. . . and I don't know about you, but I'm suddenly feeling ancient! Disney is releasing a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition of this beloved special. The website Big Picture Big Sound reviews it here.
Playing in 86 theaters, GE made about $85,200, according to Movie City News. As I said before, from a period movie with almost zero promotional budget, opening against a big superhero movie, not much was to be expected. I would have thought that a distributor who took the trouble to pick up the movie and show it in theaters would have devoted at least a few dollars to advertising it, but then I don't get to make these decisions! Anyway, I haven't heard whether it will expand and be given a chance in a somewhat larger market, but I hope so.
I'm working on a review now, which I'm going to try to publish freelance. If/when that happens, I'll provide a link here. For the moment, let me just say this: I loved it. LOVED. IT. It was well worth the long wait!
Also -- if you go, stay through the credits if you can. You'll see something very cool: Charles Dickens credited as a songwriter. :-)
Today's the day GE finally opens in limited release in the U.S.! As I write this, it has a 70 percent "fresh" rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. That may change as they look at more reviews, but it's an excellent start! (For those not familiar with their system, that means that, out of all the reviews of the film they've collected so far, 70 percent have been judged positive.)
If you go to see it, please comment here -- we'd love to hear your thoughts!
Looks like it really is coming out this Friday -- I got the notification from Fandango that tickets are available at one theater (only one so far) near me.
Frankly, as the film has been given so little promotion, I'm not expecting it to do well at the box office. I'm just happy that those of us here in the U.S. who have waited so long will finally, finally get to see it!
Ralph Fiennes has an interview in the New York Times about The Invisible Woman and Great Expectations. (The Times claims that the latter is "opening Friday" -- that would be today, I suppose? First I've heard of it, unless perhaps it's opening in extremely limited release in one or two NYC theaters. If you happen to see it playing somewhere near you, let us know!)
The Ledger Independent has a positive review of Vivi Barnes's forthcoming Young Adult novel Olivia Twisted, which updates Oliver Twist and turns the young thieves into hackers.
A new production of A Christmas Carol, in which just five actors will play all the parts, will open off-Broadway later this month.
A Cambridge, Ohio, group called the Rainy Day Writers has collaborated on a book called A Dickens of a Christmas, which describes "how Cambridge, with support from residents, transforms the downtown area into a Dickens Village during the holiday season."
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Bay Area is getting ready for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party. It opens November 23.
IndieWire has it up. You can't judge much from a trailer, but it looks a bit lifeless to me. Fiennes has managed to create a very strong resemblance to Charles Dickens, but I'm not feeling the tremendous force of the man's energy. And the (slightly modified) quotes from Dickens's books make the rest of the dialogue feel pretty flat. But, again, it's just a trailer!
This trailer comes courtesy of Deadline Hollywood, which reports that the film will open in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto on November 8. (Didn't I say I'd believe October when I saw it? Still, November's not bad -- as long as we get an expansion soon after -- so I won't gripe!)