“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 email@example.com
Weekend Estimate by Side Identity Klady
And so, the big ballsy comedy opens. The number is right between Norbit and 50 First Dates. Seth Gordon just keeps having bigger openings, even though there is a distinct lack of directorial skill on display. He is the new Shawn Levy. Levy has improved. Hopefully, Gordon will, too. In the meanwhile, he clearly understands what sells and makes movies that follow that path.
On the flip side, Soderbergh 2.0 closes its theatrical run with Side Effects. I haven’t seen the film (or contributed to the large pile of Soderbergh interviews), as it did its thing in LA while I was still in Sundance. Does this film define where the VOD line is and/or should be? I think it might be. There is enough heat to make the film a draw, but not quite enough to get a ton of people out to see it. I don’t choose to indulge VOD much, but I would have paid to watch this one this weekend. Getting to a theater… not so easy, as a parent and old guy. We got a sitter and went out for dinner on Friday… but even though it was playing in Los Feliz… didn’t close the deal for the wife. I know that sounds personal, but the gross and the personal and the sense that there is some really good VOD bait… well…
Hobbit hits $300m domestic next weekend. Silver Linings Playbook will go into Oscar weekend with $100m+ in the bank.
Lincoln looks like it will remain the top grosser of the Oscar movies domestically. Internationally, Django and Les Mis will both kill it.
Not much going on in arthouse land, though The Gatekeepers looks like it will be a doc hit.