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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimates 2015-03-01 at 8.58.09 AM

The audience enjoyed being scammed as the bow of Focus led weekend viewing with an estimated $18.9 million. The session’s other wide newcomer The Lazarus Effect slotted fifth with a predictable $10.7 million.

In the niches the Mexican romantic comedy A La Mala opened day and date with our Southern neighbor and grossed an OK $1.5 million. The Indian circuit was relatively quiet with the Tamil Kaaki Sattai opening to $72,900. The Canadian runway rom-com After the Ball (with a virtual one-sheet carbon copy of A La Mala) was a traffic victim with $25,500 at 36 venues. The border crossings improved for David Cronenberg’s Cannes-prized Maps to the Stars with $141,000 box office following a $300,000 tally last year in the Great White North.

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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friday Estimates 2015-02-28 at 8.40.39 AM

Focus unlikely to open to $20 million, which is not good news for any of the already superstar-deprived studios. The Lazarus Effect heads right back into the grave. Fifty Shades of Grey continues to drop like a pair of Anastasia’s panties.

And Oscar bumps arrive, but in minor fashion, for Birdman (estimated $530k Friday from last week’s $247k) and Still Alice ($750k from $685k).

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51 Weeks To Oscar

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The Academy is acting like a supermodel who is deeply worried that her boyfriend is going to leave because she has a zit. And the answer is, men do leave supermodels. And that insecurity haunts the most beautiful and the most plain. But when you are going out there for the show, if people start noticing you are insecure, your career is over. When you are in public, you need to be all in, turned on, rocking the world because you “know” you have what everyone else wants.

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The Gronvall Report: Shlomi Elkabetz on GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

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The DVD Wrapup: Whiplash, The Connection, Fellini, Godard, Ozu, Gene Autry and more

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Review: Focus (non-spoiler until marked)

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“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy… I loved Spock.”
A Statement By The President On The Passing Of Leonard Nimoy

The Atlantic consistently runs some of the worst film writing to be found on the Internet, which is to say in the universe… If you believe that a work’s entire significance can be found in the footprint that it leaves in public discourse, then looking at the thing itself will necessarily be an afterthought. ”
Nick Pinkerton Has 2,800 Words Worth Of The “Subterranean Hot Take Blues”

“I’m the model of the non-model, the person who can’t be categorized. But they categorize me as non-categorizable, which is the same thing in the end.”
J. Hoberman On Godard As Speaker, Thinker And Filmmaker

“So, let’s say you make District 9 and it does well. So, now, a normal director is like, ‘Shit, I’ve got this pressure because this last film did well and I hope this one lives up to it.’ I don’t have that. It definitely doesn’t bother me. The thing that bothers me is if I feel like I fucked it up.”
Honesty Not Alien To Chappie Director Neill Blomkamp

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“The evening’s curious vanity and irrelevance stay with me, if only because those qualities characterize so many of Hollywood’s best intentions. Social problems present themselves to many of these people in terms of a scenario, in which, once certain key scenes are licked (the confrontation on the courthouse steps, the revelation that the opposition leader has an anti-Semitic past, the presentation of the bill of participants to the President, a Henry Fonda cameo), the plot will proceed inexorably to an upbeat fade. Marlon Brando does not, in a well-plotted motion picture, picket San Quentin in vain: what we are talking about here is faith in a dramatic convention. Things “happen” in motion pictures. There is always a resolution, always a strong cause-effect dramatic line, and to perceive the world in those terms is to assume an ending for every social scenario… If the poor people march on Washington and camp out, there to receive bundles of clothes gathered on the Fox lot by Barbra Streisand, then some good must come of it (the script here has a great many dramatic staples, not the least of them in a sentimental notion of Washington as an open forum, cf. Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington), and doubts have no place in the story.”
~ Joan Didion On Hw’d In 1970

CAMPION: We were driving around the countryside the other day, and we happened to chance upon a lone bull and cow going through some sex rituals. I was so surprised to see how lengthy the whole process was for this bull. He started licking the cow’s shin and worked his way quite laboriously up toward her ass. And every now and again, you thought, “Maybe she’s ready now—he’ll try a quick move.”
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: She wasn’t ready.
CAMPION: She made it clear that that wasn’t the case. We couldn’t even wait; it was like 15 minutes, but it was really adorable. Even when we came back, they were still at it. The foreplay was phenomenal.
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: You don’t think of animal love in that way.
~ Jane Campion And Sam Taylor-Johnson in Interview

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