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Is 'Movie 43' Being Dumped By The Studio?

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act January 20, 2013 at 9:55AM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Halle Berry, Terrence Howard


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