The Weekend Report Archive for November, 2006

Turkey Trot

The Thanksgiving frame was putting on a happy face as Happy Feet once again pushed ahead of Casino Royale by a beak with the film’s grossing $38.1 million and $30.1 million respectively during the three-day portion of the holiday. The table was heavy with new sides but patrons were only enthusiastic for third-ranked Déjà Vu…

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Shaken and Brrrrrrd!

They’re called estimates … but more on that later. The battle between a spy called Bond and a penguin named Mumble (aka The Battle of the Tuxedos) in, respectively, Casino Royale and Happy Feet concluded in a statistical dead heat with each film grossing an estimated $41.1 million. It was heady news for each title…

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Khazakh on Fire!

Something Borat but definitely not blue was elevated to an estimated $28.6 million to lead weekend movie options. Freshman entries however were on the soft side with the off center comedy Stranger Than Fiction proving best in show with a $14.2 million debut that ranked fourth overall. The genre entry The Return had no better…

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Jagshemash!

Records fell as Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Making Benefit Glorious of Kazakhstan posted an estimated $25.9 million to ascend to the top of the list for weekend movie going. The session also featured good openings for family fare The Santa Clause 3 and Flushed Away that ranked second and third with respective grosses…

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“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

“I have long defined filmmaking and directing in particular as just a sort of long-term act of letting go,” she said. “It’s honestly just gratifying that people are sort of reapproaching or reassessing the film. I like to just remind everyone that the movie is still the same — it’s the same movie, it’s the movie we always made, and it was the movie we always wanted to make. And maybe it just came several years too early.”
~ Karyn Kusama