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SilasSoule Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:13 AM
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'Fahrenheit 9/11' a Hit With Disney Chief
http://my.netscape.com/corewidgets/news/story.psp?cat=5...

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Disney chief executive Michael Eisner has
seen ``Fahrenheit 9/11,'' the film that The Walt Disney Co. refused
to distribute - and he liked it.

``The reason it is a hit is it's entertaining,'' Eisner said
last week. ``I thought it was like going to a rock concert. I loved
it, but not in a political (sense).''

Eisner spoke at Fortune magazine's fourth annual Brainstorm
conference, co-hosted by The Aspen Institute.

``Fahrenheit 9/11'' criticizes President Bush's response to the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq. The documentary has
filled theaters since its release in June, drawing a
record-breaking gross of $94 million.
Eisner has said Disney decided not to distribute the film
because its shareholders and customers do not expect it to be a
partisan company.
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thebigidea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:15 AM
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1. well, there's a quote for ya: "I loved it, but not in a political (sense)"
I guess he loved it for the humiliation it brought him. That's lovely.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:30 AM
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2. Yeah, it's all about entertainment isn't it? That's why we protest .
We are in the streets en masse because we want to be better entertained Mr. Eisner. And Bush wins that contest hands down...I've been laughing so hard I've cried.
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:31 AM
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3. when is the next Disney shareholders meeting?
I hope he gets his embarassingly overpaid ass fired.
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kysrsoze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:35 AM
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5. Exactly. I'm sure they could have made a LOT of money off it
But would it have outweighed the ridiculous tax breaks they get from Jeb? Shareholders should ask that question.
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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:36 AM
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6. I love being unemployed....
But not in a "financial" sense.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 07:52 AM
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14. I love being unemployed....
Me too. Can I outsource myself?
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 12:53 PM
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17. I believe they get a percentage of the take anyway...it was part of
the deal... I know I remember reading that...
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:35 AM
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4. "Not a Partisan company" Baaawaaahaaa
OMG!!! Eisner is Hillarious...How Partisan are ya when you don't show a film....Baaawaahaaa...I'm glad Eisener wasn't stupid enough to say he hated the film that would be a Partisan comment
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:49 AM
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10. Exactly. So they're not partisan?
What about their latest flop, "America's Heart and Soul"? I won't go see it, but I've read it's Disney's smarmy answer to F9/11. I guess it was so syrupy sweet and unrealistic that it was flushed from the theaters after 1 week.

Not partisan, Michael?
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Mokito Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:38 AM
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7. Shareholders and partisanship....riiiiiiiight.
Eisner has said Disney decided not to distribute the film
because its shareholders and customers do not expect it to be a
partisan company.


No, mister Eisner, but they DO EXPECT it to be a profitable company and letting the best earning documentary EVER slip has cost them a shit load of money.
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Shopaholic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:28 AM
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15. Oh no--why Disney would never be partisan----
unless it's for the Repugs of course. Witness the John Stossel hatchet job on John Edwards Friday night on the Disney-owned ABC's 20/20!

If I were a stockholder in Disney, I'd want Eisner's head on a platter. He turned away a movie that made major bucks for someone else--a movie he admits was "entertaining"????? And this guy is heading a major corporation? HOW and WHY? would be the two questions I'd be asking.
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Mokito Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-26-04 12:08 AM
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20. And don't forget WHEN
As in: "When are you gonna move your sorry ass out of this company?"
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stopbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:45 AM
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8. So he's admitting he dropped the movie without seeing it.
Typical puke.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 01:46 AM
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9. Do I have to be the first to say..
I inhaled, but I didn't swallow?

/mandatory "I smoked, but I din't inhale" reference.

``I thought it was like going to a rock concert. I loved
it, but not in a political (sense).''

- Ya sure.

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krystine Donating Member (223 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 02:47 AM
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11. Eisner and 9/11
With the success of the Passion of the Christ, there was a rumor that Disney was going to hire Mel Gibson to take Eisner's place. Does this mean they are now considering Moore? If so, this would make ABC watchable again.

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geek tragedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 03:03 AM
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12. $$$$$$$$
That's why Eisner found it worthy. Pindick bean counter.
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tooie Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 06:42 AM
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13. political...
playing both sides of the argument makes him looks stupid..
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 05:50 PM
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18. Hi tooie!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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tooie Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 09:22 PM
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19. tnx
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koopie57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-25-04 08:34 AM
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16. F911 is comparable to a rock concert?
someone at disney is smoking some bad ass weed I think.
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