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    Deadline Hollywood:

    every studio passed on making the stylish PG-13 comedy Red aimed at the adult audience except for Summit Entertainment: now the Robert Schwentke-directed pic features Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Bruce Willis -- some of them as past-their-expiration-date assassins -- opened in 2nd place with $8.5M Friday from 3,255 theaters and as much as a $25M weekend

    and I guess this finally leaked out, too:

    I hear the film’s negative cost is around $58 million (after subsidies are realized); but because Summit always licenses its films out to distributors in territories around the globe, the upstart studio’s financial exposure on the budget is only under $20 million.
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    Wow. Very good to hear. Congratulations.
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    Congrats, Herr Ellis. Surely this calls for some victory Scotch.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    Better be quiet about that, I hear a second pony in the wings..

    (we're happy as hell for you, sir!)
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    Nice one Warren.
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010 edited
    Awesome, Warren. I plan to contribute to the box office tomorrow. Are you going to be doing any American TV to promote the movie?
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    ...and that's how the Master got the money to buy the pier and build the Warren Ellis Orbital Death Ray World Domination Device launch terminal. The rest, as they used to say, is history. Now quickly child, back to the eel pens, i hear the tap of his cane approaching...

    Congratulations Mr Ellis.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
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    Are you going to be doing any American TV to promote the movie?

    No, I shot all my US tv stuff in July.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    British TV? Which basically means The Culture Show and Film 2010, probably.
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    Ah, this is good news.
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    No British tv. Too sick, for one thing. Can't talk for more than a minute without coughing a lung up.
    • CommentAuthorwymarc
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    Just got back from seeing RED. My wife loved it (her idea of a good chick flick involves hot guys and explosions). I loved it. I think you could have put that cast in a room with a selection of booze and filmed the result and had a winner. High points: The sound editing was excellent. I'm been in car crashes and I've shot a fair number of those weapons: The sound people nailed it. Watching Dame Helen school Ms Parker on the difference between pretty and beauty. Low point: Not enough Helen Mirren.

    The 10:30 AM show was full.

    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    @ Warren

    Well, I just gave you $5.50 of my money and it was well worth it.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    Excellent. You've earned it young sir ^__^

    When that sweet Hollywood blow rolls in remember to do your gums, waste not want not! <3
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    Congratulations, Warren. I'm happy for you, Cully and the people who worked on the graphic novel, and eager to see RED when it opens in Brazil (November 12th). Also wishing you a speedy recovery from the flu.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    My wife and I saw it today and my wife laughed through more of it than I did, so I think it's safe to say that we both really enjoyed it.
    • CommentAuthorblind51de
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    Let's hope some of your first-rate stuff gets optioned, like Nextwave.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    This is great news, not just for The Ellis but for the3 comics industry.

    After the disappointing performances of Scott Pilgrim; Jonah Hex and The Losers, I was starting to worry that the studios would lose interest in doing comics-based movies other than the big superhero blockbusters.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2010
    I saw it at the Early Bird bargain matinee, before noon at a multiplex in Beaverton, OR. I got there 20 minutes early to take a nap. The theater had about a dozen people when I arrived, and more showed up during the commercial pre-show. The upper section of the theater, the stadium seating section, was maybe 3/4 full. Not bad.

    Well, I can confidently say that the griefers who popped up here and on twitter were just being dickheads.

    We're not talking Oscar contender, but I thought Red was well done and great fun. Good performances, good humor, nice plot twist at the end. Great action and producftion work. Mirren was a total gas.

    * * *

    I think OCEAN would make a dandy SF movie. Just saying.