June 27, 2005

War of the Worlds Premiere Security Goofs

This is almost too funny. I am all for anti-piracy measures, but that desire only goes so far. This latest round of measures is a bit much, but it does make for great comedy.

Apparently, as reported at www.IMDB.com, at the premiere of War of the Worlds at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York Steven Spielberg was stopped at the entrance and forced to turn over his cell phone. The security guards were taking all cell phones and hand bags from the patrons entering the theater. After the film ended, lines formed that took well upwards of a half an hour to retrieve the checked belongings.

You can't make this stuff up. Who would have thought that a films director, Steven Spielberg no less, would be forced to turn over his belongings at his own film? What's next?

These guys are taking wide swipes and hitting nothing but air when trying to combat piracy. I don't really have any solutions to the problem, but there has to be something better than taking away cell phones.

Also at Blogcritics.org.


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