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Disney 'blocks' new Michael Moore doc May. 5th, 2004 02:24 pm
Oscar-winning film-maker Michael Moore's latest documentary may be in cold storage following a reported row between its distributor, Miramax, and parent company Disney.

According to the industry newspaper Variety, the Walt Disney Company has moved to prevent the company run by the Weinstein brothers from releasing Fahrenheit 911, which links US president George Bush to Osama bin Laden and members of other powerful Saudi business families.


http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,12589,1209992,00.html?=rss

From: robinbloke
Date: May 5th, 2004 - 01:31 pm (Link)
Am I being too cynical when I think this could be just a publicity thing?
From: bootpunk
Date: May 5th, 2004 - 01:38 pm (Link)
Its not just a publicity thing. Its a typical Disney thing.
From: bootpunk
Date: May 5th, 2004 - 01:33 pm (Link)
Yeah, read the NYTimes article on that. I doubt Moore will let the chance of releasing it during the election year pass - he'll pressure Miramax to use another distributer before that, even if they lose some of the take from the movie.
From: kiaransalyn
Date: May 5th, 2004 - 01:40 pm (Link)
I think that's just the thing Moore needs. After all, "Stupid White men" benefitted from Harper Collins getting cold feet.

Then again, Disney could do with some good news, and generating some hype news about this could give them a good box office draw.
From: countess_sophia
Date: May 5th, 2004 - 02:57 pm (Link)
Quite so. There's nothing like controversy and a success de scandal for selling a movie or book. From Disney's point of view I wonder if this is a political move: making Miramax 'force' them to concede so as to avoid any blame from the US right.

Soph
From: kiaransalyn
Date: May 5th, 2004 - 03:01 pm (Link)
I agree. This way, they can say they 'flagged their concern' but didn't want to appear as censors of free speach.

On a related note:
Is it Cablecom who are trying to take Disney over?
From: countess_sophia
Date: May 5th, 2004 - 03:12 pm (Link)
Comcast, I believe. It'll be a big fight, which is another reason why Disney might not want to piss off Bush & co at the moment.

Soph