The Weekend Report Archive for December, 2009

The Game’s Afoot

T.S. Elliott be damned, the movie going world is finishing the year not with a whimper but a bang. The fortuitous Friday positioning of Christmas proved to be a nice asset with the weekend generating close to $275 million in ticket sales that establishes a new three-day weekend record. Avatar once again took bragging rights…

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Eyktan Kifkeyä (King of the World Na’vi-Style)

Inclement weather aside in the American Northeast, Avatarsoared to an estimated $72.5 million domestically and added an additional $232 million from international markets in its debut round. The frame’s other national newcomer was the comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans? that ranked fourth with an uninspired $6.7 million. The session was also rife with…

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Old Croaks at Home

Following two weeks of exclusive engagements The Princess and the Frog migrated to the big pond and led weekend ticket sales with an estimated $24.8 million. The session’s sole national newcomer was the upscale Invictus that ranked third overall with an OK $9 million. In limited wide release Larger Than Life 3D failed to live…

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The Weekend Report: December 6, 2009

Weekend Estimates: December 4-6, 2009 Title Distributor Gross (avg) % change Theaters Cume The Blind Side WB 20.3 (6,110) -49% 3326 129.2 Twilight: New Moon Summit 15.5 (3,760) -64% 4124 254.4 Brothers Lionsgate 9.7 (4,660) New 2088 9.7 A Christmas Carol BV 7.6 (2,970) -52% 2546 115.1 2012 Sony 6.8 (2,110) -61% 3220 149 Old…

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BLOOM
There cannot be a human being who has fewer thoughts on the whole question of word processing than I do. I’ve never even seen a word processor. I am hopelessly archaic. For me the typewriter hasn’t even been invented yet, so how can I speak to this matter? I protest! A man who has never learned to type is not going to be able to add anything to this debate. As far as I’m concerned, computers have as much to do with literature as space travel, perhaps much less. I can only write with a ballpoint pen, with a Rolling Writer, they’re called, a black Rolling Writer on a lined yellow legal pad on a certain kind of clipboard. And then someone else types it.

INTERVIEWER
And someone else edits?

BLOOM
No one edits. I edit. I refuse to be edited.

INTERVIEWER
Do you revise much?

BLOOM
Sometimes, but not often.
~ Harold Bloom

“So, what does it look like when he leaves the show? First, it looks like a ratings spike, and I had a nice chuckle about that. But the truth is, the ink wasn’t even dry on his exit papers before they rushed in a new guy. I was on vacation in Sicily, decompressing — it was a long working relationship and it was a tumultuous end and I needed a moment to just chill with some rosé — and they’re calling me, going, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ ‘What do you think of this guy?’ And they’re sending pictures. I was like, ‘Are you people fucking nuts? Why do you feel that you have to replace this person?’ I couldn’t believe how fast the studio and the network felt like they had to get a penis in there.”
Ellen Pompeo