Ben Dreyfuss

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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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You Can Watch "The Interview" Right Now. Here's How.

| Wed Dec. 24, 2014 1:21 PM EST

The Interview is live on YouTube right now. You can rent it for $5.99 or buy it for $14.99.

Or you can not watch it at all. Or you can watch it later. Or never. Whatever. No pressure. It doesn't make you a bad person. You do you. America is about choice.

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You Can Go Watch "The Interview" On Christmas After All

| Tue Dec. 23, 2014 12:41 PM EST

Update, 12/23/2014: Sony has confirmed the Christmas Day release of The Interview. 

It looks like The Interview may actually be released on Christmas Day!

Independent theaters in Texas and Atlanta are saying that they've received the go-ahead to show the film Thursday. 

The Dallas Morning News has more: "Sources familiar with this morning's conference call say Sony is also going to make the movie available to theaters at a reduced rental rate, as well as put it on a streaming service (not yet named) and video on demand by no later than Christmas."

This is fantastic news for America and for freedom of expression and blah blah blah blah. However, on the downside, it does mean we may actually have to see this stupid movie now.  Still, overall, fantastic news!

God bless America. God bless George Washington. God bless all the Founding Fathers. God bless Thomas Edison for inventing the movie camera. God bless Seth Rogen and James Franco. God bless Kim Jong Un...wait, don't God bless Kim Jong Un. 

Nothing Matters

| Mon Dec. 22, 2014 1:02 PM EST

How are you? Feeling good? Feeling spry? Eager for 2015? Ready to give it your all? Make it the year when it all finally happens? When the stars align and you take those ideas in your mind and that ambition in your belly and match them with piss and vinegar and do something real? Something that will give your life meaning? Something that matters?

To borrow a phrase from some of 2014's most depressingly successful content thieves entrepreneurs, "haha."

Gizmodo:

The three people behind the immensely popular Twitter accounts @HistoryInPics and @EarthPix have raised $2 million from investors...According to TechCrunch, venture firms 500 Startups, Upfront Ventures, and Daher Capital have all thrown in for the social media start-up that as of a year ago was raking in about $50,000 a month. They're now reportedly taking in about $1 million a month.

[The] Twitter accounts have become immensely popular online, amassing millions of followers in less than two years of existence. The company gets its content largely by scraping places like Reddit for images and captions. The only problem? The images are often fake and the captions are often wrong.

Life has no meaning. Nothing matters.

Here Is President Obama's Statement on Today's Tragedy In New York

| Sun Dec. 21, 2014 1:17 AM EST

Two NYPD officers were murdered in cold blood Saturday by a gunman who then killed himself before being apprehended. Details are still sketchy, but New York is at fever pitch right now. Some people are trying to blame this horrendous tragedy on Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets over the last few weeks to protest the decisions of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand juries.

Here's President Obama's statement from tonight making clear that he "unconditionally condemns today's murder of two police officers." The fact that he has to make that clear at all—as though there was a chance he may have been undecided on the issue—is surreal.

 

The Projectionists at One of LA's Most Famous Theaters Are Apparently Tired of Being Paid Like Crap

| Sat Dec. 20, 2014 2:29 PM EST

The ArcLight is one of the most famous theaters in Hollywood. (It looks like a golf ball. In my house it is known as the golf ball movie theater.) Every Friday night, arm-linked lovers bustle in to find new big flicks. Last night some patrons also found the following Christmas card:

This comes from TV writer David Slack who added on Twitter, "I love you, @ArcLightCinemas but I got this outside your theater. Don’t be an a-hole. Pay your people better."

It's tough times for projectionists. It's a high skilled job that for a long time made a reliable career, but over the last decade theaters have increasingly dropped their 35mm projectors in favor of digital setups that don't require the same technical proficiency to operate. ArcLight projectionists are having an especially difficult time. According to the Stage Technicians Unions, which has been protesting the theater for months, they make less than half what projectionists at competing theaters in LA make. 

I reached out to Chris Forman and will update if he gets back to me.

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