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(Deadline)   Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 cooks up an impressive win at the box office with $35 million, overshadowing #2 Rush, puttereing in with $11 million. Don Jon is flaccid at #5 with; apparently, people would rather watch internet porn   ( deadline.com) divider line
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2013-09-29 11:52:47 AM  
Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.
 
2013-09-29 01:11:32 PM  
Make the movie about NASCAR, throw in some titties, beer and BBQ, and Rush would have done well in America.

/I figure Ron knows the money will be made over seas
 
2013-09-29 01:20:59 PM  
I was disappointed that cloudy with a chance of meatballs shared basically nothing with the book (which I loved as a kid) but I caught it on tv a while back and thought it wasn't terrible. The "there's a leek in the boat!" bit in the trailer makes me chuckle too.
 
2013-09-29 01:22:48 PM  

DamnYankees: Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.


Pretty hard to choose for me. I'm a serious Apollo junkie, who happens to be a rabid gearhead. So... if I had to pick one, I'd probably pick Rush, reasoning:

1) he needed to do penance after making that horrible grinch movie.
2) because race car.

I did like Beautiful Mind, though it was emotionally distressing to watch. Frost/Nixon was some excellent fodder for politics/news junkies, but not much draw for non-junkies.
 
2013-09-29 01:22:54 PM  
with;
 
2013-09-29 01:25:36 PM  
where is our Sunday finale Breaking Bad thread!?!?
 
2013-09-29 01:26:35 PM  
Rush was entertaining but seriously overhyped. Daniel Bruhl's portrayal of Niki Lauda is Oscar-worthy, though. The luscious and talented Olivia Wilde was woefully underutilized, though I suppose that was necessary to move the narrative along. Hemsworth's Hunt was decent.

Too bad about Don Jon, though. Guess folks aren't eager to see a fresh take on the rom-com genre, after all.
 
2013-09-29 01:29:34 PM  

them see me trollin': where is our Sunday finale Breaking Bad thread!?!?


Pay five bucks, or wait until later.
 
2013-09-29 01:30:18 PM  
Has our resident Hollywood Deadweight blogger ever heard of AP style?
 
2013-09-29 01:33:53 PM  

them see me trollin': where is our Sunday finale Breaking Bad thread!?!?


Patience, it's in the queue for later.
 
2013-09-29 01:42:07 PM  

DamnYankees: Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.


I am inclined to disagree, simply because there hasn't been a good racing movie made... well, just about ever. Grand Prix was a technical marvel--and a beautiful film but not the most engrossing story in the world. Winning and LeMans were both okay, but Howard succeeded in making a racing movie that both had accurate racing scenes (the historical accuracy is outstanding) and an engrossing story that goes beyond racing into the value of rivalries. I'm not sure the difficulty there can be understated, and the performances from Hemsworth and Bruhl rival some of the best in Howard movies (and there are some great ones there).
 
2013-09-29 01:42:22 PM  

DamnYankees: Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.


I have never been moved by anything Ron Howard has done. He's competent, the directorial equivalent to a '98 beige Toyota Camry.
 
2013-09-29 01:47:50 PM  
With all due respect, Don Juan cost only 6 mill to make, and it made 9 mill in its opening weekend.
 
2013-09-29 01:55:24 PM  

show me: with;



*chuckle* I was wondering about that as well.
 
2013-09-29 02:08:30 PM  

T.rex: With all due respect, Don Juan cost only 6 mill to make, and it made 9 mill in its opening weekend.


I'm sure it will make a few bucks from DVD sales as well.  I think there's a term for movies like this...they make them cheap in hopes of a quick profit turn.  Good business when it works.
 
2013-09-29 02:14:09 PM  
There is nothing interesting out this week. Next week, I am looking forward to Gravity, and after that, the new versions Carrie.
 
2013-09-29 02:16:45 PM  

miniflea: I was disappointed that cloudy with a chance of meatballs shared basically nothing with the book (which I loved as a kid) but I caught it on tv a while back and thought it wasn't terrible. The "there's a leek in the boat!" bit in the trailer makes me chuckle too.


There really wasn't enough in the book to make a movie out of. They did pretty well working with what they had, in consultation with the book's authors through the whole process, expanding a picturebook of food falling from the sky into a somewhat coherent cinematic experience.
 
2013-09-29 02:27:43 PM  
apparently, people would rather watch internet porn
Putting movie trailers in front of porn clips is as sure a guarantee as any to get people to click off.
 
2013-09-29 02:32:58 PM  
parkerlewis: I'm sure it will make a few bucks from DVD sales as well.

An industry truism is that nothing -- NOTHING -- fails to make a profit once it hits the home market. No kidding. 32 Fast 32 Furious: Hot Wheels Plastic Track Showdown would turn a healthy profit on DVD. And the sweet DVD money usually doesn't go to the director, actors, etc. Studios don't mind a hyped film that vanishes from theaters after three weeks because they know it'll boost the DVD market.


Don Jon looks awful to me, which I acknowledge is a snap judgment, but anytime I hear about a romantic comedy whose plot summary announces that the characters date for a short time without having sex . . . eh. Dating for a month without having sex is meant to be meaningful? A month? Oh, you commitment-minded bastard, you've turned your life around. Putting that aside, everything else the marketing has told me about the plot just sounds idiotic. I could be wrong, but I find it hard to believe the cast could rescue it.

I saw the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs without having heard of it, and I was pretty shocked by how entertaining it was. Same with Bolt.
 
2013-09-29 02:39:48 PM  

thamike: Has our resident Hollywood Deadweight blogger ever heard of AP style?


What is that, some new fashion magazine?
 
2013-09-29 02:43:28 PM  

WhoIsWillo: DamnYankees: Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.

I am inclined to disagree, simply because there hasn't been a good racing movie made... well, just about ever. Grand Prix was a technical marvel--and a beautiful film but not the most engrossing story in the world. Winning and LeMans were both okay, but Howard succeeded in making a racing movie that both had accurate racing scenes (the historical accuracy is outstanding) and an engrossing story that goes beyond racing into the value of rivalries. I'm not sure the difficulty there can be understated, and the performances from Hemsworth and Bruhl rival some of the best in Howard movies (and there are some great ones there).


He ACTUALLY directed in zero-g on the Vomit Comet for Apollo 13. This trumps "but racecars!" by quite a bit.
 
2013-09-29 02:56:00 PM  

parkerlewis: T.rex: With all due respect, Don Juan cost only 6 mill to make, and it made 9 mill in its opening weekend.

I'm sure it will make a few bucks from DVD sales as well.  I think there's a term for movies like this...they make them cheap in hopes of a quick profit turn.  Good business when it works.


I usually wait and catch movies like this at home because it lacks the requisite eye candy to get me and my wife to spend $20 at the theater. I'm sure with HDTVs and BluRay players being as cheaper than ever, more and more people are holding off on the smaller movies, so they probably are making more of their money on home video.
 
2013-09-29 03:15:16 PM  

thefatbasturd: WhoIsWillo: DamnYankees: Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.

I am inclined to disagree, simply because there hasn't been a good racing movie made... well, just about ever. Grand Prix was a technical marvel--and a beautiful film but not the most engrossing story in the world. Winning and LeMans were both okay, but Howard succeeded in making a racing movie that both had accurate racing scenes (the historical accuracy is outstanding) and an engrossing story that goes beyond racing into the value of rivalries. I'm not sure the difficulty there can be understated, and the performances from Hemsworth and Bruhl rival some of the best in Howard movies (and there are some great ones there).

He ACTUALLY directed in zero-g on the Vomit Comet for Apollo 13. This trumps "but racecars!" by quite a bit.


Not really, because racecars. You have to admit, it's a compelling argument.
 
2013-09-29 03:16:47 PM  
Don Jon was made for basically nothing, so it's doing alright. I'm exited to see JGL's future attempts at directing.

Rush is good, but it's no Days of Thunder.
 
2013-09-29 03:21:43 PM  
The Don Jon previews made it look like the movie was about watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt pretend to fap while he looks at porn.

I can believe that there is an audience out there who'd pay to watch him fap, but I don't think there's an audience out there who'll pay to watch him fake it.  Plus everyone who might be down to see Scarlett Johansson knows she gets naked in her other movie, so why pay to see this one?
 
2013-09-29 03:22:11 PM  

WhoIsWillo: DamnYankees: Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.

I am inclined to disagree, simply because there hasn't been a good racing movie made... well, just about ever.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-29 03:22:40 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Rush is good, but it's no Days of Thunder.


ha!
 
2013-09-29 03:23:40 PM  
puttereing?

Is that German?
 
2013-09-29 03:27:01 PM  

thefatbasturd: WhoIsWillo: DamnYankees: Saw Rush last night; thought it was good, but nothing special. I don't get people who are saying its Ron Howard's best movie ever. He's not a brilliant director, but Apollo 13 is clearly the better film.

I am inclined to disagree, simply because there hasn't been a good racing movie made... well, just about ever. Grand Prix was a technical marvel--and a beautiful film but not the most engrossing story in the world. Winning and LeMans were both okay, but Howard succeeded in making a racing movie that both had accurate racing scenes (the historical accuracy is outstanding) and an engrossing story that goes beyond racing into the value of rivalries. I'm not sure the difficulty there can be understated, and the performances from Hemsworth and Bruhl rival some of the best in Howard movies (and there are some great ones there).

He ACTUALLY directed in zero-g on the Vomit Comet for Apollo 13. This trumps "but racecars!" by quite a bit.


Captain Slow declares your argument invalid. And "because racecar" isn't an argument or a statement; it is an observation of fact, a diagnosis.

/I'm a serious apollo junkie and loved Apollo 13. I'm sure you've already watched "from the earth to the moon" (bonus, with Hanks). If you haven't seen "when we left earth", do give it a shot - it was on netflix last I looked.
//watched Apollo 14 lift off in person.
///considers drifting an affliction of hooligans - except in fark threads, of course...
 
2013-09-29 03:53:48 PM  
They're autogreenlit, so is it even surprising that the Deadline Hollywood idiot doesn't even both checking his headlines for sense OR spelling anymore?

DON'T CLICK DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD LINKS. END THIS shiat.
 
2013-09-29 03:58:10 PM  

Benjamin Stone: thamike: Has our resident Hollywood Deadweight blogger ever heard of AP style?

What is that, some new fashion magazine?


I thought it was that Korean dance craze from last year.
 
2013-09-29 04:40:01 PM  
Wyckyd Sceptre: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x326]

I should have said non-documentary. There's actually a lot of good racing documentaries, with Senna being the top of the heap. I don't know who you'd cast in the movie, but a movie about Prost and Senna may be even better than Rush
 
2013-09-29 04:58:30 PM  
I like my coffee black.
 
2013-09-29 05:28:55 PM  
Don Jon was the best movie I saw all year.

That Joseph Gordon Levitt kid has something there.
 
2013-09-29 05:40:34 PM  

RandomAxe: Don Jon looks awful to me, which I acknowledge is a snap judgment, but anytime I hear about a romantic comedy whose plot summary announces that the characters date for a short time without having sex . . . eh. Dating for a month without having sex is meant to be meaningful? A month? Oh, you commitment-minded bastard, you've turned your life around. Putting that aside, everything else the marketing has told me about the plot just sounds idiotic. I could be wrong, but I find it hard to believe the cast could rescue it.


The waiting to have sex thing is a very small bit of the movie, not a major plot point.
 
2013-09-29 05:50:01 PM  
RandomAxe:

I saw the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs without having heard of it, and I was pretty shocked by how entertaining it was. Same with Bolt.

I just saw Cloudy 2 with the kid and it was good fun. About as deep as a postage stamp, but it moves along at high speed and is entertaining to look at. Avoid if you have a low tolerance for food puns -- "there's a leek in the boat!" is only the tip of the iceberg.
 
2013-09-29 06:37:52 PM  

basemetal: Make the movie about NASCAR, throw in some titties, beer and BBQ, and Rush would have done well in America.

/I figure Ron knows the money will be made over seas


Wasn't that called Days of Thunder?
/don't know the history
//trailers sell it that way
 
2013-09-29 06:49:57 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: apparently, people would rather watch internet porn
Putting movie trailers in front of porn clips is as sure a guarantee as any to get people to click off.




I know the last month when using x video and etc... saw that damn trailer
 
2013-09-29 06:55:45 PM  

doczoidberg: Don Jon was the best movie I saw all year.

That Joseph Gordon Levitt kid has something there.


I remember think that while watching 3rd Rock From the Sun. I knew that he wasn't just some cute little moppet who could sell a sitcom line. He had "it".
 
2013-09-29 07:17:37 PM  

Here Comes Everybody: RandomAxe:

I saw the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs without having heard of it, and I was pretty shocked by how entertaining it was. Same with Bolt.

I just saw Cloudy 2 with the kid and it was good fun. About as deep as a postage stamp, but it moves along at high speed and is entertaining to look at. Avoid if you have a low tolerance for food puns -- "there's a leek in the boat!" is only the tip of the iceberg.


Tip of the iceberg. ..lettuce?
 
2013-09-29 08:10:07 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: ...as sure a guarantee as any to get people to click off


Is that what they're calling it these days?
 
2013-09-29 08:18:05 PM  
My thoughts are in line with most people here. Read this rave review of Rush in the local rag and was expecting good stuff along the lines of Top Gun and Days of Thunder. Wasn't a horrible movie, just meh. Don Jon had a few shortcomings, but was fairly entertaining. It follows the silver lining play book of turning the romcom formula on its ear
 
2013-09-29 08:29:28 PM  

parkerlewis: T.rex: With all due respect, Don Juan cost only 6 mill to make, and it made 9 mill in its opening weekend.

I'm sure it will make a few bucks from DVD sales as well.  I think there's a term for movies like this...they make them cheap in hopes of a quick profit turn.  Good business when it works.


that theory worked splendidly well for the Paranormal Activity folks (the first time around, anyway)
 
2013-09-29 08:36:11 PM  
Don Jon had already made more than it cost to make, which is something the top 4 can't claim.

It will do fine.
 
2013-09-29 09:18:38 PM  

basemetal: Make the movie about NASCAR, throw in some titties, beer and BBQ, and Rush would have done well in America.


You get to see Natalie Dormer's (Margaery Tyrell) breasts in "Rush"
 
2013-09-29 09:23:36 PM  

brainiac-dumdum: RandomAxe: Don Jon looks awful to me, which I acknowledge is a snap judgment, but anytime I hear about a romantic comedy whose plot summary announces that the characters date for a short time without having sex . . . eh. Dating for a month without having sex is meant to be meaningful? A month? Oh, you commitment-minded bastard, you've turned your life around. Putting that aside, everything else the marketing has told me about the plot just sounds idiotic. I could be wrong, but I find it hard to believe the cast could rescue it.

The waiting to have sex thing is a very small bit of the movie, not a major plot point.


Maybe the movie will turn out to be different than his expectations?
 
2013-09-30 12:40:06 AM  

doczoidberg: Don Jon was the best movie I saw all year.

That Joseph Gordon Levitt kid has something there.


I've heard two people give it positive reviews in the last two hours.

/just adding to the collective knowledge pool. Haven't seen it myself.
 
2013-09-30 01:15:41 PM  
Saw Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 on Saturday- girlfriend and I loved it, but we love horrible puns and the movie was pretty much non-stop with those. Yeah, it wasn't anywhere close to deep- but it was still a lot of fun, and you could tell the people behind it had a field day coming up with all the different food animals and bad puns.

But the most impressive thing to me though was how the trailers seem to have COMPLETELY avoided giving away anything of the real plot of the movie while still being entertaining and fun and making you want to see the movie. Far too many trailers and promo materials essentially show you the best parts of the movie and spoil the whole thing- granted some of the worst puns were given away by the trailers ("Leek in the boat" and "Piece of cake" being two of my favorites...), but there were still plenty more and they didn't say a thing about or show (that I remember) the main 'villian'.

/was mildly disappointed Bruce Campbell wasn't in it reprising his role as the mayor...
 
2013-09-30 02:45:53 PM  
Saw Cloudy 2 with the wife and son this weekend, too. I really liked it. Several chuckle moments in there. Like a few others on here, never saw the first one until someone recommended it and we picked it up on DVD. It was actually a good flick, surprisingly. Both are very watchable.

I think our favorite part of both movies was Steve.
"Yelllloooowwww"
 
2013-09-30 04:20:49 PM  

WhoIsWillo: I am inclined to disagree, simply because there hasn't been a good racing movie made... well, just about ever.


Wrong.

dan-dare.org

/trolololololoooo
 
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