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The Hot Blog Archive for October, 2005

Happy Halloween

Really, nothing in the movie business seems that important today, as the left supported the right in getting rid of a treat and now has stuck America with a extreme rightist trick in The Supreme Court.
Sometimes, it is horrible to get what you ask for. And the ideologue that the left demanded from George Bush is now in place.
I know that I am off topic and that a small war could start in the comments section between some of you. So in this case only, as soon as I see the first comment that is not a comment about how YOU feel and is instead an attack on someone else’s opinion, I’ll be shutting down the comments section on this topic.
But I do feel that I needed to make comment on this issue. I am deeply sad about the left’s current inability to get out of its own way.

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Cruel & Crude, But Funny

A Zipperfish Attack On Scientology

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Weekend Estimates – 10/30/05

Not much new to add from the Friday analysis

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Annie Dull

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Early Friday Estimates – 10/29/05

Horror Porn is a hot category and Lions Gate is the king of the genre.
Saw, Cabin Fever, House of 1000 Corpses, box office disappointments Undead and Haute Tension, The Devil

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Whose Weekend Is It Anyway?

Zorro 2 & Saw 2 both involve sharp instruments. Prime involves Uma Thurman, a young penis, and Meryl Streep as a Jewish mother in a wig. And The Weather Man is… well… cloudy.
Whaddya think?

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20 Weeks To Oscar 3

It’s amazing during this time how many movies go from 0 to 50 or from 50 to 0 in 3 seconds flat. This is that time when every movie “screened great for the Academy” or was ” a disaster at the Academy” or there are “problems in post” or “they are withholding it because they can and want to build tension” or “no one saw it” or “they are showing it to people.” Lies will be told and apologized for. Truths will be discounted and then seem too obvious to have doubted.
More & Charts…

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Example #2372

This is why I find the NYT so frustrating.
The first problem with Sharon Waxman’s piece on King Kong is that it makes old news appear to be new news… and more so, surprising news. People have been talking about a 3 hour running time for six weeks now

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Sarris Raves Jarhead

Or something like that.
He seems to be writing mostly about the book and other influences… and not very much about the film… except he liked it… he really, really liked it.
Interesting.

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Munich… The Color Blue?

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“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight the Egyptians. I had to fight Torquemada. I had to fight the Nazis. A Jew child ain’t safe in the family of men, but I ain’t never thought I’d have to fight in my own Olympics!”
(The Munich poster shown above is the international poster… not domestic… and not fake.)

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Bad Subject Line Of The Day

From WallStreetJournal.com
TECH ALERT: Supreme Court Rejects RIM Request
Subhead – But Justice Thomas Admits To Being Bi Curious
(Real Subhead – “The Supreme Court rejected Research In Motion’s request to freeze lower court proceedings in a patent dispute between the BlackBerry maker and NTP.”)

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A Terrific Review

You may or may not agree with Matt Zoller Seitz‘s take on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but regardless, I think that Seitz shows great insight on the less than thrilled perspective, making the review well worth a once over even if you disagree. To wit:
“The result is an oddly underachieving movie. Black balances mayhem and silliness so expertly that he could have taken us much further from the beaten path if he’d wanted to. But it seems he didn’t want to. Kiss Kiss is rudely amusing but never dangerous; it’s as self-aware as Hollywood action movie screenplays can get without actually being smart. The title is misleading; while there’s bang-bang galore, there’s not much sex and even less sexual chemistry. The real excitement comes from the sight of Harry and Perry and Harmony busting each other’s chops while Los Angeles explodes around them

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Again…

Variety reports that Aaron Eckhart will star opposite Catherine Zeta Jones in anEnglish remake of Mostly Martha.
And as I responded when CZJ was first announced, GREAT! Eckhart is perfect… as the Martha character. And Jones is perfect as the charming chef who won’t take “no” for an answer.
It is possible that the original sex roles will work… but it would be so much better, especially with these actors, the other way around. And it would be innovative as well.

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Odd

A story runs in The Hollywood Reporter today about Eric roth signing on to adapt Shantaram, which came to WB via Graham King, who bought it specifically for Johnnt Depp last year.
Meanwhile, on the Reuters wire, the story is presented as being about Johnny Depp being attached to the project… which is not news.
I have been aware that Reuters edits down THR stories for the wire, but this is actually embarrassing in a real way, making Borys Kit looking like a goof for re-reporting old news, when in fact, he is doing a new element in the story.

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More Internet Junk

This came over the transom today…
Here’s another game that is not Halloween-related, but is a good test of your concentration. There are two pictures nearly identical to each other; you have to find three differences between them. I was able to find two before I gave up…you have to look very closely…look at the town.
If you can find three differences, then you are part of an elite group of individuals. This has been tested on 8,000 people, and supposedly only 19 people out of 8,000 found all three differences. There is no trick, all three differences exist.
Click here:
http://members.home.nl/saen/Special/Zoeken.swf

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The Hot Blog

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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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