The Weekend Report Archive for September, 2007

Tu Tu Much …

September 30, 2007 Weekend Estimates Domestic Market Share The ground war multiplex to multiplex encounter between the family friendly The Game Plan and the Rambo-unctious The Kingdom led to a one-two finish respectively estimated at $22.9 million and $17.8 million. The solid, relatively predictable box office failed to spike business as hold over titles generally experienced…

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Good is Better ‘n Evil …

September 23, 2007 Weekend Estimates Summer Market Share Mammy Yokum used to say that “Good is better ‘n evil cause it’s nicer.” Obviously the comic book matriarch isn’t abreast with the new Hollywood that decreed Resident Evil: Extinction the weekend box office champ with an estimated $23.9 million debut to runner up Good Luck Chuck at $13.6 million….

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Death Wish XXX …

September16, 2007 Weekend Estimates Summer Market Share The distaff vigilante yarn The Brave One led all comers with a debut weekend estimated at $13.8 million. There was no lack of competition with two other films making their national bows and more than a minion opening in limited release. The comedy Mr. Woodcock ranked third overall with $8.6…

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Gunfight Corrals OK …

September 9, 2007 Weekend Estimates Summer Market Share It was high noon at the box office as 3:10 to Yuma got to the station ahead of the posse with an estimated $13.5 million. As the summer rode into the sunset, the sound of the fall came in a blazin’ … sort of. The debut of Yuma…

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Trick or Treat?

September 3, 2007 Weekend Finals Summer Market Share The calendar challenged folks at MGM sprang forward with Halloween as the Labor Day weekend’s top viewing choice with an estimated $33.4 million. It was also balls out for the ping pong madness of Balls of Fury that ranked third with $13.8 million and a strong screen average for…

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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