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Mark Urman: No one ever died over a movie crisis

“Hollywood is dead, or at least in a coma,” writes Gregg Goldstein at Hollywood Reporter on the holiday hiatus. But there are exceptions. urmanlives_325.jpg “ThinkFilm US theatrical head Mark Urman… is the nervous dad of young drivers, [and] leaves his cell phone on all night, leaving him victim to text messages from a nervous director at 3:30 in the morning. “When someone gives you their film, it’s like their child. There are very few boundaries, and notion of protocol flies out the window. No one thinks, ‘Should I be calling someone when they’re having an appendectomy? … I’m not a surgeon and I don’t save lives. No one ever died over a movie crisis.”

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