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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“Yes, yes, yes. Now I am also the producer on Jean-Luc’s films, so I need to raise the money. Yes, there are two projects in preparation with the pretext of virtual reality. We are beginning with two approaches: we can either do or undo VR. Maybe we will undo it more than we do VR, because thinking about VR leads to the opposite of VR. Is there concrete imagination in virtual reality? For me, cinema is concrete imagination because it’s made with the real and uses it. VR, virtual reality, is totally the opposite of that, but it might be interesting to use this and then to destroy it. No, we’ll see, we’ll see. First, it’s just an idea of a beginning. There is a forest to cross, and we are just at the beginning of the forest. The first step is development. As they say in business, first there is development and research. We have to develop somehow an idea for the film; I won’t say a script, but to see what we can do with this system, and what we can undo with this system.”
~ Fabrice Aragno On Godard’s Next Projects

“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray