HOLLYWOOD, July 9, 2000 –- Loud and clear, the people have spoken: They love poop.
It was indeed scary that "Scary Movie" was the nation’s choice in fine film entertainment this weekend. And what’s scarier -– it was by no small margin.
In an opening weekend that would make Jim Carrey green with envy ( "Me, Myself & Irene" only took in about $24 mil when it bowed), the Wayans brothers’ latest envelope-pushing spoof simply blew all contenders and poseurs away by raking in a jaw-dropping $42.5 mil in total sales, per estimates released today.
"Scary Movie's" opening was the second biggest of the year, behind "M:I-2's" $57.9 million in May. Critics mostly praised the film, which offers full-frontal male nudity, raunchy dialogue (about poop) and chronic drug use.
Getting the boot out of the top spot was theGeorge Clooney-Mark Wahlberg nature vs. man flick "The Perfect Storm." Dropping to the No. 2 spot, the film took in another $27 mil over the weekend and crossed the $100 million mark after 10 days in release.
In the same downward trend, Mel Gibson’s nationalistic project "The Patriot" slipped to the No. 3 position this weekend with a so-so $15 million.
Rounding out the rest of the Top 5 was the week’s other major release, theBruce Willis search-for-self flick "Disney’s The Kid" (No. 4, $12.5 mil) and DreamWorks’ modest hit "Chicken Run" (No. 5, $9.5 mil).
Here's a rundown of the weekend Top 10, according to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations:
1. "Scary Movie" ($42.5 mil; opening weekend) 2. "The Perfect Storm" ($27.04 mil; $100.1 mil overall) 3. "The Patriot" ($15.50 mil; $65.5 mil overall) 4. "Disney’s The Kid" ($12.52 mil; opening weekend) 5. "Chicken Run" ($9.51 mil; $63.3 mil overall) 6. "Me, Myself & Irene" ($8 mil; $67 mil overall) 7. "Shaft" ($4.13 mil; $62 mil overall) 8. "Big Momma's House" ($4.10 mil; $103.7 mil overall) 9. "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" ($4.05 mil; $16.2 mil overall) 10. "Gone in 60 Seconds" ($3.77 mil; $86.7 mil overall)
Can audiences expect a Ron Howard/Tom Cruise reunion? Maybe. Daily Variety reports today that Howard is in negotiations to helm the adaptation of "A Beautiful Mind," a biography on Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash Jr. who was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
Howard has just finished directing Jim Carrey in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and, if all goes well, will start shooting "A Beautiful Mind" at the end of the year.
The question is whether Cruise, who worked with Howard in "Far and Away," will commit to the project, as well. He's said to be interested in playing Nash.
COLUMBINE REVISITED? Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst will turn movie director in "Runt," a story that follows an ostracized high schooler who takes arms against his rivals. The pro-skateboarder-turned-music mogul will be mentored by director David Fincher ("Seven," "Fight Club") for his feature debut.
BRIT INVASION: Hugh Grant and Colin Firth have confirmed their participation in "Bridget Jones’ Diary" as romantic rivals vying for the attention of Renee Zellweger. The film is slated to go into production this month.
Keanu Reeves nominated for best actor? Impossible but true!
The MTV Movie Awards 2000 nominations were announced today, proving once again that the lighting-rod network for American youth culture knows what kids like, even if it only has about 10 different music videos in its rotation.
Truth be told, hipper-than-thou MTV's choices for the best of last year's film crop really aren't all that much hipper than the stuffy Academy Awards and Golden Globes, except for one truly revolutionary nod to the great Mr. Reeves.
Along with the best actor mention, the dude's sci-fi vehicle "The Matrix" nabbed 5 other nominations including best movie, best breakthrough female performance for co-star Carrie Anne Moss, best on-screen duo (Reeves and Laurence Fishburne), best action sequence and, finally, best fight sequence.
The MTV folks also really liked "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me", which also received six nominations, and "Cruel Intentions", the second-most nominated film this year with 5 nods. Rounding out the top-nominated flicks are Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" with four nominations, and "American Pie" with three nominations.
The awards, hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker, will air June 8 at 9 p.m. EDT.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
Best Movie "American Beauty" "American Pie" "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" "The Matrix" "The Sixth Sense"
Best Male Performance Adam Sandler ("Big Daddy") Bruce Willis ("The Sixth Sense) Jim Carrey ("Man on the Moon) Keanu Reeves ("The Matrix") Ryan Phillippe ("Cruel Intentions")
Best Female Performance Ashley Judd ("Double Jeopardy") Drew Barrymore ("Never Been Kissed") Julia Roberts ("Runaway Bride") Neve Campbell ("Scream 3") Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Cruel Intentions")
Breakthrough Performance Male Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense") Jamie Foxx ("Any Given Sunday") Jason Biggs ("American Pie") Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile") Wes Bentley ("American Beauty")
Breakthrough Performance Female Carrie Anne Moss ("The Matrix") Julia Stiles ("10 Things I Hate About You") Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry") Selma Blair ("Cruel Intentions") Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie")
Best On-Screen Duo Adam Sandler and Cole and Dylan Sprouse ("Big Daddy") Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense") Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne ("The Matrix") Mike Myers and Verne Troyer ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") Tom Hanks and Tim Allen ("Toy Story 2")
Best Villain Christopher Walken ("Sleepy Hollow") Matt Damon ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") Mike Myers ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") Ray Park ("Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace") Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Cruel Intentions")
Best Comedic Performance Adam Sandler ("Big Daddy") Ice Cube ("Next Friday") Jason Biggs ("American Pie") Mike Myers ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") Parker Posey ("Scream 3")
Best Musical Performance "Just the Two of Us" ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me") "Uncle F**KA" ("South Park") "Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano" ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") "Can't Take Me Eyes Off Of You" ("10 Things I Hate About You")
Best Kiss Drew Barrymore and Michael Vartan ("Never Been Kissed") Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry") Katie Holmes and Barry Watson ("Teaching Mrs. Tingle") Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair ("Cruel Intentions")
Best Action Sequence "The Blair Witch Project" (End Sequence) "The Matrix" (Rooftop/Helicopter Scene) "The Mummy" (Sand Monster Scene) "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" (The Pod Race)
Best Fight Sequence "Fight Club" (Edward Norton vs. Himself) "The Matrix" (Keanu Reeves vs. Laurence Fishburne) "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" (Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor vs. Ray Park) "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (Mike Myers vs. Verne Troyer)
A city of pure illusion, a destination of promised opportunities, a dustbin of broken dreams. ... It's certainly not hard to see the cosmic affinity between Las Vegas and Hollywood.
And starting Monday, these two mirage factories shall converse and converge in what is known as ShoWest -- a four-day theater exhibitors convention by design and a star-studded industry event distilled to its purest form (read: a marathon of power luncheons and dinners) in essence.
And when we say star-studded, we don't mean no washed-up Vegas acts and two-bit types deep in the pits of obscurity. What's on tap at ShoWest is Hollywood's biggest, brightest and (usually) most unavailable players. If we were to namedrop, we could have mentioned -- in a casual and inconsequential manner, no less -- Jim Carrey, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank, Angelina Jolie and very important dealmakers from studios such as New Line, Sony and Columbia.
But we won't namedrop since we're committed to bringing you hard-hitting movie-theater scoops such as the recommended butter ration per serving of popcorn or the latest edible delicacy primed to hit concession stands.
But as of now -- the night before ShoWest -- all is quiet (if not, boring) on the Strip. At the main venues -- the Paris Las Vegas and Bally's hotels -- semi-aggressive security guards stand watch as about four people tap away at Internet-connected kiosks put up by AOL and Moviefone. As far as excitement goes, that's about it for tonight.
What about those promised famous people?
Mused one guard: "Famous people? What famous people! They're not coming here until Thursday night."
Wizard watchers, the moment has arrived. The big-screen "Lord of the Rings" is slated to make its debut here at ShoWest.
Whoops. Did we fail to mention that we meant the trailer, not the film?
"Lord of the Rings" Well, in case you didn't already know, ShoWest is no Sundance. The most buzz-worthy screenings are about three minutes long -- snippets, teasers, coming attractions.
In addition to the much-awaited "Lord of the Rings" footage (being unveiled at the New Line luncheon Tuesday), the coming days will feature previews of Sony's Mel Gibson epic "The Patriot" and clips from the ultimate summer chick flick "Charlie's Angels."
Fox's also pulling out its arsenal of (would-be) summer hits. Films to be sneak peeked include Jim Carrey's new comedy "Me, Myself and Irene" and the comic-book-come-to-life "X-Men."
The first installment of the planned "Lord of the Rings" trilogy (aka, "The Fellowship of the Ring" installment) stars Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler.
In other ShoWest happenings:
WHO DAT? With 10,000 ShoWest participants (8,000 of whom look exactly the same), it's not easy trying to figure out who's who in the sea of convention conformity. And around these parts, it's not the face that people recognize but the color of your convention badge. Here's the color-coded stratification of ShoWest:
-- RED: Press -- BLACK: Delegates and ambassadors -- YELLOW: Trade exhibitors -- BEIGE: Guests
Your typical ShoWest day, then, works like this: The pack-oriented black-badged people talk to their black-badged colleagues; the yellow-badged mucky-mucks stick to the trade shows; and the folks with red badges -- those loners in spirit -- scatter about, walking around aimlessly looking for something to do or somebody (preferably somebody with a black or yellow badge) to talk to.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VARIETY, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER AND LOCAL- TOUR BOOKLETS: None. Besides being free of charge at the ShoWest venues, the Hollywood trade papers are also among the most picked-up (and discarded) items strewn about Vegas this week.
MAKING CONVERSATION: Ever been invited to a huge party where no one knows anyone else? Simply put, that's exactly what today's Columbia-TriStar International Reception felt like.
"Mission: Impossible 2" No helpful studio reps. No introductory comments. The reception was just one huge ballroom filled with food, booze and lots of space for theater owners and delegates to make small talk.
And so we did.
When discussing what they think the next big, bad American film will be, representatives from Taiwan, Japan, Iceland and Mexico all unanimously agreed on "Mission: Impossible 2" with the gritty-looking Tom Cruise, leaving global box-office champ "Titanic's" Leonardo DiCaprio in seeming obscurity.
TYPICAL VEGAS REACTION TO THE PHRASE, "SHOWEST": "ShoWhat?!" Followed by blank stare.
TODAY'S STAR SIGHTINGS: Er ... none.
TUESDAY'S EXPECTED STAR SIGHTINGS:Sandra Bullock, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Matt Damon, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore (You know, Charlie's Angels).
OOPS: "Well, it's OK, I guess. But it seems sort of blurry though," exclaimed one baffled enthusiast at the Digital Cinema Demonstration after watching a demo of four digitally projected film clips. Well, so much for that supposed better picture quality of digital projection.
END OF AN ERA? The buzz around here is that the days of the 25-screen multiplexes might be coming to an end. Today's Hollywood Reporter reported that the oversaturation of new multiplexes and increasingly competitive field (galvanized by new technologies and the Internet) might start putting the squeeze on film exhibitors.
GRIPE: As one ticked-off convention participant put it (in regard to the free e-mail kiosks set up throughout the ShoWest areas): "There should be a freakin' sign keeping people from hogging the e-mail booths. I mean, there're people here waiting." Word!
FILMS WE ACTUALLY SAW IN FULL: "Passion of Mind" (Paramount Classics) -- In what must be a desperate effort to capitalize on the phenomenon of "The Sixth Sense" by way of "The Double Life of Veronique," the schlock "Passion of Mind" has managed to make travesty of both films. In it, Demi Moore does double duty by playing a woman with a split personality -- one an expatriated, widowed New York Times reviewer living bucolically with her daughters in France; and the other, a cutthroat literary agent grinding down the successful single woman life in New York City. Her dilemma starts off as a philosophical one, but after much dime-store psychoanalysis, maudlin romance and cheap symbolism, the whole thing devolves into meaningless sentimentality.
"Where the Money Is" (USA) -- Paul Newman is an aged convict passing as a stroke victim in an elderly hospice, laying in wait for a chance to break free. Linda Fiorentino is a bored hospice nurse paralyzed by the inertia of small-town life with her complacent husband (Dermot Mulroney). Before you know it, the two, along with Fiorentino's reluctant hubby, are planning to pull off a heist. There's a remarkable chemistry between Newman and Fiorentino right from the get-go. So tight is their fit that no one bothers with common sense stuff such as to, you know, why she'd want to be a felony all of a sudden. But even if the story doesn't make sense, there's still a vicarious fun in watching these truants get away with it all. Oh, and one more thing: Paul Newman rules.
Anything to keep Sisqo from making another "Thong Song." Variety reports today that the erstwhile Dru Hill member turned soloist has signed with Miramax for his first major film role.
The film, a teenybopper romantic comedy titled "Getting Over Alison," will have Sisqo play the best friend of a high school b-ball player (Ben Foster) who’s trying to win back his girlfriend (Kirsten Dunst).
In order to do the flick, the 22-year-old singer has quit as the opening act to world-dominating boyband 'N Sync’s U.S. tour.
ROAD CRUSIN’: "Road Trip’s" Breckin Meyer will move to the small screen for his next project, a comedy pilot called "The Near Future" for HBO.
COUCH POTATOES: Indie flick "Fast Sofa" has found its leads. Daily Variety says that Adam Goldberg and Rose McGowan will star in the projectm, which goes into production in July.
HOMESTEAD CREW: Timothy Dalton and Kathy Bates have joined the cast of the action comedy "Jesse James," Variety reports. Bates will play Jesse James’ mother, Dalton the bad guy who’s trying to take over their land.
WORLD TRADE: Telltale Films -- a U.K.-based production company headed by husband-wife team Jim Threapleton and Kate Winslet -- have inked a deal with Intermedia. It will be in charge of the worldwide distribution of Telltale films.
HOLLYWOOD, June 25, 2000 –- Jim Carrey, Jim Carrey and Jim Carrey. Who else did you expect?
That’s right, the titular comic’s just-released "Me, Myself & Irene" bowed at No. 1, topping the weekend box office with a nice (but unspectacular) $24.2 million, per estimates released today.
Claiming the second-place spot was DreamWorks’ poultry-centered "Chicken Run" with an estimated $17.5 million.
And what happened to that self-proclaimed "man," Shaft? Well, the Samuel L. Jackson-toplined remake took somewhat of an emasculating nosedive from No. 1 to third with a paltry second weekend take of $13.3 million.
Fourth place went to the car-chaser flick "Gone in 60 Seconds." And Martin Lawrence’s "Big Momma’s House" rounded out the Top Five for the weekend.
Here's a rundown of the weekend Top 10, according to the box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations Co.:
1. "Me, Myself & Irene" ($24.2 mil; opening weekend) 2. "Chicken Run" ($17.5 mil; opening weekend) 3. "Shaft" ($13.3 mil; $42.9 mil overall) 4. "Gone in 60 Seconds" ($9.5 mil; $68.9 mil overall) 5. "Big Momma’s House" ($8.7 mil; $85.4 mil overall) 6. "M:I-2" ($8 mil; $189.3 mil overall) 7. "Gladiator" ($4 mil; $165.6 mil overall) 8. "Titan A.E." ($3.7 mil; $16.9 mil overall) 9. "Dinosaur" ($3.5 mil; $127 mil overall) 10. "Boys and Girls" ($3.1 mil; $14.1 mil overall)