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 In a summer full of big blockbuster movies, adaptations, sequels and threequels, you would think that Hollywood would have made some record scratch. Not so! According to the AP, attendance is running behind last summer’s and has even fallen below that of the summer of 2005. According to Media By Numbers, 279 million tickets had been sold thus far compared with 315 million at this same point in 2002.  But this is not what was supposed to happen. Industry analysts predicted the first $4 billion summer in history,  but we’re at the midway point and it’s not looking probable. As of this past weekend, Hollywood has made $1.9 billion since the first weekend in May. And $945 million of that number comes from just three movies (Pirates 3, Spider-Man 3, and Shrek the Third).

And there are a few biggies waiting in the bull pen: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Bourne Ultimatum, Rush Hour 3, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, The Simpsons Movie and Hairspray. But as you might notice, most of them are medium sized majors, not on the same level with a Spider-Man 3. Potter is likely to make $300 million domestically, but the rest probably won’t come close.

May-be the problem is that none of the huge releases really connected with the audiences. Most of the films resulted with bad reviews and bad word of mouth. And the good flicks (Ratatouille, Once, Sicko) got buried in the mix.

Once PosterOn Thursday May 17th, we had the chance to speak to director John Carney and stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova about the new india musical Once. At Sundance this year, Once was one of the most talked about films. However we missed it at the festival. We finally caught the film before the San Francisco International Film Festival and loved it. It’s so wonderful, yet so hard to describe. Is it a musical? Is it a love story? We decided to ask the people who would know the answer.

[audio:http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/interviews/once.mp3]

Running Time: 29 minutes

Timecode Chapter Guide:

0:25 Is This a Musical? “Calling it a musical is probably the worst thing you can do!”
3:00 It Started with a Conversation at a Concert…
4:40 “The Music was easy, that’s what we do.”
5:45 The difficult part was the shooting hours
6:10 Trusting John to get a real performance
6:45 Working with Non-actor Performers
8:15 The Top 5 Movies of All Time
12:30 Improving vs. Script
14:30 Returning to the Street to Perform
15:00 Hiding the Cameras, Trying Not to be Noticed
16:15 The Street Scene that Went Wrong
18:30 Once: The Play?
19:45 Filming Handheld Means No Permits
20:10 A Once Sequel?
21:45 John Carney wants to Remake Guys and Dolls Like The Sopranos
23:30 A Big Hollywood Remake?
26:10 The Collaborative Process Behind The Screenplay/Music

The OFFICIAL Once Movie Trailer

OnceWe’ve told you about Once. We posted the movie poster a couple days ago, and the production photos and indie trailer the week before that. Fox Searchlight has finally released the official movie trailer, complete with critic quo-tables. It’s funny how the finished studio edit looks so much more professional than the independent cut.

A modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band “The Frames,” Once tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story. Fox purchased the film at Sundance this year. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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