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Updated: After coming under fire, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revised its “clean version” initiative that allowed viewers to screen edited versions of two dozen of the studio’s films. Sony now says it won’t sell such movies if directors object.
“Our directors are of paramount importance to us and we want to respect those relationships to the utmost,” said Sphe president Man Jit Singh in a statement on Wednesday. “We believed we had obtained approvals from the filmmakers involved for use of their previously supervised television versions as a value added extra on sales of the full version. But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.” Related
Judd Apatow to Sony: ‘Shove the Clean Versions of Movies Up Your A–!’
Four hours after Sony’s announcement, the Directors Guild of America told Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that it’s »
- Dave McNary
Add Judd Apatow to the list of filmmakers and creators not too pumped about Sony Pictures’ newly announced “Clean Version” initiative. The filmmaker has issued a very colorful statement regarding the studio’s plan to offer edited — read: “clean” — versions of some of its titles on various streaming platforms. As Variety notes, these “Clean Versions” are the exact same ones used for broadcast TV or airline viewing, adding another weird wrinkle into the story.
Still, Apatow isn’t buying it, and he’s not alone.
The filmmaker took to Twitter yesterday to sound off on his thoughts on the plan, and they are, amusingly enough, the kind of thoughts that would definitely be edited out of a Clean Version of the Sony movie about this tweet.
This is absolute »
- Kate Erbland
The studio announced on June 7 that it was making the broadcast TV or airline version of these 24 titles available when a consumer purchases a film in its original form on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW. The DGA said in a statement Tuesday that Sony is violating the guild’s master contract with the major studios.
“Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every non-theatrical platform, plain and simple,” the DGA said. “Taking a director’s edit for one platform, and then releasing it on another — without giving the director the opportunity to edit — violates our Agreement. Throughout the years, the DGA has achieved hard-fought creative rights gains protecting our members from such practices. As creators of their films, directors »
- Dave McNary
Burbank, CA (June 13, 2017) Prepare for more brainy adventures as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season to DVD on October 3, 2017. From executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 90210, Party Down) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars, The Ex List), The CW’s hit series, that nearly two million people are tuning into weekly*, stars Rose McIver (Once Upon A Time, Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (Eastenders), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), David Anders (Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries), and Aly Michalka (Hellcats, Easy A). The 3-disc DVD set includes all 13 episodes from the third season, plus deleted scenes and the 2016 Comic-Con Panel.
*Source: Nielsen National TV View Live + 7 Day Ratings, excluding repeats, specials, and <5 telecasts; 15-16 Season = 9/21/15-9/18/16
To accommodate fan requests, iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season is also available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all bonus features on the DVD, »
- ComicMix Staff
So many mysteries to solve, so many brains to eat... Olivia "Liv" Moore has had a full plate (sometimes literally) in the third season of iZombie, and with the final episodes of the season airing in the coming weeks, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced an October release date and special features for the DVD release of season 3.
Press Release: Burbank, CA (June 13, 2017) Prepare for more brainy adventures as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings iZOMBIE: The Complete Third Season to DVD on October 3, 2017. From executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, 90210, Party Down) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars, The Ex List), The CW's hit series, that nearly two million people are tuning into weekly*, stars Rose McIver (Once Upon A Time, Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (Eastenders), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), David Anders (Once Upon A Time, The Vampire Diaries), and Aly Michalka (Hellcats, Easy A »
- Derek Anderson
Amanda Bynes has made such healthy strides over the last year that a judge has allowed her to regain control of her personal finances, People has exclusively learned.
After nearly three years of her mother Lynn acting as the conservator over both her personal and financial affairs, the once-troubled actress, 31, was deemed fit to handle the latter by the courts in March.
“Because Amanda was doing much better, in October 2016, after providing a detailed accounting of the estate and accounting for every expenditure and receipt, Lynn petitioned the court to terminate the conservatorship of the estate,” her conservatorship attorney Nyree Kolanjian tells People. »
- Elizabeth Leonard
The world gained two more Clooneys, and a 90s star broke her four-year silence. Here’s more on that, and everything else that made Hollywood headlines this week.
George and Amal welcome their twins Alexander and Ella
The Clooney family has grown by two: George and Amal Clooney welcomed the first children, twins Alexander and Ella, on Tuesday.
The new parents of two announced the news in a statement, saying, “Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”
George, 56, and Amal, 39, aren’t the only ones basking »
- Lindsay Kimble
Amanda Bynes is sober and planning a big return to the limelight.
The once-troubled actress sat down for an interview (her first in four years) with Hollyscoop’s Diana Madison and opened up about her health and future plans to revisit the industry that made her a star.
Revealing that she’s now three years sober, Bynes told Madison in the interview — which was previewed, in part, by Good Morning America – “I hike, I go spinning — take spinning classes — and I feed the homeless.”
After dealing with personal mental health issues and a string of brushes with the law — including »
- Lindsay Kimble
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has launched a “clean version” initiative allowing viewers to screen edited versions of two dozen Sony films.
The studio is making the broadcast TV or airline version of these 24 titles available when a consumer purchases a film in its original form on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.
Holy shit please don't do this to our movies. Thanks. https://t.co/0lpoESaIQd
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 6, 2017
“Holy sh– please don’t do this to our movies. Thanks,” Rogen wrote.
“The Clean Version allows viewing for a wider audience, giving people the chance to watch their favorite films together,” Sony said. “Clean Version movies can be accessed with purchase of the theatrical versions.”
The films include all five versions of “Spider-Man” along with “50 First Dates, »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures is making headlines for the introduction of their new “Clean Version” initiative. The effort is an attempt to bring the edited versions of movies that air on broadcast television and airplanes without mature content in them to home viewers through streaming platforms like iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW. So if you ever wanted to stream “Step Brothers” without any curse words or explicit material, then you’re in luck. We’re not sure why you would, though.
Read More: Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island Say They’re Working on a Fyre Festival–Like Movie
Seth Rogen is equally baffled by the new initiative, the first round of which being released includes 24 films. Most of the titles are PG-13 and therefore won’t see too much of a dramatic edit, but that can’t be said for “Step Brothers,” which has to be the most head-scratching title included in the “Clean Version” project. »
- Zack Sharf
Sony Pictures have announced that they are looking to make slightly cleaner versions of their more adult movies. The ‘Clean Version’ initiative will take a series of titles and make them more appropriate for younger viewers, and will be available on the VOD platforms including iTunes.
Launch titles include: 50 First Dates, Battle Of The Year, Big Daddy, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Easy A, Elysium, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Goosebumps, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Hancock, Inferno, Moneyball, Pixels, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and White House Down.
Sony have already launched CleanVersionMovies.com where more info can be found. The controversial move hopes to combat piracy – some third-parties have been known to re-edit movies taking all of the more adult content out of movies – with Sony being the first major studio to make the move. »
- Paul Heath
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment launched a new initiative today called Clean Version, which allows fans to watch versions of movies that have been edited and adapted for a wider family audience. The studio launched their first wave of 24 titles released under this initiative, many of which are not even R-rated, with PG-13 movies such as the original Spider-Man trilogy, the two Amazing Spider-Man movies and much more. These titles will be made available to purchase starting today on Digital HD through iTunes, Vudu and FandangoNow, with the Clean Version found in the Extras section of each movie, so fans will get both the original version and the Clean Version. Seth Rogen, who has a long standing relationship with the studio, thinks this is a horrible idea.
Sony Pictures launched this initiative through the website CleanVersionMovies.com, which includes the full list of titles and a trailer that you can see below, »
Sony has announced that they’re releasing 24 of their movies with a “clean version” available at no extra charge for films purchased on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW. These “edited for content” versions already exist on airplanes and for broadcast, and now Sony is making them available for anyone who wants a version of the movie that’s been “adapted for a wider audience.” According to Yahoo, the films with clean versions include: 50 First Dates Battle Of The Year Big Daddy Captain Phillips Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Easy A Elysium Ghostbusters Ghostbusters II Goosebumps Grown Ups Grown Ups 2 … »
- Matt Goldberg
Wedding season is officially here! Whether you’re planning one, in one or are just invited to one (or 10), we’ve created destination ‘I Do’ to help you say yes to the wedding guest dress, pack for a weekend away and breakdown what you really need to know when it comes to bridal hair. We’re sharing our own personal experiences — like the fragrances editors wore on their big days and the best bridesmaids gifts they’ve ever received — and rounding up some gorgeous celebrity wedding dress inspiration.
The best part? You’ll never have to question a wedding dresscode ever again, »
- Brittany Talarico
We’re in full-on wedding mode here at PeopleStyle, bringing you the best in beauty, fashion, gifts and etiquette all week long. So it’s fitting to end wedding week with a deep dive into all the details behind Odd Mom Out‘s Abby Elliott’s elegant New England wedding. She tied the knot to screenwriter Bill Kennedy last September, and this month landed the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings where she divulged every single wedding detail. Pull up Pinterest, because you’re going to want to pin everything!
Elliott opted for a very traditional gown, going with a V-neck, »
- Colleen Kratofil
Get ready for a south-of-the-border journey, when the animated adventure Americano arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on June 13 from Lionsgate.
Awarded the Dove Family Seal of Approval, Americano tells the charming tale of a colorful Mexican parrot named Cuco who sets off on an adventure to defend his family. Available in both English and Spanish, the film features the voices of Rico Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo, Cheech Marin, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, Golden Globe® nominee Lisa Kudrow (Best Supporting Actress, Television, “Friends”), and Academy Award® nominee Edward James Olmos (Best Supporting Actor, Stand and Deliver, 1988), in addition to radio personalities Don Cheto, El Mandril, and Argelia Atilano. TheAmericano DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.
Cuco is a Mexican boy parrot that would rather imitate the crazy stunts of his TV parrot superhero, El Americano, than help with his chores at the family bird circus. »
- Tom Stockman
As Emma Stone stood onstage at the Dolby Theatre accepting her Best Actress award at the Oscars on Sunday, she might think back to where it all started: A ninth grade history class in Scottsdale, Arizona.
That’s where Stone, 14 at the time, decided she was dropping out of school and moving to L.A. to become a star. “I had this Howard Beale-like moment,” she told The Hollywood Reporter about her realization, citing Peter Finch’s character’s iconic meltdown in Network. “It’s the last period of the day, and I have a revelation that I needed to »
- Mike Miller
So, going into the final stretch before the Oscars are announced, I have a question: if you like—no, love this year’s front-running La La Land, does that make you a bad person, or just deluded? Don’t laugh—there may be people at your own Oscar party who will have already come to their own conclusion on that conundrum. This year’s presumptive favorite is so presumptive that people are talking about the film as if it had already won and are projecting as to whether it’s an enduring classic or just another meh-fest to be thrown on the mediocrity pile along with Crash, Chicago, Argo, The Artist and about half of the rest of Oscar’s Best Picture winners since the Academy started handing out awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929. It is hard to deny, no matter how much you like or dislike La La Land, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Actors Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott will be diving into the cutthroat world of Washington D.C. politics for House of Cards season 5, according to Entertainment Weekly. Netflix revealed the casting news at a press event in New York City yesterday, where a number of announcements were made about their upcoming shows.
Take a look at three brand new images released by the platform; the first and second show Clarkson as she sits down to speak with Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood and the third highlights Campbell as he seems to be getting down to business with Joel Kinnaman’s Will Conway…
No details about either of these two new characters have surfaced, but the stills above suggest that they’ll be on opposite sides of the political spectrum/Underwood-Conway presidential election.
- Justin Cook
This year’s Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will screen a wide array of films, scores of them world or U.S. premieres, and pay tribute to film luminaries, including Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, and Casey Affleck.
Cinema Vanguard Award
The “Manchester by the Sea” co-stars, both Oscar- nominated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a taciturn Boston handyman with a tortured past, will receive the Cinema Vanguard honor on Feb. 5. Affleck has one earlier nomination under his belt, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” while Williams previously scored three Academy Award nominations — for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” and “My Week With Marilyn.”
American Riviera Award
The Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” star is being honored for his contribution to film by the festival. A child of Hollywood — his father, Lloyd, »
- Diane Garrett
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