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Twitter Ban

Folks in Hollywood are going to have to mind more than their P’s and Q’s as studios are starting to crack down on employees using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to curb information leaking out ahead of schedule.

Some studios have already begun the crackdown with Disney including clauses in their contracts citing “interactive media such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other interactive social network or personal blog” as a means for breaching confidentially. DreamWorks is another studio to jump on the social network clampdown by cautioning their employees not to circumvent (“cirsumvent” – Gob Bluth) the company’s press releases through the use of “a social networking site, blog or other Internet-type site.”


This is not too surprising with Twitter allowing one person the possibility to instantly reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people with breaking news, minutes from when it occurred. Some recent news announced on Twitter include Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) announcing her departure from American Idol, Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) revealing Ben Silverman leaving NBC and Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) confirming that one of the main cast of Heroes will be killed off.

There was also a flurry of news reports hitting the net after young actor Tim Pocock, who played Cyclops in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, tweeted that he’d be off to work on X-Men: First Class after production on his Australian TV show finishes in February, 2010. Once word had spread everywhere, Pocock posted a retraction, stating it was all a cruel prank.

While news leaks may be one reason to curb celebrity Tweeting, the misinterpretation of information might be another as two weeks ago the creator for the hit FOX drama Bones, Hart Hanson (@HartHanson), tweeted; “First time in ‘Bones’ history we are shut down from production. Damn swine flu!” What started as a joke quickly turned into anything but as news outlets quickly picked up the story, reporting it as fact. This caused Hanson to return to Twitter to clarify that while the show was shut down because of the flu, it was not of the pork variety.

Hollywood seems to be of two minds in regards to the use of social networking sites, even when under the same corporate umbrella with the Disney side looking to crack down with contract clauses while the television side, ABC, encourages their stars to Twitter, even publishing the tweets on the networks website.

Still, if we’ve learned anything about the internet, it’s that if information wants to get out, there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Especially if you’re angry that you’re show has been canceled without even a single episode making it to air. Such as Southland star, Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz).

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Who are some of your favorite celebrity Twitterers? I’d tell you mine, but I’m a little embarrassed because some of them aren’t as manly as MythBusters Adam Savage (@donttrythis) and Grant Imahara (@GrantImahara).

I’ll give you a hint – it rhymes with Bristin Bhenoweth (cough – @KCHENOWETH – cough)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter [via: Cinema Blend]

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September 2, 2009 |  5:42 pm

Megan fox

Let’s be frank. I’m not sure if Megan Fox, the sultry starlet of “Transformers” fame, actually knows all that much about Hitler, other than the fact that he had a mustache, makes a brief appearance for some reason in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and — if you believe various right-wing nut-jobs — seems to have promoted a healthcare plan back in the 1930s that was a lot like the one the Democrats are trying to ram through Congress this year. (OK, I’m not actually sure Fox knows that last part at all.)

But having been on a few movie sets in recent years, Fox sure knows a Type A dictatorial personality type when she sees one, which must be why in this new interview with Wonderland magazine, she decided to compare “Transformers” director Michael Bay to the notoriously madcap leader of the Third Reich. (The interview with Fox was actually designed to promote her upcoming fall release, “Jennifer’s Body,” but why talk about yet another bloody horror-comedy thriller when you can wax eloquent about Michael Bay.)

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 At any rate, as Fox puts it: “[Michael] wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. It’s endearing to watch him. He’s so vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set, he’s a tyrant.” 

Hmmmm: hopelessly awkward, vulnerable, no social skills and a nightmare to work for. Actually, what boy wonder filmmaker from the past 40 years does that description not apply to? 

Photo of Megan Fox by Matt Sayles / AP

Photo of Michael Bay by Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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I'd been wondering for a while whatever happened to "The Maiden Heist," an offbeat comedy about a trio of museum guards who steal a batch of their favorite art. Financed by Bob Yari, the maverick producer who won an Oscar for "Crash," the film stars Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden, who have a raft of Oscar wins and nominations among them. 

The film is finally coming out Oct. 27 — but only at your local video store, not at your local multiplex. NPR's Cory Turner recently did a nice in-depth piece about how the movie crashed and burned even before it made it to market. The story is well worth a read, since it offers a perfect example of how calamitous the current Hollywood business model is for indie films. According to Turner, Yari had planned to distribute the film himself but then ran into financial difficulties (his distribution wing recently declared bankruptcy). Yari tried to drum up interest from various studio distributors but found no takers, largely because he'd already sold the film's DVD and pay-TV rights to Sony.

The real rub, as indie filmmakers have discovered in recent years, is that it costs nearly as much to market a film as it does to make it. "Maiden Heist," for example, was made for $20 million but clearly needed nearly another $20 million to be properly marketed in a theatrical release. Needless to say, there aren't many distributors willing to plunk down that kind of money for a film that — despite its classy lineup of top actors — has relatively limited commercial potential. 

It's why I always end up wondering each year what happened to some of the delightful little movies I saw at the Toronto Film Festival that never ended up seeing the light of day. "Maiden Heist" has its own set of special issues, largely owing to the involvement of Yari, who has burned a lot of bridges around town in the last few years by over-promising and under-delivering the goods.

But the lesson here is pretty simple: It's no longer enough to simply round up the financing for a film. In today's brutal, bottom-line environment, you need to have a plausible marketing strategy — and plenty of moolah behind it — before you start dreaming about your big opening weekend.

That is, unless you want to have your big movie opening at Wal-Mart.

Photo of William H. Macy, left, Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken in "The Maiden Heist" from the Yari Film Group.

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