5 Movies You May Not Know You Know Chiwetel Ejiofor From
Piracydata.org was created by two tech policy researchers at the Mercatus Center, a libertarian think tank, and by Matt Sherman, a software engineer based in New York. The team’s leader, Jerry Brito, says he got the idea for the site after a hearing in which major content holders criticized Google for failing to do enough to combat piracy. That criticism came despite the fact that Google has taken a number of steps to prevent illegal sharing of copyrighted works. A year ago, Google began automatically demoting search results that are the target of numerous takedown requests by copyright holders. Yet despite that proactive approach, searches for Hollywood blockbusters frequently turn up links to pirate websites. “The MPAA is complaining that Google leads people to infringing links,” Brito argues. “But what’s the alternative?” The movies that are available on file-sharing sites, he says, are “very rarely available for legal acquisition.” Unsurprisingly, MPAA spokesperson Kate Bedingfield disagrees. “Today there are more ways than ever to watch movies and TV shows legally online, and more are constantly being added,” she said in an e-mailed statement. “If a particular film isn’t available for stream or purchase at a given moment, however, it does not justify stealing it from the creators and makers who worked hard to make it.” Brito insists he’s not trying to excuse piracy. But, he argues, “I don’t understand how the industry is making a big show about Google not taking voluntary measures to help with piracy.” Hollywood, he says, could “change its business model to take their own voluntary measures to deal with piracy,” by making movies more readily available through legal online channels. If it chooses not to do that, he believes, they have no business complaining that tech companies aren’t doing enough to combat the problem. But Bedingfield counters that films get heavily pirated even when they’re made available in online formats. The Walking Dead was pirated 500,000 times within 16 hours despite the fact that it is available to stream for free for the next 27 days on AMCs website and distributed in 125 countries around the world the day after it aired,” she says.
Home movies get star treatment at the Hangar
At the bring-your-own-film event, participants can have the state of their Super 8 and 8 and 16 mm home movies assessed by experts, learn how to preserve them and see their family films projected on small screens. The Royal B.C. Museum, the City of Vancouver Archives and the CBC Vancouver Media Archives will play home movies on a big screen. You could call it an antiques roll show, said Colin Preston, library coordinator for CBC Vancouver Media Archives and a member of the Audio-Visual Heritage Association of B.C. Were just letting the stuff roll. The City of Vancouver will proclaim Oct. 19 Home Movie Day. Christine Hagemoen, coordinator of Vancouvers version of the worldwide celebration, hopes Vancouverites dig up old family movies for the event. The idea is to get people interested in audiovisual history from their own little personal histories and then perhaps think about the greater histories and how these things all connect together, she said. Especially as time goes by, movies that people didnt think were very important become fabulous because they show the changing city and all sorts of other cultural and historical things. From CBCs archives, Preston plans to show home movies from the 1930s and early 1940s that include Burrard Bridge, Hastings Park and the beach at English Bay, the dirt highway to Grouse Mountain, routes through B.C.s Interior and a tour of Vancouver that includes Chinatown and Stanley Park. Hell also screen films belonging to the late national-class figure skater Eileen Bunty Brennan (nee Noble) that include shots of her and her father outside their home. The house, between Second and Third [avenues] on Collingwood is still there. Its got a little heritage plaque on it, Preston said.
Continue reading on the next page Previous Next 3) American Gangster Another movie that makes good use of Chiwetel Ejiofors facial expressiveness is Ridley Scotts 2007 film American Gangster. At times hes used as the audience surrogate, playing Huey Lucas, brother of Frank Lucas, the titular figure played by Denzel Washington. Then when its called for, hes the guy who begins to enjoy the benefits of the gangster lifestyle a bit too publicly, with Frank calling him out for wearing expensive clothes. Its not a terribly substantial role but one thats just memorable enough for you to stop for a second and think the next time you see Ejiofor in a movie. This is a common trajectory for so-called character actors: playing relatively minor, supporting roles, maybe stealing the spotlight for a couple of moments or entire scenes, popping up in enough places that you begin to remember the face even if you never know the name. Certain actors, though, tend to be so memorable in parts that their presence in non-leading roles becomes so distracting that they cant help but become stars. One example of this is Idris Elba, who also has a small part in American Gangster, and were beginning to see this with Ejiofor now. Continue reading on the next page Previous Next 4) Salt Three years after being on the other side of the law as Huey Lucas, Ejiofor again gained attention for supporting another star in a big action role, this time that star being Angelina Jolie in Salt. Jolie, of course, is the center of attention here, as well as Liev Schreiber, and its interesting that Ejiofor is again the man chasing down our hero, though hes not specifically a villain. Like in Children of Men, hes on the other side of the protagonist, and therefore us in the audience, but we understand his motivations and based on the information his character has, his actions seem rather justified. Hes even redeemed in the end this time, recognize Salt as the hero she is and keeping her free.