The Weekend Report Archive for March, 2005

Rabbit Punch

There was no second coming despite the preponderance of sequels on the marquee during the Easter holiday frame. The debuts of Guess Who and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous topped the box office but without the box office dynamism of such recent entries as Robots, Ring Two or The Pacifier. The result was a…

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Call Waiting

You might say it was a ring and a miss at the weekend box office as the horror sequel The Ring Two led the field with an estimated $36.4 million while the other national debut, Ice Princess, was chillin’ in fifth position with $6.7 million. The frame also had a spectacular exclusive run for Woody…

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Mechanical Behavior

There was no need for Fox to retrofit its animation unit as Robots left the competition in the rust. The family friendly movie grossed an estimated $35.5 million while second place went to The Pacifier at $17.7 million. The frame also saw an OK opening for the Bruce Willis thriller Hostage and a number of…

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Be … Calm

The leading films in the marketplace expressed soothing sentiments but the anticipation was for a heated competition between two debuting titles. And while both films opened well, it was unquestionably the family friendly The Pacifier that prevailed over the return of Chili Palmer in Be Cool. The Pacifier’s first weekend was estimated at $29.6 million…

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BLOOM
There cannot be a human being who has fewer thoughts on the whole question of word processing than I do. I’ve never even seen a word processor. I am hopelessly archaic. For me the typewriter hasn’t even been invented yet, so how can I speak to this matter? I protest! A man who has never learned to type is not going to be able to add anything to this debate. As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less. I can only write with a ballpoint pen, with a Rolling Writer, they’re called, a black Rolling Writer on a lined yellow legal pad on a certain kind of clipboard. And then someone else types it.

INTERVIEWER
And someone else edits?

BLOOM
No one edits. I edit. I refuse to be edited.

INTERVIEWER
Do you revise much?

BLOOM
Sometimes, but not often.
~ Harold Bloom

“So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they’re calling me, going, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And they’re sending pictures. I was like, ‘Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”
Ellen Pompeo