The Hot Blog Archive for July, 2009

The Full Jim Cameron Avatar Interview



Box Office Hell & The Ugly G-Force Spot



Jim Cameron's Take On The Hurt Locker


A Tale Of Two Clip Packages, Pt 2

Kick-Ass came into Comic-Con with a completely different set of expectations.
There was no line waiting for the 5:45p event to start. One well-know writer was so irritated by a Paul WS Anderson movie being squeezed in from 5:30 to 5:45 that he left the auditorium before the event even started. And truth be told, it only became a part of my day because I ran into the director, Matthew Vaughn, at lunch.
Yet… it became one of the real high moments of the day for me.
The film, based on a the Millar and Romita, Jr. comic book, did what it needed to do with its choice of clips. It set up the story. And it gave the audience no fewer than 3


A Tale Of Two Clip Packages, Pt 1

In one corner


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More Comic-Con To Come….

A dead battery and reception problems… but my take on Avatar, Alice In Wonderland, Kick-Ass, and District 9 will all be up this afternoon, along with a chat with Jim Cameron.

#SDCC – Updating As The Mood Takes Me

10:11a – The stunner, so far, was a walk of the convention floor. Don’t tell the media, but Hollywood has pulled out of this part of The ‘Con. WB is the only studio with a “full block” of space. So on this floor, Lionsgate and MGM are taking up as much space – or more – than Sony or Paramount. Universal is fronted with a TV site… mostly Heroes… apparently paid for by Nissan. There is a lot of tv this year, though it still doesn’t fill the space the movies cleared out. Films are being fronted by liscencees almost exclusively. Yes, the events still go on. But the lack of floor space probably represents a 30% to 50% cut to Con budgets on and of itself.
8:50a – How have I avoided the Industry/Press badge pick-up line that seems a few hundred deep this morning? I guess I never showed up on the first morning of GeekDance before.


EXCLUSIVE: Headlines Of The Future

3D Comic-Con Event Marred By 2D Projection Problems
NYT: Stock Analysts Think Burton


I Don't Get it

From Disney – Be the First to See the ALICE IN WONDERLAND Teaser Trailer!
The Loyal Subjects of the Red Queen, the Loyal Subjects of the White Queen, and the Disloyal Subjects of the Mad Hatter are all building armies on Facebook. The fan page with the biggest army at 4PM PDT on Thursday, July 23 will get to see an exclusive new trailer from Disney


It's 12:37p… Do You Know Where My Posts Are?

I don’t.


Buying Watchmen Blu

Since WB didn’t manage to cough up an early copy (“it’s not my department”), I went out today to buy the extended cut of Watchmen on Blu-ray. I am not unwilling to expect that I will prefer it considerably to the original. We’ll see.
What fascinated me was that, looking for a quick fix, I ran to Barnes & Noble, the closest DVD retailer, and I girded myself to pay $6 or $7 more than I would on Amazon… that would make it $26.49 or $27.49. A part of setting that price was that on B&N Online, it was $22, a couple of bucks more than Amazon. Storefronts cost money, so….
What I found was a retail price of $35.49, discounted (ha ha) 10%. So, $31.95.
And I turned around and walked out of the store, drove the 15 minutes in traffic to go to Target, and paid my $25.49 there.
The $6 wasn’t important. The idea of paying more than $30 for a mainstream Blu-ray that costs $20.49 ion Amazon, free shipping, no tax… well… just wasn’t gonna do it.
Moreover, why would the studios ALLOW B&N to put a $35 retail price on Blu-rays that people walk by every day. Where is my incentive to buy a player and the discs when as an otherwise unaware consumer, I am assuming that the discs cost double – or more – what regular DVDs retail at. It is horrible promotion of a still fragile emerging technology.
If B&N doesn’t want to use the space for Blu at $25 or $26, I can understand that… so keep the Blu-rays out of B&N.
As much as this industry obsesses on piracy, it really has to start obsessing on how its future is branded, because dumb stuff like this is the kind of thing that sticks in consumer minds, along with the parade of idiotic “reports” from “experts” that we will see throughout the next 6 weeks of dead summer news time.


Seeing The Trouble

Sony figured it out… if they can’t keep Redbox from destroying the rental business with $1 a day rentals – though some have argued in here that the avg Redbox rental is multiple days and thus, the avg renter cost is higher than you might expect – they need to do what they can to keep Redbox from destroying the ancillary market for used DVDs.


Adam Yauch & Oscilloscope

I was saddened to hear about Adam Yauch’s bout with cancer. I met him for the first time just a few weeks ago. We talked about his business and the future of indies. Couldn’t be a more decent guy or a person who cared more about the work he was doing.
It is a little anxiety-provoking to hear that Yauch has a similar kind and placement of cancer to the one that has been so hard for Roger Ebert to overcome. The good news is that Roger’s speechlessness is a result of complications, not the cancer itself… and Adam is about 15 years younger than Roger was when his journey with this illness began. Obviously, even with the physical losses he has sustained, Roger has continued to be a leader in the critical community and, some would say, has been inspired to do his best work in decades.
I wish Adam Yauch the best and I look forward to a bright future for him and for Oscilloscope .
(For The Record – I just got my DVD of The Garden, packaged beautifully, as Oscilloscope is know for, and featuring the DP/30 interview with Scott Kennedy.)


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“I remember very much the iconography and the images and the statues in church were very emotional for me. Just the power of that, and even still — just seeing prayer card, what that image can evoke. I have a lot of friends that are involved in the esoteric, and I know some girls in New York that are also into the supernatural. I don’t feel that I have that gift. But I am leaning towards mysticism… Maybe men are more practical, maybe they don’t give into that as much… And then also, they don’t convene in the same way that women do. But I don’t know, I am not a man, I don’t want to speak for men. For me, I tend to gravitate towards people who are open to those kinds of things. And the idea for my film, White Echo, I guess stemmed from that — I find that the girls in New York are more credible. What is it about the way that they communicate their ideas with the supernatural that I find more credible? And that is where it began. All the characters are also based on friends of mine. I worked with Refinery29 on that film, and found that they really invest in you which is so rare in this industry.”
Chloë Sevigny

“The word I have fallen in love with lately is ‘Hellenic.’ Greek in its mythology. So while everyone is skewing towards the YouTube generation, here we are making two-and-a-half-hour movies and trying to buck the system. It’s become clear to me that we are never going to be a perfect fit with Hollywood; we will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot. Really it’s not provocation for the sake of being provocative, but trying to make something that people fall in love with and has staying power. I think people are going to remember Dragged Across Concrete and these other movies decades from now. I do not believe that they will remember some of the stuff that big Hollywood has put out in the last couple of years. You’ve got to look at the independent space to find the movies that have been really special recently. Even though I don’t share the same world-view as some of my colleagues, I certainly respect the hell out of their movies which are way more fascinating than the stuff coming out of the studio system.”
~ Dallas Sonnier