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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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray