The Weekend Report Archive for June, 2008

Wall-Eed: Dead or Very Alive!

It was another record breaking frame as debuts of the animated Wall-E and the illustrated action adaptation Wantedpropelled ticket sales more than 20% ahead of 2007 figures. Wall-E bowed to an estimated $63.8 million with the shoot ’em up close behind at $51.4 million. The session also saw a buoyant bow of $1.3 million in…

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Laff Track

The battle of the clowns proved lopsided as the debut of the big screen Get Smart easily out performed the opening of The Love Guru. Get Smart topped weekend viewing choices with an estimated $38.3 million while the Mike Myers untranscendental amusement ranked fourth with a $14.1 million bow. The session was light on new…

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Green… With Envy

The not so jolly green giant – The Incredible Hulk – pulverized the marketplace with an estimated $54.9 million to top the weekend moviegoing charts. In another upbeat session, the debut of The Happening exceeded expectations with a $30.8 million bow that ranked it third; a shade behindKung Fu Panda. There was also fierce activity…

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Pandering to the Masses…

A pair of unusual martial arts movies kicked up interest in movie going by double digits. The animated adventure Kung Fu Panda led the frame with an estimated $59.8 million debut session followed by Adam Sandler’s political comedy spinDon’t Mess with the Zohan that grossed $40.3 million in its opening weekend. The session was also…

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Sexyyyyyy…

In possibly the first pleasant surprise of the season Sex and the City led weekend movie going with an estimated $56.1 million in its debut session. Also unexpected was a potent $20.6 million bow for the horror programmer The Strangers that ranked third in the frame lineup. Together they provided for a thrust that translated…

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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