In response to prohibitive security conditions announced by Summit Entertainment concerning its 11.16 Manhattan all-media screening of Breaking Dawn, critic Marshall Fine has declared the following: “As a critic who takes pride in his professionalism, I object to the forced surrender of my telephone or any other device at a screening to which I have been invited in a professional capacity. I therefore will not be attending this screening or reviewing this film.”
Most all-media screening publicists give special reserved tickets to journalists they know and trust so they won’t have to show ID or surrender their phones or submit to wandings or any of the other tedious procedures that security goons put people through at these events.
Will Fine make the same declaration if these same conditions are imposed for all-media screenings of War Horse or The Iron Lady or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? That is the question.