A 22-year-old woman jailed two days in November after being arrested for filming two brief snippets of a motion picture is lashing back at the theater, claiming its manager demanded her arrest despite the police department's reluctance.
In a civil suit lodged in Illinois federal court, Samantha Tumpach claims local police and the Motion Picture Association of American recommended against arresting her. A felony theater-filming charge carrying up to three years in prison was subsequently dropped.
Tumpach was allegedly trying to record a snippet of her favorite shirtless actor for...uh, personal reasons. Movie theaters should chill the fuck out: Clearly, someone recording two minutes of a film in a theater isn't trying to make a profit or pirate the film. Although I'd be annoyed as hell if someone whipped out their cell phone and tried that next to me at a theater. This isn't a legal issue, it's a politeness issue. She should've been ejected for rudeness, not treated like a criminal.
(And, in case you're wondering: Lindy's review of the new Twilight movie is just about perfect. The only thing I have to add, as the only person on staff who has read all the books and seen all the movies so far is that this is the Worst Twilight Movie Yet: It's boring and flabby and it has absolutely no reason to exist.)