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    Looks like the JONAH HEX movie cratered on arrival:

    ...newcomer Warner Bros' Jonah Hex already is such a flop that it's not even meeting the studio's low opening weekend expectation of $10M from 2,825 venues after it wasn't tracking. My sources say it opened to only $1.9M Friday and will be hard-pressed to get to even $6M this weekend. It also should drop to 6th place Sunday. As one Warner Bros exec said about the lesson learned; "You don't take a handsome actor and disgfigure him." The studio is so embarrassed that it took great pains to points out that the pic was greenlighted before Diane Nelson took over as DC Entertainment prez. About the cowboy with the disfigured face and legend that he can't be killed, a minor character in the DC Comics galaxy of stars, Jonah Hex was attempted on the cheap. The studio claims the final budget was $35M....

    ....(but) I hear Warner Bros cut the original budget of $80M to $40M right before production with no script changes. Then the studio did 70 pages of reshoots about 6 months ago. That may have added another $25M for a new budget of $65M. Ouch! As one insider tells me, "the studio looked at the movie a long time ago and wrote it off".
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    I think this movie will be a failure, principally in South American.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2010
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    They should have made THE PRO instead. With Julia Roberts as THE PRO and Richard Gere as the Superman clone.
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    @ales kot

    The best casting choices made in a while.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2010
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    Yeah. I really dig the Hex but glitzing him up and cramming steampunk and requisite hot chick into his movie to get people to see it wasn't gonna do it any favors. AND it's PG-13. He's a killerrr, why not let him enjoy it.
    I do want to hear the score by Mastodon though!
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    Does it by any chance feature a large mechanical spider?
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    All I now about Hex is the trailers made it look like every other watered-down PG-13 summer blockbuster brainless-fest out there. They can go on about budget and disfigured actors all they want, but the movie looks so generic and forgettable that it would have taken a complete fluke of scheduling, hitting at just the right time when there's nothing else available, for it to make its money back.
    • CommentAuthorxoxoroo
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2010 edited
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    You know what? I saw it last night and I am glad I did. It was Friday night, and to find a movie all five of us want to see (5= Me & Cowboy my main man, + three male twenty somethings known as the Lost Boys-no they are not all my children by birth, just the one) is like trying to {insert-your-version-of-something-nearly-impossible here}. Every movie, I find it's about what mood I am in, how emotionally invested I am in the movie content, and what, if any, expectations or perceptions I have going in to the experience. My criteria for summer moviegoing: it's summertime. I don't look for movies with deep messages or that are likely to change the way I think about movies. My prime mission is to be mildly entertained while escaping heat and eating popcorn in a dark place.

    Also some people may think megan fox cannot act, but none of the men with me seemed too worried about that.

    {Also we saw the A Team Last week and have already seen Ironman. Also, no one will see Toy Story with me :p}
    • CommentAuthorZeebo
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2010
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    You know, I saw the preview and thought, "That's not quite right, but FUCKYEAHDUALHORSEMINIGUNS," because I am a Texan and we like horses and projectile death. Then I heard about the rest of the movie and saw Kung Fu Kid Who's Too Rich For His Own Good instead.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2010
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    If this so much as inconveniences a quality "Dark Tower" movie, I will conduct a punchin' tour of Hollywood.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2010
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    @xoxoroo My 20 year old son would have gone with you. Him, his girlfriend, and 18 yr old brother went with him too.
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    As one Warner Bros exec said about the lesson learned; "You don't take a handsome actor and disgfigure him."


    I haven't seen the film, but if that's what the exec considers a problem, then lesson not learned at all.

    I expected JONAH HEX to be badly-received, but turns out that's a bit of an understatement now. Still not a surprise. This had all the ingredients of a flop for some time.

    Meanwhile Pixar seems to have made yet another universally acclaimed movie (except for Armond White, of course).
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    And this is why there will not be a proper Sandman film - if folks can't get the idea (at least the idea that Lansdale proposed in his work on he subject) on something as simple as a revisionist Western, then Sandman will make someone's MBA strain at the tethers....
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      CommentAuthorMrSmite
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2010
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    This makes me even more curious of how the film would've performed by changing nothing but the lead's name and costuming and rebranding it as Batman: Steampunk.
    I also can't help but wonder if the real culprit is the marketing, since the box office take is so abysmal it's failing against films that opened two weeks ago.
    • CommentAuthorRobson
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2010
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    A source informs me that the director originally had clearance for an R-rated revenge film, until the suits got word that it was based on a comic and imposed all this flashy stuff, Megan Fox, and a PG-13 rating on it.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2010
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    Yep, I'll go with a lesson not learned by the studio.

    I not sure why they'd go after a Jonah Hex movie in the first place as a property to cultivate from the DC library, but for pity's sake if you're going to do it at least be true to the source material and have a good script.

    But then, I don't settle for mild brainless entertainment in my movies any longer.
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    Obviously they should have sent him into the post-apocalyptic future and gave him a bad-assed motorcycle.
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      CommentAuthorhectorlima
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2010
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    looks like a mess badly sewn together. will it be DC's GHOST RIDER?

    they should have done Hex like this indie western LAST RITES OF RANSOM PRIDE.
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      CommentAuthorVietBong
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2010
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    Question from someone who has only seen the ads on TV, and who has never read the comic:

    Is this movie in any way loyal to the source material, much like Sin City or Watchmen tried to be, or did they pull another Constantine?
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2010
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    @ Hectolima- please tell me that's either going to be shown in movie theaters or direct to DVD.

    Women starring in westerns is instant win with me, hence why I loved that western movie starring Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio [dies by his father's own gun in a duel contest], Russell Crowe, and Gene Hackman, DiCaprio's father and the sick bastard that gave a gun to the little girl [Sharon Stone is her as an adult] and said if she could shoot the rope for the noose around her father's neck they both could live. Well she shot, but ended up shooting her own father in the head, and Gene Hackman and his posse ride off and laugh at her.

    Then there's Ignition City, too. So yes, this movie has priority with me.