Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Harry Potter 7: So Much Security, and It’s On Line Anyway


Remember I told you that on Monday night, security was crazy at the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”? All bags going into the theater were emptied. The security guards walked around using night goggles in Alice Tully Hall to catch video pirates.

And guess what? The first 36 minutes of “Harry Potter 7” as I call it — they’re online. The trades say they’re on BitTorrent. On the message boards, fans are discussing it.

Hey it was only 18 months ago when I wasn’t allowed to discuss the pirating of “Wolverine.” Whatever did happen to that man they arrested in the Bronx? Hmm…

Anyway, all of that clamping down on Monday night, and it lead to this.

Listen, the security was so bad at Monday’s screening that all the regular crashers–there’s a whole cast of characters, well known to the staffs of all the security companies–made it inside the theater. Not only that, Alice Tully Hall was stocked with off duty NYPD cops who were too busy telling people they couldn’t use the bathrooms to see who was doing what.

Piracy is not funny, and it’s way out of hand. My whole point 18 months ago was that this has become prevalent, and that the wrong steps are being taken to prevent it.

On the other hand, “Wolverine” was a big hit; the piracy didn’t hurt the box office. I doubt it will stop people from seeing “Deathly Hallows” on a big screen.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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