Hollywood is unloading a
ridiculous number of films this week, some for Oscar consideration (cough Munich cough), some to capitalize
on your children being out of school, and some to clear the coffers in time for Q1. But because Christmas falls on a
Sunday – meaning that most will head to the mall instead of the movies on Saturday afternoon – a less-than
phenomenal holiday weekend is predicted. The article also sneaks in an odd tidbit that backs up my hunch that New Line
has no clue what they're doing with The New World: the studio opens the picture on 3 screens Christmas
Day, audiences will see the 149 minute version of the film that was screened for critics. But Terry Malick is
apparently cutting another, 20-minute shorter version as we speak for the wide release.
Meanwhile, Universal's got nothing but bad news on the Kong front: the Big Fake Gorilla was beat down mid-week
by Narnia, and saw unexpectedly virile competition from Sony's apparent debacle Fun With Dick and
Jane. Tumbleweeds apparently blew through theaters showing quickie kiddie sequel Cheaper by the Dozen
has harsh words for The Ringer. "Sometimes veering close to being a promotional
film for the Special Olympics, pic will be applauded by the disability community and its advocates but quickly ignored
by longtime fans of the Farrellys and Knoxville for a subdued B.O.run."