It's officially only the second weekend of the summer movie season, and already a movie is opening without its being shown to critics in advance -- a fate usually reserved for dregs of the season that are tossed out in late August or early September. The movie is Priest , starring Paul Bettany -- and if it's as bad as most of the people who have seen it say it is, then it could set a new record low at the box office for a 3D film. (It was quickly converted from the original 2D, probably in the hope that the 3D surcharge would lift it into profitability.) It opened in the U.K. last weekend, and judging by the reviews in the London press, Sony/Screen Gems was probably correct in its decision not to show it to critics here. In the London Daily Mirror , writer David Edwards delivered an apology to John Travolta for once calling his Battlefield Earth possibly the worst film ever made. "Drab, eye-rollingly stupid and with noisy effects designed to drown out audience snores, Priest is just about as bad as it gets," Edwards wrote. Tim Robey's review in the Telegraph was only slightly less disparaging. "Clawing away under its 3D dinge and slick but desensitizing effects, the movie is deadly, even when it's cool -- a comic-book adaptation ruthlessly shorn of the word 'comic,'" he wrote. Box office forecasters are predicting that Priest will earn about $10 million this weekend. Bridesmaids, the only other film opening wide, will likely open in second or third place with $15-20 million on the strength of solid reviews and alternative appeal. No. 1, the forecasters agree, will be the second week of Thor, with about $25-30 million, which would put its total beyond the $100 million mark. The film has been doing solid mid-week business, averaging about $5 million per day domestically. In its third week, Fast Five is likely to remain in second place with $15-20 million. Not all the art-house fare is being screened in Cannes this weekend. Opening in limited release are Hesher with Natalie Portman, Everything Must Go with Will Ferrell, Skateland with Ashley Greene and the martial-arts action flick True Legend. .
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J.D. Shapiro's treatment became the film that was voted the Worst Movie of the Decade at the recent Golden Raspberry Awards, and now the writer has spoken of his shame in an open letter in the New York Post.
The screenwriter states, "Let me start by apologizing to anyone who went to see Battlefield Earth. It wasn't as I intended - promise. No one sets out to make a train wreck. Actually, comparing it to a train wreck isn't really fair to train wrecks, because people actually want to watch those."
Shapiro goes on to explain he met top Church of Scientologist official Karen Hollander at an event and she invited him to turn the religion's founder L. Ron Hubbard's books into movies. Shortly afterwards, he met with Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston - both Scientologists.
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Berry shocked film fans when she graciously arrived on stage, clutching her ACADEMY AWARD, to collect her Worst Actress RAZZIE at the Los Angeles ceremony. Catwoman won four accolades, including Worst Director for PITOF, Worst Picture and Worst Screenplay.
Berry said, "Oh my gosh, oh my God. I never in my life thought that I would be here, winning a Razzie. It's not like I ever aspired to be here, but thank you.
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The sci-fi film, which was based on the writings of Scientology founder L RON HUBBARD, has been dubbed among the worst films ever made.
But SAVING PRIVATE RYAN star Pepper, who played JONNIE GOODBOY TYLER in the movie, insists the film would have been much better if Travolta hadn't taken such a huge fee.
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