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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Spammers Leave Lagos, Stalk Soho!

The spammers have left Lagos and now they’re stalking Soho! The slightly eccentric first sample I’ve seen of Hollywood-centric email spam.

20th Century Fox
Twentieth Century House
31-32 Soho Square
London
W1V 6AP

JOIN THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

The Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation was founded as the result of a merger of two entities, Fox Film Corporation founded by William Fox, and Twentieth Century Pictures, founded by Darryl F. Zanuck.

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded 2010 final draws of 20th Century Fox 100th Anniversary promo. 20th Century Fox 100th anniversary promo was conducted from an exclusive list of e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine from a database of over 2,500,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. Emails were provided by the entire register domain.

After this automated online ballot, your e-mail address attached to serial number 09-34-64 drew the lucky numbers 1-23-41-65-0-72, which consequently emerged you as one of first ten (10) lucky winners in the United Kingdom category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay off of £1,000,000.00(One Million Pounds) in cash credited to file CFX/210/RN100.

This is from a total cash prize of £20 Million British Pounds to be shared amongst the Twenty (20) lucky winners as part to mark The Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation 100 year’s anniversary.

To claim your prize funds, you are required to send the necessary information to our helpline below:
Name—- Country—- Address— Occupation— Lucky number— serial number—

Helpline Service
Mr. Philips Anderson
Information and Payment Bureau: London Representative Office.

Help Service Contact
Tel: +44-703-XXX-0866
Tel :+44-703-XXX-0143
Fax: +44-870-XXX-4065

E-mail: XXXX@ymail.com

Congratulation on behalf of members and staff of this board and thanks for been part of our promotions program.

Mrs. Grace Sian

Promotions Manager 20th Century Fox Anniversary promo.”

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“Ten years ago at Telluride, I said on a panel that theatrical distribution was dying. It seemed obvious to me. I was surprised how many in the audience violently objected: ‘People will always want to go to the movies!’ That’s true, but it’s also true that theatrical cinema as we once knew it has died. Theatrical cinema is now Event Cinema, just as theatrical plays and musical performances are Events. No one just goes to a movie. It’s a planned occasion. Four types of Event Cinema remain.
1. Spectacle (IMAX-style blockbusters)
2. Family (cartoon like features)
3. Horror (teen-driven), and
4. Film Club (formerly arthouse but now anything serious).

There are isolated pockets like black cinema, romcom, girl’s-night-out, seniors, teen gross-outs, but it’s primarily those four. Everything else is TV. Now I have to go back to episode five of ‘Looming Tower.'”
~ Paul Schrader

“Because of my relative candor on Twitter regarding why I quit my day job, my DMs have overflowed with similar stories from colleagues around the globe. These peeks behind the curtains of film festivals, venues, distributors and funding bodies weren’t pretty. Certain dismal patterns recurred (and resonated): Boards who don’t engage with or even understand their organization’s artistic mission and are insensitive to the diverse neighborhood in which their organization’s venue is located; incompetent founders and/or presidents who create only obstacles, never solutions; unduly empowered, Trumpian bean counters who chip away at the taste and experiences that make organizations’ cultural offerings special; expensive PR teams that don’t bring to the table a bare-minimum familiarity with the rich subcultural art form they’re half-heartedly peddling as “product”; nonprofit arts organizations for whom art now ranks as a distant-second goal behind profit.”
~ Eric Allen Hatch