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Weekend EstimITes by American klady!

What more can I write about this weekend? If you want to know where to place the It hold, which is excellent, it is hammocked by Beauty & The Beast (better) and Guardians 2 (not quite as excellent). Not close to the amazing Wonder Woman drop (43%). Amongst $100m openers, it’s right around Avengers and…

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Friday Estimates by Kladywise

What do you say when the second weekend of a movie breaks the month’s former record for the best opening, even in that month? Holy It! Even The Passion of the Christ didn’t do that. Nor did The Avengers. If you take American Sniper‘s second wide weekend as its second weekend, it accomplished this in January…

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Harry Dean, Off To The Dan Tana’s In The Sunset Sky

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John Carpenter’s New Movie Is A “Christine” Title Track Video (4’33”)

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“What’s IT All About, Beee Ohhhh?!”

This is what changed about box office and here is when it changed… People will go see a movie they really want to see on any date in massive numbers. Passion of the Christ. February 25, 2004. $83 million opening weekend. Here are other titles that have made Hollywood reconsider release-dating since… Ice Age: The…

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Six Minutes With The Safdies In The Criterion Closet

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The Key West Hemingway Cats Are Safe (With 66-Second Doc On 12-Toed Cats)

Just heard from friend w/family in Key West. The Hemingway house is intact as are the 6 toed cats, for those thinking about that place. — Chantel Acevedo (@chantelacevedo) September 10, 2017 12 Toes from Ray Pride on Vimeo.

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Weekend Estimates By PennyKlady

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Friday Estimates

It proves what has been clear for a long time… when you have THE movie that people want to see, you could open it in a sewer during a hurricane and it will still open great. That said ,It has nothing at all to do with August box office or the summer. Had It been released…

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BYO Auteur: Who Should Direct Star Wars IX (For Now)?

Now that the next STAR WARS movie needs a director again, we can finally reverse a historical tragedy: Give it to David Lynch. — Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) September 5, 2017 So Lars von Trier’s phone must be ringing right about now. https://t.co/iQpo09CakS — Maggie Serota 🐈 (@maggieserota) September 5, 2017 How about F. Gary Gray?…

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Weekend Estimates

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Friday Estimates By Lean Len

What’s notable on the Friday of a second desolate box-office weekend in a row? Weinstein Co.’s summer’s-end clearing of the shelf with three features—Leap!, Tulip Fever, Wind River—nets nearly $3 million, with Wind River at a notable $13.5 million cume. Logan Lucky holds onto nearly 3,000 screens with the lack of incoming product. Two episodes…

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BYO Good Taste

Quiet weekend for new movies in most of the country… What feature-length from the past year has recently popped up on video or streaming that everyone else ought to grab hold of? Or something amazing that hasn’t been available for a long time?

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Weekend Estimates by Contractual Obligation

I’m not sure of the last time we had a weekend without a $10 million movie… and really don’t want to know. You ugly… ya ya… you ugly! I have learned over decades not to make events of any single weekend (or two) into a symbol of the entire industry. Bias confirmation is often incorrect, whether…

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Friday Estimates by The Dregs Of Summer Klady

I’ve been dealing with a sinus infection the last few days… almost over… like the summer… like my will to write about failure. There isn’t much to say about this week, aside from wrapping up the summer. And I need a clearer head for that. Everything is perspective. There are six $600 million+ worldwide movies…

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Heartbreaker: Jean-Pierre Léaud On Truffaut (1’48”)

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“How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer” (2’30”)

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Jerry Lewis On Using Video Replay, From “The Total Filmmaker”

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From 1969, Jerry Lewis’ “‘The Total Filmmaker’ Promo Film” (5’17”)

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BYOB RIP Jerry, Dick, and …

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton