The Weekend Report Archive for January, 2008

Bo or No…

George S. Kaufman observed that “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” And whether audiences perceived Meet the Spartans and the resurrection of Rambo as film parodies or simply intuited the two movies as send ups, each struggled for bragging rights in the weekend box office derby. Spartans, the more obviously humorous assault, appeared to…

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Four Leaf Cloverfield…

The trepidation that monster mash up Cloverfield might resonate with Snakes on a Planedisappointment proved unfounded as it lapped the competition and emerged the holiday weekend favorite with an estimated $47.1 million. The session also featured upbeat returns of $26.3 million and a second ranking for the romantic comedy 27 Dresses but Overture’s maiden voyage…

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Alive and Kicking…

The Bucket List scooped up an estimated $19.4 million to take charge of the weekend box office in what proved to be a hotly contested frame. Among new entries there were also excellent results for the African American comedy First Sunday of $18.4 million to rank it second overall but blah returns for the animated…

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Ring in the New…

The connection was strong for the debut of the cellular thriller One Missed Call but the strongest signal at the weekend box office remained National Treasure: Book of Secrets that generated an estimated $20.5 million in its third weekend in theaters. There was another close call as Juno and I Am Legend battled for the…

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“Don’t work with assholes. Ever. No matter what they’re offering, no matter what they bring to the table. If they’re the sort of person where the phone rings at 10 o’clock at night and you wince because you see that it’s them, then don’t do business with them. One asshole will ruin your life. I’ve managed my entire TV and filmmaking career to work with people I like and respect. If the point comes where I don’t like or respect someone, I don’t work with them anymore.”

– Anthony Bourdain

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