Turner Classic Movies to become next AMC!

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  1. Patrick McCart

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    From the NY Post:

    TCM Follows AMC's Lead
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


    ATLANTA, GA -- At a brief press conference on Wednesday, a spokesman for
    Turner Classic Movies, an AOL Time Warner Company, stated that beginning
    June 30th, TCM will become more user-friendly by introducing intermissions
    during classic film broadcasts. Noting the successful change in demographics
    by competitor American Film Classics, TCM is targetting a younger audience.

    The new format, which will feature a higher ratio of color films, will be
    implemented in stages to allow existing viewers the time necessary to adapt
    to the benefits of the new format. "Initially, the intermissions will be
    positioned at mid-point of each film," stated spokesman Fred Furner. "Then,
    on a monthly basis, the number and length of the intermissions will increase
    to meet our goal of 6 intermissions per hour with not more than 20 minutes
    in total length."

    Citing an untapped library of made-for-tv movies, TCM will have plenty of
    material for the new format. "Film historians are in for a treat as they
    will be able to watch the evolution in network produced color film from the
    earliest stages in the 60's through the golden era of the mid 80's," stated
    Furner.

    A small silent group of protesters picketed the press conference. A group
    spokesman stated "Sometimes I can't tell the difference between hell and and an
    april fools joke."
     
  2. Gary->dee

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    Good lord,.. Don't do that! You wanna give a person a heart attack? :p) For reals tho, I sent AMC an email or two when they changed their format and they sent me the obligatory "we got bills to pay" email in response.
     
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    You trying to give people a heart attack?[​IMG]

    Funny, funny shit though. *wipes sweat off brow*
     
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    Patrick,

    You are one sick SOB! Next you'll be telling me that they're going to rename Raiders of the Lost Ark as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
     
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    Ross:

     
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    Whew, you had me going for a minute! [​IMG]
     
  9. Ross Williams

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    :b Damn you! I hate April Fool's day. [​IMG]
     
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    Good one. I just hope that this remains an April Fool's joke.
     
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    I clicked in, but before I could even start to read my mind started spinning and came up with "April Fools".

    There was no way I could rationally comprehend the idea that they would do that, so I defaulted out and looked for another reason. [​IMG]

    I just had to then decide if they burned you or if you were in on it.
     
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    Forgot it was April Fools Day, started to get extremely pissed off...[​IMG]
     
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    This thread should be in the TV forum.

    ~T
     
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    Who do they think they are fooling? Called the commercial breaks "intermissions"? There is usually only one intermission per film/show, not six per hour. Tell it like is is, we're goin' commercial.
     
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    This thread is an interesting case study in how closely people actually read a post, and subsequent posts, before they respond. Fascinating. :wink:
     
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    Phew. Close one. I need to go clean the vomit off of my shirt. [​IMG]
     
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    You're a cruel person, Patrick. [​IMG]

     
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    As much as this is an April Fool's post, a couple of the bogus ideas do have merit.

    First are the intermissions. I don't have TCM so I don't know if they're already doing this or not. But why not have a break during those three hour epic? Most of these long movies already have a spot designated for the theater intermission. So why not have one at home as well? My bladder would certainly be happy for it! [​IMG]

    Second, TV movies may not be that bad an idea. How many made-for-TV movies have been made in the fifties, sixties and seventies and haven't been seen in decades? And how many of those actually turned out decent? Steven Spielberg's "Duel" was originally created as a made-for-TV movie, but was so good that it was actually given a theatrical release in Europe. How many other made-for-TV movies fit in the same category?

    Just my two cents...
     
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    This thread is hereby awarded Best April Fool's Thread of 2003 by the owners and staff of Home Theater Forum.
     

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