Of course, there’s nothing wrong with eating a healthy lunch graciously provided by the host studio. And most of us in this business have felt the shame of asking a particularly dopey question. Those two factors along don’t make a junket whore. It’s the ability to have your opinion bought, in a matter of speaking, in return for those fringe benefits of attending a press day (i.e., gifts, food, parties, all-expense-paid trips, etc.).
The studios affected are Paramount, Weinstein Co., Dimension and Miramax. The bigger ones — Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, etc. — are handled by different P.R. agencies in Seattle and Portland, so they’re not involved. For the studios that are affected, it means that while in the past I’ve been able to go to advance screenings and run my reviews on opening day, now I may not be able to see the films until they open, meaning my reviews may be a day or two late. But again, it’s not that many movies that will actually be affected.
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