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  The bitter heart of America...

PC lynch mob demands the removal of a good review for a new novel dealing with PC sensitive issues


Link Here 17th October 2017
American Heart When Laura Moriarty decided she wanted to write American Heart , a dystopian novel for young adults about a future America in which Muslims are forcefully corralled into detention centers, she was aware that she should tread carefully. Her protagonist is a white teenager, but one of her main characters, Sadaf, is a Muslim American immigrant from Iran. So she arranged for the book to be checked out by various minority group readers charged with spotting potentially problematic depictions in the book.

None of this was enough to protect American Heart from becoming the subject of the latest skirmish in the increasingly contentious battle over representation and diversity in the world of young adult literature.

American Heart won't be published until January, but it has already attracted the ire of the fierce group of online readers that journalist Kat Rosenfield has referred to as culture cops. To them, it was an irredeemable problem that Moriarty's novel, which was inspired in part by Huckleberry Finn, centers on a white teenager who gradually, too gradually, comes to terms with the racism around her. Eg a prominent review on Goodreads, begins, fuck your white savior narratives ;  the gist of other comments is that a white writer should not have tackled this story, and neither should a white character be the center of it.

The backlash escalated last week, when Kirkus Reviews gave American Heart a coveted starred review, which influences purchases by bookstores and libraries. Kirkus' anonymous reviewer called the book by turns terrifying, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and touching, and praised its frighteningly believable setting of fear and violent nativism gone awry.

The lynch mob laid into the reviewer's 'wrong' opinion, and Kirkus responded by taking the review down pending 'reassessment'. A few days later Kirkus posted a revised, more critical version of the review, and stripped the book of its star.

 

 Shopping: Dreamgirls...

2006 USA musical music drama by Bill Condon just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here 17th October 2017
Dreamgirls Blu-ray Dreamgirls is a 2006 USA musical music drama by Bill Condon.
Starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. IMDb

US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
US: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

  • 2017 Paramount [Theatrical + Director's Cut] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due?

 

  Men's rights at the BBFC...

BBFC decides that a strident men's rights website should be 18 rated


Link Here 16th October 2017
return of kings logo The BBFC arbitrates on website blocking algorithms used by mobile phone companies. If there is a dispute over the censorship decisions made by the mobile companies, then the BBFC decides whether websites should be 18 rated or not.

returnofkings.com is a rather strident supporter of the men's rights movement. It is outspoken and totally politically incorrect, but in a quick survey I didn't spot anything that described or promoted sexual violence. There's probably something somewhere, but the initial impression is dominated by the unPC language and ideas.

The BBFC wrote:

Issue

A mobile network operator contacted the BBFC for advice about the suitability of the website for people under 18, following a complaint from a member of the public that the site had been placed behind adult filters despite containing no material that in the complainant’s opinion would cause access to be restricted to adults only.

Adjudication

We noted that it was a news/blog site with sections containing various strong sexual descriptions, including descriptions and promotion of violent sex. We also found the website contained very strong language at a number of points. On that basis we were satisfied that the website contained material we would classify 18.

 

 Shopping: Wish Upon...

2017 USA horror fantasy thriller by John R Leonetti just released cut on US DVD and uncut on US Blu-ray


Link Here 16th October 2017
Wish Upon DVDBlu-rayCombo Wish Upon is a 2017 USA horror fantasy thriller by John R Leonetti.
Starring Sherilyn Fenn, Joey King and Elisabeth Röhm. BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2017 Broad Green Pictures [Theatrical Version + Unrated Version] (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017
Presumably the Blu-ray disk has the uncut version whilst the DVD is the cut version.
US: The cut Theatrical Version is MPAA PG-13 rated for:
  • 2017 Broad Green Pictures [Theatrical Version + Unrated Version] (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017
  • 2017 Broad Green Pictures [Theatrical Version only ] (R1) DVD at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017

Reviews

US Censorship History
The Theatrical Version was cut in the US for an MPAA PG13 rating. An uncut MPAA Unrated version was later released on Blu-ray only.

Promotional Material

A teenage girl discovers a box with magic powers, but it comes with a deadly price.

 

  All the kids are virtually 18 anyway...

BBFC asked to decide if websites offering VPNs should be 18 rated so as to blocked to under 18's


Link Here 15th October 2017
privateinternetaccess logo The BBFC arbitrates on website blocking algorithms used by mobile phone companies. If there is a dispute over the censorship decisions made by the mobile companies, then the BBFC decides whether websites should be 18 rated or not.

In August 2017, the BBFC were asked to consider a request to unblock the website privateinternetaccess.com which sells VPN services used to work around internet website blocking. The BBFC explained:

Issue

mobile network operator contacted the BBFC for advice about the suitability of the website for people under 18, following a complaint from the site owner that it had been placed behind adult filters despite containing no material that in the complainant's opinion would cause access to be restricted to adults only.

Adjudication

The BBFC viewed the site on 31st August 2017.We noted that it was a website offering a paid-for VPN service. The site offered information on how to subscribe to the service, a description of the features offered by the service, client support services and a contacts page. While the BBFC is aware that VPNs can be used to enable illegal activity and to avoid detection when a criminal offence is being committed, they are not themselves illegal under UK law. In addition, the website contained no overt references to illegal activity - for example, it does not include instructions on how to use a VPN to commit an offence or promote the use of the service in order to avoid detection when committing an offence. As such, we found no content which we would classify 18.

 

 Shopping: Torture Garden...

1967 UK horror fantasy by Freddie Francis set for UK Blu-ray release on 30th October 2017


Link Here 14th October 2017
Torture Garden Blu-ray Torture Garden is a 1967 UK horror fantasy by Freddie Francis.
Starring Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith and Beverly Adams. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Previously passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence for:

  • 2017 Powerhouse Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017
Versions

There are no censorship issues with this release, but an extended version was released on DVD compared with the Theatrical Version released at the cinema.

The Extended Version has 7 minutes of additional material. The additional footage consists of more scenes of Dr. Diablo introducing devices of torture, a longer electric chair scene, and more footage in the Terror Over Hollywood sequence.

However publicity material for this release states that the film has been re-mastered and the running time suggests that this is based on the Theatrical Version, but this is not yet confirmed.

The film was originally X rated for 1967 cinema release. This was reduced to 15 for 1989 VHS, and to 12 for 2005 DVD.

Promotional Material

From Hammer-rival Amicus Productions comes this horror anthology penned by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho ) and directed by the great British cinematographer Freddie Francis. Genre legend Peter Cushing stars alongside Jack Palance and Burgess Meredith in an omnibus of chilling and gruesome stories, inspired by E.C. Comics' Tales from the Crypt comic-book series of the 1950s.

INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Ramsey Campbell on Robert Bloch (2017, tbc mins)
• Interview with Fiona Subotsky (2017, tbc mins)
• Interview with actor Barbara Ewing (2017, tbc mins) TBC
• Hannah Gordon on husband DoP Norman Warwick (2017, tbc mins) TBC
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
• More TBC

 

  Cambodia bans Kingsman: The Golden Circle...

Denying Cambodia 'as a place where villains are based who make trouble for the world'...conveniently forgetting about Pol Pot


Link Here 13th October 2017
Poster Kingsman the Golden Circle 2017 Matthew Vaughn Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 UK / USA action comedy adventure by Matthew Vaughn.
Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. IMDb

When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy...

Cambodia has banned the movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle over its alleged negative portrayal of the country. Bok Borak, from the Ministry of Censorship Culture told The Phnom Penh Post that the film's clear reference to Cambodia as a place where villains are based and make trouble for the world as a major point of concern.

The film chronicles British and American spy organisations teaming up in search of the secret base of a drug lord. Once they find the base, which is a temple surrounded by jungles in Cambodia, a showdown between the two sides ensues.

 

 Updated: If only people could be force fed with official propaganda news, all would be right with the world...

Karen Bradley proposes that social media companies should pay a new tax to fund a new propaganda education unit to warn of the dangers of non government approved internet content


Link Here 12th October 2017
karen bradleySocial media companies look set to be hit with a new tax to pay for schemes to raise people's awareness of the dangers of the internet and to tackle what the government considers their worst effects.

Web firms will have a chance to give their views on the levy being proposed by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley in a public consultation.

Among the options proposed in Bradley's internet safety green paper is an industry-wide levy so social media companies and service providers fund schemes that raise awareness and counter internet harms.

The Independent understands that the Government is interested to see what action the private sector takes first -- with a voluntary funded approach possible -- before imposing any new levy on firms.

Offsite Analysis: For the forthcoming 'Digital Charter'

12th October 2017 See  article from ispreview.co.uk

Broadly speaking the new paper , which will help to form a foundation for the Government's forthcoming Digital Charter , doesn't include much that would concern internet access (broadband) providers. Instead it appears to be predominantly focused upon internet content providers (e.g. social networks like Facebook).

For a good analysis of the Government's green paper See  article from ispreview.co.uk

 

 Shopping: Superman The Movie...

1978 UK/US action superhero film by Richard Donner just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here 12th October 2017
Superman The Movie: Extended Cut & 2-Film Collection Blu-ray Superman is a 1978 UK/US action superhero film by Richard Donner.
With Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2017 Warner Archive [TV Version + Director's Cut] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon
There are no censorship issues with this release
Exists as a Theatrical Version, a Director's Cut and an Extended TV Version.

Promotional Material

Decades before blockbuster Extended Cuts were common, Superman proved a true 'Man of Tomorrow.'¯ Superman: The Movie received an ahead-of-its-time makeover for its television premiere, nearly 40 more minutes of story, creating a two-night television event. Audiences had already been swept off their feet by Christopher Reeve's Last Son of Krypton, and now there was more to enjoy. Unseen in decades, this version is paired here with Richard Donner's definitive vision of his film, the Special Edition Director's Cut (2000), to create a supersized celebration of Metropolis' favorite son that preserves the director's intent while feeding superfan demands.

 

  If only people could be force fed with official propaganda news, all would be right with the world...

Ofcom's Patricia Hodgson angles for powers to censor and control internet news distribution by the likes of Facebook and Google


Link Here 11th October 2017
patricia hodgsonThe chairman of the media censor Ofcom has said she believes internet businesses such as Google and Facebook are publishers, and so should be regulated by the state.

Patricia Hodgson also revealed that the board of Ofcom discussed how the internet could be regulated in the future at a strategy day last week, although she said this was ultimately a matter for the government.

Hodgson was speaking to MPs at a hearing of the digital, culture, media and sport committee. Asked about the rise of fake news and whether internet companies should face greater regulation, Hodgson said:

Those particular distribution systems [Facebook, Google, Twitter etc] are not within Ofcom's responsibility but we feel very strongly about the integrity of news in this country and we are totally supportive of steps that should and need to be taken to improve matters.

My personal view is I see this as an issue that is finally being grasped -- certainly within the EU, certainly within this country -- and to my amazement and interest, being asked in the United States as a result of the potential Russian scandals. My personal view is that they are publishers but that is only my personal view, that is not an Ofcom view. As I said, Ofcom is simply concerned about the integrity of news and very supportive of the debate and the steps that are being taken.

Theresa May's spokesman said Hodgson's comments were a matter for her as an independent regulator, but indicated that ministers were sympathetic.

Sharon White, the chief executive of Ofcom, said she was wary of regulating internet companies. We feel strongly that the platforms as publishers have got more responsibility to ensure the right content, she said. I don't think it's a question of regulation, which I think has a fuzzy boundary with censorship, but I think we feel strongly that the platforms ought to be doing more to ensure their content can be trusted.

 

 Shopping: Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 40th Anniversary...

1977 USA Sci-Fi drama by Steven Spielberg just released on UK Blu-ray with 3 versions


Link Here 11th October 2017
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 USA Sci-Fi drama by Steven Spielberg.
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Franēois Truffaut and Teri Garr. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed PG uncut for:

  • 2017 Sony 40th Anniversary Edition [Director's Cut + Special Edition + Theatrical Version] RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 9th October 2017
  • 2017 Sony 40th Anniversary Edition [Director's Cut + Special Edition + Theatrical Version] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 9th October 2017
Versions
Never cut by censors but exists as the original theatrical version, a special edition and a director's cut.

Promotional Material

Includes All 3 Versions of the Film: Theatrical Version, Special Edition and Director’s Cut

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster, now fully restored in 4K. Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who experiences a close encounter of the first kind – witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. Meanwhile, government agents have close encounters of the second kind – discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappears decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in an unusual place. Roy and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind – contact.

Special Features Include:

ALL-NEW SPECIAL FEATURES (Bonus Disc)

Three Kinds Of Close Encounters featurette

All-new interviews with directors Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve reflecting on the legacy and impact of this iconic sci-fi classic.

Steven’s Home Videos and Outtakes

Get a rare glimpse behind the scenes with director Steven Spielberg as your guide in these never-before-seen on-set movies and gags

Blu-ray ALSO INCLUDES

  • Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Making Of Documentary
  • Steven Spielberg: 30 Years of Close Encounters featurette
  • 1977 Featurette Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Watch The Skies
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Extensive Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers

 

  Score to settle? Give us a call...we'll send the boys round...

An online hate crime reporting centre is being set up so that easily offended people can order police action against their critics and mockers


Link Here 10th October 2017

police npcc logoHome Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a new national hub to tackle online hate crime.

It will be run by police officers for the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) with the aim of ensuring that online cases are managed effectively and efficiently.

The hub will receive complaints through Truevision, the police website for reporting hate crime, following which they will be assessed and assigned to the local force for investigation. Specialist officers will provide case management and support and advice to victims of online hate crime.

Its functions will include combining duplicate reports, trying to identify perpetrators, referring appropriate cases to online platforms hosting relevant content, providing evidence for local recording and response, and updating the complainant on progress. It will also provide intelligence to the National Intelligence Model, the police database that gathers intelligence on a range of crimes.

The Home Office said the hub will ensure all online cases are properly investigated and will help to increase prosecutions for online hate crimes. It should also simplify processes and help to prevent any duplication in investigations.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

The national online hate crime hub that we are funding is an important step to ensure more victims have the confidence to come forward and report the vile abuse to which they are being subjected.

The hub will also improve our understanding of the scale and nature of this despicable form of abuse. With the police, we will use this new intelligence to adapt our response so that even more victims are safeguarded and perpetrators punished.

The hub is expected to be operational before the end of the year.

 


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