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Valerie Plame, Joe Wilson story 'Fair Game' failed at the box office
St. Petersburg Times ^ | 03/29/11 | Staff Article

Posted on 03/29/2011 6:02:42 AM PDT by shortstop

'Fair game' a box-office flop

The movie Fair Game, about the Valerie Plame/Joseph Wilson affair, was in theaters and then it seemed to disappear. Any reason?

Poor ticket sales, basically.

Fair Game was a generally well-regarded movie (it got a good 79 percent favorable rating on the movie website Rotten Tomatoes) that starred big-name actors in Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It was about CIA operative Valerie Plame (played by Watts) whose cover was blown in Bob Novak's widely read Washington Post political column.

The information was allegedly leaked to Novak by White House officials to discredit her husband, Joseph Wilson (played by Penn), who had written a column in the New York Times in 2003 that said the Bush administration distorted intelligence information to justify the invasion of Iraq.

The movie, based on books by both Plame and Wilson, opened Nov. 5 in 46 theaters. It drew a paltry $651,082 in the opening weekend. As a comparison, Watts' 2005 movie King Kong drew more than $50 million in its first weekend.

Fair Game's total domestic gross ticket sales were just $9,540,691, and it closed on Feb. 17 after being in theaters 15 weeks. Its foreign ticket sales totaled $13,004,731, and the combined total barely covered the movie's $22 million production budget.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blamegame; epicfail; fairgame; hollywood; joewilson; moviereview; plame
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Finally, some good news in the St. Pete Times.
1 posted on 03/29/2011 6:02:45 AM PDT by shortstop
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To: shortstop

Fiction.


2 posted on 03/29/2011 6:05:12 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: shortstop

It kept reminding people of the horrible Bush years when we had jobs.


3 posted on 03/29/2011 6:05:12 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: shortstop

4 posted on 03/29/2011 6:05:36 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: shortstop

Maybe a movie that told the truth would sell better.


5 posted on 03/29/2011 6:06:15 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: shortstop

The movie was about as true as an Obamaloon speech.

And Valerie Plame was - and is - a bimbo.

And her husband is even dumber than the loon, if that’s possible.


6 posted on 03/29/2011 6:06:40 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: shortstop

A couple of D.C. grifters!


7 posted on 03/29/2011 6:07:26 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: shortstop
... The information was allegedly leaked to Novak by White House officials

That's some really great reporting.

Richard Armitage Admits Plame Leak "Extraordinarily Foolish"

8 posted on 03/29/2011 6:07:33 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: shortstop
and the combined total barely covered the movie's $22 million production budget.

For a propoganda film to break-even, that's actually pretty good. Probably better than its producers even expected.

9 posted on 03/29/2011 6:07:38 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: shortstop

Cue the HA-HA guy.


10 posted on 03/29/2011 6:07:54 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: SERKIT

It failed because now a days people like to see their fairytales in 3D.


11 posted on 03/29/2011 6:09:02 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: shortstop

I dont reallly know this story, I wasnt really paying that much attention to world events like I do now. My point being the people who see this will consider it as truth and not know what really went on.


12 posted on 03/29/2011 6:10:21 AM PDT by eak3
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To: Da Coyote
Valarie Plame's 15 minutes of fame expired more than three years ago.

And while loons may be dumb, they sing beautifully.

FWIW, I saw Plame's hardcover book on sale at the local dollar store. I gave it a pass since rubber doorstops sell at the same store for a dollar, come in a pack of two and make less of a footprint.

13 posted on 03/29/2011 6:10:52 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: shortstop

Hollywood manufactures LEFTIST PROPAGANDA and then wants us to pay for it. No thanks.


14 posted on 03/29/2011 6:13:11 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: shortstop
The information was allegedly leaked to Novak by White House officials to discredit her husband, Joseph Wilson

Which was disproven.

15 posted on 03/29/2011 6:16:26 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: shortstop
This we know is a complete lie:

allegedly leaked to Novak by White House officials to discredit her husband,

But you would believe from this story this is the historically viable theory of what happened. Maybe nobody went to the move because they knew is was just another Big Media lie fest.

16 posted on 03/29/2011 6:16:26 AM PDT by DManA
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To: shortstop

Obviously fantasy yarns have saturated the movie viewing public’s options.


17 posted on 03/29/2011 6:17:32 AM PDT by Amagi (ObamaCare proposed a tax on Tanning Salons. That is RACISM STRAIGHT UP!)
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To: PGR88

Marketing and Distribution puts it back into the red, although video may save it.


18 posted on 03/29/2011 6:18:41 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: shortstop

Sean Penn.... reason number 1 not to see the movie


19 posted on 03/29/2011 6:19:39 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: DManA

I don’t go to the movies much. Once in the last ten years.
But if I did go it woulnd’t be to see anything Sean Penn was starring in.


20 posted on 03/29/2011 6:19:50 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: shortstop
It was about CIA operative desk-jockey Valerie Plame (played by Watts) whose cover was blown in Bob Novak's widely read Washington Post political column personal life and employment with the CIA were publicized in a big narcissistic interview she sold to Vanity Fair magazine.
21 posted on 03/29/2011 6:20:18 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Amagi
FWIW, I saw Plame's hardcover book on sale at the local dollar store. I gave it a pass since rubber doorstops sell at the same store for a dollar, come in a pack of two and make less of a footprint.

Not to mention that such 'light' reading probably wouldn't make a good door stop ;)
22 posted on 03/29/2011 6:21:04 AM PDT by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: DManA

Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson played a very public game of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. Plame’s cover was blown over a decade ago by Aldridge Ames.


23 posted on 03/29/2011 6:22:18 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: PGR88

For a propoganda film to break-even, that’s actually pretty good. Probably better than its producers even expected.

Yep. It would have been better if the producers would have lost their shirts! Must have had a lot of loons and family members in attendance.


24 posted on 03/29/2011 6:22:40 AM PDT by Bitsy ( i)
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To: battousai

I think most people believe that a good movie needs to be based on truth. Word of mouth will sell a movie too. Maybe the Wilsons will go away now with the Real Housewives of DC.


25 posted on 03/29/2011 6:24:43 AM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: shortstop

It’s impossible for me to take seriously any movie review that was a political flick made by lib/leftists and reviewed by lib/leftists. In fact, it’s difficult for me to take any non-political movie seriously because the liberal critics cannot leave their biases behind. In the case of Plame and Wilson, you know the critics were awarding it four stars before the first script was written. And, naturally, any movie with Sean Penn in it automatically will not come close to telling the truth.


26 posted on 03/29/2011 6:25:01 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: DManA

The movie left out a few things.

Like the fact that Joe Wilson went to Niger on a ‘spy mission’ not just ONCE, but TWICE.

Both times he brought back the same story. That Niger wasn’t selling Yellowcake Ore directly to Iraq.

Which was true. Niger was selling it to (think carefully about this) LIBYA, and Libya was selling it to Iraq.

And WHO was the broker of the DEAL ?

Joe Wilson. That is why he was going to Niger in the first place. His wife ‘requesting’ that he be used to spy was just ‘cover’ for protecting Joe Wilson, his reputation, and the corrupt officials who used Joe to keep the SALES hidden while they profited from it.


27 posted on 03/29/2011 6:27:35 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: shortstop

Joe who? Valerie who?


28 posted on 03/29/2011 6:29:48 AM PDT by NRA1995 ("In [Mexican] border, we are asking, who are you?" President Calderon of Mexico)
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To: TexasCajun

Thanks for posting that.


29 posted on 03/29/2011 6:30:08 AM PDT by Holen1 (Chesapeake Bay seasoning. "I put that **** on everything.")
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To: PGR88

“For a propoganda film to break-even, that’s actually pretty good. Probably better than its producers even expected. “

You mean Soros and the DNC?


30 posted on 03/29/2011 6:30:14 AM PDT by TxDas (This above all, to thine ownself be true.)
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To: shortstop

The thing is people overestimate the public outrage over the Plame-Wilson fiasco. I’ll bet that give a name recognition test, even at the time, most adult Americans would not know Plame or Wilson. It was a tempest in a teapot. Nobody cared. Or few cared beyond some outraged, dishonest liberals who were trying to frame the Bush admin.


31 posted on 03/29/2011 6:32:07 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: VRWCmember

You know I keep reading, from leftist rags of course, that she was some super squirrel secret agent. I have only read one or two sources that are suspect saying she was just an analyst. You have any good sources on this?


32 posted on 03/29/2011 6:32:51 AM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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In that movie, the heroic Joe Wilson is played by the equally heroic Sean Penn.

I hear Penn is now doing Scarlett Johansen. Any likely bets as to when he’ll start beating her too?

Mark


33 posted on 03/29/2011 6:35:06 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: shortstop

Conservative geeks should rework a bootleg copy of this and release it on the net with hilarious dubbed in replacement dialog. Kind of like an hour and a half version of that popular Hitler youtube thing.


34 posted on 03/29/2011 6:36:47 AM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: Yo-Yo
Disproved and admittedly wrong by others.
35 posted on 03/29/2011 6:37:17 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: shortstop

You would have thought that the financial backers of this movie would have learned something from “Primary Colors”. Everyone knes what the real story was, so there was no reason to watch the movie.


36 posted on 03/29/2011 6:37:59 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: massgopguy

Plame’s cover was blown years earlier in Who’s Who.


37 posted on 03/29/2011 6:38:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: shortstop

One wonders how they could turn a non-story of a woman sitting at a desk into a cloak and dagger action adventure.


38 posted on 03/29/2011 6:38:42 AM PDT by lurk
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To: shortstop

Valerie Plame wasn’t an “operative” she was a desk jockey in the bureacracy and her husband was a partisan hack.

Their 15 minutes of fame were 14 minutes too many.


39 posted on 03/29/2011 6:40:47 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: massgopguy
Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson played a very public game of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”.

How true.

She was supposed to find out if Niger was selling ore to Saddam, and her husband was selling ore to Saddam.

Plame’s cover was blown over a decade ago by Aldridge Ames.

Valerie's new 'cover' was going public.

She was an asset in that her husband could be used to hide the sales of ore to Saddam (and others) be recruiting him to report on the sales of ore.

Now, Joe Wilson and others had to hide their money (in a safe form like gold) somewhere. Where would you hide it? In Ghaddafi's bank? Libya was the central exchange point.

What was the first thing Ghaddafi's wife tried to fly out of the country?

WHAT was Joe going to NIGER for, when he did these SPY missions ?

40 posted on 03/29/2011 6:41:39 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: eak3

Valerie Plame was a CIA agent who was supposedly outed from her covert assignment by the Bush admin to get back at her husband, Joe Wilson, who had written a dishonest book purportedly discrediting the Bush admin’s claims about Iraq seeking wmd material in Niger. In fact, at the time Plame was not covert and was in charge of a desk at Langley. The person who outed her, Richard Armitage, worked at the State Department, and was opposed to the Bush admin’s Iraq policies. In short, the libs cooked up the whole Bush admin conspiracy. Wilson turned out to be an incredible liar about other things as well. Most of the claims made in his book about Bush wrongdoings didn’t stand up to close scrutiny.


41 posted on 03/29/2011 6:42:23 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: shortstop; All

42 posted on 03/29/2011 6:43:35 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: massgopguy

I did not like her use of a agency cover company,Brewster Jennings & Associates, to give $1000.00 to the Gore campaign in her married name, Wilson. It is a misuse of the Agency’s money and resources and misuse of government resources to influence the political process. I understand that it had to be seen as a normal company but she was a desk jockey working at Langley using a cover company to hide her giving money to a campaign. She and her husband masquerading as political neutral and honest “government” workers is fallacious and sickening. The movie is just one more sham for the liberals to feed on to bolster their fabricated worldview.


43 posted on 03/29/2011 6:48:02 AM PDT by Liaison
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To: randomhero97

During the “investigation” into the “leak” her former supervisor described her as an analyst. She drove to, and parked her car at the CIA building in Langley. Operatives don’t do that; clerical agents do. Operatives don’t do interviews and photo spreads for Vanity Fair magazine. Operatives don’t hop into bed with a lackey like Joe Wilson on the second date and then proclaim during pillow-talk “I’m a spy for the CIA”. A clerical agent who thinks her low-level position at the CIA makes her a female James Bond might do something like that and then boast about it in a Vanity Fair interview; but not a real operative.


44 posted on 03/29/2011 6:51:37 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: shortstop
What - No picture of the Lemon Tart and Fatty?????? Here. Couldn't find the really hilarious one of them preening in the Jaguar


45 posted on 03/29/2011 6:55:48 AM PDT by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: shortstop

Don’t give up on the movie yet.

There’s still RedBox sales to consider :-)

All $7.00...


46 posted on 03/29/2011 7:00:45 AM PDT by moovova (Obama...a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday...)
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To: SouthernBoyupNorth
Sean Penn.... reason number 1 not to see the movie

No doubt. I don't want any part of paying Sean Penn's cocaine and hooker tab.

47 posted on 03/29/2011 7:02:17 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: shortstop

A newspaper trying to pump up DVD or PPV rentals of a bad movie?


48 posted on 03/29/2011 7:06:48 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: shortstop
Unless I missed something in this article this “movie's” Blu-ray and DVD release date is today.
49 posted on 03/29/2011 7:07:13 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: UCANSEE2

I hear the movie also left out that every time this case got to court, it lost.


50 posted on 03/29/2011 7:13:54 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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