The Weekend Report Archive for December, 2006

Where There’s A Will

The Pursuit of Happyness emerged as the top box office draw in a closer than expected race with the sword and fantasy outing Eragon. The Will Smith human comedy grossed an estimated $26.8 million to Eragon’s $23.1 million tally. The fierce rivalry at the top left the latest screen adaptation of Charlotte’s Web a distant…

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    Weekend Estimates – December 8-10, 2006 Title Distributor Gross (average) % change Theaters Cume Apocalypto BV 14.3 (5,790) – 2465 14.3 The Holiday Sony 13.3 (5,080) – 2610 13.3 Happy Feet WB 12.9 (3,530) -27% 3650 137.9 Casino Royale Sony 9.0 (2,840) -41% 3161 129.1 Blood Diamond WB 8.4 (4,410) – 1910 8.4…

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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