Sony clean version

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: Sony’s new clean version initiative is a stupid and bad idea.)

Sony Pictures has announced a “Clean Version” initiative that will present edited versions of some of the studio’s films for home video purchases. To be fair, the new censored version won’t replace the regular theatrical version, but will instead be added on as an extra bonus feature. But you know that slippery slope you’re always hearing about? Editing content to make it more appropriate for families is teetering right on the edge of it.
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Beauty and the Beast Deleted Scene

Even for people who love Beauty and the Beast, one of the most disturbing parts of the movie is the fact that everyone in the Beast’s castle is subject to the curse placed upon the residence by the enchantress who was so rudely refused shelter by the arrogant prince. Aside from that, the curse itself raised the question as to whether every household item in the castle was indeed inhabited by a person. One scene in particular would have provided just a little more information to that question, but it ended up getting deleted.

The Beauty and the Beast deleted scene in question finds LeFou (Josh Gad) attempting to run from the fight between the angry villagers led by Gaston and the castle’s living furniture by hiding in the bathroom. But that room turns out not to be so safe as it’s inhabited by one of the castle’s inhabitants, one who is stuck in that room due to what he’s been unfortunately transformed into: a toilet. Read More »

Moana

Now that the weather is getting hotter, there will be some days when the air-conditioned comfort of your own home will be infinitely better than roasting on the beach. Thankfully, Netflix has us covered with a batch of new movies, TV shows and comedy specials to provide a wide variety of entertainment.

Coming up on Netflix is a new season of Orange is the New Black, the latest season of Agents of SHIELD, the fifth season of Arrow, the new Netflix original series GLOW, and a second season of Flaked. Plus, there are a slew of new movies coming to the streaming service.

Below, we’ve compiled the list of TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in June 2017, starting with our personal recommendations.  Read More »

beauty and the beast

Film sets are ridiculous places. You have dozens (and depending on the day, possibly hundreds) of crew members gathered around a set while actors put on costumes and play pretend. Green screens must be ignored – they will look like an actual background when all is said and done. That CGI monster will be added in post – for now, just pretend to to run away from it. The set only extends as far as the frame – tilt the camera a half inch and you’ll see craft services.

Making any movie is a weird and arduous process, but making a big-budget fantasy movie is even weirder and more arduous. And in the case of Beauty and the Beast, it meant Dan Stevens having to wear the most ridiculous motion capture suit imaginable…and Emma Watson having to look him in the face and not giggle. A new featurette from the upcoming home video release of the film offers a peek at this process and it’s an amusing reminder that all movies look completely ludicrous until they’re done.

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Honey I Shrunk the Kids - Movies Leavng Netflix

The weather might be warming up as summer gets close, but there will still be some rainy days keeping you inside the house and watching whatever is available on Netflix. Therefore, you might want to spend some time this weekend watching some of the better movies that will be leaving Netflix next month.

Below, we’ve assembled a list of the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in June 2017. Read More »

Now Stream this Zodiac

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

June is approaching and what’s better than basking in the warmth and sunshine of summer? How about staying inside and streaming some great movies? In this latest edition of Now Stream This, we have the best film of 2016, one of the best films of the 21st Century, some peak David Lynch, a slice of grindhouse greatness and much more. There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues, but at least there are plenty of movies to watch.

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Beauty and the Beast Deleted Scene

Though the remake of Beauty and the Beast was pretty loyal to the animated adaptation that Disney brought to the big screen in 1991, it also added some details to the story, including a few original songs. You’ll be able to see even more of the movie when Beauty and the Beast arrives on home video, and director Bill Condon has revealed one of those extras today.

One of the new musical sequences in Beauty and the Beast is a flashback that reveals more of the Beast’s past as a young prince. It unfurls with the new song “Days in the Sun”, but the original version went a little differently before it had to be changed in the final cut. Watch the Beauty and the Beast deleted scene below. Read More »

Logan Noir Trailer

Tonight brings Logan back to the big screen, but not in the same way that we saw back in March. As we learned before the movie was even released, director James Mangold was working on a black and white cut of the film, inspired by the first look photos that were revealed in the months leading up to the movie’s release. That version of the film is coming to the big screen, but only at Alamo Drafthouse locations around the country, leaving most of the country unable to what is being called Logan Noir in theaters.

The good news is that when Logan arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on May 23, fans will be able to watch the black and white version of the movie at home. In the meantime, for those of us who don’t have a nearby Alamo Drafthouse, James Mangold has released a Logan Noir trailer so we can see how gorgeous this movie looks in black and white. Watch it below! Read More »

Beauty and the Beast Home Video

Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast has already taken the world by storm with a global box office total that currently sits at over $1.2 billion (its domestic total alone is getting close to $500 million). The movie is still in theaters right now, but soon it will be available to bring home for fans to watch over and over again.

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Beauty and the Beast will arrive on home video in June, and it will be coming with a slew of special features, including deleted scenes, a video of the table read with the cast, and a close look behind the scenes at how they turned the animated classic into a new, live-action favorite.

Find out the Beauty and the Beast home video release date and get a list of all the special features after the jump. Read More »

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But just because he’s treading familiar and comfortable ground doesn’t mean he’ll be making the same movie. The director has explained how the two films are completely different.

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