Month: August 2016

Before we talk about box office collection, it is highly important to know about what box office means. This is a platform where tickets of the movies sold to the public in order to enjoy the movie in the theatre. This term we can hear so often and frequently which is related to the film … Continue reading → Continue reading →

Director Mike Judge, along with many of the cast members, descended on Austin this weekend for the 10th Anniversary showing of their cult-classic late nineties workplace comedy, “Office Space” Austin’s own historic Paramount Theater played host to the movie mogul and his cast members including just about everyone except Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston. Fans lined up well in advance of the 8:00 p.m. curtain time, and the excitement was palpable.

For many, “Office Space” has become a classic the highly quotable script and oddball characters earned roars of laughter throughout the showing, as whole lines of the film were drowned out by the laughter and enthusiasm of the hundreds of fans in attendance.

John C. McGinley, perhaps best known for his long-running role as Dr. Cox on “Scrubs” was one of the many cast members in attendance. McGinley expressed amazement and appreciation for the warm reception of fans, admitting he hadn’t seen the film in its entirety since the original screening he attended back when it debuted in 1999. Director Mike Judge quipped that the screaming masses in the Paramount Theater on Sunday night rivaled the film’s entire opening weekend attendance.

For a film that was all but a box office failure, “Office Space” has garnered a devoted cult following in the decade since its release. A champion of the disenfranchised, disinterested world of young professionals, the relevance and occupational indifference at the heart of the film ring truer today than even a decade ago. One moviegoer asked Mike Judge, during the question and answer portion of the event, following the film, “What is your message for the young people just entering the job market?” Muffled laughter followed, as did a shouted response from somewhere in the audience: “Don’t do it!”

Judge himself admitted he began his professional career in an environment similar to the one he created so humorously in the film’s fictional software company, Initech. With a degree in physics, Judge found himself in a professional role most closely mirrored by that of the film’s mumbling hero, Milton Waddams (interestingly enough, this character was also the focus of his first animated short). When asked how he transitioned from physics to the film industry, Judge shrugged and responded that he did some animations and sent them out, and the rest was history.

Coordinated in conjunction with Austin’s own Fantastic Fest, the event was a huge success. While tickets were first made available only to Fantastic Fest and SXSW ticket holders, ticket sales were subsequently opened to the public, and sold out faster than you could say Swingline. Special VIP tickets were also available, which included entrance to an after party featuring movie themed appetizers like pizza shooters, shrimp poppers and extreme fajitas, complimentary pieces of flare, and even a red Swingline stapler an extra special addition, as the now-infamous red staplers were manufactured exclusively for the film, and never sold commercially. With SXSW fast approaching, more not-to-be-missed events are in the works at the Paramount and throughout Austin.

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Movie studios have fallen in love with the superhero genre, with two or three films coming out each year. Most of these films are of the live action variety, but “The Incredibles” stands out as the only animated superhero movie that may be as good as the live action ones. Released in 2004, the film became an international box office sensation, making more than $ 70 million on its opening weekend alone on its way to hauling a total of over $ 631 million. Since then, people have been asking for a sequel, but it is only now, nearly a decade later, that a sequel seems to be a reality.

When a movie makes over half a billion dollars in ticket sales, the studio responsible for the film will almost assuredly give the green light for a sequel. In the case of “The Incredibles,” however, the studio was Pixar, which has historically been very slow to release sequels. A good example is the recently announced “Finding Dory,” the long-awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo,” which was released all the way back in 2003. Pixar has never been in a hurry to put a film out, because the executives in charge value quality over quantity.

In addition to Pixar’s hesitation to immediately start production on a sequel to “The Incredibles,” director Brad Bird was also reticent about returning to the franchise. After working on several highly touted animated films like “Ratatouille” and “The Iron Giant,” he wanted to give live action films a try. He loved the story he told in “The Incredibles” and was very happy with the finished product, but he also expressed frustration at the length of time it took to complete the film. He began preproduction on the film back in 2000, which means it took four years before the film was released in theaters. That is a big chunk of time, especially when a live action film can be completed in less than a year from preproduction to release.

In the years following “The Incredibles,” Bird directed “Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol,” his first non-animated film. It was a huge success and helped make him one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood. Big movie stars came calling, with George Clooney signing up to work with Bird on the upcoming film “Tomorrowland,” which starts filming in the summer of 2013.

What will Bird do after he finishes the long “Tomorrowland” shoot? He may very well be open to finally putting together “The Incredibles 2.” Even though he had expressed hesitation in the past about possibly revisiting the film, he told a reporter back in October 2011 that he had a change of heart about a sequel, saying that he had some ideas but no real story to go with the ideas. He also cautioned that the sequel would not be made until the story was right and had been approved by Pixar.

Flash forward to May 2013, Bird, already in preproduction on “Tomorrowland,” publicly reiterated that he had been thinking about a sequel and wanted to revisit the characters that he loves. He said he had many ideas, and that “if I can get ’em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.”

This was like music to the ears of fans who have been waiting so long to see another film starring the Parr family. Of course, it isn’t just up to Bird as to whether a sequel gets made or not. Pixar has to be on board and would likely want to focus on finishing “Finding Dory” first before starting work on a different sequel. One issue is whether or not the actors will be willing to come back for another film. Even if all the actors were willing, another issue is their availability. Craig T. Nelson, who starred as family patriarch Bob Parr, is busy making the NBC drama “Parenthood.” Samuel L. Jackson, who voiced Lucius Best, has a long slate of upcoming films, including sequels to “Captain America” and “The Avengers.”

The good news for fans of the film is that Bird has publicly said he is willing to make the film and has been coming up with ideas. Since he had been unwilling to address these questions for so many years, his public announcement is definitely a step in the right direction. Pixar may not have officially ordered a sequel to “The Incredibles,” but there is a good chance it might in the near future.

As a long time fan of Hollywood I was able to carve out the perfect career in the entertainment industry by writing initially for celebrity news sites and am now the owner of Movie Room Reviews.

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Box office at Bethel Woods, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock festival.