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The Holiday season has barely begun, and I’m already just one pa rum pum pum pum away from committing mass murder. This is of course an annual occurrence, as there are some “traditions” that just never fail to go away. One such (much more bearable) tradition, is of course family friendly holiday movies, but according to this latest Honest Trailer, one of the most famous examples in this genre, is actually not as family friendly as we may have thought.
Looks like we just can’t get away from the sex discussions this week. And once again, it’s Shia LaBeouf in the middle of it all. His Charlie Countryman co-star Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter yesterday to let loose quite the rant (edited together for your easier reading pleasure) after it was revealed that MPAA has had a sex scene, featuring Wood and LaBeouf doing the deed, cut from the movie in order for it to get an R rating. And, in my opinion, she really has a point.
“After seeing the new cut of #CharlieCountryman I would like 2 share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a womans sexuality once again. The scene where the two main characters make “love” was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people “uncomfortable” but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered.
This is a symptom of a society that wants to shame women and put them down for enjoying sex, especially when (gasp) the man isn’t getting off as well! Its hard for me to believe that had the roles been reversed it still would have been cut OR had the female character been raped it would have been cut.
Its time for people to GROW UP. Accept that woman are sexual beings. Accept that some men like pleasuring woman. Accept that woman don’t have to just be fucked and say thank you. We are allowed and entitled to enjoy ourselves. It’s time we put our foot down …Thanks for listening.”
Speaking of sexy times being cut from movies. This is really an addendum to yesterday’s story about how Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street had some footage cut to get it ready in time for awards eligibility. That’s not the only reason why the film got all snippy though. Apparently several scenes featuring blatant nudity and sex were given the chop, so as to prevent the film from getting an NC-17 rating. NC-17 is essentially an adults only rating, meaning that studios are effectively preventing a huge portion of their possible audience from not seeing the film, and generally they will try their best to avoid it.
Can’t wait any longer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and have already worn out your internet by rewatching the trailers and TV spots over and over again? Well, then you sir/madam are in luck. A whole 45 minutes worth of Howard Shore’s score for the film has landed online for your listening pleasure.
Well this is new. Apparently movies are now into spoiling their own sequels, as according to reports, if you grab yourself a copy of the soon to be released Blu Ray or DVD for Fast & Furious 6, you’ll find on there a scene from Fast & Furious 7. Movies.com has a full write-up on what transpires in the scene, but as I mentioned in the previous sentence, it may actually be spoiling a major plot point from the movie.
And you know what’s weirder than a movie’s home release spoiling its own sequel? The fact that the Fast & Furious franchise has somehow evolved to a point where there is actually enough of a story to spoil. Oh the crazy times we live in.
Ahoy, me maties! Rumour spotted off the port bow! Other than the fact that Johnny Depp is returning as Jack Sparrow and the film is being directed by Kon-Tiki‘s Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, we don’t any other verified facts about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. But according to MailOnline, they may just have scooped some casting and plot news.
They’re reporting Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz is apparently being considered as the film’s main villain, Captain Brand, while veteran rocker Keith Richards will be returning as Jack’s father, Captain Teigue, who will actually feature more prominently in the story, which they describe as follows [POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING]:
“Jack and his team are in search of The Trident, which Teague holds valuable information to. The villain this time is Captain Brand, a ghost that wants the Trident so he can get his revenge on Jack. Brand believes Jack turned his brother Eric into a pirate, which led to his death.”
“Also in Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack becomes enchanted by Barbosa’s daughter, Carina Smyth. She’s a beautiful woman in her late 30s who is called a witch by some but is really an adept astronomer. She falls for Jack as their adventures keep them together, but he rebuffs her advances in fear of angering Barbosa.”
US President Barack Obama has paid a visit to Dreamworks Studios – which is run by huge Obama campaign contributor Jeffrey Katzenberg – while they were currently busy filming animated sequel How To Train Your Dragon. He got to meet some of the cast and crew and also get a behind the scenes look – because he’s the president – at how the film’s motion capturing is done. This also gives us a new snippet of footage from the film. Thanks, B! You’re the greatest!
Along with the mo-cap demonstration, the President also got to meet actors Steve Martin and Jim Parsons (who were apparently busy doing voice recording for some other unknown project) before getting a little animated.
I don’t think there’s a Star Wars fan alive who hasn’t griped about George Lucas going back and changing something in the beloved movies, all for no other reason than because he can. But adding Darth Vader’s “Noooooo” scream, or changing Anakin’s ghost to be Hayden Christensen, or even having Greed shoot before Han simply pales in comparison to what could be a recently discovered change made by Lucas: He may have taped down Carrie Fisher’s 36C breasts so as to make them less prominent. The fiend.
Dear Doctor Who fans who clearly have too much time on your hands, thanks. If it wasn’t for you super-obsessive guys going pixel by pixel through those new pics for the upcoming Christmas special, Time of the Doctor, we would have never spotted the faces of 8th Doctor Paul McGann and 13th/14th/13.5th? Doctor Peter Capaldi hiding in the background flames of these images.
Click to enlarge, and then check out the flames between Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman’s hand in the first pic for McGann, and the flames just to the right of the Cyberman’s head in the second pic for Capaldi.
What does this mean for the Christmas special? Has all the fans’ calls for more Paul McGann actually been heeded? Who knows [pun fully intended].
In case you didn’t know this, Aquaman is a bit of drip. Or at least he always used to be, being the butt of many a fishy joke in comic books circles. Why this is, given his power set, legacy and character design, was always a bit puzzling though. But recently DC have made huge inroads in improving his image, including an insanely badass appearance in the video game “Injustice: Gods Among Us”. But will this badassery continue onto the big screen, when we inevitably see him not only team up with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in the Justice League movie, but probably have to shoulder his own standalone movie? Well, we’ll have to wait and see about that (the latter being a bit of a shorter wait, as an animated Aquaman feature film has already been announced).
One thing we do know though, is that DC and Warner Bros are going to their damndest in trying to make that happen, at least that’s according to current Aquaman comic scribe and DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns.
“He’s a priority character for the company… He became a little bit of a joke… Suddenly, he was nobody’s favorite super hero… He’s a character that we talk quite a bit about… There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most well-known characters among super-heroes, and in popular culture.
[The ocean setting should work to a writer’s advantage]. We are finding new areas in the ocean every day. It’s as alien as going to outer space.”
Just cast Alexander Skarsgard in the role, DC, and I wouldn’t care if you do take him to outer space.
Speaking of a DC superheroes that are a bit of a joke, that Batman sure is funny, hey? What, you don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, then clearly you just haven’t realized that Batman Begins is actually a comedy!
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Last Updated: November 28, 2013
November 28, 2013 at 19:50
The MPAA is probably one of the most corrupt and bassackwards organizations in the US (I Know, that’s saying something). An unelected group of individuals who are ‘supposed’ to represent the American public, who just so happen to all be past their mid-30’s, have kids in college, not to mention that most of them are studio executives (not to mention members of the Catholic Archdiocese).
“This Film is Not Yet Rated” is a great peak inside what the MPAA is, who runs it, who votes, and the absurd discrepancy with how they apply their ratings. Burn the whole thing to the ground, I say. The secrecy with which they function is beyond questionable, for a board who literally controls whether a movie succeeds or fails (A movie rated NC-17 for example, would get literally no theater or shelf space in a video store). And “This Film Is Not yet Rated” was given an NC-17, for the sole purpose of burying it’s existence.
Down with the MPAA, and then down with the RIAA.
November 28, 2013 at 23:46
who cares? No one was going to see that crappy LeBeouf movie anyway. But i love seeing the whiny liberals complain about everything and never get any actual change done, so this article made me laugh. 🙂