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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 22 February 2003 03:35 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
this is from the guardian from fri the 21st, all power to them i say ... at the very least, we need to know the actual start times for films, so we can slip in after 20 minutes and sit down for the real event.

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Cinema chain sued for making audience 'pay to watch commercials'

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A high school teacher in Illinois is suing her local cinema chain over the screening of commercials before feature films.

Miriam Fisch, an English teacher, has filed a class action suit against Loews cinema for the screening of ads for up to 10 minutes before showings.

Douglas Litowitz, Ms Fisch's lawyer, said "it is completely ludicrous to have moviegoers pay good money to watch commercials. They can do that at home for free."

Ms Fisch and Mr Litowitz are looking to force Loews to compensate Ms Fisch for "lost time" and to oblige it to list the start of the movie separately from the start of the programme in its schedules.



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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 23 February 2003 12:15 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, I celebrate the previews as an opportunity to make fun of movies that I would never see. I truly enjoy the experience when the entire theatre breaks out into laughter at the trailer for some supposedly serious Bruce Willis action flick, or whatever.

When I took my girls to see Harry Potter, thyey ran a preview for a movie -- and I don't even remember the name of the movie -- that proved to me that I could be a Hollywood writer if I ever wanted to sell out. The announcer tells us the general plot outline, then says "It's a story of a girl who started out to look for her father..." So I turned to the kids and said "... and ended up finding herself" in unison with the announcer


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Michelle
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posted 23 February 2003 06:57 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Me too. I love the trailers for the upcoming movies. I'd never know about what's coming out otherwise since I hardly ever watch television except for Newsworld.

But what really bothers me are the product ads. I don't mind if they advertise upcoming features - the trailers are awesome. But advertising cars and drinks, etc. - well screw them. When you pay over ten bucks for a movie ticket, and megabucks for whatever refreshments you get, there's no way you should have to be subjected to product ads.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 23 February 2003 04:31 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i think she's suing over the commercials not the trailer previews?

personally, i hate previews that show far too much of the films in question, like, they show scenes from the final 15 minutes of a film, so you're waiting the entire film to see something you remember from a trailer!

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the trailer for some supposedly serious Bruce Willis action flick

yeah, what's the deal with that "tears of the sun" thing anyway?


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swirrlygrrl
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posted 23 February 2003 04:54 PM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love trailers, in part to make fun of them, but commercials before movies I can't stand. Though my murderous rage has subsided somewhat since they stopped playing the ones featuring the incredibly annoying Glosette guy.

To add to the Simpson's mania currently happening on babble, a reminder of the episode where due to his hectic schedule and lethargic sperm, Montgomery Burns regrets never having sired an heir, and thus produces a commerical, shown in Springfield movie thetres, advertising his search for one to leave his "vast, vast vast fortune to. Vast." I'd never complain about that one.


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DrConway
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posted 23 February 2003 05:45 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Commercials are for television. Not movies. 'Nuff sed.
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sherpafish
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posted 23 February 2003 06:29 PM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Most movies are ads.
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Man With No Name
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posted 24 February 2003 10:39 AM      Profile for Man With No Name     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It is a rare occurence for me go out to the films. In fact, the only films I want to see this year on the big screen are the Matrices, The Hulk, LOTR3, X2. The rest can wait for the DVD release.

The airing of commercials is one reason I don't go. For the price of going to the film and food (~$35) I can stay home, rent a couple of DVD's, buy a bottle of decent wine and eat steak! Loudmouth jerks who don't shut up or have any common courtesy is another reason to say home. Every time I go to the movies I shouldn't be expecting a confrontation.

The best to deal with this problem is to boycott the theatre.

[ 24 February 2003: Message edited by: Man With No Name ]


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DrConway
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posted 24 February 2003 09:44 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I go to theaters probably once in a blue moon.
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