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A24 will be hosting free, all-ages screenings of Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ across the country August 8

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A24 announced Monday that it will be hosting a night of free, no-rating-enforced screenings across the country this Wednesday for its critically acclaimed coming-of-age film Eighth Grade at participating theaters.

“Since Eighth Grade is rated R and that’s sort of stupid, we’re doing free screenings in every state this Wednesday with no ratings enforced,” writer and director Bo Burnham tweeted this afternoon. “Come watch, kids!”

Indeed, the film, which carries an R-rating from the MPAA for some language and sexual material, will be able to be seen by moviegoers of all ages, including actual eighth graders who are getting ready to head back to school in the coming weeks, so the timing of this event from A24 couldn’t have been better.

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According to the film’s official website, tickets are limited and based on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive at the theater early and proceed to guest services to pick up your ticket. A full list of participating theaters can be found here.

Eighth Grade, which premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, follows 13-year-old Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), who is finding it seemingly impossible to make it through her final week of middle school alive. The film is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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Netflix releases a stunning first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white family drama ‘Roma’

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Ahead of the film’s debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Netflix has released the stunning first trailer for Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama Roma, which is also set to play at the New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in the coming months.

Roma is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst the political turmoil of the 1970s.

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“Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuarón told IndieWire last month. “Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”

After its run on the festival circuit later this year, Netflix will release Roma in theaters and on its streaming service in December. You can check out the trailer for the film below.

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Disney has no plans to reinstate James Gunn as director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

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Despite the strong support of nearly 400,000 fans via a Change.org petition and an open letter from the Guardians of the Galaxy cast themselves, Disney and Marvel have no plans to rehire James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following his firing last month.

Variety reports that Gunn and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently met to discuss the firing, which came after old, offensive tweets the filmmaker wrote nearly a decade ago began to resurface as part of a smear campaign led by right-wing blogger and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.

While the meeting was described as “civil and professional,” Horn only decided to take the meeting “as a courtesy to clear the air with Gunn” and was not considering giving him a second chance, despite the pleas of Gunn’s agents. Sources with insider knowledge say Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was out of town at the time of the meeting and was unable to attend, but supports Horn’s decision not to reinstate Gunn.

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Earlier this month, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker, all signed an open letter in support of Gunn, who was set to begin production on the third installment in the critically acclaimed franchise early next year.

Bautista has been particularly vocal about Gunn’s firing on social media, writing in one tweet that he will do what he is contractually obligated to do with Disney, but “Guardians without James Gunn is not what I signed up for” and that “it’s also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists.”

Guardians 3 is scheduled to be released May 1, 2020, but, depending on how long it takes Disney and Marvel to find a replacement for Gunn, that date could, and will most likely, change.

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YouTube forced to remove ‘The Nun’ jump-scare ad after getting complaints from terrified users

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On Monday, YouTube announced that it had removed a video advertisement for The Nun, the upcoming next installment in The Conjuring franchise, for being in violation of their shocking content policy. However, it appears the ad in question only came to the video-sharing site’s attention after scaring the bejesus out of some very unsuspecting users.

“Warning! If you see an ad on YouTube with the volume sign being turned down and nothing else, it’s a jump-scare for The Nun movie coming out,” one Twitter user wrote last week. “I advise you look away and or turn down the volume if you have anxiety or just straight up hate jump-scares.”

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Just a few days later, the official Twitter account for Team YouTube responded to the tweet, which has been retweeted more than 136,000 times since Sunday, saying that the advertisement was no longer running on their ad network.

The ad isn’t gone altogether from YouTube, though, as it has been reuploaded to the platform by dozens of users, one of which says they were “shook” after seeing the six-second clip at 3 a.m. one night. It begins with a volume icon going up and down against a black background before a horrifying, shrieking demonic-looking nun appears out of nowhere.

If you’re brave enough, you can check out the ad for yourself below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.

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