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iW NEWS | With “Sicko” Opening Sooner Than Expected…Moore Meets the Press

iW NEWS | With "Sicko" Opening Sooner Than Expected...Moore Meets the Press

Media coverage of Michael Moore‘s “Sicko” in recent days has concerned full-length pirated versions of the movie that have appreared on internet video sites like YouTube and Google Video. Asked about the development during a Tuesday news conference in New York, the director wondered aloud who might have a vested interest in hurting the film, but when pressed he refrained from making any public accusations and admitted a general distaste towards tight copyright restrictions. “I am glad that people are able to see my movie,” Moore admitted, adding, “I am not a big believer of our copyright laws, I think they are too restrictive.” And he added, “As a filmmaker I made this film to be seen on a 40 foot screen…people want to get out of the house and go to the movies…and I hope people do that on opening weekend.” After the gathering, The Weinstein Company announced that they will open the film a week early this Friday at a single New York City theater and present public sneak previews in some 40 cities this Saturday night. Apologizing that TWC had overbooked Tuesday’s promotional schedule (which included a live national appearance in “The View” earlier in the day), Moore arrived more than 30 minutes late for the press conference, but stayed longer than expected to field questions from journalists. “Sometimes things happen when people will it to happen,” Moore said, expressing a hope that the film (which he considers bi-partisan) will connect with audiences and spark a change in the U.S. healthcare system. He said that he also hopes the new movie will entertain Americans who make the trip to theaters, laughing, “I will take you to a place you’ve bever been before, I will take you on a boat into Guantanamo Bay!” In a recent dispatch, indieWIRE also covered the film last month on the day it premiered in Cannes.[Eugene Hernandez]

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