Intro for July 15, 2016
Ghostbusters opens today. Are you going this weekend? I can’t remember the last time my friends and I scrambled to rearrange schedules like we’ve been doing the last few days. One friend is in the middle of a move and is living in suitcases and in and out of storage and she’s still trying to make it happen. Another friend secured child care well over two weeks ago. Someone I know rescheduled a barbeque. We want to laugh, obviously. But the other part of it is because, as writer and director Paul Feig described it, this is a summer blockbuster featuring “four women starring in a movie and three of them are in their forties”. And Hollywood just doesn’t take “chances” on those kinds of projects.
The reviews for Ghostbusters have been generally solid. Sarah very much enjoyed it. Ghostbusters is expected to win the box office this weekend, projected to come in between $50-$60 million domestically. Overseas, though, they’ve yet to confirm a release in China because of bullsh-t Chinese censorship and also because China has no history with Ghostbusters and so they don’t think there will be that much interest. And that could be an issue because, as Paul told Vulture:
“A movie like this has to at least get to like $500 million worldwide, and that’s probably low. But the thing I care about most is the industry looking for an excuse to say, ‘See, a tentpole can’t be carried by female leads’ ” — three of whom are over 40. I cashed in all my chips. I had to use every chip to make this happen. And if this doesn’t work, I will probably have to go back to movie jail.”
That might be a slight exaggeration. But still. His point is valid. The industry will look for an excuse. The industry only gives one chance every 10 years to what they consider to be this kind of “risk”. They also, evidently, considered it a “risk” for Paul to confirm that Kate McKinnon’s character is gay, telling The Daily Beast that:
“I hate to be coy about it. But when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…” He shrugs apologetically.
No matter. Because Kate’s performance is being called the standout. And Paul credits her for bringing that part of her creativity to the role:
“If you know Kate at all she’s this kind of pansexual beast where it’s just like everybody who’s around her falls in love with her and she’s so loving to everybody she’s around. I wanted to let that come out in this character. I wasn’t like, ‘And now you should wink at them.’ This is stuff that is coming out of Kate! That’s why you connect with those characters. They’re playing versions of themselves. That’s what makes a comedic actor fantastic, when that personality comes out. That’s why it’s so terrible when writer-directors say, ‘Stick to the script!’ Why would you hire these people who have these enormous personalities and then just cut them off?”
But if you’ve been watching Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live, that’s probably not surprising to you, that she’s amazing. Or maybe it started before SNL. When did you first fall in love with Kate McKinnon?
Are you seeing Ghostbusters on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
Have a great weekend!
Yours in gossip,
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