The entertainment industry has been getting a little more comfortable with praising the benefits of online piracy, and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is the latest to speak to its brighter side. "[It] led to a lot of people watching the series who otherwise would not have," Gilligan tells the BBC. Gilligan has previously remarked that TV binge-watching was a large factor in getting viewers wrapped up in his show, noting in May that Netflix in particular brought about an "amazing nitrous-oxide boost of energy and public awareness" that the series was able to take advantage of.
But while Breaking Bad may have benefited from the added buzz generated by piracy as well, Gilligan isn't strictly thrilled that viewers didn't choose another avenue to watch his show through. "The downside is a lot of folks who worked on the show would have made more money, myself included, if all those downloads had been legal," he tells the BBC. The series' finale alone was downloaded over half a million times within just 12 hours of airing. While AMC did sell the series online, it chose not to offer a free, ad-supported stream of it as many other networks do with their own shows, removing a potential avenue to gain viewers who don't want to pay.
-by Jacob Kastrenakes
Hustler Founder Larry Flynt to Missouri: Don't Execute Joseph Franklin
by Daniel Wicentowski
Larry Flynt hasn't forgiven Joseph Franklin, the serial-killing white supremacist who 35 years ago shot and paralyzed Flynt on the steps of Georgia courthouse after Hustler ran a photo spread of an interracial couple.
Franklin is set to be executed on November 20 for a laundry list of horrific killings, not to mention a handful of bank robberies and bombed synagogues.
But Flynt doesn't want Franklin dead.
In a guest column published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter, the porno patriarch argued that keeping Franklin locked up for life was punishment enough.
Franklin has been sentenced by the Missouri Supreme Court to death by legal injection on Nov. 20. I have every reason to be overjoyed with this decision, but I am not. I have had many years in this wheelchair to think about this very topic. As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself.
Now, none of this should be interpreted as a sign that Flynt has gone soft in his old age, as evidenced in this passage:
In all the years since the shooting, I have never come face-to-face with Franklin. I would love an hour in a room with him and a pair of wire-cutters and pliers, so I could inflict the same damage on him that he inflicted on me. But, I do not want to kill him, nor do I want to see him die.
Tony Kozina sits in from the main show to discuss Mark and Bobby's beliefs on STL Cardinals Baseball Fans. Mark, although outspoken about STL attitudes in general doesn't overly defeat the baseball team and its fans. Plus the guys discuss a marriage issue that is a doozy and a couple questions from the listeners.
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On this OVERTIME, Mark continues to finish his "Get up on" and "Get up Off" from the main show. Helping people better themselves one new idea at a time.
Then Mark, Justin and Bobby finish off discussing some other letters from the listeners about advice and some questions from the listeners including: What is the worst idea ever put into use? (or something like that). Enjoy the OVERTIME
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