Jack, Diane and Tom Bootlegged Online
“Something’s Gotta Give,” the hit autumn-years romance starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, and the Tom Cruise period adventure “The Last Samurai” have both turned up on the Internet — setting off probes by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a fresh call to protect Hollywood against movie piracy, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Warner Bros., which is distributing “Samurai” (and, like PEOPLE, is part of Time Warner), reported the incident Tuesday but declined to say whether it had identified the source of the unauthorized copy, says the Times.
But the academy said Monday that it learned about the “Something’s Gotta Give” upload last week and pointed a finger of blame at Carmine Caridi, 69, a veteran film and TV actor who appeared in “The Godfather, Part II” and played Det. Vince Gotelli on the series “NYPD Blue,” said the newspaper. Coding on the copy of the movie allegedly revealed that it was Caridi’s screener on the Web.
Caridi could not be reached for comment, according to the Times.
Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis (while declining to identify which Oscar voter was being investigated) said that the member, when questioned about the screener, reportedly said he would call back with an explanation. But that call was never made, Davis said.
“I still have trouble believing that anybody would take the care of a 2003 screener lightly,” Davis said. “It never occurred to me that anybody would ever let this happen. It’s risking the whole ability of the academy members to get their screeners next year.”
Because of a year-end controversy over whether studios could provide screeners to members, the academy required its 5,803 eligible Oscar voters to sign contracts making them vow to restrict access to the preview cassettes and DVDs. About 80 percent of the membership signed and returned the forms, says the Times.
The Academy will continue to investigate the situation. Sony Pictures, which released “Something’s Gotta Give,” is contemplating legal action, reports the Associated Press.