The Hot Blog Archive for July, 2005

Early Box Office Analysis

Can you smell the loathe tonight?
There is no good word for the performance for the two widest releases of the weekend, The Island and The Bad News Bears, on Friday.
The Island is on track to be the worst opening of Michael Bay


I Gotta Say…

I am a lot more encouraged by V for Vendetta now that I’ve seen the trailer than I was by way of the set visit. And knowing the graphic novel, the really compelling thing is that the trailer doesn’t even offer up the really cool stuff.
Seeing Hugo Weaving in real space in that mask makes it clear that it can work. And the clean images and the current political relevance… now I am really really looking forward to it.


Too Much Shit At The Movies?

Read. React.


Good Reason For A Remake

From The Dukes of Hazzard, second set of Duke boys, 1983, as seen on CMT this afternoon:
“Sure don’t want no Dukes cheatin’ me out no Nobel Peace Prize!!!”


As The Slump Perpetrators Continue To Slink Away…

There was a Reuters Story headlined, “Movie Box Office Seen Rising After Slack Summer” today that started to back away from The Slump, now quietly stating that the box office has “emerged this month from a 19-week box office slump” and pointing out what I noted a month ago… a huge fall/holiday season to come… they still haven’t caught up with the idea that we’re in the start of a stronger second half of summer than we’ve seen in a while.
Anyway… ran the numbers for the last decade of domestic box office up to July 20. In order of gross…
2004 – $4,628,334,283
2002 – $4,213,636,863
2005 – $4,156,718,555 (Worst Slump In Recorded History)
2003 – $4,148,356,345
2001 – $3,328,612,826
2000 – $3,321,301,112
1999 – $3,058,589,535
1997 – $2,799,838,564
1996 – $2,601,392,937
1998 – $2,593,805,754
We are now less than $57 million in catching up with 2002 for 2005 to be the second highest grossing year in history.
For those of you who are screaming about ticket sales, have they gone up 25% since 2001? That’s how much 2005 is ahead of 2001, the fifth highest grossing year in history (as of July 20).
Back to the upcoming weekend…
If the Top Eight from last weekend drop 45% on average (I



This movie party invite just came across the e-mail wire…
“The greatest array of stars from reality television series ever assembled will be at the PREMIERE PARTY to celebrate the completion of their acting debuts in the feature film,


People Seem To Want To Talk About…

Jamie Foxx.
Is he really upset about being second banana on Miami Vice?
Has anyone figred out that he is really the fifth lead in Stealth, playing “The Funny Black Guy,” much as Jessica Biel (second lead) is playing “The Girl Whose Breasts & Buttocks Require A Completely Illogical And Superfluous Vacation Sequence In Thailand”?
Did Jamie foxx ad lib much in Collateral?



Wow. Someone who goes by “Sandy” on the blog comments offered up a link to Yahoo UK & Ireland with Depp denying the MJ thing.
But included in this, for the first time I saw it, was a mention of a kids show host that wasn’t national, but local… Uncle Al. Looking him up, I found he was on air in Cincinnati for 35 years, which made sense, given that I was figuring Depp’s Wonka accent as somewhere in the Ohio/Pennsylvania area already.
As it turns out, WCPO-TV, where the show aired, has old episodes available for streaming. And as soon as I heard Al, it all made sense.
Look for yourself.
In one of the shows, there is a trained monkey, so if you are really committed to your MJ fantasy, another conspiracy theory is born. But if you listen to Al’s accent and odd intonations, you can easily hear where Depp got his voice for the Wonka role.
Sorry if it feels like this issue is being beaten to death, but it’s kind of fun to seeing the truth come into focus and I like to share.
chaney_wonka.jpgAnother Depp Inspiration?



“ComicCon just keeps getting bigger because it is a really cheap way to reach tens of thousands of the core demo for a lot of expensive studio product and to inspire grass roots enthusiasm. And the media follows the Pied Piper’s tune, writing about the thumbs up/thumbs down reaction of The 6000 in Conference Room H.
It is not unlike advertising on the Super Bowl. It is way overpriced as a specific advertisement, but buying a minute for $2.5 million not only announces how serious you are about a particular movie, but it also leads to days and days of anticipation and analysis in all media, from old to new and everywhere in between.”
From Tuesday’s Hot Button


Guerilla Ad

MasterCard guerilla-ed Charlie & The Choclate Factory with a commerical for adults with a hipster vesion og “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.


On Willy Wonka and Michael Jackson

When I saw the image of Willy Wonka in advertising, I was one of the first to yeall,


Box Office Finals…

Every single film in the Top Ten reports, in finals, a higher gross than the estimates.
Is this The Potter Effect? Did a lot of people skip movies on Saturday and wait for Sunday?


Anyone else notice…

… that imdb is now doing 5 second delay between the load of the advertising at the top of the page and the content you are there to see?
I was thinking it was my computer or connection, but it’s been on multiple computers and for a few weeks that I’ve been noticing this new ad spin.


The "More To Come" On Charlie…

“Not only is Charlie the best major release of the year to date, but will far and away be the movie that is remembered and revered most for years and years to come.”
In The Hot Button
ADDED – And here is something from someone who HATES the new film.
AND Those of you who are Spoiler Sensitive may want to stay out of this particular fray until you see the film.


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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