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'Brokeback' Goes Mainstream
CBS News ^ | January 27, 2006

Posted on 01/27/2006 11:45:30 AM PST by Daralundy

When "Brokeback Mountain" opened last month, it was universally praised by critics, though the public seemed to think of it as "the gay cowboy movie."

But that label seems to be falling by the wayside as the film piles on awards and heads for the top of the box office, according to The Early Show entertainment contributor and People magazine Editor at Large Jess Cagle.

He says "Brokeback" was considered a major financial risk, but has raked in close to $45 million dollars so far, more than triple its modest budget.

And what's most surprising, Cagle observes, is who's driving the film's ever-growing popularity.

"Brokeback" is the story of a doomed love affair between two Wyoming cowboys.

Star Heath Ledger was drawn to the role despite the film's sensitive subject matter because "the story was so heavy and beautiful, and (because of) the opportunity to investigate this character, this incredibly complex figure."

After winning four Golden Globes last week, including best drama, "Brokeback Mountain" ticket sales soared.

You might think big cities are driving the film's success, but it goes much deeper than that, Cagle notes.

"What's driving the astonishing grosses for this movie," says Focus Features Co-President James Schamus, "is the numbers coming out of places like Little Rock (Ark.) and Billings, Mont. and Salt Lake City and Columbus (Ohio) and Pittsburgh. The film is doing business in every corner of America."

City slickers and country dwellers alike are lining up for "Brokeback," despite concerns that some moviegoers would shun the film because of its untraditional theme.

Now, it's arguably become the country's hottest date movie, Cagle says.

"It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

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1 posted on 01/27/2006 11:45:32 AM PST by Daralundy
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Not good. I've been told 5 times I look like the Jake guy from that movie. Don't know if it's good to look like a gay cowboy.


2 posted on 01/27/2006 11:46:23 AM PST by freedom44
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To: Daralundy
"It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

I'm betting Schamus is as queer as a three dollar bill.

3 posted on 01/27/2006 11:47:08 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Enemy Idealogies: Pacifism, Liberalism, and Feminism.)
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To: Daralundy
Ewwwwwwwwww... who goes to see two cowhands doing it like goats rubbed together? Not this retrosexual.

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4 posted on 01/27/2006 11:48:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Daralundy

I though they were citing "gross per theater" and keeping that number high by limiting the number of theaters. I can't believe that movie is as "mainstream" as they are trying to make it appear.


5 posted on 01/27/2006 11:48:40 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: Daralundy
"It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

Only if you're a gutless metrosexual dating a fag hag. I suspect this is all wishful thinking on the part of the moviemakers. Trendy art theaters in college towns may boost sales, but this movie will never be mainstream.
6 posted on 01/27/2006 11:49:10 AM PST by fr_freak
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To: Daralundy
Another gay sheepherder film thread?


7 posted on 01/27/2006 11:49:23 AM PST by Albion Wilde (America will not run, and we will not forget our responsibilities. George W. Bush)
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To: Daralundy

Gays and nitwit women are flocking to see this movie. Has nothing to do with mainstream America.

And for the 5 billionth time, let's clarify that this movie is about gay sheep herders...not cowboys.


8 posted on 01/27/2006 11:49:33 AM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: Daralundy
The problem w/ "news" like this is that it comes from a discredited source, CBS, and it fits the premise that they want it to be true so much that would publish it whether it were true or not.

Frankly, I have a real hard time believing this movie made any money in pittsburgh.

10 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:07 AM PST by Pietro
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"officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie

It is NOT a 'chick flick'. Take her to see Memoirs of a Geisha instead.

11 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:14 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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Millions of females dragging their dates to see this. A total chick flick.

Sort of a Lysistrata phenomenon.

What a way for a guy to have to prove his love. All I can think of is Al Bundy having to sit through the director's cut of Bridges of Madison County, with 20 extra minutes of footage that wasn't shown in the theater.


12 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:24 AM PST by Maceman (Fake but accurate -- and now double-sourced)
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To: Flavius Josephus

It has always been officially uncool to let your girlfriend boss you around.

It has always been officially uncool to let your girlfriend force you to see more than one chick flick a year.

It has always been officially uncool to let your girlfriend force you to see a gay cowboy movie.


13 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:35 AM PST by jbenedic2 (Nothing new for the New York Times)
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To: freedom44

If they start saying you look like him from behind, I guess you oughta run. 'Course I don't know whether he was pitchin' or catchin' there in "Bareback Mounting".


14 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:43 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: freedom44
Not good. I've been told 5 times I look like the Jake guy from that movie. Don't know if it's good to look like a gay cowboy.

You don't know? Let me give you some advise. If someone offers you some puddin, and it aint Bill Cosby, RUN!!!!!!

15 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:53 AM PST by Bommer (Ted Kennedy - Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life!)
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To: Flavius Josephus
I'm betting Schamus is as queer as a three dollar bill.

Just because he can't make a comprehensible sentence?

16 posted on 01/27/2006 11:51:26 AM PST by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: Flavius Josephus
"Now, it's arguably become the country's hottest date movie, Cagle says. "It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

This article is the usual MSM propaganda, shamelessly flacking for a movie approved by the politically correct bozos who try to push their ideas and lifestyles on everyone else. It could only possibly be a "hot date movie" for people who share the lifestyle and/or are highly sympathetic.
17 posted on 01/27/2006 11:51:38 AM PST by Enchante (Democrats: "We are ALL broken and worn out, our party & ideas, what else is new?")
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To: Flavius Josephus

Thats total propaganda. It is cool not to see this pile of garbage.


18 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:03 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Flavius Josephus
I'd dump her before I saw it. There are some things a man won't watch and this ain't my idea of a cool date movie. So yeah, "Brokeback Mountain's" a relationship deal killer for straight guys.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

19 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:14 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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