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Ahmadinejad v. ‘Argo’

Argo

By Meghan Lalonde

Millions of people may have flocked to theaters around the world to see “Argo” – this year’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture, directed by Ben Affleck – but Iran’s leaders weren’t nearly as entertained.

Iranian officials have called the award-winning film “part of an Iranophobic movement” in Hollywood. To counter what they see as anti-Iranian propaganda, Iran plans to fund a cinematic response to “Argo” about revolutionaries who help American hostages and return them to U.S. authorities.

But retribution on the silver screen isn’t satisfying enough for some. Press TV, an Iranian media network, recently announced that officials have consulted with renowned French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre about a possible lawsuit against the creators and producers of Anti-Iranian films. “I will defend Iran against the film’s like ‘Argo,’ which are produced in Hollywood to distort the country’s image.

But can she? LASIS investigates.

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Next Movie in Queue: Restraint of Trade?

By the LASIS Staff

Netflix customer Susan Uman was more than a little blue that she has to wait nearly a month to be able to order newly released Warner Bros. films that are otherwise available through retail outlets. Did she cancel her Netflix subscription?   Uman’s a New Yorker, and cancelling a subscription is for quitters; Uman is approaching the problem the American way:  She’s going to court.

Some background:  Warner Bros. had threatened to cut off its wholesale supply of new DVDs to Netflix if the movie rental company did not withhold its films from subscribers for 28 days after each new release.   Warner Bros.’ rationale was that the prompt availability of its DVDs to Netflix subscribers had significantly decreased the value of those DVDs at retail.   Netflix complied with Warner Bros.’ waiting period and in return, Netflix will be able to offer its customers more new Warner Bros.’ titles on its online streaming service. Warner’s goal is to increase profits from the sale of new releases on DVD, while Netflix wants to promote and expand its streaming service, which it sees as the future of movie rentals.

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