An e-pal objected to the part in my review of The Nativity Story where I wrote:For all the talk of “realism” and “authenticity” that has surrounded this film, it is still very much a family-friendly Christmas pageant, a Christmas crèche brought to theatrical life. While Mary does experience labor pains, the birth of Jesus is remarkably clean, with no placenta or umbilical cord in sight.To this, my e-pal replied:Can you think of any movie that showed the placenta or umbilical… Read more

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.Casino Royale — CDN $14,588,754 — N.AM $115,876,024 — 12.6%Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan — CDN $14,158,478 — N.AM $116,241,347 — 12.2%Stranger Than Fiction — CDN $3,446,400 — N.AM $36,911,009 — 9.3%National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj — CDN $187,121 –… Read more

Hope no one minds a bit of numerical horn-tooting.I have been keeping this blog since mid-March 2005, and keeping track of visits and page views via Site Meter since mid-April 2005, and I am happy to say that this past month was the busiest yet. Thanks to everyone who has checked this blog out! Read more

Here’s a fresh batch of news and reviews.1. Why did The Nativity Story do so poorly at the box office this weekend? New Line Cinema blames the weather, first in the Associated Press …Snow in the Midwest kept many movie-goers at home, undermining the film’s opening, said David Tuckerman, New Line’s head of distribution.”The storms in the middle of the country couldn’t have hurt us more,” Tuckerman said. “It’s a movie made for the heartland, and it killed us in… Read more

With the non-controversial The Nativity Story opening this week to low ticket sales, and with the controversial Apocalypto building up some good buzz in advance of its release next Friday, it may be a perfect time to take another look at the film that made both movies possible. I refer, of course, to The Passion of the Christ (2004), which is coming out in a two-disc “definitive edition” on January 30. The specs, as per DVD Active:Fox/MGM Home Entertainment has… Read more

The Globe and Mail reports:Just when you thought it was safe to get under the covers, researchers in Toronto have identified a new sleep disorder with a kinky twist. Called sexsomnia, it causes people to have sex or masturbate in their sleep — without ever waking up.Huh? “New”? Wasn’t this disorder the subject of a subplot in one of the earlier episodes of House M.D.? Read more

David Poland and Nikki Finke report that The Nativity Story grossed a mere $2.3 million yesterday, coming in fourth for the day, behind not only Casino Royale and Happy Feet but also Deja Vu, all of which dropped between 58% and 74% from last week.Finke estimates The Nativity Story will gross $7.8 million for the weekend. This is, admittedly, more than Thirteen (2003; $4.6 million) made in its entire run, and better than the $5.6 million that Lords of Dogtown… Read more

In one corner, today’s Variety:Disney is laying off about 160 employees, or 20% of the total staff, from its feature animation unit. . . .Cuts come as production is winding up on “Meet the Robinsons,” which will be released in June. A spokesman said that “the management team at Walt Disney Animation has determined that each film will dictate its own appropriate production schedule,” indicating that it will keep fewer animators on as permanent employees moving from film to film…. Read more

CanWest News Service, via the Vancouver Sun, posted yet another item on The Nativity Story today, and mentioned in passing:The Nativity Story, which chronicles the arduous journey of Joseph and the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem, cost more than $65 million US to make, and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are confident it’ll reap huge dividends when it opens today on 2,700 screens throughout North America.”I do think there is a desire for this kind of entertainment out there,” Godfrey… Read more

My review of The Nativity Story is now up at CT Movies. Read more

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