Monday , October 25 2021

Leaky Screeners

The MPAA made a big deal about tracking down the availability of Something’s Gotta Give to a screener sent out to an Academy member. Andy at did a little research and found this was hardly unusual:

    I compiled a list of every likely Oscar nominee, using these popular 2004 Oscar predictions as a guide. Then, I tried to find downloadable screener copies of every film on the list.

    The results might surprise the Academy. Out of 22 films, screeners for all but one were widely released on the Internet. Of those, 10 were leaked over a month ago, and five were leaked over two months ago.

    Below you can find a list of the 22 films, with the date they were leaked and links to the NFO files added by the release group for each

He lists the films and date they were made available on the Internet, and has further explanation in his comments:

    An NFO file is a text file, usually ending in the extension .nfo, that is created by the group that encoded and released the video. Usually, they include information about the release, a logo, greetings to other members/groups, and a call for new members. Click on any of the links above for examples, or browse around at VCDQuality or NForce. The NFO standard originated in the warez scene, but was adapted by the music, book, and movie scenes as well.

Excellent work, thanks!

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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