Utah Theater Cancels 'Brokeback Mountain'

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  1. Ben W

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    A movie theater owned by Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller abruptly changed its screening plans and decided not to show the film "Brokeback Mountain." The film, an R-rated Western gay romance story, was supposed to open Friday at the Megaplex at Jordan Commons in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Instead it was pulled from the schedule.

    A message posted at the ticket window read: "There has been a change in booking and we will not be showing 'Brokeback Mountain.' We apologize for any inconvenience."

    Cal Gunderson, manager of the Jordan Commons Megaplex, declined to comment.

    The film, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, is about two cowboys who discover feelings for one another. The two eventually marry women but rekindle their relationship over the years.

    The movie's distributor, Focus Features, said that hours before opening, the theater management "reneged on their licensing agreement," and refused to open the film.

    Gayle Ruzicka, president of the conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said not showing the film set an example for the people of Utah.

    "I just think (pulling the show) tells the young people especially that maybe there is something wrong with this show," she said.

    Mike Thompson, executive director of the gay rights advocacy group Equality Utah, called it disappointing.

    "It's just a shame that such a beautiful and award-winning film with so much buzz about it is not being made available to a broad Utah audience because of personal bias," he said.

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    Before I state my opinion, let me express that I believe that homosexuality is a grievous sin.

    But if the film were ONLY about how society was different in the early 1960's and if it ONLY presented a historical commentary about how some gay people didn't even fully understand the choices they were making and how "coming out of the closet" was unheard of.....

    ....if the film ONLY was about the struggles that many gay people endured decades ago...

    ...then I might be inclined to watch it myself, not viewing the two men as sympathetic nor heros, but just as a story.

    But, I have heard film critics (Roger Ebert for one) and one of the stars (Heath Ledger) say that the sexual content of the film is quite strong and very, very explicit.

    Therefore, I will not be seeing the film and I say "kudos" for those who pulled the film in Utah.

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    I would not see the movie because I don't care about gay cowboys. The topic of the movie is not of interest to me, and I am betting, to the majority of Americans as well.

    Hollywierd just doesn't get it.

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    "Cal Gunderson, manager of the Jordan Commons Megaplex, declined to comment."

    Who knows...

    Maybe Heath Ledger's second cousin's roomate's mechanic owes the theater manager's next-door neighbour's sister's best friend five bucks...

    If there was a record of the manager dumping junk from his theater (basically every movie made since John Wayne died ;) ), and he was keeping up the good work by not showing this garbage than good luck to him [​IMG]

    Interesting bit of trivia #9328523917: A local radio movie reviewer/commentator says Hollywood is upset because people pirating movies is causing the box office takings to drop.....he adds "they should just work out that people are not going to movies because the movies they are making are rubbish" :D
     
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    Interesting bit of trivia #9328523917: A local radio movie reviewer/commentator says Hollywood is upset because people pirating movies is causing the box office takings to drop.....he adds "they should just work out that people are not going to movies because the movies they are making are rubbish"

    That may be true, there are some really bad movies out there, but pirating is a problem. It is stealing, and I am glad the authorities are seeing it as such.
     
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    I have been around a lot of cowboys and cannot think of one who was gay. I would think that would be an insult to any cowboy to think that there is one among them who is gay. Just can't imagine that scenario on the range.
     
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    It has been interesting as I talk with foreign students and find out how much that is done in their home country over the internet.
     
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    It has been interesting as I talk with foreign students and find out how much that is done in their home country over the internet. </font>[/QUOTE]It really is a problem. It hurts the "little guy", a lot of people are under the impression that it only hurts the big studios, but far from it. For any given movie there are probably 2 or more production companies or studios involved, then there is the distribution companies, etc., etc. The bigger companies pass on the costs to the little guys, in a myriad of different ways, trust me.

    I find it interesting that a lot of people don't consider it stealing. What else could it be? I guess people justify it because it can be done anonymously.
     
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    Given the extremely low box office receipts so far, you'd be right. I'm sure that it's a good movie as far as cinematic artistry, but hey, if it's a story that doesn't appeal to an audience, then guess what? The audience ain't gonna come.

    Now, as far as the theater owner deciding not to who it, it's their theater, and they're welcome to show or not show whatever faire they choose. If they had a contract to show the film (some theaters have contractual obligations), they so long as they're willing to pay any damages that breaking the contract results in, then they're within their right.
     
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    Given the extremely low box office receipts so far, you'd be right. I'm sure that it's a good movie as far as cinematic artistry, but hey, if it's a story that doesn't appeal to an audience, then guess what? The audience ain't gonna come.

    Now, as far as the theater owner deciding not to who it, it's their theater, and they're welcome to show or not show whatever faire they choose. If they had a contract to show the film (some theaters have contractual obligations), they so long as they're willing to pay any damages that breaking the contract results in, then they're within their right.
    </font>[/QUOTE]I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you could not hold a machine gun on me to get me to watch that film----I'd tell you to go ahead and pull the trigger because I'm not watching!!!
     
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    death by machinegun... watch gay comboy film...
    death by machinegun... watch gay cowboy film...

    Mmmm....

    I'm suddenly cured of my terminal desinterest in the cowboy genre!
    Grown men french kissing &lt;forced cheer noises&gt;

    (I'm sorry Blackbird, I'm just not like you)
     
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    I don't know of a theatre within a hundred miles of where I live which will run this movie. I am holding my breath to see if the Official Online Ministries of the UMC lends it the dignity of a review. :(
     
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    I agree with blackbird. Our Lord expects us to be wiser than to fill our heads with such trash as gay cowboy movies
     
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    A brief burst of fire flashing from the M60 machine gun muzzle and I will be "outta here" and then I will let you suffer through all the garbage that Hell can throw onto a world that is already filthy!! Trust me----in a few more years you(Mioque) will be searching for that M60 that put Blackbird out of his misery---to get same lasting results!! First--you will see the muzzle flash/twinkle and then . . .! Release!

    Sorry, Mioque! When it comes down to either watching those cowboys or "eatin' lead" from a large caliber machine gun-----I grin at the prospect of looking down the barrel of said machine gun!!!
     
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    Pain from a machine gun is only brief. The true child of God will not feel the sting of death. I fear no bullets. hey, blackbird... ya reckon we can find an abednego to accompany us in this fiery furnace we are facing?

    If not, I still won't bow.

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    Mioque, that was pretty funny.

    I cannot imagine who would think the plot line of this film is that interesting. Wait, is there a plot line? Dunno. I didnt see it either.
     
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    I would receive more joy and fulfillment in working for Waste Management riding on back of garbage trucks through the neighborhood and countryside than in following the plot of Brokeback Mountain! At least when I'm working for WM --- the garbage goes in BACK of the truck and NOT in my mind!!!
     
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    If blackbird doesn't want to go watch the film, then he should be allowed to refrain from watching the film. I myself will certainly not be going to see the film. However, I will not accuse a brother of sinning if he so chooses to see it.
     

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