AMC Theaters, however, is making an exception for the documentary Bully, which the Weinstein Company announced yesterday would be released this Friday unrated after the MPAA refused to lower its R rating for the film. Today, AMC decided it would allow ticket buyers under the age of 17 to see Bully — with permission. “AMC will be presenting Bully…as not rated,” said the theater-chain in a statement. “Guests younger than 17 can see the film if they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian, or if they present a signed parental permission slip.”
The “with a Guardian” claus essentially renders the film an R (in the US an R rating would require an adult to accompany anyone under 17) but the permission slip method seems to be an interesting way of getting around this. It’s nice to see AMC step things up.
Though, of course, since this whole rating system is voluntary anyways they could show some REAL balls and say “its unrated, have at it” and let anyone of any age go and see it.
A brave decision on behalf of the Weinstein’s. What’s troubling is that it doesn’t exactly solve the problem as now many large market theatres will not exhibit the film since many cinema chains refuse to run Unrated films.
However it’s nice to see the Weinstein’s follow through on their threat from before. Well done.
Obviously, I’ve been bitchinga lot about the new season of Game of Thrones because I can’t watch it (legally) for a year since I don’t have cable. But the same isn’t true of Mad Men — I already bought the season pass through iTunes. I have to wait a day longer than those with cable (well, technically until midnight most of the time), but I’m fine with that.
Anyway, good on AMC for giving me options to give them money for their great content.
Entitled or not you gotta admit, it makes good business sense to let consumers give you money for your content.
A while back I had been posting about Mastered for iTunes and looking for answers as to what exactly it means.
Jim Dalrymple recently posted a great explanation of what’s going on.
In short: iTunes Store purchases used to be simply AAC files ripped from CDs (believe it or not). Now (if using the Mastered for iTunes tools) they are AAC files generated from HQ masters, in best cases 24-bit or higher. The new Apple tools also have built in clipping detection to protect against distortion as a result of “the loudness war”.
In other words: no, this isn’t better than CD quality (compressed music never is) but it’s going to sound a lot better than those bootleg MP3s you got on Pirate Bay, and better than the AAC files you ripped from your own CD. Hopefully this will become more and more common.
So, if you’re actually going to listen to your CD, get a CD. If however you’re just going to rip the CD and only listen to your digital files you might consider the new Mastered for iTunes editions.
So to the producers of the American theatre, I urge you to boycott this work. Boycott Mike’s gorgeous, amazing piece of theatre that is based on a true story. Boycott it until you get the apology that you deserve and do not ever, ever re-mount it or produce a work of his again until you know for sure what is true and what is not so your audiences are never ever mislead again. Stand by your desire to uphold the truth and value of art, of what you work so enormously hard for day in and day out, until you get an apology from the man who calls himself one of you, who is our field’s “leading man” in the fight for theatre as truth and activism. He let us down and we deserve better.
While “theatre” may not be true journalism, if you tell your audience what you’re performing is a work of non-fiction, then it might as well be journalism.
Members of the theatre community are right to be upset, hurt, angry. Above all, they deserve an apology from Daisey as much as Ira Glass does.
I have difficult news. We’ve learned that Mike Daisey’s story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications. We’re retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth. This is not a story we commissioned. It was an excerpt of Mike Daisey’s acclaimed one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” in which he talks about visiting a factory in China that makes iPhones and other Apple products.
Wow. Good on Ira and the rest of the TAL team, but wow.
This story certainly resulted in a great deal of backlash (albeit warranted) towards Apple, but the fact that Daisey lied to the producers, and indeed to the public is shameful.
In all likelyhood this will be my last KONY 2012 post. Why? Because it’s going to be hard to top this one. It’s long, so if you only read my brief description here’s the whole thing summed up in one simple paragraph:
Do the research. Find a cause you support and make sure it is what it says it is, and, more importantly, that it helps the people it claims to help. Invisible Children and KONY 2012 do not meet that criterion, and for that reason, above all other reasons presented here and elsewhere, it should not be allowed to speak on their behalf.
John Mayer announces his granuloma has returned and he will be unable to tour, but will begin work on another new album.
Nothing feels worse than having to break the stage down before the performance, and I mean nothing. I love this band you were going to hear, I love the guys and girls I work with, and the only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it’s a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances.
Say what you will about the guy, but in the end you can tell he’s someone who’s passionate about music and passionate about sharing that music with his fans. I can only imagine how hard it must be to make this decision, but am glad he’s playing it safe and getting better.
We’ll be there to cheer you on when you return John. I’ll start saving now!
Let’s not get our lines crossed: The Lord’s Resistance Army is bad news. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man, and needs to be stopped. But propping up Uganda’s decades-old dictatorship and its military arm, which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers, is not the way to go about it.
Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.
Also, don’t break the law by defacing public property…
There is no black and white in the world. And going about solving important problems like there is just serves to make all those equally troubling shades of gray invisible.
It doesn’t take a media degree to see that the documentary was portraying a skewed reality, but it helps.
Let’s end the death of thousands of children. Let’s just do it in a way that’s responsible and won’t do harm along the way.
Well, predictably, some are shitting on Kony 2012. I’m sure those behind the film and the charity would just brush criticism off as thoughtless cynicism. After all, once something is so big that Rihanna’s tweeting about it, some people are going to be suspicious, jealous and try to ruin it, no matter what. Some chumps are just contrarians, right?
I will admit, I’m one of those few who are sceptical about the whole thing, and are also some what creeped out by the immediate and non-critical flocking to the cause.
That said I think the article makes a very decent point in it’s closing arguments.
The filmKony 2012began because the filmmakers went to Uganda and met a young boy so traumatised by his experiences that he was contemplating suicide. Confronted with the grotesque reality of the atrocities, the Western filmmakers did what I hope I’d do, and resolved to help. No matter what. With that in mind, does it matter if they get paid well? Does it matter if they massage the facts? Does it matter that their charity isn’t completely accountable? Does is matter that they’re naive prats who think it’s the white man’s job to save Africa? Or is that all just pompous hypothesising by Westerners with enough freedom, information and education to look down on a simple, kind act?
Isn’t it better to just stop criticising and start helping children in need? Or is that the kind of blind interventionist attitude that throws countries like Afghanistan into very, very long wars?
Helping children is good. Period.
It’s just a shame the methods for doing so is somewhat questionable…
You’ve probably seen it popping up all over your Facebook feeds. If you are among the few who have yet to watch it you should. 30 minutes is a big ask of an online video but the production values make it a very watchable experience.
Awareness is the key to their campaign. Things will not work if people do not know about it. So spread the word, but be wise in how you do so. Do not spam your friends feeds, do not spam comments, do not spam ask boxes, in general just avoid spamming. You can spread the word tastefully without bothering people to the point of indifference.
And for what it’s worth, just another example of why SOPA/PIPA can never pass: important videos like this could be pulled for copyright infringement in an instant.