Agency of the Apes

By now just about everyone's heard of the "director's duel" between Tim Burton and Kevin "Clerks" Smith over "Planet Of The Apes."

Why is the alleged theft of a movie ending from an obscure comic book newsworthy, yet blatant ad pilfering is ignored by the press?

Perhaps it's because the media prefer to sell advertisers space and time rather than raise questions about what they fill it with.

It's ironic to see Smith kicking about originality since his "Jay & Silent Bob" are a slackified Cheech and Chong, with bits of Bevis and Butthead and Wayne's World mixed in.

Is this reformulation any different than the "monkey see, monkey do" approach that produced the ads mentioned here?

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