*Download at will, music pirates. The RIAA, the trade group that represents the music industry, is set to abandon mass lawsuits targeted at file-sharers. Instead, according to the Wall Street Journal
, the group says it's "hashed out preliminary agreements" with major internet service providers, under the terms of which the ISPs might first implore users to stop file-sharing via an email or two, then, perhaps, slow down service before, finally, cutting off service altogether.
*If you didn't make it all the way to the end of Philip Martin's review of "Seven Pounds"
today ("It’s a dumb movie put together by people who think they’re a lot smarter than their prospective audience") or didn't catch A.O. Scott's hilarious pan in the New York Times
("[it] may be among the most transcendently, eye-poppingly, call-your-friend-ranting-in-the-middle-of-the-night-just-to-go-over-it-one-more-time crazily awful motion pictures ever made"), Vulture does what neither of these critics nor any of their colleagues do for fear of never getting a screening from Sony again. They spoil the plot. And MAN if it doesn't sound epically bad