20 Weeks Archive for July, 2007

20 Weeks… Summer Settles In

There is a very good chance that this summer will be The Best Ever. (Half-Empties will trot out estimated ticket sales. Yawn.) But even if the record is gotten, the question is what was thrown into the marketplace to achieve the number.
We are at this odd place where studios are having fewer outright summer failures than ever … but are also unable to build even the most obvious franchises into bigger franchises. It’s not a syndrome of #3 or #2 or #4 or whatever. That is too simplistic an analysis to be worth making.
Surprisingly, the cost of these films is now so high that the “good ol’ days” of studios taking runners on someone’s ego are close to over. With $400 million-plus investments and each franchise film getting more expensive, the “what if?” of it all is big enough to bring a studio to its knees. When you make a movie and a $500 million worldwide gross means you will lose money, you are gambling with your life … even if you have Spider-security.

The rest….
The updated chart… Transformers moves into #2… The Simpsons rises…

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

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One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump