For me, there’s cinema, which I love and would fight for, and then there’s also entertainment, and I see them as very, very different. But sure, I’d love to do a blockbuster. I can’t wait for someone to tell me, ‘Explosion, run!’
With American blockbuster cinema, everything is very fast, there’s a lot of action and narration.
I am not calling ‘Aravindha’ a wise movie because it’s a blockbuster.
When I was first starting out in the industry in the early ’90s, gay love stories were relegated to limited-release films that were hidden deep in the back of Blockbuster video stores.
I liked being CEO of Blockbuster, but my job is to put it on the bottom line for shareholders.
By the time I got involved, Blockbuster had already worked out some of the kinks.
I sold Blockbuster because I saw what was coming: the satellite dish, technology that would make the business obsolete in a few years. Why would people go to a store for a video and then have to return it when they had a dish?
We had a saying at Blockbuster: ‘If you don’t come in on Saturday, don’t bother coming in on Sunday.’ We worked hard.
I’m really proud of ‘Oceans 12.’ Of course, you do an ‘Oceans’ movie, you get known all over the world. It’s an incredibly powerful medium: It’s a Hollywood-identified blockbuster.
I think I was quite difficult to cast when I was in my twenties because I never looked like Cameron Diaz. I’m not talking myself down, but I was never going to be the romantic lead in a Hollywood blockbuster. You need better cheekbones and longer legs.
The iPhone is made on a global scale, and it blends computers, the Internet, communications, and artificial intelligence in one blockbuster, game-changing innovation. It reflects so many of the things that our contemporary world is good at – indeed, great at.
There’s a few things I learned from my experience on ‘Hieroglyph.’ First of all, I learned that building a world doesn’t need to be as expensive as a summer blockbuster. Yeah yeah, newsflash, I know.
Yes, I would like to be involved in something that would hopefully be a blockbuster, but I’m interested in seeing new filmmakers telling new stories and to able to help them do that.
As black women, we’re miles behind our white counterparts in being offered the space to create and craft female characters in major blockbuster films.
At the end of the day, when I kick back with some barbecue and a CokeZero in front of a blockbuster film playing within the convenience of my fully air-conditioned house, I’ll say a small prayer thanking God for the American culture.
We understand that the real market value of Blockbuster may never be fully realized as a wholly owned part of Viacom.
That godfather of the modern action blockbuster, ‘The Godfather,’ is entirely character driven, propelled by the transformation of a crime lord’s youngest son, who breaks bad when he evolves from white-sheep war hero to blood-soaked inheritor of his father’s empire.
There’s a blockbuster side to Knopf, whether it’s P. D. James or John le Carre or our best-selling books. We try to sell our writers as aggressively as those houses regarded as commercial with a capital C.
I’m not after having the lead or being in a blockbuster Hollywood film. I’m after reading the material and loving it. That’s all.
Every major summer blockbuster that is released is essentially a product line being launched across multiple verticals. However, the centerpiece of the product launch is a big, beautiful story whose job is to entertain.
There is a movement we call Afro-Futurism, where we imagine a black way of life free of white supremacy and bigotry. ‘Black Panther,’ I think, is the first blockbuster film centered in the ethos of Afro-Futurism, where the writers and directors and makeup and wardrobe team all imagined a beautiful, thriving black Africa without colonialism.
I like money but I love performance art and it goes hand in hand. I’m not the ‘Titanic,’ I’m ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ I’m not a blockbuster, I’m a cult classic. I think my strong but cult-like fanbase expects me to challenge norms.
My friend Jim Parrack is in ‘Child of God,’ and we grew up together. Back then, we would watch old movies and go reenact them at a Blockbuster or a supermarket. We’d end up getting in trouble because you can’t reenact movies. People think you’re crazy.
I don’t want to say no to anything. If I did a blockbuster, it would probably be fun. But who knows? Maybe I would connect to something. But definitely, indie movies are the ones I register with, for sure.
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