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'Atlas Shrugged' producer: 'Critics, you won.' He's going 'on strike.
Los Angeles Times ^ | April 26, 2011 | Rebecca Keegan

Posted on 04/27/2011 1:35:44 PM PDT by EveningStar

Twelve days after opening "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1," the producer of the Ayn Rand adaptation said Tuesday that he is reconsidering his plans to make Parts 2 and 3 because of scathing reviews and flagging box office returns for the film.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; atlasshruggedpart1; aynrand; boxoffice; cinema; film; hollywood; johnaglialoro; moviereview; movies; objectivism
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1 posted on 04/27/2011 1:35:46 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 04/27/2011 1:36:25 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

huh?


3 posted on 04/27/2011 1:37:17 PM PDT by GoCards (RUN SARAH RUN)
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To: EveningStar

Not unexpected. Possibly a good marketing move.


4 posted on 04/27/2011 1:38:10 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: EveningStar

Screw the critics - they’re all a much of socialist lemmings! We the people will make this a success - the rest of Hollywood be damned!


5 posted on 04/27/2011 1:38:13 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: EveningStar

I’ll buy the DVD. I just can’t get myself up for a four-hour round trip drive to see a two-hour movie.


6 posted on 04/27/2011 1:39:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: EveningStar

It’ll be lucky to make $4m on a $20m budget. No sequel is possible on that.


7 posted on 04/27/2011 1:39:49 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: JaguarXKE

See it fast before it’s out of theaters.


8 posted on 04/27/2011 1:42:28 PM PDT by Borges
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To: EveningStar

He would be smarter to release exclusively to Netflix or DVD.


9 posted on 04/27/2011 1:42:30 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: EveningStar

Well, this is the LA LA times, after all.

But it seems that he is giving up too soon.
The kind of crowd who would go to see his film were busy with Easter this last weekend. Besides, they need to get out the rest of the dups for the up to 1,000 screens that wanted this movie after the opening.


10 posted on 04/27/2011 1:42:47 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: EveningStar

A bad movie on an excellent book, is still a B-A-D movie.

Remember the annimated “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies. They were horrible, I mean I would rather read the fine print on my homeowners coverage than sit through those things.

On the other hand, a well done movie, based on a great book - is a stellar experience. I offer the latest films of “Lord of the Rings” as an example.


11 posted on 04/27/2011 1:48:25 PM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: EveningStar

A bad movie on an excellent book, is still a B-A-D movie.

Remember the annimated “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies. They were horrible, I mean I would rather read the fine print on my homeowners coverage than sit through those things.

On the other hand, a well done movie, based on a great book - is a stellar experience. I offer the latest films of “Lord of the Rings” as an example.


12 posted on 04/27/2011 1:48:31 PM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: JaguarXKE
The best thing Aglialoro can say is to blame the critics.

That way it will appear to be a conspiracy theory and the Randians will come out of the woodwork and try to see the movie multiple times while it's still in theatres, buy multiple copies of the DVD ... don't forget the director's cut ... buy the T-Shirts, etc.

If your audience wears tinfoil hats, then blame the government mind-control beams, i.e. Los Angeles Times.

13 posted on 04/27/2011 1:49:15 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: EveningStar

They already released this movie? I thought it was going to be released in a few years. Not like I was going to go see it anyway.


14 posted on 04/27/2011 1:52:14 PM PDT by MichiganConservative (Humans: can't live with them, can't eat them.)
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To: EveningStar

In other words, Producer Shrugged


15 posted on 04/27/2011 1:52:51 PM PDT by quesney
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

“don’t forget the director’s cut ... “

For a second, I thought that read “the dictator’s cut”;)

Wouldn’t you know, the guy decided to go Galt...;)


16 posted on 04/27/2011 1:55:17 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Well said. Thank you.


17 posted on 04/27/2011 1:55:46 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar
Though the film has made only $3.1 million so far, Aglialoro said he believes he'll recoup his investment after TV, DVD and other ancillary rights are sold. But he is backing off an earlier strategy to expand "Atlas" to 1,000 screens and reconsidering his plans to start production on a second film this fall.
18 posted on 04/27/2011 1:57:54 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: EveningStar

The critics are not the problem. His crappy distribution plan is the problem. It is kind of hard to make a lot of money when your movie is only showing on a little over 400 screens.


19 posted on 04/27/2011 2:00:07 PM PDT by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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To: Hodar

Or “History of the World, Pt1”
Mel Brooks never did Pt2.


20 posted on 04/27/2011 2:00:19 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: JaguarXKE
To be fair, a lot of people who like the politics in the book have panned it as being boring as all get out for decades.

The critics aren't attacking the plot of the story (although since most of them are statists it has to grate on them), just the ponderous way Rand delivered it. That's a fair cop.

21 posted on 04/27/2011 2:00:24 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: iowamark

Well that pretty much makes my decision. I was going to drive in to St. Louis to see it but if there is no part II coming...forget it.


22 posted on 04/27/2011 2:01:37 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: JaguarXKE

You obviously didn’t read the article. The people aren’t making it a success. Despite expanding to 425 screens, attendance dropped off 47%. It’s done, it’s flopped, the plan to expand to 1,000 screens has been abandoned. It’s dead Jim.


23 posted on 04/27/2011 2:02:02 PM PDT by Melas
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To: iowamark

I saw the film and thought it would have been better as a mini series on TV. I think it tried to cover too much ground. I loved the book. I’ve enjoyed other Ayn Rand books. But the film was disappointing.


24 posted on 04/27/2011 2:02:26 PM PDT by samsmom
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To: Hodar

You weren’t riveted to your seat as Burl Ives sang “Frodo of the nine fingers” to cheesy closeups of big hobbit eyes? I’m shocked to hear the height of film making disparaged in this manner. /s


25 posted on 04/27/2011 2:04:30 PM PDT by Melas
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To: EveningStar

The simple fact that they were talking about making 3 a musical insured I wouldn’t watch 1.


26 posted on 04/27/2011 2:04:35 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Zathras
Or “History of the World, Pt1” Mel Brooks never did Pt2.

Yes he did. History of the World Part 2 is one of the only movies I've ever walked out on after only about 10 minutes.

27 posted on 04/27/2011 2:07:09 PM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: MrEdd

Agreed.
Love the underlying ideas, the book was simply badly written. desperate need of an editor to get the work down to 250-400 but the author’s ego was too big.
Still, to have it be a vital touchstone for debate 50 years on is pretty good for a ‘bestselling’ novel.


28 posted on 04/27/2011 2:11:14 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: EveningStar
Still waiting for Battlefield Earth Part II here.
29 posted on 04/27/2011 2:12:18 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.- H. L. Mencken)
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To: Zathras

There was, I believe, an American Pie 2...


30 posted on 04/27/2011 2:13:45 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Hodar

***A bad movie on an excellent book, is still a B-A-D movie.****

I’m still waiting with bated breath for HOWARD THE DUCK Part 2!

Sarc/off


31 posted on 04/27/2011 2:20:28 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare!)
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To: Hodar

Did you see it? Apparently you haven’t, with the small budget they had, it was well done. I’ve asked this questions to others on the website, but got no response. I wonder why.


32 posted on 04/27/2011 2:23:24 PM PDT by DWC (historian)
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To: Melas

Glenn Yarborough did the vocals.


33 posted on 04/27/2011 2:25:13 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Outlaw Woman

I thought it was great, but if want to take other negative opinions suit yourself.


34 posted on 04/27/2011 2:25:46 PM PDT by DWC (historian)
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To: MrEdd

They say memory is the 2nd thing to go. I don’t remember what went first.


35 posted on 04/27/2011 2:26:13 PM PDT by Melas
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To: EveningStar

I thought they were doing well?


36 posted on 04/27/2011 2:28:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: EveningStar
...flagging box office returns for the film.

Flagging? Sh**, the nearest theater to me showing it is 200 miles up the road in Richmond. What the hell did he expect?

37 posted on 04/27/2011 2:28:20 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: EveningStar

Just because reviewers hate a movie doesn’t mean people won’t watch it. Just look at anything by Michael Bay.


38 posted on 04/27/2011 2:28:32 PM PDT by discostu (Come on Punky, get Funky)
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To: RedStateRocker

No kidding. Anyone who can get more than half-way through Galt’s speech alone without realizing that this woman had an ago the size of Texas, shouldn’t be reading it in the first place.

This is sure to get me in trouble, but over the years I noticed that Rand and Objectivism in general seems to be extremely attractive to social misfits. I’ve yet to see a well adjusted individual identity with Rand.


39 posted on 04/27/2011 2:31:28 PM PDT by Melas
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To: Hodar
A bad movie on an excellent book, is still a B-A-D movie.

The movie "Dune" defines this concept. Worst film ever made based on a great book.

40 posted on 04/27/2011 2:33:28 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Don't confuse Obama's evil for incompetence.)
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To: discostu

Well, Bay is single handedly keeping more than a dozen FX companies in business, so he can’t be all bad. On the other hand, he doesn’t seem to employ very many writers.


41 posted on 04/27/2011 2:34:12 PM PDT by Melas
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To: ConservativeDude
There was, I believe, an American Pie 2...

$11 million to make, $18.7M opening weekend, eventual $102M domestic, 235 world wide, might have something to do with that.

42 posted on 04/27/2011 2:38:36 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.- H. L. Mencken)
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To: DWC

Well fellow FReeper...now you have shamed me; for believing BS. I will go as planned

Thanks for the slap


43 posted on 04/27/2011 2:38:57 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;..." Hosea 4:6)
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To: samsmom

I couldn’t imagine it not being made as a mini-series for TV. A coworker saw it and said the same thing, putting the first 1/3 of that book in an hour and 40 some odd minute movie was stupidity squared...


44 posted on 04/27/2011 2:40:29 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: EveningStar

The critics are ideologically leftist. The only reason they would go to this movie is to pan it.


45 posted on 04/27/2011 2:46:54 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: Melas

He had writers once, but they couldn’t agree on how to spell the sounds brakes make when squealing into a fiery crash. Now he just “story boards” with tonka toys and fireworks, much faster.


46 posted on 04/27/2011 2:51:12 PM PDT by discostu (Come on Punky, get Funky)
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To: MrEdd

I would have to agree. Great ideas, turgid writing. I mean, a literally 100 page speech by Galt??? Did Ayn think people were so stupid they needed to be beaten over the head?

I’ve read it more than once though. It would be interesting if someone with integrity edited it to make a better read.

The Fountainhead is written much better and I think it was written over 10 years earlier than Atlas Shrugged. She cut Roark’s speech to only 10 pages.

I’ll see the movie though when the DVD comes out just to see what they made of it. The movie of The Fountainhead was just horrible. I think Ayn wrote the script.


47 posted on 04/27/2011 2:52:03 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Busywhiskers
His crappy distribution plan is the problem.

Not to mention a crappy marketing plan... the extent of the marketing was to create a Facebook page and release a trailer on YouTube. I guess that's all you can do with a $0 marketing budget.

48 posted on 04/27/2011 2:52:43 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Task 1: Accomplished, Task 2: Hold them Accountable!)
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To: Hodar
I'm confused. Didn't Lord of the Rings get fully filmed, then edited so that it came out in a trilogy? I would think that the Atlas Shrugged director had done the same thing, film the whole story and release it in pieces. I mean, things happen, actors get sick/die/move on to bigger things, etc.

BTW, LOTR was merely "OK". I haven't read the book, so maybe that affects my judgement.

49 posted on 04/27/2011 2:56:48 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

I had high hopes for Dune and saw it the day it was released. The beginning is visually stunning and the music was good. David Lynch supposedly impressed Herbert enough with the script but it was just too freaky looking just for the purpose of being weird. Speaking of weird, where the hell did the ‘weirding modules’ come from??

Jessica knew the weirding way but there’s nothing like them in the book.

I’ve read all six books and the prequels. I think Herbert should have read his books in order. Some of the characters don’t add up in the later books like Scytale.


50 posted on 04/27/2011 2:57:50 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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