[Due to a cyber attack on the Impregnable Servers™ at the ultra-secret Iron Mountain BOX OFFICE facility, yesterday's Steve Simels Show was delayed and copy for today's scheduled Weekend Cinema Listomania was compromised. As a result, the first ever Monday Weekend Cinema Listomania will appear next Monday instead. In the meantime, enjoy the following item before somebody -- a Wikileaks supporter, perhaps? -- hacks it. - Ed.]
An E-Mail press release that crossed my desk this week, noted without comment.
MIRAMAX ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY TO PRODUCE SEQUELS
Santa Monica and Los Angeles [December 16, 2010] – Miramax and The Weinstein Company (TWC) today announced an agreement to create sequels to some of Miramax’s best-known properties and to partner on potential new television shows and special edition home entertainment products. The first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders and Shakespeare in Love. The other potential sequels and TV projects are Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror.“We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right,” stated TWC’s Harvey and Bob Weinstein.
Okay, I lied about the whole "noted without comment" thing. First of all, the rather depressing lack-of-creativity-and-imagination issues raised by this announcement are obvious, although perhaps the masses really are clamoring for a Clerks sequel, improbable as that seems to me. Secondly, it should be noted and for the record that a Miramax/TWC mashup is, at this historical juncture, quite as bizarre as if DC and Dell Comics had announced a cross-over series in 1965. Maybe more.
And now another E-Mail press release, received at almost the same time as the one above, but this time I won't insult your intelligence with a no-comment stipulation.
REPO CHICK STEALS THE SHOW
Los Angeles [December 15, 2010] – Acclaimed director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy) will introduce an “unlikely hero in a chaotic world” with the 2011 opening of his latest film, Repo Chick. Released by Industrial Entertainment and starring Jaclyn Jonet, Miguel Sandoval and Rosanna Arquette, Repo Chick will open in New York City at the IFC Center on January 14 and in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent on January 21. The film will debut on DVD and Blu-ray February 8, 2011 accompanied by bonus content.
Despite the film’s title, Cox recently told the Village Voice that Repo Chick is NOT a sequel. “It's entirely a freestanding film about a very wealthy young woman who finds meaning stealing from the middle class and the poor. You wouldn't need to see Repo Man to make sense of it. It's another comedy about the economic crisis. And how the crisis has intensified so much in this round.”
Interesting and alarming news, I think, by which I mean that while I yield to no sentient mammal in my admiration for the original Repo Man, and have no problem with Cox cashing in on it with a transparently bogus "It's not a sequel!" exploitation vehicle, the sad fact is that Cox's track record since that 1984 punk masterpiece has to give one pause. Certainly, the odds would seem to be against anything in Repo Chick approaching the deadpan hilarity of this scene from the original, in which borderline psychotic skateboard delinquent Duke (the charmingly monikered Dick Rude) dies in the arms of Emilio Estevez (as Otto. the role he was born to play) after a botched holdup attempt at a 7-11.
DUKE: The lights are growing dim Otto. I know a life of crime has led me to this sorry fate, and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.
OTTO: That's bullshit. You're a white suburban punk just like me.
DUKE: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Oh well -- let's just hope that Repo Chick has at least a cameo by Harry Dean Stanton.