MPAA Chief Jack Valenti: Really, We Love This Inter-Thing

Fresh off the Web press, The Hollywood Reporter's Brooks Boliek sits down for a dialogue with Motion Picture Association of America president and CEO Jack Valenti. Boliek asks him about the MPAA's seemingly Luddite-like/Hulk-smash-interweb! anti-technology stance. "Contrary to popular notion, there are many terrifically smart people in the movie business who have vision and know where the industry is going," defends Valenti.

Valenti, of course, once memorably claimed at a Senate hearing,"I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone." Our memory is a little fuzzy because of all of this Launch Day hubbub, but we vaguely recall a recent Valenti quote to the effect of, "Hear me now: This Internet is to the entertainment industry at large like a brigantine full of rape-thirsty pirates coming for a church full of wheelchair-bound Catholic schoolgirls! And they're all virgins!"