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Turner Classic Movies to become next AMC!


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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted April 01 2003 - 09:47 AM

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 of 34 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

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Posted April 01 2003 - 09:54 AM

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.

#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted April 01 2003 - 09:59 AM

You trying to give people a heart attack?Posted Image

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

#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Chucky P

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Posted April 01 2003 - 10:13 AM

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stated spokesman Fred Furner


Good One! Posted Image

#5 of 34 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted April 01 2003 - 10:13 AM

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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#6 of 34 OFFLINE   Ross Williams

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Posted April 01 2003 - 10:13 AM

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more user-friendly by introducing intermissions


Wow! That might just be the most ridiculous media spin I've ever read. Can't they just say commercials?!

That's too bad. I liked the channel, nice to watch classic movies uninterupted. That's gone now. Will they be showing classics like Strange Invaders and Flawless, like AMC does? Yes, that's what American Movie Classics actually considers a couple of their "classics" this month. Complete with "intermissions". That's one viewer they lost.
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#7 of 34 OFFLINE   Peter Apruzzese

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Posted April 01 2003 - 10:20 AM

Ross:

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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."


Today is April 1. Posted Image

Good one, Patrick!
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#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Steve Phillips

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Posted April 01 2003 - 10:52 AM

Whew, you had me going for a minute! Posted Image

#9 of 34 OFFLINE   Ross Williams

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Posted April 01 2003 - 11:56 AM

:b Damn you! I hate April Fool's day. Posted Image
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#10 of 34 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted April 01 2003 - 12:13 PM

Good one. I just hope that this remains an April Fool's joke.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then.


#11 of 34 OFFLINE   Seth Paxton

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Posted April 01 2003 - 01:09 PM

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. Posted Image

I just had to then decide if they burned you or if you were in on it.

#12 of 34 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted April 01 2003 - 01:50 PM

Forgot it was April Fools Day, started to get extremely pissed off...Posted Image

#13 of 34 OFFLINE   Thi Them

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Posted April 01 2003 - 02:25 PM

This thread should be in the TV forum.

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#14 of 34 OFFLINE   Greg_M

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Posted April 01 2003 - 03:02 PM

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.

#15 of 34 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted April 01 2003 - 03:06 PM

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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Posted April 02 2003 - 02:53 AM

Phew. Close one. I need to go clean the vomit off of my shirt. Posted Image
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Posted April 02 2003 - 03:10 AM

You're a cruel person, Patrick. Posted Image

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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.

If this statement didn't expose this as a joke, nothing would.

#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted April 02 2003 - 04:28 AM

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! Posted Image

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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Posted April 02 2003 - 04:32 AM

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My bladder would certainly be happy for it!
Three simple letters for you -- VCR. Posted Image

Patrick, you deserve to be smacked for this one. I hate April Fool's Day, but I'll the first to admit that this was one of the better ones that were on the web yesterday. Posted Image

#20 of 34 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted April 02 2003 - 05:18 AM

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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