Box Office Update
It’s surprising but not exactly unexpected: three big film directors crashed and burned at the box office this weekend. M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water, Ivan Reitman’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and Kevin Smith’s Clerks 2, all bombed badly with moviegoers. (It’s not that the budgets were necessarily outsized — in fact, Clerks 2 was cheap — but by the time insanely high marketing costs on average $36 mil are factored in, the movies should have gone straight to video.) So, why? In my opinion, blame it on the arrogance that unfortunately follows Hollywood success. All three directors — Shyamalan, Reitman and Smith — have experienced the best of the box office in their past: great reviews, great grosses, great wealth. That’s when the disconnect comes in. Even though ousted Disney exec Nina Jacobson told Shyamalan that his Lady script had problems and that’s why she wouldn’t greenlight it, he refused to listen and even trashed her. Even though Reitman is one of the richest directors around and has little in common with the young guys who are his target audience, he keeps making one bad movie after another. Even though Smith was once lauded as the rebel, he is so much the insider these days he does shtick on Leno. (And Kevin sank so low as to try to score PR mileage out of film critic Joel Siegel’s childish Clerks 2 walk-out.) Past success in Hollywood is no guarantee of future success. Especially when directors lose touch with filmgoers. As these three disasters show.
Yes it’s true — I’m told Jake Gyllenhaal and Lance Armstrong are hanging at the Tour De France together because the actor is the leading contender to play the cyclist in a Sony bio pic being … Read More »
SUNDAY: This box office weekend was notable more for which opening movies bombed than which succeeded. Warner’s Lady in the Water from M. Night Shyamalan, Fox’s My Super Ex-Girlfriend from … Read More »
“Culver City, CA – July 20, 2006. It was announced today by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that the 22nd James Bond adventure will be released by Columbia Pictures on May 2, 2008 … Read More »
Not since Dawn Steel learned she was ousted as president of production while on maternity leave from Paramount has a top woman movie executive found out this brutally she’d been axed in Hollywood. Even years … Read More »
UPDATE: And Then There Will Be None…
Hollywood is agog over Disney movie move: Nina Jacobson out. Oren Aviv in. I’m told that Jacobson, prez of the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group, was under big pressure from corporate as part of the so-called … Read More »
Back when The Huffington Post first began in May 2005, I reported in LA Weekly that, during conversations with potential investors, Arianna spoke of her ambition to raise $5 million to underwrite her new venture. Now, she’s more intent than … Read More »
Bernie Weinraub, one of Pellicano’s victims, rants wryly on The Huffington Post today about Ken Aulleta’s New Yorker article about the P.I., Fields and Ovitz. (That story is not online. See my … Read More »
I’m told Amy Wallace’s August departure as Deputy Business Editor in charge of entertainment coverage for the Los Angeles Times has caught her bosses completely by surprise. But her forthcoming jump to Conde Nast’s … Read More »
It’s not online, but The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta looks at the Pellicano probe with a long 12-page story featuring interviews with Bert Fields and Michael Ovitz. But do they really say anything? No. (Hey, they can’t, given the circumstances.) This … Read More »
“Ron Meyer was here a whole eight hours, and he didn’t kiss my ring?”
Terry Semel, CEO and chairman of Yahoo!, Inc., heads toward a morning session, Thursday.
“I’m ignoring you, Mike. I’m not looking at you, Mike. Move along, Mike.”
Harvey Weinstein, left, of The Weinstein Company, walks with Michael Ovitz as … Read More »
“Swing by my condo tonight, Tom. We’re watching all the X-rated movies my MPAA wouldn’t let anyone see.”
Tom Brokaw, right, former anchor of NBC News, throws an arm around Jack Valenti, former chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., Friday…. Read More »
“Brad, I’ll vouch that you never knew Pellicano. Hell, I’ll vouch that you never knew Brillstein…”
Jim Wiatt, left, CEO of William Morris Agency Inc, hugs Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount, Friday.
“Is there anything in my teeth? I just ate my young.”
Richard Lovett, president of Creative Artists Agency, arrives, Friday.
“Herbert … Read More »
SUNDAY: Hollywood’s hot, hot, hot box office cooled this weekend, slumping for the first time in 9 weeks: down around 5% compared to last year’s disastrous summer. I’m told Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s … Read More »
Today, DHD passed 2,000,000 page views.
With so many Internet choices these days, I’m thrilled anyone even bothers with DHD. Since I started it on March 3rd, there have been weeks I was out of town, or on assignment, or not feeling well, or working on a project, or too lazy to … Read More »
Only his closest friends and family knew what he was doing, and dreaming, in retirement, and he swore them to secrecy. But he stuck to it, day after day, week after week, month after month, even taking courses for it at … Read More »
While cleaning out my email “in” box, I found this video clip sent by a pal. Pardon me if you’ve already seen it (though people are telling me they haven’t). I find it hysterically accurate about The Biz: … Read More »
If Hollywood were Vegas, then the average Joe could put his money on Disney prior to the weekend and watch his number come up Monday morning when Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest collected its record-breaking box office … Read More »