“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 David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend Estimates by The Klady 200
I’m camping… yes, with a tent. So did anything happen this weekend?
The Avengers number is a $30m or so (wait for finals) leap over last year’s record-breaker, Potter 7b, which passed by The Dark Knight by $11m. A new record can’t be far off. But no doubt, the Marvel strategy of seeding a group movie has worked. And no doubt, Joss Whedon helped keep things upbeat, positive, and moving forward… even behind making the film, because as you all know, opening weekend has nothing to do with the quality of a movie.
I don’t know whether this opening record will be broken this summer, next summer, or in 2014 , but. I think it’s a safe bet that the Dark Knight record will be broken again this summer. And it will be interesting to see if all the Avatar box office whiners will point out the 3D, IMAX, etc on this weekend’s record. My guess is that it will be more like the Republicans discussing the Bush era. All politics are local.
I’ll be going back to nature now…