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Friday Box Office Estimates

Friday Estimates 2015-01-31 at 8.43.58 AM

American Sniper showed traditional fatigue yesterday, dropping a more normal 45% from the previous Friday. Still, as the film’s weekends have gone so well so far, it will pass $250 million domestic Sunday. Three wide release newcomers (Project Almanac, Black or White, and The Loft) will fail to reach as much as $10 million. In limited release, the “Game of Thrones “special IMAX release drew about $3300 per screen and showings of Oscar-nominated shorts will extend to almost $200k this weekend.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Is The Door Wide Open Again?

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Could the Academy’s bizarre preferential balloting system be the defining issue in coming to a Best Picture winner this year?

And let me note again, before going any further, that the existence of the preferential ballot system at The Academy is IDIOTIC and I will forever believe that this was a bad joke foisted on The Academy by an exiting Bruce Davis.

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Sundance Seen Part 1

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The whispering of powder from a dull quiet sky. Snowflakes fall between the screenings. Then the sun is bright and powder dusts off the slopes.

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The DVD Wrapup: The Judge, Downton Abbey, My Old Lady, Green Prince, Bird People and more

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Sundance 2015 Review: Advantageous

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Sundance Reviews: The Wolfpack, Slow West

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20 Weeks To Oscar: It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here

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“VOD day and date, you basically are signalling that this movie is not as good as the other movies. It’s a valid way to go if you don’t think you can sustain a theatrical run.”
Sony Pictures Classics’ Barker And Bernard On Female Films From Sundance And A Disdain For Foreshortened Windows

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“Annapurna is helping out to keep the doors open.”
Megan Ellison Saves Santa Monica’s Vidiots

“The biggest problem isn’t genuinely independent cinema, where lower budgets mean more opportunities for women in front of and behind the camera. The problem is the six major studios that dominate the box office, the entertainment chatter and the popular imagination.”
Richard Brody On “How Critics Have Failed Female Filmmakers”

NY Times

“The nominated shorts offer a vision of what the Academy Awards should and could be but very rarely are: eclectic, cosmopolitan, scrappy and surprising.”
Writes A. O. Scott

“Waiting for bliss is a fool’s game at Sundance, whose screeners and programmers sift through thousands of titles for a selection that’s too big to see in one movie-gorging gulp. Other festivals are bigger and certainly easier to navigate than this one, with its myriad locales and black ice. But Sundance has become the pre-eminent North American showcase through its steadily growing infrastructure, brand-building and legacy-burnishing and, of course, the quality of its choices. All the world, it seems, wants to make movies and wants to go to Sundance.”
Reports Manohla Dargis

“There’s a youthful energy. I love being here.”
Lindsay Bahr On A Park City Week With James Franco

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Sam Adams Sez Journos Not The Worst People At Sundance
“As journalists, we are being subsidized to watch movies, talk to cool people and then process what we’ve learned into articles the world can read. So lighten up, journalists. We’re here to cover the cool kids, not pretend to be them.”
But – Jordan Crucchiola Declares They Are

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“I don’t know, because I don’t know much about those cameras. I know that’s been a complaint, but I wouldn’t know. Film is what worked for this film. I have a fear of the unknown. I’ve spent a long time trying to learn one camera, and to fucking stop and try to learn another one… I would have to stop for 20 years! I’m a slow learner; I’d have to go through the manual, it would be starting over. So there’s that, too. It’s an issue for filmmakers, and it’s on people’s minds, and I have to say that it’s a lot more challenging and difficult just to kind of get somebody to show film or to print film. It’s far more challenging than it should be right now, and we’re just trying to keep it alive a little bit and create a little pocket where it can be shown that way in various places across the country right now.”
~ Paul Thomas Anderson To David Ehrlich On The Prospect Of Switching From Film

“Almodóvar–the first name is almost unnecessary–is a genius, is a flower, is a guiding light: the last, best son of Buñuel and so much more than that. His screenplays, which he directs with passion and fine care, have taught us about the exteriors of his native land and the interiors of our own hearts. From the early, manic experimental Super-8 work to the breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, his titles are as evocative as most people’s screenplays. Yet for all their antic energy, Almodóvar’s films are deeply spiritual: watching his disturbing, mysterious, heart-rending Talk to Her is to understand, perhaps for the first time, the full meaning of grace. An Almodóvar screenplay is a running leap off a Gaudi balcony, it flips, soars, ascends, careens, tumbles, falls – always landing, astonishingly and astonished, on its feet.”
~ Howard A. Rodman, Announcing Almodóvar’s Jean Renoir Award