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Birds of Prey Title Change

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“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” didn’t lure moviegoers to theaters over the weekend. So, Warner Bros. is trying a new tactic. Overnight, the newest DC Extended Universe film was redubbed “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey,” a last-ditch effort to persuade comic book fans to see the film. Even with critics singing praises for “Birds of Prey,” the newest entrant in the DC Extended Universe didn’t live up to its opening-weekend expectations. The long-awaited comic book film featuring the delightfully psychotic Harley Quinn hauled in around $33.25 million in North America, shy of the $40 million to $60 million that many analysts had predicted. It is the weakest opening of any film in Warner Bros.′ DC extended universe. Adding the international opening weekend haul, “Birds of Prey” nearly made back its reported $84.5 million budget. The film charmed critics, garnering an 80% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the third-highest rating for any movie in the DCEU, just behind “Wonder Woman” and “Shazam.” While many thought moviegoers shied away from seeing the film in its opening weekend because of its ties to the not-so-beloved “Suicide Squad,” Warner Bros. seems to think it was the lack of Harley Quinn’s name in the title. After all, Margot Robbie’s turn as the quirky clown queen was the clear standout performance in the 27% Rotten “Suicide Squad” film from 2016.     Read More

Star Trek Swearing Too Much?

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Star Trek: Picard is in the midst of its dynamic debut season and fans have noticed a few, well, interesting choices the series has made so far. Showrunner Michael Chabon is breaking down the intent behind the F-bombs, earbuds, and sunglasses, and diving into the history of Star Trek on network television and human history as a whole. In a video Q&A on Instagram (as shared by TrekCore), Chabon answered some of the biggest Star Trek: Picard questions fans have sent his way so far. And there’s a lot of ground to cover. For starters, there’s the fact that (much like Star Trek: Discovery) we’re seeing some of Starfleet’s finest using profanity, something we’ve never seen them do on previous Star Trek shows. It can feel a little jarring to see an admiral look Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in the eye and say: “The sheer fucking hubris.” However, Chabon indicated that we should assume Starfleet officers have always used foul language because people use foul language. There was a reason we didn’t see the swearing in previous Star Trek shows and it wasn’t their moral upstanding. It was censorship. “No human society will every be perfect, because no human will ever be perfect. The most we can do—and as Star Trek ever reminds us, must do—is aspire to perfection, and work to make it so,” Chabon wrote. “Until that impossible day, shit is going to continue to happen. And when it does, humans are going to want to swear.”     Read More

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