CHICAGO, July 25, 2011—Lipstick-wearing pitbulls everywhere, get ready to pop your champagne corks; Palin Power has done it again.
To the chagrin of Hollywood industry skeptics and Palin-haters alike, it was another big weekend for “The Undefeated.” In its opening weekend July 15-17 in limited theatrical release in 10 cities, the Stephen Bannon-directed film has defied expectations selling out showings to score an average $6500 per screen and more than $11,000 per screen in top markets.
Predictably, the mainstream media have been on the attack. Gunning for the film at every turn. Using every headline to pepper the news cycle with innuendo.
“Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in
Other outlets have taken their potshots as well. Entertainment Weekly proclaimed, “Sarah Palin’s ‘The Undefeated’: We saw it so you don’t have to.” Huffington Post chimed in, “Box Office Bomb: Sarah Palin and the Failure of ‘The Undefeated.’”
But we aren’t talking Captain
After a five-city expansion, the film made its
This is the Sarah Palin documentary, right? Remember, Sarah Palin? The hockey mom of five whom comedian Bill Maher referred to “inbred weirdos straight out of ‘Hills Have Eyes.’” The former Alaskan governor woman liberal progressives love to hate?
Sunday’s left-leaning Chicago Sun-Times led its story coverage with a post-film recap called, “Film Drives a Stake into ‘Caribou Barbie’ for one Dem.” The “one Dem” was Eddie Bryant, a retired 67-year old Union Pacific employee of African American-descent. “People say this lady is brainless,” said Bryant. “She’s not only smart, but she’s a clean-government person. I gained respect for her.” And Bryant’s not the only one.
Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, a passionate political liberal, called the film “A Documentary for Palin Lovers.” A powerful industry voice, Ebert could have maligned the film; he didn’t. If Hollywood hasn’t uttered a collective “wow” by now, it should.
After years of Palin-bashing, these cracks in the mainstream media plaster would seem to be an anomaly. But they are not. Even last week’s Newsweek cover story on Palin had a kinder, gentler take on the former governor giving conservatives a serious case of whiplash.
Director Stephen Bannon isn’t surprised about the film’s unusual success, which he attributes to the unique charisma of Gov. Palin and the rise of the Tea Party as a legitimate ground-up movement.
“I just think the rise of the Tea Party movement as epitomized by Governor Palin is one of the most important stories of our time and I want to be the guy that tells the story of it,” says Bannon. “This is my fourth film related to the Tea Party movement and I will keep making them because I think it is a major turning point in our country’s history.”
But there’s more.
In addition to a continued theatrical expansion, ARC Entertainment has just announced plans for a multi-platform roll-out of “The Undefeated.” Starting Sept. 1 with Direc TV, DISH Network, and Time Warner cable, the film will be available in 75 million homes via Pay-Per-View and Video on Demand access backed by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign. The DVD will launch Oct. 4 at retailers nationwide. A “Special Edition” DVD with new content will be sold exclusively through Walmart stores.
“Since the film opened in select markets across the country on July 15th we have been inundated with requests from people wanting the film to be made available in their market, said Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of ARC Entertainment.
“It’s very exciting,” says Bannon.
Could it be that the some in the mainstream media are finally learning to accept Tea Party power and its challenge to the politics of the past? Or are they - the media - just now getting wise to how Palin and the Tea Party movement could be the ultimate thorn in the establishment GOP’s side?
Whatever the case may be, does Bannon think this political discussion is exactly what
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- Fans arrive at the Gene Siskel Film Center for the premiere.
- Bill Maher is performing right across the street from the premiere.
- Now playing
- Fans eagerly wait in line for "The Undefeated."
- Director Stephen Bannon greets fans.
- William Kelly mingles with Palin fans.
- Palin t-shirts ready to go.
- Fans sport Palin buttons galore.
- Film critic Roger Ebert and other Chicago media attend the premiere.
- The film premiere was sponsored by the Kelly Truth Squad.
- The Q & A session begins.
- Director Stephen Bannon and film organizer William J. Kelly
- Attendees have questions for Director Stephen Bannon
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