Sony pays up for fake blurbs

Sony pays up for fake blurbs

ktale.jpgSony has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle the class-action lawsuit brought by disgruntled movie-goers who claimed they were tricked into seeing movies like ‘A Knight’s Tale’ via ad blurbs by ‘David Manning’, a fictitious moive reviewer for the (non-fictitious) Ridgefield Press, a Connecticut paper.

If ‘David Manning’ convinced you to go see one or more of the movies ‘he’ blurbed (‘The Patriot’, ‘The Animal’, ‘Vertical Limit’, ‘A Knight’s Tale’, and ‘Hollow Man’), you can collect up to $5 per ticket from the settlement by filing a claim with the law firm heading up the class action suit. Instructions here. More importantly, I hope this settlement serves to begin a healing process whereby you learn once again to trust the always-scrupulous entertainment press corps. Because journalists don’t make people go see crappy movies– movie studios make people go see crappy movies. Or something like that. (Also, I kind of liked ‘A Knight’s Tale.’– can I still get my $5?)