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Video Pirates Enrage Hollywood: Wolverine Leaked Online!

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    Boy, are the fat cats super-enraged over this one! Seems someone leaked a
    DVD quality version of the new Warner Bros. film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
    a whole month before it hits the theaters. They have the FBI on the case and
    whoever leaked this is looking at some very serious charges!

    It's already up on 'Pirate Bay' and 'BT Junkie'. :D


    http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/02/xmen.piracy/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Someone stole an "incomplete and early version" of the next installment in the blockbuster "X-Men" movie series and posted it on the Internet this week, according to the studio that owns the billion-dollar film franchise.

    Twentieth Century Fox said the FBI was investigating who leaked "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which is set for release in U.S. theaters May 1.

    The digital file quickly spread across the Internet and was available for free, but illegal, downloading from hundreds of easily found Web sites.

    "The source of the initial leak and any subsequent postings will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; the courts have handed down significant criminal sentences for such acts in the past," the studio's statement said.

    Removing the pirated files from the Internet may prove an impossible challenge, an industry source said. This source did not want to be named because of the sensitive nature of the matter.

    Although the studio said it was removed from the Web site that first hosted it, the digital file has probably been downloaded tens of thousands of times, the source said.

    "It's not removed from the Internet," the industry source said. "It's still there."

    Twentieth Century Fox downplayed the value of the pirated copy, noting that it was not the final version.

    "It was without many effects, had missing and unedited scenes and temporary sound and music," the studio said.

    Online movie reviewer Kent Lundblad said he was given a copy by a friend just hours after the rough "Wolverine" first appeared on a Web site Tuesday afternoon.

    "Even in this rough form, it's much better than the last 'X-Men' outing or anything Fox has given us in a long, long time," Lundblad said in a review he wrote after watching it.

    He said the movie is a rough cut, using placeholder images in many sections and special effects that look like "video games 12 years ago."

    He said he suspects that the final movie will look much different than the pirated version, with scenes that were re-shot.

    Lundblad, a 25-year-old who describes himself as "a total nerd," said he will see the movie at its midnight premiere May 1. He bought his ticket weeks ago online, he said.

    Steve Zeitchik, who covers the film industry for The Hollywood Reporter, said the studio's biggest concern may be that having people view a rough cut "completely throws the studios off their game" of building a positive buzz for the movie.

    "If people see this movie, and they don't like it, and they tell their friends, and their friends blog about it, and it just spreads throughout the blogosphere, there are a lot of people that don't even get near a pirated copy of this film, who don't go see [the movie in theaters] because of this leak," Zeitchik said.

    Whether the leaked video will eventually hurt the film's box office earnings "is very difficult to discern," according to CNN's source.

    The latest "X-Men" film stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

    Investigators have several tools to help find the source of the leak, including digital watermarking, the studio said.

    "We forensically mark our content so we can identify sources that make it available or download it," the studio said.

    An FBI spokeswoman confirmed that the agency is "working with the studio and investigating the alleged online compromise of the movie."

    The Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry's main trade association, confirmed it was also helping in the probe.
     
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    Every copy I tried to download didnt work lol
     
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    it's a work print so some of the shots are missing, and the fx are not completed.
     
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    do you mean the torrent file wouldn't download from the server?
    or do you mean the movie itself won't download from the peers?

    many people at bt junkie said it was watchable.
     
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    Leaked? I bet it was........by the studio. Musicians do it all the time.
     
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    it was an inside job, no doubt there. :p
     
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    Studio leaked that. Big trouble. I bet someone got layed off and revenge is nice. Musicians are always leaking
     
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    I watched the flick last night. You can still see some computer generated graphics; cables that suspend the actors; but overall it is a very good quality movie. I would have never gone to see X-men at the theater, but now I may become a fan of the series.
     
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    Yea lol i watched this too at 4.1 :p Well what can i say , i would not have gone watch it , nor i won't now , the movie sucked balls IMO, it just was so dam stupid.

    Anyways
     
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    Fox News Columnist Pays Big Price for Reviewing a Pirated Movie
    Date: 6 Apr, 2009

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/business/media/06fox.html?_r=1

    Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for FoxNews.com, discovered over the
    weekend just what Rupert Murdoch means by 'zero tolerance' when it comes to
    movie piracy.

    On Friday, the film studio 20th Century Fox (owned by the News Corporation, the
    media conglomerate ruled by Mr. Murdoch) became angry after reading Mr.
    Friedman's latest column. Movie bloggers had started opining about it late
    Thursday, alerting the studio. The subject was 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' a
    big-budget movie that was leaked in unfinished form on the Web last week.

    Mr. Friedman posted a mini review, adding, 'It took really less than seconds to
    start playing it all right onto my computer.'

    The film studio, which enlisted the F.B.I. last week to hunt the pirate, put out
    a statement calling Mr. Friedman's column 'reprehensible,' among other things.
    Then the News Corporation weighed in with its own statement, saying it asked had
    Fox News to remove the column from its Web site... It did.

    Over the weekend, the web site 'Deadline Hollywood Daily' reported that Mr.
    Friedman had been dismissed. Sure enough, on Sunday came a revised statement
    from the News Corporation. 'When we advised Fox News of the facts,' the
    statement said, 'they promptly terminated Mr. Friedman.'

    Interestingly, Fox News has been relatively silent. In a statement released on
    Sunday, the network said, 'This is an internal matter that we aren't prepared to
    discuss at this time.'

    Efforts to reach Mr. Friedman were unsuccessful.