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‘Red Hook Summer’, ’2 Days In New York’ Debuts So-So: Specialty Box Office

By | Sunday August 12, 2012 @ 11:35am PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

A pair of New York-centric limited releases debuted in exclusive runs in NYC over the weekend and the numerical results were decent at best. Red Hook Summer and 2 Days In New York lead specialty openers with limited runs. Spike Lee’s latest Brooklyn tale Red Hook Summer bowed in four locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, averaging $10,525. OK but not spectacular. The film doesn’t have major stars and its distributor touted its opening on four screens instead of the “safer route” of two locations as many specialty openings do.

“We’re very excited, and think this is a great start to the show,” Variance Films head Dylan Marchetti said. “As Spike often says, ‘no shenanigans’ – so rather than play the per-screen average game and open only two theaters, we made sure the film was available to its audience in Harlem and of course, the Republic of Brooklyn right on the break, and the reaction from the crowds showed it was clearly worth it.” Variance and Lee’s 40 Acres plan to keep RHS in the New York area next week, followed by an expansion in Atlanta, D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia and LA in two weeks with more to come August 31st.

Julie Delpy’s 2 Days In New York is the followup to her popular chatty comedy 2 Days In Paris in which she starred opposite Adam Goldberg. For New York, she essentially reprised the formula, switched cities and switched to Chris Rock as her love interest. The Sundance 2012 entrant has not grabbed audiences like the first one, at least in its theatrical debut, though it performed decently with a $13,500 average in two theaters. Read More »

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’2 Days In New York,’ ‘Red Hook Summer’, ‘Goats’: Specialty Box Office Preview

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

In the dog days of summer, several specialty releases hit theaters this weekend including two from high-profile filmmakers. Julie Delpy follows up her popular 2 Days In Paris with her (apparently final) followup, 2 Days In New York in which she stars opposite Chris Rock. Spike Lee rolls out his own Sundance ’12 opener Red Hook Summer in Manhattan and his beloved Brooklyn with his latest story about the borough. David Duchovny stars in Goats, which took a decade to make before its Sundance debut. And Holland’s famous prostitutes take the spotlight in Dutch documentary Meet The Fokkens, which begins its U.S. exhibition this weekend.

2 Days In New York2 Days In New York
Director: Julie Delpy
Writers: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon
Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon, Daniel Bruhl
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

“I never even thought of going to a studio,” co-writer/director/star Julie Delpy said about her latest project (actually all her directorial projects up until this one). I put the financing together through a European financing system and it’s not easy – it’s a struggle.” The followup to her 2007 feature 2 Days In Paris, which took in a cool $4.433 million Stateside for that film’s distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films, the current title basically replicates Paris’ dialogue-heavy banter, open talk about sexuality and crossing social taboos, but this time Chris Rock stars as her love interest and New York is the setting. Read More »

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Spike Lee’s Sundance Film ‘Red Hook Summer’ Finds Distribution Through Upstart Variance Films

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 12:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, the controversial film that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, has found theatrical distribution. Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks is partnering with New York-based Variance Films for a theatrical release that will begin August 10th in New York and then broaden to the top 30 markets throughout the month of August.

“From my very first joint back in 1986, She’s Gotta Have It, I have been an independent filmmaker, and even today I still am,” Lee said in a statement. “I’m elated to join forces with Variance Films for the independent distribution of my new joint Red Hook Summer. We look forward to getting this film into the marketplace, where we believe 100 percent that there is a starving audience for American independent films like Red Hook Summer.”

“Variance’s sole mission is to ensure filmmakers retain their rights and their power,” said Variance founder Dylan Marchetti, “and I can’t think of a filmmaker that would make better use of both than Spike Lee. Spike is truly one of the godfathers of independent filmmaking, and Red Hook Summer is an entertaining, yet thoughtful, film that says something we think needs to be said. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Spike and his team to ensure that audiences across the country will be experiencing this fantastic film with their friends and family.”

The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include She’s Read More »

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Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’ Co-Producer On Racial Stereotypes In Movies: Sundance

By | Saturday January 28, 2012 @ 4:41pm PST
Mike Fleming

When Spike Lee premiered Red Hook Summer at Sundance, media seemed to disregard everything he had to say, save for a short diatribe about how Hollywood doesn’t understand how to depict African Americans in film. His co-producer and co-writer James McBride wrote a thoughtful essay on the subject that appeared on Lee’s 40 website, which is part of Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule film company. I just caught up with it, and though it worth repeating. Lee’s 1986 film She’s Gotta Have It was, along with Steven Soderbergh’s sex lies & videotape and a few others, a seminal film that helped author the independent film revolution that is personified by Sundance.
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