I've had this on in the background for the better part of a month. Star Wars has now officially become a time travel story about an old British ghost who endlessly travels backwards in time to try to save his former master and prevent his pupil from succumbing to temptation and dooming millions to their deaths.
So, firstly, I was referring not to individual ordinary shareholders, but to the large funds and trusts which represent a very large number of investors. It is those bodies which have the greatest amount of influence, outside of individual companies or persons with a large stake in the firm. I said nothing about equality, just about mass of ownership.
Secondly, it is of course true that there are some significant mis-incentives that have emerged from the modern shareholder model, and in some cases, this has done real damage to companies. The best way to deal with this, I would argue, would be some targeted and subtle realignment of the incentive structures across the market.
ETA: It is also worth noting, of course, that democracy has a largely similar effect. Governments are incentivised to provide short term returns to the electorate at the expense of the longer-term health of the country or economy.
Despite the disincentives, it is still preferable, I would argue, to have an industry comprised of 6 companies, even if they each only have one owner, than an industry of just one company.
Gee, I can't think of any other country else where they did some location shooting, which is only getting it on the 17th. Honestly though, I'm just glad it's not coming later.
I guess the main reason the EU was cut was to give more freedom to the guys writing the new stuff, and make it less confusing. But the EU stuff right after RotJ was some of the best, so it's good to see them tacking to a similar line.
This is what has really eased by concerns about Disney's ownership of SW. The way they've handled SW at the parks for years has been brilliant. They put money into it, they have quality characters, displays and shows, and the way it's run shows a high level of care. What's more, it made me feel better about the prequels, seeing how much fun they could be for everyone.
This is confirmed now. It's quite common for UK-made movies to be released earlier in the UK generally, and in recent years this has even extended to other productions. I was rather hoping we would get it earlier, if only a little. Better than later, at least.
France is getting it on the 16th though - IIRC that's because movies released on Wednesday in France.
Most publicly traded companies are owned largely by large funds and investment vehicles, rather than a few dozen individuals. In that sense they have many thousands (or even millions) of owners. For many, if not most, large companies, it is the funds who have the most influence, and there will always be a significant number of then. Compare that to government ownership when the government or its appointed civil servants make all the decisions. So yes, it spreads ownership relative to state ownership. especially when you consider that the government is comprised of people who are obliged to show similar views for political reasons.
Similarly, for all large public companies (that is, companies that are traded on an exchange,) there is a very high level of visibility and accountability of both owners and directors. You probably have a better chance of naming the CEOs of the major banks than you do of the NHS, for example. Generally speaking, it's far easier to force out a CEO than a civil servant, even when you know who the civil servants are.
The interesting thing is that from a few of the plot summaries I've read, the actual story itself is pretty decent. Just very badly written with some bizarre narrative choices. I'm thinking I'll just wait until the entire story has been summarised in more detail and read that instead.
I think that by most accounts Lucas is a good guy... he just really needs people around him to tell him no. That's really the story of the Prequels, I'd say. It's also worth noting that (IIRC) according to Spielberg, Indiana Jones 4 was basically Lucas' big idea too, except he wanted to call it "Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men from Mars."