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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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh

 

“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

Agnes Varda