Even though ?Snakes on a Plane? (which premieres today) promises to be a ludicrous action movie, it heralds a new paradigm in film: direct fan-filmmaker collaboration.
Responding to the pleas of fans on the Internet, the makers of “Snakes” added more violence, more nudity, and even the above line of profane dialogue. Never before have fans so directly influenced the production of a movie. Experts say the ripple effects across the industry could be huge.
Virtually none of the people who complained about a racy sex scene in the CBS drama ?Without a Trace? actually saw the show in question, according to the network, which is fighting a record $3.3-million indecency fine. CBS said that all of the 4,211 e-mailed complaints came from conservative websites that urged members to send complaints about the segment—sight unseen.
After the vice president’s daughter called him a “son of a bitch” for mentioning her sexuality during a 2004 debate, John Kerry retorts that Mary Cheney “flacked for the most anti-gay administration in history.” Amen.