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  1. Stella's Boy says:

    So $33 million is a really bad opening for The Lego Movie 2 right?

  2. Hcat says:

    I would say it’s devastating, Lego was the flagship for their whole animated division. If it performs like Smallfoot and Storks what’s the use of having one?

    If this drops by such an amount I would think the dragonriders are nervous going into next weekend

  3. movieman says:

    I enjoyed “High Flying Bird” although it feels very much like one of Steven Soderbergh’s casually tossed off divertissements like “Unsane” or “The Girlfriend Experience” (as opposed to one of his “Major Works”).
    But the performances by Andre Holland and Zazie Beetz are as good as any we’re likely to see this year.
    So, yeah: definitely watch it.

  4. brack says:

    I’m not too surprised by the opening for Lego Movie 2. I’ve honestly seen more spots for How To Train Your Dragon 3, which is still a couple of weeks away from its opening.

  5. movieman says:

    Wasn’t crazy about the first two “Dragon” ‘toons, both of which I thought were wildly overrated..
    Have pretty much zero interest in a third outing.
    Def a vid title for me.

  6. JS Partisan says:

    Let me put it to you this way: Lego came out, and my wife was pregnant. Lego 2 came out, and now I have a four year old. That’s WAY TOO LONG A TIME, to put out a sequel. They also, seemingly, made the mistake that Warners loves to make… THEY DIDN’T SELL THE MOVIE! What’s the movie about? You want people to spend coin in 2019, then you need to EXPLAIN THE FUCKING MOVIE! It’s like, not hard to do this. They used to do this all the time, but they love to be vague. If you can’t specifically tell people what’s going on, then people aren’t going to spend their damn money.

    It’s a sad development for the Lego movies, but a sequel should have been in development with the original film. Waiting this long, even though they’ve had other Lego films over the four years, just did this franchise in, and Chris Pratt is totally fucking gross now. Totally fucking gross. #EllenPageDontPlay

  7. Hcat says:

    wasn’t there the same amount of time between the Deagons, Kung fu pandas and Madagascar’s? That didn’t seem to hobble them any? Perhaps the spinoffs poisoned the well a bit? Whatever it is they will be unpacking this all year.

  8. Christian says:

    Anecdotal, but the opening-night crowd at Landmark in D.C. for the Oscar-nominated shorts was less than capacity for the 7:30 animated slate. That’s a dip – not a lot, but still, a dip – from the last time I saw the animated shorts at that theater. The 5 p.m. show of live-action shorts was maybe half full, but I chalked that up mostly to the just-getting-off-work start time. I wonder, though, if we’ll see a slight drop in opening-weekend grosses for the shorts, which had been building in recent years.

  9. brack says:

    And just to be clear, I’ve seen the first Lego movie and I’ve never seen the first two How to Train Your Dragon movies.

  10. Pete B. says:

    Was there a typo in that hashtag?

  11. palmtree says:

    I think Lego Movie has an uphill climb because it tarnished its reputation by putting out stuff no one cared about. I think it’s not so much about selling the story, but more about letting us know this is Grade A Lego Movie and not just Filler Lego Movie. Hell, at this point I don’t know if there’s any difference.

  12. JS Partisan says:

    Here’s the thing though: Lego Batman, is the best Batman movie of the 21st century. Yes, I mean this in totality, because it just gets Batman in ways no other cinematic adaptation ever has. Also, Ninjago is fucking great. If you have a heart and a soul, then Ninjago will move you. Especially, if you ever wanted a relationship with your dad to work out, when it’s been a pain otherwise.

    Seriously, the Lego movies are fucking magical, and they deserve to be spoken about with reverence, because MOVIES BASED AROUND A FUCKING TOY BRICK, SHOULD NOT BE THIS SPECIAL!

    Finally, HC, I went through and looked at dates, and it seems those movies take between 3 to 5 years between sequels. That’s just too damn long for a kids movie, because you are totally relying on the same kids to like the exact same thing over long periods of times, and being a kid and having kid shows, that doesn’t always work. Lego, seems to have just not aged up, and that killed the franchise.

    Here’s a fun fact: Marvel Studios has produced, in the amount of years it took to make all three of the How to Train Your Dragon movies, 24 films. 24. Sure. There is a lot of HTTYD CN/Netflix content over that time, but that’s 11 years. That’s just… too damn long.

  13. palmtree says:

    The Lego movies seem like they would be decent, but their jokiness and parody inherently make them feel like throw-aways. I think their challenge is to sell the quality, like this is gonna be the movie everyone needs to see, and not just doing as many off-shoots as possible. Two movies in one year is a bit too much as Star Wars has found out.

  14. Hcat says:

    That’s a decent opening for What Men Want, if it follows the book club trajectory Paramount has a solid win. Looking at other singles and doubles, dogs journey home and Escape Room hung in quite nicely, and there is a decent chance Upside could outlast Glass. Always happy when the little guys elbow their way in

  15. Sideshow Bill says:

    HCat: Re the Pet Semetary trailer. Definitely gave WAY too much away in the trailer but I still found it effective. I’m excited for Wendigo stuff. But as JSP points out some studios don’t know how tho sell the movie. And some way oversell them. Finding that mid point in a trailer and marketing is a real skill.

  16. Hcat says:

    The PS trailer almost totally shows the biggest kill of the movie (or at least what was in the original). I am very excited they are switching things up so it is not a carbon copy of the original but perhaps they showed too many of the cards. To be honest nothing in this trailer was nearly as effective of the jump scare of the truck going by when they are looking at the house, that was just beautiful.

    So the Lego movie has held up for JS, but what about the rest of you? I think I’ve seen it twice since the theater and the initial rush certainly wore off. The original’s ending was so perfect and out of nowhere there is no way they can come up with something with the same impact for the sequel. Are people thinking, sure it was nice at the time but its not something I will follow forever?

    Movieman, thanks for the Slaughterhouse recommendation, its funny that that came at the same time we were talking about libraries because the main reason I was trying to figure out how to request through their system was an attempt to get my hands on old George Roy Hill films like Henry Orient, Hawaii, and Period of Adjustment. Was a huge Vonnegut fan in college and oddly of the four film adaptions Slaughterhouse is the only one I haven’t seen.

  17. Hcat says:

    So it means absolutely nothing other than trying to read tea leaves, but Aladdin is being released on the same weekend that Disney has grabbed for years. Its previous four releases were Solo, Pirates, Looking Glass, and Tomorrowland. The tag line on the trailer might as well be “We fully intend to loose hundreds of millions of dollars on this.”

    (in fairness POTC was profitable, but OOF)

  18. movieman says:

    Have you watched “S-5″ yet, Hcat? I haven’t seen it in years, but loved it at the time. (Saw it–twice–during my freshman year of high school, lol.)
    “Henry Orient” is wonderful, and the young Jane Fonda was so kittenishly adorable in “Period.”
    Was mildly disappointed in “Hawaii” when I finally caught up with it a few years back on TCM. Especially since it was the rare GRH movie that Pauline Kael actually liked. What did you think?

  19. Hcat says:

    S5 is sitting at the top of my netflix queue and since I culled it down to one at a time (and they are slow to get here) If I can get Captain from Castille watched and in the mail tomorrow I may get it by the weekend.

    Not one for television but I watch Grace and Frankie just to bask in the greatness of Fonda. I had no idea how much I missed her. Its a shame she let her career go dormant for all those years. Ideally she could talk her niece into a guest spot on an episode next season. I would love to see her onscreen again if just for a little while.

    Since we are talking Roy Hill was wondering what you thought of Millie.

  20. leahnz says:

    re the new aladdin, the image i saw of will smith’s extremely literal live action blue cartoon genie rustles my jimmies, like the uncanny valley in reverse (too scared to watch the trailer)

  21. movieman says:

    I’m shocked Netflix actually has a DVD copy of “S-5,” Hcat!
    One of the factors that inspired my recent library explorations was an inability to find most older titles (some obscure-ish, others not so much) on Netflix…including several that I got from them a decade or more ago, but which are now conspicuously MIA on Netflix.

    “Millie” is a bit top-heavy, but still good fun.

  22. Hcat says:

    Totally top heavy, whimsy is not supposed to weigh that much. I don’t think I have ever seen a campier film. It is fun but seems like the turning point where musicals started getting too lavish, too large. It works better than the other gilded and bloated productions of the time (Camelot, Oliver, Doolittle, Dolly), but its not nearly as effervescent as its trying to be. Of course I sort of feel that way about The Sting also.

  23. movieman says:

    Yeah, I’ve always preferred GRH when he went “small.”
    “Garp,” “S-5,” “Henry Orient,” “Waldo Pepper,” even “Funny Farm.”

    “Butch & Sundance” and “The Sting” are movies I can’t find serious fault with, but neither wowed me the way they did everyone else.

    I actually like the four musicals you mentioned more than “Millie:” yes, even “Dr. Dolittle” and “Camelot,” both of which I watched again fairly recently. Was surprised at how much better they were than their reps. (Of course, I loved both movies as a kid.)

  24. Dr Wally Rises says:

    “So it means absolutely nothing other than trying to read tea leaves, but Aladdin is being released on the same weekend that Disney has grabbed for years. Its previous four releases were Solo, Pirates, Looking Glass, and Tomorrowland. The tag line on the trailer might as well be “We fully intend to loose hundreds of millions of dollars on this.”

    That’s what happens when you create a monopoly and only have yourselves in competition. I still love Tomorrowland and Solo though.

  25. Hcat says:

    I have never been able to get through Dolittle (chitty Chitty bang bang either). I like Dolly well enough, but its all hat, the set design and lavishness crushes the really simple story.

    I remember loving Oliver! (cant forget the exclamation point, it certainly earns it) as a kid and the songs stand up but man the thing is like 50% prancing. Oliver! feels like they tried to make a David Lean Musical.

  26. movieman says:

    Believe it or not, “Chitty”–which I disliked as a kid: thought it was a raging bore–seemed a lot better when I gave it another look a few months back on TCM. Somebody needs to do a (non- musical, and maybe non-British) reboot.
    “Oliver!” was one of my “passion” films as a wee bairn. Probably couldn’t be objective if I tried. I watched David Lean’s “Oliver Twst” over the holidays and developed a hankering to give Carol Reed’s musical iteration another look. Hope I don’t regret that decision. (Mark Lester was–and remains–annoyingly twee, though. Bleuch!)
    “Dolly” was another movie I worshipped as a queer-in-the-making kiddie. The last time I saw it was in college: a washed out print with faded colors that nearly wrecked the damn thing for me. I’ve always considered it the last great Old School Hollywood movie musical. And Dolly (Streisand) asking Horace (Matthau) if she can salt his beets turned me onto beets. No lie.
    Re: “Dolittle.” I loved the Hugh Lofting books as a kid, and the movie–which I had to wait an inordinate amount of time to see back then: “big” cities got it in Xmas 1967; we didn’t get it until June ’68–definitely hit my sweet spot. Was apprehensive about revisiting it, but a fourth (or was it fifth?) viewing last year only confirmed my original enthusiasm. It’s way better than its stinky rep (Leslie Bricusse’s “DD” score remains his career highlight) even though some of the f/x seem laughably primitive in the CGI era.
    Too bad William Dix didn’t play the title role in “Oliver!” He’s that rare British kid actor who doesn’t make my teeth ache.
    A lot of people (not just H’wood insiders) complained about “DD” receiving a Best Picture nomination at the time. But it was hardly the least worthy of that year’s nominees. (I’m looking at you “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”) Talk about a movie that hasn’t aged well!

  27. Sideshow Bill says:

    FUNNY FARM is absolutely wonderful in every way.

    Chevy Chase, despite allegedly being an amazing prick, was one of the smoothest and most natural comedic actors. I watched Caddyshack the other night because, well, it’s Caddyshack. He is so funny and charming. God I love that movie. “Do you take drugs Danny?”

    Every scene with Knight and Dangerfield is money.

    Sorry to change the topic.

  28. Sideshow Bill says:

    2 other off-topic things;

    Dumbo is feeling like a return to form for Burton. I hope I’m right. Mind you, I liked Big Eyes as much as David, and Frankenweenie is a delight, but Alice casts such a HUGE pall.

    Also, Disney apparently wants to do something with the Nightmare Before Christmas property. Probably a smart business. But otherwise I give this an emphatic NOPE! And I’m not even it’s biggest fan. But just don’t touch it.

  29. JS Partisan says:

    Skeleton Jack is my kid’s favorite character in the world, so the chance she can see him in some new adventure? YEP! Seriously. They already made a sequel, with a game, and that game is freaking terrible. Give people some money, and some time, and let’s have Jack and Sally go do something else.

    I agree about Dumbo, because that last trailer? Freaking tingles and all that good stuff. I love Dumbo, so here’s hoping the film pays it off.

    Also, I’d love Tomorrowland more. If it wasn’t a libertarian fantasy. I simply cannot separate the libertarianism from Bird. It’s just all over everything he has written and directed, and thank some alien in a volcano Cruise has a say over M:I.

    Finally, I love Funny Farm, because it’s such a perfect comedy. It just works so damn well, that I never have gotten bored with it. I also wish, that Aladdin didn’t look so damn cheap. I get why it looks this way, because it’s tied into those old Arabian Nights films. I get it, but the level of cheap is just so staggering for a Disney movie. When it fails… no one will care, because we can all watch the original.

    Oh yeah. Yesterday, is going to make a lot of fucking money. It just has that, “SPECIAL,” sort of vibe to it.

  30. Hcat says:

    I can’t imagine they will leave Nightmare alone, especially at the rate they are plowing through these properties. Nightmare had a remarkably long tail, theyre still merchandising it when things that made two to three times as much on release have fallen into the ether.

    Love Caddyshack and Funny Farm as well, will throw Seems Like Old Times and Foul Play out there as well as rewatchable nostalgic comfort picks. It seems like all comedians film picks were hit and miss back then but wow when Chase missed he missed by a mile. Under The Rainbow and Modern Problems were two of the worst comedies of the 80s.

    I might eventually give Dolittle a chance now Movieman. It just looks so “Marvelous Men in Their Flying Machines” which I found terribly lumbering. But for questionable musicals of the era I still have Star, Paint Your Wagon, and Sweet Charity higher on the must see list.

  31. movieman says:

    I remember actually enjoying “Paint Your Wagon” back when I was young: never saw it again, though.
    Disliked “Star!” and “Sweet Charity” at the time of their original release(s), but rewatched both fairly recently and my initial “meh” response was pretty much confirmed. (I watched the extra-long “director’s cut” of “Star!,” too. Talk about a slog!)
    Pretty remarkable what a giant artistic leap Fosse made between “Charity” and “Cabaret.”
    Re: Chevy Chase movies.
    I liked “Under the Rainbow” in 1981, lol. Never had the urge to revisit it, however. “Modern Problems” IS a major stinker, and “Foul Play” never quite did it for me. “Seems Like Old Times” was a lot of fun, but Charles Grodin makes any movie better.
    For my money, Grodin gave one of the two or three funniest performances ever in “Heaven Can Wait” (one of my all-time favorite comedies.)

  32. Pete B. says:

    Gee JS, you say libertarianism like it’s a bad thing.

    I’m curious what your take is on Fighting with my Family. I don’t really see the point of the film from the WWE. If they’re trying to bring in new wrestling fans with a root for the underdog style film, how are they going to deal with the fact Paige doesn’t wrestle anymore? Hey, glad you liked Paige, now tune in for a different female wrestler? Regular wrestling fans know Paige suffered a career-ending injury at the ripe old age of 25.

  33. Hcat says:

    Heaven can Wait is perfect. And a perfect juxtaposition to Millie and Dolly (though of course not a musical). Wait slides along on a cloud, sometimes literally, and for how broad it gets with its murder subplot it never swerves into Blake Edwards type slapstick. You have the revved up performances of Grodin and Cannon and the understated Mason and Henry (honestly Henry is able to get belly laughs out of me just by standing there), and all anchored by Beatty’s gloriously goofy character who has all the joy and enthusiasm of a slightly high golden retriever.

    Is there a trailer out for Yesterday? That’s probably the top of my summer must see list.

  34. movieman says:

    Yes, it’s an absolutely perfect movie, Hcat.
    I always refer to “Heaven Can Wait” as “the last great Hollywood screwball comedy,” and have shown it in class as a screwball exemplar. Works for my students in ways that vintage screwball (“His Girl Friday,” “Bringing Up Baby,” et al) fails to do (alas).
    It’s a movie that has pretty much everything, including an ending that never fails to moisten my eyes.

    Love the “Yesterday” trailer! Definitely has the feel of a major summer sleeper. So gratifying to see Danny Boyle lighten up.

  35. Hcat says:

    Now wouldn’t you consider more recent things like 9-5, Beetlejuice, Dave, Groundhog Day, Eternal Sunshine also screwball? Are Albert Brook’s comedies too low key to be considered screwball?

    I think we always associate screwball with that certain Howard Hawks rhythm and patter but that’s just the theatrical manner in which films were shot at the time. But I would certainly say that things like Dodgeball, the Hangover films, and Nancy Meyers fit the screwball mode.

  36. movieman says:

    I’d definitely include “Tootsie,” “There’s Something About Mary” and “Groundhog Day” under the screwball umbrella.

    But “Heaven Can Wait” stands alone because it truly felt like the last great screwball comedy in the hallowed tradition of ’30s/’40s movies. In that sense, it’s almost the last gasp of a classic genre that helped define “Golden Age” Hollywood.
    Hawks, Lubitsch, Wilder, Sturges….
    Nobody loves Brooks as much as I do, but only “Defending Your Life” seems really screwball (or “Screwball Lite”) to me.

  37. Hcat says:

    I would certainly throw Real Life which in many ways is even more broad than Defending.

    But I see what you mean about Heaven. And it speaks to its greatness that it can be mentioned in that company without being a winking derivative of it like What’s Up Doc?

  38. Pete B. says:

    With all the praise for Heaven Can Wait, I’d highly recommend seeing the movie its based on: Here Comes Mr. Jordan. It won two Oscars and stars Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains and Evelyn Keyes. There’s even a Criterion Collection edition available. Came out in 1942.

  39. movieman says:

    Not that there’s anything wrong with “What’s Up, Doc?” which is pretty darn wonderful in its own right.

    I love “Here Comes Mr. Jordan,” Pete. The template is so seemingly fool-proof that it’s mind-blowing how someone as talented (and smart) as Chris Rock could have completely blown it in “Down to Earth.”

  40. movieman says:

    Does anyone really believe that all these films are opening Memorial Day weekend?
    Aren’t Ad Astra” and “Brightburn” competing for the same audience?
    Ditto “Aladdin” and “Minecraft”?
    Only “Booksmart” has a demo to itself, but a holiday weekend release feels suicidal.
    Gotta feeling May 24th will have an even bigger shakedown than (originally top-heavy) March 22.

    Ad Astra
    Sci-Fi Thriller Fox Wide

    Aladdin (2019)
    Fantasy Buena Vista Wide

    Comedy Annapurna Pictures Wide

    Horror Sony / Screen Gems Wide

    Animation WB Wide

  41. movieman says:

    Returning to an earlier thread:
    Hcat: I’ve never thought of “Real Life” as screwball.
    The faux doc set up–a spoof of PBS’ ’70s water cooler phenom “An American Family”–feels more like a precursor of today’s “reality TV.”
    Maybe one of the reasons “Defending” seems more “screwball”-friendly to me than Brooks’ other films was because the fanciful afterlife setting is so evocative of the heavenly scenes from “Heaven Can Wait” and “Here Comes Mr. Jordan.”

  42. Hcat says:

    The giant dead horse, Brooks attempt at seducing the wife, his solution at the end are all pretty broad, he downplays it well. The difference between Brooka and other comedians is that the topsy turvy conditions of the plot usually cause them to spin upwards out of control, but Brook always spirals downward crushed by the pressure. The protagonists always rise to the challenges of their ridiculous predicament, while Defending and Mother are really the only ones where he meets a satisfactory resolution. Though Romance, Mother, and America couldn’t really be seen as screwball, is there sort of a definition where the hero is affected by wacky outside forces rather than Brook’s hells of his own making?

    I think Brightburn and Minecraft are sacrificial lambs. Minecraft especially, there is not going to be a wide audience for this, Warners has a very crowded May, and there is no other decent place on the schedule for it. They are probably hoping that tossing the trailer onto Pikachu is their best hope of getting their audience in the theater for what is probably just a token release prior to home video.

  43. movieman says:

    Interesting points, Hcat, but Brooks–who I’ve always linked with Woody Allen (lazy, I know)–has never really tackled classic screwball conventions the way, say, Woody
    did in movies like “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Manhattan Murder Mystery.”
    In some respects, “Broadcast News” (which Brooks only acted in) is closer to the spirit of genuine screwball than any of his own films.

    Re: the Memorial Day Weekend logjam.
    I’m fully anticipating that at least two, if not more of those titles to be repositioned before May.
    Annapurna can’t seem to commit to a date for their Linklater movie–it’s bounced around from October ’18 to March, and now has an August opening slated–so I can definitely see “Booksmart” being pushed back as well.
    And I thought “Brightburn” was generating major fanboy buzz/heat. Why do you think it’s a sacrificial lamb for Sony?

  44. Hcat says:

    Looking at the release schedule, the three wide releases I am most interested in all drop the same day. Yesterday, Mangold’s car racing flick and Limited Partnership (Haddish and Byrne, who are never not funny even in inferior product) all premiere on June 28th.

    Brightburn is Screengems and I always assume those are sacrificial (they haven’t topped 30 million since August of 2016). But honestly I always presume any Sony release are going to tank or underperform. No one was more surprised by Venom and Jumanji than me, though I still haven’t seen either.

    Your mention of Woody got me thinking, now that people refuse to work with him and we will not be getting new projects, wouldn’t now be decent time to start remaking some of his work that didn’t reach their full potential? I would love to see someone else take a crack at Broadway Danny Rose (good movie, great idea, but thought it could have been funnier), and Melinda and Melinda was such a fantastic idea but sloppily executed its a shame to let a great idea whither on the vine like that.

  45. movieman says:

    Hcat- To be perfectly honest, I’d rather see new Woody Allen movies than reboots of his early films (even ones like “M&M” that weren’t great despite having a fantastic premise).
    No complaints from me about “B’way Danny Rose.” I thought it was perfectly lovely.

    Don’t be surprised if one (or more) of those June 28th movies winds up with a new date before summer hits.
    Maybe it’s due to a sluggish marketplace, but I can’t recall a period where distributers tinkered so frantically with release dates.

  46. Hcat says:

    Everything seems a little off this year since everyone is giving such a wide berth to Endgame and Lion King. Nothing but counter programming is coming two weeks before or after Endgame.

  47. movieman says:

    March is as barren as any month in recent memory.
    A Marvel; Tyler Perry going back to the Madea well; an off-brand cartoon; a generic YA romance (that sounds like a dozen other YA romances).

    I’ve got a hunch that release dates for pretty much everything–except “Marvel,” “Endgame” and “Lion King”–are basically TBD.
    I wouldn’t even be surprised if Disney blinks and moves “Aladdin.”
    Maybe following “Lion King” would make more sense.

  48. Hcat says:

    Judging from people’s reaction to the trailer, premiering directly to the Disney Plus streaming service might be the better play.

  49. movieman says:

    Hcat- I second that emotion, lol.
    Any delay from having to endure “Aladdin” would be welcome.
    What was Guy Ritchie’s last good movie? “RocknRolla”?

  50. palmtree says:

    Can’t believe Disney was happy with the way Will Smith’s genie looked. I mean, it was like something out of Delgo.

  51. BO Sock Puppet says:

    Remaking Broadway Danny Rose? Thread has jumped the shark.

  52. Hcat says:

    You more of a Jade Scorpion fan?

  53. movieman says:

    Before anyone gets to work remaking an old Woody, I’d really like to see his unreleased Amazon film (“A Rainy Day in New York” w/ Timothee Chalamet and Elle Fanning).

    And while we’re on the topic of newly persona non grata directors, how about the latest Polanski (“Based on a True Story” w/ Eva Green)? That’s the same movie Sony Classics was slated to release in late 2017 for awards consideration.

  54. Sideshow Bill says:

    JS, my youngest daughter grew up up watching NBC all the time. She new Tim Burton’s name when she was 5. I got her a Burton autographed picture of Jack for Christmas one year. She’s sixteen now and she likes Corpse Bride a lot more these days. Me, I’m a Frankenweenie guy. I’m rooting so freaking hard for Burton. He’s brought me so much joy. I maintain Sleepy Hollow is a masterpiece.

    Thing is, I cannot wrap my head around a live-action remake of NBC so I don’t know what they are going to do.If they go CGI sequel purists will poop their pants (and as a stop-motion lover I’d question it). I’m all for more but I’m stumped as to what they will do and would rather see it left alone than a botch job. I get visions of Ron Howard’s Grinch, which I HATE HATE HATE, and I shudder.

    Snow White has to be in the pipeline, huh? And how about The Black Cauldron. I’d be down for that big time.

  55. movieman says:

    How long before a live-action “Frozen”?
    Or will it simply be a film version of the (critically lambasted) B’way musical?

    On a semi-related note, isn’t someone making an animated version of “Beetlejuice”? Or am I imagining things?

  56. Hcat says:

    I have always wished that Frozen and UP were live action to begin with.

    I keep thinking about what the next adaptions would be and keep going back to ones they have already tapped like Dalmations, and Jungle Book. Robin Hood wouldn’t really make sense because without it being animals its just Robin Hood. Tramp and Aristocats are too animal heavy but I can certainly see The Rescuers going over like gangbusters. I can also see Brave and Wall-E getting the treatment down the line.

    Going live action for Nightmare would only be acceptable if it was done entirely with life size puppets. Human movement through motion capture would break the magical spell. Thank God Aardmann has never attempted a live action film with a CGI Gromit.

  57. movieman says:

    Anyone else notice that has no director listed for next month’s “Wonder Park”?
    Thank heavens for “Us” and “Dumbo.” Otherwise March would be a complete and utter wasteland.
    I’m anxious to see “Greta,” but have doubts whether it’s really going wide on March 1st.
    Unless by “wide” Focus means the same half in/half out Labor Day weekend dump-release they gave “The Little Stranger” which deserved better.

  58. YancySkancy says:

    “Anyone else notice that has no director listed for next month’s “Wonder Park”?”

    Three directors were involved, I believe. Maybe there’s some arbitration going on?

  59. movieman says:

    Three directors?
    On the basis of the trailer, it looks like it was assembled by a mass media conglomerate.
    It was, wasn’t it?

  60. leahnz says:

    ‘sleepy hollow’ has been on rotation on cable here and i watched it again the other night for the first time in ages; at least it’s got style and is well-constructed, qualities lacking in 98% of movies nowadays.
    (i watched it with my kid, who’s a certified T burton fan – nightmare before xmas is his all-time fave flick, perhaps it’s a gen zed thing – but SH was one of the burton’s he hadn’t seen. he really liked it but was quite taken aback with the boy masbath basically being in servitude already at a young age, which led to an interesting conversation about child labour laws and how the effort to end the rank exploitation of children even in so-called democracies is only a fairly recent thing, so thanks TB for that teachable moment!)
    edited for a shitload of typos

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh


“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

Agnes Varda