The Weekend Report Archive for May, 2007

Yo Ho Ho!

May 28, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End dropped anchor with an estimated $143.2 million to plunder weekend movie going. The third installment of the popular franchise accounted for about 55% of the record Memorial holiday ticket sales. The frame also saw a wan $4 million debut for…

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The Greening of America

May 20, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share The new jolly giant, Shrek the Third, broke box office records with an estimated $122.2 million debut that accounted for roughly two-thirds of all ticket sales in North America. The competition steered clear of the commercial behemoth, though rapturous reviews for the Irish import Oncegenerated sell-out business in two…

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How Long Came a Spider

May 13, 2007 Weekend Finals Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Spider-Man 3 declined 60% for an estimated $60.2 million weekend. It handily beat out a quartet of new releases that included second and third place finishes for 28 Weeks Later at $10.1 million and Georgia Rule with $5.8 million. The other national freshmen were Delta Farce grossing $3.2…

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May 6 , 2007

May 6 , 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share Weekend Estimates – May 4-6, 2007 Title Distributor Gross (avera % chan Theater Cume Spider-Man 2 Sony 150.8 (34,800) – 4333 150.8 Disturbia Par 5.6 (1,780) -38% 3132 59.7 Fracture New Line 3.5 (1,500) -48% 2365 26.6 The Invisible BV 3.1 (1,550) -59% 2019 12.3 Next…

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BLOOM
There cannot be a human being who has fewer thoughts on the whole question of word processing than I do. I’ve never even seen a word processor. I am hopelessly archaic. For me the typewriter hasn’t even been invented yet, so how can I speak to this matter? I protest! A man who has never learned to type is not going to be able to add anything to this debate. As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less. I can only write with a ballpoint pen, with a Rolling Writer, they’re called, a black Rolling Writer on a lined yellow legal pad on a certain kind of clipboard. And then someone else types it.

INTERVIEWER
And someone else edits?

BLOOM
No one edits. I edit. I refuse to be edited.

INTERVIEWER
Do you revise much?

BLOOM
Sometimes, but not often.
~ Harold Bloom

“So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they’re calling me, going, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And they’re sending pictures. I was like, ‘Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”
Ellen Pompeo