alex green's Comments
congratulations to The Kings Speech. goes to show you that a film made for 4.5 million pounds is better than the Hollywood blockbuster costing much more.
Comment on: Weighing Up The Grit
Film Festivals don;t need mainstream Hollywood studio films like True Grit Or Unknown. Unfortunately many festivals (especially Toronto) have decided that they are only successful if they can attract A list stars and the publicity they bring. Film festivals are about art=not box office gross. if actors want to validate themselves as actors then they should do art films even if the fees are not great. I'm sure the stars of The Kings Speech must have worked at scale-but they are now reaping the rewards- awards and some good back end profit participation.
Comment on: How Hollywood could benefit from 'Box Financing'
bad idea. the formula should be built not around the domestic gross but the world gross.
Comment on: Gareth Unwin
anonymous, to be subjected to Ricky Gervais scathing gibes surely the stars each deserve a VC/
Comment on: Gareth Unwin
superb film! deserves many awards.
The King's Speech is certainly a better film than The Social Network, but judging by the wins at the Globes, The Social Network will win more Oscars than Speech which will win only 1 Oscar for Firth. The American Oscar voters will opt to honour an American film rather than a British film.
The Kings Speech will sweep these and the other awards shows.
Anonynous=maybe you're right. Sony Classics usually has annual revenue of about $25 million which comes to about the Friday opening of a Sony blockbuster like Spiderman. not much profit there when you deduct p&a. U's new owners Comcast are sure to take a hard look at Focus art films which will probably flop.
Given the poor box office of the Apparition releases-The Runaways, Bright Star, Young Victoria, I expect the company is dead. Would not be surprised if Universal unloads Focus features and Sony sells its Classics divion by the end of the year.
Comment on: A Spoonful Of Sugar
Mike, you are right when you say that most of the Cannes films will be lucky to be sold let alone see the inside of a US cinema. I'm a Cdn distributor and can't even get one of my foreign art films into a Cdn cinema. Last year I attended Cannes. this year I haven't bothered. Of course the main reason for this situation is that in Can and US most multiplexes frequently slot the Hollywood blockbusters on 3 0r 4 screens in the SAME multiplex. No doubt this is what will happen with Robin Hood etc. no theatrical release means poor dvd and tv sales.