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Sun, Apr. 5th, 2009 | 08:59 pm  ‏‏␦ uncomfortable slavezombie

FoxNews.com columnist`s status unclear

So what is the difference between web surfing and watching TV? It was quite some time ago when I heard that movies were heading in a direction that would comprise a film of nothing more than clips of scenes put together in a montage fashion much the way that a continuing series, like Dollhouse, Big love and True blood, might precede the start of a new show with bits and pieces of the previous episode. As I sit and watch Showtime's The Tudors for the first time, it takes four long minutes of these short clips to fill me in on where the story last left off.

A couple weeks ago there was a news report on how a pirate copy of the upcoming film WOLVERINE had found it's way on-line. The FBI and MPAA were on the case to track down who was responsible of this outrageous copyright infringement. So far, I haven't heard a thing (not that I care).

News Corp. amended its statement, adding that Fox News had "promptly terminated Mr. Friedman."

But had it? Contacted Sunday, Friedman would not comment except to say, "Reports of my death have been extremely exaggerated."
FoxNews.com columnist's status unclear

As a result of the unfinished WOLVERINE copy, some on-line film critics have written reviews, but as a result of this outspokeness, the movie critic has lost his job. While the Fox network has issued statements along the lines of Fox News being a separate entity from us, in the end it seems that the fox411 columnist has been let go. What I have learned here is this: there is a black market on the Internet in which law abiding citizens have free access to as long as they are quiet about it. While this incident may not seem typical of censorship in the media, the outcome of the legalities may indeed shed a different light.

I believe this whole heartedly because journalism is about continuation. When you pick up a newspaper and begin to read a news article on page one, it continues on page 12 or 13. When you hear a developing report on TV or radio, it isn't until the criminal is captured or the autopsy report is complete that the story ends. But if a criminal is captured, and he recounts other crimes he has committed in the past for leniency, whether or not these previously forgotten crimes, murders, robberies are connected to the criminal in the media, the common reader/news watcher does not. Although it might be fun to blot the many crime locations on a map with details of description, dates, etc. I'm not going to link captured criminals with the many unsolved crime stories I've seen or read. That's crazy.

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David Blackwell


from: enterlinemedia
date: Mon, Apr. 6, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)

I'm on the fence about a journalist being canned or not over this (I can bring up arguements for both sides). However, I do err on the side of caution and I think FoxNews shouldn't have removed the review. They should have put a spin on it and played it up for their benefit and keep the journalist on.

As much as the film was leaked out, I think downloading is very easy. I'm not one much for it because I rather see a movie in theaters or on DVD. Downloading has got out of control. I do hope the one who leaked it does get caught and arrested (in addition to losing his job). I want to make my own movies and personally I don't want someone to leak a film before it is supposed to come out and definitely not without my permission. Also it does lead to a film losing out on potentional revenue with downloading.

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Bier de Stone


from: slavezombie
date: Mon, Apr. 6, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)

I agree as far as losing recognition for credit on a movie some insider takes the liberty to pirate illegally, as well as the points you choose to express on the politics of journalism. I don't know if an unfinished film even contains the "FBI warning" at the beginning of the movie at the stage in which WOLVERINE was uploaded to the Internet. What I do know is movies like that, very likely headed in a beeline for a PG13 rating, are predictable plots; and it's my opinion that a journalist who takes it upon himself to review an unfinished film says a lot about movies that stretch out the ending, beyond forever. This is one of the reasons I stay away from PG13.

I like to watch films after they're completed too. If a film is great, the DVD is essential for their special features, but until I know for sure, the only incentive that impels me to pay $14.00 at the box office is if somebody I like has a part in the movie. WOLVERINE flicks, however, tend to render this rule of thumb null and void.

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