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CCCRN News: 'Signs' Crop Circle Contest

From: Paul Anderson <psa@look.ca>
Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2002 19:48:41 +0000
Fwd Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2002 22:32:08 -0400
Subject: CCCRN News: 'Signs' Crop Circle Contest

The E-News Service of the Canadian Crop Circle Research Network


June 9, 2002



Just received (press release below)...

In light of circulating rumours regarding Disney/Touchstone
Pictures possibly having 'many' commissioned fake crop
formations being made worldwide (?) to promote the upcoming
'Signs' movie. I personally doubt they would go to those lengths
to promote a single movie (an apparently typical Hollywood
'alien invasion' type flick according to reviews from advanced
screenings), unless there is a larger agenda afoot to further
debunk the whole phenomenon, but it is interesting how they
could apparently 'promise' to be able to whisk the winner away
to the latest 'real' formation in the USA complete with 'strange
events' unless they perhaps had one ready-made and waiting...
Disney had earlier publicly denied they would be having any
formations made to promote the film.

If a man-made formation is commissioned to be made for the
openly _stated purpose_ of being used in a film, commercial or
contest, with a farmer's permission, etc., fine. If though such
a formation were to be 'passed off' as a real one for publicity
purposes, that is irresponsible, although it should be
relatively easy to find out which ones they were, as Disney
would have legally required the farmer's consent.

Question is, what are Disney's intentions by doing this? Just
pure entertainment or something else? While the film certainly
will help make more people aware of the phenomenon, the
portrayal of 'evil aliens' being the cause doesn't help serious
research, although as someone pointed out, most of the public
now thinks this is mostly nonsense anyway, thanks to some ill-
conceived documentaries in recent years. That being said, we
should remember this is Hollywood entertainment, not a
documentary. Our focus should continue to be the investigation
of the phenomenon itself and not get too wrapped up in
associated sideline entertainment. The possible danger though is
that such 'promo formations', if done, could be used to further
the idea in the public's mind that the entire phenomenon is
nothing but man-made hoaxes and land art, and for that reason we
should at least keep an eye on developments like this.


First reviews of 'Signs' here:

(Seems that the new UK film also about the crop circle phenomenon,
'A Place to Stay', is a much better choice):

May 23, 2002 12:43 ET

Is it a Sign? Win Touchstone Pictures' "'Signs' - Destination:
Unknown" Sweepstakes and Find Out

BURBANK, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- For years, the signs
have been appearing. From now until June 30th, audiences will
have a chance to explore their meaning.

So far this year, four crop signs have mysteriously appeared in
farms around the world, with 280-300 expected by the end of the
year. Most will appear this July and August -- it is not unusual
for three or four to emerge suddenly in a single day during the
summer months -- and now, moviegoers will have a chance to see
these unexplained phenomena up close.

In anticipation of Touchstone Pictures' "Signs," the upcoming
thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, moviegoers can
enter the "'Signs' - Destination: Unknown" sweepstakes. One
lucky winner and guest will be flown to the site of the next
crop sign occurrence in the continental United States. While
there, the winner will record all the strange events on digital
video and still camera equipment (provided by Ritz Camera), take
a helicopter tour of the site, and get up close in an SUV. The
winner will stay two nights in first-class accommodations, and
once home, share all the extraordinary happenings with the world
via Yahoo! Movies.

To enter the contest, web surfers can point their browsers to

Everything that farmer Graham Hess (MEL GIBSON) assumed about
the world is changed when he discovers a message -- an intricate
pattern of circles and lines -- carved into his crops. As he
investigates the unfolding mystery, what he finds will forever
alter the lives of his brother (JOAQUIN PHOENIX) and children
(RORY CULKIN, ABIGAIL BRESLIN). Writer-director M. Night
Shyamalan takes moviegoers on a new journey this August with his
film "Signs," a unique story that explores the mysterious real-
life phenomena of crop signs and the effects they have on one
man and his family. Shyamalan re-teams with producers Sam
Mercer, Frank Marshall, and Kathleen Kennedy, and produces the
project under his Blinding Edge Pictures banner along with
Touchstone Pictures.

The official website for Touchstone Pictures' "Signs" is
signs.movies.com. The film will be released nationwide on August

For more information, please contact: Heidi Trotta, Senior Vice
President, Publicity, The Walt Disney Studios, +1-818-560-7280.


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