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Dennis Benjamin
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http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2005-06-23/#3

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This is the normal routine for Speilberg when one of his movies turns out to be a dud. I remember this from Jurassic Park 2.

Article:

Film Critics Barred From Mars

New York film critics have been barred from tonight's (Thursday) premiere of Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, leading New York Times columnist Campbell Robertson to wax poetic -- Yeatsian, really -- to speculate whether the snub might have something to do with star Tom Cruise's Scientology beliefs, or last weekend's incident in which a bogus reporter squirted him with a phony microphone, or his bizarre behavior on Oprah Winfrey's talk show. ("The press lacks all conviction, while TOM CRUISE/Is full of passionate intensity, /Really, really passionate intensity.") Meanwhile, film critics in Germany threatened Wednesday to boycott War of the Worlds if they are required to sign an agreement not to publish a review before its June 29 release date in that country. While an informal agreement exists between U.S. critics and studios to withhold publication of reviews of new movies until the day of their premieres, no such agreement exists in Germany. In a statement released Wednesday, the Association of German Film Critics said that the studio demand represents "scandalous P.R." and "obstructs the press from its constitutionally guaranteed rights."

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Jeremy Fuentes
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quote: article writer
film critics in Germany threatened Wednesday to boycott War of the Worlds
I fail to see how this could hurt the movie in anyway....oh wait, maybe its due to the people who cant think for themselves and listen to critics.

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John Walsh
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Hi, Dennis! Our friend Chris D. saw it and said it was pretty good. Generally, I would think that means it will not be BAD.

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Michael Schaffer
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quote: Jeremy Fuentes
I fail to see how this could hurt the movie in anyway....oh wait, maybe its due to the people who cant think for themselves and listen to critics.
No, it is because being written about in the papers is publicity for a movie.

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Jeremy Fuentes
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Did you mean bad publicity?

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Dennis Benjamin
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Hey - if Chris said it was good. Then it's good.

All this weird publicity is darn confusin'. I guess I'll have to attend that 'party in fresno'......

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Bill Gabel
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In other cases on some movies the studios will not hold press screenings. Or hold a select screening with the select press that always gives the artists a good review. But when they release a film without any press screenings that was always a sign of the studio having a turkey on it's hands.

The Ziegfeld Theatre premiere in New York last night was an all Digital 2K Presentation.

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Tim Reed
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quote: Bill Gabel
that was always a sign of the studio having a turkey on it's hands.
That was my first thought when I read that story.

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Bobby Henderson
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quote: Bill Gabel
The Ziegfeld Theatre premiere in New York last night was an all Digital 2K Presentation.
How times have changed. I remember the late 1980s and early 1990s when just about anything playing at the Ziegfeld was shown in 70mm, a real big screen format. 2K video projection, even if its the latest greatest digital stuff, still pales in comparison.

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Mike Blakesley
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There's every possibility that the film will be a crowd-pleaser, but not a critic-pleaser. If the studio knows this, then they're probably doing a good thing by keeping the critics from screening it. Then the critics will get peeved and write a bunch of "bad buzz" whining about how they were denied seeing the screening. Personally I feel that this type of bad buzz is probably not as harmful as a raft of bad reviews would be, so maybe the studio knows what it's doing.

We were planning on playing WOTW on the break but decided to back-off because we were getting too far behind other playable movies. I'm sure there are other small venues doing the same because of the crowded schedule.

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Jeremy Fuentes
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We're not playing it because we think Tom Cruise has completely lost his mind. [Wink]

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Richard Fowler
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On the Today show interview this morning with Matt he looked ready to be locked up [Eek!] One of Tom's eyes had a dark ring like he had been in a fight. His topic was his opposition, based on his religious teachings, to "mind altering" prescription drugs [uhoh] ....I'll go see the movie regardless [Cool]

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Bill Gabel
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Maybe it could be the aliens from Battlefield Earth coming back for revenge on the critics. [Eek!]

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Mike Spaeth
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I saw it ... not bad ...

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Dennis Benjamin
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I would like everyone to go over to the "film review' section and check the reviews for this film.

I knew it....

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