Thursday, November 13, 2008

Flop of the Year Alert

I've been saying for weeks, and will say again here, that I have the distinct feeling that Baz Luhrmann's epic Australia is going to be a massive flop. And now, just a few days before its premiere in... Australia... the film isn't even finished yet:
Luhrmann renewed the debate over exactly how unfinished the film is on the LAT's The Envelope blog, revealing that at the end of the "emotional cinematic banquet" there will be a death of some kind, even if he's not quite sure yet who buys it. Meanwhile, Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman tried to dismiss the controversy over the $130 million dollar film's "six endings." This barely counts as optimism when it comes to the film's still-ongoing editing process. Since they are shutting down a street in Sydney for the premiere, should the local authorities prepare for a riot or can Luhrmann deliver in time?
Seriously, though: apart from Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, when is the last time Nicole Kidman was in a hit movie? To Die For?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

the hours, dogville, cold mountain, eyes wide shut...

Anonymous said...

http://www.cinematical.com/2008/11/13/baz-luhrmann-kills-off-australia-rumors/

Dan Halden said...

Good memory with those four movies. I'll give you "The Hours," for which Kidman won an Oscar, but "Dogville" ... nobody saw it, "Cold Mountain" was a notorious Oscar snub for Kidman, and in my opinion "Eyes Wide Shut" was one of the worst movies ever made. I just think that her viability as a big box office draw is somewhat overestimated by Hollywood. She's still a good actress, though.