The Hot Blog Archive for April, 2007

Pacino's First Direct-To-DVD Film?



Sunday Estimates by Klady



Lust Life

In response to LexG’s comment in another entry…
Why doesn’t DAVID POLAND just break down some day in this blog and say he’s chronically depressed because he covers the industry from a remove? He does good work and all, but wouldn’t ANYONE rather be an actor, all getting paid MILLIONS to make out with EvanJohansstewortman instead of working some lame job? ADMIT YOUR DEPRESSION, blogger and film reviewers of the world. I own up to it… I’d kill to be Brad Pitt or even Adam Brody for three days. Doesn’t it tear your soul apart that they get to be a part of film history, AND bang hot models and actress, just for sheer force of their fame, looks and money? How can any man or woman, but especially man, go to his NON-FAMOUS, NON-ACTOR, NON-MODEL-BANGING JOB every day of their life and not want to kill themselves? If you can;t admit you wouldn’t be happier palling around on movie sets as the STAR instead of a doughy journalist, that’s pure disingenuousness.
Everyone on here– EVERYONE– just try justifying how you believe you wouldn’t be happier as Mark Wahlberg. Do you realize and ACCEPT that you’re never going to have sex with famous women?

I don’t see that as a personal attack at all, but…
Who says that journalists don’t sleep with famous model/actresses?
And while I hear LexG’s idea, what he doesn’t seem to think much about is that 99.9% of actors don’t get rich or sleep with famous hotties either. Acting is a very tough profession and I don’t envy even the well-known occasionally working actors out there.
Someone like Jean Louisa Kelly… beautiful girl.. now 35… had 6 years as a co-star of a successful sitcom, but is not a syndication player… she’s had a 12 year career in which we met her in Mr. Holland’s Opus and after which she went 5 years without a studio movie job or a series guest run of more than 3 shows… she’s had a 1 episode spot on Grey’s Anatomy since her show went away…
Now, she made very good money on the series. She got married. She has two kids. I imagine (and hope) she is very happy. She has gotten further towards her dream than all but a very few actors. There are maybe 200 of those jobs on television at any given time.
But she is dependent on someone to give her a job so she can do the thing she loves to do. I guess she could tour the country doing regional theater, starring in Beauty & The Beast or Wicked or something. That is not a negative reflection of her talent. In fact, it speaks to the significant talent she does have and needs to have those jobs. Celebrity is simply a different thing. Don’t diminish the people who have those gigs… they are fortunate too. But the wet dream of Hollywood is not always what you fanticize. And if you want to see how beautiful and ugly it can be at one time, watch that shite Sons of Hollywood on A&E… one of the ugliest exhibitions of how those with the most can have the least that I have ever seen.
On the other hand, would most e-journos like to have a seven figure salary and live in Bel Air and hang out with the most talented people in town and be attractive to (which is more the thrill then the penetration for most) hotties (of either sex) even though the attraction is often not about anything but status? Probably.
And there is this…
When you are in a social circle, the standards are different. Breaking in is different than being in. Intimacy is intimacy on any level. And as the great man once said,


Friday Estimates by Klady

Not very interesting or surprising Friday.
The only real surprise is that Screen Gems’ Vacancy got box blocked by the non-Screen Gems Screen Gems film Disturbia thanks to very strong word of mouth for Paramount’ baby phenom. It’s no exactly cause for panic at Sony. What seemed to be an okay date suddenly became an overmatched date. On the other hand, I’m not sure Vacancy ever became clearly defined as anything but a thriller and I haven’t been seeing many stories on Beckinsale or Wilson in recent weeks.
Meet The Robinsons will likely do its Saturday jump thing to move up to the five or four spot.
In The Land Of Women is not really a surprise miss, but it will be a marketing example to be examined, as Warner Indie tried an innovative campaign, mixing a straight sell and, essentially, an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) pitch. The message was, “Adam Brody = HOT… Kristen Stewart = HOT” but the result was lukewarm, not unlike a junior version of Luke & Kate.


Box Office Hell



Question Of The Day – Where Is The Line?

“This kikess finds herself less rattled by hate-speech nutballs festering in rural Montana than by other movie reviewers whose work I respect, many of whom waved briefly at Black Book


The Hairspray Trailer

Kami wanted to talk about it… I was being shy to avoid more backbiting… but here it is…
The link…
P.S. A little preview of my Summer Preview… Hairspray‘s number on the chart will be somewhere between $120m and $150m… just so you can fight about that if you choose to…


Cannes Duh

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THB – La Vie En Rose

What keeps us, as an audience, going through the hard times (which are much easier a second time around), is the powerful intimacy of the performances, led by Cotillard. And this is where they both seem to live. Dailies? Not only doesn’t she watch them, HE doesn’t watch them. How did he work with her on the set? “I don’t work with her on the set. I don’t work on the set.” Cottillard watched every bit of footage of Piaf she could get her hands on, including Super 8 home movies, in preparing. But did the director? “I read the books. She looked at the video, not me. That was her area. I did mine. She did hers.”
There are so many young directors and other show bizzers who are constantly building images of themselves for the press and the world. But there is a rawness to Dahan that stripped me of my cynicism. No doubt, it seems, he could be very difficult to work with. One could imagine that his way of doing things, on a troubled show, could be painful. But here, it seems to have been a perfect storm.



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Order Up!

Here’s an early summer exercise for you…
These are some of the summer titles that I expect to live on the lower end of the wide release box office list.
What order would you put them in?
A Mighty Heart (ParV)
Bug (LG)
The Comebacks (FoxAtomic)
Death Sentence (Fox)
Georgia Rule (U)
Good Luck Chuck (LG)
Hot Rod (Par)
License To Wed (WB)
Lucky You (WB)
Mama’s Boy (WIP)
Martian Child (NL)
Mr Brooks (MGM)
Mr. Bean’s Holiday (U)
The Strangers (Rogue)


Question Of The (Tues)Day

Who’s next?
Who do you think will be the next big name ot self-immolate and get wall-to-wall coverage on CNN… and what will burn them?
50 words or less, please.


Pulitzer Oddity

The Criticism category of The Pulitzers went to a food critic this year, the LA Weekly’s Jonathan Gold.
And where did the LA Weekly crew take him to celebrate?
Pizzeria Mozza.
That sounds like a ringing endorsement to me.


Question of the Day

So Spider-Man San opened in Japan…
starring a suspect Tobey Maguire, an apparently pregnant Kirsten Dunst, James Franco looking too old for the unshaven cool thing, and all three waiting to get a ruling about whether they are tall enough to get on the Sandman ride at Tokyo Sonyland
Do you care?
How excited are any of you about Spider-Man 3 or any of the summer movies, which start launching in a couple of weeks?
Let’s see again if we can at least start with a 25 words or less policy…


Sunday Estimates by Klady



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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