The Weekend Report Archive for July, 2008

Step Lively

The (Dark) Knight remained box office king with a weekend estimated at $76.5 million but there was significant room for laughs as Step Brothers debuted in second place with a potent $30 million. Doubting Thomases plaguedX-Files: I Want to Believe – the frame’s other national bow – with the franchise attracting a fan base of…

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Good Knight and Good Luck

Movie going went batty as The Dark Knight exploded on the scene with an estimated $153.7 million in a record-breaking session. The frenzy almost obscured the feisty and impressive debut of Mamma Mia! that ranked second with $27.6 million while the monkey shines of Space Monkeys were largely ignored with a $7.3 million bow. Specialized…

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ll Hath No Fury Like a Franchise Scorned

Both comic book fugitive Hellboy and 3D-ish Journey to the Center of the Earth exceeded opening expectations with the former bowing to an estimated $35.7 million to rank as the top ticket seller in the marketplace. Journey finished third overall with $20.5 million and the debut of Meet Dave barely made the cut with a…

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‘Cock of the Walk

Where there’s a Will (Smith), there’s a weigh (ty) opening and his latest, Hancock, easily out-paced the Independence holiday frame competition with a debut weekend gross estimated at $66.3 million. There was scant incoming competition though Kit Kittredge: An American Girl went wide and generated a disappointing $3.2 million that ranked it eighth overall on…

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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