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Sony

Evidently, the United States government is far more afraid of foreign powers than it is of its own citizens. Why else would no action by taken by the President, Congress, FBI, CIA, etc. after the North Korea hacking of Sony’s proprietary databases and e-mail, and the ensuing threats from that country? This hacking has led to North Korea being so upset over a planned new-release film that they have made what are tantamount to terrorist threats. These threats have made so many major theater chains back away from the film that Sony might not even release the project now. Was it a film I planned to watch? No; I has zero interest in it. Still, our President, Congress, and other US governmental bodies are letting North Korea dictate the future of this project. And, by extension, Sony and the rest of the entertainment industry.

Why?

If the threats North Korea have made against theaters for wanting to show the film had, instead, been leveled at the White House, or any other governmental building we’d likely be at war with North Korea right now. Instead, Our government is allowing a foreign power to censure US arts and entertainment because that foreign power made some threats.

We all need to remember this during the next elections. Please support me in voting the people out of office who are allowing this to happen. We need people in government who will support freedom in the arts and entertainment industries, not allow them to be gutted. We, the people, need to control the government, not the other way around.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Vote

Vote

Today is November 4th. It’s general election day. If you haven’t voted yet today, please take the time to do so.

Why am I devoting a post on my blog, which is typically about my bestselling, award-winning writing career, to talk about this? Simple. I think it’s important.

Too many people refuse to go out and vote, claiming lack of time, sheer inconvenience, or some other excuse. Then they sit back and moan, groan, whine, and complain about the people in office, and every choice they make. What can you do about it? Go vote! If you haven’t cast your vote, what right do you have to complain? True, you didn’t help to put that person into office. But you did nothing to try and keep them from office, either.

Unable to go out to the polls due to health issues? Unwilling to go out to the polls and deal with other people? Then use mail-in ballots. Whatever you do, please vote!

Some studies show that 40% of Americans don’t vote. If that’s true, that means that only 60% of us actually take the time to vote. Just over half of Americans vote? How can that be? How can almost half the nation be so lazy that they just kick back, and let others decide how their lives will be governed? That’s astonishing. Don’t be one of those people. Get up. Get out. Go vote!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

95%—”Dark River Lords” Update

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Voting for “Dark River Lords is still going on. At the moment, “Dark River Lords” has a 95% win rate—157 wins in 165 battles. Thank you, everyone, who has taken the time to cast a vote for “Dark River Lords”.

If you haven’t voted—or if you’d like to vote for “Dark River Lords” again—please go to http://studios.amazon.com/premise-war and vote on the film’s premise. When you see the one for “Dark River Lords” come up, please click the button marked “This One Wins” for that project. If you’d like to quickly skip over any voting rounds until “Dark River Lords” pops up as a choice, simply use the “skip this battle” link.

I’ll continue posting updates about this through the project’s time in the Amazon Studios Premise War.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

100 Wins Thus Far—”Dark River Lords” Update

Dark_River_Lords_Wins_03_30_2014100 Wins in 100 Rounds of Amazon Premise War voting for “Dark River Lords” as of yesterday! Thank you so very much, everyone who is taking the time to vote on this project. I can’t tell you how much this means to Desirée and I both!

If you haven’t voted—or if you’d like to vote for “Dark River Lords” again—please go to http://studios.amazon.com/premise-war and vote on the film’s premise. When you see the one for “Dark River Lords” come up, please click the button marked “This One Wins” for that project. If you’d like to quickly skip over any voting rounds until “Dark River Lords” pops up as a choice, simply use the “skip this battle” link.

I’ll continue posting updates about this through the project’s time in the Amazon Studios Premise War.

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Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Man of Steel” Review—”Nuclear Winter Entertainment”

The day before the public release of “Man of Steel”, the latest Superman movie, Desirée and I were to attend an advance release screening for the film. Our review is now on-line as part of our writings for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment”. It can be found at http://nuclearwinterent.com/nw/2013/06/15/man-of-steel/

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Theater Etiquette

Desirée Lee and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a pre-screening of the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel”, yesterday evening. While Desirée has been able to see several films in theaters before those movies were open to the general public, “Man of Steel” was my first time for that. While we both wanted to see the film, the real reason we were there was work. Both Desirée and myself are writers for the website “Nuclear Winter Entertainment”. We attended the advance showing of “Man of Steel” in order to have a review on the Nuclear Winter website today—the day of the film’s general release. I’ll be posting a blog announcing when the review is up. It has been written and submitted to Nuclear Winter for review. Much as I truly loved “Man of Steel”, the entire theater experience would have been so much better if the people around us would have been more courteous.

Several people whipped out cell phones around us, and started texting a few times. Older children and young teens kept getting up, walking out, and coming back in with fresh drinks and popcorn—the same few over and over and over and over and over—walking directly in front of us, blocking the screen. These same children had taken seats a few rows away from their parents, and kept getting up even more to go back and talk to them.

Another issue was with the smaller children. Yes, “Man of Steel” is a Superman film. It’s also rated PG-13, and for good reason. Read the review of the film that Desirée and I wrote for more on that. Parts of the film caused Desirée to tear up a bit. One part of the film was so intense and dramatic that I simply went into shock and cried a little. Again, the film is PG-13 for a reason! That rating means a film isn’t suitable for small children. Young children shouldn’t be in the theater for a PG-13 film. Know what happens? The same thing that happened during “Man of Steel” last night—the young children are overwhelmed by what they’re seeing on screen. They freak out. They cry. They shriek. They disturb everyone around them who is trying to enjoy the movie.

Please pay attention to theater etiquette when you go to a movie:

-Keep you cell phone OFF.

-Don’t talk.

-Be in your seat BEFORE the movie starts.

-Once the film has started, STAY IN YOUR SEAT until the film has ended if that’s at all possible.

-Don’t take children to films with ratings inappropriate to their ages.

All of these bits of etiquette were violated numerous times during “Man of Steel” last night. This is why I’m not often to be found in the theater for a film. Please use some common sense, and allow everyone else around you to enjoy the movie.

Thank you.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Tag List

Since changing the look of my blog, the list of tags forces readers to do quite a bit of scrolling from one post to the next. Is this a problem? Or does everyone like this new blog design? Please let me know.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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