Michael Giberson Tyler Cowen links to a story in the New York Times detailing the opposition of the Motion Picture Association of America to two proposed markets for forecasting movie ticket sales. Of the objections noted in the article, Cowen thinks the key issue for Hollywood is the possibility of a poor market showing making … More Prediction markets for movie box office: Manipulation! Insider Trading! Efficiency! and Twitter!
Michael Giberson In advance of the screening next week at SXSW, the Austin Chronicle presents a story about Haynesville and its director Gregory Kallenberg. Here’s a bit of it: The Rev. Reegis Richard was wandering through a field, hungrily eyeing a dilapidated former school and dreaming of the possibilities, when a Haynesville producer climbed over a … More More about the Haynesville documentary
Michael Giberson The documentary film Haynesville offers a view of the shale gas boom from the point of view of several landowners in northeastern Louisiana. One of the landowners is a sort of good-ol’-boy type who hung onto family land and added to it even as family members moved away. His 300 or so acres … More Many views on the Haynesville shale resource
Michael Giberson Just saw the movie Where the Wild Things Are. Fantastic. Wonderful. Amazing. Back when I was king, it was kind of like that. Only, I had more brothers and sisters when I was king, and they thought they were the king or queen, so it was complicated. And amazing. I’m not sure my … More “Where the wild things are”
Michael Giberson From the inbox comes word that Paul Devlin’s documentary, Power Trip, will be aired this weekend on BBC World and in the PBS World Voices program. The film tells the story of the efforts of AES Corporation to succeed as the owners of the newly privatized (in January 1999) electric utility in Tbilisi, … More Power Trip documentary to be aired
Michael Giberson The ever quotable Yzma, from Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove: Ah, how shall I do it? Oh, I know. I’ll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that … More How to deal with toxic assets