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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

breaking! photo of half-naked woman found on the Internet! (and other adventures in social networking)

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today:
• RT @Han_So: I really, really take umbrage with the BBFC and Fox hiding the fact the UK are receiving a cut version of A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

• Hollywood still desperately attempting to sell 3D to audiences that simply don’t want it… Warner to Show 3-D Film Trailers at Truck Stops

• Breaking! Photo of half-naked woman found on the Internet! Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Leaked

• Love this! okay. this is probably one of the most amazing pictures in history.

Downton Abbey subway

• Hollywood style is coming (back) to Astoria… Queens Loses a Street and Gains a Slice of Hollywood

(hat-tip for today’s links: Jill, LaSargenta)

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  • Jurgan

    I don’t get the picture… Is he covering up a letter to say “Downton?” Is this a joke that I don’t get because I’ve never seen Downton Abbey?

  • I haven’t seen Downton Abbey, but I recognise Hugh Bonneville from his appearances in Doctor Who and Twenty Twelve so, yes, I guess that’s the joke. (Along with the fact that ‘downtown’ isn’t used in Britain — ‘city centre’ being the weirdly incomprehensible alternative).

  • Bluejay

    Yeah, it’s cast members from the show posing in a NY subway station and covering up the “w” so the sign says “Downton.” It’s just a cool photo for New York fans of Downton Abbey (me included).

    …I like the comment on the linked site that suggests they should have covered up the “C” and “D” as well, to make the sign say “Downto_n A_B_.”

  • RogerBW

    I’ve never really understood the appeal of the Swimsuit Issue. It’s not about sports, there’s hardly a shortage of pictures of women in little or no clothing elsewhere, why does anyone bother?

    Surprising that the BBFC would even bother to call for cuts on something as mainstream as a Die Hard film. Any word on just what’s been removed?
    I’m glad to see the 3-D mania is dying off again. It might have stayed this time if Hollywood hadn’t immediately started to strip-mine it for easy money, thus destroying its reputation before it had even had a chance to build one.

  • LaSargenta

    As regards Astoria Studios…It remains to be seen as to how much of the shooting-on-the-streets actually leaves real streets and goes to the back lot, but, I’m optimistic that it will be something.

  • LaSargenta

    Another question…what’s with having a cut version of Good Day to Die Hard? Why would it be different in the UK? (I haven’t seen it yet, no idea if there’s something anti-brit?)

  • Der Bruno Stroszek

    The BBFC notes are on their website here: http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/good-day-die-hard-2013-5 It doesn’t sound like there was anything that couldn’t have been accommodated at a 15 certificate, but unfortunately the film company really, really wanted that lucrative 12A.

    This happens pretty often now – more often, perhaps, than the BBFC themselves insisting on cuts – but usually it’s a matter of taking a second or two out of a US PG-13 like Jack Reacher or Casino Royale. Annoying in principle, but hard to really get worked up about. Here it sounds like they’ve taken the scissors to an R-rated movie and ended up with something very different to the American cut. Did the last film not persuade the studio that people do not want a bowlderised Die Hard movie?

  • RogerBW

    Thanks for that! Yes, I’m inclined to agree that the only way to read that is the studio shooting for a 12A. (And I note from IMDb that it’s the first time a Die Hard film has been rated so low.)
    Lots of kids between 12 and 15 all of a sudden?

  • Beowulf

    Well, before the Internet, when the SI special issue began, that was how young (and old) men got their scantily-clad young women fix. Heck, when I was a kid, we had to rely on the National Geographic!
    (Yes….I am VERY old!)

  • RogerBW

    You didn’t have porn? Playboy started publication in 1953, eleven years before the SI swimsuit issue.

  • LaSargenta

    I think he means magazines-one-could-get-without-buying-them-in-a-plain-brown-wrapper. Or off the top shelf behind the register.

    Meanwhile, there I was, encountering Tom of Finland drawings occasionally and then learning quickly that they were aimed (*cough*) at men…briefly wondered how I could grow up to be a gay man…

    Some of us are more resourceful than others.

  • Beowulf

    They didn’t sell Playboy to seven year old boys!

  • Tonio Kruger

    I never really understood straight men who claim not to understand the appeal of the SI swimsuit issue. I know they mean well but they tend to be as convincing as those guys who claim they only read Playboy for the articles.

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