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The Weekend Report

Weekend Estimates 2014-07-27 at 8.56.59 AM

Lucy had the brains and the brawn to lead weekend box office with an estimated debut of $44 million. That left that other new muscleman Hercules in the bridesmaid slot with $29 million. The third national release—Rob Reiner’s senior rom-com And So It Goes—took $4.4 million.

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Friday Estimates 2014-07-26 at 9.25.13 AM

The power of Scarlett Johansson’s brain on drugs outdoes The Rock’s muscles. And FreeStyle Entertainment takes out a Michael Douglas/Diane Keaton without telling anybody, while Woody #45 opens modestly.

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The DVD Report

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If any actors should have been able to interest audiences in the concept of artificial intelligence forwarded in Transcendence, it was Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.

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31 Weeks To Oscar: Telluride, Toronto & New York

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A Story Of Deep Delight: Talking BOYHOOD With Richard Linklater

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“Films will go to one festival or the other for different reasons. And if they go to another North American festival first, they can still come to us, just in a different place.” 
TIFF’s Cameron Bailey Explains The Festival’s Premiere Policy

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“I was kind of shocked by the rise of what I call the feel-good Holocaust genre, in which Holocaust movies have to be in someway an affirmation of the human spirit. That there’s a kind of unwillingness to face the fact that the Holocaust was a pretty absolute negation of the human spirit. To try to find some happy ending, in a way, falsifies, flees from the reality.”
Ron Rosenbaum On Godwin’s Law And “Explaining Hitler”

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“Throughout the western world new systems have risen up whose job is to constantly record and monitor the present – and then compare that to the recorded past. The aim is to discover patterns, coincidences and correlations, and from that find ways of stopping change. Keeping things the same.”
The Brilliant Adam Curtis On The Surveilling Of Time And The Human Mind

“I have owned 35 projectors at home. In the early days of the film society, we’d get a print of something a week early and show it in our living room every night. Like, I did a series on Robert Bresson, who’s one of my favorite directors, and when the 16mm prints came in, I’d watch them over and over.”
Richard Linklater Talks Repertory Programming With Northwest Chicago Film Society Crew
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“I am just grateful I am still around. I would love to be Steven Soderbergh, but I am lucky to be Joe Swanberg. Actors want to work with me, people want to give me money, and my nightmare scenario remains: Getting in bed with a studio, spending years on a movie, and it turns out horrible, but now I’m rich.”

Actually, by Hollywood standards, you’re right, I said. That is unambitious.

“It is, and yet, if you can go to bed happy at night, doing what you want, isn’t that ambition for a lifetime?”
~ Swanberg On Swanberg By Borelli

“In retrospect, nothing of that kind surprised me about Philip, because his intuition was luminous from the instant you met him. So was his intelligence. A lot of actors act intelligent, but Philip was the real thing: a shining, artistic polymath with an intelligence that came at you like a pair of headlights and enveloped you from the moment he grabbed your hand, put a huge arm round your neck and shoved a cheek against yours; or if the mood took him, hugged you to him like a big, pudgy schoolboy, then stood and beamed at you while he took stock of the effect.”
John le Carré on Philip Seymour Hoffman