"In these politically correct times, there's no question that the studios and networks and their corporate owners hate being surprised by bad publicity upon release of a film or launch of a TV program," says media news site Inside.com. "And wanting to avoid headaches such as the one Paramount TV suffered through during the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's protracted campaign against the Dr. Laura Schlessinger TV show, the companies are admitting advocacy groups and watch-dog organizations into the Hollywood system like never before." Folks completely outside the film industry have had the chance to make major changes to upcoming films, changing scripts, storylines, and even distribution methods. The Arab terrorists in Tom Clancy's Sum of All Fears will be neo-Nazis in the film version due to concerns from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A negative screening by folks at the Simon Wiesenthal Center put the kibosh on a distribution deal with Sundance grand jury prize winner The Believer (another neo-Nazi-oriented film). The Japanese American Civil Rights League reportedly got a few scenes cut from Pearl Harbor. The article, by associate film editor Josh Spector, doesn't mention any influence Christian groups have had on Hollywood, but clearly there's some parallels. The big question is whether this kind of vetting will encourage more protests.
Speaking of protests … The British news media is abuzz with stories and images from Son of God, a £1.5 million ($2.15 million) documentary series on the life of Jesus. The big news is that the filmmakers are claiming to have a more accurate representation of what Jesus might have looked like, based on computer extrapolations ...1
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