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Rupert Goodwins' Diary

Friday 8/6/2001We should be used to it by now, but every so often Hollywood manages to astonish by its lack of self-awareness. There are fewer atoms of irony in its glitzy soul than there are warthogs orbiting Ganymede, a fact demonstrated by its sudden interest in making a movie about Napster -- which the entrenched forces of the entertainment industry have largely destroyed.

Friday
8/6/2001 We should be used to it by now, but every so often Hollywood manages to astonish by its lack of self-awareness. There are fewer atoms of irony in its glitzy soul than there are warthogs orbiting Ganymede, a fact demonstrated by its sudden interest in making a movie about Napster -- which the entrenched forces of the entertainment industry have largely destroyed. Given Tinseltown's equal lack of fondness for facts, though, it's unlikely we'll see foam-flecked warrior lawyers girding their depositions and flexing their arguments. Instead, the underdog instinct all screenwriters seem to have will probably make the movie end up with Shawn Fanning leading a Children's Crusade of pimply-faced youth in a siege of Bill Gate's underground fortress. Metallica are unlikely to do the sound track, though.