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Piracy on the High Sees: The Devaluation of Content

“You should come over one night,” said the man in the nice blue (and somewhat expensive looking) sweatshirt. “I have about 300 films I’ve downloaded.”

He laughed and then told me he hadn’t paid for even one… that he has some back channel way of getting them from a site that grabs them off of cable VOD services. And, he continued,“they look great… all in HD”!

“Don’t you think that’s thievery?” I asked

“No,” he said. “They’re there for the taking”.

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Wikileaks has released Sony emails, and there are many plump pickings.  They discuss anti-Russian propaganda under the guise of countering propaganda. Typical.

This is interesting. They do call actors “meat puppets,” after all.

US State Department flunkie to Sony:

…We have already started to think through ways your superstars could potentially help amplify some of the great work US Embassy Paris is doing.  We’d love to include Sony names in events here, either as guests or performers, and would love the opportunity to leverage their popularity to promote the President’s priorities and agenda overseas.

I’ve cc’d my Senior Advisor for Partnerships, Alan Fitts, on this email.  You may actually know him – he worked for the First Lady for the first term of the Administration, and then was most recently the White House Liaison to the State Department.  He is going to be leading a lot of the efforts here to bridge private companies with Embassy and Administration programs.  I am hoping you may be able to speak with him or connect him with the right folks from your team.  I’d love to kick off an active dialogue with Sony, and together find creative ways to do good work (and have some fun along the way).

Empire is so fun.

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Chris Rock: “It’s a White Industry”

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This could be the future.  The level of interaction in APP is likely minimal.  Truthfully, it just looks like a big dumb vehicle to try this concept out.  In the future, who knows?

 

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Six top directors discuss vision, battling with actors and the MPAA.

Which sex scenes did the MPAA force Lisa Cholodenko to cut for The Kids Are All Right? Why hasn’t Peter Weir made a studio film since 2003? And does David O. Russell really regret feuding with George Clooney on the set of Three Kings? Those were among the hot topics at the final roundtable in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual series. Cholodenko, Weir (The Way Back), Russell (The Fighter), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) got together Nov. 13 for an hourlong discussion at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood.