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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tuesday: 'Sicko' removed from YouTube ... Michael Moore OK with Piracy ... and More

- Cinematical has the definitive posting about Michael Moore's new doc 'Sicko' being posted on YouTube in 14 segments. (It was posted to BitTorrent, too.) The first few segments of the movie were seen by about 3000 people.

From the Hollywood Reporter coverage:

    "Every filmmaker intends for his film to be seen on the big screen," Moore said. "This wasn't a guy taking a video camera into a theater. This was an inside job, a copy made from a high-quality master and could potentially impact the opening weekend boxoffice. Who do you think benefits from that?"

    When asked about accusations that he may have leaked the film himself for publicity purposes, Moore scoffed at the notion:

    "Oh no. The (Weinstein) brothers are devastated."

But here's some video of Moore saying he's OK with piracy, as long as the person isn't doing it to make a profit. In the video, Moore says, "I make these books and movies and TV shows because want things to change, and so the more people who get to see them the better."

- On another topic, here's an LA Times report on niche programming at movie theaters during the daytime (mostly for kids). Piece focuses on Bigger Picture, a digital movie distributor in LA.

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