Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler tells Kim Masters that Kickstarter wants to help creators realize their passion projects -- whether or not those projects make money. He addresses common criticisms of his popular crowdfunding site that were raised by high profile projects like Zach Braff's movie and the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.
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Kim Masters and Matt Belloni of the Hollywood Reporter discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.
- Edge of Tomorrow could be the latest Tom Cruise stumble at the box office. Early tracking has it losing out to the YA novel adaptation The Fault in Our Stars.
- Has Warner Bros pushed the Wachowski siblings' sci-fi action thriller Jupiter Ascending to February 2015 because it's in trouble?
- Could the extra time give it a chance to be reworked into a hit much like Paramount did with World War Z?
Kickstarter co-founder and CEO Yancey Strickler talks with Kim Masters about the overriding mission of the company and his hopes for the future. Since it launched five years ago, more than six million people have donated over $1 billion to fund more than $63,000 projects. Strickler addresses some of the criticisms that the company has endured in the face of certain projects -- namely the Zach Braff movie and the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset. Strickler also addressed accusations of censorship that were raised by a documentary filmmaker making a movie about a convicted abortion doctor. Ultimately he champions the goal of getting the public to support a creator's vision whether or not a given project proves to be a financial success.
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