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Peacock Editing Offensive WWE Segments

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With the WWE Network video library parking itself over on Peacock, fans on social media have started to notice select edits of famed past events on the streaming service. Deadline reports that NBCUniversal has been trimming some of the matches, including some of their questionable and offensive racial content and profanity. WWE and NBCUniversal announced…

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With the WWE Network video library parking itself over on Peacock, fans on social media have started to notice select edits of famed past events on the streaming service.

Deadline reports that NBCUniversal has been trimming some of the matches, including some of their questionable and offensive racial content and profanity.

WWE and NBCUniversal announced a $1 billion multi-year agreement in late January. The WWE Network app would remain accessible in the U.S. until April 6th and then its content would shift to Peacock.

However, unlike many of the other streamers, all content on Peacock is rated and subject to an American broadcast TV network’s much more strict standards and practices. As a result, the service is reviewing all 17,000 hours of WWE content to ensure it aligns with those – which is why only a fraction of the library is currently available.

Family-friendly WWE events showcased in more recent years will likely be unaffected, but some of the older and more raw matches are seeing trims. Two key edits have already been spotted.

One is 1990’s WrestleMania 6 where the late Roddy Piper took on Bad News Brown – Piper painting his body half-black for his match. The whole match and interview have since been scrubbed.

Another incident from 2005’s “Survivor Series 19” saw WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in character using a racial slur towards John Cena – that backstage scene has been taken out from the Peacock version.

Fans are now wondering what other moments – especially from the Attitude Era of the late 90s/early 00s – might be excised be it more basic stuff like unprotected chair shots to the head and the gratuitous ‘bra and panties’ matches, to some of the more outright bizarre moments like Mae Young’s hand-birthing scene.

On the WWE Network, these shows were all available in their original form without any cuts or censorship. Fans have suggested Peacock should do what Disney+ and HBO Max has done and place a disclaimer before programming that’s particularly objectionable.

So far there’s no indication of them doing that, but the WWE is being made aware of any changes and edits. Peacock has said it aims to have the whole vault on its service by late August.

The standalone WWE Network service will shut down in the United States after next weekend, but will remain operational internationally.

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Brazilian Expedition Seeks Lost “Ambersons”

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Turner Classic Movies is set to sponsor filmmaker Joshua Grossberg’s expedition to Brazil which is part of an effort to restore Orson Welles’ original version of “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Considered arguably the most famous ‘lost work’ in film history, Welles’ 1942 feature originally ran 131 minutes long only for his home studio RKO to add…

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Turner Classic Movies is set to sponsor filmmaker Joshua Grossberg’s expedition to Brazil which is part of an effort to restore Orson Welles’ original version of “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

Considered arguably the most famous ‘lost work’ in film history, Welles’ 1942 feature originally ran 131 minutes long only for his home studio RKO to add new scenes (and a completely new ending) along with excising around 43 minutes of footage.

As a result, Welles claimed “They destroyed ‘Ambersons’ and it destroyed me”. His first post-“Citizen Kane” feature, the saga about the declining fortunes of a wealthy Midwestern family disappointed at the box-office even as that shortened cut is still considered one of the great films of all time.

At the time it was alleged the missing 43 minutes was melted down so the nitrate could be used for the war effort. For years there have been efforts to find footage that might have been saved so a restoration of the original vision could take place.

Grossberg has been searching for the missing footage since the late 1990s. The trail leads to Brazil where Welles did work for the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs during the early days of America’s involvement in World War II.

At the end of January 1942, after finishing shooting “Ambersons,” Welles left for Rio de Janeiro and it’s believed RKO sent him a complete workprint of the film for him to edit while on the trip. That’s what Grossberg hopes to find.

The expedition will simultaneously be documented in the feature-length documentary “The Search for the Lost Print: The Making of Orson Welles’ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons.;”. Joseph Schroeder and Gary Greenblatt will produce that feature about the journey and the legend surrounding the lost print along with the original film’s troubled production, and Welles’ exile from Hollywood.

Charlie Tabesh, senior VP of programming at TCM, has acknowledged “it’s a long shot,” but “it’s too important not to try”. If found, the hope is the film can be restored and released to coincide with the 80th anniversary of “Ambersons” in July next year. Either way, the documentary will be released at that time.

Source: Indiewire

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Paramount+ Plans “Arlington Road” Series

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The Paramount+ streaming service is reportedly in the early stages of development of a TV series based on the 1999 mystery thriller “Arlington Road”. The original starred Jeff Bridges as a widowed university professor who suspects the friendly couple (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack) who just moved in next door are plotting a major act of…

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The Paramount+ streaming service is reportedly in the early stages of development of a TV series based on the 1999 mystery thriller “Arlington Road”.

The original starred Jeff Bridges as a widowed university professor who suspects the friendly couple (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack) who just moved in next door are plotting a major act of domestic terrorism. He becomes obsessed with foiling their plan.

“The Alienist” co-executive producer Seth Fisher is writing the series adaptation which CBS Studios and Village Roadshow are producing. Mark Pellington, who helmed the film, will direct the potential series and executive produces with Fisher.

Fisher is also developing “The Winds of War,” a limited series adaptation of Herman Wouk’s novel which Seth MacFarlane is co-writing and executive producing.

Source: Deadline

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Vinterberg To Helm Denmark Flood Series

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Oscar-nominated Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round,” “The Hunt”) will make his TV series debut with “Families Like Ours” for Zentropa. The thought-provoking drama, commissioned by Danish broadcaster TV2, is a six-part family saga unfolding across summertime Denmark. A flood slowly starts taking over the country causing it to be gradually evacuated and people must…

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Oscar-nominated Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round,” “The Hunt”) will make his TV series debut with “Families Like Ours” for Zentropa.

The thought-provoking drama, commissioned by Danish broadcaster TV2, is a six-part family saga unfolding across summertime Denmark.

A flood slowly starts taking over the country causing it to be gradually evacuated and people must bid farewell to what they love, what they know, and to who they are. In a flash, all property is worthless, all fortunes changed, and luck favors only a few.

In the coming years, Danes disperse in all directions: only houses, schools, and empty streets are left. Those who can afford it travel to good countries, the less well-off have to use a government-funded program to move to more challenging places.

Vinterberg will helm the entire run and co-write the script with Bo Hr. Hansen (“The Biggest Heroes”). Shooting will kick off in late 2021 or early 2022 with the cast announced at a later stage.

Source: Variety

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