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Leonard Klady

Klady By Leonard KladyKlady@moviecitynews.com

Next Can’t Happen Too Soon…

April 29, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share The weekend box office buzz primarily focused on next weekend’s debut of Spider-Man 3 rather than anything with currency. And it was for good reason! Disturbia was for the third weekend the top grosser with an estimated $9.1 million and a quartet of freshmen releases failed to spark much…

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Jack Be Nimble

Late Thursday afternoon I was on the phone with Seth Oster of the Motion Picture Association of America. Toward the end of our conversation he made reference to Jack Valenti and indicated he wasn’t in the best of shape since his stroke in March. I asked him if he was at home and receiving a lot…

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Shaken, But Not Destirred …

April 22, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share While four new films entered the marketplace, last week’s top-slotted Disturbia held first place with an estimated $13.7 million gross. The freshmen class included a place position for the psychological thriller Fracture of $10.7 million; the chiller Vacancy ranked fourth with $7.5 million; Brit hit comedyHot Fuzz grossed $5.8 million…

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Be Disturbed .. Be Very, Very Disturbed!

April 15, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share The offbeat teen thriller Disturbia took top honors in weekend movie going with an estimated $22.8 gross. Five other films bowed nationally to generally disappointing results as the industry appeared to be emulating the August tradition of dumping product. However, in this instance new entries were anticipating quick…

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The Grind Who Stole Easter?

April 8, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share The mood was eggstatic as the Easter weekend frame eggceeded 2006 business with a quartet of new releases. However, last weekend toppers Blades of Glory and Meet the Robinsons once again held top spots with respective estimated grosses of $23.2 million and $17.1 million. Freshmen entries generally opened well…

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Thick Ice …

April 1, 2007 Weekend Finals Domestic Market Share Blades of Glory figured an impressive estimated $33.1 million to take the gold in weekend box office viewing. There was also good news for the animated Meet the Robinsons that ranked second with $25.7 million but eyes were elsewhere for The Lookout. Additionally the stealth reissue of Peaceful Warrior…

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook