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I'm not going to comment on Sopranos yet.
Knocked Up was made for about $30M, from what I've read, and most of that was shot on sets in LA with two or three days' worth of shooting in Las Vegas. It's ultimately a point-and-shoot relationship comedy without a lot of complicated takes. I suspect a Pablo Escobar Biopic will be a little more ambitious technically.
It's probably equally silly of me to dissect a fictional movie production on a show that already asks us to suspend disbelief at times. Like, when Kevin Connolly dates Emanuelle Chiqri.
I can't believe we have reached the end of the Sopranos. It has been a long glorious journey.
Theoretically, none of that $30 million would need to go to marketing. Traditionally, marketing costs are handled by a film's distributor, not its producers. So I guess the idea would be to make the actual film for $30 million (not all that far-fetched, assuming that VC has agreed to appear for scale), and then auction it off to distributors once completed.
That being said, what I'm not buying is the idea that neither Ari nor E would have attempted to raise foreign money for production, by pre-selling the film (which, lest we forget, stars someone whose last movie broke box-office records) in various international territories. That would be step one.
It sounds like quibbling, I know. But one of "Entourage's" calling cards has been its supposed realism, its insider's look into Hollywood. And, a lot of the time, it is pretty believable, if exaggerated. That, to me, makes an episode like tonight's feel strange.
"Soprano's" was pretty good, though, wasn't it?
The Sopranos was OK. It moved slowly at the beginning, but accelerated nicely. Still not sure how they will wrap it up.
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