Tinseltown Titans Caught in a Web

Spielberg, Howard and company pull the plug on their Internet experiment

The last hours of Pop.com were laced with irony worthy of a movie by Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard--who, as it happens, were co-founders of the ill-fated website. Every Friday afternoon for the past few months, Pop's 85 employees had gathered in their Glendale, Calif., warehouse to sip beers and slap backs for the films they already had in the can: shorts starring Rene Russo, Steve Martin, Claudia Schiffer. Last Friday, just two weeks before the planned launch, they were chugging beers to drown their sorrows and being eyed by security guards to make sure they didn't steal the...

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