The Hot Blog Archive for August, 2005

What Does It All Mean?

Is there any sense in making sense out of numbers?
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Here It Comes Again

The next really bad Tom Cruise story is about to break – not here – and this one, to me, may be the most damaging because it is the one that shows that he has either lost complete touch with reality (and professional courtesy) or that he has completely lost control of the Scientology sled he is riding.
The funny thing, for me, is that I don’t really care what religious group he wants to be a part of in his real life. And given the amount of money his face and skills can generate, I don’t think Hollywood does either. But proselytizing is bad, bad, bad for business.
As I always have said about Ms. Lohan… “whore” is not a problem… “white trash” is a disaster.
Meanwhile… ironically… things seem to be going very smoothly and quietly on the Mission: Impossible 3 set. Concerns that JJ Abrams would be told how to tie his shoes every morning by Cruise have not played out. And the media buzz has been as low as Cruise has seen all year.
Nonetheless, a little tsunami is coming, sure to be followed by waves of denials. Sigh


The Miramax Waste Dumping Program

Claudia Eller wrote about the Miramax dump today, raising little new except for the idea that a Wall Sreet analyst would be stupid enough to lower expectations for Disney based on what is, essentially, bookkeeping.
Miramax has alreasy dumped 5 movies on fewer than 10 screens. 3 of the 9 films left to release should get similar treatment.
If The Weinsteins actually talked Disney into dropping $20 million in P&A into the long-shelved The Great Raid after half a dozen critics liked it, their skill as salesment remains as great as ever.
The Brothers Grimm is tracking, but if they are spending more than $10 million there, more insanity.
An Unfinished Life and Proof are not going to do enough business to demand real P&A and both shold be platformed in big cities only before they go away.
The Underclassman should be going direct to video and the studio’s alleged plan to go wide is nuts.
And then there is The Libertine, scheduled for December awards hopefulness, will quietly dissapear if the critics don’t bite and bite hard…. unless keeping Johnny happy becomes the first priority… which would be a fiscally sound choice.
Meanwhile, The Brothers Not-So-Grim are still looking for funding for their business. And while I agree that this run of colon cleansing is not going to hurt them, the fact that they have basically run out of people who are willing to bite on the big vision they have of themselves is a real problem that may well lead to a much smaller vision being forced on them by a movie-company-snakebit Wall Street.


Is There Nearly Enough Perspective?

Here’s a Hot Button.


Other Updates

The Festival Blog has a story on a D student who got into the fest.
The Awards Blog has a blind pop quiz…


Another Silly Bond Rumor

They are selling another exclusive on the casting of Bond.
Anyone buying?
And does anyobe believe any celebrity story they read in the British press? Or on IMDb’s WENN for that matter?


When Agents Were Gods

We have a great story, written nine years ago by Ross Johnson for LA Magazine, about the media insanity around agents at that time.
Read it here.
Read about it getting spiked here.


Sunday Estimate Analysis

Len Klady threw a little ice water on the Deuce Bigalow story, reminding us that Disney released the first film and Sony was stuck with the sequel. It


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Early Friday Analysis

66% off. Yee Haw!!!
Deuce Bigalow: Eurpean Gigolo, whose likely $10 million weekend smells like foreign fish, is only slightly behind the original


Never (Buy DVDs) Again

From Buena Vista Home Entertainment…
“In the tradition of


What Do These Titles Have In Common?

The 13th Warrior
A Very Brady Sequel
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
The Art of War
The Astronaut’s Wife
Bring It On
The Crew
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In Too Deep
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers 2
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars
The Muse
Serving Sara
Summer Catch
Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2
Suspect Zero
Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
The complete answer to come eventually….
But the immediate answer is, they all opened in the last 10 days of August to more than $3 million.


More Outrage!

Rob Schneider was on The View today, chatting the girls up about marijuana, male prostitution and “The Turkish Snow Cone. He even removed his pants and shook his cheeks at the audience.
All at 10am!
Quick…. call the New York Times!!!
(And let’s keep on eye on Rob’s friends… Ebert & Goldstein evil… Star Reynolds and Elizabeth Football Wife good…)


How 'Bout Them…

There was an exchange in another posting that struck me as discussion worthy. Somehow, in three exchanges, it went from one assumption about the movies and the way they have always treated the American Indian, followed by an opposite opinion, to a comment on the way that this part of American history has become rather mundane.
But I think the issue is bigger than Indians and The New World. How do movies deal with Black America or other ethnicities? Are we anywhere closer to agreeing on any “truth” than we were when John Wayne rode tall?
“I am hoping Terence Malick finally makes a recent epic (the New World) that isn’t loathsome-boring or wrong for the Injuns.”
“Hard to make a period epic about that time without showing how it really was. The Indians weren’t nice or kind people. Both groups wanted to kill the other for the land. If they won we’d be talking about how they should be nicer to the white man and I’d be running a casino.”
“I’m just really mad they’re trying to get rid of the name Seminoles from Florida State. My favorite football team. It’s a compliment. You don’t get the Irish complaining about Notre Dame. Sports rant. Beg my pardon. Go Noles!”


"Jake Gyllenhaal Looks A Lot Like Demi Moore In GI Jane"

I don’t know if I agree, but it sure made me laugh.
The Jarhead trailer


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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