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Is 'Movie 43' Being Dumped By The Studio?

by Sergio
January 20, 2013 9:55 AM
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Movie 43

Well it certainly looks that way. We might have to chalk this one as another entry in the "Lose" column for both Halle Berry and Terrence Howard.

The low budget ($6 million) dollar sketch comedy, which we have reported on, was financed and is being distributed by Relativity Media and is opening this Friday without any advance publicity or fanfare.

And, not surprisingly, no advance screenings for the media have been set up anywhere, which is always a sign that a studio thinks it has a real stinker on its hands and wants no negative advance word before it opens.

The film, in which each segment was directed by a different director - including Brett Ratner, Peter Farrelly and Rusty Cundieff (who's been working a lot on TV after directing features such as Fear of the Black Hat and Tales from the Hood back in the 90's) - has an impressive list of stars, including two current Oscar nominees in Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts, along with Richard Gere, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, J.B. Smoove, Jason Sudeikis and, of course, Berry and Howard.

Others who were approached to be involved like George Clooney as well as South Park and The Book of Mormon creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, either refused or dropped out early on.

The film is, of course, designed to be the ultimate gross out comedy, intended to shock and outrage, even including a segment involving necrophilla, which was cut from the film, but will be on the DVD. But it seems things went wrong from the start.

Those who have seen the film say that a lot of it seems dated, which is not surprising since the film was actually shot in bits and pieces over a four year period, due to the availability of the talent in front of and behind the camera.

And no one got rich working on the film. According to Farrelly, who also concieved and produced the film, all of the stars got only $800 a day for their efforts.

However, he dismisses the idea that the film is being dumped by the studio: "The studio is not hiding it. We knew it would have to find its audience and believe me it will;" which is what people say usually after a film bombs and not before.

And that audience, says Farrelly, comprises of mainly "kids, teenagers and 50 somethings who still smoke pot."

Maybe Halle and Terrence are better off that no one sees this, so they can pretend it didn't exist and move on to better things.

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  • smoker | January 30, 2013 12:11 PMReply

    I'm an avid user of cannabis and this has absolutely no appeal to me. Way to generalize, dipshit.

  • ryan | January 26, 2013 3:13 AMReply

    Maybe you were not invited to a screening because you are not important. Get over yourself and go buy a ticket to the movie if you want to bash it before seeing it, you entitled hack.

  • sergio | January 30, 2013 12:17 PM

    Peter Farrelly you're STILL trolling the websites trying to find anybody saying anything about your film after it flopped big time last week?

  • lilkunta | January 25, 2013 9:43 PMReply

    why did all the cast agree to work for just $800? this isnt a favor, like some rich or famous person's child's film school move ( IE steven speilberg didnt ask a favor from all these ctresses) so why did they do this movie ?

  • Up2Late | January 24, 2013 2:42 AMReply

    "...Being Dumped...?" What?!? Have you been living under a ROCK for the last two months?!? They have been promoting the hell out of this film for at least two months on Comedy Central! The first time I saw an ad for it was when Daniel Tosh did an in show promo for it October 2, 2012! I've seen so many promos for it that I'm about sick of it. Check out "Kentucky Fried Movie" or "Amazon Women on the Moon" if you want a preview.

  • Curtis J. | January 21, 2013 7:01 PMReply

    It's not getting the attention most figure it would, absolutely tru -, but being dumped? If they're paying for TV ads, IMO the movie ain't being 'dumped'. Also, though I wanted to get a press preview as well, this isn't the type of movie that even needs one. Thanks for the write-up though as I was unaware there was even any contention going on.

  • Christian | January 21, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    Sergio, this is the second article i've read about this film saying things like "stars want out and producers don't let them" or like yours, "studio is hiding the film".
    I don't know, but it looks like the press are the only ones trying to trash the movie. Because they didn't screen it for you? That's why? Why, before writing crap like this, don't get someone who actually back you up on your sayings, or at least quote somebody???
    This is the worst kind or journalism.

  • sergio | January 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    Peter Farrelly I know it's you. Come on out

  • FactChecker | January 21, 2013 1:38 AMReply

    Speaking of Albert or Allen Hughes (who can tell them apart). Sergio, or Tambay, I would really love to see one of you interview them, as well as F. Gary Gray and Antoine Farquar, and ask them why they feel no responsibility to try and put more journeymen actors in their films, the way that Spike, John Singleton and Robert Townsend, and Damon Wayans (with In Living Color) and his films, have done.

  • lilkunta | January 25, 2013 9:45 PM

    what is a journeyman ?

  • Troy | January 21, 2013 3:35 PM

    So the question is, why don't black directors, who are making new movies, include journeyman black actors like directors who do independent films or not making new movies? Even though I enjoy the performances of many journeyman black actors, I am instantly bored when watching tired combinations of journeyman black actors which makes new films look like they were filmed in the 90s. They create supporting casts that are too recognizable that decimate the illusion of the current story. Some people like to watch actors they already know and love from other characters they portray, which makes sense if you are talking about stars and co-stars. I personally would like to be constantly introduced to more new talent until we have many more A-list actors. The black journeyman actors you know and love will never be big stars or box office draws. So continue to open doors I'm sure there is not only big talent but big stars coming in the form of relatively unknown black thespians.

  • sergio | January 21, 2013 8:38 AM

    In fact actually about two weeks some PR people asked me if I would be interested in doing an interview with Allen Hughes and I agreeed, of course. But I never heard from them again. I found out later that he did do a couple interviews with some other people who I know very well, but I was somehow "overlooked". You think they got scared of me?

  • Miles Ellison | January 20, 2013 6:15 PMReply

    This was better when it was Kentucky Fried Movie.

  • Alex | January 20, 2013 5:12 PMReply

    "And, not surprisingly, no advance screenings for the media have been set up anywhere"

    Eh? I'm going to a press screening here in the UK this week....someone hasn't done their research...or maybe don't say it with such conviction - keep it to, "to our knowledge"

  • sergio | January 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    There may be screenings in the UK, but there sure aren't any screenings here in the U.S. (You know, that country across the Big Pond) I should know since I get screenings notices several times a week. and so far not even a last minute "Thursday night we're trying to hide this thing" screening for Movie 43. Maybe the problem with the film is that it's too British for us

  • Kevin | January 20, 2013 2:44 PMReply

    I've seen tons of ads for it. It doesn't seem like it's being dumped at all.

  • Akimbo | January 20, 2013 5:10 PM

    Yes, unless they think the movie won't get good reviews, in which case they skip advance screenings, advertise the hell out of the film, and hope for a huge opening weekend before word of mouth gets around. See lots of horror movies, raunchy comedies, and Tyler Perry flicks for reference.

  • Akimbo | January 20, 2013 5:08 PM

    Yes, unless they think the movie won't get good reviews, in which case they advertise the hell out of the film and hope for a huge opening weekend before word of mouth gets around. See lots of horror movies, raunchy comedies, and Tyler Perry flicks for reference.

  • Biz-zy~ | January 20, 2013 3:27 PM

    For those who never worked in the industry, promotion starts long before tv advertisement. Critics rate it. Screen preview for free public audience at least 4-6 months before it's released. At the end of the film they ask questions to get oprinions, if necessary.

  • Akimbo | January 20, 2013 2:43 PMReply

    What? I've been seeing nonstop advertising for this movie. Terrence's short has been highly featured in it, too.

  • jacetoon | January 20, 2013 2:23 PMReply

    Doing a favor for r. kav anaugh is a"lose". Hmmmmm. I suspect the movie will live a long life on dvd.

  • B.B. | January 20, 2013 11:03 AMReply

    Snooze. Who cares about this stupid-looking movie? It's not a black film anyhow.

  • sergio | January 20, 2013 3:33 PM

    We've done that before. Search the archives

  • slb | January 20, 2013 3:21 PM

    Sergio: Maybe that's a topic you guys can tackle on the site. "What makes a flim a BLACK flim?" I have my own thoughts on that, but would be interested in hearing other people's perspective.

  • sergio | January 20, 2013 11:52 AM

    So you're one of those "holier than thou" types huh. Well the film does features black actors in prominent roles in the film and one of the directors is black which makes it of interest to us. I guess we shouldn't cover either Broken City which was written by black screenwriter and directed by black director.

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