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…


Sundance Interesting?

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


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…


Guruing… 8 Weeks To Noms

This week’s charts are up…
The Departed
The Queen
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen
Little Miss Sunshine
World Trade Center
The Departed
Little Children
Flags of Our Fathers
Thank You For Smoking


The Fox Searchlight Family 2006



What happened to the Indie Spirit Awards?



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!!!


The Left Turning Right?

Is it just me or hasn


Little Children Soldier(s) On

In its eighth weekend in theaters, New Line


Klady's Sunday Estimates – 11/26



Friday estimates by Klady – 11/25

Happy Feet + Casino Royale + D


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…


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.
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


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,


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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“At a recent screening of Creed, as the familiar fanfare of Bill Conti’s beloved Rocky score signaled the start of the final round of the big fight, the audience burst into spontaneous applause. This was no sneak-preview crowd, primed with free admission and popcorn, but a room full of critics and journalists armored in professional skepticism. A cynic might say that the cheering was a Pavlovian reflex set off by a piece of commercial entertainment in the hands of a skilled, manipulative director. This cynic, however, was too busy choking up and clapping to form the thought.”
A. O. Scott On Creed

The physical object is so banalized nowadays, you have to bring something else. And the audience is completely ready to get that, and want that, voilà. It’s difficult because it’s a lot of work and there are a lot of requirements, but you have to try to be more and more unique; if not, you’re just releasing a DVD in the old way, and even if a title might interest some cinephiles, it won’t be enough regarding the fact that they could see on S-VOD for ten bucks hundreds of movies. So how do you bring this audience who’s continuing following you because they have the same feeling of cinephilia to acquire what you’re releasing ? And even though we can see of course that the 3000-limited-edition of Body Double is to be able to go out-of-print very quickly, at the same time it will increase interest on the title itself.
~ Carlotta Films’ Vincent Paul-Boncour