IDIOCRACY to see the light of day? In a theater? On September 1st!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of good news/bad news courtesly of the Austin Chronicle. It looks like good news for me, being an Austinite means I get to see Mike Judge's IDIOCRACY on September 1st. Bad news for everybody else is that Fox is only releasing the film in 6 other cities. I've heard things all over the map for this movie, about an average man who volunteers for an army project, is put to sleep for hundreds and hundreds of years and wakes up in a country that has been so dumbed down that he is literally the smartest man on Earth. I've heard it's crazy insane funny and I've heard it is very flawed, even hard to sit through. All I know is the premise is great, OFFICE SPACE was fuckin' great and I'm all for seeing this film. Hopefully it'll do well in Austin and the other markets and Fox will release it wider. Here's the original Chronicle blurb:
The good news is that Austin fans will finally get to see Mike Judge's futuristic comedy, Idiocracy, on the big screen. The bad news is that people in most other areas of the country likely won't. Idiocracy opens in limited ? and very quiet, judging by the lack of a trailer and short notice ? release on Sept. 1 in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto, a spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said. Whether the long-delayed, Austin-shot film will expand to other markets is uncertain. The announcement comes on the heels of a report on the MTV Web site that the film's release was "postponed indefinitely" with rumors of the dreaded limited release. Wrong on the first; correct on the second. Which leads to the obligatory questions: Is it that bad? Will film execs ever figure out Judge's humor? Is the film's star, Luke Wilson, cursed? (His Austin-shot directing debut, The Wendell Baker Story, should be filed under whereabouts unknown.) Lest we forget, Judge's Office Space was a dud at the box office but remains gold on DVD/video. The better news hereabouts is that Judge appears to be preparing for his next live-action feature, Meat in the Freezer.
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Aug. 25, 2006, 6:35 a.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2006, 6:35 a.m. CST
sounds kinda funny actually. I might watch on video since that's where I'll likely see it anyways.
Aug. 25, 2006, 6:36 a.m. CST
I actually saw it in the theaters, and the whole audience was in a freakin' uproar. ... As for this movie, it was going to have problems because of the Futurama associations --- sorry Mr. Judge, they're inescapable.
Aug. 25, 2006, 6:36 a.m. CST
Doubtful. Anyway, ain't it shitty how we never get to see movies like this, yet suckfests like You, Me and Dupree can't get made fast enough?
Aug. 25, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
If George W. Bush, arguably the dumbest piece of shit ever to come out of Texas, can play in Washington DC for 8 years...why can't we get Mike Judge for at least a weekend?
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST
if Fox was a singular living entity, i would want to murder it ruthlessly and desecrate its remains
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST
I like the film but can see why it didn't do well at the box office. If 'The Office' had a feature film now it probably wouldn't do well despite being a world renowned show. Now, think about a feature of the office 10 or more years ago without any real knowledge of what it is. Most people that go to the cinema want to see Will Smith blowing something up and saying something funny. They don't want to be reminded that their life is meaningless and shit. Man, I'm on a downer today...
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST
Well, Office Space was marketed terribly. But I thought Word of Mouth would've saved it ... I guess just not enough people went to see it in the first place to make a difference.
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST
Went out of my way to avoid it, actually. Finally someone harrassed me into seeing it and of course I loved it. Apparently, the studio hated it when they first saw it. How dumb are they? Hopefully, it's the same thing with IDIOCRACY...
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST
Why else would they delay thi sfor 2 years?
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:47 a.m. CST
the first time I saw it, when it was called "Sleeper". Seriously, it's pretty much the same premise.
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST
I'll see it if it's playing somewhere in Chicago long enough for me to find it. And kudos to Judge for having the sack to try and get more live action stuff released. After OS and this, I would have bailed completely.
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST
I'll tell you why. Because Tim Rothman smokes crack for breakfast and then plays with his penis pump all day while making the dumbest decisions possible.
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST
absolutely no sense. Listen, Fox: Pretend the movie is good. Market the shit out of it with "From the director of OFFICE SPACE" on every ad. If you build it up, people will come. Who is running this fucking studio, anyway? Having Judge is an asset, why piss him off like this?
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST
by The Pusher
The one movie I've really kinda been looking forward to for the past two years.
Aug. 25, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST
by Borgnine JR
don't! Move to the Big City, Rubes.
Aug. 25, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST
by artie langes nut
I used to work in the building where they did casting for Law and Order, and one day Gary Cole came in and I was alone on the elevator with him....Like a lunatic I go "Yeah, were gonna need you to take your desk and move it as far back against that wall as humanly possible"...Guy looked at me dead on and goes "If I had a fucking nickel for how many times people quote that fucking movie to me" and got off the elevator.....Good times
Aug. 25, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST
i swear. Mike Judge is consistently dead-on when it comes to satire and that is his downfall. the man has a track record of Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, and Office Space which, like Austin Powers, bombed at the BO only to become a bona fide video hit making a ton of scratch. the people actively dumbing down america are those that stand as a damn between it's creative thinkers and the public. ie: Fox.
Aug. 25, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST
yeah, it's funny how back in the day (80s/early 90s) word of mouth really did affect the BO. Flashdance and Basic Instinct come to mind as two good examples. Does that happen anymore? Perhaps Mike Judge is right and we are getting dumbed down so as not to believe opinions from people who aren't on TV...
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST
there's a link to an Esquire piece on Mike Judge from June. it has a few good insights into what's really going down.
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST
or what? He sounds like kind of a dick. But then I guess I could see getting sick of that shit.
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST
by Big Bad Clone
funny how for such a big city, we usually have to wait awhile to see all the good shit. Of course, that's like bitching about how long you have to wait for microwave popcorn. We still get the good shit anyways.
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST
and why do they have three showings of this? pretty gay, what happened to New York? i guess the gumms just eat this shit up.
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST
Why!? It seems that this movie is getting lost in the system! Unfair, I want to see this!
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:47 a.m. CST
Who wouldn't be? A perfect stranger starts quoting movie lines at you in an elevator? Why on earth would anyone do something like that? What is the appropriate response for Cole? "Ha, ha! I was so funny in that movie!" Or, perhaps, "You mean you've seen my film? Wahoo!" Or maybe, "Say, you oughta be in pictures." Even "thanks" doesn't make sense. Hell, I hate it when people make small talk in the elevator. I can't imagine what I'd do if they started quoting movies at me out of the blue.
Aug. 25, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST
by artie langes nut
Ran into Dennis Farina in the elevators all the time, never had the balls to quote lines to him even though i say mornon #1 put moron #2 on the phone all the time. Point was, Love Office Space, so much, the power to act like a dick that we all have at any given point, came out. Gary Cole in Talladega Nights, another awesome performance, I dont work in the building anymore so he has nothing to worry about
Aug. 25, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST
by Ace Hunter
I sang the Full House themesong over and over at the top of my lungs. He got mad and yelled something in Spanish. Actually...I think it was one of the cleaning women. Anyway, I wish I lived in Texas so I could make other feel bad for not being able to see this movie.
Aug. 25, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST
I figured it was a misprint. This is great!
Aug. 25, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST
by Gigolo Joe
I don't know about the movie, but the script was pretty lame. It's just one 'stupid person' joke after another. There's none of the cleverness of Office Space. If this movie ever comes out, I foresee another angry letter from Steely Dan.
Aug. 25, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST
...I'd say that Fox, i.e. Rupert Murdoch's studio, and its 'news' network viewers wouldn't have much of a 'sense of humor' about this film, whether they 'get' Mike Judge's or not. Might be hitting a LITTLE too close to home for roughly half the U.S.--and growing! I just hope that they at least give it a half-assed DVD release and don't have "Top...men" make sure it gets sealed in a box at a Fox Studios warehouse, never to be seen again. (Not saying the film is great, as I have no idea, but in a summer that saw "Zoom", "Little Man", and "Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties"...you could've fuckin' put this out there right about now.)
Aug. 25, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST
re: Bitterman23-glad to hear that it's coming to the Arclight.
Aug. 25, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
...outside of NYC and L.A. What gives?
Aug. 25, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST
by Nazzim O'Bazzim
In your face, New York City! erm.. on second thought, what exactly am I celebrating here? They probably just thought "Ahh.. give it to Toronto, the audiences there will watch anything."
Aug. 25, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST
by Kevin Bosch
...but it's being done for the wrong reasons. It's safe to assume that the new Mike Judge movie will make the bulk of it's box from DVD sales. What they should've done was have a real limited roll out. You know, NYC, LA, and maybe Austin, the opening week, then other metropolitain areas. Give it only to arthouses, and make people who can't get to them clamore to see it, based on word of mouth. Then dump it on DVD everywhere and watch it make a ton of cash. Not this one day, mostly Texas, cop out. Now this is going to have the stink of Direct to Video, even with Judge's name and "from the creator of Office Space" on it. Then again, who knows, maybe this is the first step (second step, after Bubble) to ligitimizing DTV.
Aug. 25, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST
by 12-GAUGE DIXON
Which isn't technically LA. So, who knows how it may be distributed. Plus, as for the earlier comments, Office Space was a dud in the theaters, but it went huge in the home market.
Aug. 25, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST
When you ask them to recite a line or something from a past show or movie. The A-listers seem much more happy to do it, go figure. And why has King of the Hill not been turned into an animated theatrical movie yet?
Aug. 25, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST
on dvd for years. Just can't bring myself to watch it. And that Cole story is fucking awesome, I have a lot more respect for a guy who says how he really feels instead of putting on some bullshit act and acting all grateful or something. My wife saw John Stamos in a restaurant once...he saw someone elses food go by and changed his order. I'm disappointed she didn't go up to him and tell him Bob Saget's version of The Aristocrats.
Aug. 25, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST
On some posts, all the apostrophes, and, in this case, the dashes, magically transform into question marks. Is someone trying to patch through with an Apple 2-3 or something?
Aug. 25, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST
Yeaahh...hi...I'm gonna have to have you open in limited release...yeaahh...only six cities...yeaahh...ok? that would be great...yeaahh.
Aug. 25, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST
I move to Toronto on September 2, and would definitley see it. One day just seems silly...and a personal attack on myself.
Aug. 25, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST
by Merkin Muffley
Aug. 25, 2006, 6:01 p.m. CST
And I will be there. I'll support anything Mike Judge does. The world needs this guy and his movies.
Aug. 25, 2006, 6:28 p.m. CST
because the code beneath this site is cruddy.
Aug. 25, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST
...was built right next to the lofts where I live. The set was built on the back lot of this cool, historic-landmark, electricity plant here in downtown Austin. It was a very cool set! Hard to believe that was over 2 years ago!
Aug. 25, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST
Its gonna flop and I'll tell you why. Judge is too nice of a person to handle the claws of FOX. They fucked the man over and made Office Space an initial box office turkey only to have it turn into DVD/Video gold. The website is'nt up. There's no images other than those same TWO images that all the sites use. No trailer. No leaked footage. Nothing. I'm disappointed in Judge for trusting those assholes and not taking his talents elsewhere. I want to see this movie so bad I'll kill myself to see it.
Aug. 25, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST
Aug. 25, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST
I believe it was the first night of the 2005 Animation Show at the Nuart. Don Hetzfeldt, responding to a question about KING OF THE HILL, said "Why don't you ask Mike himself?" and he timidly put up his hand and waved from the very back of the room
Aug. 25, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST
by X-Ray Cat
The Arclight website (arclightcinemas.com) is now selling tickets for the only listed showtime, midnight on Friday morning/Thursday night. Just thought I'd let everyone know in case this a one-off showing that sells out...
Aug. 26, 2006, 3:36 a.m. CST
WHAT'S SO SWEET ABOUT TEXAS!?!?! A truly stupid question from someone who obviously has never been here. Where the hell are you from anyways, sweetheart? And, for the record, I'm looking forward to this movie...Mike Judge has proven himself time and time again as far as I'm concerned - even though Luke Wilson is kind of a douchebag.
Aug. 26, 2006, 5:23 a.m. CST
I ate the cover sheet with some mushrooms.
Aug. 27, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST
his films are A W E S O M E. Hollywood can't deal with someone who makes good films, but can't fill seats. It's all about the might dollar, not good movies.
Aug. 27, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST
Read this script about 3 years ago. Re-read it last night just to refresh my memory. It's simply a very bad script -- not funny. Read like a bad sitcom script -- just tries too hard. Fox is dead-right on this one. Bury it.
Aug. 27, 2006, 7:01 p.m. CST
Why is Fox wasting money distributing posters for this? One just went up at the Harkins in Flagstaff, AZ. It's not uncommon for them to put up posters for films they don't wind up showing, but why would Fox send them one? Harkins doesn't even own any theaters in those cities...they are almost all in Arizona.(They do have one in Southlake, TX, but I don't know where that is.)
Aug. 28, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST
Thank you to X-Ray Cat for telling me about Arclight. And to the guy who said that the script sucked, how funny is Office Space without the people behind it?
Aug. 28, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
Ironic considering the movie is about how society has been dumbed down over the next hundred years...which is incredibly true.
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