“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
The Hot Blog Archive for January, 2005
The Thai food at this Sundance party was paid for by the Discovery Channel, which sponsored "Grizzly Man." Lena Herzog, Werner’s beautiful, formidable Siberian wife, describes an agreement made a few years ago between television’s two nature giants — National Geographic and the Discovery Channel: When showing animals mating, show no more than three thrusts. "Three! " Lena cries, incensed. "Now they are censoring the animals! And," she continues, in the hushed tones of a spy, "in the last year we noticed the thrusts have been reduced to one. One thrust!"
"It’s Bush," Werner Herzog mutters.
"It’s appalling," Lena continues. "No wonder American women are frustrated. What’s worse is that no one has said anything — not a single word."
To think that this, of all cultures, would not notice.
Hide & Seek continues a one of those rare trends that actually might have an effect on the long run at the multiplex. Meet The Fockers, White Noise, Coach Carter, Are We There Yet? ,and now this… five (six, if you count Fockers three times) straight weekends of very specific genre movies topping the charts, the last three of which performed above expectations.
Yes, genre gets tired and the mediocrity of the films that come from these genres often lead to short legs. But the key in the film business these days is delivering an opening weekend. And two thrillers, one feel good urban cross-over drama, one urban cross-over comedy and one flat out comedy sequel.
How can you not be programming your line-up with the power of these films in mind?
On the Oscar front, Million Dollar Baby came out of the gate strong, with a reported $5800 per screen and a total over $10.5 million. The fight between The Aviator and M$B is now engaged, especially combining this start of wide release with Clint Eastwood’s DGA win on Saturday.
On the down side, Sideways looks like it may, sadly (for me, at least) be moving out of contention for the win after an expansion to 1694 screen led to only an estimated $6.3 million… which is not bad, but not a power move. The gross and the per-screen were not far ahead of In Good Company… not good company for a film that wants to win Best Picture.
More to come….
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Hey all –
The blog will become a photo space during Sundance. I may do some regular blogging along the way… but for now… photos!!!
I made it… let the fun begin!!!
… and joins the list of irrelevant precursors.
Just as Sideways competing against no major candidate at the Indie Spirits makes that award show irrelevant, BAFTA’s The Aviator-only position means that the award means nothing… unless it loses, in which case it’s an embarrassment.
In a classic case of turnabout is not-so-fair-play, Dick Clark decreed from his hospital bed that Michael Moore, whose Fahrenheit 9/11 was ruled ineligible for the Globes this year, could not even attend the awards and pressured the HFPA into enforcing his decree.
That’s right… Harvey Weinstein was told “no” by the HFPA. Michael Moore was not allowed in the room.
You may recall the confrontation with Dick Clark in Bowling For Columbine. Oops.
But not until Hot Button tomorrow… don’t want to spoil it for west coasters and heading to parties at 8…
For the second straight weekend, there is a pleasant surprise (at least for the distributor) at the top of the box office charts. This weekend, it’s Paramount’s Coach Carter, which looks to pass the $20 million mark, just as White Noise did last weekend. It may even challenge Save The Last Dance’s $24.4 million as the best January opening ever for Paramount. Funny how things get better when an administration seems to be headed out the door…
On the other hand, Elektra and Racing Stripes are both looking at under-$15 million starts… which is probably more of a problem for Elektra than for Racing Stripes, which could build a loyal pre-teen audience that returns to the film repeatedly over the next two months. Even with Disney/ABC spending insane amounts of money on TV spots and an outdoor campaign for Jennifer Garner and Alias that comes just short of a direct offer of kinky sex, Elektra hasn’t found an audience any bigger that the core of geeks that show up no matter what they read on Ain’t It Cool News. One wonders whether they would at least have stirred a greater interest in the public if the film was darker and R rated.
It’s hard to figure out what’s going on with The Aviator. The film feels like it’s playing out. 1867 screens is not a terribly wide release. But how much milk is there in the next 1000 screens? A $4 million weekend will take the film close to $50 million. But whether an Oscar nomination is going to be the kind of accelerant that Miramax needs to get the film to $100 million… I don’t know…
Spanglish is still drawing some folks and will pass $40 million sometime in the next week or so. Surprisingly, it has held up better than Closer, which has found its way into the low $30 millions and should top out under $40 million.
Sideways passed Finding Neverland in daily gross late in the week despite being on one-third of the screens. The strategy of continuing to hold and even reduce screen count for Sideways, even after three months in the marketplace, is going to prove itself to be genius or an oops in two more weeks. Million Dollar Baby added 15 whole screens this weekend. Again, an expansion in two weeks.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 8:00 PM
HIGH NOON replaces THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
- Due to the upcoming release of Steven Spielberg’s THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, the 1953 print is no longer available for public exhibition. A ticket purchased for THE WAR OF THE WORLDS can be redeemed for the HIGH NOON screening or any other of the AFI at ArcLight 2005 AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies screenings. A refund will also be awarded by ArcLight either the night of or by contacting Linda Thompson at 323.464.1465 x109. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Erin Anderson at 323.856.7771 or by e-mail at eanderson@AFI.com.
I love Gunner Palace.
I think the world of Mike Tucker.
I will make my 15 year old nephew and 13 year old neice watch the film.
It should be rated R. There is nothing about this movie that is PG-13.
M*A*S*H* was rated R. Three Kings was rated R.
Kids should see this movie. But it should be rated R… and it should be happy to be rated R… more kids will see it that way.