"Whit Stillman's film Metropolitan now available on Hulu!" was a hottish internet story a few months ago; a recent Stillman IFC interview touted that he was re-releasing it there. Well, now it's gone!
Obviously this is not your typical case of a video host "overreaching" and then getting smacked down by a suddenly self-important copyright owner a la a million of your favorite disappeared YouTubes. So what happened? Will Hulu be used as a teaser to relaunch old, dead films only to have them yanked when the "buzz" gets restarted? Were the rights to Metropolitan not entirely Stillman's to give? Did Hulu not meet contracted-upon ad revenue targets? Who knows? The only reason I care is I've been recommending the Stillman movie on Hulu to people--sorry for any waste of click energy.