From Private Parts to Sirius to AGT

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  1. BringBackJackie

    BringBackJackie Well-Known Member Banned User

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    The box office numbers say it all, out of the box big and then a fast fade. Just like Wig only making ONE performance-based benchmark for Sirius, just like the ratings dropped at AGT after Wig replaced Piers Morgan

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    From Private Parts to Sirius to AGT: A retrospective of hot, wet garbage.
     
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    BethSucks Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Keep in mind it cost about $7 to see a movie in 1997 so about 6 million saw it. Even if only his listeners went to see it, 2 out of 3 at the time passed. It was #56 for the year behind such classics as Soul Plane and Bean. No matter how it's spun it's a fail.
     
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    TallTyrion Triggered like a mofo

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    Robin, my movie was brought out too early or too late to compete for any major awards that year. Just poor timing Robin.....Robin?
     
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    Benjamen Well-Known Member

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    I posted a thread on this a month ago, but there is overwhelming evidence that the poor box office performance of Private Parts killed Rysher Entertainment, the company that funded its budget. Rysher expected Private Parts to be the next Wayne's World at the box office [$183 million domestic], but Howard assured everyone Private Parts would be even bigger. In a span of just four months, Rysher's media coverage went from: "Rysher Entertainment, which entirely financed the [$28 million] comedy, is sorely in need of a hit" on the day of the release of Private Parts to "the film will have an uphill battle overseas, where Stern is virtually unknown" to "After three prolific but unprofitable years in the feature film business, Rysher Entertainment is calling it quits. ... The move will result in the elimination of about 40 full-time positions, mainly among feature production and marketing executives and support staff."

    Private Parts made about $41 million dollars in the US -- a far cry from the $180-million-plus that Howard predicted. And if a $41 million gross on a movie with a budget of $28 million sounds good to you, then consider this: His 1993-94 New Year's Eve pay-per-view special alone grossed upwards of $40 million -- and there's no way that budget was over a million.

    This is why Howard always refers to Paramount Pictures, the film's distributor, and not Rysher, the company that financed and was then killed by the film, when he talks about Private Parts.
     
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    Jungle 2 Jungle beat Private Parts opening.
     
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    Great write up. Bottom line is it was not a disaster; nor was it a major hit. Most important, it had no cultural impact whatsoever. It is telling that from 1997-present, only one of his other production-oriented projects saw the light of day: Son of the Beach. This is why he is all about the AGT/SIRIUS money at this point: his footprint will never be any bigger than it was in 1997, and that kills him. Howard never crossed over into Dick Cavett or Bob Hope territory, where they were able to transition from entertainer to major executive producer. He is just a paid hand--a salary man--when all is said and done.
     
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    :jj: you guys are such sad sack losers.

    Remember in 1997 stern was in maybe 20 markets at the time. Private Parts was a legitimately good movie. You los errrrrr I mean haters come off as such whiney brats when you try to rewrite history.
     
  9. Benjamen

    Benjamen Well-Known Member

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    I'm leaning towards Private Parts was a disaster. It cost $28 million to make and took in $41 million. That's a profit of about $13 million dollars (and that's probably being generous). To put that into perspective in Howard's life: His Florida house that he doesn't even visit cost him $52 million dollars, and Beth's closet renovation budget was an additional $10 million. So if you took the profits of Private Parts the movie, you could buy just 20% of Howards second vacation house.
     
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    Benjamen Well-Known Member

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    Where is history being rewritten in this thread? All of these figures and quotes are fact-based.
     
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    How are facts an attempt to rewrite history?

    Benjamin can and has backed up every post with documented facts and figures. It's indesputable evidence. It is you who constantly try to rewrite history everytime someone ecposes your hero for the fraud that he is. You are Stern68 minus the wit and humor.
     
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    Divorce Chicken Willy one plunge VIP

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    This is BS. By the mid-90s Stern was a well know national figure having appeared as Fartman on the 1992 MTV Awards, numerous appearances on Letterman and Leno and a nightly E! show.
     
  13. baltimore mike

    baltimore mike Well-Known Member POTY The Bar Gold

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    It was all about allison
     
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    Take it easy Ralph. Just keep shaving wiggy's belly. The movie was a bomb. The $25 million dollar budget doesn't include advertising, which means it probably lost money. His marriage was failing at the same time he was making a movie about how in love he and his wife were. In that respect it was a hilarious comedy. People in scientology are envious of how delusional you are.
     
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    Sorry but I think its a bit of an exaggeration to say Private Parts alone killed that company. Aside from Kingpin, every film they produced was garbage.
     
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    Private Parts was supposed to be their blockbuster. In his daily, year-long promotion of the film, Howard made a point of saying on the air that Private Parts would outperform Wayne's World's $180 million at the box office (it's documented for posterity in the book Howard Stern: A to Z). Here's why he chose to compare it to Wayne's World, of all movies. From a 1995 LA Times article:

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    One problem, say those close to the project, is that Stern not only wants to make a hit movie, but desperately wants to wow the critics. So, while Rysher Entertainment, which is bankrolling the movie (Rysher has foreign distribution rights and Savoy Pictures has domestic rights), would like nothing better than to make another "Wayne's World," Stern would like the movie to be another "Lenny," the acclaimed 1974 film about the late comedian Lenny Bruce. Neither Stern nor Rysher officials would comment for this story.

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    Rysher was definitely unhealthy at the time of Private Parts' release. Private Parts could've earned $180 million and saved them, or direly underperformed and finished them off for good. It did the latter.