Thursday, July 17, 2008
You Can't Keep A Good Film Down
It seems you can't kill a stinker either:
The controversial film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" will be re-released theatrically this summer across the United States to celebrate the film's legal victory over Yoko Ono, according to the documentary's producers. ...A lawsuit about a copyright is a "cloud"? In any event, the producers seem to have a little difficulty with numbers:
"We had many individuals and groups who had planned to see the film, but decided not to because the cloud of doubt this lawsuit brought to the film," noted one of the film's producers, John Sullivan.
"We came out of the gate with strong momentum only to have our integrity questioned by this frivolous lawsuit. While we're thrilled with the film's having earned nearly $8 million during its first run; we've heard from enough people and groups who want to see it in their theaters that we've agreed to re-release it this time without an undeserved cloud over its head." ...Now let's see ... at an average of $8 a ticket nowadays (even now the producers say that the film "will be made available to any group of 250-300 people at a cost of low as $6 per ticket"), it seems that millions didn't pay to see it the first time, despite that alleged "strong momentum." Why it would be expected to do any better the second time around is anyone's guess. Nor is it clear that they are actually distributing it to theaters. They may just be making prints available for private groups to show at rented theaters.
"We will not be silenced. In fact it will have the opposite effect: we will re-release it and allow millions of Americans to go to the box office and register their vote against Ms. Ono and her attempt to keep them from watching our film."
Still, it demonstrates that the producers have made the judgment that there is a ready market for stupid ... and that they're just the people to meet the demand.
Why do I have trouble believing that people stayed away in droves because of doubts about a copyright lawsuit? (of which many may not even have heard)
"We came out of the gate with strong momentum only to have our integrity questioned by this frivolous lawsuit.
The Imagine lawsuit was far from their first speedbump in the integrity department. Gosh, I think just answered my own question.
Yoko Ono: hireling of the Evil Darwinist Conspiracy. Who knew?
Wait a sec...I thought they were saying beforehand that they would consider $12-15 million a success, during ts first weekend. They really dragged those goalposts back, didn't they?
I imagine they do mean rentals for large (church) groups. Any theater owners who'd take this turkey again deserve to lose money.
Are you sure Darwin wasn't the hireling of the demonic Beatles? Time is no barrier to Satan and hasn't everything gone to ... um ... hell in a handbasket since those hellspawn from England landed on American shores? Everybody wore a crewcut before then!
IDC is nothing but dragging goalposts. These guys' goal-post-dragging muscles must look like Schwarzenegger's after a truckload of steroids.
I wish I'd written that. :)