Oh, Summit, how we love your tyrannical ways. We thought it was awesome how you took down our merchandise from Zazzle because it had OUR logo on it. You, dear Summit, are the Machiavelli of the movie industry. Out of 1 to 10 on the Douchebag-of-Epic-Proportions Scale (patent pending, bitches!), you rate in at 16. You must be so proud.
I don't own this, I swear! I'm in no way, shape or form attempting to use this logo as my own! Please don't send me to jail for this, Scummit.
We actually didn't think you could break your record of extreme asshole-ry but it turns out we were wrong. Apparently some woman spent a few days in the slammer for filming a short clip of New Moon. From the article:
The Chicago, Illinois-area woman captured three minutes of the film on her video camera while taping part of her sister's surprise party at a Muvico theater in Rosemont.Okay, okay, maybe this wasn't Summit's doing. Whatev. The nice thing about NOT being a news blog is that I can spout my conspiracy theories until the cows come home. Or the fat lady sings. Or RPattz decides he wants to horizontal tango with me.
Theater managers contacted police, who arrested Tumpach. She spent two days in jail. Now she faces a felony charge of illegally copying a movie.
Anyway. Now, here's the thing: if this chick was there to videotape the entire film and sell it, then yes, I would say "sucks to be you, you fucking moron. Don't drop the soap in prison."
Just like, for example, the dude who bought an extra ticket for the New Moon premiere fundraiser we attended not too long ago.
First of all, the dude stuck out like a sore thumb mainly because he, um, like, had a penis AND it was obvious he was not there with someone who was in possession of a vagina. He was also acting a little squirrely - you know, fidgeting, doing his Best Bella, fixing the fucking recording device he clearly had nestled in his hood... that sort of thing. To be fair, I really didn't even notice him until STY and Sister Snarky pointed him out and that was just after the cops threatened to cut off anyone's fingers if they were caught with a recording device. Two seconds later, the doors opened and a high pitched keening that could be heard from Mars erupted. Mr. Movie Pirate Guy clutched his ears and went fetal and maybe cried a little and it was totally obvious HE HAD NO FUCKING CLUE WHAT HE HAD GOTTEN HIMSELF INTO.
But this chick? She wasn't like Mr. Movie Pirate Guy. According to the article, she caught the three minutes of film...while videotaping her sister's surprise birthday party.
I was blinded by Jacob's white teeth and mesmerized by his abs... I swear I didn't even know the film was rolling...
Also according to this article:
"The motion picture industry has encouraged theater owners to adopt a 'zero-tolerance' policy prohibiting the video or audio recording of any portion of a movie," Muvico Entertainment, which oversees the theater, told HLN's "Prime News."
Hey, I think piracy is a shitty thing to do, don't get me wrong. But what this chick was doing wasn't piracy. Has Summit gotten involved yet? Nope, not as far as I can tell. However, given their track record of being, um, twatty, I doubt they're going to be all butterflies and daisies about this. In fact I picture it going something like this...
Minion at Scummit - Sir, there's been a report that a woman who was taping her sister's surprise party also capture some images of the film New Moon...
Some VIP douche at Scummit - Let's waterboard the bitch before we execute her. [Rubs hands together in a way that only evil villains can do] By the way, have we threatened to sue any bloggers for making up their own logos that have nothing to do with us today?
Minion - uhh, um, no, sir.
VIP - What am I paying you for?! We own EVERYTHING, remember? Go ruin someone's day before I have YOU arrested for copyright infringement!!!
Now, I know that our opinion of Summit entertainment lingers somewhere along the lines of a pile of stinking shit but I doubt they are going to just let this go. I think that any other studio would just wipe their hands of this and chalk it up to this chick must making an unfortunate mistake. I mean, she already spent TWO nights in jail. For catching two snippets of the movie on her video camera... while taping her sister's party...
Summit? I doubt it. What do you think?
P.S. I HAD to go back and add this killer pic made by Amcas @ Why Not? Twilgiht, RPattz and Me - love it! We bow to your pic-manipulating superiority - thanks!!