Crouching hype, hidden master

What makes the Weinstein Company's strategy for the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel truly unusual is that the film is bypassing all transactional windows -- from theaters to DVD sales and rentals to pay-per-view -- and going straight into a subscription window.…

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Pining for days of DVD

The studios were hoist on the petard of their own pining for the heady early days of DVD -- a format shift that drove a massive change in consumer behavior from mostly renting movies to mostly buying them, producing a huge revenue and margin windfall for the studios.…

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Scott Turow loses the plot

If Authors Guild president Scott Turow really wanted to do something useful for his mid-list members he would stop helping the publishers deflect attention by pointing to Google and off-shore piracy sites and help authors demand a better deal.…

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