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Hollywood’s Latest Bomb? ‘White House Down’ Struggling at the Box Office
Variety ^ | June 28, 2013

Posted on 06/29/2013 7:16:37 PM PDT by SMGFan

Less than a month after Will Smith’s “After Earth” crashed at the box office, Sony finds itself in another predicament with Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down.”

The $150 million action thriller, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, is the studio’s most expensive film of the summer but may debut as poorly as fourth place this weekend with a projected $27 million.

Not only are the early estimates soft for a project Sony bought in a record spec deal for $3 million in 2012, it’s actually worse than this year’s other White House thriller, “Olympus Has Fallen,” which opened to $30.8 million for FilmDistrict on a much smaller budget ($70 million).

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Public doesn't want to see a fantasy movie with thinly veiled BHO?
1 posted on 06/29/2013 7:16:37 PM PDT by SMGFan
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Melissa McCarthy In #2 ‘The Heat’ Fires Up Friday Box Office While #4 ‘White House Down’ Flops; ‘Monsters U’ Still Strong #1
. But Sony Pictures’ White House Down really disappointed in #4, opening a third less than Hollywood expected and ensuring its high cost will make it impossible to earn out. But the studio is still hoping for a 4x holiday-aided multiple. Both pics received ‘A-’ CinemaScores from audiences to help word of mouth. Neither Thursday late show/Friday midnight grosses were significant. Top
http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/first-box-office-the-heat-1-monsters-u-2-wwz-3-white-house-down-4-man-of-steel-5/


2 posted on 06/29/2013 7:17:56 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

Wow they tried to make zer0 macho. Snicker...


3 posted on 06/29/2013 7:21:44 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SMGFan

Too bad. I went today and it was fantastic. Struggling? It made 9 million on Friday alone. I guess people went to the Heat where every other word was the F word. Oh well. I loved White House Down. It has nothing to do with Obama. Gosh you guys think every black person is Barack Obama....lol.


4 posted on 06/29/2013 7:21:45 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: SMGFan

Usually you figure that they put some of the best moments in the ads, based on that there wasn’t a thing I saw to make me part with money. I don’t think I’ll watch it on DVD either.


5 posted on 06/29/2013 7:24:00 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SMGFan

Ha! Let them push them rock that Obamacare baby and watch them fall even further!

I can’t even watch many older movies now because I can’t get past some actors politics of hate.

I’m tired of giving people money to abuse me.

They can twitter and call horrible names of the right, then I can refuse to support the loudmouth jackazzes.


6 posted on 06/29/2013 7:25:00 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SMGFan

Doesn’t having “Bomb” and “White House” in the same headline attract the attention of the NSA? :-)


7 posted on 06/29/2013 7:25:02 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: napscoordinator

Actually it does have to do with Obama - that’s the line the media is quietly pushing. I saw an interview of the actress playing the president’s wife. The reporter started off with something like, “So, you’re playing Michelle Obama.” Those were the first words out of her mouth.


8 posted on 06/29/2013 7:25:21 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: SMGFan

A reality movie would show BHO in a burqa, of course. Not thinly veiled.


9 posted on 06/29/2013 7:25:45 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: Irenic
push them
10 posted on 06/29/2013 7:26:14 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: napscoordinator

Well Jamie Foxx plays the second Black president?

He said earlier in the year “Black people are the most talented people in the world.”


11 posted on 06/29/2013 7:27:03 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

And “Bomb” and “White House” in the same headline? Now you went and done it :).


12 posted on 06/29/2013 7:27:55 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: napscoordinator

Jamie Fox. That’s why I won’t pay money to see it.


13 posted on 06/29/2013 7:28:37 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: SMGFan

Jamie Foxx was outstanding in the movie. Who cares what his politics are. You go to a movie to enjoy it not worry about some politics. Good grief. Conservatives never make movies but sure do complain. Oh that is right. They made the biggest bomb in the history of movie making. An American Carol.....I would go see anything compared to that crap. I want conservatives to make good movies. I really do....but they don’t have the ability too for some reason.


14 posted on 06/29/2013 7:29:19 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: SMGFan

‘it’s actually worse than this year’s other White House thriller, “Olympus Has Fallen,” ‘

Boy was that a lame “Die Hard” copy. Did have lots of action to cover the plot holes though.

They should have held the release of this until ‘olympus’ had passed. The morons movies are made for- it wouldn’t have been a long wait.


15 posted on 06/29/2013 7:29:49 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: vladimir998

I saw an interview of the actress playing the president’s wife.

lol. Not to give anything away, but she is in the movie 30 seconds......I guess you believe the media hook line and sinker.


16 posted on 06/29/2013 7:30:49 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Hardraade

I saw trailer for the film . Mass destruction of the White House, just short of “Independence Day”

http://screencrush.com/cinematic-white-house-attacks/


17 posted on 06/29/2013 7:32:31 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Jamie Fox was already paid. In fact, he would have been paid even if the movie made 0 dollars (literally). He was really very respectful in the movie towards the little girl was was the daughter of Channing Tatum and of course Channing Tatum.


18 posted on 06/29/2013 7:33:04 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: SMGFan

I saw Independence Day....boring! This is much better. It is actually a thriller.


19 posted on 06/29/2013 7:33:56 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: SMGFan

People are tired of garbage dressed up in computer graphics: epic cinematography, but the stench remains.


20 posted on 06/29/2013 7:35:43 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: SMGFan

Gee, a black president. Probably would have done better if they named it White House Git Down.


21 posted on 06/29/2013 7:36:12 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: napscoordinator

Give us a brief plot line. I actually have no idea what the movie is about even though I’ve seen the ad a few times.


22 posted on 06/29/2013 7:36:25 PM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: SMGFan

Good.


23 posted on 06/29/2013 7:38:52 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: napscoordinator
It has nothing to do with Obama. Gosh you guys think every black person is Barack Obama....lol.

I haven't seen it, but the reviewers disagree with you.

'... Foxx may be called “President Sawyer” in this, but he is more or less playing Obama: He has the clipped speech and the cool egghead vibe, not to mention boxes and boxes of Nicorette in his desk drawers...

Emmerich showed his political slant with thinly-disguised portraits of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as a moron and a maniac, respectively. But Emmerich was downright subtle there compared to his approach in “White House Down,” which presents Obama as a hero — a Clark Kent just waiting to be Superman — and elements of the right as, not merely wrong, but unhinged...

But Foxx's portrayal of the president steals the show. Partly a celebration of Obama, it's also a barely-disguised message directed at the sitting president, instructing him to peel off the president suit and unleash the hero within. '

http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/movies/article/Review-White-House-Down-4624419.php
24 posted on 06/29/2013 7:41:26 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: SMGFan
I do want to see "Monster U." "Monsters, Inc." was masterful, a really great movie.

Interestingly enough, I'm also looking forward to 2 other sequels.

RED 2: "Red" was incredible. Lots of action and John Malcovic was hilarious!

Despicable Me 2: The original is one of my favorite movies on "GruRay!" The Minions are the best! Can't wait for this one!

Unfortunately, due to physical issues, I really can't go see a movie at the theaters. It's been about 7 years since I've been to a theater. So I'll have to wait until they're released on DVD/BluRay.

Oh, and I'm waiting to see "The Hobbit" until the studio releases the extended edition this Christmas.

Mark

25 posted on 06/29/2013 7:41:29 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: napscoordinator

It looks like a more action/adventure “Olympus Has Fallen”, but I wouldn’t know, as I have seen neither.


26 posted on 06/29/2013 7:41:52 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: SMGFan

Ever notice how often Hollywood puts out two nearly identical movies during the summer?

We had two volcano movies (Dante’s Peak and Volcano), two comet/asteroid movies (Deep Impact and Armageddon), and now two “White House under siege” movies. There are many more examples of this over recent years.

It clearly indicates that Hollywood is out of original ideas (which certainly isn’t news to anyone who’s gone to the theater lately). It also indicates that the studios spy on each other and steal from each other on a regular basis.

I’d just like to see one movie where I don’t sit there thinking that I could have written a better script in five minutes.


27 posted on 06/29/2013 7:42:35 PM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: napscoordinator

He wasn’t paid by any of my money.


28 posted on 06/29/2013 7:43:06 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: napscoordinator
Conservatives never make movies but sure do complain... I want conservatives to make good movies. I really do....but they don’t have the ability too for some reason.


29 posted on 06/29/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Betty Jane

A former military guy is visiting the White House with his daughter. SPOILER ALERT: Right winger types want to get rid of the Obama government (of course the movie President has a different name, but the whole country knows who it really is about) with the help of Big Business/Military Establishment. Visiting guy helps the President kick A$$, saves his own daughter from the bad guys, and saves the country from the Right.
Some fairly good action scenes if you can ignore the PC stuff and the obvious jabs at the right.


30 posted on 06/29/2013 7:48:45 PM PDT by Imnidiot (This space for Rent)
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To: SMGFan

Terrorists captured the White House? Really?

The communists and Muslim Brotherhood took it over in 2009. Top that, Hollywood.


31 posted on 06/29/2013 7:49:31 PM PDT by marron
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To: napscoordinator

Wow, you seem really angry, do you have an investment in the picture?

I do agree with you. I go to a movie to be entertained and I love films. I could give a crap about the politics of the actors.

FYI: An American Carol cost an estimated $12,000,000 to produce and brought in $7,000,000 in domestic box office. A loss, but hardly a huge flop by Hollywood Standards. As things go, it made money through video rentals and sales.

BTW: I didn’t see it. Didn’t look funny to me.


32 posted on 06/29/2013 7:50:50 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: napscoordinator

My 21 year old daughter went with her husband to see it last night. She texted me half-way through it, furious.

“This movie is kinda pissing me off. Basically a bunch of republicans and disgruntled soldiers get together to take out our black president.”

Why was she mad? REPUBLICANS and the MILITARY (she’s a patriotic Army Brat) had attacked the White House to overthrow a black president.

Really? Even Rotten Tomatoes recognized this as obvious political crap. (And RT also said that the guy in the movie is much more ‘black’ and ‘hip’ than our current president.)

I comforted her by reminding her that today’s Republican’s are spineless cowards who’d fold at a moment’s notice. Everyone knows this.

Thus, the movie is complete fiction and she is free to enjoy the explosions and Channing Tatum’s hotness.


33 posted on 06/29/2013 7:51:25 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: SMGFan

I saw it tonight. The theater was about two thirds full.

The movie was fine. If you wish to suspend reality a little bit. Well, pretty much put reality out of your mind altogether.

Strictly a shoot’em up, right wing extremism terrorists getting back at the government. You know, what Hollywood thinks of US!

I know Jamie Foxx is not popular around here, but he was OK in this. Yes, clearly he was Obama. But he was not made into anything macho.

Overall, for a summer action movie it was OK. Not great, but OK.

World War Z was only marginally better.


34 posted on 06/29/2013 7:55:18 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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It’s not primarily an issue of talent, it’s primarily an issue of who has their hands on the levers of power in Hollywood.

I think the issue that most conservatives have, is that if these people were simply making a movie, it wouldn’t be an issue. But the vast majority of them are into liberal advocacy and promotion of liberal policies, and they use their celebrity as a platform.

I can’t help feeling that way about this kind of stuff nowadays. A couple years ago, I went to see a Roger Waters concert, because I used to love Pink Floyd.

This was right around the 2004 election. I went with about 15 other people, and I have to tell you… I was steaming the entire time. Literally steaming. But I didn’t say anything… If someone didn’t feel the way that I did, I didn’t want to ruin the evening for them, so I sat there and stewed.

It was the most anti-American, liberal, Marxist thing that I’ve ever paid money to go see. The entire show was accompanied by slideshows and video in the background that were anti-capitalist, anti-Israel, and anti-American. Near the end, they released into the air a huge inflatable pig that looked to be about the size of a small house. On one side it said “F*ck Bush” and on the other side it had the message “Vote Democrat” painted on it.

Now, most people might reasonably say to me: “Well, it was Roger Waters. What did you expect?”

And that is true enough. But I will say that it ruined going to concerts for me, and it ruined any enjoyment I still got out of listening to Pink Floyd. I don’t think that I have listened to any Pink Floyd since that day.

The point is, I don’t go around to every telling them to trash their Pink Floyd music. I don’t tell them to not buy the music. And I don’t tell them not to listen to it.

I just can’t listen to it. And it’s the same way with many Hollywood types for me now. One of my favorite movies, especially silly comedy movies, was the Jim Carrey movie “Liar, liar”. But after listening to him for the last few years, I just can’t bring myself to laugh at his stuff. His political advocacy did the same thing for his material that OJ Simpson did to my fondness for the “Naked Gun” movies. Just seeing O.J. Simpson in those takes a lot of silly fun out of it.


35 posted on 06/29/2013 7:56:15 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: napscoordinator

Saw it too! Was fun!

I really don’t get ongoing obsession that every movie or TV show is somehow a political statement. They just aren’t. Some are . .. most are just a Studio trying to make money. It’s just capitalism.


36 posted on 06/29/2013 7:56:29 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Imnidiot
Some fairly good action scenes if you can ignore the PC stuff and the obvious jabs at the right.

A few years ago, I could have ignored the PC stuff, not anymore. In NYC the price of a movie ticket is $20.00 and I'll be damned if I'll pay hollywood that much to basically insult what I believe in. I'm sick of PC, homosexual agenda or just plain old jabs at conservatives that seem to be in most movies to one degree or another.

37 posted on 06/29/2013 7:58:32 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Old Sarge

That movie sucked jaw hen it came out, and it hasn’t held up very well. And not from a political standpoint—but the writing, photography and sets were horrible. It looked like a bad movie of the week.


38 posted on 06/29/2013 7:58:58 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Vermont Lt

‘World War Z was only marginally better.’

Now that is disappointing! I wanted to see WWZ. I will w8 for video. I usually do. I have too many kids at home 2go 2 movies.


39 posted on 06/29/2013 8:00:04 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Vermont Lt

Jaw hen? Sorry about that. It simply sucked when it came out.


40 posted on 06/29/2013 8:00:52 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Vermont Lt

Sucked jaw hen. That’s a new one for me.


41 posted on 06/29/2013 8:03:15 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SMGFan

Apparently Foxx hasn’t been watching the “star witness” for the prosecution at the Zimmerman trial.

It depends on what sort of talent you’re talking about.


42 posted on 06/29/2013 8:03:31 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

I read the book, and I could not help comparing the two. As a standalone action flick it was good.

If you read the book, just tell yourself you are going to a zombie movie and you will be fine.

Overall, I would give WH Down about a six. WWZ would rate a 7.5. So not bad. There will be a sequel.


43 posted on 06/29/2013 8:03:47 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: SMGFan

Defund Hollywood - quit paying for their product.


44 posted on 06/29/2013 8:04:33 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Auto correct trying to figure out slang sometimes sucks jaw hen.


45 posted on 06/29/2013 8:05:46 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: napscoordinator
Jamie Foxx was outstanding in the movie. Who cares what his politics are.

For those who don’t recall, Foxx is the man who recently told us that we should “honor” our “lord and savior” Barack Obama.

“I’m dressed in all black, cause it’s good to be black. Black is the new white!” Foxx began in his opening monologue.

The really curious comments came soon after:

“I got a new movie coming out, Django, check it out…Django Unchained, I play a slave. How black is that? In the movie, I have to wear chains. How whack is that? But don’t be worried about it, because I get out [of] the chains, I save my wife, and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that? And how black is that?”

From: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/12/09/jamie-foxx-jokes-about-killing-all-the-white-people-in-new-movie-how-great-is-that/

46 posted on 06/29/2013 8:06:51 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama and Biden are merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: rlmorel
thank you...
47 posted on 06/29/2013 8:06:52 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SMGFan

I will NEVER EVER patronize another Jamie “Our lord and savior Barack Obama” and “I got to kill all the white people” Foxe film the rest of my days.

F**K him!


48 posted on 06/29/2013 8:07:50 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Hitler would have LOVED obozo!)
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To: SMGFan

Only if he gets it in the end.


49 posted on 06/29/2013 8:09:58 PM PDT by funfan
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To: napscoordinator

I care what his politics are. You don’t go to movies if the industry funds and fervently seeks to propagandize for your enemies. At least you shouldn’t.


50 posted on 06/29/2013 8:10:49 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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