'Sicko' to open early

For those eight or nine of you who have yet to see the Michael Moore documentary on YouTube or some other Web site, the Weinstein Co. has decided to open the film on Friday - a week ahead of schedule - at a single theater in NY and offer sneak previews in L.A. and 26 other cities. The regular opening is still scheduled for June 29. And yes, you have to fork over real money to see it in the theater. YouTube has removed the 14 consecutive video chunks that carry the pirated version of the movie, but by now it's all over the Internet for free (THR). Harvey Weinstein, who doesn't much like being made a fool of, has hired high-tech private dicks to upload fake copies of the film and try to figure out who pirated the material. Lots of luck (NYT).

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