The Hot Blog Archive for November, 2006

20 Weeks – The Season That Couldn't Shoot Straight

This was the year when everyone was ready to cash in. A number of major Traditional Media outlets decided to ramp up their awards season efforts, chasing fading print ad dollars. Websites added new areas of “coverage” to their content, seeking awards ads. And studios almost all seemed ready to jump into the fray, ambitious and hopeful as we entered a new season.
And now, with 90% of the season to be defined, Oscar included, in the next two weeks of endless awards and nominations, there is the sense out there that, yawn, it’s all beyond boring.
We have been seeing all the same old reporting about how things are the same… but they haven’t been. More than half of today’s frontrunners were released in October or earlier. Does that change the reality of various strategies? No. But watch next year’s reporting reflect this year and not next year when next year rolls around.

The rest & the charts…

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Sundance Interesting?

So, competition was announced yesterday and more today
Anyone excited?

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Auteurs Gone Wild

These seven films – with the kinda-exception of one that was made by one studio’s division and released by another – are studio movies, not independent films. And all seven filmmakers are highly creative, highly respected, and responsible for movies that their studios will consider fiscal failures that will be leveraged by some to avoid making similarly challenging films in the future.
In other words, they got the shot… and now, others will have to wait a while before the opportunity comes up again.

The rest…

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Guruing… 8 Weeks To Noms

This week’s charts are up…
BEST PICTURE
Dreamgirls
The Departed
The Queen
Babel
Little Miss Sunshine
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Queen
Little Miss Sunshine
Babel
Volver
World Trade Center
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Departed
Dreamgirls
Little Children
Flags of Our Fathers
Thank You For Smoking

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The Fox Searchlight Family 2006

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What happened to the Indie Spirit Awards?

It

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Leaving On A Jet Plane

I am about to fall off the earth, literally, for a half day or so. More when I land in Bermuda. But for now, free swim!!!

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The Left Turning Right?

Is it just me or hasn

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Little Children Soldier(s) On

In its eighth weekend in theaters, New Line

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Klady's Sunday Estimates – 11/26

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Friday estimates by Klady – 11/25

Happy Feet + Casino Royale + D

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Surprise Screening Event?

Very quietly, Warner Bros booked the New Beverly Cinema, L.A.’s only revival house right now, with a double feature of The Good German and Casablanca, including a Good German Q&A, tonight.
They must have told someone, rught?
There may be some group invited, but regular tickets are for sale…

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Package It!

The lesson here is not just for digital music. The lesson is for movies and all other things.
The new iPod Shuffle has landed and the electronics conceit is great, the price is almost half of what the original 1 Gig Shuffle was, the move from all plastic to a metal look makes it seem more indestructible…. but the magic, to me, is the Wow! Factor.
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The package says everything. 20 albums on something smaller than 2 quarters. And hidden underneath are all the beautiful designed stuff (aside from a computer) you need to make it all work.
Is the product better than anything else on the market? Damned if I know. Damned if I will ever know until someone proves to me that their product is considerably better

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Betty Comden Exits, Stage Right

The Party’s Over
It’s time to call it a day
They’ve burst your pretty balloon
and taken the moon away
It’s time to wind up
the masquerade
Just make your mind up
the piper must be paid
The Party’s Over
The candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed
through the night
It semed to be right
just being with him
Now you must wake up,
all dreams must end
Take off your makeup
The Party’s Over
It’s all over, my friend
The Party’s Over
The candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed
through the night
It seemed to be right
just being with him
Now you must wake up,
all dreams must end
Take off your makeup
The Party’s Over
It’s all over, my friend
Singin’ In The Rain, On The Town, and so much more… a seminal writer in my movie love… truly a big part of the soundtrack of my life.
She wasn’t young, so the shock isn’t great. But she and her partner, Adolph Green, performed live into their 80s, touring with their lives and music. Part of the reaction was,

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Happy Thanksgiving All…

A place to discuss… whatever…
Here is the Box Office Hell chart for a little something to spark you…
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And… Box Office Mojo’s Wed Estimates
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Rank. Movie Title (Distributor) / Theater Count
Daily Gross | % Change (Last Week) | Total Gross | Days in Release
1. Happy Feet (Warner Bros.) / 3,804
est. $7,400,000 | – | est. $55,971,000 | 6
2. Casino Royale (Sony / Columbia) / 3,443
est. $6,650,000 | – | est. $55,823,000 | 6
3. Deja Vu (Buena Vista) / 3,108
est. $3,600,000 | – | est. $3,600,000 | 1
4. Borat (Fox) / 2,580
est. $2,500,000 | +19% | est. $96,371,000 | 20
5. Deck the Halls (Fox) / 3,023
est. $2,050,000 | – | est. $2,050,000 | 1
6. The Santa Clause 3 (Buena Vista) / 3,043
est. $1,850,000 | +253.2% | est. $55,206,000 | 20
7. Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (New Line) / 1,919
est. $1,350,000 | – | est. $1,350,000 | 1
8. Stranger Than Fiction (Sony / Columbia) / 2,258
est. $1,125,000 | +69% | est. $25,486,000 | 13
9. Flushed Away (Paramount (DreamWorks)) / 2,621
est. $1,075,000 | +127% | est. $50,771,000 | 20
10. The Fountain (Warner Bros.) / 1,472
est. $875,000 | – | est. $875,000 | 1

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“When Bay keeps these absurd plot-gears spinning, he’s displaying his skill as a slick, professional entertainer. But then there are the images of motion—I hesitate to say, of things in motion, because it’s not clear how many things there are in the movie, instead of mere digital simulations of things. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that there’s a car chase through London, seen from the level of tires, that could have gone on for an hour, um, tirelessly. What matters is that the defenestrated Cade saves himself by leaping from drone to drone in midair like a frog skipping among lotus pads; that he and Vivian slide along the colossal, polished expanses of sharply tilting age-old fields of metal like luge Olympians. What matters is that, when this heroic duo find themselves thrust out into the void of inner space from a collapsing planet, it has a terrifyingly vast emptiness that Bay doesn’t dare hold for more than an instant lest he become the nightmare-master. What matters is that the enormous thing hurtling toward Earth is composed in a fanatical detail that would repay slow-motion viewing with near-geological patience. Bay has an authentic sense of the gigantic; beside the playful enormity of his Transformerized universe, the ostensibly heroic dimensions of Ridley Scott’s and Christopher Nolan’s massive visions seem like petulant vanities.”
~ Michael Bay Gives Richard Brody A Tingle

How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch