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New Moon Director To The Piracy Rescue!

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We told you last week about the young Twilight fan that was arrested at a Chicago movie theater for allegedly videotaping the flick, New Moon, with her digital camera.

The girl, Samantha Tumpach, insists that she wasn't and the footage found on her camera, which includes ads as well as film footage, has her talking over it in conversation with someone else. Still, Samantha was put in jail for two days awaiting a bond hearing and now awaits her trial next week as she is facing a felony charge.

This news has reached the ears of the film's director, Chris Weitz, who is just as flabbergasted as we are that this thing has become such a big deal. In response to her ordeal, he has contacted the studio, Summit Entertainment, to see what they can do to help her. In an email, he writes:

“Needless to say, the case seems to me terribly unfair and I would like to do what I can to address this…There is, needless to say, a difference between trying to protect the copyright of a film and making an unfair example of someone who clearly seems not to have any intentions towards video piracy."

Of course, he acknowledges that since he doesn't own the film, he doesn't have much power himself, but he is hoping that his pull with the studio may be enough to help the girl.

Let's hope the studio mans up and helps out someone who helped put MILLION$ into their pockets!

20 comments to “New Moon Director To The Piracy Rescue!”



  1. 1

    thats nice of him =)

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    this is stupid she didn't even did anything wrong i mean their isn't any footage of the video in her digi-cam so why can't they just let it go?



  3. 3

    wow… people are always getting into weird things these days… REALLY?!



  4. 4

    I wonder how old she is…
    getting put in jail for 2 days over pirating? jesus that's extereme. Americans have weird priorities.
    Roman Polanski (rapist) apparently less of a threat than a young girl with a cell phone.



  5. 5

    That's really nice of him to do that for her. I think the whole thing is stupid and blown out of proportion hope the charges get dismissed.



  6. 6

    Ah the great American criminal justice system! i guess since they can't catch real criminals they try and go after people who have done nothing wrong.



  7. 7

    Love the face Jasper is makin in the poster….delightfuly Creepy!!!!



  8. 8

    I bet if it was anyother movie they wouldn't do this.



  9. 9

    Chris Weiz is a great guy. But, why did the stupid girl have her cell phone on in the movie anyway? That is disruptive to the other movie goers who paid good money to see the movie….Just saying.

    @missbunny - Jasper looks constipated doesn't he….LOL!!!



  10. 10

    Look up "KLTA Perez" on you tube. You will find a fantastic video showing Mario being handed his balls in a bag… Good stuff!



  11. 11

    So ridiculous



  12. 12

    What a wonderful waste of tax payers money! Doesnt our government have better things to do than go after a wrong girl who made a honest mistake?



  13. 13

    Wow HOW REALLY FREAKING COOL OF HIM



  14. 14

    THERE IS LIKE NO FILM ITS CLEARLY A MISTAKE THEY SANG HAPPY BDAY TO HER SISTER FOR GODSAKE WHILE THE ADS WHERE ON AND THE FILM STARTED THIS IS BULLSHIT I SAY SOMEONE IN HER TOWN IN HIGH PLACES DOESNT LIKE HER! (OR HEY MAYBE SHE SLEPT WITH TIGER AND THEY DIDNT WANT HER LEAKIN THAT TOO) (



  15. 15

    Re: Perez=Jackass – OMG PEREZ WOULD YOU BLOCK THIS CRAZY PERSON I UNDERSTAND I SEE YOU WERE AN ASS ON SOMEONES SHOW YOU ASKED TO BE ON WOOPIE DOO EVERYONE IS ASSHOLES I AM HERE FOR THE NEWS/GOSSIP I DONT GIVE A FUCK WHAT PEREZ DID OVER AND OVER LIKED TO HEAR IT ONCE BUT EVERY POST FOR HOW MANY DAYS NOW GET A LIFE YOU LOSER TROLL OMG PEOPLE REALLY HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THEN THAT SHIT WOW …..



  16. 16

    Re: xqueenx – I was thinking the same damn thing xqueenx



  17. 17

    Re: MJJ – hope she sues for the 2 days in prison and wrongful incrimination! Jesus this is crazy!



  18. 18

    Aw, thats nice of him.



  19. 19

    That's really nice of him to try and help her.

    I find it funny that with all of the people who did steal the film to sell were not caught, but a round of happy birthday and some chat ends someone behind bars for 2 nights. It was silly of her to have the camera on after the ads started rolling, but its a bit much.



  20. 20

    Why was her camera on in a theater? Where was she sitting? I live in Mexico and find pirated movies everywhere. I have a copy of "Dreamgirls" that has people walking in front of the screen, looking for seats! When Jennifer's big number comes on, you can hear the audience yelling "You go, gurl!" If you could see the number of pirated movies for sale on any given day, you'd see what a big business it it. I got one yesterday (Borderland) that has a bar code stamp on it!