MCN Blogs
Ray Pride

By Ray Pride

Something's gone Wong again and again and again: Weinsteinco's no-go on Blueberry for Christmas

The Weinsteinco/Dimension end-of-2007 release list just popped over the transom: Control is rolling out now; Frank Darabont’s The Mist creeps along November 21; I’m Not There materializes the same date; Hayden Christensen is actually Awake November 30; Grace is Gone detonates December 7; Denzel Washington’s Great Debaters tries to make a point on Christmas Day; Woody Allen’s crime story (or criminal act, according to some early reviews) Cassandra’s Dream opens December 28, approximately in Picturehouse’s newly minted Spanish-language horror slot (Pan’s Labyrinth; The Orphanage); and Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights is… is… erm… (I’m looking forward to seeing in next month—a lot of reviewers have suggested it would be improved by subtitles, and I’ll see it with Greek ones on the opening night of November’s festival in Thessaloniki.) [A late report: the U.S. will see it for Valentine’s Day 2008. Happy V.D.!]

Comments are closed.

Movie City Indie

Quote Unquotesee all »

“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield