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If you watched The Handmaid's Tale, you probably found yourself falling for Luke, Offred's husband. You probably also found yourself thinking, "Where have I see that guy before?" The answer, if you grew up watching UK TV, is everywhere. As well as making some seriously impressive stage appearances, Rada-trained O-t Fagbenle has been on and off of our TV screens for over a decade, and you may have seen him in anything from As If to Doctor Who. He starred in teen comedy Grown Ups with Sheridan Smith, appeared in the BBC's fashion drama Material Girl, and played the tough guy in The Interceptor. More recently, he had a role in the San Francisco-set Looking, and the adaptation of Zadie Smith's novel Nw. The Handmaid's Tale has seen his star rise even further (you couldn't have failed to notice him smouldering on the Emmy's red carpet recently), but he's not resting on his laurels. »
- Gemma Cartwright
Spoilers for the It novel and film below. As excited as I was to sit down and watch the film reboot of It - which is exceptional and full of heart - I also couldn't help but feel a building sense of dread as the film neared its tense conclusion. Much of my apprehension was owed to Bill Skarsgard's terrifying performance as Pennywise, but mainly I feared that a contentious and controversial scene from Stephen King's 1986 novel would be included. Fortunately the scene, which features a full-on orgy with a bunch of preteens, is not. Director Andy Muschietti's take on the iconic horror story is all the better for it. In the book version of It, a gang of 11-year-old misfits known as the "Losers Club" come together to defeat the evil, child-killing entity known as It that's lurking in their hometown of Derry, Me. The group's unbreakable »
- Quinn Keaney
Now that “It” has finally opened to favorable reviews from those coastal elites we call film critics and made beaucoup bucks at the box office, the question readers have been asking for months has finally been answered: Does it include that weird orgy scene from the book? No, reader. No it does not. Stephen King has addressed the omission of that key event, which takes place among a group of children.
Vulture unearthed King’s comments, which came from a message-board post a few years back:
“I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it. The book dealt with childhood and adulthood –1958 and Grown Ups. The grown ups don’t remember their childhood. None of us remember what we did as children–we think we do, but we don »
- Michael Nordine
The long-awaited It movie is finally in theaters this weekend. Even though the movie hasn't been in theaters for more than a day, it's already a resounding success both critically and commercially. Much of that has to do with the fact that director Andy Muschietti and the creative team very faithfully adapted Stephen King's novel, or at least the first half of it, for the big screen. But not everything could make it from the page to the screen. Namely, the very controversial sex scene. Now, writer Gary Dauberman explains how they decided to handle that scene in this adaptation.
Warning: spoilers ahead for It. In case you aren't familiar, or just need a quick refresher, in Stephen King's It novel, there is a big orgy scene with The Losers Club in the sewers after their battle with Pennywise. In the scene, Beverly sleeps with every member of the gang, »
AMC’s premium streaming service Shudder has acquired first-window rights to Julien Lacombe’s critically acclaimed French science-fiction series “Missions” for the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland. Shudder will kick off Season 1 of “Missions” on Sept. 28, and has also come on board to co-produce the second season with Paris-based outfit production Empreinte Digitale.
Created by Lacombe, Henri Debeurme, and Ami Cohen for French pay-tv group Orange Cinema Series, “Missions” is set in an alternate present and follows a group of explorers on their epic journey back from Mars. The series weaves in contemporary themes such as trans-humanism, artificial intelligence and environmental issues.
“‘Missions’ is a fantastic addition to Shudder’s eclectic and ever-expanding slate of exclusive genre series. It is inventive, fresh and binge-viewing at its best,” said Aurelie de Troyer, Shudder’s VP of global acquisitions and co-productions.
- Elsa Keslassy
"And the Oscar goes to, Adam Sandler!" Are those words you ever thought you would hear in your lifetime? As crazy as it may sound, we can't absolutely rule it out. The Meyerowitz Stories earned the actor a 4-minute standing ovation at Cannes and there has been considerable buzz ever since. Now Netflix has released the first trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and it actually seems like this buzz may have been warranted. Plus, we get to see Ben Stiller punch Adam Sandler in the face.
Netflix stepped in and scooped up The Meyerowitz Stories after it premiered, which has been standard practice for them on the festival circuit these days. Not to mention that they have a contract with Adam Sandler that has him produce original movies for them, but those are the usual Happy Madison offerings that most people probably wouldn't watch unless they were free on Netflix. »
It’s been a question on the mind of video game fans around the world for many years: why are most video game movies the way they are?
Well a new book titled Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made from Flickering Myth’s Luke Owen looks behind the scenes of some of the biggest video game movies of all-time, including Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil and more. Owen interviewed over 40 filmmakers who worked on these movies to bring you the true stories behind them.
Since 1993, Hollywood has been rendering popular video games on the silver screen, mainly to critical derision and box office failure. While a few have succeeded, many have been hailed as the “worst movie ever” and left gamers asking: how did that get made?
This in-depth and entertaining work recounts the production histories of many of these movies, »
- Luke Owen
New Line Cinema confirmed that their It remake will have an R-rating earlier this week, but is one of the reasons for the rating because of the fact that Stephen King's original novel of It contains a pre-teen sex scene? King has always pushed the envelope when it comes to writing his horror novels including graphic sex, child rape, and necrophilia to name a few in addition to the violence and gore that aren't associated with sex. The aforementioned act was not included in the 1990 television miniseries adaptation of It, but it has lead some to wonder if the scene will be included in the new remake coming out this fall.
MoviePilot brought up that Andres Muschetti's remake of It has been given an R-rating for excessive violence, language, and gore. What's missing from the MPAA's rating is sexuality, which in this case is probably a good thing because it means that the pre-teen sex scene will more than likely not be included in the movie. It's hard to stand up for the scene, but it does make sense within the context of the book and it could still be alluded to when the finished movie hits theaters. Not including the scene is probably a wise choice made to avoid heaps of controversy.
In King's novel, The Losers Club find themselves arguing in the sewers below Derry after the defeat of Pennywise. While the pre-teens are lost, the character Beverly suggests that they all have sex, losing their virginity together. The scene goes on for pages while King describes what's going on in rather graphic detail. But it's not as sinister and weird as one may think as King tells the story in a loving way, not in a malicious or disgusting manner. King uses the act as a way to bridge the two time periods together that readers jump back in forth between.
Stephen King has spoken about the subject before and it's best to read his own words regarding the scene in the book. Read what King had to say below.
"I wasn't really thinking of the sexual aspect of it. The book dealt with childhood and adulthood, 1958 and Grown Ups. The grown ups don't remember their childhood. None of us remember what we did as children, we think we do, but we don't remember it as it really happened."
King went on to say that it was a way for the Losers Club to be together again. The act was meant to connect childhood to adulthood. King explains.
"Intuitively, the Losers knew they had to be together again. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. It's another version of the glass tunnel that connects the children's library and the adult library. Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues."
Stephen King 's depiction of the scene does work in the book with the entire context surrounding it, but it seems highly unlikely that the scene will be included in the new remake of It. Mainstream audiences probably aren't ready for that kind of act to be brought out on screen. We have a few months to go to see if Muschetti decided to tastefully allude to the act in the movie. »
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
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
Simon Brew Jun 15, 2017
Judd Apatow becomes the latest to, er, 'have a word' about Sony's upcoming clean films plans...
A week after it was revealed that Sony is to offer a 'clean version' of many of its films, writer, producer and director Judd Apatow has become the latest to, well, 'have his say'...
This is absolute bullshit and @sony and @SonyPictures is gonna get hell for Fucking with our movies.Shove the clean versions up your asses! https://t.co/UhRUP0ZIlz
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 13, 2017
Furthermore, the Director's Guild Of America isn't keen on the idea either. It's issued a statement that reads:
"Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every non-theatrical platform, plain and simple. 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 »
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
It’s been nearly two years since the tragic death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of R&B singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. And this summer, TV One will turn the 22-year-old’s brief time in the spotlight into a made-for-tv biopic.
The network announced plans for the film, titled Bobbi Kristina, during their annual “upfront” presentation this week, telling reporters the project would offer an “intimate look at the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love complicated by fame through the eyes of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman.”
Playing Bobbi Kristina will be Disney channel »
- Dave Quinn
Rory Bruer is retiring as head of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures after four decades at the studio.
Sony does not plan to directly replace him. Bruer, who has deep ties with theater owners, will segue into an advisory role at the studio. Adrian Smith and Steven O’Dell will handle domestic and international distribution, respectively. They will report directly to Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution.
“Though I knew in my heart that the time was right to begin to pull back, it’s hard to let go of a place that has been a part of my life for so long — so when they asked me to stay on as an advisor, I jumped at the chance,” Bruer wrote in a letter to staff. “Not everybody gets to begin this next chapter on their own terms, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”
Bruer first »
- Brent Lang
Author: Scott Davis
Many eyebrows were raised when comedian Adam Sandler was signed by Netflix on a three-picture deal in what was the subscription services biggest deal at the time. The company has expanded even more since he signed, but the marriage between the two has been a happy one thus far.
While critics haven’t been particularly forgiving with Sandler’s Netflix roster so far (The Ridiculous 6, The Do Over and Sandy Wexler, the latter of which debuted earlier this month) and as such the star has now extended his deal which will see the star make a further four films for them – and he may have secured his next film. (via ComingSoon.net)
- Scott Davis
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