The Weekend Report Archive for July, 2006

Healthy, Wealthy and Vice

The box office pundits were on the money as the debut of Miami Vice emerged the weekend’s top draw with an estimated $25.1 million. The frame also included a passable $14.1 million bow for the teen comedy John Tucker Must Die and a very potent limited launch for the Sundance favoriteLittle Miss Sunshine. However, it…

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All Shook Up

The weekend film going landscape wasn’t quite what had been predicted by pundits. Industry tracking was ready for a heated competition between the third weekend of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and the debut of the spooky M. Night Shyamalan thriller Lady in the Water. However, as Friday matinee figures trickled in, one…

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The Squid and the Wayan…and Dupree

The question was not whether Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest would lead weekend film going but how steep would be its box office drop. The secondary concern were the performances of debuting pictures Little Man and You, Me and Dupree. And, of course, there was the issue of how well everything else in…

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Yo, Ho, Ho and a Magnum of Dough!

Wow! Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest debuted to a staggering $132.9 million and effectively rewrote the box office record book. The film’s opening day gross of $55 million surpassed Star Wars: Episode III by roughly $5 million and its weekend was about $18 million better than that of former champ Spider-Man. Overall weekend…

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Up… Up… and Oy Vey!

Superman Returns flexed its pecs with an estimated $52.3 million to lead weekend movie going. The frame also saw the bow of The Devil Wears Prada with a steelier than expected $26.8 million in an overall session with slight box office improvement from 2005. Though the Independence Day holiday is officially on Tuesday, much of…

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“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch

To me, Hunter S. Thompson was a hero. His early books were great, but in many ways, his life and career post–Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail is a cautionary tale for authors. People expected him to be high and drunk all the time and play that persona, and he stuck with that to the end, and I don’t think it was good for him. I always sort of feel mixed emotions when I hear that people went and hung out with Hunter and how great it was to get high with Hunter. The fact is the guy was having difficulty doing any sustained writing at all for years probably because so many quote, unquote, “friends” wanted to get high with him … There was a badly disappointed romantic there. I mean, that great line, “This is where the wave broke, the tide rolled back … ” This was a guy that was hurt and disappointed and very bitter about things, and it made his writing beautiful, and also with that came a lot of pain.
~ Anthony Bourdain