Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Storytelling and scheduling

My review of Rebecca Barry's "novel in stories," Later, at the Bar, is now in The Los Angeles Times.

Completely unrelated: In today's New York Times, Sharon Waxman writes about how Disney cannily scheduled the international release of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. "Disney took care to open the film on Wednesday in France, when children are out of school, and on Thursday in Germany, when films traditionally open in that country."

Fine, except that films traditionally open on Wednesdays in France, so Disney taking care to open its new barrel o' bilge on that day wasn't exactly out of the ordinary. In both countries, the movie came out on regular opening days. So what's the point, exactly?

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