EXCELLENT op-ed courtesy of THR, one of the few entertainment outlets that doesn’t carry Hollywood’s water:
The two parties reacted very differently. Despite widespread opposition to SOPA from bloggers on the left, Democrats in Congress (and the administration) were reluctant to oppose the bill outright. The MPAA was not shy about reminding them that Hollywood has been a reliable source of funding for Democratic candidates, and that it would not tolerate defections.
But that very public message also reached another audience: Tea Party conservatives. Most of them had never given a second thought to intellectual property enforcement, but many had drawn support from conservative bloggers. They began to ask why they should risk the ire of their Internet supporters to rescue an industry that was happily advertising how much it hated them. Pretty soon, far more Republicans than Democrats had bailed on SOPA, and the Republican presidential candidates had all come out for what they called “Internet freedom.”
We’re just hating you back, Hollywood. And never forget that you assholes started it.
On principle, most of us opposed SOPA, but sticking it to Hollywood sure was a bonus.
This industry has blown all of its goodwill with 65% of the American people. Why in the word would we lift a finger to help them reap more of the profits they use to insult, ridicule, marginalize, and campaign against us? That would be no different than running to the side of the ACLU, DNC, Politico, Media Matters, or MSNBC.
They sided with the terrorists during the darkest days of the War on Terror, and now they can rot in hell.
I miss liking David Letterman. I was a fan going to back to when he had a daytime television show. Unbelievable what a creepy cretin he’s become.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo okays the selling of alcohol in some movie theatres. Well, that’s just great. Because alcohol doesn’t make people more talkative or anything.
Anything that keeps him away from the Bond franchise is a good thing.
Streaming, streaming, streaming…
What an exciting revolution to watch and to know the stodgy, stuffy, bigoted, entrenched, monopolistic studios are helpless to do anything about it is especially gratifying.
The “Dumb and Dumberer” vibe is strong with this one.
“We see growth in high margin Blu-ray sales as a net positive for the industry, and continue to look for Blu-ray and digital distribution to help offset declines in physical DVD sales,” Swinburne wrote, while noting that overall DVD declines will exceed Blu-ray gains. “We believe that consumers will continue to migrate to rental transactions (vs. sellthrough), due to the economy, convenience of kiosk and subscription channels, and an overall maturation of physical DVDs[.]”
What should terrify the industry is that Blu-ray is it. 3D is not the next evolution in home video, and the quality can’t improve past Blu-ray without a gimmick like 3D, which will be a hard sell, mainly because whatever that gimmick is will be a different viewing experience than what was originally intended with 99.9% of most titles.
Well, there is ONE more evolution: digital streaming, and we all know Hollywood’s terrified of that inevitability.
What was the middle thing again?
No one, and I mean no one, kisses celebrity butt like the L.A. Times. If there were an Olympic sport for such a thing, the L.A. Times would hold the Gold, Entertainment Weekly the Silver, and the celebrities themselves the Bronze.
Gosling has had TWO hit movies in his ENTIRE career and a lot of back up in one of them, “Crazy, Stupid Love.” Lemme guess; this is the next George Clooney and “30 Rock” the entertainment media creates their own reality around.
Once upon a time the MSM had the power to create stars. No more. We don’t like them any more than we do Hollywood.
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
The Dead Pool (1988) — Pretty amazing how different in tone and style this is from the first one. Cartoony, jokey — not at all serious or dark. Wasted opportunity, really.
SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR
COMING SOON TO HOME VIDEO
Lionsgate is proud to present Madonna: Truth or Dare, available for the first time on Blu-ray Disc on April 3rd, 2012.
Go backstage and under the covers with the musical and pop culture icon, Madonna, as Lionsgate debuts Miramax’s Madonna: Truth or Dare on Blu-ray Disc this April. See the Queen of Pop as never before – singer, dancer, sex goddess, businesswoman and den mother – in an up close and personal documentary chronicling Madonna’s 1990 “Blond Ambition Tour.” Presented for the first time with a stunning new 1080P High Definition transfer and 5.1 DTS Master Audio, Madonna: Truth or Dare, including the original theatrical trailer, premieres on Blu-ray Disc on April 3rd, just as Madonna makes her way back into the spotlight. With a Super Bowl half-time performance, a new album, tour and the launch of her “Truth or Dare” lifestyle brand, 2012 is destined to be the year of Madge. Madonna: Truth or Dare will also be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $9.98.
CLASSIC PICK FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
9:00 AM Night Of The Iguana, The (1964) — A defrocked priest surrenders to the sins of the flesh in a Mexican hotel. Dir: John Huston Cast: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr. BW-118 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format.
Much to choose from tomorrow, but if you’re looking for something unfairly forgotten and a little offbeat, you could do worse. Ava is not only beautiful, though that hardness that comes with alcoholism is starting to show, her performance is simply superb. Ava was much more than just a pretty face.
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