Great Firewall of China

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Jan. 25 2006 6:28 PM

Great Firewall of China

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Freelance illustrator Debra Rohlfs complains, "Disney's just making mistake after mistake, and Pixar just made their first mistake by going back under Disney's lock and chain." Pixar shareholder Theme Wuhan is unhappy but hopes for the following outcomes: "That Pixar still gets to act as an independent entity. ... That endless sequels won't ruin Pixar's ability to create great movies. ... That Jobs and Co. know what they are doing. ... That Pixar's creativity invades Disney, and not the other way around."

Politically minded IT consultant Derek at Blue Noise tries to put the deal in perspective: "Well the good news is that John Lasseter, a founding member of Pixar (and director of several of the films they produced) is now the Chief Creative Officer (CCO) of Disney, and Steve Jobs is now on Disney's board of directors. If anyone has the power to start pulling Disney in the right direction, it's their single largest shareholder ..."

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"Jane Dough" at Boston Gal's Open Wallet suggests that you "can't put a price a good creative decision," and though she concedes she's a Disney stockholder, her real concern is what this means for the kiddies: "One of my jobs as Auntie to my numerous sibling progeny is to attend the latest animated movie. ... So if this deal means a return to good movie watching fare ala Toy Story then it is worth all those Billions."

Read more about the Disney buyout of Pixar. Daniel Gross weighs in  on the deal in Slate.

'Nice Guy' gone: Chris Penn, the talented character actor from Footloose and Reservoir Dogs and the brother of Sean Penn, was found dead yesterday in his Santa Monica home. Bloggers are saddened by Penn's passing, but also by the actuarial pigeonhole his last name seems to have landed him in.

Zann at the entertainment blog Experiment 301 writes, "RIP to Eddie with the out-of-place clothes in Reservoir Dogs. our audience probably knows him best from that movie, though he's been in other classics such as True Romance, Mullholland Falls, Footloose, and even Corky Romano."

Los Angeles gossip rag Defamer runs through the obits and faults the Times Online, which "couldn't be bothered to squeeze his name into the headline for 'Sean Penn's younger brother found dead.' Nice Guy Eddie deserved better." Though what would any pop-culture tabletalk in a Tarantino script make of the following blog headline at mynameisdita? "Madonna's former brother-in-law found dead."

Read more about Chris Penn's death.

Michael Weiss is the director of communications at the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank that promotes democratic geopolitics. He is also the spokesman for Just Journalism, which examines how Israel and the Middle East are portrayed in the U.K. media.

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