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Rupert Murdoch is obviously a very successful and smart man, so when I say that the old man's off his meds, I mean that with the utmost respect. If he really believes that he's going to swing the internet around to a model where everyone's paying for access to sites, I'd like to introduce him to 1996, where he'll be very happy. Check out what Murdoch had to say just before they served him applesauce and happy pills.
I know filmmakers who seem rabidly interested in audience response, and I know filmmakers who profess not to care what anyone thinks as long as they are happy with their film. I think it has to be some middle ground between those attitudes for a film to really work, but it's an interesting question, and Kim Voynar digs into it today.
Wanna see a new picture of Robert Downey Jr. in a partial Iron Man suit? People is happy to oblige you. It's cool not only as a first look at the sequel, but also as a look at how much of the suit is practical and how much is an effect in some shots.
An equally interesting question is "What movie most affected you, and how?" It's a great way of learning who someone is. The movies you love, the movies you internalize... they say a lot about your character and your values, even if you don't realize it. The more passionate you are about a film, the more revealing it is. Alice Jones of The Independent asked filmmakers and authors and politicians to talk about the films that defined them, and she got some great answers.
There are many, many, many reasons you should read Vern's summer movie preview, but I can best sum it up with one reason in particular: Jim Jarmusch Slurpee cups.
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