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Refn Proves How Smart He is By Agreeing WIth Me

Refn: Yes, Hollywood Has Women All Wrong

Refn Proves How Smart He is By Agreeing WIth Me

Cult director Nick Refn ("Valhalla Rising," "Bronson") stopped in Philly recently to talk about "Drive," his new Ryan Gosling thriller.

I asked him about my theory that Hollywood, in its pursuit of the male demo 18-35, seems to be ignoring an apparent goldmine -- movies that have an all-ages appeal to women. He said it rings true, based on his personal experience. One of the first projects he pitched to Hollywood, he said, was a movie built around a female character -- he was told it wouldn't get funded, because it wouldn't make money.

That industry position gets harder to argue when you have a movie like "The Help" clobbering all comers at the box office, as it continues to do. Second straight week at number one, nearing $100 million, made for a reported $25 million. Compare than, say, to the new "Conan," dying an awful death, a movie that cost $16 million and will be lucky to make $20 million.

Low-budgets, large returns, robust week-to-week audiences -- the phenomenon we've seen with "Blind Side" and "Bridesmaids." Refn said he'd throw in "Black Swan," which topped $100 million.

Refn's movie opens in a few weeks -- his full interview will run then.  

 

Gary Thompson Daily News Film Critic
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Gary Thompson is the Daily News film critic. Reach Gary at thompsg@phillynews.com.

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