IT Remake Ditches Controversial Underage Sex Scene?

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.


Anthony Edwards Feels the Need for Ghost Goose in Top Gun 2

Top Gun is officially getting a sequel, and now Anthony Edwards has pitched the idea of Goose coming back as a Ghost. Anthony Edwards portrayed Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in 1986′s Top Gun, a best friend to Tom Cruise’s Maverick, a fun loving sidekick who would break into song whenever he felt the time was right. However, Goose dies in the original movie during a training mission gone wrong, pretty much guaranteeing that he wouldn’t be involved with the upcoming Top Gun 2: Maverick. That has all changed now thanks to Anthony Edward’s pitch on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Anthony Edwards pre-taped a segment for the Late Show where he makes his pitch for Goose to return for Top Gun: Maverick. His solution: Ghost Goose. Edwards jokingly wonders out loud in the Last Show video clip why he hasn’t received a phone call to participate in the upcoming sequel. After all, Edwards starred in the movie about “flyboys and volleyball” too, it wasn’t all just Tom Cruise all by himself. The hilarious video goes on to superimpose Ghost Goose into scenes from the first movie including a passionate love scene between Maverick and Charlie as well as flying on the wings of Maverick’s F-14 Tomcat after having a drink with Marilyn Monroe and the Wright Brothers.

Another actor who hasn’t received a phone call to jump back into character is Val Kilmer who famously portrayed Tom “Iceman” Kazanski, Maverick’s top competition. Kilmer has been all over social media, posing in t-shirts with the Iceman on them claiming to be ready to jump back into the part. Apparently Iceman and Maverick didn’t get along in real-life, but c’mon, that was 31 years ago, get over it, Maverick. At this point in time it looks like Top Gun: Maverick will pretty much star Tom Cruise and some jets, oh and a few aircraft carriers.

Tom Cruise announced that Top Gun 2 was happening while promoting The Mummy, which might’ve been because he knew that his current movie was a stinker, but whatever. Whenever Cruise is asked about the subject, he seemingly pulls the answers from thin air, almost as if Ghost Goose is making up the answers on the spot and feeding them to the actor. When asked about who is in the movie Cruise says jets and aircraft carriers. When asked about the title, he quickly threw out that the movie is called Maverick. The actor is also teasing that the movie will have music and a possible volleyball scene. It might even be shot with a camera and shown in movie theaters too. Tom Cruise may very well be writing the movie in his head during interviews.

Ghost Goose will not be in Top Gun: Maverick, but he should. And the same goes for the Iceman. Maverick on his own does not sound at all that interesting in the slightest. Also Tom Cruise should get some more information about the movie before announcing anything further, it’s assumed that the movie will have fast jets, an aircraft carrier or two, music, and actors. Cruise is probably just trolling everybody. Maybe it’s a conspiracy hatched up between him and Ghost Goose? Check out Anthony Edwards’ pitch for Ghost Goose below and then hit up social media and tell America that “you feel the need, the need for Ghost Goose.”

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Avatar 2 Production Start Date Finally Confirmed

With a new December 2020 release date in place, and cast members like Oona Chaplin recently coming aboard, the production start date for Avatar 2 has finally been revealed. Producer Jon Landau spoke at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona, Spain today, where he stated that principal photography will begin September 25, 2017. Pre-production has already been under way in New Zealand since April, when the franchise’s Facebook page shared a photo of the immense team working with director James Cameron and producer Jon Landau. Here’s what Jon Landau had to say in a statement about these sequels, and how they will connect to the original Avatar blockbuster.

“At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes. There’s no more relatable theme than family. At the center of each of our four movies will be the Sully family. Each sequel will play as a stand-alone movie. Each movie’s story will come to its own conclusion. However, when looked at as a whole, the journey across all four movies will create an even larger connected epic saga for audiences around the world.”

Jon Landau also confirmed at CineEurope, via Deadline, that the decision was made during development to set all of the Avatar sequels in the magical land of Pandora, stating that, “we always knew that Pandora was a place as diverse as Earth.” The producer also touched upon how the sequels that James Cameron makes are often better than the original, which he thinks can be achieved with Avatar 2. Here’s what the producer had to say below.

“(James Cameron) has done a couple of sequels before in his career and I would argue that those sequels have lived up to, if not exceeded, the original movies. That’s what Jim has been working on for the last several years. Finally, we have the four scripts for the Avatar films ready.”

Avatar stars Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quatrich), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine) and Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman) have signed on to reprise their roles, alongside new cast members Cliff Curtis (Tonowari) and Oona Chaplin (Varang). The Avatar sequels have been delayed countless times over the years, but now with a concrete production start in place, it seems the release date shuffling has finally ended. Avatar 2 will hit theaters December 18, 2020, followed by Avatar 3 on December 17, 2021, Avatar 4 on December 20, 2024 and Avatar 5 on December 19, 2025. Hopefully we’ll have more casting news for Avatar 2 soon, now that a production start date has finally been set.


Rogue One Is Coming to Netflix in July

Did you somehow miss Rogue One: A Star Wars Story while it was in theaters and have yet to borrow a Blu-ray copy from one of your friends? Well, you’re in luck, as long as you at least have a Netflix subscription, that is. Thanks to a deal that the streaming service has with Disney, Rogue One is set to arrive on Netflix next month, meaning that you will be able to watch it as many times as you want without having to pay anything extra.

The Netflix YouTube Channel uploaded a video detailing all of the new releases that subscribers can look forward to in July. The video confirms that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be arriving for everyone to stream on July 18, just seven months after the movie initially arrived in theaters. Not bad. This also marks the first Star Wars movie to be made available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available in many regions, but because of a deal that Lucasfilm has in place with Starz, it isn’t yet available for those in the states.

In September of last year, a deal finally kicked in that was made between Netflix and Disney several years ago that gives the streaming giant exclusive rights to all new Disney movies. That includes Star Wars movies, which is a big deal these days. The movies will be available exclusively to stream on Netflix for the same period of time that they would usually be shown on standard cable TV. That means the movies will eventually find their way to more traditional outlets, but it will be a lot longer than usual. Netflix is reportedly paying hundreds of millions of dollars per year for the rights to all of Disney’s theatrical releases from 2016 and beyond, so this didn’t come cheap. But having movies like Rogue One in their streaming library so quickly is a big leg up on the competition.

There have been whispers that Disney is actually considering purchasing Netflix, which would be a massive deal. That would just mean that even more Disney movies, including Star Wars, would wind up on Netflix. For users of Netflix, things like Rogue One being made available quickly is very important. Disney has been making the most financially successful movies in Hollywood, very consistently, for years now. So Netflix ensuring that people can get access to those movies quickly, especially considering how expensive it is to go to the movies and how expensive Blu-rays are, matters a lot.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a very important movie for the Disney era of Lucasfilm. The movie grossed $1.05 billion worldwide and was met with mostly positive reviews. That helped prove that a Star Wars movie not connected to the Skywalker saga, save for a little bit of pretty sweet Darth Vader action, can work. You can check out the full list of titles arriving on Netflix in July for yourself in the video below.

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Darth Vader Comic Reveals Why Luke Went Into Exile?

Marvel’s new Darth Vader comic might very well have revealed why Luke Skywalker went into exile in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. All of the comic books, novels, cartoons, and even games have become a part of the Star Wars official canon, all of them tying together with the movies under guidance from Lucasfilm Story Group. One of the biggest additions to canon from the prequels was Order 66 or The Great Jedi Purge, which took place after the end of the Clone Wars where the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic turned against the leadership of the Jedi commanders, destroying the Jedi order.

Possible SPOILER WARNING, read ahead at your own risk. In the Darth Vader comic, Lord Vader has been given the task of building a Sith lightsaber from Emperor Palpatine. In order to build the lightsaber, Vader needs to find the kyber crystals, which are protected by the Jedi to turn the kyber crystal into an evil crystal. This leads Darth Vader to hunt for surviving Jedi who have taken the “Barash Vow.”

A Reddit user posted a few panels from the second issue of the Darth Vader comic, which shines some new light on the inaction of the Jedi during the Purge. The panel reads the following.

“Any Jedi pursuing Barash has sworn to refrain from activities related to the order , complete disengagement from anything but the Force. It is a type of Penance. While a Barash-Taker would have felt the Purge, they would not have allowed themselves to respond to it, or take action of any kind.”

This does sound like what Luke has been up to on a secret island that has been removed from maps. The penance, were not entirely sure about, but could it be that Luke went into hiding after the training of Kylo Ren wiped out most of the Jedi order? The Barash Vow would explain why Luke was absent from The Force Awakes.

When The Force Awakens started, the Resistance and First Order had already been at war for many years, so the Barash Vow could very well explain why Luke is not on hand to fight against Snoke. This theory seems to make the most sense out of anything else floating around in the Star Wars universe. It seems to perfectly fit into what The Last Jedi could be all about.

Marvel’s Darth Vader comic has been delving into Vader’s past and the use of the red lightsaber along with the use of the kyber crystals, which were brought up in Rogue One. Issue 2 seems to be getting into why Luke may have hidden for so long and it all makes perfect sense especially since it is officially part of the Star Wars canon. We still have a good six months to go before our questions are answered, but hopefully the new trailer set to premiere sometime this summer, possibly at Comic-Con or D23 in July will start to give us a better picture of what The Last Jedi will be all about.

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BnB Hell Trailer Invites You in for a Nice Peaceful Slay Over

108 Media has debuted the trailer and poster for its thriller BnB Hell, which is currently available on Digital HD and VOD in the U.S. and Canada. The harrowing thriller can currently be purchased through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Microsoft Store. This footage may make you think twice about checking out that quaint bed and breakfast you found online, because it might not be as advertised, and may end up costing you your life.

The trailer, which comes courtesy of 108 Media showcases a young woman named Willa (Kimberly Woods), who has been on the hunt for her missing sister, which ends at a rundown bed and breakfast in the Hollywood Hills run by an ill-tempered woman called Mommy (Carol Stanzione). When she discovers a camera in her room, another guest Marco (Victor Dobrev) tells her that it’s the house camera, for guests to record video diaries, although it has been mysteriously turned. After checking the camera, Willa finds disturbing messages left by former guests, which suggest unsettling secrets lay buried there.

The supporting cast includes Timothy Lee DePriest as Baby, Victor Turpin as Sam, John Stevenson as Derek, Olivia Steifel as Alex, Jessica Graham as Jackie, Shayla Famouri as Darla, Tallie L. Brinson as Nathan and Stefanie Maxwell as Emily. The film marks the feature directorial debut of director Andrew Jordan, which has been freaking out horror fans with it’s terrifying premise and shocking twist ending since debuting on VOD and Digital HD last week. Andrew Jordan previously directed episodes of the web series Chicks Flippin’ the Script and the short film Heartprints, which he also produced and edited.

The film was written by Andrea Harrison, which marks her writing debut, although she has been a working actress for several years. She has appeared in films such as American Virgin, Violent Blue, Blue Dream, Mickey’s Summer Resort, Caged Beauty and this year’s Darling Nikki. She has also appeared on TV shows such as The League, Greek, True Blood and Castle, while also serving as a producer on BnB Hell, along with the TV series Miracle Mile Girls and the feature film A Beautiful Now. It remains to be seen if this writer-actress has more projects in development.

While there is no theatrical release date for this new thriller, it could very well find a home with horror fans on Digital HD and VOD formats. Since this film marks both the director and writer’s feature debuts, we could certainly be hearing much more from them in the near future, if fans respond positively to BnB Hell. While we wait for more on these filmmakers, take a look at the trailer and poster for BnB Hell below.

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Marshall Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall

Open Road Films has released the first trailer and eight new photos for the upcoming biopic Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman. While superhero fans will get to see this talented actor portray T’challa in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War next year, this year they’ll get to see him play a real-life hero, attorney Thurgood Marshall. Before making history as the first African-American justice to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall took on one of his most important cases ever in the early 1940s.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days, a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

The supporting cast includes Dan Stevens as Lorin Willis, who prosecuted the case against Joseph Spell, James Cromwell as the judge presiding over the case, Keesha Sharp as Thurgood Marshall‘s wife, Buster, Rozonda Thomas as prominent African-American author Zora Neale Hurston and Jussie Smolett as author, poet and activist Langston Hughes. Open Road Films has set Marshall for release on October 13, which puts it up against Paramount Pictures’ mother!, Universal Pictures’ Happy Death Day and STX Entertainment’s The Foreigner. It will also debut between Blade Runner 2049 and My Little Pony on October 6, and an October 20 weekend with six wide releases, Warner Bros.’ Geostorm, Sony’s Granite Mountain Hotshots, PureFlix’s Same Kind of Different As Me, Universal’s The Snowman, Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and The Weinstein Compan’s War With Grandpa.

Reginald Hudlin directs Marshall, his first feature directorial effort since 2002′s Serving Sara, although he has been keeping busy in other areas, producing Django Unchained and The Boondocks, while becoming a prolific TV director, helming episodes of New Girl, Modern Family, The Middle and more. It was also announced earlier this month that Reginald Hudlin will direct a Shadowman movie for Valiant Comics. The screenplay for Marshall is a unique collaboration between renowned trial lawyer, Michael Koskoff, and his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff (Macbeth). Marshall is being produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman.

Reginald Hudlin also produces alongside Paula Wagner and Jonathan Sanger, with Peter Luo and Belton Lee serving as executive producers. While he has gained a huge fan base for playing T’challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman is also becoming quite adept at portraying historical figures. Marshall marks the third biopic for the talented actor, following his breakout performance in 42, as Jackie Robinson, the first big league baseball player to break the color barrier, and his 2014 biopic Get on Up, where he played the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Take a look at the new trailer and photos for Marshall below.

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Eric Newman & Ben Silverman Team With Chris Blackwell On Jamaican Music TV Series

Iconic Jamaican music and its local and global impact will be the subject of a new TV series from Narcos showrunner/executive producer Eric Newman; producer Ben Silverman, Chairman and Co-CEO of Propagate Content (Apple’s Planet of the Apps); and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.

Written by Sascha Penn (Power), the untitled drama will take a multi-perspective look at the political discord that followed in the wake of Jamaican independence from Britain in 1962 and the birth of a local music industry.


Newman and Silverman originally pitched a show about the origin of reggae music to Vivendi-owned companies Universal Music Group and Studiocanal who had been looking for projects to collaborate on.

Newman has a first-look feature producing deal with Studiocanal, which will be financing the development of the proposed series, with Chairman and CEO Didier Lupfer serving as executive producer. Meanwhile, UMG has an extensive catalogue the show can draw upon. UMG acquired the Island record label — home to recording artists Bob Marley and U2 — and its vast library of Jamaican music when it purchased parent company Polygram Records to whom Blackwell had sold in 1989.

The series will be shopped to premiere cable and streaming services. Penn executive produces, working closely with Marlon James —  the Jamaican born author of the award-winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings — who also will executive produce.

“I am thrilled by the team we have assembled and we are honored to be entrusted by Chris Blackwell to tell an amazing story about a little island that made, and continues to make, a lot of noise,” Newman said.

Blackwell was raised on Jamaica in one of its oldest families. At the center of almost everything he has accomplished has been a fierce commitment to benefit his home country. His story will be featured prominently in the show.

“This is a groundbreaking premium series focused on an extraordinary man who brought underrepresented music and ideas to the forefront of popular culture,” Silverman said. “Sascha Penn and Marlon James are perfect collaborators for the extraordinary Chris Blackwell, Eric and me.”

Northside Services’ Jeff Berg introduced Blackwell to the project and negotiating the deal for the trio. The project will be supervised on the Studiocanal front by Ron Halpern, Francoise Guyonnet, and Shana Eddy-Grouf.

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