Sunday Film News Roundup -- July 24th, 2011




So it looks as if Deathly Hallows pt II doesn't quite have the legs it was expected to have after smashing so many opening day, weekend and week records. It looks to be handily beaten by Captain America once the final numbers are released Monday. Of course, Harry Potter has made almost $300m in 10 days of release, (while also being really good, instead of really mediocre, like, say, Avatar), so we can hardly badmouth it. Cap might make 300m during its whole theatrical run.

If you follow IFC's Matt Singer on twitter, you would have read the most interesting/hilarious piece of news this weekend. (And it had nothing to do with Comic Con! Huzzah!) When his 2D screening of Captain America in Union Square was announced as 3D because of a lens issue, the crowd booed the Regal staff. My people!

Our own Justin Strout booed the 3D Cap as well. As for myself, Up was the last movie I watched in 3D and spent most of it watching in fuzzy vision with the glasses on my lap (they were convenient for everyone in the press screening in Times Square to hide their tears with at the beginning though).

So, at what point is 3D a failed experiment? Well, probably not ever, when you see even Martin Scorsese using the format for Hugo and consider the fact that the next six years will see the six films of the dual Star Wars Trilogy being rereleased in Fake 3D. Lucasfilm and Fox would never do it because it would cannibalize the Fake 3D rerelease, but I'd be curious to see if they released the 3D and 2D at the same price, which one would make more money?

Obviously the big story this week was San Diego Comic Con. Honestly, I'm burnt out on the whole geek overload thing, so I officially declare this to be a Comic Con news free zone. There are no shortages of news sites and Twitter feeds to follow if that's your sort of thing. Because of that, and because my internet has not really been working well, this is going to be a shorter than usual Roundup.

-Ghost World turned 10 this week. I remember taking the train home to New York for the weekend specifically to see it (and Larry Clark's Bully) at the Angelika. Worth every penny.

-Also this week, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure turned 20. Dude!

-Am I wrong to be worried about the avalanche of producers looking to sign up Jennifer Lawrence to their tentpole pictures? Her turn in X-Men was deeply worrying to me. I mean, good for her for spinning a career out of nowhere from a movie no one was really supposed to hear about, but as much as film nerds are deeply into schadenfreude when a big movie fails, it ends up hurting all of us who like films on the small to mid budget scale, because those are the films that are shelved, not further big budget tentpoles.

-If you've got a few spare bucks, how about helping Mutual Appreciation and Funny Haha director Andrew Bujalski finance his next film, about chess players in 1980?

-Look away, Justin. The Lone Ranger is getting deep into casting. It's all happening.

-Look away, Rob. Charlie Kaufman is casting Jack Black, Steve Carell and Nic Cage in his new film, Frank or Francis.  I know Charlie has earned some trust, but, man, that's making it tough.

-Midnight in Paris just became Woody Allen's biggest box office hit ever, passing Hannah and Her Sisters this week. Dude!

-This week's not-so-vintage article is in honor of Andrew Bujalski, because I hope he gets to make his new film. It's an indieWIRE interview with him circa Funny HaHa.

-Okay, I'm going back on my word to say one thing about Comic Con news. Steven Spielberg, please leave Jurassic Park alone. Parts Two and Three sucked, we don't need part Four. Remember when you refused to make the sequels to Jaws or ET. That was the right decision.

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