Daily Archives: 05/10/2012

Kevin Smith on piracy

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“I try to give away as much as possible. At SModcast.com, we’ve got thousands of hours of my best work, as well as the funniest shit you’ll ever hear: My true life’s work. And we give it away free.”

More over at Techdirt.com.

Fabulously foul-mouthed auteur Kevin Smith’s not wrong – I’m a long-time fan of Smith’s work and I’ve often found episodes of his Smodcast or “Hollywood Babble-On” podcasts far funnier than many a screen comedy that I’ve been expected to pay for (and even Smith’s own work – I couldn’t make it through the ghastly, wholly unfunny section of Cop Out when I rented it).

Hollywood’s preferred model of punishing people who pay to see movies by front-loading movie screenings with adverts, treating regular consumers as potential thieves with anti-piracy ads on DVDs and Blu-Rays and concentrating on reboots, rehashes and tv show adaptations has been biting it in the ass for quite a few years now, so its fun to see that one of its own sons actually gets the fact that changes to the Hollywood model are long overdue and might actually save it from going the same way as the recorded music industry.

The internet isn’t the enemy – it should be a partner or a vital distribution channel, but as long as Hollywood insists on  not doing the work and expecting to reap rewards for its inaction, things are only going to get worse for Big Media…

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UK government to end dual rating system for games.

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In what seems to be an outbreak of common sense, the British government has elected to do away with the two tier rating system for video games and just go with the Europe-wide PEGI system (cue some otherwise ignored Tory back-bencher trying to get some media traction by claiming this leaves us at the whims of the EU and all manner of depravity being forced upon our kids).

Previously some titles fell under the auspices of the British Board of Film Classification which led to multiple ratings on games boxes – and that won’t do, as having to read two boxes which tell you that the game you’re buying is for adults is only going to cut into time that many parents reserve for allowing their offspring to do whatever they want without fear of admonishment or, you know, actual parenting.

So, when clueless Mum and Dad go to Tesco and buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2″ for little Darren this November, they’ll have one less graphic on the box to remind them that they’re ineffectual halfwits and can spend that extra half-second of reading time on ignoring health warnings on their ready meals and supermarket special boxes of Lager.

Still, it might shut up professional irritant, charisma vacuum and British MP Keith Vaz for ten seconds, so we can at least be grateful for that…

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Acts of Gods

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“Put it on my tab….”

It’s good to know that somebody out there is considering the important stuff, per this story at SFX today – the damage caused by the climactic battle in “The Avengers” would have cost some poor soul $160 billion to make good.

A sum, of course, that is likely mere walking-around money for a Billionaire philanthropist superhero playboy such as Tony Stark, but more of a concern to the rest of us.

Why, it’s almost as much damage as two blokes in a car managed to accrue in the climactic car apocalypse in “Fast Five”…

This piece from TV Tropes on the concept of Hero Insurance makes for intriguing reading in that regard…

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Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End” to shoot in September?

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Per Deadline’s story, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will reunite for the third in the loose trilogy which began with Shaun of the Dead and continued with Hot Fuzz, with shooting expected to start in September and a Spring 2013 release pencilled in.

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What this means for the heavily rumoured, Wright-helmed Ant Man movie is anybody’s guess – will we get a Guardians of the Galaxy” (that’s them pictured above) movie instead in 2014 or the equally long talked-up Doctor Strange film to bolster the cosmic side of the Marvel movie universe?

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