- "Year One" opens in theaters today, and this should be a nifty event for local theatergoers. It was shot in Sibley and at the StageWorks of Louisiana soundstage in downtown Shreveport. (Desert scenes in New Mexico, too.) The project required oodles of extras and crew pros, and I wish I could have spoken with all'ya'all. Big, big Sony thang.
I got in touch with production designer Jefferson Sage (pictured: "On the fifth day, Jefferson created Sodom") -- and a few others -- and all had cool insights.
How will "Year One" perform? Probably not as well as expected. As a whole, critics are giving it a below average grade, and it looks like it might come in third in the weekend box office race with just under $20 million. "The Hangover" and "The Proposal" should battle it out for no. 1, but neither will earn much more than "Year One."
It will be a pretty tight weekend at the top, and "Year One" will contend with "The Guardian" as The Shreve's biggest opener. "The Guardian" earned $18 million during opening weekend in Sept. 2006, and went on to tally $55M domestically (still a record for Shreve-made movies).
"Year One" actress Olivia Wilde had some funny things to say about The Shreve and it's lack of foot traffic: " ... the producers gave us video cameras. David Cross made a film about whether he could make it through a day without walking—because there was no pedestrian activity in Shreveport. He went to Wal-Mart and took a cab from the car to the entrance." Hope that's on the DVD extras.
If you have an opinion about the movie, please share it with the crowd on Facebook. (For the next week, I won't be moderating comments on LaMovBlog.)
- Speaking of opinions about The Shreve, did you read Tucker Max's recent rant? His book-turned-movie "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" was shot in Shreveport during the summer of 2008, and should be released this fall. Apparently, Max won't be returning to The Shreve to celebrate. While his tone may irk sensitive Shrevapolitans, my advice is to lighten up. I find his honesty grossly refreshing: kind of like a stale Jr. Mint.
- Were you one of the 90 who made it to the screening of "Silent Treatment" on Thursday? Great turnout, and I was glad to see folks supporting this short film project. My thanks to director Jonathan Rothell (pictured and framed ... sorry, Jon), composer Kermit Poling, exec producer Red Vanderkuy and all the cast, crew and musicians who showed. (Note to McIver: If I leave you out of an intro again, you have my permission to spit-ball me.)
Again, congrats to everyone -- including the audience -- for making it a fun night, and a big shout-out to the Robinson Film Center's Chris Jay and Mike Woodfork for ironing out the behind-the-scenes details. Jay, Woodfork and the event staff work their butts off to make these events successful.
- "Weather Girl," written and directed by Blayne Weaver and exec produced by Brandon Barrera (both Bossier City natives), is garnering distribution interest. Really good sign.
- Have you been keeping tabs of the Louisiana tax credit news? Caddo Parish officially passed its incentives, and next week will be a big, big week in the state Legislature. Two tax credit bills are awaiting the OK (or no-K). If passed, they'd bump the production credit up to 30 percent. There are lots of little nuances in the story linked above: my advice is to familiarize yourself with them. And if you want to talk to your legislators about their votes, you better act now.
- Are those bullet points enough to keep you satisfied? I won't be blogging or reporting during the coming week, because I'll be on furlough. Don't worry: our bureau reporter, Mike Hasten, will keep track of the lawmakers. My advice to you is to check shreveporttimes.com daily for film news. The paper does its best to keep you informed.
I'll return to my desk June 29. If your news can't wait, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, June 19, 2009
'Year One' opens; 'Silent Treatment' gets 90; Tax credits coming up for vote
Is it just me, or was this week the busiest week in the history of humankind? Hence, my blog absence. Forgive me? You do. But again, let's tidy up: