Well we knew it was bound to happen at some point and it finally has. Mark your calendar for this date, November 15th, 2013, because this is the weekend in which no new film received a wide release.
Yes, there in one new film in release this week and it’s BEST MAN’S HOLIDAY but it’s just shy of the theater count to officially be a wide release. That number, by the way, is 2500 screens and it is at right around 2000 screens at last count.
There is a good reason for that actually. This weekend was originally supposed to be the home of Martin Scorsese’s new opus, The Wolf of Wall Street. Paramount Pictures balked at Scorsese’s original cut of the film however saying that, at well over three-hours in length, it was too long for a viable commercial release and demanded that the director trim the film down to a more manageable running time.
If that strikes you as odd considering that the list of films with three-hour running times that have made hundreds of millions of dollars and won multiple Academy Awards is too long for me to even list, then you are not alone. I guess they have their reasons for asking for the cuts, but I have no idea what they are.
In any event, the film was moved from this weekend to Christmas Day, leaving this weekend without a massive wide release which is an oddity in an otherwise crowded month.
This will be the last quiet weekend for a while though, as next weekend brings us the release of the first sure-fire hit film since Iron Man 3, the juggernaut that is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This is a sequel to a hit film from the late 90’s that I, sad to say, have never heard of or seen. That is not really surprising though, since neither that film nor its sequel are aimed at me.
It concerns itself with the 15 year reunion weekend of a group of friends and their partners and the high jinks and romances that ensue.
We had a screening of this at the theater a couple of days ago and the audiences that saw it seemed to enjoy it, so if it seems like something you might like, this could be a nice diversion for you.
SPECIAL SHOWINGS BEGIN TONIGHT AT 8PM. OPENS EVERYWHERE TOMORROW.
Well that just about does it for this week, but join me next week when we enter the arena again with young Katniss Everdeen and whats-his-face for the Quarter Quell edition of The Hunger Games. It’s the 75th year of the games and May the Odds be ever in your favor.
Until next time, Keep the Projector Threaded.