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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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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When authority figures unequivocally apologize for wrongs they have inflicted upon people, it can help accelerate the healing process. Maybe the same can be true for celebrities and their apologies too.

While at the Cannes film festival promoting Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Shia LaBeouf let loose about his thoughts on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Guess what? He wasn’t a huge fan of the movie either. Hit the jump for some of his damning quotes.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert has been extremely vocal of his dislike of 3D movies. This time he’s even venturing outside his home at the Chicago Sun-Times to write an op-ed piece for Newsweek titled “Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)”.

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Is Constantin Film Taking Down Hitler Parodies?

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Many of us have at one point enjoyed the seeing Hitler scream at some random object or wrath in a re-subtitled scene from Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Der Untergang (Downfall). Even the director has confirmed that he enjoys the meme, saying that “The point of the film was to kick these terrible people off the throne that made them demons, making them real and their actions into reality…I think it’s only fair if now it’s taken as part of our history, and used for whatever purposes people like.” With detailed specs of Apple’s next iPhone leaked yesterday, a host of self-styled comedians attempted to upload new versions of the parody onto Youtube, presumably to depict the furious verbal storm at Apple headquarters. However, Constantin Film, the German film production and distributor behind Downfall, has apparently had enough.
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