Should Wikipedia Articles Contain Movie Spoilers?

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The NYTimes has an interesting piece up today about whether Wikipedia should contain movie spoilers in its articles. The Times holds up two exemplars of the trend: the Wikipedia articles for Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap and the recently-released documentary Catfish. Is the online encyclopedia justified in including every single plot detail of every movie its contributors care to write about?
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New York Magazine has an awesome seven page cover story on David Fincher‘s The Social Network. If you’re not yet excited for the movie you should check it out. If you’re already excited for the film, the article is a must read.

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You might not recognize Fred Fox Jr‘s name, but he is the screenwriter credited for writing the now-infamous “Hollywood 3″ episode of Happy Days which involved Henry Winkler as Fonzie waterskiing over a shark. The term “Jump The Shark”, coined by Jon Hein (now of the Howard Stern Show), refers to the precise moment when a television series went downhill. Thirty three years after the episode aired on television, and twenty years after the term entered the pop culture lexicon, Fox has come forward to defend his work.
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Website Spotlight: Is it Real 3D or Fake 3D?

Avatar made billions of dollars, and Hollywood has gone 3D crazy. Studio executives are rushing films shot with traditional film cameras into a post production conversion process which looks horrible. And the consumers have begun to notice the extreme difference between “real 3D” movies and “fake 3D” movies. But how does one figure out if the latest feature film release is real or post converted? Someone has created a website titled “Is it Real 3D or Fake 3D” which features a simple and handy list of 3D releases, categorized under “Real” and “Fake”. I wish they included more information about the releases, but I think the simple list is very useful at a quick glance.

Should IMDB Display Age Listings?

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The Wrap is reporting that the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) is embroiled in a controversy over whether or not to list ages in its database. Several influential Hollywood guilds, led by the Writers Guild of America, West, are trying to get members the right to remove their birth dates from IMDB. IMDB, though, isn’t too keen on the idea.
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The Guardian has a regular feature called “The Film That Changed My Life“, which featured film directors talking about the movie that inspired their art. The latest edition features Brick/The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson talking about Federico Fellini’s 8½:
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U.S. Copyright Group’s plans to sue people for downloading films via Bittorrent has not gone as smoothly as planned. Progress on some of its initial lawsuits has been stymied by Time Warner Cable, and other cable companies might also cause problems. But as of this writing, it is still planning on moving forward with a new round of lawsuits for people who illegally watched The Hurt Locker. These latter lawsuits are backed by Voltage Pictures, the company that financed the film.

Now, a recent e-mail by Voltage producer and president Nicolas Chartier reveals what he really thinks about the lawsuits. Specifically, if you disagree with Voltage’s tactics, you’re a moron, and he hopes your family and your kids end up in jail for stealing.

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Those of us who live in major cities may have been fortunate enough, at one point or another, to happen upon a movie in the process of being filmed. The near-universal reaction is understandable: most people will whip out a camera and try to take a picture or shoot a short video. If you’re lucky, you may get footage of an action scene or a major star.

You might think that it is perfectly legal to film an event taking place in a public place in broad daylight. But after an innocuous video of the Transformers 3 shoot was abruptly pulled from Youtube, it is clear that according to Paramount Pictures’ legal department, you are violating copyright.
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