by Scoobie Davis
One Thing About LA I Forgot To Mention Yesterday
One pimp thing about LA is that your movie dollar goes far in this city. Tickets are expensive (no one dollar second run places here), but there are free marketing screenings here. Let me give you the lowdown: The AC Nielsen Company has screenings of Hollywood films months before they're released so that they can gage audience reactions (through questionnaires and focus groups) and make editing changes. This week I'm seeing My Summer of Love starring Natalie Press and Emily Blunt. I'm actually not supposed to attend these because I'm in the entertainment industry but I do it anyway--so bite me Hollywood and Nielsen Company.
Disclosure: I briefly worked for AC Nielsen as a flunky phone rep who would call people around the country and ask them about the movies they've seen recently and if they liked them. The job paid shit and I felt like a cog in a machine.