How Hollywood Manipulates Science

There was a story on Slashdot this morning about new research involving a giant ape. It’s awfully coincidental that this research came out 1 month before the King Kong movie. Think I’m being cynical? Listen to this NPR piece on how Hollywood manipulates science (8:54) to promote its movies.

Universal Pictures worked with paleontologists to ensure that dinosaur news would coincide with the release of each Jurassic Park movie. They even had one scientist lie about the discovery date of some fossils by a few weeks, in order to have the discovery date closer to Jurassic Park 3’s opening. He was fine with it, since Universal paid for a lot of his research. Universal is also the studio that is releasing King Kong.

Still think I’m being cynical?

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