Friday, March 04, 2011

Next Weeks movie Mar 4 - 10

Next week worked out pretty well. I was afraid we wouldn't get Black Swan until into the exam period but the other theatres finished with it earlier than I expected. It was actually available to us last Friday but I didn't take it which turned out to be a bonus. To play it last week Fox wanted what are called Per Caps which basically means we pay percentage based on fictional ticket prices they set rather than our actual ticket price. It usually means paying about 15% more. I didn't take it last week because I had already planned to play Fighter and True Grit and started the advertising on the Holiday Monday. Once we did the booking on Tuesday I could have chosen to play Black Swan but then I would have had to redo and resend all the advertising. I figured one week wouldn't make that big a difference. As it turned out Fox dropped the Per Caps so we will pay the usual amount. They did say I couldn't split it so it's playing two shows a night. In this case I don't object because I think it will do well enough. Natalie Portman just winning Best Actress likely won't hurt either?!

Some of the films available that will play in the next couple weeks, Tron Legacy, Tangled, Green Hornet. I don't think I'm going to play The Dilemma. I had been planning to play 127 Hours but it came out surprisingly fast on DVD, it was still playing at Westmount so I hadn't had a chance to play it yet. Knowing Fox they will still expect me to play it both shows. If they let me split it I might try it.

I'm planning to play Blue Valentine but there are only a few prints so it may be a while before I can get ahold of one.

How many 80's movie references can you spot?

This is a music video for a 80's song from TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, a movie being released tomorrow that is set in the 80's. Apparently the movie was shot 4 years ago under a different title but for some reason is just coming out now.

The video has a ton of 80's movie references, a cameo by one of the stars of one of those movies I found funny.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Can't Decide if this is good or bad.

Press Release: SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 3, 2011) – Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date – February 10, 2012! Set against the thrilling and exotic backdrop of a “galaxy far, far away,” Star Wars is perfectly suited to the immersive 3D theatrical experience, and Episode I delivers some of the Saga’s most stunning and spectacular sequences – from the Naboo invasion to the Tatooine Podraces to the climactic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and the Jedi. Supervised by Industrial Light & Magic, the meticulous conversion is being done with utmost respect for the source material, and with a keen eye for both technological considerations and artistic intentions.

I'm one of many with a love/hate relationship with George Lucas. I love the Star Wars films but haven't always appreciated what he's done with them. It really pisses me off that he won't let movie theatres play them. That's why none of them have played in our Midnight series. It also annoys me how hard he makes it for people to see the original three movies as they were originally released.

Still, I imagine I'll go see Phantom in 3D. I don't think I've seen the movie in about 10 years.