Ty Burr
August 01, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Okay, so the words ”making Internet history” inspire about as much passion as ”Senate fund-raising hearings.” Still, the July 17 live ”webcast” from the Oregon set of The Postman (archived at http://www.thepostman.com) provided a glimpse of PR cyberstunts to come. Presuming they didn’t mind a glitchy, ravioli-size screen image, those who logged on got to watch for 20 minutes as director-star Kevin Costner filmed a shoot-’em-up sequence for the postapocalyptic adventure (set for release this Christmas). Between shots, the filmmaker affably acknowledged the typically slow pace of production: ”Hopefully, by the time [movies] reach you, they’re more exciting.”

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