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Quote:AMERICAN GANGSTER - A "CAN'T MISS HIT"Steve Mason, Flagship Theaters is predicting American Gangster will make around $40 opening weekend in a Gangster vs. Bee showdown:Yesterday, I reported that the tracking for Jerry Seinfelds Bee Movie (Dreamworks/Paramount) suggests a $38M+ opening weekend when it hits the marketplace on November 2. My analysis of the most recent tracking data indicates that there will be a second major blockbuster opening on that same day. Ridley Scotts long-awaited American Gangster (Universal), starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, has real traction in the marketplace, and it has the look of a cant miss hit.If both Bee Movie and American Gangster can top $40M next weekend, a real possibility, it will mark only the 3rd-time in modern box office history that 2 movies have opened that big on the same day. The double $40M opening feat was first accomplished back in 2005 when The Longest Yard grabbed a $47.6M opening and Madagascar delivered a $47.2M weekend. The trick was duplicated last November when Happy Feet scored a 3-day of $41.5M opposite Sony's Casino Royale with $40.8M during the same frame.
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Quote:Angie and Jen aren't the only Hollywood bigwigs to be having a magazine cover showdown. Now, American Gangster costars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe are getting in on the act with dueling Entertainment Weekly editions. But it turns out the guys are quite tight, according to Russell's version of how they first met on the Paramount lot 12 years ago:"I had to be really rabid and weird, and on the first take, Im working myself up and a bit of spit comes out of my mouth...and it weaves itself neatly through the fencing and lands right on Denzels lip. A glob of white f--king spit just sitting right there. And Im going, 'Oh man, thats f--ked. Im doing my audition, and I spit on Denzel Washington. I might as well just go home and hang myself right now.' And the thing is, he just kept on doing the scene, and at the end, they said 'Cut,' and hes looking at me, and the spits still sitting there and he goes [wiping his mouth slowly], 'I love the taste of warm saliva in the morning.' So, it's time to choose another favorite: Whose spit would you rather be swapping? Cast your vote below...
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Quote:CS: There are two major stories running through the movie, Frank's story and that of Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts, so how did you as a director want to balance the two of them and what was the hardest part of making the movie?Scott: Once it's on paper, I spend most of my life reading and developing material or on occasion, not often, a piece of material will arrive that I want to do. I get a lot of scripts sent, but for the most part, ninety-seven percent are not that good, but this one was from a friend of mine Steve Zaillian, who bunged this script at me I think four and a half years ago saying, "What do you think of this?" and he was a producer as well. I was off doing something else, but his material is always quite special, and it's really been distilled very well onto paper where he's thought about it. He's a very thoughtful, very sensitive writer. So honestly, once I got it and came on board with Brian (Grazer) I said, "At a hundred and sixty five pages, I'll sit with you and maybe it would be better for me to do my homework." I'll sit down with a yellow marker and go through a hundred and sixty five pages basically going, "I don't really need that, I don't really need that. I gotta have that." And marking in pink what I got to have. So what it does is, it informs me and makes me really, really address the movie because it's my job particularly once you get successful, it's very easy just to take a script and say, "Yeah, I'll cast him and her," and then you zoom into it and say, "I can do it from this hotel room." But this needs way too much thought, and when you get a great piece of work like Steve can put on paper, you have to address it really carefully. It makes you organically feel the dynamics of the film, and once I know that it's in my head. Once I've done my homework--providing he's agreed with that and said, "Well, I agree with that, I don't agree with this"--so there's a bit of a give and take and then you actually have it in your head. When I begin I actually have it right here, I virtually don't need a storyboard.CS: What about the dynamic between the two actors?Scott: That's the most attractive thing about it. One, they will never meet each other until about fifteen minutes from the end. That's really a big challenge and very unusual. Unusual is good. There's nothing really usual about this movie, and also the unusual side of the two universes of two characters where you can really question, "Do we really need Richie's wife? Do we really need the fact that he's getting divorced? Do we really need the fact that he's got a dysfunctional private life? Do we really need the fact that Frank Lucas family comes?" All those things, yeah you have to have it all because these two people are going to function basically by themselves as two leading characters where they haven't got each other to play off. That isn't going to happen until twenty minutes from the end. So from my point of view and the balancing act I have to do, I've got to make each universe so rich so you are very satisfied to sit there and watch that section evolve and move on, then counteract and counter cut with suddenly, you are going from Frank going to Vietnam and you suddenly cut to a park and see a guy walking his wife and kid and he's got a rovingeye, and he's being told that he hasn't got any room in their life. That's a great dynamic. So you're going that way and suddenly you are going that way. That makes you pay attention.CS: What about the two actors? Was it very different Working with Denzel and Russell?Scott: When you're that good, it's a bit like playing tennis. Roger Federer is Roger Federer. You get both of them on the bloody court, you never quite know who is going to win. They're consummate actors and at the absolute peak of their career, so it's very similar working with them in that sense because it's that level.
Quote:CS: Can you talk about that movie, "Body of Lies"?Scott: David Ignatius, "Washington Post". Anyone know him? Foreign correspondent. So he wrote a book called it's actually coming out or it's just been out called the best title was "Penetration." His expertise and knowledge is thirty years in the Arab states and therefore that's really his thing, that's really his world. It's about what we haven't done, how we've f*cked up, how we've misunderstood everything and not they us, us them. It's a very good script. Bill Monahan wrote the script with Steve King coming in and doing some corrective stuff. So it's with Leo and Russell Crowe. Russell Crowe is done. I've shot with Russell for the last five weeks. That's why he's so sturdy looking at the moment. He's losing his weight. He was thirty pounds overweight to do the part.
Oct 25 07 4:07 PM
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Quote:So, it's time to choose another favorite: Whose spit would you rather be swapping? Cast your vote below...
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Quote:Look out for 'American Gangster' Friday, October 26th 2007, 4:00 AM Based on a true story, "American Gangster" focuses on Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), who carves out a drug-dealing kingdom for himself in Harlem by buying heroin directly from a Southeast Asian source at the height of the Vietnam War. He then ships the product back to the U.S. - in the coffins of American casualties. Lucas becomes the focus of a task force led by Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), a hard-charging New Jersey cop with a reputation for honesty. "Gangsters are larger than life," says director Ridley Scott. "To dare to do that job, you have to be larger than life - or moronic. You also have to have a great deal of courage. "That's the piece that people usually leave out of the mental equation: the stress, the danger. You have to be either sociopathic or psychopathic - which are really two sides of the same coin, aren't they?" But cops have to have the same disregard for danger, the same willingness to confront death without blinking. To combine both halves of the cop/criminal split in a single film creates a juggling act for a director, admits Scott, a three-time Best Director Oscar nominee. "You have to split your attention between two universes," Scott says. "In this film, you've got a cop with his job and his private life - and you have the gangster, with his empire and his private life. And it's a real contrast: The cop's private life is dysfunctional but his career is immaculate. But the gangster's private life is immaculate. I guess you could say his career is as well. Except, of course, that he's selling heroin. "These characters are the antithesis of each other," says Scott. "You've still got to address the story on a level of truth, particularly because (it's) a film about two people who are still alive." The real Lucas, Scott says, "is a charmer. If you spend a day with him, you'd end up working for him. And Richie is a very affable guy - but very strong, very tough underneath it all." The film reunited Scott with Crowe, who won an Oscar in Scott's "Gladiator" and worked with him again in last year's "A Good Year." But it was Scott's first go-round with Washington, who (like Crowe) has a reputation for bringing strong ideas to the set. "They're very similar actors," Scott says. "They're constantly questioning me, questioning themselves, challenging me and challenging themselves." "American Gangster" opens nationally Nov. 2.Marshall Fine
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