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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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook