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Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ will piss off Nazis everywhere when it hits theaters this fall

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Taika Waititi‘s anti-war satire Jojo Rabbit is one of my most anticipated releases of the year and so I was thrilled to see yesterday that Fox Searchlight has centered it right in the midst of awards season with a new October 18, 2019 release date.

The film centers around a young German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose only ally is his idiotic imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (Waititi). However, Jojo’s naïve patriotism is tested when he meets a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) whom his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding in their home, upending his worldviews and forcing him to face his biggest fears.

“I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs,” Waititi said last year when the film first began shooting. “This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy.”

As AwardsWatch’s Erik Anderson pointed out over on Twitter, the October 18 slot seems to be a favorite of Fox Searchlight and is the same one the studio has chosen to launch films like 12 Years a Slave and Birdman, both of which went on to win Best Picture.

Prepare to watch the heads of Nazi dickheads everywhere explode when Jojo Rabbit hits theaters this fall.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is being delayed because they need more time to work on his teeth

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In a rather hilarious, but not particularly surprising development, Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler made the inevitable announcement via Twitter this morning that Paramount has pushed the video game movie’s release date back by three whole months to February 14, 2020.

As you probably could’ve guessed, the delay has to do with giving the film’s visual effects team some more time to work on the previously announced redesign of the titular hedgehog, whose pearly white teeth and sexy jacked runner’s legs were the subject of a day’s worth of internet clownery last month.

While the discourse that resulted from the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer was fun and all at first, the fact that the VFX team is being forced to go back and do a complete overhaul of the look of the main character is a little insane if you think about it.

The only people who were genuinely upset about the design of Sonic the Hedgehog were deranged fanboys who also probably signed all of those ridiculous petitions to remake the entire last season of Game of Thrones and cream their shorts at the thought of their “creative input” being listened to by the people in charge.

The fact that the team behind Sonic the Hedgehog actually caved to the demands of these people is concerning, to say the least, and I’m sad that we won’t get to see a goofy-looking hedgehog with pearly white teeth and sexy jacked runner’s legs in the final version of the movie anymore. Fuck fanboys.

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It’s about time Rotten Tomatoes finally decided to do something about its troll problem

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It’s no secret that Rotten Tomatoes has a troll problem. It seemingly began back in 2017 when Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released and thousands upon thousands of (fake) negative audience reviews for the film flooded the site from people who dubbed it “SJW propaganda” or some other dumb shit like that.

Since then, a number of other movies have been review bombed on Rotten Tomatoes, including Black Panther, which was targeted by white nationalist alt-right trolls for obvious reasons, and Captain Marvel, which was targeted by a bunch of very sad men who were upset over Brie Larson saying she wanted the film’s press tour to be more inclusive.

In an effort to prevent any future films from being review bombed, Rotten Tomatoes finally announced today that it will be introducing “verified ratings” and “verified reviews” from users they can confirm actually bought tickets to the movie that they’re either rating or reviewing.

“We believe an Audience Score made up of these Verified Ratings is the most trustworthy measure of user sentiment we can offer right now – one that gives entertainment fans a genuine audience assessment of a movie they’re considering watching, and one which puts significant roadblocks in front of bad actors who would seek to manipulate the Audience Score,” the site wrote in a blog post.

For now, users can only verify their rating or review if they purchased their tickets through Fandango, which acquired Rotten Tomatoes from Warner Bros. in 2016 and will benefit greatly from this change, but the site says theater chains like AMC, Regal, and Cinemark “have signed up to participate in our verification program and we plan to introduce other ticket providers as well.”

The new verified ratings and reviews will go into effect this weekend for new releases like Aladdin, Brightburn, and Booksmart, the latter of which you should definitely go see because it’s probably the best thing you’ll watch so far this year.

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Linda Hamilton is back and ready to kick some robot ass in the ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ trailer

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Gentle reader, I regret to inform you that the long-awaited first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate arrived early this morning and, as much as I hate to say this, I have an obligation to break it you: this thing just doesn’t look very good at all.

Sure, it’s cool to see Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor firing giant machine guns and rocket launchers at seemingly indestructible robots and tracking down her old buddy T-800 Model 101, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who now lives in a cabin in the middle of the woods for whatever reason.

Beyond that, though, there’s not much to be particularly excited about here. The slowed-down cover of Bjork’s “Hunter” sucks, the set pieces look incredibly lame and uninspired, and the CGI is…well, just take a look at what they did to poor Gabriel Luna in this shot:

That looks pretty fucking bad, right? My dude looks like a straight up cartoon character there.

Keep in mind, Terminator 2: Judgement Day came out in 1991 (28 years ago!) and yet the visual effects work in these movies has somehow managed to get significantly worse since then. I mean, how does that even happen? It’s truly baffling.

Either way, this is a Terminator movie we’re talking about here, so of course I’m still going to Dark Fate when it hits theaters later this year on November 2, but I’m going to do so with great concern. Consider me cautiously optimistic at this point.

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