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Pirated Footage From ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Suicide Squad’ Force Studios to Take Action

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Pirated Footage From 'Deadpool,' 'Suicide Squad' Force Studios to Take Action

As unauthorized footage from the upcoming movies Suicide SquadX-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool flooded the Internet following exclusive previews over the weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox tried to stamp out the pirated sneak peaks. However, while both studios first insisted web sites take down the footage, Warners ultimately reversed course, releasing its own authorized Suicide Squad trailer.

Although all three films — which were enthusiastically received at the massive fanboy convention — were generating plenty of excitement online, the flagrant piracy could also damage the standing of Comic-Con itself, making studios more cautious about hosting advance looks at exclusive footage if it’s going to immediately be leaked far and wide on the Internet. “Filmmakers are already nervous about showing this stuff so far in advance. You have to pry the footage out of their hands,” said one executive. “People are now going to be even more hesitant about showing anything but finished trailers.”

A number of studios did use Comic-Con to preview material that the studios themselves then immediately posted to the web. Disney and Lucasfilm, for example, offered up a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And Warners itself, after its panel at Comic-Con’s cavernous Hall H for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is slated to open March 25, made a new trailer for the movie available following its Comic-Con debut.

But the footage from the other films in question was intended strictly to whet the appetite of the fans at the convention. In the case of Apocalypse and Deadpool, effects were not finished since both films are still in production. And, particularly in the case of Deadpool, the new superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds, the hard-R dialog that could be heard, if it is eventually incorporated into a future trailer would require restrictive red-band treatment before it could be formally released by the studio. Plus, the pirated footage, presumably shot on cell phones from deep within the hall, didn’t allow the movies to put their best face forward but instead offered up muffled sound and images captured from skewed and distant angles.

Additionally, all three films are not slated for release until 2016 — Suicide Squad, about a team-up of DC Comics villains with a sprawling cast that includes Will Smith and Jared Leto, isn’t due until Aug. 5, 2016, which is more than a year away. Warners, which employed a slow, teasing rollout for images from Batman v. Superman, planned to take a similar approach with Suicide Squad.

On Sunday, with the illegal postings of Suicide Squad proliferating, Sue Kroll, Warners president of worldwide marketing and international distribution, issued a statement saying, “We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience. We are still in production on Suicide Squad, and will have a big campaign launch in the future.”

Both studios did what they could to curtail the damage. Warners sent DCMA, copyright takedown, notices to Vimeo and Google, citing sites like digg.com and gamespot.com. Fox took similar actions. But while some sites took down the footage, it continued to play on others well into Monday. “It’s like playing whack-a-mole,” lamented one insider.

Meanwhile, Comic-Con officials, not wanting to bite the hands that feed the convention, were contrite. David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations, issued a statement of his own, saying, “Clearly we are disappointed. This leak not only violates the trust of Comic-Con and the studios, but each of the attendees who respect the bond we have long held.”

By Monday afternoon, though, Warners reversed course. Suicide Squad director David Ayer first tweeted, “Shame our sneak peek Hall H footage was leaked. #notcool it’s unfair to the fans who waited in line. And not how I intended folks to see it.” But then, he followed up with a second tweet: “As we used to say in the #Navy stand-by to stand-by. We’re gonna make it right.”

With that, the studio officially released a Suicide Squad trailer, in a far better-looking and sounding version.

Said Kroll in a follow-up explanation, “Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”

 

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Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75

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Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75

Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.

The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.

His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.

Rutger Hauer has died aged 75. Credit: PA

Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”

KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”

Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.

He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.

Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.

Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.

“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.

“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.

“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”

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Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!

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Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!

Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!

If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!

Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.

Related: Beyoncé’s Natural Hair is Hair Goals!

The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!

Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.

 

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Robert Pattinson is Officially The New Batman, Film Releases in 2021

After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck. The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

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Robert Pattinson is Officially The New Batman, Film Releases in 2021

After weeks of speculation, Robert Pattinson has officially inherited the keys to the Batmobile from Ben Affleck

The actor who shot to fame as a vampire in the Twilight films will take on another nocturnal hero: Batman. Pattinson, 33, inherits the role from Ben Affleck, whose tenure came to an end after the critical and commercial disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Pattinson’s first film as the billionaire crime fighter Bruce Wayne, who assumes a full-body black costume to battle baddies in Gotham City, will be titled The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, and set for release in June 2021. Originally scheduled to start shooting in 2017, The Batman will be the first solo Caped Crusader film to form part of the DC Extended Universe.

The Warner Bros studio confirmed to Variety on Friday that Pattinson had beaten the other names on the shortlist – which included Nicholas Hoult – to the role. Following breakthrough performances in the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Pattinson has spent some years steering clear of the mainstream, instead working with directors such as David Cronenberg, David Michôd, the Safdie brothers and James Gray.

His recent collaboration with the French director Claire Denis, erotic sci-fi mystery High Life, won Pattinson considerable acclaim. He also stars in one of the best-reviewed films from this year’s Cannes festival: Robert Eggers’s The Lighthouse, an intense psychodrama set in 19th-century Maine.

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