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Batgirl directors say they no longer have access to the canceled film's footage

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Batgirl directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah revealed they no longer have access to the film following Warner Bros.'s decision to cancel its release. In an interview with French entertainment channel SKRIPT, the duo shared their outlook on the fate of the film despite the shock cancellation.

When asked if they still had footage of the movie, Fallah revealed that Warner Bros. had blocked their access to the servers. "No, we have nothing," he explained. "Adil called me and said, 'Go ahead shoot some things on your cellphone.' I went on the server and everything was blocked."

"We were like 'fucking shit!'," El Arbi added. “All the scenes with Batman in them! Shit!”

While it was initially reported that the film was scrapped after being completed, the duo says that Batgirl could not be released in its current state: "There’s no VFX, we still had to shoot some scenes. So if [Warner Bros.] wanted us to release [Batgirl] they would need to give us the means to do it. To finish it properly with our vision."

Though the movie is trapped in seemingly indefinite limbo, the filmmakers are still hopeful that Batgirl will one day be released. "The guys from Warners told us, 'It was not a talent problem from our part or the actress, or even the quality of the movie,'" El Arbi told SKRIPT. "After all we make movies for the audience, not for us. We just hope that one day the movie will be released, for the cast and crew. We are a small family."

Added Fallah: "We hope, Inshallah, it will happen.”

For more, check out our list of the most exciting upcoming movies in 2022.



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wim_s
33 days ago
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They are trying to prevent a Deadpool-like leak.
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European Commission Unveils Long-Awaited Stupid Proposal to Mandate USB-C on All Cell Phones and Devices

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Elian Peltier, reporting for The New York Times:

The European Union unveiled plans on Thursday to make USB-C connectors the standard charging port for all smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices sold across the bloc, an initiative that it says will reduce environmental waste but that is likely to hit Apple the hardest.

The move would represent a long-awaited yet aggressive step into product-making decisions by the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm. Apple, whose iPhones are equipped with a different port, has long opposed the plan, arguing that it would stifle innovation and lead to more electronic waste as all current chargers that are not USB-C would become obsolete. […]

The new legislation is likely to come into effect in 2024 because it first needs to be approved by the European Parliament and then adopted by manufacturers. Besides phones, it would apply to cameras, headphones, portable speakers and video game consoles.

Benedict Evans:

This is a profoundly stupid way to approach product design and standardisation. What happens in 5 years when someone wants to use a better connector? What if they’d picked USB 3 five years ago?

How stupid? This stupid:

But Apple has also argued that if the European Union had imposed a common charger in 2009, it would have restricted innovation that led to USB-C and Lightning connectors. In a statement, Apple said that although it welcomed the European Commission’s commitment to protecting the environment, it favored a solution that left the device side of the charging interface open for innovation.

Mr. Breton said on Thursday that he was familiar with Apple’s concerns. “Every time we try to put a proposal, such companies start to say, ‘It will be against innovation,’” he said.

“It’s not at all against innovation. It’s not against anyone,” he added. “It’s for European consumers.”

Mr. Breton said manufacturers, including Apple, could choose to offer two charging ports on their devices if they wanted to keep a non-USB-C connector.

Two charging ports on the same phone, what an elegant idea. This is like a parody of overzealous regulation of something that is not in need of any regulation at all. Why not mandate that all phones, tablets, and cameras have to run the same operating system, too? Oh, you say, it’s only about reducing waste? Why not mandate that all phones must be the same size and shape, so that they’re all compatible with the exact same cases? Great idea.

These E.U. meddlers have indeed been clamoring for this legislation since 2009 — Apple didn’t pick that date out of the air. At the time, iPhones used 30-pin iPod USB 1 adapters and most other phones used adapters like Micro-USB and (gag) Mini-USB. You don’t have to be a computer engineer to look back at your lifetime and realize that computer plugs and adapters keep getting smaller and better. Do they really think no one is going to come up with an adapter better than USB-C? Ever?

And don’t even start with any sort of argument that legislation like this won’t impede progress, but will instead force the industry to work together via committee to agree upon new better standards in a prompt fashion. Almost everything that goes through such committees takes years longer than one company can do on its own, and comes out worse — often far worse. Look at all the horrendously shitty USB plugs the USB consortium has come up with over the years.

And people in the E.U. wonder why England wanted out, and why nearly all the major tech companies are from the U.S. and Asia.

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363 days ago
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Weird last sentence ...
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Oscar Isaac on why he wanted to play Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid movie

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Oscar Isaac's dance card is looking pretty full. The actor is currently filming the Marvel series Moon Knight, will portray Francis Ford Coppola in an upcoming movie about the making of The Godfather, and has a role in Ad Astra director James Gray's next feature film, Armageddon Time, alongside Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, and Cate Blanchett. Somewhere, amid all that, Isaac will play Solid Snake in the new Metal Gear Solid movie from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

"I just loved the game," Isaac tells Total Film when asked about his history with the video game series and what attracted him to the new project. 

"I love the feeling that the game would give me every time I’d play. It’s just a strangely isolated, mournful, lonely game to play that has these incredible moments of violence and terror, with these weird, psychedelic concepts and villains. But, yes, it’s kind of like psychedelic military horror things that happen.

"And the truth is, underneath the whole thing, it’s an anti-war story. So I think those are the elements I really love. And, like I said, I love the feel of playing it, and the big question of: can something like that be transferred – or can you explore those themes in a really interesting way – on film?"

We, unfortunately, know very little else about the Metal Gear Solid movie, though director Vogt-Roberts has previously said the movie will "create a new type of action on screen that also is based in the quietness of the stealth."

Metal Gear Solid does not have a release date. Meanwhile, Dune – Isaac's next major sci-fi adventure – is scheduled to open in US cinemas and on HBO Max on October 22. It will open in UK cinemas on October 21. For much more on the film, including interviews with all of the starry cast, pick up a copy of the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves on now! Check out the new cover below, as well as the cover of the special supplement that comes with the issue. 

Total Film's Dune issue and special supplement

(Image credit: Total Film/Warner Bros)

And if you're a fan of Total Film, why not subscribe so that you never miss an issue? You can grab both a physical and digital subscription – and subscribers get exclusive covers and big discounts. Click through the link for more info.



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396 days ago
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This would be dreamcasting
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One Million* Moms creates boycott petition for THE ETERNALS same-sex kiss

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“One Million Moms,” an offshoot of the 501(c)(3) anti-queer propaganda machine that calls itself the “American Family Association,” has launched a petition to boycott the upcoming MCU movie The Eternals.

The petition calls for a boycott of the movie because the characters include a gay couple, played by Brian Tyree Henry and Haaz Sleiman. At one point during the movie, the characters share an on-screen kiss. According to “One Million Moms,” this depiction of a happy gay couple is part of an ongoing attempt by the “entertainment industry” to “indoctrinate families” with the “LGBTQ agenda.”

Brian Tyree Henry plays Phastos, an openly gay superhero, in the upcoming MCU movie “The Eternals.”

In spite of the organization’s name, as of writing this article, fewer than 18,000 signatures have been added to the “One Million Moms” petition, which has no measures in place to prevent an individual from signing the boycott multiple times – calling into question whether or not even 18,000 separate people have added their names in support of the petition.

According to GLAAD, the name “One Million Moms” might be even more misleading than it initially seems, with the majority of the noise generated by the “group” coming from a single individual.

“One Million Moms” has frequently attempted to organize boycotts of movies, comics, and shows that include queer representation, with Disney being a frequent target for their ire.

Toy Story 4.

The organization launched a petition calling for a boycott of Toy Story 4 because two women in the background of a scene can be glimpsed embracing their child at the end of the school day. That petition garnered a little over 15,000 signatures, while Toy Story 4 earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office (if you’d like to watch Toy Story 4 for yourself, it’s currently available for streaming on Disney+).

Another past campaign targeted restaurant chain Olive Garden for being a sponsor of the show Lucifer.

True love’s kiss: “Once Upon a Time” season 5, episode 18 (2016).

On a page touting their successes, “One Million Moms” includes the cancellation of Once Upon a Time (a series that ran on ABC from 2011 to 2018, producing seven seasons and one hundred fifty-five episodes).

The most recent “success” cited by the organization concerns a television commercial for KitKat candy bars. According to “One Million Moms,” the commercial originally featured a song by Missy Elliott that included explicitly sexual lyrics, but the song was edited out of subsequent versions of the advertisement. While the “One Million Moms” webpage mentions that the change occurred after they had organized a petition, it does not explicitly claim a causal relationship between the petition and the alteration of the song in the commercial.

Given previous examples, like the petition against Toy Story 4, it seems unlikely that the boycott against The Eternals, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 6th, 2020, will have much of an effect. Furthermore, with positive queer representation in plenty of upcoming comic book movies, it appears that movie studios recognize that the bigoted protestations made by “One Million Moms” only represent the perspective of a dwindling and archaic minority.

The post One Million* Moms creates boycott petition for THE ETERNALS same-sex kiss appeared first on The Beat.

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KISS! KISS! KISS! ...
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Derek Jeter, Hall of Famer

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James Wagner, reporting for The New York Times:

It was never a question that Derek Jeter, the longtime captain of the Yankees and one of the most celebrated players in baseball history, was going to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The intrigue instead centered on whether he would become the second unanimously elected player, following his former teammate and fellow five-time World Series champion Mariano Rivera.

On Tuesday, Jeter fell just short of Rivera’s historic mark from last season.

Jeter was named on all but one of the 397 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — more than enough to clear the 75 percent hurdle for election. He eclipsed the previous second-highest voting mark, 99.3 percent, for outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. in 2016. Jeter received 99.7 percent of the vote.

The surprise isn’t that some cowardly little man decided to hide behind the anonymity of his vote and deny Jeter unanimity. The surprise is that there wasn’t a single cowardly dope who did the same last year for Rivera. Every single player among the top 30 on this list should have been unanimous. For chrissake Babe Ruth and Willie Mays only got 95 percent of the vote.

What a privilege it was to watch Jeter play and win five World Series, all while playing for the greatest team in the history of professional sports.

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wim_s
977 days ago
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"the greatest team in the history of professional sports"

I'll forgive him his apple-bias, but this is just too much.
simonallaway
976 days ago
Not to mention the US bias.
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