The Weekend Report Archive for February, 2008

Take A Vantage…

The twisty little thriller Vantage Point ascended to the top of weekend movie going with an estimated $24.4 million. In a softish frame running up to Sunday’s Oscar telecast, another trio of pictures bowed in modestly wide release with the off kilter comedy Be Kind Rewind attracting a respectable $4 million. However, neither the $2.1…

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Look Before You Leap…

Fool’s Gold, a Popeel of a rom-com, ascended to the top of the weekend movie going charts with an estimated $22.1 million debut. The frame’s other national freshman, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, ranked second with $17.1 million in a session that was largely status quo for this time of year. Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy…

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Pyrites of the Caribbean…

Fool’s Gold, a Popeel of a rom-com, ascended to the top of the weekend movie going charts with an estimated $22.1 million debut. The frame’s other national freshman, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, ranked second with $17.1 million in a session that was largely status quo for this time of year. Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy…

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Holey Hannah/The Miley High Club…

Hannah Montana in 3-D reigned in its weekend debut with an estimated record-breaking $29.7 million. The singing sensation eclipsed a trio of other freshmen including a tidy second place finish of $13.1 million for the chiller The Eye. However, not many got the joke of either Over Her Dead Bodyor Strange Wilderness that bowed respectively…

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch