“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
By Noah Forrest Forrest@moviecitynews.com
Bad Teacher red-band trailer looks pretty good…
I gotta say, this looks like it could be a pretty funny flick. Jake Kasdan has been hit or miss in the past, but I’ll always love him for his underrated debut Zero Effect. I think Timberlake is bound to become a big movie star and after The Social Network, he looks more comfortable in this picture than he has in the past. The dude’s got charisma. I love the idea of Cameron Diaz as a terrible teacher and the title of the film is almost a direct allusion to Bad Santa, which this film seems hell-bent on aping…but that’s not a bad thing by any stretch. Jason Segel is in this too and he’s always a welcome presence. The big surprise in this trailer? Phyllis from The Office killing it. I’d love it if she became the big break-out star…and if I could remember her name.