The Movie Spew: Woman Files Bizarre Lawsuit Against Drive

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Not that long ago we posted a story about interns from the set of Black Swan suing the makers of the film because they were forced to make coffee like interns. I’d imagine that case will be thrown out of court any day now, but the good news is that now there’s another unnecessary lawsuit out there against a violent critical darling.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive has received nothing but praise since its release… well, at least until today. A woman from Michigan is apparently suing the makers of the film over the trailer because she felt she was led to believe the film would be a Fast and the Furious-style car porn action film when in fact it "bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film...having very little driving in the motion picture." More importantly, she’s also suing because (get ready, this is an actual quote from the lawsuit), "Drive was a motion picture that substantially contained extreme, gratuitous, defamatory, dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith."

That’s right, the people behind Drive are currently being sued over anti-Semitism because it featured Jewish gangsters. That aspect of the lawsuit is ridiculous and should prevent anything from actually coming from the case. I actually think that’s a bit of a shame, because it would be nice if a law passed preventing studios from falsely representing their movies in trailers. Though, I suppose that if studios weren’t allowed to do that they wouldn’t even bother making trailers anymore. Ah well, so close. So close.


Hugh Jackman Says the Next Wolverine Movie Might Be R-Rated

Hugh Jackman has been a decent Wolverine. He’s got the character down fairly well; the only problem is that the limits of a PG-13 rating prevent him from really tearing apart bad guys like he should. Darren Aronofsky was briefly attached to the next Wolverine movie and intended on making things a little darker in the Wolverine world, but he dropped out after his last movie won Oscars 'n' stuff.

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However, it appears that Jackman and the current director are considering keeping the R rating on their version, well, at least a little bit. In a recent interview Jackman stated, “James Mangold and I talked about [an R-rated version] and we’re like ‘Look, let’s not put it off the table.’ There’s even talk about us doing two versions, as in finding a way to do both while you shoot it, which could be really cool. But you need to have a really good reason to exclude those fans,” adding, “There is such great temptation to make an R-rated Wolverine. I’ve always felt that, I know a lot of fans would like that, and if there’s ever gonna be a superhero that’s gonna be R-rated it’s Wolverine.”

Now, sadly I doubt this would ever come to pass. As awesome as an R-rated version of Wolverine would be, that decision would cost the studio mucho dollaros and they don’t really like losing money. Still, the prospect of an R-rated version being shot for DVD and (god willing) a few rare screenings would be nice. The overgrown fanboys out there deserve it. Screw the kids for once. Give the grown-up comic book nerds a little something, would ya, Hollywood?


See the Trailer for Roman Polanski’s Latest

Finally if you’re a fan of great filmmaking and don’t mind a director with possible pedophilia in his background, I’ve got some good news for you. Roman Polanski has a new movie on the way and a trailer has been released. The film is called Carnage; it’s based on a claustrophobic comedic play about feuding parents and stars Jodi Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, and Christoph Waltz.

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The film looks like it features the paranoia Polanski does so well, as well as a little of the dark comedy rarely seen in his recent work, but all over the place in his older films like Cul-De-Sac. This movie looks pretty damn good, though I suppose if you hate Polanski for his off-hours activities, there’s no real point in checking out the video.


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Phil Brown was born years ago. He then grew up, went to university, and now reviews movies, interviews people and writes comedy. He writes for a number of websites and publications including the one you are currently reading. Phil can be found haunting movie theatres around Toronto. He isn't dangerous,…

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