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Variety Now Being Sued For Publishing/Unpublishing/Republishing Negative Review

The whole Iron Cross fiasco we covered last week is getting a whole lot worse. Basically, after getting flack for deleting an offending review of a major investor, Variety republished it. And the investor was not happy. Not one bit. So, in the time honoured manner of resolving matters of honour, they are going to sue the pants off the film magazine.

Variety sold

Is there a refund on that?

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$400,000 won’t buy you a good review from Variety, but it will kill a bad one…

Far be it for us to gloat over the misfortune of a major industry publication, but this story of Oscar ‘payola’ caught my eye. Basically Variety has been accused of pulping a bad review for a film which provided the magazine with $400,000 worth of advertising revenue. The film is Iron Cross – don’t worry that you haven’t heard of the would-be Oscar contender. It’s only really claim to awards prestige is that it offered the last performance of Roy Schneider. However, that $400,000 has gone along way – a lot of film nerds now know all about the film, which wasn’t on the radar last week.

Variety sold

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