The Hot Blog Archive for September, 2006

Klady's Friday Estimates & BO Hell – 9/30

(Note: A typo in friday’s numbers put Jackass: Number Two at $6.2 million. The correct number was $4.2 million)
Title | Distributor | Gross * | Theaters | % Change | Cume
Open Season | Sony | 6.2 | 3833 | | 6.2
The Guardian | BV | 5.8 | 3241 | | 5.8
Jackass: Number Two | Par | 4.2 | 3063 | -63% | 41.9
School for Scoundrels | MGM | 2.7 | 3004 | | 2.7
Fearless | Focus | 1.4 | 1810 | -61% | 14.5
Gridiron Gang | Sony | 1.3 | 3033 | -56% | 30
The Illusionist | FS/YF/Odeon | 0.8 | 1319 | -21% | 29.4
Flyboys | MGM | 0.7 | 2033 | -64% | 8.3
The Black Dahlia | Uni | 0.6 | 2009 | -55% | 19.2
Little Miss Sunshine | Searchlight | 0.6 | 1065 | -31% | 51.7
All the King’s Men | Sony | 0.5 | 1520 | -63% | 5.1
Also Debuting
Facing the Giants | IDP | 0.4 | 441
The Last King of Scotland | Searchlight | 41,000 | 4
A Guide to Recognizing Saints | First Look | 28,000 | 8
Journals of Knud Rasmussen | Odeon | 12,000 | 43
Broken Sky | Strand | 1,500 | 1
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Clarity On Gurus

I don

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Rinko Kikuchi

She’s one of the two little-known “it” girls of Babel and she landed in Los Angeles ever so briefly..
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A quick QT look…

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Good Sheet/Bad Sheet?

AND NOW – The Trailer
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A great poster or a terrible poster? I’m really not sure myself…

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Gurus Of Gray – Post-Toronto Wrangling

Penelope Cruz is getting the media committment that might shove her into an actual nomination… George Clooney gets thrown into the ring sight unseen… Love for The Departed starts turning up in earnest… and Dreamgirls, Mirren & Whitaker are your early leaders…
The new charts

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Lunch With David – Atonement Day Is Coming!

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Here It Is

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Von Triers Does Art Porno

Just when you thought the bad sex movie posing as art was killed off by the suprisingly superior Shortbus, Lars Von Trier invests in a dirty movie that looks like a 70s skin flick. But he got distribution in the U.S… on DVD… by porn distributor Wicked Pictures. Oy.
The film is called All About Anna and it even has its own MySpace page.
The nice thing is that there is both a very earnest explanation of the film and a Dogma 95 Manifesto specifically for films like this, called “The Puzzy Power Manifesto“. It includes such tidbits as: “It is not enough for four unknown actors to enter stage right, drop their pants and simply get down” and “The films must be based on woman

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Sometimes A Blackberry…

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When two e-mail subject lines are funnier than one… or maybe not.

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Why We Don't Link To Caryn James Much

A reader sent in a note asking:
“I was reading the NY Times article on All the King’s Men and was wondering about their referral of Toronto as a “nonexclusive” festival. My knowledge seems to contrast their reference, or am I taking their comment out of context? Are they referring to strictly Oscar races that Toronto would not aide?”
I wasn’t really sure what this person was talking about because I bailed out of the Caryn James piece when it was clear that she was doing her usual “I told you so” after the fact schtick, loaded with assumptions she really knows nothing about. When she is right about something like this, it is by mistake.
But looking for the specific reference the e-mailer was calling out, I found:
“Oscar-ready films that have opened in September, like

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Departed Discussions

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Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Vera Farmiga

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Harvey's New Scam

With Bobby resting uncomfortably on life support, Harvey needs a brand new bag.
And that bag is… Sienna Miller.
The sad part of the Harvey ramp-up is that it has become so ham fisted that this kind of laughable nonsense now leaks out of the same handful of walking orifices every time. That group now includes Tom O’Neill, Jeffrey Wells, and the late charging (in this case) Roger Friedman, who should be doing a story on Sienna as an Oscar frontrunner about…. now.
Have you noticed that Harvey’s other game of the year – the record breaking standing ovation – is now happening at every festival where American journalists don’t seem to be in attendance at the screening. Clerks II at Cannes

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Holy One Sheet!

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Looks like it’s either going to be so audacious as to be a major event or so audacious that it loses 85% of the audience… we soon shall see…

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Why Studio 60 Sucks

I hated the pilot… but the pilot made the second episode look like genius.
The truth of the matter seems to be that Aaron Sorkin is making a show about making an hour long drama and not really about live TV or SNL or anything else. Not surprisingly, Sorkin doesn

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THB – And so, another circle jerk begins.

After it screened for a selected audience guaranteed to love it and for an Ain’t It Cool News crowd in Austin that was guaranteed to love it, the jungle drums are beating over Apocalypto.
So let me take a moment now to engage with reality.
This is exactly the strategy he used on The Passion of the Christ, though its screenings were further from the release date and, because of the material, it was inherently more divisive. There is nothing surprising in any filmmaker repeating the steps that led to a big success on their last film.
Mel Gibson knows how to make an action film with intense emotional peaks. Always has, drunk, sober, crazy, sane, anti-Semitic or in love with Barbra Streisand. There was never any question that Apocalypto was going to be interesting, likely visually compelling, and that language was not going to be an issue, anymore than it was for The Passion of The Christ – which, like it or not, was a strong, extremely brutal action film.

The rest…

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Sunday Estimates by Klady

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What do you make of the criticism directed at the film that the biopic genre or format is intrinsically bourgeois? That’s the most crazy criticism. That’s an excuse for not engaging with the content of the movie. Film critics sometimes, you know, can be very lazy.

Come on, formal criticism is valuable too. But I’m amazed when this is the thing they put in front of the discourse. My situation is that I’m dealing with a highly explosive subject, a taboo subject that nobody wants to deal with.

Karl Marx? Yes, this is the first film ever in the Western world about Marx. And I managed to make an almost mainstream film out of it. You want me at the same time to play the artist and do a risky film about the way my camera moves and the way I edit? No, it’s complicated enough! The artistic challenge — and it took me ten years with Pascal to write this story — was the writing. That was the most difficult part. We were making a film about the evolution of an idea, which is impossible. To be able to have political discourse in a scene, and you can follow it, and it’s not simplified, and it’s historically true. This is the accomplishment. So when someone criticizes the formal aspects without seeing that first, for me, it’s laziness or ignorance. There’s an incapacity to deal with what’s on the table. I make political films about today, I’m not making a biopic to make a biopic. I don’t believe in being an artist just to be an artist. And by the way, this film cost $9 million. I dare anyone in the United States to make this film for $9 million.
Raoul Peck on The Young Karl Marx

“The Motion Picture Academy, at considerable expense and with great efficiency, runs all the nominated pictures at its own theater, showing each picture twice, once in the afternoon, once in the evening. A nominated picture is one in connection with which any kind of work is nominated for an award, not necessarily acting, directing, or writing; it may be a purely technical matter such as set-dressing or sound work. This running of pictures has the object of permitting the voters to look at films which they may happen to have missed or to have partly forgotten. It is an attempt to make them realize that pictures released early in the year, and since overlaid with several thicknesses of battered celluloid, are still in the running and that consideration of only those released a short time before the end of the year is not quite just.

“The effort is largely a waste. The people with votes don’t go to these showings. They send their relatives, friends, or servants. They have had enough of looking at pictures, and the voices of destiny are by no means inaudible in the Hollywood air. They have a brassy tone, but they are more than distinct.”All this is good democracy of a sort. We elect Congressmen and Presidents in much the same way, so why not actors, cameramen, writers, and all rest of the people who have to do with the making of pictures? If we permit noise, ballyhoo, and theater to influence us in the selection of the people who are to run the country, why should we object to the same methods in the selection of meritorious achievements in the film business? If we can huckster a President into the White House, why cannot we huckster the agonized Miss Joan Crawford or the hard and beautiful Miss Olivia de Havilland into possession of one of those golden statuettes which express the motion picture industry’s frantic desire to kiss itself on the back of its neck? The only answer I can think of is that the motion picture is an art. I say this with a very small voice. It is an inconsiderable statement and has a hard time not sounding a little ludicrous. Nevertheless it is a fact, not in the least diminished by the further facts that its ethos is so far pretty low and that its techniques are dominated by some pretty awful people.

“If you think most motion pictures are bad, which they are (including the foreign), find out from some initiate how they are made, and you will be astonished that any of them could be good. Making a fine motion picture is like painting “The Laughing Cavalier” in Macy’s basement, with a floorwalker to mix your colors for you. Of course most motion pictures are bad. Why wouldn’t they be?”
~ Raymond Chandler, “Oscar Night In Hollywood,” 1948