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  1. Doctor Omega

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    Pennywise Kills Tom Cruise At Box-Office


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    Stephen King’s “IT” took back the box-office crown this weekend, marking the third of four weekends since its release where it has been at the top.

    The film scared off Tom Cruise and Doug Liman’s “American Made” which scored solid reviews and was coming off good business of over $64 million overseas, but opened to just $17.3 million in the U.S. – Cruise’s worst wide release since “A Few Good Men” opened in the early 1990s. Even so, made for just a $50 million budget it will end up in profit.

    Last week’s top spot holder “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” slipped to third but still pulled in a further $17 million with the top three being pretty close.

    Dead on arrival was the “Flatliners” remake which was expected to flop and did so with just $6.7 million. The better reviewed “Battle Of The Sexes” also fizzled with just $3.4 million and sixth place despite a decent 1,200 screen opening.

    On the limited release front both the Liam Neeson-led “Mark Felt” and the late Harry Dean Stanton’s “Lucky” were essentially ignored.
     
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    Scorsese Is Not A Rotten Tomatoes Fan



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    Hollywood likes to use a scapegoat for its failures, and this year one of its biggest targets is that of Rotten Tomatoes – the critical aggregator that has been blamed for various films underperforming.

    Of course any serious analysis shows that there’s no real correlation between a critical aggregate score and box-office, as seen this past weekend when “Blade Runner 2049” scored a strong 88% score on the site but has notably underperformed.

    In an op-ed piece for THR, Martin Scorsese has shared his take on Rotten Tomatoes, the more audience-oriented CinemaScore, and the race by media to report on both box-office and review scores such as they recently did when Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” received a rare F-grade CinemaScore. He says:

    “The brutal judgmentalism that has made opening weekend grosses into a bloodthirsty spectator sport seems to have encouraged an even more brutal approach to film reviewing.

    I’m talking about market research firms like Cinemascore, which started in the late 1970s, and online “aggregators” like Rotten Tomatoes, which have absolutely nothing to do with real film criticism. They rate a picture the way you’d rate a horse at the racetrack, a restaurant in a Zagat’s guide, or a household appliance in Consumer Reports.

    They have everything to do with the movie business and absolutely nothing to do with either the creation or the intelligent viewing of film. The filmmaker is reduced to a content manufacturer and the viewer to an unadventurous consumer.

    These firms and aggregators have set a tone that is hostile to serious filmmakers – even the actual name Rotten Tomatoes is insulting. And as film criticism written by passionately engaged people with actual knowledge of film history has gradually faded from the scene, it seems like there are more and more voices out there engaged in pure judgmentalism, people who seem to take pleasure in seeing films and filmmakers rejected, dismissed and in some cases ripped to shreds.

    Good films by real filmmakers aren’t made to be decoded, consumed or instantly comprehended. They’re not even made to be instantly liked. They’re just made, because the person behind the camera had to make them.

    The full piece can be found here. Scorsese’s most recent film, “Silence,” scored a strong 84% on Rotten Tomatoes but notably flopped at the box-office.
     
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    You know, I'd totally watch that.
     
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    Tomorrow night I'm going to see the new Kingsmen movie. I still haven't seen the first one, but my son wants to go, and it's rater R, so I get to accompany him.
    If the movie is right, there's no other way to see a film. So for me, that's fun. And while I haven't had a bad crowd experience in a while, I always dread what jagoff will start doing.
    The phones. I have complained about this for years, but why spend the money to go to the theatre if you're just going to be on your phone the entire time? Just stay home and watch Netflix!

    I remember the wife and I going to see Men In Black in the theatre, and some guy near us started telling his buddy everything that was about to happen. He stopped, after getting threatened. By my wife.
    Midnight screening of Episode I, about 20 minutes into the film, some asshat lit up a cigarette. They shut the film off and turned the lights on, with all of us wondering what had happened, when all of a sudden he was escorted out by employees and a cop, acting like he was a victim.

    And once in the late 90s, I remember one person answering their cell phone during a movie and having a brief conversation. I'm pretty lucky that I never had more issues with that, but yeah, seriously, just stay home!
    My best one is still when I went to South Park. As I'm sitting there waiting for the movie to start, I see all sorts of parents bringing kids who were about 5 or so. About five minutes into the movie, most of them dragged their kids back out, and I'm certain most of them probably tried getting their money back. It reminded me of my folks talking about when they went to a midnight screening of Heavy Metal, and had left me with a babysitter. To their shock, other parents were bringing their small kids, because "well, it's a cartoon". Yup. Some folks are just stupid.
     
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    Is AMC Considering Tiered Seat Pricing?


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    Two separate sources have indicated that cinema chain AMC has, via a new survey, begun exploring the idea of charging different prices for different seats within the same cinema.

    Both a source for Slashfilm and on Twitter have indicated that AMC is sending out a new survey to some of the members of its AMC Stubs reward program. One of the key questions in it? Where do members like to sit in a theater and would they’d be willing to pay more or less money for more desirable seats or less desirable seats.

    An exploratory question in a survey is a long way from a confirmed ticketing policy change, nevertheless with audiences having gone off 3D screenings and its premium pricing model, it’s understandable cinemas are looking into ways to make more money – especially as many are being refurbished with better quality seating and conditions to attract customers.

    AMC made headlines earlier this year for their staunch stand against subscription film ticketing service MoviePass.
     
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    I had a guy behind me, we were both in the end seat, answer a cell phone and start talking. I got up and loomed over him as he talked, staring him in the eye. He quickly said his goodbyes and hung up. I'm not usually an in your face person but that pissed me off.

    I've had the film or projector break a number of time.

    Worst was a film out of focus, we went to the manager and got our money back.
     
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    The film once broke during the bait and chase scenes in the corridors near the end of ALIEN 3.

    Quite a few minutes before it resumed again.

    Having the finale interrupted like that did the film no favours.:emoji_confused:
     
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    James Gunn On Jodie Foster’s Comments


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    Jodie Foster’s comments about the state of the film industry earlier this week saw her criticising the current studio fixation on giant tentpoles and superhero films, comparing it to fracking in its myopic focus on short term gains while ignoring the long term damage it is doing to the overall health of the industry.

    Now James Gunn, writer-director of two of those big superhero tentpole films in the form of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, has weighed in on the comments and responded on Twitter saying:

    “I think Foster looks at film in an old-fashioned way where spectacle film can’t be thought-provoking. It’s often true but not always. Her belief system is pretty common and isn’t totally without basis.

    I say not without basis because most studio franchise films are quite soulless – and that is a real danger to the future of movies. But there are also quite a few exceptions.

    For cinema to survive I believe spectacle films NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t. And some of us are doing our best to move in that direction. Creating spectacle films that are innovative, humane, and thoughtful is what excites me about this job.

    But, to be fair, at least from Foster’s quotes, she seems to see filmmaking as something that’s primarily about her own personal growth. For me, that may be part of why I do this, but spending many millions of dollars on a film has to be about more than that – it’s communication – so my experience is merely one spoke on that wheel.

    But I respect Foster and what she’s done for films and I appreciate her different way of looking at Hollywood’s landscape.”

    It’s a fair comment from Gunn who has made general comments about the industry in the past, including in 2016 when he publicly cautioned that studios would learn the wrong lesson from the success of “Deadpool” and think mimicing it with R-rated raunchy humor is the key to making any piece of underwritten nonsense work.
     
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