Monday, September 19, 2005


The New Yorker: The Talk of the Town: "On the morning before the United States bombed Afghanistan, HBO Films presented a panel discussion, at Alice Tully Hall, entitled 'Making Movies That Matter: The Role of Filmmaking in the National Debate.' The people in the audience were restless, eager for someone to put their anger and unease into focus, and it wasn't long before one panelist, Bob Shaye, the C.E.O. of New Line Cinema, got them going by insisting that movies should entertain, not explain. Referring to his studio's forthcoming 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, he declared, 'What the world needs now is hobbits.'"


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