Friday, June 26, 2015

Movies! 6/26/15

A few years ago the Seth MacFarlane Machine transitioned from animated shows on Fox to feature length movies with "Ted."  It was an OK movie about a man and his teddy bear.  Notable was the cameo by "Flash Gordon" star Sam Jones as "Flash Gordon" star Sam Jones.

This time there promises to be more story and less dick and fart jokes as Ted tries to get married and have a baby.  Except he has to prove he's a person.  Which is probably like a metaphor for gay marriage or something.

On the other end of the spectrum you have "Max" which is a family movie about a Marine pooch whose owner dies and so the dog goes to live with the dead Marine's family.  Then it turns into "Iron Eagle" as a kid and his friends have to rescue his dad with the dog's help.

I'd expect "Jurassic World" to have another week at the top or for "Inside Out" to pass it.  The two combined for like $200 million last weekend; I guess a lot of people took their dads out to movies.  Next week is the oddly-titled "Terminator Genisys."  I'm not sure why they spell it the same as a credit union I got a car loan from 5 years ago--or for that matter why the credit union spells it that way.

Here's something I was thinking the other day:  I know I had complained why Disney released "Tomorrowland" on Memorial Day weekend and why no one else really tried to compete with it even though it was pretty weak.  Then I got thinking that back in 2012 when Disney bought Lucasfilm they announced the next Star Wars would be in May 2015, probably on that Memorial Day weekend.  So I guess once they decided to move Star Wars to December they pushed "Tomorrowland" into the hole and maybe by then the other studios had already scheduled all their blockbusters and didn't want to try to take advantage.

And now for a word from my sponsor:  me.  It has been about a week since I released the first book in a year under my P.T. Dilloway name, the Chances Are spin-off Another Chance.  I released it through Draft2Digital onto Apple, B&N, Kobo, and everywhere except Amazon.  So far there have been a grand total of 0 sales.  Meanwhile on Draft2Digital I've sold 4 copies of Eric Filler's Transformed Collection (the mega-sized omnibus of the first 22 books in the series).  At some point I have to finish editing the Kindle version of Another Chance and release it so maybe I might sell A copy at some point.

I was talking last Wednesday about Amazon's new way to calculate Kindle Unlimited earnings by pages read instead of books downloaded.  Since then I've finished two 38,000-word novellas.  So stick that in their pipe and smoke it.


  1. That's a good point about the release date for Tomorrowland. I'm sure those schedules are like a big chess board. Inside

  2. I never knew that about Tomorrowland and Star Wars.

  3. Well...I hope I hear of more sales on D2D. It's still early.



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