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Should real life events and disasters be used to dictate changes ...

 
 
Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 11:06 am
Should real life events and disasters be used to dictate changes plotlines and character's actions in movies, books, TV, etc... to protect the victims of said events and disasters?

Quote:
Aurora Tragedy Demands Change to "Gangster Squad" Shootout and Delays "Batman Inc #3"

The massacre has unsurprisingly led the studio to move “Gangster Squad” from September 7 to January 11 next year, therefore limiting its awards opportunities. DC Comics, owned by Time Warner, is meanwhile delaying the release of “Batman Inc #3” until August 22. Both the movie and the comic contain scenes that could be considered offensive to the Aurora wounded and the relatives of those who died.

http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/815915/aurora-tragedy-demands-change-to-gangster-squad-shootout-and-delays-batman-inc-3
 
boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 11:28 am
@tsarstepan,
Since real life events and disasters dictate changes to the plotlines of real life I don't have a problem when the media has to respond to it too.
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 11:55 am
To say that a film shouldn't be changed in light of some tragic event is to suggest that the film has a kind of artistic unity that would be compromised or destroyed by the change. That's difficult to imagine in the case of the sort of stuff coming out of the Hollywood assembly line these days. I find it hard to imagine someone saying "no, we need the theater-massacre scene, otherwise the picture will be ruined!" In other words, movies with theater-massacre scenes are, almost by their very nature, impossible to ruin by taking out the theater-massacre scene and substituting, say, a restaurant-massacre scene or a zoo-massacre scene or a water-park-massacre scene.

That being said, there are instances where the better choice is simply to delay the release of the picture rather than make changes. Dr. Strangelove was scheduled for release shortly after Nov. 22, 1963, but the assassination of JFK forced the studio to push back the release until the following January. In that instance, making changes to the film's characterization of the president or the chances of accidental thermonuclear annihilation would have destroyed the movie.
wandeljw
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 12:56 pm
A movie that came out today, The Watch, was originally titled Neighborhood Watch. It is a comedy with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. I believe that the real life case involving George Zimmerman will effect a change that Hollywood fears the most: fewer people will pay to watch this movie.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 01:02 pm
@joefromchicago,
Sure, but it sucks that they took out the helecopter-in-the-spiderweb-between-the-twin-towers scene out of Spiderman because of 9/11. The scene's deletion didn't ruin the movie, but it definitely lessened the movie.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 01:06 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
Should real life events and disasters be used to dictate changes plotlines and character's actions
in movies, books, TV, etc... to protect the victims of said events and disasters?

NO.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 01:09 pm
@wandeljw,
wandeljw wrote:
A movie that came out today, The Watch, was originally titled Neighborhood Watch. It is a comedy with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. I believe that the real life case involving George Zimmerman will effect a change that Hollywood fears the most: fewer people will pay to watch this movie.
It 'd have the OPPOSITE EFFECT.
If people care about Zimmy 's case,
movies concerning such circumstances will have their attendance enhanced.





David
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 01:13 pm
All my instincts are to "no, human nature was here first", similar to Boomer's take, and our cultural mores were here first. But then it gets sticky for me in that violent movies (et al) mesh with the cultural mores of forever (I'm off and on reading Herodotus) - and I do wonder if they are exacerbating matters.

To put off a movie 'premier' due to what just happened for real is a mix of studio sensitivity to people's feelings and a smart financial move, emphasis on financial move.
To put off movies at all in case they incite a disturbed person is a step too far. I think. Or I think today, don't know about tomorrow, being open on this one to changing my mind.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 01:19 pm
@wandeljw,
wandeljw wrote:

A movie that came out today, The Watch, was originally titled Neighborhood Watch. It is a comedy with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. I believe that the real life case involving George Zimmerman will effect a change that Hollywood fears the most: fewer people will pay to watch this movie.

I feel that title changes are far less creatively intrusive then say rewriting an entire film's finale scene because it just might suggest a familiarity to a certain small subset group of recent events.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2012 01:24 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:


To put off a movie 'premier' due to what just happened for real is a mix of studio sensitivity to people's feelings and a smart financial move, emphasis on financial move.


Delaying the movie's theatrical release could help the audience as well as the studio's box office intake. I see that as a fair compromise between filmmaker, studio, and audience. A little time distance should help give the audience a better perspective between film and event especially if both merely exist and are coincidental at best.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2012 05:16 am
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

Since real life events and disasters dictate changes to the plotlines of real life I don't have a problem when the media has to respond to it too.


What she said...
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