...there is nothing about this situation that leads me to believe that it's happening, nor that it would be either a good or bad thing for HDM in general if it did. I'm surprised about having a specific time (10am PST), just as I'm surprised at knee-jerk denials about the very possibility. I think Amir's response last night, actually, is the most cogent - it's contrary to everything we've heard, but is simply not impossible. The same could be said if Disney suddenly went neutral, of course, or any other major shake up after the Paramount deal.
I gotta say, the balls on the OP at BR.com are huge as he keeps coming back with more and more info, easily refuteable if it doesn't come to pass. This is far more sophisticated than the usual "there will be a MAJOR shift at CES!" crap that we're used to. If it's a lie, it's a lie better told than most. If it has a hint of truth to it, it's an embarassing leak from Warner.
Wether it makes logical or business sense from outside the decision making process is irrelevant - what's at issue here is for once a person has dropped a rumour bombshell with a very rapid endtime for verification (several hours and counting) and specific details that can easily be refuted or acknowledged. Calling friends at the studio won't verify it, as many at Paramount weren't aware of the sea change. Nor, unfortunately, can weight be put on Lee's PM's, as they easily could be from someone else unrelated to the announcement (the fact that someone was -going- to hoax need not mean that this is a hoax).
It -could- have gone on for weeks, instead we'll know in a few hours and counting whether or not this so-called announcement is true or not. I'm pleased to see that many are both keeping an open mind about the possibility of the scenario, but wisely toning down enthusiasm or distress in the very real case that this is just calling wolf.
At the least, take this as yet another example of what actually gets all the traffic in this format "war" - people far, far more interested in the conflict between sides than they are in the content being generated in total.
Yet again, I recommend you go watch a flick, pulll out some popcorn (a la RobT's and others' animated gif), and enjoy this silly show, whichever way that the truth works out for you...
ps. Hi Mark!