention to anything he was doing.

  39. movieman says:

    Funny (i.e., shriveled up) dick? R.
    Serious (i.e. intended for sexual purposes) dick? NC-17.
    Gotta love the MPAA.
    (And I don’t recall Don Johnson’s–or Richard Gere’s–dicks being particularly funny back in the day.)

  40. leahnz says:

    nah the juvenile ‘only funny penises please’ in R movies phenom seems pretty recent in these days of dumb-fu…

    even in ‘shame’, which started such a kerfuffle, fassbender is just walking around his house naked, a really naturalistic thing to do, nothing sensationalistic, so it doesn’t even have to be ‘sexual dick’ to incur the wrath of the ratings boards (re joe’s Michael Caine comment, see i would have loved to see Caine in a naturalistic nude scene!)

  41. Bulldog68 says:

    Didn’t Kevin Bacon show us his meat in Wild Things?

  42. leahnz says:

    yes very ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ briefly – a ‘glance’ – same for jude law in ‘talented mr ripley’ (and a fair bit of ass), both late 90’s flicks

  43. christian says:

    ” Michael Caine comment, see i would have loved to see Caine in a naturalistic nude scene”

    I give you GET CARTER. I mean, Caine with a shotgun is pretty au natural.

  44. Hallick says:

    Of course, pretty much anytime when there is full frontal male nudity, it’s flaccid like a Thanksgiving Day float with a perforated leg. On this point I feel bad for women (even though most of them protest that a penis is the ugliest thing on Earth). It’d be like seeing topless actresses with completely deflated breasts, wouldn’t it?

    Even in the “art” films of late that make a big deal of showing an erect penis, isn’t it always at the shorter end of the spectrum? Then again, with the availability of ALL nudity on the internet in this day and age, MPAA qualms are downright quaint to the point of hilarious.

  45. leahnz says:

    women are a diverse bunch of course, but having been some variation of female creature all my life i think that ‘most women don’t like the look of penises’ thing is HUGE myth, in my experience maybe 1 in 10 chicks don’t like the penile aesthetic, we want to knit them hats)

    (i guess Caine with his shotgun as a nude falls somewhere in line with Ripley and Hick’s ‘sex scene’ with the pulse rifle in ‘aliens’)

  46. Bulldog68 says:

    Hey even Mr. Republican Arnold the Gubernator gave us a flash in The Terminator. But erect penises I think are a whole different issue. It’s an all too obvious state of arousal. You’re just not acting anymore. Not everyone is that gifted or experienced to notice erect nipples on an actress in a love making scene. but a full on hard on is pretty hard to miss. Yeah, pun intended.

  47. scooterzz says:

    two things:
    leah — you know i’m a long-time fan of yours but, if you think the ‘shame’ rating was predicated by fassbender’s dick, you might want to revisit the film…

    and, re: “funny dicks’ are ok in R flicks don’t you know – because funny dicks are less of a threat to the male ego than just regular going-about-your-business dicks?”

    ALL dicks are pretty fucking funny…jus’ sayin’….

  48. leahnz says:

    gotta love a conversation about dicks

    “but, if you think the ‘shame’ rating was predicated by fassbender’s dick, you might want to revisit the film…”

    i’m not sure what you mean scoot, i’ve seen ‘shame’ twice but not for a while – i’d think it was other content as well and not JUST the dick shot that got it an X (or NC17 or R18 here now) rating, but my impression from reading about the rating process/controversy and what steve mcQ had said would have to be cut out to bring it down to an R, that the 3-second fassy penis shot was a big part of it (pun intended, zing!)

    (bulldog, i bet spontaneous erections while filming is a huge issue – can’t seem to get away from the puns when discussing this subject – that just isn’t discussed publicly, a taboo if you will; i’ve heard whispers about specific instances here and there but it’s all pretty hush-hush really, i can imagine it could throw a wrench into the works on a few levels)

    i should have specified above ‘1 in 10 STRAIGHT women’ re dicks, lesbians probably aren’t digging the dicks – and typing on a tablet blows

  49. movieman says:

    I’m not the biggest Ron Howard fan, the trailer(s) haven’t impressed me (for starters, Hemsworth looks ridiculous w/ his ’70s ‘do) and I don’t think I’ve ever liked a movie about auto racing.
    Yet the thunderous buzz on “Rush” has done its job.
    I am now definitely psyched.

  50. Hcat says:

    It should be compulsory for anyone with anything close to a pun for a last name to dangle in front of the camera. We’ve seen Richard’s Gere, Bruce’s Willis, Kevin’s Bacon, Micheal’s Caine, Ewan’s McGregor, Don’s Johnson and I’ve never gotten around to watching Caligula so I can’t say if we’ve gotten a glimpse of Peter’s OTool

    And if your name doesn’t work you should keep your pants on, Mr. Kietel?

  51. YancySkancy says:

    hcat: Of course, Peter O’Toole is one of the rare double-phallic pun names. Kinda like the old character actor Chubby Johnson.

  52. storymark says:

    How is McGregor even close to a pun??

  53. Hcat says:

    Not a pun maybe but still works as a euphemism, just plug it into he sentance ….”So the cop says ‘whatcha doing buddy?’ And I turn around completly forgetting that my McGregor is still flapping in the breeze.”
    That name still works in a way that Affleck wouldn’t.

  54. berg says:

    it’s what made my Al Hirt

  55. leahnz says:

    i have no memory of Caine’s full monty in ‘get carter’, what is this witchcraft? i probably haven’t watched it in at least 20 years tho – never seen the dvd available on the shelf and keep meaning to hunt it down to order – i wonder if i saw a tv edit with mike’s caine redacted… no wonder i didn’t get christian’s comment as intended, derp

  56. christian says:

    It’s kind of an iconic Caine moment…watch NOW.

  57. leahnz says:

    i’ll try – i guess my ‘official michael caine fan club’ membership is revoked, to my dismay

  58. christian says:

    I’m. Afraid. So. Luv.

  59. YancySkancy says:

    I’ve seen GET CARTER 3 or 4 times, and though I well remember Caine stalking around nude with a shotgun, I sure don’t recall any full-frontal scenes. So is there an unrated British cut, or am I just the kind of guy who has a bad memory for penises? I’m pretty sure the MPAA’s “R” rating at the time (1971) would not have allowed a penis shot in a domestic release.

  60. christian says:

    You don’t see his yank but it’s the closet to a Full Caine Monty I thought of. Besides, he is holding a long shotgun…

  61. leahnz says:

    ah ok thank god, so there is no full frontal in Get Carter and i’m not completely senile (since i usually have a good memory for such things hahaha, i do remember him bare-assed with the shotgun, bare-assed isn’t the same thing), can i re-join the official Caine fanclub again?

    YancySk re the ’71 MPAA R-rating not allowing a penis shot: that’s what originally started this tangent, that ‘american gigolo’ was only R-rated in the US and Gere does a monologue looking out the window with full-frontal nudity, and there are lots of other examples, it’s only much more recently that a (non-comedic) penis seems to mean essentially an x rating in the US, due to the increasingly christian-rightwing-ization of america or some such bullshit

  62. YancySkancy says:

    leah: I think Gere in AMERICAN GIGOLO (which was 1980) may be the first full-frontal male nudity in a mainstream American release. Even U.S. films with the pre-porn X rating (MIDNIGHT COWBOY, et al.) avoided such shots, though I don’t know if it was due to timidity or the law (or an unwillingness to test the law). Don’t know about Britain–is there a flash of Malcolm’s McDowell in CLOCKWORK ORANGE?

  63. cadavra says:

    There is.

  64. christian says:

    The American first is MEDIUM COOL in 1968 featuring Cadavra’s pal Robert Forster full frontal albeit fleeting (one reason for its “X” rating). Jack Nicholson’s DRIVE HE SAID (1970) has full frontal. THE GROOVE TUBE also features a full frontal hitchhiker. You’re welcome.

  65. hcat says:

    All this nudity talk has prompted me to ask a question I’ve been meaning to for awhile, I live mainly in the ancillary world and have seen next to nothing this summer so for everyone out there that has seen everything, Was this summer the most chaste summer movie season ever? Just from reading everyones descriptions and reactions there seems to be not only a deficet of onscreen sex but even any romantic affection at all.

    Did Supes even share a kiss with Lois? Was Iron Man and Pepper shown as romantic or simply best buds? Have the scales tipped so into juevinile appeasement that there are more depictions of flipping cars and burning buildings than liplocks? The current crop of superheros and action stars seem to be invulnerable to everything but cooties.

    Christ, even Indiana Jones always stopped to try and get a little along the way.

  66. Monco says:

    hcat Superman made out with Lois in the middle of the total destruction of central metropolis. It’s one of the aspects of the movie that made fanboys outraged: “Superman was more worried about getting some than saving the lives of innocents!”

    “it’s only much more recently that a (non-comedic) penis seems to mean essentially an x rating in the US, due to the increasingly christian-rightwing-ization of america or some such bullshit”

    This has got to be one of the most absurd statements I have ever read from you Leah. Are you actually arguing that America’s pop culture is controlled by right wing wack jobs?

  67. storymark says:

    “It’s one of the aspects of the movie that made fanboys outraged:”

    Fanboys? Hell, that struck me as a moment any human would find weak. The over obsessive fanboys were the ones defending it, because they finally got the mega destruction they’ve been pining for since Superman Returns.

    But to answer hcat’s question… it may be the most chaste summer, now that you mention it. Iron Man did make the relationship between Tony and Pepper more prominent, but that’s about it.

  68. Bulldog68 says:

    Interesting question re the chasteness of 2013 summer. It seems Gru and his oldest daughter from Despicable Me got more romance than the big boys. Zach G got in a few licks in Hangover, but really, summer was completely devoid of adults climbing under the sheets, or even the suggestion of such. Even Captain Kirk didn’t get to bang a female native.

  69. YancySkancy says:

    So after a little research (okay, Wikipedia), I guess the “first” in AMERICAN GIGOLO was that Gere was the first “major Hollywood actor” to go full-frontal.

    Thanks for the additional info, christian and cad.

  70. leahnz says:

    interesting indeed

    hey what about de niro in ‘1900’ (had to look up the year, 1976), he has full frontal – and then some – but perhaps at that point he’s not considered a ‘major hollywood actor’ only a few years after godfather II and 1900 released the same year as ‘taxi driver’ — and i gather there were two two versions of 1900 in the US as well, one R rated and one X, i’ve only seen the ‘uncut’ version so i don’t know what was in the R-rated

    monco: no that was a flip remark certainly, me having just read about the fight to keep the crusading christian rightwing from forcing ‘creationism’ mythology to be taught alongside hard science in US schools, which is is just unthinkably ludicrous and scary, and the high number of women’s health clinics being forced to close with what would seem the increasingly insidious creeping power and influence of the same zealots; where such an assault on the separation of church and state is happening it doesn’t seem such a stretch that a ratings body could also come under pressure, but i have no evidence of such, the reasons could be miriad.

  71. christian says:

    Now the fundy loons want curriculum to challenge the science teachers on intelligent design. It’s a truly stupid and depressing era here in America.

    And PORKY’S features one of the first non-porn close ups of a penis in the famous shower scene.

  72. Martin S says:

    How much did Poland kickstart to Knowles? 25K?

    I had no idea Harry even had a show on Nerdist.

    Well, I had no idea Harry was still even alive until the THR article…

  73. cadavra says:

    The R-rated version of 1900 did indeed contain the double-jackoff scene, though it may have been shortened.

    Did we see Marlon’s Brando in LAST TANGO? That was 1973, but I have no desire to revisit it.

  74. YancySkancy says:

    Well, then, maybe the distinction for AMERICAN GIGOLO was “first full-frontal by a major star in an American-made film”?

  75. scooterzz says:

    speaking of sex in cinema, check out the cast of tonight’s tiff live read of ‘boogie nights’…..

  76. leahnz says:

    “The R-rated version of 1900 did indeed contain the double-jackoff scene, though it may have been shortened.”

    thanks Cadavra, so i guess the ‘American-made film’ would have to be the qualifyer for Gere, otherwise it seems it would be de niro — i’m pretty sure marlon brando rather inexplicably doesn’t do the full monty in ‘last tango’ – it must have been in his contract, since schneider’s bush abounds

  77. anghus says:

    im dumbfounded that knowles was able to raise $100,000.00.

    And apparently, this is for a single season of the show? Which means next year he goes back out there hat in hand again? And apparently two people donated $10,000.00 each.

    Charity? Pity? I’m trying to figure out who out there still gives a damn about that rotting carcass of a website. All they do now is post links to other websites.

    There’s a film festival in these parts that has a quarter million dollar annual operating budget with ticket sales, passes, and grants. And every year for three months they throw a “we need another $25,000 to really run the festival right” Kickstarter. Every single year. And my Facebook timeline is flooded with locals going HELP SUPPORT LOCAL FILM. I do, with the pass i buy every year. Now i’m supposed to be guilted into donating again because you can’t make your festival work on a quarter million dollars a year?

    Kickstarter has become overrun with grifters. The “Shut up and take my money” crowd who seems to have an endless amount of patience for such fools.

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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