Okay, one more, then we can lay "The Brothers Grimm" to rest. What else would we blog about, anyway? Just because "The Constant Gardener" seems to be good enough to give a large chunk of the early critics hot flashes…grumble, grumble.
Via WENN, our favorite source of inflammatory and doubtless soon-to-be-retracted stories based on out-of-context quotes:
Movie maverick Terry Gilliam is amazed that a planned movie starring Johnny Depp and Robin Williams is still on the shelf – because American investors can’t raise $15 million. The former Monty Python member was thrilled when international money men offered him $45 million to make the film "Good Omens" with Depp as a demon and Williams as an angel. But he was shocked to discover that Americans didn’t have the same sort of faith in the project, and they failed to raise the extra cash he needed to start work on the project – an adaptation of fantasy writers Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman‘s book. Gilliam tells US magazine Entertainment Weekly, "I couldn’t get 15 with Johnny and Robin… These two guys, who would have been brilliant were not worth $15 million in America. That was the moment where I went, ‘I don’t understand this game. I don’t understand this town (Hollywood). I don’t understand any of the rules. All I know is I don’t like it.’"
If you’ll allow us to take this one…
THE BROTHERS GRIMM [BoxOfficeMojo]
Domestic Total as of Aug. 28, 2005: $15,092,079 (Est.)
Distributor: Dimension Release Date: August 26, 2005
Running Time: N/A Production Budget: $88 million
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Est. Marketing Costs: $30 million
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS [BoxOfficeMojo]
Domestic Total Gross: $10,680,275
Distributor: Universal Release Date: May 22, 1998
Running Time: N/A Production Budget: $18.5 million
MPAA Rating: R Est. Marketing Costs: N/A
Emphasis ours. Terry, we â™¥ you, but chrissakes! It’s time to learn to do it on the cheap.
At MTV, Kurt Loder reviews the film. Choice quote:
"Delectably skeletal"? Though we remember Mr. Crook being referred to as "angelic" in an old Guardian interview, so perhaps he just inspires odd adjective choices. Either way, he’s wasted in the film.